Đorđije Ćetković insists there will be no chance of family loyalties getting in the way of his attempt to wrestle back the Montenegrin championship his brother Marko won last season.
Midfielder Marko's FK Mogren claimed the title last term and top the Prva Crnogorska nine games into the campaign but Đorđije, who moved to 2007/08 winners FK Budućnost Podgorica over the summer, is determined to get one over his younger brother. "Yes, I came back to win a title," said the 26-year-old, in his second spell at Budućnost. "Mogren will be our main rival. It will be a sweet rivalry between me and Marko. First of all, we are brothers, but since we were boys we always wanted to be better than the other, which is absolutely normal.
"Now we look a little bit different and I don't want to be better than Marko as a player. I want Marko to play more good matches and score more goals than me, but with just one point less than me at the end." The pair, who describe their uncle, former Real Madrid CF striker Predrag Mijatović, as their "big inspiration", enjoyed vastly differing fortunes when they met on 28 August. Marko scored Mogren's second goal in a 2-1 victory for the titleholders; Đorđije was sent off.
Full of surprises
"I was sorry for him, but happy for the victory, which showed that Mogren are currently better than Budućnost," said Marko, 23. The younger of the duo, who spent one season outside Montenegro with Serbian giants FK Partizan – the "worst decision" of his career – is particularly relishing his bid for brotherly one-upmanship. "I really didn't expect that we would be rivals in our home country, but football is full of surprises," he added. "What I want to do now is try to win another title and spend next summer having a joke at my older brother's expense."
Making mum happy
Despite growing up together, the siblings are yet to play alongside one another professionally, something Đorđije is keen to redress on the international stage. "I hope we will wear the same jersey one day, and my biggest wish is to be team-mates in the Montenegrin national side," said the three-cap midfielder, who has also played abroad, in Germany, with FC Hansa Rostock and VfL Osnabrück. "Our mother will be happy too, finally," added Marko.
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