Montenegro national football team
(The Brave Falcons)
|Association||Football Association of Montenegro|
|Head coach||Branko Brnović|
|Asst coach||Anto Drobnjak
|Most caps||Simon Vukčević (41)|
|Top scorer||Mirko Vučinić (14)|
|Home stadium||Stadion Pod Goricom|
|Highest FIFA ranking||16 (June 2011)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||199 (June 2007)|
|Highest Elo ranking||38 (29 March 2011)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||60 (October 2007)|
| Montenegro 2–1 Hungary
(Podgorica, Montenegro; 24 March 2007)
| San Marino 0–6 Montenegro
(Serravalle, San Marino; 11 September 2012)
| Romania 4–0 Montenegro
(Bucharest, Romania; 31 May 2008)
The Montenegro national football team (Montenegrin: Fudbalska reprezentacija Crne Gore, Фудбалска репрезентација Црне Горе) represents Montenegro in association football and 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 and their head coach is Branko Brnović.
Montenegro is one of the world's newest international sides, having come into existence following the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In that tournament, the newly independent states of Serbia and Montenegro competed as a united team and played their last group match on 21 June, failing to qualify for the following knockout stage.
The first official competition that the Montenegro national team competed in was the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying; they had not registered membership with FIFA in time for the qualifying draw for UEFA Euro 2008, which took place in December 2005. They competed in Group 8, along with Italy, Bulgaria, Ireland, Cyprus and Georgia. They failed to qualify for the World Cup. The team's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign began in surprising fashion, with victories over Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland, as well as a draw with England, conceding no goals in the process. While they started the qualifying as the lowest ranked team in their group, their run saw them rise into the top 16 best national teams in the world, according to the FIFA World Rankings published in June 2011.
Following the independence of Montenegro from Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia took Serbia and Montenegro's place in the Euro 2008 qualifying stage, but UEFA had stated that they would be willing to include Montenegro as a late entry, as long as FIFA had ratified a separate Montenegrin Football Association before September 2006, when the qualifying began. However, as of the competition beginning, this had not occurred. In October 2006, Montenegro was granted provisional membership of UEFA, with a debate on full membership due at a full UEFA Congress in January 2007. Montenegro's first FIFA ranking was joint 199th place – the last place on the list. This is because they had a score of 0 when the rankings were worked out.
First matches 
On 26 January 2007, the Montenegro FA was granted full membership of UEFA, and played its first friendly match against Hungary on 24 March 2007 at Stadion Pod Goricom in Podgorica, resulting in a 2–1 victory. Striker Mirko Vucinic scored the country's first ever goal in the 62nd minute. On 31 May 2007, Montenegro was admitted as FIFA's 208th member.
The coach who made history by becoming Montenegro's first coach was Serbia & Montenegro-born Zoran Filipović. Hailed by both players and press, his record rather positive – 23 matches played, 8 victories, 8 draws and 7 defeats. Zoran Filipović left the Balkan newcomers in January 2010 when his contract expired in 73rd position in the FIFA rankings, having started from the last position with no points.
On 26 March 2008, Montenegro recorded one of its best played matches with a 3–1 win over Norway. At the same time, the nation recorded its highest scoring game.
First competitive matches 
On 6 September 2008, Montenegro played its first ever World Cup qualifier. It was at the Podgorica City Stadium in Podgorica. As expected, Bulgaria took an early lead in the 11th minute with a goal from Stiliyan Petrov. Mirko Vučinić scored in the 61st minute to make the game 1–1. Stevan Jovetić took a penalty and made it 2–1 in the 82nd minute. As Montenegrin fans were about to celebrate a historical first competitive win, a last-minute equalizer from Blagoy Georgiev spoiled the party. In their next match on 10 September 2008, 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. Despite Alberto Aquilani's early strike, Vucinic quickly equalized 11 minutes later. Aquilani then scored again 10 minutes later. However, their second match against Italy in the two-game series ended 2–0 in favor of the World champions. And another disappointment came when the team could only draw 0–0 against Georgia and went on to draw 2–2 against Cyprus, having fought back after being 2 goals down. The fixture on 5 September 2009 was a shock when, after taking an early lead against Bulgaria in Sofia with Jovetic putting them 1–0 up, Bulgaria then scored 4 goals to win 4–1. Montenegro, now eliminated, drew their next game with Cyprus 1–1, who were also eliminated. Montenegro would finally register their first competitive win against Georgia, winning 2–1. They then managed a great performance to hold The Republic of Ireland to a 0–0 draw at Croke Park. They finished 5th in the group with 9 points, just below Cyprus due to GD. Though they failed to qualify for the World Cup, Montenegro had performed better than expected in their first competitive international matches. The next month, they reached one of their highest positions in the FIFA rankings, in 73rd place.
