Mirko Vučinić

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Mirko Vučinić
Мирко Вучинић
Mirko Vucinic 2012 MNE.jpg
Vučinić playing for Montenegro in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mirko Vučinić
Date of birth (1983-10-01) 1 October 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Nikšić, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 9
Youth career
1998–1999 Sutjeska Nikšić
2000–2002 Lecce
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Sutjeska Nikšić 10 (4)
2000–2006 Lecce 111 (34)
2006–2011 Roma 147 (46)
2011– Juventus 72 (21)
National team
2005–2006 Serbia and Montenegro 5 (2)
2007– Montenegro 39 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mirko Vučinić (Montenegrin: Mиpкo Bучинић, pronounced [mîːrko ʋǔt͡ʃinit͡ɕ]; born 1 October 1983) is a Montenegrin footballer who is originally from the city Nikšić, He found himself playing for the local team there during his early teen years. He quickly caught the attention of Pantaleo Corvino, the sporting director of the Italian football club Lecce and was transferred to Lecce in the summer of 2000. Between 2000 and 2006, Mirko played for Lecce as they moved between Serie A and B. His most impressive season was 2004–05, where the 21-year-old netted 19 goals in 28 games while Lecce was in Serie A. On the international stage, Vučinić played for the Serbia and Montenegro under-21 team. Due to injury, he was unable to represent Serbia and Montenegro at the FIFA World Cup in 2006. Following the split of Serbia and Montenegro in spring of 2006, Vučinić chose to represent Montenegro. He participated in Montenegro's World Cup 2010 qualifying stage, where he contributed two goals. Vučinić also scored two goals for Montenegro in their qualifying stages of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches.

Vučinić can slot into any role up in attack, but is often deployed as a left or right winger, centre-forward or as a deep lying striker. He is revered for his creativity, dribbling, his footballing intelligence and the ability to score long range goals from both feet.[1]

In recent years, Vučinić has become known for removing his shorts when celebrating goals he scored. He has done so with Roma,[2] with Juventus[3] and with Montenegro.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vučinić started out at his hometown club Sutjeska Nikšić before being snapped up by Lecce in Italy during the summer of 2000 at age 16. The man who initiated the transfer was the club's sporting director at the time, Pantaleo Corvino, who has since developed a reputation for having a good eye when it comes to football talent coming out of Eastern Europe.

In his fourth season for the club, the 21-year-old Vučinić hit a blistering goalscoring form with 19 goals in 28 Serie A games, including a hat-trick versus Lazio on 1 May 2005.[5] Following that successful season, his progress came to a halt with only nine goals recorded in 31 games as his career stalled due to injury.

Roma[edit]

On 30 August 2006, Vučinić signed a one-year loan contract with Roma worth €3.25 million, with an option of buying 50 percent of his rights from Lecce at the season's conclusion for an additional €3.75 million.[6] Vučinić signed a 1+4 year contract, which worth €1.07M, €1.6M, €1.8M in the first three seasons in gross annually,[6] then increased to €2.1 million in the last two seasons.[6]

2006–07 season[edit]

During his first season in Rome, he did not feature much as he had operations on his left knee twice.[7] Also, the presence of the European Golden Boot winner Francesco Totti as the lone forward of Roma's tactical formation under head coach Luciano Spalletti did not give Vučinić much playing time. Despite this, he succeeded in scoring three goals: his first goal for Roma in the 1–0 victory against Siena on 28 January 2007,[8] his first goal in the UEFA Champions League during the quarter-finals match 2–1 victory against Manchester United on 4 April 2007.[9] He also scored another Serie A away goal against Catania in a game that saw roma beat the Sicilians 2–0.

2007–08 season[edit]

At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, Roma paid Lecce the pre-agreed price of €3.75 million to sign 50 percent of Vučinić's rights.[10] He decided to wear the No. 9 jersey, previously owned by Vincenzo Montella in the last eight seasons, and also stated that he would like to do the same that Montella did at Roma.[11]

As veteran Francesco Totti was usually deployed as a lone striker, Vučinić began to play as left winger in Luciano Spalletti's 4-2-3-1. He scored his first goal of the season in the 2–1 victory against Sporting Clube de Portugal, in the Champions League group stage, allowing Roma to get the vital goal to earn them three points.[12]

In the following game, away to Milan at the San Siro, with Francesco Totti injured, Vučinić started as a striker and scored a header, from a cross by his teammate Cicinho. It was the only goal of the game as Roma picked up a win over its rival. This proved decisive again, as in the game against city rivals Lazio, Roma won by 3–2, with Vučinić leaving his mark with a left-foot equalizer and an assist to Simone Perrotta's goal. Another decisive goal of Vučinić was a header against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu, securing a 2–1 win for his side as well as qualification to the successive round.

