Montenegro national football team

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Montenegro
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Nickname(s) Hrabri sokoli / Храбри соколи
(The Brave Falcons)
Association FSCG
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Miodrag Radulović
Captain Stevan Jovetić
Most caps Fatos Bećiraj (81)
Top scorer Stevan Jovetić (31)
Home stadium Podgorica City Stadium
FIFA code MNE
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
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Highest16 (June 2011)
Lowest199 (June 2007)
First international
Biggest win
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 0–6 Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg
(Serravalle, San Marino; 11 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg  England 7–0 Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg
(London, England; 14 November 2019)

The Montenegro national football team (Montenegrin : Фудбалска репрезентација Црне Горе, romanized: Fudbalska reprezentacija Crne Gore) has represented Montenegro in international football since 2007. It is controlled by the Football Association of Montenegro, the governing body for football in Montenegro. Montenegro's home ground is Podgorica City Stadium in Podgorica.

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Montenegro is one of the world's youngest international teams, having joined FIFA and UEFA in 2007, following the restoration of Montenegrin independence in 2006. Montenegro played its first official international match against Hungary in March 2007, and competed in their first FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2010.

History

Formation

Montenegro national team squad in EURO 2020 qualifiers Montenegro line-up, Czech Rp.-Montenegro EURO 2020 QR 10-06-2019.jpg
Montenegro national team squad in EURO 2020 qualifiers

Following the independence of Montenegro from Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia was set to represent both Serbia and Montenegro in the Euro 2008 qualifying stage. UEFA, however, would be willing to include Montenegro as a late entry if FIFA ratified a separate Montenegrin Football Association before September 2006. However, this did not occur before the competition began. [2]
In October 2006, Montenegro was granted provisional membership of UEFA, with a debate regarding full membership scheduled at a full UEFA Congress in January 2007. [3] Montenegro's first FIFA World Ranking was joint 199th place, the last place on the list by default.

First matches

Mirko Vucinic was the first captain of Montenegro Mirko Vucinic 2012 MNE.jpg
Mirko Vučinić was the first captain of Montenegro

On 26 January 2007, the Montenegro FA was granted full membership of UEFA. [4] The team played its first FIFA-recognized friendly match against Hungary on 24 March 2007 at Stadion Pod Goricom in Podgorica. Montenegro won 2–1 in front of 12,000 spectators. Striker Mirko Vučinić scored the country's first goal in the 62nd minute. [5] [6] On 31 May 2007, Montenegro was admitted as FIFA's 208th member. [7]
Montenegro's first coach was Zoran Filipović. In 23 matches, Filipović recorded eight victories, eight draws and seven defeats. He left in January 2010 when his contract expired. During his tenure, Montenegro rose to 73rd position in the FIFA rankings.
Montenegro played at the 2007 Kirin Cup, but finished in last place behind Japan and Colombia.
On 26 March 2008, Montenegro recorded one of its best results with a 3–1 win over Norway.

First competitive matches

On 6 September 2008, Montenegro played their first World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria at the Podgorica City Stadium. Bulgaria took the lead in the 11th minute with a goal from Stiliyan Petrov. Mirko Vučinić scored in the 61st minute to tie the game, before Igor Burzanović put Montenegro ahead 82nd minute from a penalty. However, a last-minute equalizer from Blagoy Georgiev denied Montenegro their first competitive win. In their next match on 10 September, they achieved another notable result when they held the Republic of Ireland to a 0–0 draw.
Another near-upset came in a narrow 2–1 loss against Italy. After Alberto Aquilani's early strike, Vučinić quickly equalized, but Aquilani scored the winning goal ten minutes later. Their second match against Italy ended 2–0 in favour of the world champions. Another disappointment came when the team could only draw 0–0 against Georgia, followed by a 2–2 draw against Cyprus after being two goals down. On 5 September 2009, Montenegro took an early lead against Bulgaria in Sofia with Stevan Jovetić putting them 1–0 up, only for Bulgaria to recover and win 4–1. After drawing 1–1 with Cyprus, Montenegro finally registered their first competitive win, beating Georgia 2–1. They then drew 0–0 with the Republic of Ireland at Croke Park. They finished fifth in the group with nine points, below Cyprus on goal difference.

