Milo?evi? in 2017
|Full name||Savo Milo?evi?|
|Date of birth||2 September 1973|
|Place of birth||Bijeljina, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2002||-> Zaragoza (loan)||16||(6)|
|2002-2003||-> Espanyol (loan)||34||(12)|
|2003-2004||-> Celta (loan)||37||(14)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
A former forward, after making a name for himself at Partizan, he signed for English club Aston Villa, before going on to spend the vast majority of his career in Spain, where he amassed La Liga totals of 91 goals in 241 games for four clubs including CA Osasuna. Over the course of his 16-year professional playing career, Milo?evi? scored nearly 300 official goals in just over 660 appearances.
At the international level, Milo?evi? played for the national team of FR Yugoslavia (later renamed Serbia and Montenegro), and Serbia, winning over 100 caps for both teams combined. Milo?evi? appeared in two World Cups and one European Championship, at which he earned the Golden Boot at Euro 2000.
Milo?evi? started playing football at the age of 6 and spent his youth in the Drina Valley, until at 14 he was spotted by FK Partizan scouts, who convinced the club to secure his transfer for 5,000 Deutsche Mark.
In 1992, Milo?evi? made his senior debut for Partizan, scoring 14 goals in 31 games during his first season at the club. Milo?evi? went on to score an impressive 21 and 30 league goals in his next two seasons respectively - competition-bests in both years - as the Belgrade club won back-to-back national championships, including the double in 1993-94.
In the summer of 1995, then Aston Villa manager Brian Little bought Milo?evi? from Partizan for £3.5 million, a club record at the time. His spell in England lasted three seasons, during which time he earned the tabloid nickname "Miss-a-lot-evi?" owing to his frequent goalscoring dry spells.
Milo?evi? signed for La Liga club Real Zaragoza in 1998 for 8.5 million pounds, again recording some impressive goalscoring performances, notably netting 21 in the 1999-2000 season as the team secured fourth position.
After rediscovering his form in Spain, Milo?evi? joined Parma A.C. in the summer of 2000 for EUR25 million. He was a regular starter in his first season in Italy, playing in 21 out of 34 Serie A matches and scoring 8 goals; in the next season, however, he was sparingly used.
Milo?evi? was loaned back to Spain in January 2002, re-joining his former club Zaragoza to replace Blackburn Rovers-bound Yordi. He scored six times during his second spell, finishing as the club's joint top scorer - alongside Yordi and Roberto Acuña. His second spell at Zaragoza ended unsuccessfully, with the club eventually relegated.
In the 2002-03 campaign, Milo?evi? played for RCD Espanyol, again finishing as his team's top scorer but narrowly escaping relegation, a fate that would befall him the following year with Celta de Vigo. Milo?evi? was able to help Celta reach the round-of-16 in their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League, with his one goal in seven appearances in the competition coming in a 3-2 group stage home win against AFC Ajax.
In mid-July 2004, aged 30, Milo?evi? signed a three-year contract with another Spanish top flight club, CA Osasuna. In his second season with the Navarrese, he scored 11 goals in 32 games to help the team qualify for the Champions League. Though Milo?evi? failed to score in ten appearances in the subsequent UEFA Cup semifinal run, he did provide two assists in a 3-0 away win against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the first leg of the quarterfinal (which Osasuna won 4-0 on aggregate).
In the summer of 2007, Milo?evi?'s contract expired and he left Osasuna after 3 seasons at the club. He took a six-month break from competitive football, during which time he had a trial with Major League Soccer's Toronto FC with a view of signing with them for the 2008 season. The deal fell through and, on 8 March 2008, he agreed terms with FC Rubin Kazan prior to the start of the Russian Premier League campaign.
On 2 November 2008, Milo?evi? scored the decisive goal for Rubin in a game against FC Saturn Ramenskoye, securing the team their first ever national championship. He retired shortly afterwards, aged 35.
He played on 1992 Toulon Tournament and reached the finals with the team. Milo?evi? earned 102 caps for Serbia, making his international debut for the nation (then named Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) on 23 December 1994, in a 0-2 friendly loss in Brazil. Milo?evi? scored 37 goals for his country over the course of a 14-year international career.
Milo?evi? made his 100th international appearance on 16 June 2006 during the FIFA World Cup in Germany, in a 0-6 group stage loss against Argentina, and in doing so became the most capped player in Serbian history. As a formal farewell from international football, he was called up for a friendly with Bulgaria on 19 November 2008, scoring twice and missing two penalties in a 6-1 win before being replaced by Dragan Mr?a.
On 27 March 2019, Milo?evi? was named by the board of directors at FK Partizan as the club's new manager, with his first win as Partizan's manager came on 3 April 2019, in a 3-2 home win against FK ?ukari?ki.