2008–09 season[edit]

In June 2008, Roma finally bought Vučinić outright by paying Lecce €12 million,[13] made Roma had paid €19 million in total to Lecce.

On 4 November 2008, he scored two goals in Roma's UEFA Champions League group stage match against Chelsea, emerging 3–1 winners.[14] Roma made it to the first knockout stage where they lost to Arsenal on penalties, with Vučinić missing the target in the shootout with a weak shot down the middle that was easily saved by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.[15]

2009–10 season[edit]

On 1 June 2009, Roma announced Vučinić had signed a new four-year contract, which the gross wage of 2008–09 season would increased to €3.3 million as well as €4 million in 2009–10 season; €4.2M in 2010–11 season; €4.5million in 2011–12 season and €4.7 million in 2012–13 season.[16] The 2009–10 Serie A campaign started off poorly for Roma, forcing head coach Luciano Spalletti to resign after two opening losses. Arrival of new head coach Claudio Ranieri initially failed to change matters with the team continuing to slide down the standings as Vučinić got soundly booed by Roma fans in early November 2009 against Bologna when he finally scored his first goal of the season. After winning that match, however, Roma went on a 24-match unbeaten run in the league, mounting a credible title challenge by the end of the season, in large part thanks to Vučinić's improved form and steady goalscoring efforts that included a hat-trick versus Udinese and a brace in the win against heated crosstown rivals Lazio.

2010–11 season[edit]

The 2010–11 season began well for Vučinić, scoring the injury-time winner against defending league champions Internazionale.[17] As the season progressed, however, he experienced a loss of form and his goals output dipped dramatically. Later in the season he was linked with a move to Tottenham.

The team was also going through turmoil as it was way off pace for the title after challenging for the Scudetto the previous few seasons. Head coach Ranieri was sacked and replaced with Vincenzo Montella. Vučinić's form didn't improve much as his loss of confidence became very evident in April when he missed open net sitters in two consecutive home matches – first in Serie A versus Palermo with the score tied at 1–1 (Roma eventually lost 3–2) and then three days later in Coppa Italia semi-final first leg versus Inter (Roma lost 1–0).[18]

Juventus[edit]

On 30 July 2011, it was confirmed that Juventus F.C signed Vučinić for €15 million from A.S. Roma,[19] with a 4-year deal worth a reported €3.5 million [in net] per year.[20] He scored his first goal for the club on 21 August 2011 in the 2–1 defeat to AC Milan in the annual Trofeo Luigi Berlusconi curtain raiser to the Italian season.[21]

Vučinić scored on an exceptional 32 meter strike in extra time to help Juventus to a 2–2 draw against Milan on 20 March 2012, helping his side to a 4-3 victory on aggregate and progression to the 2012 Coppa Italia Final.[22]

2012–13 season[edit]

The second season of Vučinić started exceptionally well, proving to be a vital player at several occasions. His first Serie A goal came during his second appearance against Udinese on 2 September 2012, the end of the year came soon after and his goal tally stood at 4 goals on 14 appearances and 4 assists. On 9 January 2013 Vučinić scored in 96th minute against A.C. Milan to bring Juventus to the semi finals of Coppa Italia where they will face Lazio. The new year started very well for the Montenegrin, as he managed to score once again against Udinese.

International career[edit]

Vučinić played for Serbia and Montenegro's U21 national team and was later one of two Montenegro-born players chosen to play for Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup (the other one being Dragoslav Jevrić). He had already been capped three times for the national team, but on 23 May 2006 he got injured and could not participate in the competition.

After Montenegro became an independent country, and a new national team was established, Vučinić scored the first goal of Montenegro's history when he netted a penalty kick in the team's first international match on 24 March 2007 against Hungary.[23]

During the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, Vučinić's netted a free kick in the 60th minute against Bulgaria and also scored a remarkable goal against Italy. Montenegro, however, failed to qualify and finished in fifth place in their qualifying group. In the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers, Vučinić produced two key goals that contributed to two victories for Montenegro.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 5 January 2014
Team League Season League Cup1 Europe2 Other Cups3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sutjeska Nikšić Yugoslavia League 1999–00 10 4 0 0 10 4
Lecce Serie A 2000–01 2 0 0 0 2 0
2001–02 7 0 2 0 9 0
Serie B 2002–03 28 5 1 0 29 5
Serie A 2003–04 12 1 1 0 13 1
2004–05 28 19 3 3 31 22
2005–06 34 9 0 0 34 9
Lecce Total 111 34 7 3 118 37
Roma Serie A 2006–07 25 2 2 0 6 1 0 0 33 3
2007–08 33 9 6 1 8 4 1 0 48 14
2008–09 27 11 2 2 8 3 1 1 38 17
2009–10 34 14 4 2 8 3 46 19
2010–11 28 10 4 1 4 0 1 0 37 11
Roma Total 147 46 18 6 34 11 3 1 202 64
Juventus Serie A 2011–12 32 9 3 1 35 10
2012–13 31 10 3 1 8 2 1 1 43 14
2013–14 11 2 0 0 4 0 1 0 16 2
Juventus Total 74 21 6 2 12 2 2 1 94 26
Career Total 336 105 31 11 46 13 5 2 417 131

1Includes Kup Jugoslavije and Coppa Italia.

