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 Qualifiers for 2018
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
Budapest’s Groupama Arena will resemble a Degenek family reunion when the Caltex Socceroos take on Hungary in their final pre-tournament friendly on Sunday morning. READ: Everything you need to know about Hungary READ: Day 19 Wrap: Caltex Socceroos arrive in Budapest WAT
Degenek’s motivation to make every minute count
He was the last defender to arrive in Camp Caltex Socceroo and Milos Degenek is ready to make every session count to fulfil his dream of playing at a FIFA World Cup. Club commitments with Yokohama F.Marinos in Japan meant the 24-year-old only started full training with the squ
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
Aussies Abroad: Degenek scores, Jurman's Champions League progression
Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek has struck a crucial goal for his club Yokohama F Marinos to help them progress to the next round of the J.League Cup. Degenek, who started for the Ange Postecoglou-coached side started the game against J2 League outfit Albirex Niigata,
Squad Status: 975min puzzle falling into place for Aussie defence
Bert van Marwijk has confirmed his extended 26-man Caltex Socceroos squad that will head to Turkey for a pre-FIFA World Cup training camp and he’s included nine defensive options. With Matthew Jurman and Trent Sainsbury finally back to full fitness, albeit having played just 9
Success for Langerak, Duke in J-League overnight
The dream start for Caltex Socceroos keeper Mitch Langerak continues in Japan. He has again tasted success in the J-League, keeping a clean sheet in Nagoya Grampus' win overnight. Nagoya made it two wins from two after defeating Jubilo Iwata 1-0 at home on Saturday. Ga
Caltex Socceroos ready for high stakes qualifier: Degenek
Defender Milos Degenek says the Caltex Socceroos are aware of the enormity of Tuesday’s second leg with Syria and feels a big Sydney crowd will keep Australia’s FIFA World Cup dream alive. After Thursday night’s 1-1 draw against Syria in Malaysia, Ange Postecoglou’s side just