The Montenegrin Cup (Montenegrin: Kup Crne Gore) is the national football cup played in Montenegro, established in 2006. The winner of the cup is awarded a spot in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League if they have not already gained a spot in the UEFA Champions League.
Most successful participant until now was FK Rudar with four titles, followed by FK Budućnost and OFK Titograd who won it twice.

Montenegrin Cup
Founded2006
Region Montenegro
Number of teams30
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Current championsBudućnost (2nd title)
Most successful club(s)Rudar (4 titles)
WebsiteKup Crne Gore
2019–20 Montenegrin Cup

HistoryEdit

Before independenceEdit

Since 1946, Montenegrin football clubs played in the SFR Yugoslavia football system, so in the period 1947-1992 they participated in Yugoslav Cup. From 1992 to 2006, teams from Montenegro played in the Cup competition of FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. Most successful participant was FK Budućnost, who played twice in the finals of Yugoslav Cup (1964-65 and 1976-77).

First stage of Yugoslav Cup was Montenegrin Republic Cup, in which played clubs from lower-leagues. Competition was held from 1947 to 2006, and the winner qualified for Yugoslav Cup first stage. In Montenegrin Republic Cup played all non-First League clubs from the territory of Montenegro.

After independenceEdit

Following independence of Montenegro, Football Association of Montenegro founded Montenegrin Cup as a national football competition, with its first season 2006-07. Direct participation are gaining the clubs from Montenegrin First League and Montenegrin Second League, while the clubs from the Montenegrin Third League played qualifiers for Montenegrin Cup through Regional Cups (northern, central, southern).[1][2][3]
From its first season, winner of Montenegrin Cup participate in UEFA Europa League.

Period 2006-2016Edit

 
Montenegrin Cup, trophy

First winner of competition was FK Rudar, who won the title on season 2006–07 without any defeat in eight matches. In the final game, FK Rudar defeated FK Sutjeska - 2-1. That was the very first official trophy won in Montenegrin football since independence. On previous phases, FK Rudar eliminated FK Mornar (1-0), FK Berane (1-1, 2-0), OFK Titograd (2-0, 0-0) and OFK Grbalj (0-0, 2-0). Notable games also came in Round of 16, with matches between two strongest sides during that season - FK Budućnost and FK Zeta. First game, attended by 10,000 spectators, won FK Budućnost (2-0), but FK Zeta made biggest win in second game in Golubovci (3-0).
Next season, trophy won FK Mogren, who won the final match against FK Budućnost on penalties (1-1; 6-5). Game for trophy was attended by 10,000 spectators and that was the highest audience on Montenegrin Cup finals. Previously, FK Mogren eliminated FK Pljevlja (5-0), FK Sutjeska (1-1, 1-0), OFK Petrovac (0-0, 1-0) and title-holder side FK Rudar (1-0, 0-0). During that season, FK Berane became first Second League side to reach the semifinals of Montenegrin Cup.
On season 2008–09, the trophy won OFK Petrovac, defeating Lovćen in extra-time (0-0; 1-0). Meeting of two teams in final was surprise, as they in semifinals eliminated strongest teams as FK Budućnost and FK Rudar. During the season, before the final, OFK Petrovac previously eliminated FK Pljevlja (1-0), FK Otrant (2-0, 3-0), FK Mogren (1-0, 2-1) and FK Rudar (0-0, 0-0; penalties: 5-3).
FK Rudar was the first, and until now the only club which won two trophies in a row. They won the title on season 2009–10 with win against FK Budućnost in final (2-1). During that Cup campaign, team from Pljevlja previously eliminated FK Sloga Bar (7-0), FK Jedinstvo (1-1, 2-0), FK Mornar (6-1, 0-0) and OFK Petrovac (2-1, 0-0)
Next year, FK Rudar defended the title after penalties in the final game against FK Mogren. After the 90 minutes, game finished with result 2-2, which was the biggest number of goals in the final until then. That was the third title for FK Rudar since establishing of Montenegrin Cup. Except they defended the trophy, coach of FK Rudar Nebojša Vignjević became the first manager who won two editions of Montenegrin Cup. Before the final, FK Rudar eliminated FK Crvena Stijena (2-0, 2-1), FK Sutjeska (0-0, 2-1) and FK Zeta (1-0, 2-2).
Season 2011–12 is remembered by the fact that one team from Montenegrin Second League won the Cup trophy. Big surprise made FK Čelik from Nikšić, who defeated Rudar in the final match - 2:1. That was the very first defeat of FK Rudar in Montenegrin Cup after the season 2008-09 and 28 consecutive wins and draws. After the victory in the Cup finals, FK Čelik became first Second League side who gained participation in European competitions. Except that, striker Veselin Bojić became the first player who scored two goals in two different Montenegrin Cup finals for two different teams (2010-11 for FK Rudar; 2011-12 for FK Čelik). In previous rounds, team from Nikšić eliminated FK Blue Star (2-0), FK Lovćen (1-0, 1-0), FK Bokelj (1-1, 1-0) and FK Jedinstvo (3-0, 0-1).
Year later, FK Čelik again played in the finals, but as a member of Montenegrin First League. Team from Nikšić was defeated by FK Budućnost (1:0), who held the first trophy after their third performance in final. The only goal was scored in additional time, by FK Budućnost striker Mitar Peković. In previous games, FK Budućnost eliminated FK Bratstvo (3-0), FK Jedinstvo (2-0, 1-0), FK Zeta (2-0, 2-0) and OFK Titograd (3-2, 1-1). During the first leg of competition, OFK Titograd defeated FK Pljevlja 10-1 and that's among the highest home wins in the history of Montenegrin Cup. During the same game, striker Luka Rotković scored seven goals, which is another all-time record of competition.
On season 2013–14, Lovćen won the trophy for the first time in the club's history. Team from Cetinje won the final game against OFK Titograd - 1-0. Before the final match, FK Lovćen eliminated FK Zora (1-0), FK Crvena Stijena (8-0, 1-2), FK Zeta (1-0, 1-2) and OFK Petrovac (3-0, 0-0).
OFK Titograd succeeded to hold the trophy for season 2014–15. In the finals, they defeated OFK Petrovac in extra-time (2-1). In previous rounds, OFK Titograd defeated FK Mogren (1-2, 5-1), FK Zeta (0-0, 0-0; penalties: 4-3) and FK Sutjeska (2-0, 2-0). During the same season, in first leg, FK Budućnost defeated FK Pljevlja 9-0, which is another game among the highest home wins in history of Montenegrin Cup.
Rudar won their fourth Cup trophy on season 2015–16. In final match, team from Pljevlja won the penalties against Budućnost (4-3) after the goalless 120 minutes. With that game, FK Rudar became the first team to participate in five Montenegrin Cup finals. Before the game for trophy, they eliminated FK Radnički (1-0), FK Sutjeska (1-0, 3-0), FK Dečić (2-1, 2-2) and FK Bokelj (2-0, 1-0).

