Željko Ljubenović

Željko Ljubenović (Serbian Cyrillic: Жељко Љубеновић; born 9 July 1981) is a retired Serbian professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Željko Ljubenović
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Ljubenović with Tavriya Simferopol in 2011
Personal information
Full name Željko Ljubenović
Date of birth (1981-07-09) 9 July 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1990–1995 Partizan
1995–2000 OFK Beograd
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 OFK Beograd 7 (0)
2001–2002 Mladenovac
2002–2004 Mladost Lukićevo 67 (12)
2005 Proleter Zrenjanin
2005 Hajduk Kula 13 (0)
2006 Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih 8 (0)
2006–2011 Tavriya Simferopol 148 (18)
2012 Oleksandriya 9 (0)
2012–2018 Zorya Luhansk 137 (23)
Teams managed
2020 Zorya Luhansk u19 (assiatant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018

After playing almost exclusively for second-tier clubs in his homeland, Ljubenović spent most of his footballing career in Ukraine, representing four clubs and amassing over 250 appearances in the country's top league.


Born in Belgrade, Ljubenović started out as a trainee at Partizan in 1990. He spent five years in the club's youth setup, before switching to OFK Beograd in 1995. After completing his formation, Ljubenović made his senior debuts with the Romantičari in the 2000–01 First League of FR Yugoslavia. He subsequently played for Second League clubs Mladenovac, Mladost Lukićevo, and Proleter Zrenjanin. In the summer of 2005, Ljubenović signed with top-flight side Hajduk Kula. He spent just half a season there, before transferring abroad.

In the 2006 winter transfer window, Ljubenović moved to Ukraine and signed with Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih. He switched clubs the following summer and joined fellow top-tier club Tavriya Simferopol. Over the next five and a half years, Ljubenović played regularly for the side and recorded near 200 appearances in all competitions. He left the club midway through the 2011–12 season, eventually joining another Premier League side, Oleksandriya. In the summer of 2012, Ljubenović signed with Zorya Luhansk. After 6 seasons in Zorya he retired in May 2018.[1] In July 2018 Zorya's general director Serhiy Rafailov announced that Ljubenović will work in the club as scout in Balkan region.[2]


Tavriya Simferopol
Zorya Luhansk


  1. ^ "Спасибо, Желько!" (in Russian). FC Zorya Luhansk. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Сергей Рафаилов: "Практически все уже сделано для того, чтобы матчи "Зари" в еврокубках проходили в Запорожье"" (in Russian). FC Zorya Luhansk. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.

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