LISTEN TO LJUBO MILICEVIC DISCUSS HIS DISAPPOINTMENT IN PIM VERBEEK
Former Socceroo Ljubo Milicevic believes he is at peace with himself after facing a difficult period following his retirement from professional football.
Milicevic told David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Q&A he felt very negative and placed himself in isolation for a brief period.
“I didn’t want to talk to anyone, I was in a really dark place,” Milicevic said.
Milicevic was thankful for the love and support shown by his family which he believes was pivotal in helping him in this time.
“I want the best for others and I feel if I talk about it I can help others,” Milicevic said.
In relation to his playing career Milicevic said he was surprised to be left out of the 2006 Socceroos World Cup squad, despite playing in the UEFA Champions League with Swiss side Thun at the time.
Milicevic was included in the squad which defeated Uruguary but was not a part of the World Cup squad.
“I don’t really believe all the boys that went in the end really deserved to go at that point,” Milicevic said.
Milicevic told Davutovic he felt unappreciated by Pim Verbeek who took over as Socceroos manager in 2007.
“[Verbeek] was pretty arrogant and made statements about me publicly and I returned fire publicly.
“Saying those things, I knew I wasn’t going to be selected and to be honest I didn’t care anymore,” Milicevic said.
Milicevic also said he had no regrets over his career and was very proud to have represented Australia.
Milicevic signed with Northern NSW NPL club Charlestown City Blues in November 2017.
Football Q&A airs every Wednesday from 5pm (AEDT) hosted by David Davutovic on FNR_Football Nation Radio
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