Golden era

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Stevan Jovetić

During the UEFA Euro 2012 qualification campaign, the team recorded further success. They opened their campaign with a 1–0 victory over Wales; Mirko Vučinić scored the only goal. A few days later, the team defeated Bulgaria 1–0 in Sofia. The next month, they beat Switzerland 1–0 and then recorded a 0–0 draw in London against England. On 4 June 2011, Montenegro drew 1–1 against Bulgaria, with Radomir Đalović scoring for Montenegro early in the second half, but Ivelin Popov scoring minutes later, to keep Montenegro second in the group, behind England on goal difference.
Montenegro were beaten 2–1 by Wales in Cardiff. They were still second in Group G, but Switzerland closed the gap between them to only three points.
In the June 2011 FIFA rankings, Montenegro recorded their highest ranking of 16th.
On 7 October, Montenegro came back from 2–0 down to draw 2–2 against England in Podgorica, after Wayne Rooney was sent off. Wales beat Switzerland 2–0 to ensure Montenegro won a play-off place, putting the team two matches away from qualifying for Euro 2012. In their last match in the qualifiers, Montenegro lost 2–0 to Switzerland in Basel. On 13 October, the draw for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs was held in Kraków, Poland. Montenegro were paired with the Czech Republic, but they lost 3–0 on aggregate and failed to qualify.
Montenegro were drawn in Group H in the qualifiers, along with England, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and San Marino.
In their first match, Montenegro tied against Poland in a 2–2 draw. On 11 September, Montenegro played against San Marino in Seravalle. In a one-sided match, Montenegro won 6–0, [8] the biggest win in the team's history. Montenegro then beat Ukraine 1–0 in Kyiv, [9] with the only goal scored by Dejan Damjanović. In their last match in 2012, Montenegro faced San Marino in Podgorica on 14 November, and won 3–0.
Montenegro played their fifth qualifier match against Moldova in Chișinău on 22 March 2013, winning 1–0 through Mirko Vučinić's goal. Montenegro then returned to Podgorica to play the second-placed England. The outcome was a 1–1 draw.
Leading their World Cup qualifying group, Montenegro hosted Ukraine on 7 June 2013. They suffered their first defeat in the group, losing 4–0. The match also saw Montenegro finish the match with nine men after Vladimir Volkov and Savo Pavićević were sent off. Their last four matches yielded just a single point; a 1–1 draw in Poland. Their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign finished with a 5–2 home defeat to Moldova, and they finished third behind England and Ukraine.

Ups and downs

On 23 February 2014 in Nice, Montenegro were drawn for qualification in Group G alongside Russia, Sweden, Austria, Moldova and Liechtenstein. Though they opened their campaign with a 2–0 win over Moldova, they failed to qualify with a 0–0 tie against Liechtenstein, a 1–0 loss to Austria and a 1–1 tie at home to Sweden.
On 27 March 2015, Montenegro's home match against Russia was abandoned after 67 minutes due to crowd violence, after the Russian left-back Dmitri Kombarov was hit by a projectile. The score was 0–0 and Russia had missed a penalty moments before the match was abandoned. The Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare, causing a second 33-minute delay. [10] The abandoned match was ruled a 3–0 win in Russia's favour.
Montenegro finished fourth at the end of the campaign and placed 95th on the FIFA ranking list.
Montenegro participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification and were placed with Poland, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Romania. Poland and Romania had been participants in the UEFA Euro 2016, but Montenegro began by drawing 1–1 away to Romania, beating Kazakhstan 5–0 at home and defeating Denmark 1–0. However, they then lost 3–2 away to Armenia despite leading 2–0, and were defeated 2–1 at home by Poland. Montenegro then rebounded, beating Armenia 4–1 and Kazakhstan 3–0. They later eliminated Romania with a 1–0 victory, but losses to the Danes and Poles ended Montenegro's chance of qualifying.
Having failed to reach the World Cup, Montenegro had a dismal performance in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C. The team was grouped with Serbia, Romania and Lithuania. Montenegro only managed two victories, all against Lithuania, and suffered two losses to Serbia, one defeat to Romania at home and an away draw to the Romanian side as well. This effectively denied Montenegro a chance to qualify to the UEFA Euro 2020 playoff.

