Ljubo Milicevic – A Life

On Sunday we were hit with the worst news possible.

Socceroos legend Ljubo “The Kid” Milicevic announced his retirement.

Let’s take a look back at his football career as we wonder when the paps will get their next photo of him in his natural habitat.

Ljubo first started his professional career back in 1998 when he made a single appearance for his local team Melbourne Knights.

His first real shot at the big time would be the next season with a move to Perth Glory, making 29 appearances and nabbing himself 3 goals, including one on debut.

He set a record that season for becoming the youngest player ever to score in a grand final.

A move after a knee injury in the World Youth Cup was on the table, heading over to FC Zurich where he made 45 appearances and scored 3 goals. A loan spell saw him at FC Basel before moving to FC Thun in 2003 appearing 78 times for the club. His time in Europe wasn’t yet over as he made another move to BSC Young Boys in 2006 where he played for a season.

2007 saw Ljubo return to Australia to ply his trade, announcing his signing with Melbourne Victory. After some impressive performances, Hadjuk Split and Dinamo Zagreb started to chase his signature.

After an injury plagued season, he made his move to the Newcastle Jets where he achieved cult status.

Signing a one year extension, Milicevic captained the Newcastle side to the best defense record in the A-League that season.

After his stint with the Jets, he signed a short term deal with South Melbourne to keep himself fit with the intention to return to Europe for the 2011-12 season.

On June 8 of 2011, Ljubo signed for his childhood dream team, Hadjuk Split. However after only 5 appearances and struggling with injuries, he returned home as a free agent.

In 2013 he would once again sign with Melbourne Knights to make several appearances and in 2013 agreed to sign with Perth Glory, however left just before the season got underway.

After 3 years away from the game, Ljubo signed with Dandenong City, once against becoming a cult hero before moving to Bondi and signing with Charlestown City Blues, where he led the team to their first FFA Cup.

Just days away from their FFA Cup game, Ljubo announced his retirement due to a season ending knee injury.

However we can expect to still see the great man around football. We at The Clean Sheet are hoping to see him appear as a pundit on Fox Sports or perhaps developing Australia’s footballing youth.

Or maybe he’ll keep hanging around Bondi and hitting the discos.

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