Defender Milos Degenek
- Height 187cm
- Weight 82kg
- D.O.B. 28/4/94
- Born Knin
Club: Yokohama F Marinos
Previous clubs: VfB Stuttgart, 1860 Munich
Caltex Socceroos cap number: 585
Debut: 27/05/2016 v England
Degenek was born in Croatia before his family moved to Australia as a child. He began his career with the Australian Institute of Sport followed by a move to Germany to join VfB Stuttgart's as a teenager in 2012. Injures prevented him from making a first-team appearance, but a subsequent switch to 1860 Munich elevated him to the national team reckoning.
Degenek broke into Caltex Socceroos squad after a number of strong showings as a centre-back and defensive midfielder in 2. Bundesliga and made his international debut against England in May 2016, providing the cross that led to Eric Dier's own goal.
He grew into a bigger role throughout the FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and, now playing his club football in Japan, is considered one of Australia's premier defenders.
Best Caltex Socceroos moment:
Degenek was included in Australia's squad for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and started against both Germany and Cameroon.
Did you know?
Previously captain of the Under-15 national team, Degenek was part of the Joeys squad that contested the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
World Cup 2018
Mixed news for Caltex Socceroos duo in Champions League qualifying
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Aussies Abroad: an opening day goal for the Wizard of Oz
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What's ahead for your Caltex Socceroos this weekend?
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Aussies Abroad: Rogic, Degenek progress in Champions League qualifying
Caltex Socceroos Tom Rogic and Milos Degenek are one step closer to playing in this season’s UEFA Champions League after their clubs progressed to the final qualifying round on Thursday morning (AEST). Rogic’s Celtic advanced 3-1 on aggregate against Norway’s Rosenborg – where
Aussies Abroad: Garuccio hits stunner, wins for Vukovic and Degenek
Ben Garuccio’s superb start for Heart of Midlothian continued overnight after the fullback claimed a goal and an assist in the club's 5-0 rout of Inverness in the Scottish League Cup. The 23-year-old struck a wonderful free kick in the 31st minute and supplied an assist for He
Aussies Abroad: debut goal for Dougall, Maclaren stakes his claim
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Caltex Socceroos' defender makes Champions League debut
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Caltex Socceroos squad: Defenders
Bert van Marwijk has confirmed his 23-man squad which will head to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and he’s gone with seven defensive options. Mark Milligan’s shift from midfield to defence means he’s likely to compete with Trent Sainsbury and Matthew Jurman for the two ce
Why Hungary friendly will be special for Milos Degenek
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Degenek’s motivation to make every minute count
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Aussies Abroad: Degenek scores again in Japan
Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek has scored for the second game in a row as Yokohama F.Marinos recorded a big win in the J-League. After helping Ange Postecoglou’s side to a win in the J-League Cup in midweek, Degenek rounded out the scoring as his side cruised to a 5-2