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Serie A – 2017/2018
|Shots per match||2,6|
|Pass success percentage||79,9|
|Aerial duels won per match||2,9|
|Man of the match||7|
|Tackles per match||1,6|
|Interceptions per match||0,9|
|Fouls per match||1,7|
|Offside won per match||0|
|Clearances per match||0,9|
|Dribbled past per match||1,1|
|Blocks per match||0,2|
|Key passes per match||1,5|
|Dribbles per match||1,6|
|Fouled per match||1,5|
|Offsides per match||0,3|
|Dispossessed per match||2,4|
|Passes per match||50|
|Crosses per match||0,1|
|Long balls per match||2,4|
|Through balls per match||0,3|
Sergej Milinković-Savić commonly known as Sergej, is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Lazio and the Serbia national team.
Milinković-Savić was born into a sporting family in Lleida, Spain, where his father, Nikola Milinković, played football professionally at the time. His mother, Milana Savić, was a professional basketball player. Sergej also made his first football steps with Sporting CP, while his father was playing in Portugal.
Milinković-Savić is the older brother of Vanja Milinković-Savić, a fellow footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian Serie A club Torino.
Milinković-Savić came through the youth academy of Vojvodina. He was one of the midfielders who emerged from the youth squad that won two consecutive national youth championship titles, alongside Mijat Gaćinović and Nebojša Kosović. Consequently, he signed his first professional contract with the club on 26 December 2012, penning a three-year deal. Milinković-Savić made his senior debut in a 3–0 away loss to Jagodina on 23 November 2013. He scored his first goal in a 1–1 away draw with Spartak Subotica on 9 March 2014. In total, Milinković-Savić made 13 league appearances and scored three goals in the 2013–14 season. He also helped Vojvodina win the 2013–14 Serbian Cup in the club’s centennial year.
In June 2014, Milinković-Savić signed a five-year contract with Belgian club Genk and was given the number 20 shirt. He made his competitive debut for the club in a 1–1 home league draw with Cercle Brugge on 2 August 2014. He scored his first goal for Genk in a 1–1 away league draw against Lokeren on 18 January 2015. He scored a total of five league goals in 24 appearances during the 2014–15 season.
Milinković-Savić lining up for Lazio in 2015. On 31 July 2015, it was announced that he would join Italian club Lazio. He made his debut for the side in a 1–0 home win over Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg of the Champions League play-off round on 18 August 2015. Milinković-Savić scored his first goal for Lazio in a 1–1 Europa League draw with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 17 September 2015. Milinkovic-Savic scored his first Serie A goal in a 3–1 away win over Fiorentina on 9 January 2016. Over the course of his debut season, he made 35 appearances and scored three goals for Lazio in all competitions. In his second season at Lazio, Milinković-Savić scored seven goals from 39 appearances (league and cup).
Milinković-Savić represented Serbia at the 2013 UEFA Under-19 Championship, winning the gold medal. Milinkovic-Savic played the full 90 minutes in four out of five games, including the final match of the competition against France that Serbia won 1–0. Subsequently, he appeared at the 2014 UEFA Under-19 Championship, as the team was eliminated in the semi-final by Portugal after penalties. He missed Serbia’s last spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out. The following summer, Milinković-Savić was one of Serbia’s most influential players at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, as the team won the tournament. He appeared in six out of seven games and scored one goal against Mali in the group stage. Due to his performances during the tournament, Milinković-Savić was awarded the Bronze Ball.
In the summer of 2017, Lazio prevented Milinković-Savić from playing at the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
In October 2015, Milinković-Savić received his first call-up to the full squad by manager Radovan Ćurčić for Serbia’s UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers against Albania and Portugal. He remained an unused substitute in both games. In May 2016, Milinković-Savić was selected by newly appointed manager Slavoljub Muslin for friendly matches against Cyprus, Israel, and Russia. However, after failing to receive any playing time in the first two games, Milinković-Savić left the team in agreement with Muslin who said that some other players better fit into his tactical formations.
On 30 October 2017, it was announced that Serbia caretaker manager Mladen Krstajić included Milinković-Savić in the squad for friendlies against China and South Korea.
In June 2018 he was selected in the Serbian squad for the 2018 World Cup, playing all three group stage matches.
Style of play
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has established himself as a ‘complete midfielder’, in the modern sense of the term. Comparable to players such as Zinedine Zidane and Yaya Touré, Milinkovic-Savic blends the traditional attacking movement and finishing ability of an attack midfielder, with the height and physicality of a target man or defensive midfielder. Not only is he capable of scoring impressive goals with his feet and his head, he is an excellent passer of the ball and is constantly looking to help spearhead his team’s attacking plays. Milinkovic-Savic is talented at holding up play, using his physical presence to shield the ball outside of the penalty area, allowing his attacking teammates to get into a goalscoring position.
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