Period 2016-Edit

 
Montenegrin Cup finals between FK Budućnost and FK Lovćen, 2019.

For the first time in their history, FK Sutjeska became a title-holder on season 2016–17, winning the finals against Grbalj (1-0). That was the second performance of FK Sutjeska in Montenegrin Cup final. In previous rounds, they defeated FK Radnički (5-0), FK Zeta (2-2, 1-0), OFK Petrovac (1-0, 1-2) and FK Iskra (4-3, 5-0).
In 2017–18 Montenegrin Cup, for the second time in history, one team from Second League participated in the finals. That was FK Igalo, which played against OFK Titograd who won the game with 2-0. That was the second trophy for OFK Titograd. On that game, striker Admir Adrović became the first player who scored twice on one final match. Except that, coach Aleksandar Miljenović became the first manager who won two Cup trophies with two different clubs (2008-09 with OFK Petrovac, 2017-18 with OFK Titograd). On their road to final, OFK Titograd eliminated FK Čelik (9-1), FK Zeta (4-0, 2-1), FK Mornar (3-0, 2-0) and FK Budućnost (1-2, 2-1; penalties: 4-3).
Season 2018-19 finished with the second title won by FK Budućnost. Team from Podgorica in the finals won against FK Lovćen - 4:0. That was the biggest win in the history of Montenegrin Cup finals. Except that, FK Budućnost player Mihailo Perović scored a first ever hattrick[4] in the finals. Before the game for trophy, FK Budućnost eliminated FK Rudar (1-0, 0-0), FK Podgorica (1-1, 1-0) and, in the semifinals, FK Sutjeska (0-0, 1-1).

FormatEdit

Since the inaugural season, Montenegrin Cup had the same format in every edition. In competition participate 30 teams. The 20 clubs from First and Second League are automatically qualified for the tournament. Other participants are Third League members - semifinalists of three regional cups - Northern region Cup, Central region Cup and Southern Region Cup.
The Montenegrin Cup begins with the round of 28 clubs, while the winner and finalist of previous-year Cup are starting from second phase (round of 16).
In the all phases, extra time will be played if the scores are level after 90 minutes with a penalty shootout following if needed.