UEFA Euro 2012 qualification 
During the UEFA Euro 2012 qualification, the team has recorded further victories. The team defeated Wales in Podgorica in a match attended by 9,000 fans. The team won 1–0 from a goal by Vucinic. A few days later, the team defeated Bulgaria in Sofia 1–0. The next month, the team defeated Switzerland 1–0 by taking the lead in the 2nd half and then recorded a 0–0 draw in London against England. On June 4, 2011, Montenegro played against Bulgaria. Switzerland tied with England 2–2, with England narrowly avoiding defeat. Although Montenegro had a bright start, the Bulgarians were able to keep it 1–1. Radomir Đalović scored for Montenegro early in the 2nd half, but Ivelin Popov scored minutes later, keeping Montenegro in second. Montenegro and England were at the time tied on points, but due to a larger goal difference, England remained ahead.
After that, Montenegro played against Wales in Cardiff. Montenegro were beaten 2-1, and appeared to have significantly damaged their chances of making the play-offs. In that match, Steve Morison and Aaron Ramsey scored for Wales, and Stevan Jovetic for Montenegro. After this match, Montenegro was still 2nd in the group G, but Switzerland has closed the gap to only three points.
On 7 October, Montenegro played its 7th match in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying against England, in Podgorica. It was a rainy October night, but a very bright one for Montenegro. England started the match well, and led 2-0 in the 31st minute, thanks to goals by Ashley Young and Darren Bent. A deflected volley by Elsad Zverotic in the 45th minute reduced the deficit to 2-1. Montenegro were much brighter in the second half, creating a lot of chances. Their cause was greatly helped by the dismissal of Wayne Rooney on 73 minutes, for kicking out at Miodrag Dzudovic. Montenegro equalised in stoppage time when a cross from Stefan Savic was headed in at the far post by Andrija Delibasic. The Montenegrins celebrated wildly, knowing following an announcement on the public address system that Wales were beating Switzerland 2-0, and thus that a point would be sufficient to guarantee second place in the group and a place in the play-offs. The game ended 2-2, whilst Wales won 2-0, securing a play-off position for Montenegro, a historic achievement putting the team two matches away from qualifying for Euro 2012.
In their last match in Euro 2012 qualifying, Montenegro lost 2-0 to Switzerland in Basel, but this match did not matter because Montenegro had already secured their place in the play-offs. Montenegro played without 7 of their regular players in that match.
On 13 October, the draw for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs was held in Krakow, Poland. As a result of the draw, Montenegro played against the Czech Republic, but lost 3-0 on aggregate and failed to qualify.
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification 
In their first match, Montenegro played against Poland in Podgorica. Jakub Blaszczykowski scored from a penalty kick for Poland in the 5th minute. Montenegro came back with goals by Nikola Drinčić in 26th minute, after an assist by Mirko Vučinić, and Vučinić himself in injury time after a corner kick. In the second half, Poland scored an equalizer in the 55th minute. The scorer was Adrian Mierzejewski. After that, the result stayed 2:2.
On 11 September, Montenegro played against San Marino in Seravalle. In a very one-sided match, Montenegro won 6:0, which is the biggest win for Montenegro since their formation. Montenegro proceeded to beat Ukraine 1:0 in Kiev. The goal was scored by Dejan Damjanović. In their last match in 2012, Montenegro faced San Marino in Podgorica, on 14 November, with a 3:0 win for the home team.
Montenegro played their fifth qualifiers match against Moldova in Chișinău, on 22 March 2013. Montenegro won that match 1:0, the only goalscorer was Mirko Vučinić. After that, Montenegro returned to Podgorica to play the 2nd ranked team in the group, England. The outcome was a 1:1 draw. For England, Wayne Rooney scored in 6. minute, with a header after a corner, and for Montenegro, Dejan Damjanović, also after a corner. Through six games, Montenegro was first in the group with 14 points, two more than England.
Team Image 
At competitive matches Montenegrin homeground, Podgorica City Stadium, is very often filled to capacity. The stadium is regarded as too small to meet the needs of the national team. Demand for World Cup qualifier against Italy in 2009 was 30,000 tickets and 40,000 for the Euro 2012 qualifying match against England in 2011.
