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Milan Jovanovic

Milan Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Јовановић Лане, born 18 April 1981) is a Serbian Association football who plays for R.S.C. Anderlecht and the Serbia national football team.

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Milan Jovanovic biography

Milan Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Милан Јовановић Лане, born 18 April 1981) is a Serbian Association football who plays for R.S.C. Anderlecht and the Serbia national football team.

Early life

Born the son of Stamenko and Gordana, Jovanović grew up in Bajina Bašta before moving to Valjevo, Novi Sad, and Belgrade in pursuit of a football career.

Club career

Jovanović made Milan Jovanovic debut with FK Vojvodina during the 1999–2000 season. Milan Jovanovic spent most of Milan Jovanovic early career at FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Lokomotiv Moscow, before arriving at Standard Liège in 2006.
At Standard Liège, Jovanović quickly became a fan favorite, scoring 14 goals in Milan Jovanovic first season and earning the nickname "the snake" for Milan Jovanovic fast movement. Another two highly successful seasons in Belgium followed, with Jovanović turning down a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2009 because Milan Jovanovic was worried Milan Jovanovic would not play regularly. Jovanović was hugely successful in Belgium and on 13 January 2010, was named as the Jupiler League's Player of the Year. However, the year after, Standard Liege ended the season at the 8th position, with Jovanović managing to score 10 goals in Milan Jovanovic last season in Belgium.


Jovanović joined English Premier League club Liverpool F.C on 8 July 2010 on a Free transfer (football). There had been speculation Milan Jovanovic would renege on the pre-contract agreement that Milan Jovanovic had signed after Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez resigned in June 2010. Benítez was reported to be anxious to bring the player to Milan Jovanovic new club Internazionale, but Jovanović confirmed Milan Jovanovic intention to honour Milan Jovanovic contract, and was given squad number 14. On 29 July 2010, Jovanović made Milan Jovanovic competitive debut for Liverpool, starting in a 2–0 away win against FK Rabotnički in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League and made Milan Jovanovic home debut in the second leg.
Milan Jovanovic went on to make Milan Jovanovic Premier League debut on 15 August 2010, against Arsenal F.C. in a 1–1 draw at Anfield.
Milan Jovanovic scored Milan Jovanovic first goal for Liverpool in the Football League Cup tie against Football League Two side Northampton Town at Anfield. After Kenny Dalglish took over as Liverpool manager, in early 2011, Jovanović was rarely called upon, occasionally not even being named to the bench.


In August 2011, Jovanović moved to Belgium club R.S.C. Anderlecht, signing a two-year contract.

In popular culture

In October 2011, Jovanović was mentioned in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where Milan Jovanovic was described by Andrew Robinson (Neighbours) as "one of the greatest soccer players in the world." Several commentators in the football community expressed surprise at this statement, as it is generally accepted that Jovanović's achievements are not enough to afford Milan Jovanovic this status.

Career statistics

International career

Milan Jovanovic made Milan Jovanovic debut for the Serbia national football team against Finland national football team on 2 June 2007. Serbia won the match 2–0, with Jovanović scoring Serbia's second goal. Jovanović was Serbia's top scorer on the 2010 World Cup Qualifier. On 21 May 2010, Milan Jovanovic was included by coach Radomir Antić in Serbia's initial 23 man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 18 June 2010, Jovanović scored Milan Jovanovic first goal in the FIFA World Cup, against Germany national football team in a Group D match, which Serbia won 1–0.

International goals



Shakhtar Donetsk
- Ukrainian Cup: 2003-04 Ukrainian Cup

Lokomotiv Moscow
- Russian Premier League: Russian Premier League 2004

Standard Liège
- Belgian League (2): Jupiler League 2007-08, Jupiler League 2008-09
- Belgian Supercup (2): 2008 Belgian Super Cup, 2009 Belgian Super Cup


- Belgian professional football awards: 2007–08
- Belgian Golden Shoe: 2009


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