Winners and finalsEdit

Winners by seasonEdit

Key to list of winners
  Winning team won The Double
  Team from Montenegrin Second League

The finals played so far are:[5]

Year Winner Result Runners-up Venue Attendance
2006–07 FK Rudar
2–1
FK Sutjeska
Podgorica City Stadium
8,000
2007–08 FK Mogren
1–1 a.e.t. (6–5 pen.)
FK Budućnost
Podgorica City Stadium
10,000
2008–09 OFK Petrovac
1–0 a.e.t.
FK Lovćen
Podgorica City Stadium
4,000
2009–10 FK Rudar
2–1
FK Budućnost
Podgorica City Stadium
6,000
2010–11 FK Rudar
2–2 a.e.t. (5–4 pen.)
FK Mogren
Podgorica City Stadium
5,000
2011–12 FK Čelik
2–1
FK Rudar
Podgorica City Stadium
6,000
2012–13 FK Budućnost
1–0
FK Čelik Podgorica City Stadium
6,000
2013–14 FK Lovćen
1–0
OFK Titograd
Podgorica City Stadium
6,000
2014–15 OFK Titograd
2–1 a.e.t.
OFK Petrovac
Podgorica City Stadium
5,000
2015–16 FK Rudar
0–0 a.e.t. (4–3 pen.)
FK Budućnost
Podgorica City Stadium
6,000
2016–17 FK Sutjeska
1–0
OFK Grbalj
Podgorica City Stadium
5,000
2017–18 OFK Titograd
2–0
FK Igalo
Podgorica City Stadium
5,500
2018–19 FK Budućnost
4–0
FK Lovćen
Podgorica City Stadium
9,000

Trophies by clubEdit

Three teams which won more than one trophy are Rudar who hold four trophies and Budućnost and OFK Titograd with two. Other teams which won trophy are Sutjeska, Lovćen, Čelik, Mogren and OFK Petrovac.
Teams which played in the finals, but never won the trophy are Grbalj and Igalo
Two clubs which played in Cup final as members of Montenegrin Second League were Čelik (2011–12) and Igalo (2017-18). Čelik was the only Second League member which won the Cup.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Rudar
4
1
2006-07, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2015–16
Budućnost
2
3
2012–13, 2018–19
OFK Titograd
2
1
2014–15, 2017-18
Lovćen
1
2
2013–14
Čelik
1
1
2011–12
Mogren
1
1
2007-08
Petrovac
1
1
2008-09
Sutjeska
1
1
2016–17
Grbalj
0
1
Igalo
0
1

VenuesEdit

Matches of the first round are played at the home ground of one of the two teams. The round of 16, quarterfinals and semi-finals (two games on each round) are playing on the home ground of both teams. Final match is played at a neutral venue.
Traditionally, since the first season of Montenegrin Cup, final match has been played at the Podgorica City Stadium in Podgorica, whose seating capacity of 15,230. Every final game is starting at 20:00 by local time.
In 2016, Football Association of Montenegro and the Old Royal Capital Cetinje revealed that final match venue will be moved in perspective, after the building of new stadium in Cetinje.[6]

ParticipantsEdit

Montenegrin Cup all time tableEdit

Since establishing (2006), in Montenegrin Cup played 51 different teams. Among them are members of all official leagues in Montenegro.
Most successful on all-time table are FK Budućnost and FK Rudar, who are the only teams which participated in the Cup final more than three times.
Below is the list of all participants, with their scores in the all seasons of Montenegrin Cup.

