The official website for European football

Scouts come up trumps for Zeta

Published: Wednesday 18 April 2007, 11.31CET
A great scouting system has been the secret of FK Zeta's success as they home in on a league and cup double in the first season since Montenegrin independence.
by Aleksandar Radović
from Podgorica

UEFA.com features

Isaac Kiese Thelin, Sweden's forward on the rise
  • Isaac Kiese Thelin, Sweden's forward on the rise
  • 'Restless Rudi': the world's most-travelled coach
  • Paris coach Benstiti shows Glasgow respect
  • Italy's Rugani keeping his feet on the ground
  • Real Madrid's Ballon d'Or winners
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's 2014 in photos
  • From the Youth League to the Champions League
  • Argentinian strikers making a mark in Europe
  • Gerrard joins Europe's North American pioneers
  • Saido Berahino, England's danger man
1 of 10
Published: Wednesday 18 April 2007, 11.31CET

Scouts come up trumps for Zeta

A great scouting system has been the secret of FK Zeta's success as they home in on a league and cup double in the first season since Montenegrin independence.

Ten years ago, FK Zeta – from the Podgorica suburb of Golubivci – were playing in the third division in the former Yugoslavia. However, they were a team on the up, winning promotion to the top flight in 2000 and competing in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup prior to the break-up of Serbia and Montenegro.

Double chance
Now Zeta are set to claim their first league and cup titles. With eight games to go, they are level on points with FK Budućnost at the top of the table with their rivals tiring, and they will look to claim a place in the Montenegrin Cup final as they take on FK Sutjeska in the last four. The key to all of this progress has been the club's ability to scout out talent from all across the former Yugoslavia. "We have a good scouting system in every country in the former Yugoslavia," said sporting director Ilija Vukčević. "People watch lower league games and find us interesting players."

Marić coup
Zeta's best find to date has been midfielder Miloš Marić. Spotted playing in his home town, Uzice in Serbia, he moved to Zeta in the 2001/02 season and spent three seasons with the club, earning a place in Serbia and Montenegro's Under-21 squad before joining Olympiacos CFP and becoming a Serbian international. Marić was not Zeta's only discovery - brothers Nenad and Bojan Brnović, Branimir Petrović, Nikola Trajković, Milanko Rašković, Mitar Peković and Branislav Vukomanović have all found success at bigger clubs since leaving and have helped provide the finances for the club to discover new talent.

Rich pickings
The current squad represent rich pickings for other club, and Vukčević was proud that Zeta currently boasted the captains of the Montenegrin U21, U19 and U17 national sides. He said: "Nenad Žurović with the U21s, Zarija Peličić with the U19s and Srdjan Ajković with the U17s – not only good players but good people. Zeta are small club. We give young players a chance because we can survive in professional football by selling them on but we also get good results. Our aim now is to win a double in Montenegro, but if we fail it won't be end of the world. We will continue to work in the same way."

Last updated: 30/01/12 7.41CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/news/newsid=529048.html#scouts+come+trumps+zeta

  • © 1998-2015 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.