Worst campaign

The Euro 2020 qualifiers for Montenegro have been the worst in the team's short history. After an unsuccessful Nations League campaign, the team started off with a 1–1 away draw to Bulgaria, following a controversial penalty for the hosts. It was followed with a 1–5 loss at home to England despite having taken an early lead.
On the day of the match with Kosovo, Serbian coach Ljubiša Tumbaković and two players originated from Serbia, due to political reasons, abandoned the national team, betraying the squad in unprecedented condition before the two crucial matches for qualifiers. Montenegro managed to avoid defeat against Kosovo (1-1), however they lost to Czech Republic 0–3. The same result occurred in the rematch, one month later. With no chances to qualify directly, Montenegro failed to win the match against last placed Bulgaria (0-0), and lost to Kosovo (0-2).
At the end of their worst campaign, Montenegro suffered the biggest defeat in history. On 14 November 2019, they were defeated against England in London 7–0.
Not only did they finish the qualifying campaign without a single victory, Montenegro managed to score only three goals in eight matches, but conceded 22. Also, throughout the entire qualifying campaign the team had troubles with injuries to key players, most notably Stevan Jovetić and Stefan Savić.

FIFA rankings

Montenegro national football team is present on FIFA rankings since June 2007. Until now, best ranking of Montenegro was 16th place in the world (June 2011).
Below is a list of Montenegro position on FIFA ranking-list by every six months, with number of points.

Stadium and facilities

Montenegro play home matches at the Podgorica City Stadium (Montenegrin : Stadion pod Goricom). The stadium's capacity is 15,230, but international matches reduce this to between 10,700 and 13,000.

Camp FSCG

The Football Association of Montenegro owns Camp FSCG, a Montenegrin training ground. Built in 2007, the centre has a total area of 54,000 square metres. [11] It is located on Ćemovsko polje, a plain located in the outskirts of Podgorica outskirts between the settlements of Stari Aerodrom and Konik. It consists of six pitches with stands and floodlights, [12] and House of Football – the seat of the Football Association of Montenegro. [13]

The camp currently represents an important asset for the whole Montenegrin football system. The grounds are home to all Montenegrin national teams (men and women) and numerous local teams from Podgorica. CAMP FSCG meets the criteria for Montenegrin First League games and UEFA competitions for young players.

Team image

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Montenegrin supporters

Nickname

Under the official FIFA Trigramme, the team’s name is abbreviated as MNE, which is also the country's ISO 3166-1 code. The team's nickname is "The Brave Falcons" (Montenegrin : Hrabri Sokoli).

Kits and colours

Montenegro's traditional home colours are red, with a gold trim. This reflects the country's flag. The team's away kits have usually been white, with a red trim.

The current kit is produced by the Italian company Legea.

ManufacturerPeriod
Flag of Serbia.svg daCapo2007–2008
Flag of Italy.svg Legea 2008–present

Supporters

At competitive matches, the Montenegrin home ground Podgorica City Stadium is often filled to capacity. The stadium is regarded as too small to meet the needs of the national team. Demand for the World Cup qualifier against Italy in 2009 was 30,000 tickets; 40,000 for the Euro 2012 qualifying match against England in 2011.

