Ante Milicic

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Ante Milicic
Ante Milicic (Women World Cup France 2019).jpg
Personal information
Full name Anthony Josip Milicic
Date of birth (1974-04-04) 4 April 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Australia (Matildas)
Youth career
Sydney United
Hurstville ZFC
1990–1991 AIS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Sydney United 6 (1)
1993 Canberra Deakin 13 (6)
1993–1997 Sydney United 114 (39)
1997–1999 NAC Breda 47 (10)
1999–2001 NK Rijeka 51 (15)
2001–2002 Sydney United 14 (8)
2002–2003 Sydney Olympic 39 (30)
2003–2004 Parramatta Power 26 (20)
2004 Pahang FA 1 (0)
2004–2005 Sydney United
2005–2006 Newcastle Jets 20 (7)
2006–2008 Queensland Roar 24 (4)
2008 Shahzan Muda
2009 Sydney United
2010 Dandenong City (7)
National team
Australia U-20
Australia U-23
2002–2005 Australia 6 (5)
Teams managed
2009 Sydney United
2010–2012 Melbourne Heart (Assistant)
2012–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers (Assistant)
2014–2018 Australia (Assistant)
2017–2018 Australia U23
2018–2019 Australia U23 (Assistant)
2018–2019 Australia U20
2019–2020 Australia (Matildas)
2020– Macarthur FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2007

Ante Milicic (/ˈænt ˈmɪləɪ/ AN-tay MIL-ə-chitch; Croatian: Ante Miličić [ǎːnte mîlitʃitɕ]; (born 4 April 1974) is a former Australian international football (soccer) player, and current manager of Australia (Matildas).

Club career[edit]

He played for a variety of sides in two stints in the National Soccer League; the first stint was played almost entirely for Sydney United, for whom he played as a junior, and which culminated in playing in their runner-up 1996/97 side. After that season he moved to NAC Breda in the Netherlands, and after 2 seasons there went to Croatia's NK Rijeka, where he was the club's top scorer in 2000/01 with 10 goals. On his return to the NSL in season 2001/02, he rejoined Sydney United for a brief stay, before moving to city rival Sydney Olympic during the same season, he would spend the rest of the season and the next playing there, including scoring the only goal of the 2001/02 Grand Final against Perth Glory. In the final he was awarded the Joe Marston Medal, delivering Sydney Olympic their second NSL title, as well as playing in the runner up side the following season against Perth Glory.

In the last season of the NSL in 2003–04 season, he moved to Parramatta Power, where he would again experience Grand Final defeat against the Perth Glory. After the NSL was disbanded, Milicic played in the Malaysian League for Pahang, it was widely felt that with the $1.5 million salary caps imposed on all A-League clubs, Milicic would not be able to be brought back to Australia. However, he joined the Newcastle United Jets, who finished 4th on the A-League ladder in 2005/2006, also joining close friends Labinot Haliti, Ned Zelic.[citation needed]

Ante Milicic was the first player in the A-League to score a Hat-Trick in the game Newcastle Jets v New Zealand Knights on 4 November 2005 in round 11. In May 2006 Ante signed to transfer to rival A-League team Queensland Roar, where he played in 44 matches scoring 11 goals. On 8 December 2007, Milicic had his contract terminated by mutual consent and joining Malaysian Premier League Shahzan Muda FC, citing that "It wasn't quite happening for me at Queensland Roar."[1]

National team statistics[edit]


Australia national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 2 1
2003 0 0
2004 3 2
2005 1 2
Total 6 5


Milicic returned home to his club, Sydney United as player/coach for season 2009 and 2010 in the NSW Premier League, it is his first venture as coach and currently boasts a record of 9 wins (8 in Premier League 1 Tiger Turf Cup), 2 Draws and 1 Loss.

He was also called up as an assistant coach to the Under 20's Young Socceroos team for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt and Assistant in Under 20s World Cup in Colombia 2011.

On 18 November 2009 it was announced that he would be joining Jesper Olsen as an assistant coach at new A-League franchise Melbourne Heart.

After being passed over for the vacant manager position at Melbourne Heart, he joined his close friend Tony Popovic as the inaugural assistant coach of Western Sydney Wanderers FC.[3]

At the end of the 2013/14 A-League season, Milicic joined Ange Postecoglou as assistant coach of the Socceroos, Australia's national men’s football team.[4]

On 18 February 2019, Milicic was announced by the FFA as the interim head coach of the Australia Women's team through to the end of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[5]

On 15 May 2019, Milicic was announced as the inaugural head coach for new A-League club Macarthur FC,[6] he is set to begin following his spell with Australia (Matildas).


With Australia:

With Sydney Olympic:

With Trinity Grammar 4th XI:

  • Cassen Cup- Most Ouststanding Opens Team: 2009

Personal Honours:


  1. ^ "Milicic leaves Roar for good". The World Game. 8 December 2007. Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2007.
  2. ^ "Ante Milicic". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  3. ^ Davutovic, David (22 May 2012). "Ante's heart is back in Sydney". News Limited. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
  4. ^ "UAE will be formidable Asian Cup hosts for defending champions Australia, says Ante Milicic" The National. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Milicic to take the helm of new club Macarthur FC". The World Game. Retrieved 15 May 2019.

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