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Ante Milicic
Gender Male
Ethnic Australian
Job Australian Football Coach
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Club as Coach Australia Women National Team [Head Coach]
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2019 06 09 Retrieve

[Milicic is adamant Australia can bounce back after the early set-back having reached the quarter-finals in their past three World Cup appearances] We have to do it the hard way, but maybe that is just the Australian way. We will stare the hard way straight in the eyes and we will go for it.

2019 06 12 Retrieve

[Captain and star player Sam Kerr enjoyed an incredible 2018, showered in individual awards and a couple of golden boots, and, despite their own managerial controversies, the mood going into the World Cup was positive] The way this team will play while I’m in charge will always be to attack and go for a win. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, home or away

[Milicic had even warned against complacency before the game] Italy are one of the most improved teams in world football. Individually they are strong, tactically they are flexible, and we know we will have to be at our best to win this game

2019 06 13 Retrieve

[Critics came out in force after Australia’s defeat against Italy but the Matildas dug deep on Friday morning (AEST) to claim a 3-2 win against Brazil having trailed 2-0] It’s a big result and we needed it today. It was a real Australian performance from these girls and I’m very proud of them. I think to come from 2-0 down, if anyone questioned the character of this team they answered in the best possible way. Delighted for the girls because they really deserved that

2019 06 18 Retrieve

[After losing to Italy in their opening game, the Matildas have now claimed consecutive wins in France but coach Ante Milicic is adamant more improvement is needed] We have qualified for the next round but we need to be better. We still get caught in transition far too easily. For us to keep our mission and go further in the tournament we need to get better. Full credit to Jamaica and I applaud them from trying to play an attacking style. We have to review this game quickly…it’s a short turnaround and we know we have to be better to get past a very strong Norway team

2019 06 19 Retrieve

[Ante Milicic is fully aware just how crucial Sam Kerr is to his side] She’s an inspirational leader. We as an Australian footballing community should be thankful that we’re witnessing one of the best players in the world, live. If there’s one player that you’re really happy for to score the goals, it’s Sammy. So I’m delighted for her - it’s history, as an Australian player at a World Cup to do what she’s done. I think all the accolades must go to Sam, but also the service she got throughout the game from the rest of the team.

2019 06 21 Retrieve

[Ante Milicic, who appointed Sam Kerr his captain when he took the job in February said] She’s an inspirational leader. We as an Australian footballing community should be thankful that we’re witnessing one of the best players in the world, live

2019 06 22 Retrieve

[Norway coach Martin Sjogren described Australia as ‘a very offensive playing team with very good players’ but one ‘not so strong in their defence’] We know we need to work on certain areas and keep the ball more so teams can’t hurt us

: 2019 06 22b Australia’s defensive woes sent them crashing out of the Women’s World Cup in a heart-breaking penalty shootout defeat to Norway, with even their world-class attacker Sam Kerr faltering, missing her spot-kick

2019 11 12 Retrieve

[Ante Milicic pointed out post-match in Sydney, the South Americans were probably the perfect opponent for this stage of the Matildas’ preparations] It’s a team that’s drawn recently with Brazil, a team that’s got a strong footballing culture, it’s actually a type of opponent that causes us problems. A direct style of football, a stop-start game that makes it [all about] transition. A couple of good individuals - they’re the ones that we struggle, in patches, against

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[New A-League side Macarthur FC have signed a number of Australians that are currently playing in Europe] We’ve signed nine players. Four or five of them are Australians playing in Europe that haven’t played in A-League before