Date of birth: 27/02/1995 (18 years old)
Place of birth: Novi Sad (Serbia)
Club career: Vojvodina Novi Sad
Squad number: 21
Current national team: Serbia U-19
Position: defensive midfielder, centre midfielder
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): 400,000 €
Contract until: 31.12.2015
Similar type of player: Simon Rolfes
– long shots
– tactical awareness
Style of play:
– ball winning midfielder/box-to-box midfielder
– indirect set-piece threat
– likes to shoot from dostance
– likes to play short passes
– commits fouls often
He is best suited to playing as:
Defensive midfielder in 4-2-3-1.
European Under-19 Championship 2013 winner with Serbia.
Serbian Super Liga 2013/2014 (ongoing): 2 matches/0 goals (Vojvodina Novi Sad)
Sergej is yet another proof of the old adage “the apple never falls far from the tree”. He was born in the family of sportspeople – his father Nikola was a decent football player and mother Milana was one of the best basketball players of Yugoslavia. His younger brother Vanja is a talented goalkeeper who also plays for the same club. Sergej is a product of Vojvodina Novi Sad academy – club very well known for its graduates, such as Vujadin Boskov, Slavisa Jokanovic or Milos Krasic, Dusan Tadic and Gojko Kacar recently. Milinkovic-Savic is a midfielder with incredible height, refined technique and feeling for the game. He made his first-team debut on November 23, 2013 under coach Marko Nikolić, in a 3-0 away loss to Jagodina and until today played in 2 SuperLiga matches. He also participated and won a title with Serbia at the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, where he played a full 90 minutes in 4 of 5 games, including a final game against France.
“Milinkovic-Savic and Gacinovic will have much to do to become great players. However, time works for them because they only recently turned 18, and they are great guys with character and superior abilities.”
(Ljubinko Drulovic – coach of the Serbia national under-19 team)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Country-scale star with top European club ambition.