2Includes UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League.

3Includes Supercoppa Italiana.

International[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 2 0
2006 1 0
Total 3 0
Montenegro national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 4 4
2008 7 2
2009 4 2
2010 7 3
2011 5 0
2012 5 2
2013 4 2
Total 36 15

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Montenegro's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 March 2007 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Hungary
1–1
2–1
Friendly
2. 22 August 2007 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Slovenia
1–0
1–1
Friendly
3. 12 September 2007 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Sweden
1–0
1–2
Friendly
4. 17 October 2007 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn  Estonia
1–0
1–0
Friendly
5. 6 September 2008 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Bulgaria
1–1
2–2
2010 WC qualifier
6. 15 October 2008 Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce  Italy
1–1
1–2
2010 WC qualifier
7. 9 September 2009 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Cyprus
1–0
1–0
2010 WC qualifier
8. 18 November 2009 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Belgium
1–0
1–0
Friendly
9. 29 May 2010 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Norway
1–1
1–2
Friendly
10. 3 September 2010 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Wales
1–0
1–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier
11. 8 October 2010 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica   Switzerland
1–0
1–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier
12. 25 May 2012 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Belgium
1–0
2–2
Friendly
13. 7 September 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Poland
2–1
2–2
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
14. 22 March 2013 Zimbru Stadium, Chisinau  Moldova
1–0
1–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier
15 14 August 2013 Torpedo Stadium, Zhodino  Belarus
1–1
1–1
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Roma

Juventus

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Profile". whoscored.com. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIsEnCO7N8U
  3. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4877206/Mirko-Vucinic-STRIPS-OFF-after-netting-Juventus-penalty.html
  4. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/oct/08/montenegro-mirko-vucinic-pants
  5. ^ Lecce-Lazio 5:3;Serie A, 1 May 2005
  6. ^ a b c "Acquisizione a titolo temporaneo con diritto di opzione per l'acquisizione a titolo definitivo con accordo di partecipazione del diritto alle prestazioni sportive del calciatore Mirko Vučinić". asroma.it (in Italian). Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  7. ^ (Italian) Roma: altro stop per Vucinic, sarà operato al ginocchio sinistro
  8. ^ (Italian) Vucinic-gol, la Roma non perde la speranza
  9. ^ (English) Roma defeat United's ten men
  10. ^ "Esercitato il diritto d'opzione per l'acquisizione a titolo definitivo con accordo di partecipazione del diritto alle prestazioni sportive del calciatore Mirko Vučinić" (in Italian). AS Roma. 21 June 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. 
  11. ^ (Italian) Vucinic pronto al decollo "Il mio modello è Montella"
  12. ^ Mirko Vucinic si sblocca e la Roma vince 2–1
  13. ^ "RISOLUZIONE A FAVORE DI A.S. ROMA DELL'ACCORDO DI PARTECIPAZIONE RELATIVO AL DIRITTO ALLE PRESTAZIONI SPORTIVE DI MIRKO VUCINIC" (in Italian). AS Roma. 20 June 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2009. [dead link]
  14. ^ Roma-Chelsea 3:1;UEFA Champions League, 4 November 2008
  15. ^ Roma-Arsenal 1:0 (6:7penalties);UEFA Champions League, 11 March 2009
  16. ^ "Prolungato il contratto economico per il diritto alle prestazioni sportive del calciatore Mirko Vucinic" (in Italian). AS Roma. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Roma-Inter 1:0;Serie A, September 2010
  18. ^ Vučinić's misses in April 2011
  19. ^ "Mirko Vucinic è bianconero" (in Italian). juventus.com. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "La Stampa – Vucinic alla Juve, affare concluso: "E' la squadra che volevo"". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  21. ^ AC Milan 2–1 Juventus: Boateng & Seedorf belters earn victory for Serie A champions Goal.com. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  22. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=337683&cc=5901
  23. ^ Montenegro beats Hungary 2–1 in its first international friendly

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Montenegro national football team captain
2007–
Succeeded by
Incumbent