Club Ssn Win Run SF Pld W D L GD Pts
FK Budućnost Podgorica
13
2
3
8
74
49
16
9
138-38
163
FK Rudar Pljevlja
13
4
1
8
70
34
29
7
99-37
131
OFK Petrovac
13
1
1
7
71
33
21
17
85-47
120
OFK Titograd
13
2
1
4
63
31
14
17
127-59
110
OFK Grbalj Radanovići
13
0
1
5
60
31
13
16
107-57
106
FK Sutjeska Nikšić
13
1
1
4
61
30
12
19
96-48
102
FK Zeta Golubovci
13
0
0
2
61
29
14
18
94-59
101
FK Lovćen Cetinje
13
1
2
4
60
28
12
20
91-54
96
FK Mornar Bar
13
0
0
0
47
24
5
18
81-58
77
FK Mogren Budva
9
1
1
3
39
20
12
7
64-32
72
FK Dečić Tuzi
13
0
0
0
42
16
10
16
62-56
58
FK Bokelj Kotor
13
0
0
1
37
13
7
17
43-42
46
FK Čelik Nikšić
11
1
1
2
29
9
11
9
22-35
38
FK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje
13
0
0
1
31
10
8
13
29-44
38
FK Berane
13
0
0
1
29
7
10
12
32-55
31
FK Iskra Danilovgrad
10
0
0
1
23
8
1
14
28-48
25
FK Igalo
8
0
1
1
20
6
4
10
27-35
22
FK Kom Podgorica
13
0
0
0
23
5
4
14
28-42
19
FK Podgorica
4
0
0
0
12
5
3
4
13-14
18
FK Crvena Stijena Podgorica
8
0
0
0
19
5
3
11
12-36
18
FK Jezero Plav
13
0
0
0
21
5
2
14
20-46
17
FK Otrant Ulcinj
9
0
0
0
17
4
4
9
14-32
16
OFK Bar
5
0
0
0
15
4
4
7
11-21
16
FK Ibar Rožaje
12
0
0
0
21
4
3
14
17-45
15
FK Arsenal Tivat
11
0
0
0
19
3
4
12
14-39
13
FK Bratstvo Cijevna
11
0
0
0
17
4
1
12
15-33
13
FK Brskovo Mojkovac
4
0
0
0
10
3
2
5
8-16
11
FK Zora Spuž
5
0
0
0
9
2
2
5
9-9
8
FK Pljevlja
7
0
0
0
13
2
1
10
10-43
7
FK Cetinje
8
0
0
0
10
1
2
7
4-15
5
FK Komovi Andrijevica
2
0
0
0
4
1
1
2
2-11
4
FK Gorštak Kolašin
2
0
0
0
4
1
1
2
2-6
4
FK Ribnica Podgorica
6
0
0
0
8
1
1
6
7-25
4
FK Zabjelo Podgorica
9
0
0
0
11
0
4
7
7-20
4
FK Blue Star Podgorica
2
0
0
0
2
0
1
1
0-2
1
FK Drezga
2
0
0
0
4
0
1
3
1-10
1
FK Gornja Zeta
1
0
0
0
3
0
1
2
1-11
1
FK Tekstilac Bijelo Polje
3
0
0
0
3
0
0
3
1-11
0
FK Gusinje
3
0
0
0
3
0
0
3
0-8
0
FK Petnjica
5
0
0
0
5
0
0
5
1-14
0
FK Radnički Berane
3
0
0
0
3
0
0
3
0-8
0
OFK Bijela
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0-4
0
FK Grafičar Podgorica
4
0
0
0
4
0
0
4
1-10
0
FK Prvijenac Bijelo Polje
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0-4
0
OFK Borac Bijelo Polje
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0-8
0
FK Napredak Berane
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0-3
0
FK Fair Play Bijelo Polje
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0-7
0
FK Polimlje Murino
3
0
0
0
3
0
0
3
1-9
0
FK Sloga Radovići
5
0
0
0
5
0
0
5
2-14
0
FK Sloga Bar
4
0
0
0
4
0
0
4
0-16
0
FK Hajduk Bar
5
0
0
0
5
0
0
5
1-32
0

Ssn = seasons played in Montenegrin Cup; Win = Winners; Run = Runner-up; SF = Semifinalists; Pld = Matches played; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points (3 for win, 1 for draw).
Including 2018–19 season.

Montenegrin clubs in Yugoslav Cup (1947-2006)Edit

Before the independence of Montenegro, football clubs from that country played in Yugoslav Cup, and also in the Cup of Serbia and Montenegro. In the Cups of SFR Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro participated 17 different Montenegrin clubs.
Most successful participant was FK Budućnost who played twice in the finals of Yugoslav Cup (1964-65 and 1976-77).

Club Ssn Win Run Pld W D L GD Pts
FK Budućnost Podgorica
44
0
2
109
48
17
44
145-162
161
FK Sutjeska Nikšić
35
0
0
54
15
9
30
53-93
54
FK Rudar Pljevlja
11
0
0
20
4
5
11
26-40
17
FK Zeta Golubovci
7
0
0
13
5
2
6
18-18
17
FK Lovćen Cetinje
11
0
0
14
3
0
11
12-41
9
FK Mogren Budva
6
0
0
10
2
3
5
8-14
9
FK Crvena Stijena Podgorica
3
0
0
5
2
1
2
5-13
7
OFK Titograd
7
0
0
9
2
1
6
7-23
7
FK Bokelj Kotor
3
0
0
5
2
0
3
6-8
6
FK Kom Podgorica
5
0
0
8
2
0
6
4-16
6
FK Iskra Danilovgrad
2
0
0
4
1
0
3
2-16
3
FK Čelik Nikšić
3
0
0
5
0
2
3
7-15
2
FK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje
5
0
0
5
0
0
5
1-9
0
FK Berane
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
1-3
0
OFK Igalo
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
2-3
0
FK Mornar Bar
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0-2
0
FK Tekstilac Bijelo Polje
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0-7
0

Source:[7]

Players and managersEdit

Scorers (final games)Edit

Since first edition of Montenegrin Cup (2006–07), 23 different players scored a goal in the final game. Among them, one player scored theee goals (Mihailo Perović) and two players scored two goals - Veselin Bojić and Admir Adrović. Mihailo Perović is the only player who scored three goals on a single final game. Bojić is the only player who scored goals for two different teams.
One player scored an own-goal.