Montenegro's loudest and most loyal supporters are named Ultra Crna Gora (Ултра Црна Гора; Ultra Montenegro). As an ultras group, their support consists of standing up and singing for 90 minutes both home and away. They occupy the north and south stands of Podgorica City Stadium. Choreography is usually performed at the beginning of games. Ultra Crna Gora consists of many subgroups, mostly named after Podgorica's neighborhoods and Montenegrin towns in other parts of the country.

Current competitions

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Montenegro.svg Flag of Latvia.svg Flag of Gibraltar.svg
1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 6411226+1613Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 16 Nov 6–1 4–0 2–0 11 Oct
2Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 6411125+713Advance to second round 1–1 0–3 11 Oct 13 Nov 5–1
3Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 63211613+311 4–2 8 Oct 2–2 3–3 13 Nov
4Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 62228918 13 Nov 0–1 16 Nov 0–0 4–1
5Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 612371035 8 Oct 0–2 11 Oct 1–2 3–1
6Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar (Y)6006325220 0–7 0–3 0–3 8 Oct 16 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 7 September 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
(Y) Cannot qualify directly, may only advance to the play-offs

Recent results and fixtures

2020

7 October 2020 (2020-10-07) International friendly Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg1–1Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Podgorica, Montenegro
18:00 Ivanović Soccerball shade.svg 90+1' Report Tarasovs Soccerball shade.svg 26'Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Admir Šehović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
10 October 2020 (2020-10-10) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg2–0Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan Podgorica, Montenegro
15:00 Jovetić Soccerball shade.svg 9'
Ivanović Soccerball shade.svg 72'
Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg1–2Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Ivanović Soccerball shade.svg 34' Report Muratović Soccerball shade.svg 42'
Sinani Soccerball shade.svg 86'
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) International friendly Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg0–0Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Podgorica, Montenegro
18:00 Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (North Macedonia)
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Azerbaijan  Flag of Azerbaijan.svg0–0Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Zaprešić, Croatia
18:00 Report Stadium: Ivan Laljak-Ivić Stadium [note 1]
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Russia)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg4–0Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Jovetić Soccerball shade.svg 14'
Boljević Soccerball shade.svg 25', 28'}
Mugoša Soccerball shade.svg 60'
Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (Israel)

2021

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Latvia  Flag of Latvia.svg1–2Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Riga, Latvia
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Skonto Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg4–1Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar Podgorica, Montenegro
15:00
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg0–1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
2 June 2021 (2021-06-02) FIFA International Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina  Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg0–0Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18:00 Report Stadium: Stadion Grbavica
Referee: Novak Simović (Serbia)
5 June 2021 (2021-06-05) FIFA International Friendly Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg1–3Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 (20:45 UTC+2)
Report
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 860
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
1 September 2021 (2021-09-01) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Turkey  Flag of Turkey.svg2–2Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Istanbul, Turkey
20:45
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Vodafone Park
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
4 September 2021 (2021-09-04) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg4–0Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Eindhoven, Netherlands
20:45
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Philips Stadion
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg0–0Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Norway  Flag of Norway.svgvFlag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Oslo, Norway
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion Oslo
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svgvFlag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium

Players

In international football, players can normally only play for one national team once they play in all or part of any match recognised as a full international by FIFA. However, an exception is made in cases where one or more newly independent states are created out of a former state. Based on current FIFA rules, a player will be eligible to play for Montenegro, even if he had previously represented Serbia and Montenegro or any other country, if at least one of the following statements applies: [15]

Due to mixed ancestries, it is likely that a high percentage of the players eligible to play for Montenegro will also remain eligible to play for Serbia, and vice versa. However, once they have played for either Serbia or Montenegro in any competitive fixture, they are no longer eligible to play for any other nation.

