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Savo Milošević
Personal information
Full name Savo Milošević
Date of birth 2 September 1973 (1973-09-02) (age 36)
Place of birth Bijeljina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1995 Partizan 98 (65)
1995–1998 Aston Villa 90 (29)
1998–2000 Zaragoza 72 (38)
2000–2004 Parma 31 (9)
2002 Zaragoza (loan) 16 (6)
2002–2003 Espanyol (loan) 34 (12)
2003–2004 Celta Vigo (loan) 37 (14)
2004–2007 Osasuna 82 (21)
2008 Rubin Kazan 16 (3)
Total 476 (197)
National team
1994–2008 YUG/SCG/SRB 102 (37)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Savo Milošević (Serbian: Саво Милошевић; born 2 September 1973 in Bijeljina) is a former Serbian international footballer.

At club level, Milošević has played for FK Partizan, Aston Villa, Real Zaragoza, Parma A.C., RCD Espanyol, Celta de Vigo, CA Osasuna and Rubin Kazan. At international level, he has played for four national teams, the pre and post-communist Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro, and finally Serbia. [1]

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Club career

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Early years

He started playing while still a young boy in his home town club FK Podrinje Janja. In the autumn of 1987, the Yugoslav under-21 team was training in Bijeljina and decided to play against Janja first team. With the match almost finishing, Janja made a final substitution putting in play a 14 year old striker named Milošević. He made a total chaos in the national defence, passed by the goalkeeper Zvonko Milojević and scored! Ivan Čabrinović, and other members of the Yugoslav Football Federation were so impressed that he would, soon latter, start playing in the Yugoslav under-17 squad, and make a move to Belgrade to sign with the Yugoslav giants Partizan.[2]

Partizan

With a superb goal scoring ability during his spell at FK Partizan, one of the major clubs in the former Yugoslavia, he was quickly getting attention from several of the major clubs in Europe. Milošević was eventually sold to Aston Villa after having scored 74 goals in 98 matches for Partizan.

Aston Villa

Milošević was brought to Birmingham by manager Brian Little for £3.5 million. His spell in England with Aston Villa lasted three seasons, during which he earned the tabloid nickname "miss-a-lot-ević" [1] owing to his frequent goalscoring dry spells. However, he did score 28 goals in 91 Premier League games for the club, and scored in the 1996 Football League Cup Final when Villa defeated Leeds United 3-0.

Real Zaragoza

He left Villa in 1998 to join Real Zaragoza of Spain's La Liga. Milošević scored 38 goals in 72 matches over two seasons.

Parma

After rediscovering his scoring touch in Spain, Milošević was signed by Parma A.C. in the summer of 2000 for £16 million.[3] In his second season with Parma, he scored just once in 10 Serie A games.

Milošević was loaned back to Spain in January 2002, re-joining Zaragoza to replace Yordi.[4] He was usually partnered with countryman Goran Drulić or Juanele, and only missed the last game against FC Barcelona. In the 2002-03 season, he played for RCD Espanyol.[5] In the 2003-04 season, he was on loan to Celta de Vigo for their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League.[6]

Osasuna

Milošević signed a three-year contract with La Liga club CA Osasuna in July 2004.[7] During his time there, he became somewhat of a hero for the locals. His barnstorming displays in the big games against Real Madrid and Valencia CF earned him the plaudits from respected figures within the game. Whilst his time here wasn't as successful as he would have liked in terms of goal scoring, he did develop more as a team player. His ability to look up and see other team mates in better positions won over the sceptics who said he was too old.[citation needed]

Rubin Kazan

In the summer of 2007, Milošević left Osasuna following his contract's expiry. Milošević entertained the idea of signing with MLS squad Toronto FC in fall 2007. He even came to Toronto in mid-October 2007 for a trial with the club, but no deal was made.

On 8 March 2008, it was announced that Milošević agreed to terms with Rubin Kazan prior to the start of the 2008 Russian League season.[8]

On 2 November 2008, he scored the decisive goal for his club in the game against Saturn Ramenskoe, a result which meant Rubin became Russian champion for the first time in the club's history.

National team

Milošević is the all-time leading scorer and cap leader for Serbia. He played for then-Yugoslavia in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. At the latter he was the joint scoring champion of the tournament alongside Patrick Kluivert. Both scored five goals, although Milošević played one game fewer.

On 16 June 2006, Milošević recorded his 100th cap for Serbia and Montenegro in the 2006 World Cup group game against Argentina, a national record. He is also the team's leading goal-scorer, with 35 goals.

He retired from international duty following the 2006 World Cup. He played his 101st game against Côte d'Ivoire on 21 June 2006 (coming on as a second half substitute), which was Serbia and Montenegro's last game in the 2006 World Cup before being eliminated from the competition.

Milošević was called-up to the Serbian squad against Bulgaria in a friendly on 19 November 2008, as a formal farewell from international football. This was his first match for the national team under the name Serbia. His final bow with the national team was a very memorable one as he scored two goals, although he missed two penalties, before being substituted for Dragan Mrđa in a match Serbia won 6-1.

For the national team, he has scored 37 goals in 102 games.

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 1992–93 31 14
1993–94 32 21
1994–95 35 30
Aston Villa 1995–96 37 12
1996–97 30 10
1997–98 23 7
Zaragoza 1998–99 35 17
1999–00 37 21
Parma 2000–01 21 8
2001–02 10 1
Zaragoza (loan) 2001–02 16 6
Espanyol (loan) 2002–03 34 12
Celta Vigo (loan) 2003–04 37 14
Osasuna 2004–05 27 6
2005–06 32 11
2006–07 23 4
Rubin Kazan 2008 16 3
Career total 476 197

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