Stats by Plava Čigra (with some help from yourigo & Classical)
Nickname: *Plava Čigra* (literary translation would be *Blond Gyroscope*; I think that most of the foreign journalists called him *Blond Arrow*, same as Di Stefano) | *Plavi Anđeo* (*Blond Angel*)
Club: Partizan Belgrade
Growth type: Standard
Miloš Milutinović was the most talented player in the history of Yugoslavian football. Player with excellent technique, very fast and agile, who scored a lot of goals for Partizan Belgrade and Yugoslavian national team. He was fantastic reader of the game, and he had unique style of dribble. Some of the attackers use size and toughness for making themselves position. Milutinović is not that kind of player. Completely opposite of that. Although not weak in 1-on-1 duels with attackers, he always used his speed, agility and his unique dribbling. He later said that he practiced his dribbling in one unusual way. He would walk down the Belgrade's most crowded street and watch other people's body reaction on his body movement, as they passed by him on that street.
He scored 231 goals in 213 matches (if we are looking at official games, he scored 204 goals in 193 games) for Partizan Belgrade, in 6 years period. He was the first player to score in new European top club championship called then European Champion Clubs Cup (today, that's Champions League). Also he was first scorer of this competition in that first season (1955/1956) with 8 goals, leaving behind him such legends, like Di Stefano and Hidegkuti. In the game against Real Madrid (played in Madrid, 4:0 for Real), he scored 2 goals which were canceled (because of this Santiago Bernabeu later apologized, saying that he feel ashamed, because of those referee's mistakes, which Bernabeu and audience of stadium considered as robbery of Partizan and he mentioned that he don't know from what place came the decision that Real has to win that trophy; it's needless to say that both goals were regular). Same thing happened in Belgrade (3:0 for Partizan), because Milutinović scored 2 goals, Mihajlović 1 and again 1 regular goal was canceled by the referee. Let it be remembered, that the referees were in the First leg Dean Harzic (France) and in Second leg Josef Gulde (Switzerland).
After those games, Bernabeu tried several times, to persuade Miloš to sign for Real. But Miloš refused every time, because he liked playing in his own country and because money was no object for him. Even if he wanted to sign, he couldn't, because players in Yugoslavian football weren't allow to leave country and play for foreign teams, before they were 30 years old (only a few player have left while being 28 or 29 years old). And Miloš was 23-24 years old, when these offers have been made! Beside that Yugoslavia had no diplomatic relations with Franco's fasistic regime. But all those things couldn't stop Bernabeu, and he made his final offer while Partizan was on Swedish tour. He gave Miloš empty check, telling him to write any number, and that he will arrange all the necessary emigration paper and Spanish passport. Once again, Miloš refused. Years after that, Bernabeu admitted that seeing Miloš in Real's white uniform while playing with Di Stefano, was one of a few of his unfulfilled wishes. He also admitted that Kopa would never came to Madrid, if he signed Miloš.
He then moved to OFK Beograd. In 1959, he underwent surgery for his ongoing lung problems (Bayern president made a deal with him to pay all of his medical bills, and when he recovers from tuberculosis, he will play 1 year for Bayern). The best proof, what impression he made in München, is that he's marked as the 50th greatest player to play in Bayern (just after 20 games, and while playing after long rehabilitation, after the part of his lung has been removed). He stayed one year in Germany before playing in Paris.
Before moving to Paris, he was negotiating with two Italian teams, Inter and Catania. But the negotiations broke down, since one Yugoslavian reporter (who was, at that time, writing for one respected Italian sport newspaper) wrote that after the operation above Milutinović's career hangs big question mark (this off course was just ridiculous, because Miloš almost fully recuperated, and the only thing was that he couldn't run as much as before, but than, he never was a player who run the whole game). It was one of those petty thing that jealous people do.
Then he played for Racing Club de France (66 games/28 goals) and he was recognized as one of the greatest players in history of this club ( http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racing_Club_de_France_Football#Grands_noms_du_pass.C3.A9 ). In fact, during his stay here, the club was 2. in Division 1, during 1961/1962 and 1962/1963 seasons. In 1961, Paris Football Magazine printed a list of football players who marked that year. Among 12 players, there was Milutinović's name and picture. After being at Racing for 2 years, he joined Stade Français for the next two seasons.
After the spell in France, he retired and became Sport Director of OFK Beograd. He reactivated in 1967/68 season, because OFK Beograd's attackers (Skoblar and Samardžić) have gone to foreign clubs, and only the young players stayed. When Šekularac heard that Miloš is going to reactivate, he called him and asked him, could he come and play together with Miloš. Needless to say that they were spectacular pair of attackers, both with great technical abilities. On every OFK Beograd game, there were 30.000 viewers. That's the one of the greatest (if not the greatest) average of fans in Yugoslavian football history. Even on trainings, they often had 10.000 viewers, who were there to see two great artists in football. He finished his career in 1968/1969 season.
During his prime he was compared by many with Sindelar, in the terms of speed, dribbling and technique (Bobek was also compared with this excellent Austrian player). When Cruyff appeared on the football stage, many people agreed that his style of play, during the attacks, although unique, reminded them on one legend who did almost all those things 15-20 years ago, Miloš Milutinović.
Miloš Milutinović died on 28th of January, 2003.
(scores against France at 1954 World Cup)
00:10 - Milutinović dribbles through Red Star defense, goes on the side, makes a long pass, and then Zebec jumps very high and hammers the ball with his head, with two Red Star defenders on him (you can't see too much on the video, except the goal, but thrust me, I spoke to a few old Partizan fans, and they described this situation like that, before I found it on youtube; older fans remember this game particularly, because it was the highest victory against Red Star/Crvena Zvezda, 7-1 was the score)