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Savo_Milošević

Savo Milošević

Savo Milošević (Serbian Cyrillic: Саво Милошевић) (born September 2, 1973 in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian football striker.

At club level, Milošević has played for FK Partizan, Aston Villa, Real Zaragoza, Parma, Espanyol, Celta Vigo, CA Osasuna and Rubin Kazan.

Playing career

Partizan

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

Aston Villa

Milošević's spell in England with Aston Villa lasted three years, but he earned the tabloid nickname "miss-a-lot-ević" during his time at Villa Park owing to his frequent goalscoring dry spells. However, he did score 29 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.

Zaragoza

Savo's time at Zaragoza is probably best remembered for his partying. He had huge parties at least once a week. All the locals, including Graham Cullen were invited to come along and mingle with the players and other celebrities.

Parma

Milošević was signed by Parma AC in summer 2000. In his second season with Parma, he scored just once in 10 Serie A games for Parma.

Milošević was loaned back to Spain in January 2002, re-joined Zaragoza, to replace Yordi. He was partnered with countryman Goran Drulić or Juanele, and just missed the last game against F.C. Barcelona. In the 2002-03 season, he played for Espanyol. In the 2003-04 season, he was on loan to Celta Vigo for their first ever appearance in UEFA Champions League.

Osasuna

Milošević signed a three-year contract with La Liga club C.A. Osasuna in July 2004. During his time here he became somewhat of a hero for the locals. His barnstorming displays in the big games against Real Madrid & Valencia earnt 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.

Rubin Kazan

In summer 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 March 8, 2008, it was announced that Milošević agreed terms with FC Rubin Kazan ahead of 2008 Russian League season.

National team

Milošević is the all-time leading scorer and cap leader for Serbia and Montenegro. He played for the 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 less than Patrick Kluivert.

On June 16, 2006 Milošević played 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 FIFA 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 FIFA World Cup before being eliminated from the competition.

Honours

Club

Individual

  • First League of FR Yugoslavia (Topscorer): 1994, 1995
  • Golden Boot (Euro 2000): 2000

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