Luka Ilić

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Luka Ilić
Personal information
Full name Luka Ilić[1]
Date of birth (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Niš, FR Yugoslavia[2]
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position Central midfielder[4]
Club information
Current team
NAC Breda
(on loan from Manchester City)
Youth career
2006–2008 Filip Filipović
2008–2014 Real Niš
2014–2017 Red Star Belgrade
2017–2018 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Manchester City 0 (0)
2017–2018Red Star Belgrade (loan) 14 (2)
2018–NAC Breda (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2016 Serbia U17 6 (1)
2015– Serbia U18 3 (0)
2017– Serbia U21 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2017

Luka Ilić (Serbian Cyrillic: Лука Илић; born 2 July 1999) is a Serbian footballer, playing for NAC Breda on loan from Manchester City.[2]

Club career[edit]

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

Luka started playing football with local football club Filip Filipović at the age of 7, along with his younger brother Ivan. Later he played with football club Real Niš until 2014, when he joined Red Star Belgrade.[5] He joined the first team in for the 2016–17 season under coach Miodrag Božović,[6] making his senior debut for the team in a friendly match against Ludogorets Razgrad on 14 November 2015.[7] Ilić signed his first professional contract with Red Star Belgrade in February 2016.[8] During the summer pre-season in 2017, Ilić presented as an one of the top 10 club's youth prospects.[4] He made his official debut for the club on 6 July 2017, replacing Slavoljub Srnić in second leg of the first qualifying round for 2017–18 UEFA Europa League against Floriana.[9] Several days later, Red Star accepted an offer from the English side Manchester City and Ilić had been sold for a €5 million net fee along with his younger brother Ivan.[10][11] Within the arrangement, Luka returned at one-year loan deal to Red Star.[12][13] Ilić made his Serbian SuperLiga debut on 13 August 2017, as a substitution for Nemanja Milić in the match against OFK Bačka.[14] He scored his first senior goal in 4–0 victory over Mačva Šabac on 14 October 2017.[15]

NAC Breda[edit]

Ilić signed for Dutch side NAC Breda on loan for the 2018–19 season.[16]

Style of play[edit]

As a left-footed player, Ilić performed at all position in midfield through the youth career. In early years of playing football, he usually performed more offensive as a second striker or attacking midfielder.[17] Joining the youth team of Red Star Belgrade, Ilić converted his position, playing as right-side central midfielder, and later as a defensive midfielder with a box-to-box role, being paired with his brother.[18] He characterized by lucidity and great performances face to face game against the opponent.[19] Ilić is also free-kick taker.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 April 2018[21]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Red Star Belgrade 2016–17[22] SuperLiga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18 (loan)[23] 14 2 2 0 1[a] 0 17 2
Total 14 2 2 0 1 0 17 2
  1. ^ Ilić made an appearance against Floriana before rejoined the club as a loaned player[9]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Personal life[edit]

Born in Niš, Ilić grew up in a sports family. His father Srđan played as a winger in Radnički Niš and his mother Danijela Ilić played basketball professionally. Luka's younger brother, Ivan is also a professional footballer.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "Лука Илић". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Ilic, Luka". srbijafudbal.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "ALO! PREDSTAVLJA Top 10 Zvezdinih klinaca za budućnost". Alo! (in Serbian). 31 May 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Звездини бисери - Браћа Илић". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 31 March 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Одржана летња „прозивка"". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 13 July 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "Luka Ilić za BUTASPORT.RS: Nisam spavao od uzbuđenja noć pred utakmicu sa Bugarima". butasport.rs (in Serbian). 15 November 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Kadet, omladinac, prvotimac - sve za par meseci!". mondo.rs (in Serbian). 26 February 2016. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "DEBITOVAO ZA ZVEZDU Luka Ilić: Ostvario sam san, ovo je podsticaj da nastavim da radim". Blic (in Serbian). 8 July 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Manchester City make €5.5m bid for Red Star Belgrade brothers Luka and Ivan Ilić". mcfcwatch.com. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Detalji transfera braće Ilić u Mančester Siti!". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 16 July 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  12. ^ ""FUDBAL", vanredni broj 13/17" (PDF). Football Association of Serbia (in Serbian). 10 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Терзић: Звездаши, будите поносни". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 7 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Rutina Zvezdinih rezervista pred Krasnodar: Dva prvenca u crveno-belom dresu, ali je Čeković skinuo magiju s Borjanovog gola (VIDEO)". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 13 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "Лука Илић - Пресрећан сам!". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 14 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "NAC rents Ilić officially from Manchester City" (in Dutch). NAC Breda. Retrieved 3 August 2018. 
  17. ^ "Zvezda veruje u decu: 16 potpisa na "Marakani"!". mondo.rs (in Serbian). 10 March 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "Лука и Иван Илић предводе нови талас талената: Живимо за фудбал и Звездин дрес!". Večernje novosti (in Serbian). 7 April 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  19. ^ "Zvezda ima novo blago: Tamo gde stane Grujić nastaviće Luka Ilić! (VIDEO)". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 18 November 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "Velika nervoza, dva crvena kartona i bezbolan poraz Orlića". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 10 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  21. ^ a b Luka Ilić at Soccerway
  22. ^ "Ilić, Luka 2016–17 season". Serbian SuperLiga official website (in Serbian). Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  23. ^ "Ilić, Luka 2017–18 season". Serbian SuperLiga official website (in Serbian). Retrieved 13 August 2017. 

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