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Nenad Milijas

Nenad Milijas

Nenad Milijas is a retired Serbian professional footballer who had a successful career spanning over two decades. He began his career at Zemun, a small club in Serbia, where he quickly established himself as one of the top midfielders in the league. His performances at Zemun caught the attention of some of the bigger clubs in the country, and in 2006, he made the move to Red Star Belgrade, one of the most successful and historic clubs in Serbia.

Milijas' time at Red Star was a highlight of his career. He played a key role in the midfield and helped the team win the league title in 2007 and 2008. He was known for his technical ability, vision on the field, and his ability to score crucial goals. He made 97 appearances for the club and scored 37 goals, becoming a fan favorite in the process.

In 2009, Milijas earned a move to the English Premier League, joining Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was a big step up for Milijas, as it was his first experience playing in one of the top leagues in Europe. He adapted well to the pace and physicality of the Premier League and quickly established himself as a key player for the team. He made 62 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals.

In 2012, Milijas returned to Red Star Belgrade for a second stint with the club. He picked up right where he left off and helped the team win the league title in 2013. He made 58 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals and was an important part of the team's success.

In 2014, Milijas decided to try his luck abroad and joined Turkish club Manisaspor. He made 18 appearances and scored 7 goals, but the team struggled and was relegated at the end of the season. This prompted him to move to China, where he joined Hebei China Fortune. He played for the club for a season and made 29 appearances, scoring 13 goals.

In 2016, Milijas moved to another Chinese club, Nei Mongol Zhongyou, where he played for a season, making 27 appearances and scoring 3 goals. After a year in China, he returned to Red Star Belgrade for a third time in 2017, where he played for two more seasons, making 46 appearances without scoring any goals but his experience and veteran leadership helped the team in their domestic and European competitions.

Overall, Milijas had a successful and well-traveled career, playing for clubs in Serbia, England, Turkey, and China. He was a technically gifted midfielder who was known for his vision, passing and scoring abilities. He won several domestic titles, and his performances for Red Star Belgrade earned him the nickname "The Maestro" among the fans. He retired in 2019 and is remembered as one of the best midfielders to come out of Serbia in recent years.