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Branko Brnović

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
Montenegro
Branko Brnović
Montenegro coach Branko Brnović ©Savo Prelević
Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

Branko Brnović

Montenegro

Date of birth: 8 August 1967
Nationality: Montenegrin
Playing career: FK Budućnost Podgorica, FK Partizan, RCD Espanyol, FK Kom
Coaching career: Montenegro (assistant), Montenegro

• Regarded as one of the most talented midfielders in the former Yugoslavia, Brnović started his club career at Budućnost and was soon making an impact on the international stage.

• Won the FIFA U-20 World Cup with Yugoslavia in 1987 alongside such future stars as Davor Šuker, Predrag Mijatović and Zvonimir Boban. Played every game, scoring twice, and was named in the team of the tournament.

• Left Budućnost in 1991 for Partizan, with whom he lifted back-to-back national titles and two domestic cups. Also established himself in the senior Yugoslavia side, and then Serbia and Montenegro's team, going on to win 27 caps in total.

• Moved to Spain and spent six seasons with Espanyol, making 146 Liga appearances. Hung up his boots in 2000, yet six years later came out of retirement for a half-season cameo at Kom after Montenegro's independence from Serbia.

• A member of Montenegro's coaching staff since February 2007, he began as Zoran Filipović's assistant before staying on in the same role under Zlatko Kranjčar. In September 2011, he replaced Kranjčar at the Montenegro helm and signed a two-year contract extension after 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

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