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Montenegro team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
Montenegrin footballers competed in the colours of Yugoslavia, and then for a combined Serbia and Montenegro national side, until earning independence in 2006.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

Montenegro team profile

Montenegrin footballers competed in the colours of Yugoslavia, and then for a combined Serbia and Montenegro national side, until earning independence in 2006.

Best result: have never qualified
Coach: Branko Brnović
Leading scorer: all time – Mirko Vučinić (15); current – Mirko Vučinić (15)
Most appearances: all time – Elsad Zverotić (44); current – Elsad Zverotić (44)
Association formed: 2006
Nickname: Hrabri sokoli (The Brave Falcons)
Where they play: Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica

Montenegrin footballers, including 1990s superstars Dejan Savićevic and Predrag Mijatović, competed for many years on the international stage in the colours of Yugoslavia. It was not until 2006 – after a combined Serbia and Montenegro national side had participated in that year's FIFA World Cup in Germany – that the small Adriatic coastal state earned independence. Performances have exceeded expectations, with the team reaching the qualifying play-offs of UEFA EURO 2012 on their competition debut and also challenging strongly for a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup until their form tailed off in the second half of the campaign.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P10 W3 D3 L4 F7 A10
Final tournament: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0
Qualifying: P10 W3 D3 L4 F7 A10

Granted full membership of UEFA in January 2007, Montenegro have only competed in one UEFA European Championship campaign. It was a debut to remember, with the nation of just over 600,000 battling their way to the play-offs, where they lost out to the Czech Republic – 2-0 in Prague and 1-0 in Podgorica. They were unbeaten in their first five games, wins against Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland preceding a creditable goalless draw with England at Wembley.

Things faded after that, with a 1-1 draw at home to Bulgaria and a first defeat, 2-1 in Wales. Zlatko Kranjčar was then replaced by his assistant Branko Brnović and Montenegro rallied, a thrilling 2-2 draw against England in Podgorica, secured by Andrija Delibašićꞌs 91st-minute header, earning the runners-up spot. That put them in the play-offs, but they went no further.

Memorable EURO matches
07/10/2011: Montenegro 2-2 England, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying

The home side came from 2-0 down as Delibašićꞌs late header secured their play-off place.

12/10/2010: England 0-0 Montenegro, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Mladen Božović starred in goal and Milan Jovanović hit the bar for injury-hit Montenegro at Wembley.

03/09/2010: Montenegro 1-0 Wales, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
Vučinić's solo effort on 30 minutes secured Montenegro's first EURO qualifying victory.

Did you know?
Mijatović scored the only goal in the 1998 UEFA Champions League final, earning Real Madrid CF victory against Juventus and their first European Cup for 32 years.

*Last updated 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.15CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2016 19:47 CET
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro2-0Moldova
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/15/2016 14:23:47
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Liechtenstein0-0Montenegro
Referee: Lee Evans (WAL) Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
05/09/2016 14:09:54
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-0Montenegro
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:53
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro1-1Sweden
Referee: William Collum (SCO) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/15/2016 14:23:49
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro0-3 (f)Russia
Match forfeited f
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/15/2016 14:23:48
8 June 2015 08 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Denmark2-1Montenegro
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:55:06
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden3-1Montenegro
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:02
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro2-0Liechtenstein
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/15/2016 14:23:48
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Moldova0-2Montenegro
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
02/22/2016 12:32:32
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro2-3Austria
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/15/2016 14:23:48
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia2-0Montenegro
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/30/2016 15:15:11
12 November 2015 12 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
FYR Macedonia4-1Montenegro
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
12/29/2015 11:35:55
24 March 2016 24 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Greece2-1Montenegro
Referee: István Kovács (ROU) Stadium: Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
06/02/2016 10:24:41
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Montenegro0-0Belarus
Referee: Danilo Grujić (SRB) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
06/15/2016 14:23:47
29 May 2016 29 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Turkey1-0Montenegro
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER) Stadium: Antalya Stadyumu, Antalya (TUR)
07/20/2016 14:18:24
4 September 2016 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
RomaniaMontenegro
Referee: TBD Stadium: Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca (ROU)
08/29/2016 17:10:46
8 October 2016 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
MontenegroKazakhstan
Referee: TBD Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
08/11/2016 16:32:17
11 October 2016 11 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
DenmarkMontenegro
Referee: TBD Stadium: Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN)
08/30/2016 07:09:38
11 November 2016 11 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
ArmeniaMontenegro
Referee: TBD Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
08/11/2016 12:25:21
26 March 2017 26 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
MontenegroPoland
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:33:04
10 June 2017 10 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
MontenegroArmenia
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:23:07
1 September 2017 01 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
KazakhstanMontenegro
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:58:27
4 September 2017 04 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
MontenegroRomania
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:38:37
5 October 2017 05 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
MontenegroDenmark
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:57:40
8 October 2017 08 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group E)
PolandMontenegro
Referee: TBD
07/15/2016 00:43:16

General info

  • Founded : 1931
  • Stadium : Gradski Stadion Podgorica
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    08/09/2015, Moldova 0-2 Montenegro, Chisinau
    05/09/2015, Montenegro 2-0 Liechtenstein, Podgorica
    08/09/2014, Montenegro 2-0 Moldova, Podgorica
  • Biggest defeat:
    14/06/2015, Sweden 3-1 Montenegro, Solna
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 2
  • Player with most appearances: 18
    Elsad Zverotić (MNE)
  • Top scorers: 4
    Mirko Vučinić (MNE)