Current squad

The following players were called-up for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification games against Turkey on 1 September, Netherlands on 4 September and Latvia on 7 September 2021. [16] [17]
Caps and goals as of 7 September 2021 after the game against Latvia.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Milan Mijatović (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 34)200 Flag of Hungary.svg MTK
1 GK Miloš Dragojević (1989-02-03) 3 February 1989 (age 32)20 Flag of Montenegro.svg Budućnost
1 GK Matija Šarkić (1997-07-23) 23 July 1997 (age 24)20 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City
1 GK Jasmin Agović (1991-02-13) 13 February 1991 (age 30)00 Flag of Montenegro.svg Rudar Pljevlja

2 DF Stefan Savić (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 30)595 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
2 DF Marko Simić (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 34)492 Flag of Latvia.svg Liepāja
2 DF Žarko Tomašević (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 31)445 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana
2 DF Adam Marušić (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 28)421 Flag of Italy.svg Lazio
2 DF Marko Vešović (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 30)352 Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Qarabağ
2 DF Risto Radunović (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 29)141 Flag of Romania.svg FCSB
2 DF Igor Vujačić (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 27)130 Flag of Serbia.svg Partizan
2 DF Ilija Martinović (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 27)30 Flag of Slovenia.svg Maribor
2 DF Meldin Drešković (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 23)00 Flag of Montenegro.svg Sutjeska Nikšić

3 MF Nikola Vukčević (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 29)451 Flag of Spain.svg Levante
3 MF Nebojša Kosović (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 26)301 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kairat
3 MF Aleksandar Šćekić (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 29)270 Flag of Serbia.svg Partizan
3 MF Marko Janković (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 26)261 Flag of Israel.svg Beitar Jerusalem
3 MF Sead Hakšabanović (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 22)211 Flag of Russia.svg Rubin Kazan
3 MF Igor Ivanović (1990-09-09) 9 September 1990 (age 31)103 Flag of Montenegro.svg Budućnost
3 MF Marko Vukčević (1993-06-07) 7 June 1993 (age 28)70 Flag of Romania.svg UTA Arad
3 MF Miloš Raičković (1993-12-02) 2 December 1993 (age 27)70 Flag of Montenegro.svg Budućnost
3 MF Milutin Osmajić (1999-07-25) 25 July 1999 (age 22)60 Flag of Spain.svg Cádiz
3 MF Draško Božović (1988-06-30) 30 June 1988 (age 33)60 Flag of Montenegro.svg Dečić
3 MF Kristijan Vulaj (1998-06-25) 25 June 1998 (age 23)10 Flag of Montenegro.svg Dečić

4 FW Fatos Bećiraj (vice-captain) (1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 (age 33)8112 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana
4 FW Stefan Mugoša (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 29)3911 Flag of South Korea.svg Incheon United
4 FW Uroš Đurđević (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 27)50 Flag of Spain.svg Sporting Gijón
4 FW Nikola Vujnović (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 24)30 Flag of Serbia.svg Voždovac

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called on the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Danijel Petković (1993-05-25) 25 May 1993 (age 28)230 Flag of France.svg Angers v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus , 17 November 2020

DF Dušan Lagator (1994-03-29) 29 March 1994 (age 27)90 Flag of Poland.svg Wisła Płock v. Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands , 4 September 2021
DF Esteban Saveljić (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 30)40 Flag of Spain.svg Rayo Vallecano v. Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey , 1 September 2021WD
DF Marko Vučić (1996-12-30) 30 December 1996 (age 24)20 Flag of Montenegro.svg Sutjeska Nikšić v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 5 June 2021
DF Dragan Grivić (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 25)10 Flag of Montenegro.svg Sutjeska Nikšić v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 5 June 2021
DF Adrijan Rudović (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 26)00 Flag of Montenegro.svg Dečić v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 5 June 2021
DF Momčilo Raspopović (1994-03-18) 18 March 1994 (age 27)70 Flag of Montenegro.svg Budućnost v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 30 March 2021
DF Saša Balić (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 28)130 Flag of Poland.svg Zagłębie Lubin v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus , 17 November 2020
DF Aleksandar Šofranac (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 30)80 Flag of Albania.svg Dinamo Tirana v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus , 17 November 2020
DF Miloš Milović (1995-12-22) 22 December 1995 (age 25)10 Flag of Serbia.svg Voždovac v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus , 17 November 2020
DF Vladan Adžić (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 34)10 Flag of Montenegro.svg Budućnost v. Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan , 10 October 2020 WD