Goals Player Club(s) Final(s)
3   Mihailo Perović Budućnost 2018–19
2   Veselin Bojić Rudar, Čelik 2010–11, 2011-12
2   Admir Adrović OFK Titograd 2017–18
1   Mitar Peković Budućnost 2012–13
1   Ilija Stolica Budućnost 2009–10
1   Petar Vukčević Budućnost 2007–08
1   Aleksandar Dubljević Čelik 2011–12
1   Draško Božović Lovćen 2013–14
1   Marko Šćepanović OFK Titograd 2014–15
1   Ardian Đokaj Mogren 2010–11
1   Marko Ćetković Mogren 2010–11
1   Ratko Zec Mogren 2007–08
1   Ivan Knežević Petrovac 2014–15
1   Luka Rotković Petrovac 2008–09
1   Ivica Jovanović Rudar 2011–12
1   Neđeljko Vlahović Rudar 2010–11
1   Predrag Ranđelović Rudar 2009–10
1   Blažo Igumanović Rudar 2009–10
1   Ramiz Lukovac Rudar 2006–07
1   Miloš Vraneš Rudar 2006–07
1   Miljan Vlaisavljević Sutjeska 2016–17
1   Dražen Međedović Sutjeska 2006–07
1   Dejan Zarubica Budućnost 2018–19
Own goal   Marko Marković Petrovac 2014–15

ManagersEdit

During the history, 11 different managers won the title of Montenegrin First League champions. Among them, Nebojša Vignjević and Aleksandar Miljenović did it twice. Vignjević is the only manager which won more than one title with the same team (FK Rudar).

Wins Manager Club(s) Winning years
2   Nebojša Vignjević Rudar 2009–10, 2010-11
2   Aleksandar Miljenović Petrovac, OFK Titograd 2008–09, 2017-18
1   Branko Brnović Budućnost 2018–19
1   Mirko Marić Rudar 2006–07
1   Dejan Vukićević Mogren 2007–08
1   Slavoljub Bubanja Čelik 2011–12
1   Radislav Dragićević Budućnost 2012–13
1   Mojaš Radonjić Lovćen 2013–14
1   Aleksandar Nedović OFK Titograd 2014–15
1   Dragan Radojičić Rudar 2015–16
1   Nikola Rakojević Sutjeska 2016–17

Records and statisticsEdit

FinalEdit

All roundsEdit

AttendancesEdit

Season Avg Overall M H F
2006–07 1,126 48,400 43 10,000 8,000
2007–08 1,142 49,100 43 6,000 10,000
2008–09 672 28,900 43 3,000 4,000
2009–10 843 36,250 43 3,000 6,000
2010–11 609 26,800 44 2,500 5,000
2011–12 881 37,900 43 6,000 6,000
2012–13 635 27,300 43 2,200 6,000
2013–14 490 20,100 41 1,500 6,000
2014–15 667 26,650 40 2,000 5,000
2015–16 568 24,400 43 1,500 6,000
2016–17 555 23,850 43 2,000 5,000
2017–18 653 26,100 40 2,500 5,500
2018–19 756 27,200 36 3,000 9,000

M = Number of matches; H = Highest attendance on one game before the final; F = Final game attendance; Games played without spectators not included
Including the 2018–19 season.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://sjevernaregija.me/kup/
  2. ^ http://srednjaregija.me/category/vijesti-news/kup-takmicenje/
  3. ^ http://juznaregija.me/kup/
  4. ^ http://cetinjskilist.com/index.php/sport/item/4727-lovcen-bez-trofeja-buducnost-na-krilima-perovica-prigrabila-kup
  5. ^ "Montenegro - List of Cup Finals". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  6. ^ http://volimpodgoricu.me/2016/02/19/madari-grade-stadion-sveti-petar-cetinjski-na-cetinju/
  7. ^ 'Crnogorski klubovi u fudbalskim takmičenjima 1946-2016', Podgorica, 2016.

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