Montenegro national football team
The Montenegro national football team (Montenegrin: Fudbalska reprezentacija Crne Gore / Фудбалска репрезентација Црне Горе) 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.
|Nickname(s)||Hrabri sokoli / Храбри соколи|
(The Brave Falcons)
|Head coach||Faruk Hadžibegić|
|Most caps||Fatos Bećiraj (63)|
|Top scorer||Stevan Jovetić (24)|
|Home stadium||Podgorica City Stadium|
|Current||55 2 (25 July 2019)|
|Highest||16 (June 2011)|
|Lowest||199 (June 2007)|
|Current||68 8 (20 August 2019)|
|Highest||37 (29 March 2011)|
|Lowest||75 (29 May 2016)|
Montenegro 2–1 Hungary
(Podgorica, Montenegro; 24 March 2007)
| San Marino 0–6 Montenegro |
(Serravalle, San Marino; 11 September 2012)
| Montenegro 1–5 England |
(Podgorica, Montenegro; 25 March 2019)
|UEFA Nations League|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||League C|
Montenegro is one of the world's newest international teams, having joined FIFA and UEFA in 2007, following the restoration of Montenegrin independence in 2006.
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.
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. Montenegro's first FIFA World Ranking was joint 199th place, the last place on the list by default.
On 26 January 2007, the Montenegro FA was granted full membership of UEFA. 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. On 31 May 2007, Montenegro was admitted as FIFA's 208th member.
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.
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.
UEFA Euro 2012 qualificationEdit
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.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
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, the biggest win in the team's history. Montenegro then beat Ukraine 1–0 in Kiev, 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.
Slump and revivalEdit
UEFA Euro 2016 qualificationEdit
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. 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.
2018 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
Montenegro participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification and were placed with Poland, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Romania. Poland, Denmark 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.
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.
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. 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, and House of Football – the seat of the Football Association of Montenegro.
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.
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.
In March 2015 the teams match against Russia in the qualification for Euro 2016 was abandoned due to Montenegrin fans throwing missiles onto the pitch, one of which hit the Russian goalkeeper on the head.
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:
- 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.
The following players were called up for Euro 2020 qualifying games against Kosovo and Czech Republic on 7 June and 10 June 2019.
Caps and goals as of 10 June 2019 after the game against Czech Republic.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Danijel Petković||25 May 1993||16||0||Angers|
|12||GK||Milan Mijatović||26 July 1987||6||0||Levski Sofia|
|13||GK||Damir Ljuljanović||23 May 1992||0||0||Miercurea Ciuc|
|—||DF||Marko Simić||16 June 1987||37||1||Pakhtakor Tashkent|
|6||DF||Žarko Tomašević||22 February 1990||35||4||Astana|
|23||DF||Adam Marušić||17 October 1992||29||0||Lazio|
|5||DF||Boris Kopitović||17 September 1994||7||1||BATE Borisov|
|21||DF||Risto Radunović||4 May 1992||2||0||Astra Giurgiu|
|15||DF||Igor Vujačić||8 August 1994||2||0||Partizan|
|4||MF||Nikola Vukčević||13 December 1991||34||1||Levante|
|7||MF||Marko Vešović||28 August 1991||27||2||Legia Warsaw|
|16||MF||Vladimir Jovović||26 October 1994||27||0||Jablonec|
|10||MF||Marko Janković||9 July 1995||18||1||SPAL|
|19||MF||Aleksandar Šćekić||12 December 1991||16||0||Partizan|
|8||MF||Marko Bakić||1 November 1993||14||0||Mouscron|
|18||MF||Nebojša Kosović||24 February 1995||14||0||Kairat|
|3||MF||Aleksandar Boljević||12 December 1995||11||0||Standard Liège|
|20||MF||Sead Hakšabanović||4 May 1999||4||0||Norrköping|
|—||MF||Luka Mirković||1 November 1990||2||0||Budućnost|
|14||MF||Vukan Savićević||29 January 1994||2||0||Wisła Kraków|
|22||MF||Stefan Lončar||19 February 1996||2||0||Istra 1961|
|2||MF||Deni Hočko||22 April 1994||1||0||Mouscron|
|17||MF||Dušan Lagator||29 March 1994||0||0||Sochi|
|11||FW||Fatos Bećiraj||22 May 1988||63||9||Maccabi Netanya|
|9||FW||Stefan Mugoša||23 February 1992||31||8||Incheon United|
The following players have been called on the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|DF||Filip Stojković||22 January 1993||15||0||Red Star Belgrade||v. Kosovo, 7 June 2019 WD|
|DF||Stefan Savić (Vice-captain)||8 January 1991||51||5||Atlético Madrid||v. Kosovo, 7 June 2019 INJ|
|DF||Emrah Klimenta||13 February 1991||7||0||Reno 1868||v. Romania, 20 November 2018|
|DF||Nemanja Mijušković||4 March 1992||4||0||Hermannstadt||v. Romania, 20 November 2018|
|MF||Mirko Ivanić||13 September 1993||15||1||Red Star Belgrade||v. Kosovo, 7 June 2019 WD|
|MF||Asmir Kajević||15 February 1990||2||0||Čukarički||v. England, 25 March 2019|
|MF||Darko Zorić||12 September 1993||4||1||Okzhetpes||v. Romania, 20 November 2018|
|FW||Luka Đorđević||9 July 1994||11||1||Lokomotiv Moscow||v. England, 25 March 2019|
|FW||Stevan Jovetić (Captain)||2 November 1989||51||24||Monaco||v. Bulgaria, 22 March 2019 INJ|
- SUS Suspended
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
- WD Withdrew
- RET Retired from international football.
|Head coach||Faruk Hadžibegić|
|Assistant coach||Mehmed Janjoš|
|Assistant coach||Miodrag Džudović|
|Goalkeeping coach||Dragoje Leković|
Player/coach records are accurate as of 7 June 2019. Players in bold are still active at international level.