Montenegrin loudest and most loyal supporters are Ultra Crna Gora (Ultra Montenegro). They practice ultras way of support - standing up and 90 minutes singing, no matter the result, both home and away. They occupy north and south stands of Podgorica City Stadium. Choreographies are usual at the beginning of the games. Ultra Crna Gora consists of many subgroups, mostly named after Podgorica's neibourhoods and Montenegrin towns in other parts of the country.
On October 7, 2011 in a match against England, at the sound of final whistle, hundreds of Montenegrin supporters ran onto the pitch, to celebrate with the players.
Current squad 
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:
- He was born in Montenegro.
- At least one of his parents and/or at least one of his grandparents was born in Montenegro.
- He has lived in Montenegro continuously for any two-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.
Caps and goals as of 26 March 2013.
Recent callups 
The following players have been called for the last 18 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of Birth (Age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Most Recent Match/Selection|
|GK||Vladan Giljen||12 July 1989||0||0||Nacional||v. Iceland, February 29, 2012|
|GK||Miodrag Todorović||1 April 1988||0||0||Mogren||v. Switzerland, October 11, 2011|
|GK||Darko Božović||9 August 1978||2||0||Bežanija||v. Norway, May 29, 2010|
|GK||Ivan Janjušević||5 November 1986||1||0||Sutjeska Nikšić||v. Ukraine, October 16, 2012|
|DF||Vladan Adžić||5 June 1987||0||0||OFK Beograd||v. Iceland, February 29, 2012|
|DF||Radoslav Batak||15 August 1977||25||1||Tobol||v. Czech Republic, November 15, 2011|
|DF||Draško Božović||30 June 1988||3||0||Hapoel Be'er Sheva||v. Switzerland, October 11, 2011|
|DF||Žarko Tomašević||22 February 1990||2||0||Partizan||v. Azerbaijan, November 17, 2010|
|MF||Marko Ćetković||10 July 1986||5||0||Podbeskidzie||v. San Marino, September 11, 2012|
|MF||Petar Grbić||7 August 1988||3||0||OFK Beograd||v. Switzerland, October 11, 2011|
|MF||Ivan Fatić||2 August 1988||6||0||Lecce||v. Albania, August 10, 2011|
|FW||Radomir Đalović||29 November 1982||26||7||Sepahan Isfahan||v. Czech Republic, November 15, 2011|
|FW||Luka Đorđević||9 July 1994||2||1||Zenit Saint Petersburg||v. San Marino, November 14, 2012|
Current coaching staff 
Coaching staff 
|Head Coach||Branko Brnović|
|Assistant Coach||Radislav Dragićević|
|Assistant Coach||Anto Drobnjak|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Dragoje Leković|
Player records 
Player/coach records are accurate as of 26 March 2012.
Most capped Montenegro players 
Top Montenegro goalscorers 
|1||Mirko Vučinić||2007–present||14 (33)||0.42|
|2||Stevan Jovetić||2007–present||10 (25)||0.40|
|3||Radomir Đalović||2007–2012||7 (26)||0.26|
|4||Andrija Delibašić||2009–present||6 (20)||0.30|
|5||Dejan Damjanović||2007–2012||4 (17)||0.26|
|6||Nikola Drinčić||2007–present||3 (29)||0.14|
|6||Fatos Bećiraj||2009–present||3 (17)||0.18|
|6||Elsad Zverotić||2008–present||3 (36)||0.09|
|9||Igor Burzanović||2007–2009||2 (8)||0.25|
|9||Stefan Savić||2010–present||2 (21)||0.11|
|9||Simon Vukčević||2007–present||2 (42)||0.05|
Montenegro captains 
|#||Player||Montenegro career||Captain (Total Caps)|
|1||Mirko Vučinić (present captain)||2007–present||22 (29)|
Competition History 
Montenegro participated in two qualification rounds for big tournaments so far. In both occasions, Montenegro failed to qualify. Firstly, Montenegro tried to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, but they finished as 5th in their group. Montenegro had more success in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifications, when they finished 2nd in their group, and qualified for the play-offs. They failed to qualify for the main event, because they lost their two leg match against Czech Republic.