At the end of his first season in charge, Milo?evi? succeeded in qualifying Partizan for the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds, and on 23 May 2019, won his first managerial trophy as his Partizan side beat Red Star Belgrade 0-1 in the 2018-19 Serbian cup final, courtesy of a Bojan Ostoji? goal.
In July and August 2019, Partizan secured their ninth participation in the group stages of UEFA Europa League. Under Milo?evi?'s leadership, Partizan knocked-out Connah's Quay Nomads F.C. (1-0, 3-0), Yeni Malatyaspor (3-1, 0-1) and Molde (2-1, 1-1) in the qualifiers. On 30 August, Partizan was drawn in to Group L of the 2019-20 UEFA Europa League, alongside Manchester United, FC Astana and AZ Alkmaar.
Milo?evi? was born into an ethnic Serb family in the Semberija city of Bijeljina and was raised in Johovac, both in the then-SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia, where he lived with a younger brother Andrija (1975-2013) and younger sister Cvijeta "Mira". Milo?evi?'s mother died in 2000 from cancer; he has paternal ancestry from the large Milo?evi? brotherhood of the Vasojevi?i tribe in northeastern Montenegro, and was a relative of Slobodan Milo?evi?.
Milo?evi? was a political supporter of the Democratic Party led by Boris Tadi?, having supported it since 1993 after meeting with Zoran ?in?i? and officially becoming a member in 2003. He took part in the 1996-97 protests and the 5 October Overthrow.
Milo?evi? is married to Vesna, with whom he had two sons, including Nikola, and a daughter. On 11 June 2011, his father Stevan "Stevo" (1953-2011) was shot in the chest and killed in the family house in Glavi?ice by his grandfather Savo (1928-2012), after a family row; the latter was later detained.
of FR Yugoslavia
|Aston Villa||1995-96||Premier League||37||12||5||1||7||1||--||49||14|
|Zaragoza (loan)||2001-02||La Liga||16||6||--||--||--||16||6|
|Espanyol (loan)||2002-03||La Liga||34||12||1||0||--||--||35||12|
|Celta (loan)||2003-04||La Liga||37||14||5||1||--||9[c]||1||51||16|
|Rubin Kazan||2008||Russian Premier League||16||3||1||0||--||--||17||3|
|Savo Milo?evi? - International goals|
|1||31 January 1995||Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong||Hong Kong XI||2-1||3-1||1995 Lunar New Year Cup|
|3||31 March 1995||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Uruguay||1-0||1-0||Friendly|
|4||29 September 1995||Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece||Greece||1-0||2-0|
|5||24 April 1996||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Faroe Islands||3-0||3-1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||2 June 1996||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Malta||4-0||5-0|
|7||6 October 1996||Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||1-0||8-1|
|10||10 February 1997||Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong||Hong Kong XI||1-0||3-1||1997 Lunar New Year Cup|
|11||2 April 1997||Letná Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic||Czech Republic||2-1||2-1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12||11 October 1997||National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||1-0||5-0|
|13||29 October 1997||Stadion Albert Flórián, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||7-0||7-1|
|14||15 November 1997||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Hungary||1-0||5-0|
|15||29 May 1998||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Nigeria||1-0||3-0||Friendly|
|16||23 September 1998||Castelão, São Luís, Brazil||Brazil||1-0||1-1|
|17||10 February 1999||National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||3-0||3-0||UEFA Euro 2000 qualification|
|18||8 June 1999||Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki, Greece||Malta||2-1||4-1|
|20||8 September 1999||Philip II Arena, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia||North Macedonia||1-0||4-2|
|21||13 June 2000||Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium||Slovenia||1-3||3-3||UEFA Euro 2000|
|23||18 June 2000||Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège, Belgium||Norway||1-0||1-0|
|24||21 June 2000||Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges, Belgium||Spain||1-0||3-4|
|25||25 June 2000||Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1-6||1-6|
|26||3 September 2000||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1-0||2-0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|27||28 March 2001||Be?igrad Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||Slovenia||1-0||1-1|
|28||6 June 2001||Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||4-0||6-0|
|29||1 September 2001||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Switzerland||1-1||2-1|
|30||6 October 2001||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia||Luxembourg||4-2||6-2|
|32||13 February 2002||Chase Field, Phoenix, United States||Mexico||2-0||2-1||Friendly|
|33||11 October 2003||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||Wales||2-1||3-2||UEFA Euro 2004 qualification|
|34||11 July 2004||Hakata no Mori Stadium, Fukuoka, Japan||Slovakia||1-0||2-0||2004 Kirin Cup|
|35||13 October 2004||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro||San Marino||1-0||5-0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|36||19 November 2008||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||Bulgaria||3-1||6-1||Friendly|
|Partizan||March 2019||September 2020||67||43||9||15||64.18|