Montenegro national football team

The Montenegro national football team (Montenegrin: Фудбалска репрезентација Црне Горе, romanizedFudbalska 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.

Montenegro
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Hrabri sokoli / Храбри соколи
(The Brave Falcons)
AssociationFSCG
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMiodrag Radulović
CaptainStevan Jovetić
Most capsFatos Bećiraj (80)
Top scorerStevan Jovetić (31)
Home stadiumPodgorica City Stadium
FIFA codeMNE
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 64 Steady (27 May 2021)[1]
Highest16 (June 2011)
Lowest199 (June 2007)
First international
Biggest win
 San Marino 0–6 Montenegro 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 11 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
 England 7–0 Montenegro 
(London, England; 14 November 2019)

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.

HistoryEdit

FormationEdit

 
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.[3]
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.[4] Montenegro's first FIFA World Ranking was joint 199th place, the last place on the list by default.

First matchesEdit

 
Mirko Vučinić was the first captain of Montenegro

On 26 January 2007, the Montenegro FA was granted full membership of UEFA.[5] 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.[6][7] On 31 May 2007, Montenegro was admitted as FIFA's 208th member.[8]
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 matchesEdit

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 eraEdit

 
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,[9] the biggest win in the team's history. Montenegro then beat Ukraine 1–0 in Kyiv,[10] 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 downsEdit

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.[11] 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 campaignEdit

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 rankingsEdit

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 facilitiesEdit

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 FSCGEdit

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.[12] 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,[13] and House of Football – the seat of the Football Association of Montenegro.[14]

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 imageEdit

 
Montenegrin supporters

NicknameEdit

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 coloursEdit

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.

Manufacturer Period
  daCapo 2007–2008
  Legea 2008–present

SupportersEdit

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 competitionsEdit

2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Turkey 3 2 1 0 10 5 +5 7 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 4–2 1 Sep 8 Oct 3–3 13 Nov
2   Netherlands 3 2 0 1 11 4 +7 6 Advance to second round 7 Sep 4 Sep 16 Nov 2–0 11 Oct
3   Montenegro 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 6 16 Nov 13 Nov 0–1 7 Sep 4–1
4   Norway 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 6 0–3 1 Sep 11 Oct 13 Nov 7 Sep
5   Latvia 3 0 1 2 4 7 −3 1 11 Oct 8 Oct 1–2 4 Sep 1 Sep
6   Gibraltar 3 0 0 3 1 14 −13 0 4 Sep 0–7 8 Oct 0–3 16 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 30 March 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA

Recent results and fixturesEdit

2020Edit

5 September 2020 (2020-09-05) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Cyprus   0–2   Montenegro Nicosia, Cyprus
18:00 Report Jovetić   60'73' Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Harm Osmers (Germany)
8 September 2020 (2020-09-08) 2020–21 UEFA
Nations League
Luxembourg   0–1   Montenegro Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
20:45 Report Bećiraj   90+3' (pen.) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Attendance: 0
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
7 October 2020 (2020-10-07) International friendly Montenegro   1–1   Latvia Podgorica, Montenegro
18:00 Ivanović   90+1' Report Tarasovs   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   2–0   Azerbaijan Podgorica, Montenegro
15:00 Jovetić   9'
Ivanović   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   1–2   Luxembourg Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Ivanović   34' Report Muratović   42'
Sinani   86'
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) International friendly Montenegro   0–0   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   0–0   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   4–0   Cyprus Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Jovetić   14'
Boljević   25'28'}
Mugoša   60'
Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (Israel)

2021Edit

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Latvia   1–2   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   4–1   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   0–1   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   0–0   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   1–3   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   v   Montenegro Istanbul, Turkey
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Vodafone Park
4 September 2021 (2021-09-04) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Netherlands   v   Montenegro Eindhoven, Netherlands
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Philips Stadion
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Montenegro   v   Latvia Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
8 October 2021 (2021-10-08) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Gibraltar   v   Montenegro Gibraltar, Gibraltar
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Victoria Stadium
11 October 2021 (2021-10-11) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Norway   v   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   v   Turkey Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium

PlayersEdit

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:[16]

  • The player was born in Montenegro;
  • At least one of their parents and/or at least one of their grandparents was born in Montenegro;
  • The player has lived in Montenegro continuously for any five-year period.

