Darko Milanič is a former professional defender and current coach of the top-flight Slovenian club Maribor. He was born on 18 December 1967 in Izola, Slovenia.
Darko embarked on his professional career at a Serbian powerhouse side FK Partizan in 1986. He established himself as a pillar of the team during a seven-year stint. For that time, Milanič recorded the Yugoslav First League title and two Yugoslav Cups together with the club. In 1993, he moved to Austria where he joined giant Sturm Graz. Milanič became a fantastic asset for the club as he helped them to win two consecutive Austrian Bundesliga titles, three Austrian Cups and three Austrian Supercups during a seven-year spell. In between 1992 and 2000, he earned 42 caps to the Slovenia national team.
Milanič took up coaching in 2004 when he was appointed a manager of Slovenian side NK Primorje. He went on with Gorica in the 2007/08 season. But his managerial career really picked up steam when Darko Milanič took the coaching reins over PrvaLiga giants Maribor in 2008. He led them to three Slovenian PrvaLiga titles after 6 years of their moderate success. Milanič also recorded two cups and two supercups together with the club.
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