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Milenko Ačimovič (born 15 February 1977 in Ljubljanamarker) is a Slovenianmarker footballer who plays for Austria Wien. He is a playmaker who has a great passing range and an abundance of skill.

Club career

Born in Ljubljana to Serbian parents, young Milenko started his career in the youth ranks of Olimpija Ljubljanamarker. As an extremely gifted youngster, he made three first-team appearances for Zeleznicar when he was just 17 years old. From 1996 until 1998 he found himself again playing for Olimpija, scoring 7 goals in 34 matches. He then joined Red Star Belgrade.

Milenko played in Belgrademarker for three and a half years. He developed into quite a dependable midfielder. After successful appearances for Slovenianmarker national team in Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002, many bigger European clubs expressed interest in him. In the summer of 2002, he joined Tottenham Hotspur. In his first season in Londonmarker, he made a few appearances, but never established himself as a first team player. In his second season, he became a fringe player.

In January 2004 he joined the French club Lille on loan until the end of the season. When he arrived, the club was in 14th place in the Ligue 1, but after some good form and fine performances by Acimovic they finished the season as runners up and therefore qualified for the Champions League. In the first year they also played in the UEFA Cup and were eliminated in the last 16. They played in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, and successfully reached the group stages. Mile was Lille's creative spark and scored against Manchester United when Lille won the game in Paris 1-0. That was Lille's only goal of the campaign.

After playing for Lille in Francemarker for 2½ seasons he fell out of favor and surprisingly joined Al-Ittihad for the 2006-07 season. After failing to adapt to life in Saudi Arabia, he agreed on a mutual termination of the contract, subsequently moving to Austria Wien in Vienna.

International career

He debuted for the Slovenia national team on 22 April 1998 in Murska Sobotamarker against the Czech Republic. He gave many notable performances for the national team, including a spectacular goal scored from the middle of the field against Ukraine in the Euro 2000 play-off. He represented Slovenia at both Euro 2000 and World Cup 2002, scoring in their 1-3 defeat to Paraguay in Seogwipomarker. His final appearance for the national side came on 28 March 2007 in Celjemarker, during a 1-0 home defeat to the Netherlands in a Euro 2008 qualification match. He announced his retirement from international football that August.

References

  1. Ačimovič bids Slovenia adieu


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