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 31)
Place of birth Nikšić, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Al Jazira
Number 9
Youth career
1998–1999 Sutjeska Nikšić
2000–2002 Lecce
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Sutjeska Nikšić 9 (3)
2000–2006 Lecce 111 (34)
2006–2011 Roma 147 (46)
2011–2014 Juventus 72 (21)
2014– Al Jazira 8 (13)
National team
2005–2006 Serbia and Montenegro 5 (2)
2007– Montenegro 40 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2014

Mirko Vučinić (Montenegrin: Mиpкo Bучинић, pronounced [mîːrko ʋǔt͡ʃinit͡ɕ]; born 1 October 1983) is a Montenegrin footballer who plays as a forward for Al Jazira in UAE Pro-League.

Having caught the attention of Pantaleo Corvino, the sporting director of the Italian club Lecce, he transferred there in the summer of 2000. He played for Lecce as they moved between Serie A and B. His highest-scoring season was 2004–05, with 19 goals in 28 games in Serie A. In 2006, he joined Roma and moved on to Juventus in 2011. In July 2014, he moved to Al Jazira on an undisclosed fee.

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 his native Montenegro.

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] Vučinić has also become known for removing his shorts when celebrating goals he scored, having done so for Roma,[2][3] and 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, 21-year-old Vučinić scored 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 as 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),[18] and then three days later in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg versus Inter (Roma lost 1–0).[19]

Juventus[edit]

Vučinić in action for Juventus

2011–12 season[edit]

On 30 July 2011, it was confirmed that Juventus had signed Vučinić for €15 million from Roma,[20] with a 4-year deal worth a reported €3.5 million [in net] per year.[21] 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.[22]

Vučinić scored a 32-metre goal 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.[23]

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 the 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.

2013–14 season[edit]

On 1 May 2014, in injury time of Juventus' Europea League semi-final elimination against Benfica, Vučinić was sent off for a fight with opponent Lazar Marković despite neither being on the field of play at the time, Marković having been substituted and Vučinić still on the substitutes bench.[24]

Al Jazira[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 4 July 2014, Vučinić joined UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Jazira for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of €6 million.[25]

International career[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro[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.[citation needed]

Montenegro[edit]

After Montenegro became an independent country on June 3, 2006, and a new national team was to be established, Vučinić initially opted to play for the Serbian national football team (as he was identified as a Montenegrin Serb[26]), but eventually decided to play for his native country.[27] He earlier said, on February 1, 2006, in light of the possibility of a Serbian-Montenegrin union split, that "according to me, it is not a good idea". In a match against Croatia the same month, he shouted "Serbia" and showed the three-finger salute. However, in September 2006 in a press conference in Rome, he said, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport "I am hundred percent Montenegrin and happy that the union with Serbia has ended".[28] He 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.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 October 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[30] 9 3 0 0 10 4
Lecce Serie A 2000–01[30] 3 0 0 0 2 0
2001–02[30] 7 0 2 0 9 0
Serie B 2002–03[30] 28 5 1 0 29 5
Serie A 2003–04[30] 12 1 1 0 13 1
2004–05[30] 28 19 3 3 31 22
2005–06[30] 34 9 0 0 34 9
Lecce Total 111 34 7 3 118 37
Roma Serie A 2006–07[30] 25 2 2 0 6 1 0 0 33 3
2007–08[30] 33 9 6 1 8 4 1 0 48 14
2008–09[30] 27 11 2 2 8 3 1 1 38 17
2009–10[30] 34 14 4 2 8 3 46 19
2010–11[30] 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[30] 32 9 3 1 35 10
2012–13[30] 31 10 3 1 8 2 1 1 43 14
2013–14 12 2 0 0 5 0 1 0 18 2
Juventus Total 75 21 6 2 13 2 2 1 96 26
Al Jazira UAE Arabian Gulf League 2014–15 8 13 0 0 8 13
Al Jazira 8 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 13
Career Total 345 118 31 11 47 13 5 2 426 144

1Includes Kup Jugoslavije, Coppa Italia, UAE Arabian Gulf Cup and UAE President's Cup

2Includes UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League and AFC Champions League.

3Includes Supercoppa Italiana and Arabian Gulf Super Cup

International[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro national team[30]
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, Montenegro  Hungary
1–1
2–1
Friendly
2. 22 August 2007 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Slovenia
1–0
1–1
Friendly
3. 12 September 2007 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Sweden
1–0
1–2
Friendly
4. 17 October 2007 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia
1–0
1–0
Friendly
5. 6 September 2008 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Bulgaria
1–1
2–2
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
6. 15 October 2008 Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce, Italy  Italy
1–1
1–2
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
7. 9 September 2009 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Cyprus
1–0
1–0
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification
8. 18 November 2009 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Belarus
1–0
1–0
Friendly
9. 29 May 2010 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway
1–1
1–2
Friendly
10. 3 September 2010 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Wales
1–0
1–0
UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification
11. 8 October 2010 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Switzerland
1–0
1–0
UEFA Euro 2012 Qualification
12. 25 May 2012 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium
1–0
2–2
Friendly
13. 7 September 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Poland
2–1
2–2
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
14. 22 March 2013 Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău, Moldova  Moldova
1–0
1–0
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification
15 14 August 2013 Torpedo Stadium, Zhodino, Belarus  Belarus
1–1
1–1
Friendly
16. 8 September 2014 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Moldova
2–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2016 Qualification

Honours[edit]

Roma

Juventus

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tifoso denuncia Vucinic per lo streaptease in curva". La Repubblica (in Italian). 16 December 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
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  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
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  26. ^ http://www.sportal.rs/news.php?news=32266.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  27. ^ Vladimir Šoškić (March 25, 2013). "Tako mala, a tako velika Crna Gora". Sportal. "Pre skoro sedam godina, 21. mаја 2006. godine, proglašena je nezavisnost Crne Gore. Samo nekoliko meseci kasnije predsednik Dejan Savićević je krenuo u izgradnju nacionalnog tima. Prvi potez mu je bio briljantan. Ubedio je nekadašnjeg predsednika FSS Zvezdna Terzića da nema „uzimanja“ igrača iz sada komšijskih zemalja. Bio je to potez koji je lišio srpski fudbal mogućnosti da dobije najboljeg napadača Mirka Vučinića, iako je kapiten „hrabrih sokolova“ tada isticao da mu je želja da nosi dres zemlje u kojoj se sa ponosom dižu tri prsta." 
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  29. ^ Montenegro beats Hungary 2–1 in its first international friendly
  30. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o FSS. "Vučinić Mirko". 

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