MF Vladimir Jovović (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 (age 26)390 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jablonec v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 5 June 2021
MF Vukan Savićević (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 27)80 Flag of Turkey.svg Samsunspor v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 5 June 2021
MF Aleksandar Boljević (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 25)262 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 30 March 2021
MF Marko Bakić (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 27)210 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Mouscron v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 30 March 2021
MF Miloš Zečević (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Montenegro.svg Rudar Pljevlja v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 30 March 2021
MF Branislav Janković (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 29)90 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Turan v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus , 17 November 2020
MF Luka Mirković (1990-11-01) 1 November 1990 (age 30)40 Flag of Montenegro.svg Budućnost v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus , 17 November 2020
MF Anđelko Jovanović (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 21)10 Flag of Montenegro.svg Podgorica v. Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus , 17 November 2020
MF Damir Kojašević (1987-06-03) 3 June 1987 (age 34)91 Flag of Montenegro.svg Dečić v. Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg , 13 October 2020
MF Deni Hočko (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 27)60 Flag of Cyprus.svg Pafos v. Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg , 13 October 2020
MF Vasko Kalezić (1994-03-14) 14 March 1994 (age 27)10 Flag of Switzerland.svg Yverdon-Sport v. Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan , 10 October 2020 WD

FW Stevan Jovetić (captain) (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 31)6131 Flag of Germany.svg Hertha BSC v. Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey , 1 September 2021INJ
FW Stefan Milošević (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 25)20 Flag of Israel.svg Ironi Kiryat Shmona v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 5 June 2021
FW Dino Islamović (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 27)80 Flag of Norway.svg Rosenborg v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 30 March 2021
FW Šaleta Kordić (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 28)10 Flag of Montenegro.svg Budućnost v. Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan , 10 October 2020 WD

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Managers

ManagerCareerPlayedWonDrawLostGFGAWin %
Flag of Montenegro.svg Zoran Filipović 2006–200923887283134.78%
Flag of Croatia.svg Zlatko Kranjčar 2010–201113625141146.15%
Flag of Montenegro.svg Branko Brnović 2011–20153411914445032.35%
Flag of Serbia.svg Ljubiša Tumbaković 2016–2019267712333326.92%
Flag of Montenegro.svg Miodrag Džudović 2019 (acting)20111400.00%
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Faruk Hadžibegić 2019–202013544131638.46%
Flag of Montenegro.svg Miodrag Radulović 2020–present722371020.00%

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Flag of Montenegro.svg Miodrag Radulović.
Assistant coach Flag of Montenegro.svg Miodrag Džudović
Goalkeeping coach Flag of Montenegro.svg Dragoje Leković

Player records

As of 7 September 2021 [18]
Players in bold are still active at international level.

Most capped players

Fatos Beciraj is Montenegro's most capped player. Ros-che 21.jpg
Fatos Bećiraj is Montenegro's most capped player.
RankPlayerCapsGoalsCareer
1 Fatos Bećiraj 81122009–
2 Stevan Jovetić 61312007–
Elsad Zverotić 6152008–2017
4 Stefan Savić 5952010–
5 Marko Simić 4922013–
6 Mirko Vučinić 46172007–2017
7 Žarko Tomašević 4552010–
Simon Vukčević 4522007–2014
Nikola Vukčević 4512014–
10 Adam Marušić 4212015–
Vladimir Božović 4202007–2014
Mladen Božović 4202007–2017