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 squadEdit

The following players were called-up for friendly games against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israel on 2 and 5 June 2021.[17][18]
Caps and goals as of 5 June 2021 after the game against Israel.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Milan Mijatović (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 34) 18 0   MTK
1 1GK Miloš Dragojević (1989-02-03) 3 February 1989 (age 32) 2 0   Budućnost
13 1GK Matija Šarkić (1997-07-23) 23 July 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Birmingham City

22 2DF Marko Simić (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 34) 48 2   Liepāja
6 2DF Žarko Tomašević (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 31) 41 5   Astana
7 2DF Marko Vešović (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 29) 32 2   Qarabağ
5 2DF Igor Vujačić (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 26) 11 0   Partizan
23 2DF Ilija Martinović (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 27) 3 0   Maribor
20 2DF Marko Vučić (1996-12-30) 30 December 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Sutjeska Nikšić
2 2DF Dragan Grivić (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Sutjeska Nikšić
14 2DF Adrijan Rudović (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 26) 0 0   Dečić

16 3MF Vladimir Jovović (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 (age 26) 39 0   Jablonec
18 3MF Nebojša Kosović (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 26) 28 1   Kairat
8 3MF Marko Janković (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 26) 25 1   Beitar Jerusalem
10 3MF Igor Ivanović (1990-09-09) 9 September 1990 (age 30) 8 3   Budućnost
21 3MF Vukan Savićević (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 27) 8 0   Samsunspor
4 3MF Marko Vukčević (1993-06-07) 7 June 1993 (age 28) 6 0   UTA Arad
15 3MF Miloš Raičković (1993-12-02) 2 December 1993 (age 27) 5 0   Budućnost
19 3MF Milutin Osmajić (1999-07-25) 25 July 1999 (age 22) 3 0   Cádiz
3 3MF Kristijan Vulaj (1998-06-25) 25 June 1998 (age 23) 1 0   Dečić

11 4FW Fatos Bećiraj (Vice-captain) (1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 (age 33) 80 12   Astana
9 4FW Stefan Milošević (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Waasland-Beveren

Recent call-upsEdit

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Danijel Petković (1993-05-25) 25 May 1993 (age 28) 23 0   Angers v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020

DF Stefan Savić (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 30) 57 5   Atlético Madrid v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2 June 2021 PRE
DF Esteban Saveljić (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 30) 4 0   Rayo Vallecano v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2 June 2021 PRE
DF Adam Marušić (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 28) 39 0   Lazio v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
DF Risto Radunović (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 29) 11 0   FCSB v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
DF Dušan Lagator (1994-03-29) 29 March 1994 (age 27) 8 0   Wisła Płock v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
DF Momčilo Raspopović (1994-03-18) 18 March 1994 (age 27) 7 0   Astra Giurgiu v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
DF Saša Balić (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 28) 13 0   Zagłębie Lubin v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020
DF Aleksandar Šofranac (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 30) 8 0   Dinamo Tirana v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020
DF Miloš Milović (1995-12-22) 22 December 1995 (age 25) 1 0   Voždovac v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020
DF Vladan Adžić (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 34) 1 0   Budućnost v.   Azerbaijan, 10 October 2020 WD

MF Aleksandar Šćekić (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 29) 24 0   Partizan v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2 June 2021 PRE
MF Sead Hakšabanović (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 22) 18 1   Rubin Kazan v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2 June 2021 WD
MF Nikola Vukčević (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 29) 45 1   Levante v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
MF Aleksandar Boljević (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 25) 26 2   Standard Liège v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
MF Marko Bakić (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 27) 21 0   Mouscron v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
MF Miloš Zečević (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0   Rudar Pljevlja v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
MF Branislav Janković (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 29) 9 0   Turan v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020
MF Luka Mirković (1990-11-01) 1 November 1990 (age 30) 4 0   Budućnost v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020
MF Anđelko Jovanović (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Podgorica v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020
MF Damir Kojašević (1987-06-03) 3 June 1987 (age 34) 9 1   Dečić v.   Luxembourg, 13 October 2020
MF Deni Hočko (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 27) 6 0   Pafos v.   Luxembourg, 13 October 2020
MF Vasko Kalezić (1994-03-14) 14 March 1994 (age 27) 1 0   Yverdon-Sport v.   Azerbaijan, 10 October 2020 WD

FW Uroš Đurđević (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 27) 3 0   Sporting Gijón v.   Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2 June 2021 INJ
FW Stevan Jovetić (Captain) (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 31) 61 31   Hertha BSC v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
FW Dino Islamović (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 27) 8 0   Rosenborg v.   Norway, 30 March 2021
FW Stefan Mugoša (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 29) 37 11   Incheon United v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020
FW Nikola Vujnović (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 24) 2 0   Voždovac v.   Cyprus, 17 November 2020
FW Šaleta Kordić (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Budućnost v.   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.

ManagersEdit

Manager Career Played Won Draw Lost GF GA Win %
  Zoran Filipović 2006–2009 23 8 8 7 28 31 34.78%
  Zlatko Kranjčar 2010–2011 13 6 2 5 14 11 46.15%
  Branko Brnović 2011–2015 34 11 9 14 44 50 32.35%
  Ljubiša Tumbaković 2016–2019 26 7 7 12 33 33 26.92%
  Miodrag Džudović 2019 (acting) 2 0 1 1 1 4 00.00%
  Faruk Hadžibegić 2019–2020 13 5 4 4 13 16 38.46%
  Miodrag Radulović 2020–present 5 2 1 2 7 6 40.00%

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Miodrag Radulović.
Assistant coach   Miodrag Džudović
Goalkeeping coach   Dragoje Leković

Player recordsEdit

As of 5 June 2021[19]
Players in bold are still active at international level.

