Miljan Mrdaković

Miljan Mrdaković (Serbian Cyrillic: Миљан Мрдаковић, pronounced [mǐʎan mr̩dǎːkoʋitɕ]; 6 May 1982 – 22 May 2020) was a Serbian professional footballer who played as a striker. A journeyman, Mrdaković played for 20 clubs across 10 countries and scored 150 goals in all competitions. He also represented Serbia at the 2008 Olympics. Mrdaković died by suicide in the Zvezdara municipality of Belgrade on 22 May 2020.[1]

Miljan Mrdaković
Personal information
Full name Miljan Mrdaković
Date of birth (1982-05-06)6 May 1982
Place of birth Niš, SFR Yugoslavia
Date of death 22 May 2020(2020-05-22) (aged 38)
Place of death Belgrade, Serbia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
1993–1995 Radnički Niš
1995–1998 Partizan
1998–2001 Anderlecht
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Anderlecht 0 (0)
2002Eendracht Aalst (loan) 3 (0)
2002–2003 OFK Beograd 32 (20)
2003–2004 Gent 22 (4)
2004 OFK Beograd 10 (1)
2005 Austria Salzburg 10 (3)
2005–2006 Metalist Kharkiv 27 (7)
2006–2007 Maccabi Tel Aviv 29 (7)
2007–2008 Vitória Guimarães 27 (6)
2008–2009 Shandong Luneng 18 (8)
2009–2011 Apollon Limassol 31 (21)
2010Ethnikos Achna (loan) 14 (8)
2011–2012 AEK Larnaca 18 (7)
2012 Jiangsu Sainty 5 (1)
2013 Enosis Neon Paralimni 15 (7)
2013 Veria 13 (5)
2014 Tampines Rovers 25 (11)
2015 Levadiakos 3 (0)
2015 Vojvodina 6 (0)
2016 Agrotikos Asteras 5 (1)
2016 Rad 0 (0)
2017 OFK Beograd 5 (2)
Total 318 (119)
National team
1999–2001 FR Yugoslavia U18 8 (0)
2002 FR Yugoslavia U21 1 (0)
2008 Serbia Olympic 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

After passing through the youth categories of Radnički Niš and Partizan, Mrdaković moved abroad to Belgian club Anderlecht at the age of 16. He played for their youth and reserve teams,[2] before going on loan to fellow Belgian First Division side Eendracht Aalst in early 2002.

Following an unsuccessful spell in Belgium, Mrdaković returned to his homeland and joined OFK Beograd on a free transfer. He became the team's top scorer in the 2002–03 season, bagging 20 league goals in 32 appearances. In August 2003, Mrdaković was transferred back to Belgium, penning a four-year contract with Gent.[3] He left the Belgian club by mutual agreement in April 2004 and returned to OFK Beograd to finish the season.[4]

In early 2005, Mrdaković signed with Austria Salzburg. He left six months later for Ukraine and spent a little over a year at Metalist Kharkiv. In August 2006, Mrdaković signed with Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv.[5] He made 36 appearances and scored eight goals across all competitions throughout the season.[6] Over the next 12 months, Mrdaković played for Portuguese club Vitória Guimarães with similar success.

In July 2009, Mrdaković returned to Europe and signed a two-year contract with Cypriot club Apollon Limassol.[7] He failed to make an immediate impact, appearing in just one game,[8] and was loaned to fellow Cypriot First Division side Ethnikos Achna in the 2010 winter transfer window. Until the end of the season, Mrdaković scored eight goals in 14 appearances. He subsequently returned to Apollon Limassol and became the league's top scorer in the 2010–11 campaign with 21 goals.[9] In June 2011, Mrdaković signed with AEK Larnaca on a three-year deal.[10] He scored seven times in 18 league games,[11] before leaving the club in February 2012.[12]

In early 2012, Mrdaković signed with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Sainty, thus returning to China after spending three seasons in Cyprus.[13] He appeared on five occasions and scored once in a little more than 70 minutes of action. Less than a year after leaving for China, Mrdaković returned to Cyprus and joined Enosis Neon Paralimni to recover the form in the remainder of the season.[14]

In July 2013, Mrdaković moved to Super League Greece side Veria. He made 13 appearances and scored five goals in the top flight. In January 2014, Mrdaković joined Tampines Rovers of Singapore as their marquee player.[15] He scored a career-high 25 goals in all competitions,[16] helping the side win two cup titles (Charity Shield in February and League Cup in July). In February 2015, Mrdaković returned to Greece and signed with Levadiakos.[17] He appeared in just three games in the Super League, but failed to score in the process.

In June 2015, Mrdaković signed with Vojvodina for one year.[18] He scored two goals in the qualifiers for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League, as they were eliminated in the play-off round. In January 2017, Mrdaković returned to OFK Beograd, stating his intention to retire at the club.[19]

International careerEdit

Mrdaković represented FR Yugoslavia at the 2001 UEFA European Under-18 Championship. He was also capped for the national under-21 team, but saw little action due to a conflict with Vladimir Petrović.[20][21]

In July 2008, Mrdaković was additionally called up by Miroslav Đukić to the Serbia squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics. He was one of the three over-age players alongside Aleksandar Živković and Vladimir Stojković.[22] Mrdaković appeared in all three group stage matches, scoring a goal in a 4–2 loss against Ivory Coast.

In May 2011, Mrdaković received his first call-up to a full Serbia squad from Vladimir Petrović for two friendlies in Asia and Oceania.[23] He, however, missed the mini tour due to injury picked up in a training session.[24]

StatisticsEdit

Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Anderlecht 2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Eendracht Aalst (loan) 2001–02 3 0 0 0 3 0
OFK Beograd 2002–03 32 20 0 0 32 20
2003–04 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 2 0
Total 32 20 0 0 2 0 34 20
Gent 2003–04 22 4 2 1 24 5
OFK Beograd 2003–04 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2004–05 6 1 0 0 3[a] 1 9 2
Total 10 1 0 0 3 1 13 2
Austria Salzburg 2004–05 10 3 0 0 10 3
Metalist Kharkiv 2005–06 25 7 1 0 26 7
2006–07 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 27 7 1 0 28 7
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2006–07 29 7 1 0 6 1 36 8
Vitória Guimarães 2007–08 27 6 3 0 2 1 32 7
Shandong Luneng 2008 17 8 17 8
2009 1 0 2[b] 2 3 2
Total 18 8 2 2 20 10
Apollon Limassol 2009–10 1 0 0 0 1 0
Ethnikos Achna (loan) 2009–10 14 8 0 0 14 8
Apollon Limassol 2010–11 30 21 5 3 1[c] 0 36 24
Total 31 21 5 3 1 0 37 24
AEK Larnaca 2011–12 18 7 2 1 10[c] 3 30 11
Jiangsu Sainty 2012 5 1 0 0 5 1
Enosis Neon Paralimni 2012–13 15 7 3 1 18 8
Veria 2013–14 13 5 1 1 14 6
Tampines Rovers 2014 25 11 5 4 4 6 5[d] 4 39 25
Levadiakos 2014–15 3 0 0 0 3 0
Vojvodina 2015–16 6 0 0 0 3[c] 2 9 2
Agrotikos Asteras 2015–16 5 1 0 0 5 1
Rad 2016–17 0 0 0 0 0 0
OFK Beograd 2016–17 5 2 0 0 5 2
Career total 318 119 23 11 12 8 26 12 379 150
  1. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup.
  2. ^ Appearances in AFC Champions League.
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League.
  4. ^ One appearance and one goal in AFC Champions League, four appearances and three goals in AFC Cup.

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Shandong Luneng
Tampines Rovers

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

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