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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: 05/09/2017 09:31 CET
4 September 2016 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Romania1-1Montenegro
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG) Stadium: Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca (ROU)
06/08/2017 13:07:10
8 October 2016 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Montenegro5-0Kazakhstan
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
09/15/2017 10:58:07
11 October 2016 11 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Denmark0-1Montenegro
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: F.C. København Stadium, Copenhagen (DEN)
09/11/2017 19:39:15
11 November 2016 11 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Armenia3-2Montenegro
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: Vazgen Sargsyan anvan Hanrapetakan Marzadasht, Yerevan (ARM)
06/01/2017 11:57:05
26 March 2017 26 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Montenegro1-2Poland
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
09/15/2017 10:58:07
4 June 2017 04 Jun - Friendlies 2016-18
Montenegro1-2Iran
Referee: not available Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
09/15/2017 10:58:12
Montenegro4-1Armenia
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
09/15/2017 10:58:12
1 September 2017 01 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Kazakhstan0-3Montenegro
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
09/02/2017 12:13:17
4 September 2017 04 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
Montenegro1-0Romania
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
09/15/2017 10:58:12
5 October 2017 05 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
MontenegroDenmark
Referee: TBD Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
09/22/2017 18:59:25
8 October 2017 08 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group E)
PolandMontenegro
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (POL)
09/22/2017 18:59:50

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)
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