Top goalscorers

Stevan Jovetic is the national team top scorer. Stevan Jovetic 2012 MNE.jpg
Stevan Jovetić is the national team top scorer.
RankPlayerGoalsCapsAverageCareer
1 Stevan Jovetić 31610.512007–
2 Mirko Vučinić 17460.372007–2017
3 Fatos Bećiraj 12810.152009–
4 Stefan Mugoša 11390.292015–
5 Dejan Damjanović 8300.272008–2015
6 Radomir Đalović 7260.272007–2012
7 Andrija Delibašić 6210.292009–2013
8 Stefan Savić 5590.082010–
Žarko Tomašević 5440.112014–
10 Elsad Zverotić 4610.072008–2017

Competition records

Montenegro have participated in five qualification rounds for World Cup or European Championship tournaments. Montenegro have never qualified, and their biggest success was reaching the play-offs for Euro 2012.
Montenegro first tried to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they finished fifth in their group. They had more success in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, when they finished second in their group to reach the play-offs, but lost to the Czech Republic.
In the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, Montenegro finished third, and two years later, in the qualifiers for Euro 2016, they finished fourth in their group. They again finished third in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group. Worst performance came in the qualifiers for Euro 2020, as Montenegro finished last-placed in the group without single victory.

CompetitionGWDLGFGAGD
FIFA World Cup qualifiers361212124552-7
UEFA European Championship qualifiers2868142045-25
UEFA Nations League 12624178+9
Friendly games4416121652520
OVERALL119403446144157-13

Updated: 7 September 2021

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGAPosition
1930 to 1990 Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  SFR Yugoslavia N/A
1994 to 2006 Part of Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Did not qualify10163914 5/6
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 104331817 3/6
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 105142012 3/6
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determinedTo be determined
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg 2026
Total0/5301010104743

UEFA European Football Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGAPosition
1960 to 1992 Part of Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  SFR Yugoslavia N/A
1996 to 2004 Part of Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 Did not enter
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 Did not qualify10334710 2/5
Flag of France.svg 2016 103251013 4/6
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 8035322 5/5
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
Total0/42868142045

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
YearDivisionGroupPldWDLGFGAP/RRK
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 C 4 621376Equals-sign-blue.gif35th
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 C 1 6411102Green Arrow Up Darker.svg34th
Flag of none.svg 2022–23 B TBA
Total1262417834th

List of opponent countries by result

Below is a summary of Montenegrin national team results against every opponent country.

As of 7 September 2021
OpponentPWDLGFGAGDWin %
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 200224−2000.00
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 210164+2050.00
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 200224−2000.00
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 321040+4066.67
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 422041+3050.00
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 101022+0000.00
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 202000+0000.00
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 614168−2016.67
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 100101−1000.00
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 523093+6040.00
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 400409−9000.00
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 310223−1033.33
Flag of England.svg  England 6033519−14000.00
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 110010+1100.00
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 211021+1050.00
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 110010+1100.00
Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar 110041+3100.00
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 100112−1000.00
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 321075+2066.67
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 110021+1100.00
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 100113−2000.00
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 201112−1000.00
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 200214−3000.00
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 100102−2000.00
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 4310110+11075.00
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 201113−2000.00
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 422052+3050.00
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 211020+2050.00
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 220061+5100.00
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 320163+3066.67
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 430175+2075.00
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 310247−3033.33
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 100104−4000.00
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 110020+2100.00
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 310244+0033.33
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 402269−3000.00
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 202000+0000.00
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 512226−4020.00
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 200205−5000.00
Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino 220090+9100.00
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 200214−3000.00
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 100102−2000.00
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 201113−2000.00
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 301236−3000.00
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 210112−1050.00
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 302145−1000.00
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 210114−3050.00
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan 110010+1100.00
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 320143+1066.67
48 Countries119403346144157−13033.61

See also

Notes

  1. The Azerbaijan v Montenegro match, originally scheduled to be played at Olympic Stadium, Baku, will be moved to a neutral venue, as UEFA announced on 20 October 2020 to temporarily suspend all UEFA matches taking place in Armenia and Azerbaijan until further notice due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. [14]

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