Defender Milos Degenek
- Height 187cm
- Weight 82kg
- D.O.B. 28/4/94
- Born Knin
Club: Red Star Belgrade
Previous clubs: VfB Stuttgart, 1860 Munich, Yokohama F Marinos
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
Aussies Abroad: Ryan’s Brighton through to Quarter-Finals while Milligan, Giannou pick up strong results
There were a handful of Caltex Socceroos in action on Sunday morning (AEDT) while some key figures were rested as their clubs negotiated cup ties. Firstly to Europe where Mark Milligan played a full 90 at the heart of Hibernian’s midfield as they welcomed new manager Danny Hec
Aussies Abroad: Missed opportunity for Luongo, Irvine in the Championship
It was a night of frustration for a couple of promotion-chasing Caltex Socceroos in the English Championship on Wednesday morning (AEDT). Massimo Luongo’s Queens Park Rangers travelled to Bristol City and looked on course for a crucial win as Matt Smith’s goal had them leading
Aussies Abroad: Defeats for Mooy and Ryan but Milligan tastes success
Caltex Socceroos stars Aaron Mooy and Maty Ryan both tasted defeat in the English Premier League on Sunday morning (AEDT). Mark Milligan had a better outing, though, as Hibernian booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. And Massimo Luongo was involved in
Aussies Abroad: Vukovic, Degenek extend leads at top of table
There were a host of Caltex Socceroos in action on Friday night and Saturday morning (AEDT) across both Europe and Asia. Danny Vukovic was in goal as his Genk side extended their lead atop the Belgian Pro League ladder with a 2-0 win over fourth-placed Standard Liege. READ
Aussies Abroad: Degenek receives big welcome on winning start for Al-Hilal
Milos Degenek enjoyed a debut night to remember as Al-Hilal came from behind to beat Al-Fateh 4-1 in the Saudi Pro League this morning. Degenek – alongside other new signings Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Soriano and Hattan Bahbari – received a rapturous reception at a packed K
Caltex Socceroos defenders find new homes during January transfer window
January is often a month of hustle and bustle in the football world as clubs frantically look to unload and bring in players as title races and relegation fights start to get serious. On the Caltex Socceroos front however there hasn’t been a whole lot of change to report with
‘I’ve never seen anyone guess every single penalty’: Degenek’s confidence in Socceroos’ shootout success
Standing on halfway with his teammates ahead of the do-or-die AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™ Round of 16 penalty shootout against Uzbekistan, Socceroos defender Milos Degenek felt remarkably calm. After 120 gruelling minutes could not separate the teams, there was, as always, a littl
Degenek makes Saudi Arabia switch
Socceroos defender Milos Degenek has joined Al-Hilal, signing a three-and-a-half year deal with the Saudi Arabian club. The 24-year-old centre-back joins from Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade, where Degenek made 33 appearances in all competitions. Degenek - who has amassed
Degenek backs upbeat Socceroos to improve against Palestine
Milos Degenek believes the opening game defeat to Jordan has allowed the Socceroos to sharpen their focus for what’s ahead in the rest of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019™. The squad have analysed the Jordan game thoroughly and are now fully focused on getting things back on t
'We won't take our foot off the gas': Degenek's Caltex Socceroos vow ahead of AFC Asian Cup
Milos Degenek says the Caltex Socceroos are only just getting started after their solid 5-0 win over Oman. Graham Arnold’s troops warmed up for their opening clash against Jordan next week with another all-action, attacking display against Pim Verbeek’s men in Dubai. The Ca
Degenek not taking his foot off the gas
Twelve months ago, Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek was playing in Japan — now, he’s tearing up Serbia’s SuperLiga, having been named in the league’s best eleven for the first half of the season. It’s a credit to Degenek, 24, who signed with Red Star Belgrade in July
Degenek named in Serbian Superliga's best XI
Caltex Socceroos defender Milos Degenek has been named in the Serbian Superliga’s best eleven players of the first half of the season after his performances for Red Star Belgrade. AUSSIES ABROAD: Sainsbury denies former club Inter in first UCL start READ MORE: Where you can w