UEFA Champions League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits
|FC Bayern München||Football Arena Munich - MunichWednesday 18 September 2019|
21.00CET (21.00 local time) Group B - Matchday 1
|FK Crvena zvezda|
Date of birth: 15 October 1971
Playing career: Hertha Zehlendorf, Hertha Berlin (twice), Bayer Leverkusen, Hamburg, Bayern München, Salzburg
Coaching career: Croatia Under-21, Croatia, Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern München
• Born in Berlin to parents hailing from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kovač began his career at local side Hertha Zehlendorf before earning a move to 2. Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin in 1991. A defensive midfielder, he then joined Leverkusen, playing alongside younger brother Robert for the first time.
• Signed for Hamburg in 1999 but was reunited with Robert when the pair were snapped up by Bayern two years later. Won a league and cup double in 2002/03 yet struggled to tie down a starting spot and returned to Hertha in 2003, subsequently ending his playing days with Salzburg.
• Collected his first Croatia cap in 1996 and featured in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying, only for injury to rule him out of the finals. Ever-present at the 2002 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2004, he also featured in the 2006 World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008, retiring in 2009 with 83 caps and 14 international goals.
• Quickly turned to coaching, first overseeing Salzburg's youth side and then working as a first-team assistant. Left Salzburg in 2012 and took charge, assisted by brother Robert, of Croatia's U21 squad in January 2013 before stepping up to the senior side that October following Igor Štimac's resignation. Took Croatia to the 2014 World Cup via the play-offs but was unable to guide his side into the knockout rounds and dismissed in September 2015.
• Resurfaced at Eintracht in March 2016, guiding the club to Bundesliga survival that year and mid-table safety, plus the German Cup final, in 2016/17. Oversaw an eighth-place finish the following campaign and having been announced as the new Bayern coach in April 2018, Kovač bowed out at Eintracht by winning the club's first trophy since 1988 with victory in the German Cup final – against Bayern. Retained the cup in his first season in Munich, completing the domestic double after Bayern's Bundesliga triumph.
Date of birth: 09 March 1970
Playing career: Bečej, Radnički Beograd, PAS Giannina, Kalamata, Crvena zvezda, Apollon Athens, Panathinaikos, Iraklis, Akratitos
Coaching career: Iraklis (youth), Crvena zvezda (youth), Javor, Čukarički, Omonia, Panionios, Crvena zvezda
• Born in Arandelovac, Milojević began playing football in Crvena zvezda's youth sides before moving on to the first team of Yugoslav league clubs Bečej and Radnički Beograd.
• Milojević moved to Greece in 1993, initially joining second division side PAS Giannina, and later helping Kalamata to promotion to the top flight. He became the first foreign central defender to play for Panathinaikos when he joined in July 1997 and stayed for three years, going on to have spells at Iraklis and Akratitos before ending his playing career in 2004.
• Appointed to coach at Iraklis's academies in February 2008, Milojević spent 2011/12 in charge of Javor before guiding Čukarički to the club's first major trophy with a shock Serbian Cup final win over Partizan in 2014/15. Took charge at Cypriot club Omonia between November 2015 and May 2016.
• Returned to Greece in August 2016, taking over at Panionios, who were second to eventual champions Olympiacos for much of the campaign, aided by a notable away win in Piraeus. Eventually finished fifth in what proved Milojević's sole season in charge.
• Appointed Crvena zvezda coach on 5 June 2017, he won the Serbian Super League in his debut campaign and kicked off 2018/19 by taking the Belgrade outfit into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time. Although they bowed out after matchday six, the Red-and-Whites had the consolation of a home victory against eventual champions Liverpool – Serbia's first ever group win – and ended the season by retaining the league title. They then came through four qualifying rounds to earn an immediate UEFA Champions League group stage return at the start of 2019/20.
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