AS Roma striker Mirko Vučinić has been proclaimed best Montenegrin player of the year for the third time running.
In the annual poll organised by the Football Association of Montenegro (FSCG) the coaches and captains of all 12 domestic top-flight clubs voted the 25-year-old Vučinić ahead of another Serie A player, ACF Fiorentina teenager Stevan Jovetić, and Sporting Clube de Portugal midfielder Simon Vukčević. FK Mogren Budva forward Nikola Vujović was named the best player in the Montenegrin league ahead of Fatos Bećiraj, who struck 27 goals in 41 FK Budućnost Podgorica mathces in 2008. FK Grbalj attacking midfielder Dragan Bošković was third.
For the second time in three years Dejan Vukićević was voted best coach after leading FK Mogren Budva to Montenegrin Cup victory, their first major honour. Vukićević, who finished ahead of FK Grbalj's Nebojša Vignjević and FK Sutjeska Nikšić's Nikola Rakojević, said: "I am proud of this award. In this poll I beat two coaches who actually defeated me on the pitch this season. I hope I will beat them on the pitch in second part of the season. If so Mogren will have a good chance of becoming champions. In that case, I wouldn't mind if they won this award next year!"
The FSCG also gave two special awards for results achieved in 2008 at fourth-placed Russian side FC Amkar Perm, honouring coach Miodrag Božović, who will guide FC Moskva next season, and midfielder Nikola Drinčić. Božović said: "I am glad that the FSCG noticed what Amkar did this year. I am happy, but I must say that my players deserve awards, because a coach can't do much with poor players. I had great players at Amkar and thanks to them I won this award."
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