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Darko Milani?
Darko Milani? 2017.jpg
Milani? managing Maribor in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-12-18) 18 December 1967 (age 52)
Place of birth Izola, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft  in)
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Slovan Bratislava (Head coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986-1993 Partizan 94 (2)
1993-2000 Sturm Graz 190 (10)
Total 284 (12)
National team
1991-1992 Yugoslavia 5 (0)
1992-2000 Slovenia 42 (0)
Teams managed
2004-2006 Primorje
2007-2008 Gorica
2008-2013 Maribor
2013-2014 Sturm Graz
2014 Leeds United
2016-2020 Maribor
2020- Slovan Bratislava
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darko Milani? (born 18 December 1967) is a Slovenian professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of Slovak club Slovan Bratislava.

As a player, he represented both Yugoslavia and Slovenia at international level. He also captained Slovenia at UEFA Euro 2000.

Club career

Born in Izola, Milani? began his football career with local side NK Izola. In the 1986-87 season, he joined Partizan. During his time at Partizan, he won the Yugoslav First League and the Yugoslav Cup twice.

After the 1992-93 season he moved to the Austrian side Sturm Graz, where he played for eight seasons and won eight trophies, including two Austrian Bundesliga titles, three Austrian Cups and three Austrian Supercups.

In 2000, at the age of 32, he retired early due to injury and to pursue a coaching career in football.[1][2]

International career

During his spell at Partizan, he earned five caps for Yugoslavia.[3] Even after the independence of Slovenia, he, as being a player of a Serbian club (Partizan), was included by Yugoslavia for the UEFA Euro 1992,[4] but the nation would be suspended due to the Yugoslav Wars.[5]

He later represented Slovenia, earning 42 caps.[6] He captained his country at the UEFA Euro 2000, including a match against his former national side, Yugoslavia, which ended in a 3-3 draw.[5]

Coaching career

After his football career, he turned to coaching. He started his coaching career at his hometown club Izola. After that, he was appointed manager of Primorje and an assistant coach at Sturm Graz under Franco Foda during the 2006-07 season.


At the start of the 2007-08 season he was appointed as the head coach of Gorica, where he helped guide them to a third-place finish in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. In the 2007-08 UEFA Cup, the team was knocked out in the first qualifying round after losing over two legs to Rabotni?ki.


On 1 June 2008 he was appointed as the head coach of Maribor by Director of Football Zlatko Zahovi?.[7] He won the Slovenian PrvaLiga during his first year in the 2008-09 season. In May 2010, Maribor won the Slovenian Cup. After winning this trophy, Milani? became the first coach that have won all three domestic trophies in Slovenian club football, having won the Slovenian League and the Slovenian Supercup before that.[8] He has achieved that in only two seasons.

At the beginning of the 2012-13 season, Maribor played in their fourth successive Supercup. The club defeated their "eternal rivals" Olimpija Ljubljana 2-1 to clinch their second Supercup title.[9] In January 2013, Milani? was selected as the Slovenian Manager of the Year for 2012 by winning the league, cup and supercup.[10]

Milani? led Maribor to the group stages of the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League as one of the losers in the play-off round of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Dinamo Zagreb.[11][12] This was the second season in a row in which Maribor qualified to the Europa League main stages. They managed to get four points out of six matches,[13] defeating Panathinaikos[14] and drawing with Tottenham Hotspur,[15] both at home. On 9 November 2012, Maribor suffered a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur after a hat-trick by Jermain Defoe.[16] In the final game of Group J, Maribor suffered a 4-1 defeat to Lazio.[17]

Maribor confirmed their eleventh league title on 11 May 2013 after defeating Olimpija Ljubljana 2-1.[18] In the 2013 Cup Final, Maribor defeated Celje 1-0, thus securing their fourth "double" in the club's history.[19]

Sturm Graz

On 4 June 2013, he became a manager of Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga, with Novica Nik?evi? as his assistant. One of his first signings was Robert Beri?, whom he signed from his former club, Maribor. Sturm Graz were knocked out of the Europa League after losing 1-0 on aggregate in the second qualifying round to Breiðablik UBK.[20] He led his side to a fifth-place finish during his first season during the 2013-14 season.

On 21 September 2014, during a press conference, Sturm Graz revealed that Milani? would be leaving the club to join an English side Leeds United after agreeing to buy out his contract at Sturm Graz to make the move.[21][22]

Leeds United

On 23 September 2014, Milani? was appointed as manager of Leeds United on a two-year deal, replacing Dave Hockaday. He was joined at Leeds by his Sturm Graz assistant Novica Nik?evi?.[23] Milani? parted company on 25 October 2014, minutes after a 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers,[24] just 32 days after taking over, for failing to win any of his six games in charge.[25]

Return to Maribor

On 2 March 2016, Milani? returned to the Slovenian PrvaLiga club Maribor.[26] He became the Slovenian champion with the team in the 2016-17 season.[27] Milani? led Maribor to the group stages of the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League after eliminating Zrinjski Mostar, Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar, and Hapoel Be'er-Sheva in the qualifying rounds.[28] In the 2018-19 season, he won his sixth league title with Maribor.[29] He resigned in March 2020 after a 2-1 home defeat against Bravo.[30]

Slovan Bratislava

On 7 September 2020, Milani? took charge of Slovak club Slovan Bratislava, signing a one-year contract with an option for further two years, with Novica Nik?evi? named as his assistant.[31][32]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 29 November 2020[33]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Primorje 15 June 2004[34] 12 April 2006[35] 63 24 15 24 038.10
Gorica 6 June 2007[36] 27 May 2008[37] 38 15 9 14 039.47
Maribor 29 May 2008[38] 3 June 2013[39] 248 138 61 49 055.65
Sturm Graz 4 June 2013 22 September 2014 53 21 12 20 039.62
Leeds United 23 September 2014 25 October 2014 6 0 3 3 000.00
Maribor 2 March 2016[40] 7 March 2020[41] 196 105 56 35 053.57
Slovan Bratislava 7 September 2020 Present 13 9 3 1 069.23
Total 617 312 159 146 050.57



Sturm Graz[44]



Slovenian PrvaLiga Manager of the Season: 2011-12[45]

See also


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  2. ^ Phil Hay (21 September 2014). "Leeds United: Milanic to be named United head coach tomorrow". Yorkshire Evening Post. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Players Appearing for Two or More Countries Archived 3 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Pancev también renuncia a la Eurocopa". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 May 1992. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b Rok Vi?kovi? (31 May 2012). "Leta 1992 ni vedel, da je v Sloveniji tako resno" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Darko Milani? - Nogometna zveza Slovenije" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  43. ^ "Trophies". FK Partizan Belgrade. Archived from the original on 26 June 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  44. ^ "Nationale Titel" (in German). SK Sturm Graz. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  45. ^ SPINS XI 2011-12

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