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Montenegro

Montenegro
Andrija Delibašić celebrates scoring Montenegro's late equaliser against England ©Getty Images

Montenegro

Best result: 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: 28/01/14 16.17CET

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Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    08/10/2010, Montenegro 1-0 Switzerland, Podgorica
    07/09/2010, Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro, Sofia
    03/09/2010, Montenegro 1-0 Wales, Podgorica
  • Biggest defeat:
    11/11/2011, Czech Republic 2-0 Montenegro, Prague
    11/10/2011, Switzerland 2-0 Montenegro, Basel
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 2
  • Player with most appearances: 10
    Elsad Zverotić (MNE)
    Mladen Božović (MNE)
  • Top scorers: 2
    Mirko Vučinić (MNE)
    Elsad Zverotić (MNE)
 
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