Most capped playersEdit

 
Fatos Bećiraj is Montenegro's most capped player.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Fatos Bećiraj 80 12 2009–
2 Elsad Zverotić 61 4 2008–2017
Stevan Jovetić 61 31 2007–
4 Stefan Savić 57 5 2010–
5 Marko Simić 48 2 2013–
6 Mirko Vučinić 46 17 2007–2017
7 Simon Vukčević 45 2 2007–2014
Nikola Vukčević 45 1 2014–
9 Vladimir Božović 44 0 2007–2016
10 Mladen Božović 42 0 2007–2017

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Stevan Jovetić is the national team top scorer.
Rank Player Goals Caps Average Career
1 Stevan Jovetić 31 61 0.51 2007–
2 Mirko Vučinić 17 46 0.37 2007–2017
3 Fatos Bećiraj 12 80 0.15 2009–
4 Stefan Mugoša 11 37 0.3 2015–
5 Dejan Damjanović 8 30 0.27 2008–2015
6 Radomir Đalović 7 26 0.27 2007–2012
7 Andrija Delibašić 6 21 0.29 2009–2013
8 Stefan Savić 5 57 0.09 2010–
Žarko Tomašević 5 42 0.12 2014–
10 Elsad Zverotić 4 61 0.07 2008–2017

Competition recordsEdit

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.

Competition G W D L GF GA GD
FIFA World Cup qualifiers 33 12 10 11 43 46 -3
UEFA European Championship qualifiers 28 6 8 14 20 45 -25
UEFA Nations League 12 6 2 4 17 8 +9
Friendly games 44 16 12 16 52 52 0
OVERALL 117 40 32 45 142 151 -7

Updated: 5 June 2021

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
1930 to 1990 Part of   SFR Yugoslavia N/A
1994 to 2006 Part of   FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro
  2010 Did not qualify 10 1 6 3 9 14 5/6
  2014 10 4 3 3 18 17 3/6
  2018 10 5 1 4 20 12 3/6
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/5 30 10 10 10 47 43

UEFA European Football ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
1960 to 1992 Part of   SFR Yugoslavia N/A
1996 to 2004 Part of   FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro
    2008 Did not enter
    2012 Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 7 10 2/5
  2016 10 3 2 5 10 13 4/6
  2020 8 0 3 5 3 22 5/5
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/4 28 6 8 14 20 45

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
  2018–19 C 4 6 2 1 3 7 6   35th
  2020–21 C 1 6 4 1 1 10 2   34th
  2022–23 B TBA
Total 12 6 2 4 17 8 34th

List of opponent countries by resultEdit

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

As of 5 June 2021
Opponent P W D L GF GA GD Win %
  Albania 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 000.00
  Armenia 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 050.00
  Austria 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2 000.00
  Azerbaijan 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 066.67
  Belarus 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3 050.00
  Belgium 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 000.00
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 2 0 0 0 +0 000.00
  Bulgaria 6 1 4 1 6 8 −2 016.67
  Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00
  Cyprus 5 2 3 0 9 3 +6 040.00
  Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9 000.00
  Denmark 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 033.33
  England 6 0 3 3 5 19 −14 000.00
  Estonia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
  Georgia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00
  Ghana 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
  Gibraltar 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.00
  Greece 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 000.00
  Hungary 3 2 1 0 7 5 +2 066.67
  Iceland 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
  Israel 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 000.00
  Iran 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1 000.00
  Italy 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 000.00
  Japan 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
  Kazakhstan 4 3 1 0 11 0 +11 075.00
  Kosovo 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 000.00
  Latvia 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 066.67
  Liechtenstein 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 050.00
  Lithuania 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 100.00
  Luxembourg 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 066.67
  Moldova 4 3 0 1 7 5 +2 075.00
  North Macedonia 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 033.33
  Northern Ireland 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00
  Norway 3 1 0 2 4 4 +0 033.33
  Poland 4 0 2 2 6 9 −3 000.00
  Republic of Ireland 2 0 2 0 0 0 +0 000.00
  Romania 5 1 2 2 2 6 −4 020.00
  Russia 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5 000.00
  San Marino 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 100.00
  Serbia 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3 000.00
  Slovakia 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 000.00
  Slovenia 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2 000.00
  Sweden 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 000.00
   Switzerland 2 1 0 1 1 2 −1 050.00
  Turkey 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 000.00
  Ukraine 2 1 0 1 1 4 −3 050.00
  Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
  Wales 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 066.67
47 Countries 116 40 31 45 142 151 −9 034.48

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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.[15]

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  15. ^ "Temporary suspension of UEFA matches in Armenia and Azerbaijan". UEFA.com. 20 October 2020.
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