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Jovetić hits purple patch with Viola

Published: Saturday 8 May 2010, 9.04CET
Stevan Jovetić has long been tipped for big things by those in the know, but burst on to a wider scene in this season's UEFA Champions League and looks sure to go from strength to strength.
by Paolo Menicucci

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Published: Saturday 8 May 2010, 9.04CET

Jovetić hits purple patch with Viola

Stevan Jovetić has long been tipped for big things by those in the know, but burst on to a wider scene in this season's UEFA Champions League and looks sure to go from strength to strength.

Name: Stevan Jovetić
Club: ACF Fiorentina
Debut: 08/04/06 v FK Voždovac (for FK Partizan, Serbian Super League)
Position: attacking midfielder
Nationality: Montenegrin
Date of birth: 02/11/89

"Il ragazzo gioca bene" – the kid plays well – are the words sung about Jovetić by the Viola supporters. Simple but effective and after an eye-catching season, the Montenegro attacker is indeed getting better by the day.

The 20-year-old has garnered somewhat of a cult status at Fiorentina, with curly purple wigs a must among fans keen to show their adoration for the man and his hair. 'Jo-Jo' had a difficult first season in Serie A after joining from Partizan for a reported €8m fee in the summer of 2008, scoring just twice in 29 league appearances.

This campaign, though, started with a bang. Jovetić scored the goal against Sporting Clube de Portugal that earned Fiorentina a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage. He went on to add two more in the home defeat of Liverpool FC and another double in the second leg of the losing round of 16 tie against FC Bayern München.

He was honoured for his impressive performances when being named 2009 Montenegrin footballer of the year and has continued to make an impact for his national team, scoring six goals in 13 games.

Breakthrough game:
Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool
29/09/09 UEFA Champions League group stage
Already a full international and team captain when he was at Partizan, Jovetić's talent was still known only to some until his UEFA Champions League exploits. Liverpool's tormentor throughout, he beat the offside trap and slotted past Pepe Reina for the opener before adding a second by diverting in Juan Vargas's shot.

He says:
"It's a great honour to be compared to [Roberto] Baggio because he was a true great but honestly I still have to work very hard to reach that level."

They say:
"Jovetić is an excellent player and he has great talent. Like with all young talents, Fiorentina need to have faith in him and allow him to play as much as possible."
Former Fiorentina and Italy forward Roberto Baggio

"I think he can become an important player for this team. He has plenty of talent. It will not be easy for him to grow up in Florence if the expectations surrounding him are too big. I just hope he will continue to work as hard as he has done so far with the same humble approach."
Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli talking to UEFA.com

"Will I keep Jovetić? Yes, because there aren't many like Jovetić in football. He is the future of Fiorentina."
Fiorentina director of sport Pantaleo Corvino

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Last updated: 08/05/10 17.21CET

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