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Randjelović running riot with Rudar

Published: Thursday 13 November 2008, 9.55CET
Former PFC CSKA Moskva and FC Zenit St. Petersburg and striker Predrag Randjelović has hit a "totally unexpected" scoring streak at FK Rudar Pljelvlja, with eleven goals in his first 13 Montenegrin league games.
by Aleksandar Radović
from Podgorica
Randjelović running riot with Rudar
Predrag Randjelović has scored eleven goals in 13 league games for Rudar ©Vijesti
Published: Thursday 13 November 2008, 9.55CET

Randjelović running riot with Rudar

Former PFC CSKA Moskva and FC Zenit St. Petersburg and striker Predrag Randjelović has hit a "totally unexpected" scoring streak at FK Rudar Pljelvlja, with eleven goals in his first 13 Montenegrin league games.
Former PFC CSKA Moskva and FC Zenit St. Petersburg striker Predrag Randjelović has hit a "totally unexpected" scoring streak at FK Rudar Pljelvlja, with eleven goals in his first 13 Montenegrin league games.

Flying start
Now 32, the Serbian striker was hoping that a move to Montenegro would keep his goals tally ticking over, but never predicted that he would be finding the net so regularly. "To be honest, I am a little bit surprised," he said. "I hoped I would score goals, and that was the reason I came to Rudar, but this record was totally unexpected."

Wrong results
Randjelović has scored well over half of his club's goals this season, but they have been unable to take full advantage, lying sixth in the 12-team league. "I would happily exchange my goals for team victories, because goals without victories don't worth much," said Randjelović. "I scored four times away against FK Sutjeska and FK Mogren, but we lost both games, so I can't be satisfied."

Regular traveller
The striker has been a regular globetrotter, with spells at FC Anzhi Makhachkala, CSKA, Zenit, FC Universitatea Craiova, FK Obilić, VfB Admira Wacker Mödling and FK Bežanija prior to his summer move to Rudar, but he insisted his latest move to Europe's newest UEFA-affiliated league was not a step down in the world.

'No logic'
"The Montenegrin league could be compared with the Serbian top division, though maybe the standard is a little lower," he explained. "This competition is very interesting. There are no favourites, no big differences between clubs and every match is very competitive. There is no logic to this league – that's why I like it."

Medium-term goal
Rudar have not started as well as Randjelović might have hoped, but with their new-look squad starting to gel, he still expects them to be challenging for European places by the end of the season. "I am sure we will be contenders until the end and I hope we can win at least one trophy, but the most important thing is to book a place in Europe and go for the title from the start of next season."

Personal battle
Meanwhile, he faces an intriguing personal battle with FK Budućnost Podgorica striker Fatos Bećiraj for the top scorer prize, with the 20-year-old having scored ten so far. "It is not a rivalry, because I didn't come here to make my name – I came here was to help my team," said Randjelović. "I hope Bećiraj continues to score a lot of goals. He is a young, talented player with every chance of a good career."

Last updated: 13/11/08 11.13CET

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