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The outspoken and hard-nosed Siniša Mihajlović has enjoyed a footballing career which spans four decades and has lasted nearly 35 years. Since 2005, he has been a manager. But before this, he was player - a defender who played for a number of clubs in Croatia, Serbia and, most famously, Italy.
He began in his native Serbia with Brovo where he would play for two seasons, appearing 37 times and scoring four goals before having his talents recognised by Vojvodina. At Vojvodina, Mihajlović would play 73 times and astonishingly for a defender, score 19 goals. These numbers are not the results of a couple of freakish seasons, but are actually representative of Mihajlović remarkable goalscoring record throughout his career (he would score 70 goals in league competitions alone). He also got his first taste of silverware, something that would become commonplace throughout his career, as Vojovodina finished in first place in the 1988/1989 Yugoslavian First league.
He went on to fellow Serbian club, and probably the most prestigious in the country, Red Star Belgrade in 1990. He won the Yugoslavian First League for the second time in his first season with the club, a feat he would go on to repeat the following year in his final season with Red Star. He continued his impressive goalscoring achievements in his two seasons with the team, also - he scored 9 times in 38 appearances giving him a goals-per-game ratio of nearly one in four, the second-highest Mihajlović achieved with a single club.
At the end of the 1991/1992 season, many top clubs around Europe had become aware of Siniša Mihajlović's talents. He had many options but eventually decided to choose Roma as his destination. Italian football was flourishing at the time and Mihajlović combative style suited the league to a tee. He clearly felt at home in the country as he would spend the rest of his playing days in it, with various different clubs, and also the vast majority of his subsequent managerial career as well.
His time at Roma ultimately, however, was a disappointment, they would finish 10th and 7th in his two seasons with the club. While Mihajlović himself enjoyed a relatively solid set of performances for the club, the overall result was highly disappointing.
In search of silverware in Italy, Mihajlović moved to Sampdoria in the summer of 1994. Under the tutelage of Sven-Göran Eriksson, Mihajlović, now successfully converted into a left-back, again played well but his teammates were disappointing, they were unable to win any competitions despite coming close on a number of occasions.
In the summer of 1998, after the World Cup in France in which Mihajlović competed with Yugoslavia, he moved to another giant Italian team: Lazio. Almost immediately Mihajlović got his first taste of Italian silverware which he had craved for so long, Lazio winning in the Supercoppa Italiana. The season which followed this, however, was poor, Lazio finished 7th despite finishing in the Serie A top four the previous season.
The following season, however, was a success, Lazio finally winning only their second league title in their history with the help of Mihajlović's exploits from left-back. They won the Coppa Italia the same season.
He would continue to be successful in Italy for a number of years, he won the Coppa Italia once more for Lazio in the 2003/2004 season before leaving the club in favour of Inter Milan where he won the league once more in 2005/06 and the Coppa Italia twice more in as many seasons. before hanging up his boots at the age of 36.
He then made the move into management. First, he would be assistant manager of Inter before landing his first senior role at Bologna, the club where he would eventually return ten years later. He stayed at Bologna for a season before being removed due to the club being in danger of relegation. His time at Catani, his next club, was much more impressive. Catania were a relegation-threatened club when Mihajlović took over but under his stewardship, he steered them towards safety.
He then moved to a more high-profile job with Fiorentina who were touted as potential European-place contenders. But Mihajlović was unable to deliver this elusive prize to the club in his two seasons with the club and could only manage mid-table.
He then made his one and only venture into International management, taking charge of his native Serbia in 2012 in the hope of taking them to the World Cup in Brazil two years later. He narrowly missed out as Serbia finished third in their qualifying group.
He took charge of Sampdoria from November 2013 and steered them clear of relegation which led to him being offered a further year on his short-term contract. He resigned at the end of the following season to join AC Milan. He survived for just less than a season before joining Torino and then Sporting Lisbon, his only club job outside of Italy to date.
Now he is back at Bologna, replacing Filippo Inzaghi just as he did at AC Milan.