Most capped playersEdit
C – captain (starting as captain); O – official competition games (qualifiers, Nations League); F – friendlies; G – goals
O – official competition games; F – Friendlies; First – First goal; Last – Last goal
|#||Player||Montenegro career||Captain (Total Caps)|
|1||Mirko Vučinić||2007–2017||38 (46)|
|2||Stevan Jovetić (current captain)||2007–||24 (51)|
|3||Branko Bošković||2007–2014||9 (30)|
|4||Fatos Bećiraj||2009–||8 (62)|
|5||Stefan Savić||2010–||6 (51)|
|6||Vukašin Poleksić||2007–||4 (38)|
|7||Marko Simić||2013–||2 (36)|
|8||Igor Burzanović||2007–2008||2 (8)|
|9||Radomir Đalović||2007–2011||1 (26)|
|Simon Vukčević||2007–2014||1 (45)|
|Milan Jovanović||2007–2014||1 (36)|
|Nikola Drinčić||2007–2014||1 (33)|
|Nikola Vukčević||2014–||1 (34)|
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.
|FIFA World Cup qualifiers||30||10||10||10||47||43||+4|
|UEFA European Championship qualifiers||24||6||7||11||20||33||-13|
|UEFA Nations League||6||2||1||3||7||6||+1|
Updated: June 10, 2019
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|2010||Did not qualify||10||1||6||3||9||14||5/6|
|2014||Did not qualify||10||4||3||3||18||17||3/6|
|2018||Did not qualify||10||5||1||4||20||12||3/6|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|2008||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2012||Did not qualify||10||3||3||4||7||10||2/5|
|2016||Did not qualify||10||3||2||5||10||13||4/6|
|2020||To be determined||To be determined|
Recent results and fixturesEdit
|7 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C||Romania||0–0||Montenegro||Ploiești, Romania|
|Report||Stadium: Ilie Oană Stadium|
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
|Note: The Romania v Montenegro match will be played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Romania for racist behaviour in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying home match against Greece.|
|10 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C||Montenegro||2–0||Lithuania||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|Savić 34' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)
|11 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C||Montenegro||0–2||Serbia||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|Report||Mitrović 18' (pen.), 81'||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
|14 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C||Lithuania||1–4||Montenegro||Vilnius, Lithuania|
|Baravykas 88'||Report||Mugoša 10' (pen.), 45+1'
|Stadium: LFF Stadium|
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)
|17 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C||Serbia||2–1||Montenegro||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Report||Mugoša 70'||Stadium: Red Star Stadium|
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
|20 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C||Montenegro||0–1||Romania||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|Report||Țucudean 44'||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
Referee: Felix Zwayer (Germany)
|22 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||Bulgaria||1–1||Montenegro||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|20:45||Nedelev 82' (pen.)||Report||Mugoša 50'||Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium|
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
|25 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||Montenegro||1–5||England||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|20:45||Vešović 18'||Report||Keane 30'
Barkley 39', 59'
|Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Bulgaria)
|7 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||Montenegro||1–1||Kosovo||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|20:45||Mugoša 69'||Report||Rashica 24'||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
|Note: The Montenegro v Kosovo match will be played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Montenegro for racist behaviour in their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying home match against England.|
|10 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||Czech Republic||3–0||Montenegro||Olomouc, Czech Republic|
Kopitović 49' (o.g.)
Schick 82' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Andrův stadion|
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)
|5 September 2019 International Friendly||Montenegro||v||Hungary||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
|10 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||Montenegro||v||Czech Republic||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
|11 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||Montenegro||v||Bulgaria||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
|14 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||Kosovo||v||Montenegro||Pristina, Kosovo|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Fadil Vokrri Stadium|
|14 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A||England||v||Montenegro||London, England|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Wembley Stadium|
|19 November 2019 International friendly||Montenegro||v||Belarus||Podgorica, Montenegro|
|Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium|
Below is a summary of Montenegrin national team results against every opponent country.
- As of 10 June 2019
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||1||0||0||0||+0||0.00|
|Republic of Ireland||2||0||2||0||0||0||+0||0.00|
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifyingEdit
|1||Poland||10||8||1||1||28||14||+14||25||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||3–2||4–2||3–1||2–1||3–0|
|2||Denmark||10||6||2||2||20||8||+12||20||Advance to second round||4–0||—||0–1||1–1||1–0||4–1|
UEFA Euro 2020 qualificationEdit
|1||England (X)||2||2||0||0||10||1||+9||6[a]||Qualify for final tournament||—||5–0||10 Sep||14 Nov||7 Sep|
|2||Czech Republic||3||2||0||1||5||6||−1||6[a]||11 Oct||—||14 Nov||3–0||2–1|
|3||Kosovo (X)||3||1||2||0||5||4||+1||5||17 Nov||7 Sep||—||14 Oct||1–1|
|4||Montenegro||4||0||2||2||3||10||−7||2[b]||1–5||10 Sep||1–1||—||11 Oct|
|5||Bulgaria||4||0||2||2||5||7||−2||2[b]||14 Oct||17 Nov||2–3||1–1||—|
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Assured of at least play-offs.
- Head-to-head points: England 3, Czech Republic 0.
- Head-to-head away goals: Montenegro 1, Bulgaria 0.
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