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Milenko A?imovi?
Milenko Acimovic - FK Austria Wien.jpg
A?imovi? playing for Austria Wien in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-02-15) 15 February 1977 (age 43)
Place of birth Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Attacking midfielder, winger
Youth career
?elezni?ar Ljubljana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994-1996 ?elezni?ar Ljubljana 29 (8)
1996-1998 Olimpija 36 (7)
1998-2002 Red Star Belgrade 102 (34)
2002-2003 Tottenham Hotspur 17 (0)
2004-2006 Lille 47 (12)
2006-2007 Al-Ittihad 14 (5)
2007-2010 Austria Wien 101 (30)
Total 346 (96)
National team
1997 Slovenia U20 1 (1)
1995-1997 Slovenia U21 9 (0)
1998-2007 Slovenia 74 (13)
2003 Slovenia B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Milenko "Mile" A?imovi? (pronounced [mi'le:?k? a't?i:mit?]; Serbian Latin: A?imovi? [at:mo?it?]; born 15 February 1977) is a Slovenian former professional footballer who last played midfielder.

Club career

Born to Serbian parents in Ljubljana, A?imovi? started his career in the youth ranks of ?elezni?ar Ljubljana. He made four first division appearances for ?elezni?ar when he was 18 years old.[2] From 1996 until 1998 he scored seven league goals in 36 matches for Olimpija.[3] He then joined Red Star Belgrade, where he played for four and a half years. After successful appearances for the Slovenian national team in Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002, several bigger European clubs expressed interest in him. In the summer of 2002, he joined Tottenham Hotspur.[4] In his first season in London, he made a few appearances, but never established himself as a first team player. In his second season, he became a fringe player.

In January 2004 he joined the French club Lille on loan until the end of the season.[5] When he arrived, the club was in 14th place in the Ligue 1, but A?imovi? contributed to an eventual second-place finish, enough to qualify for the Champions League. Also, in his first year at Lille, he was part of the team's UEFA Cup campaign, when Lille reached the last sixteen before being eliminated. The following year, he played in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, when Lille reached the group stages. A?imovi? scored Lille's only goal of the campaign against Manchester United in Lille's 1-0 victory in Paris.[6]

After two-and one-half seasons in Lille, he fell out of favour and joined Al-Ittihad for the 2006-07 season. After failing to adapt to life in Saudi Arabia, he agreed on a mutual termination of the contract, subsequently moving back to Europe to join Austria Wien. On 15 September 2010, his ened his football career following a persistent right knee injury.

A?imovi? returned to Slovenia and was appointed the Director of football at Olimpija Ljubljana, in January 2011, where he stayed until September 2012 when he resigned his position, due to poor results of the team in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.

International career

He debuted for the Slovenia national team on 22 April 1998 in Murska Sobota against the Czech Republic. He gave many notable performances for the national team, including a spectacular goal scored from the middle of the field against Ukraine in the Euro 2000 play-off. He represented Slovenia at both Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002, scoring in their 1-3 defeat to Paraguay in Seogwipo. His final appearance for the national side came on 28 March 2007 in Celje, during a 1-0 home defeat to the Netherlands in a Euro 2008 qualification match. He announced his retirement from international football that August.[7]

Honours

Lille

See also

References

  1. ^ "Milenko A?imovi? - Euro 2000 profile". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 3 August 2001. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Milenko A?imovi? - 1994/95 season" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "Milenko A?imovi? - all seasons" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Hoddle hails new signing". BBC. 1 May 2002. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Acimovic joins Lille". BBC. 28 January 2004. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Lille 1-0 Man Utd". BBC. 2 November 2005. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "A?imovi? bids Slovenia adieu". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Leiria 0-2 Lille (Aggregate: 0 - 2)". uefa.com. Retrieved 2020.

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