|2010||Did Not Qualify|
|2012||Did Not Qualify|
Recent results and fixtures 
|#||Date||City||Opponent||Results¹||Scorers||Attendance||Type of game|
|17||6 June 2009||Larnaca||Cyprus||2–2 (0–2)||Makrides 14', Michael 45' (pen.), Damjanović 65', Damjanović 79'||4,500||WC quali.|
|18||12 August 2009||Podgorica||Wales||2–1 (2–0)||Jovetić 28' (pen), Đalović 45', Vokes 52'||5,000||Friendly|
|19||5 September 2009||Sofia||Bulgaria||1–4 (1–1)||Jovetić 8', Kishishev 45+2', Telkiyski 48', Berbatov 85' (pen.), Domovchiyski 90+1'||9,000||WC quali.|
|20||9 September 2009||Podgorica||Cyprus||1–1 (0–0)||Vučinić 56' (pen.), Okkas 63'||6,000||WC quali.|
|21||10 October 2009||Podgorica||Georgia||2–1 (1–1)||Batak 13', Dvalishvili 45', Delibašić 78'||7,000||WC quali.|
|22||14 October 2009||Dublin||Republic of Ireland||0–0 (0–0)||36,442||WC quali.|
|23||18 November 2009||Podgorica||Belarus||1–0 (0–0)||Vučinić 80'||5,000||Friendly|
|24||3 March 2010||Skopje||Macedonia||1–2 (0–2)||Naumoski 27', Pandev 30', Baša 62'||7,000||Friendly|
|25||25 May 2010||Podgorica||Albania||0–1 (0–0)||Salihi 79'||7,000||Friendly|
|26||29 May 2010||Oslo||Norway||1–2 (0–1)||Grindheim 44', Vučinić 82', Pedersen 89'||13,132||Friendly|
|27||11 August 2010||Podgorica||Northern Ireland||2–0 (1–0)||Đalović 43', Đalović 59'||5,000||Friendly|
|28||3 September 2010||Podgorica||Wales||1–0 (1–0)||Vučinić 30'||10,500||Euro 2012 Q|
|29||7 September 2010||Sofia||Bulgaria||1–0 (1–0)||Zverotić 35'||10,000||Euro 2012 Q|
|30||8 October 2010||Podgorica||Switzerland||1–0 (0–0)||Vučinić 67'||12,700||Euro 2012 Q|
|31||12 October 2010||London||England||0–0 (0–0)||73,451||Euro 2012 Q|
|32||17 November 2010||Podgorica||Azerbaijan||2–0 (0–0)||Pejović 62', Bećiraj 73'||5,000||Friendly|
|33||25 March 2011||Podgorica||Uzbekistan||1–0 (0–0)||Vukčević 90'||7,000||Friendly|
|34||4 June 2011||Podgorica||Bulgaria||1–1 (0–0)||Đalović 53', Popov 66'||12,500||Euro 2012 Q|
|35||10 August 2011||Shkodër||Albania||2–3 (1–1)||Bogdani 33', Savić 40', Savić 47', Hyka 64', Salihi 69'||–||Friendly|
|36||2 September 2011||Cardiff||Wales||1–2 (0–1)||Morison 29', Ramsey 50', Jovetić 71'||8,194||Euro 2012 Q|
|37||7 October 2011||Podgorica||England||2–2 (1–2)||Young 11', Bent 31', Zverotić 45', Delibašić 90+1'||12,700||Euro 2012 Q|
|38||11 October 2011||Basel||Switzerland||0–2 (0–0)||Derdiyok 51', Lichtsteiner 65'||19,997||Euro 2012 Q|
|39||11 November 2011||Prague||Czech Republic||0–2 (0–0)||Pilař 63', Sivok 90+2'||14,560||Euro 2012 play-off match 1|
|40||15 November 2011||Podgorica||Czech Republic||0–1 (0–0)||Jiráček 81'||12,500||Euro 2012 play-off match 2|
|41||29 February 2012||Podgorica||Iceland||2–1 (0–0)||Jovetić 56', Finnbogason 79', Jovetić 88'||5,000||Friendly|
|42||25 May 2012||Brussels||Belgium||2–2 (1–2)||Vučinić 5', Mirallas 25', Hazard 34' (pen.), Drinčić 76'||20,000||Friendly|
|43||15 August 2012||Podgorica||Latvia||2-0 (1–0)||Jovetić 36', Kasalica 76'||6,000||Friendly|
|44||7 September 2012||Podgorica||Poland||2-2 (2–1)||Blaszczykowski 5' (pen.), Drinčić 29', Vučinić 45+2', Mierzejewski 55'||11,420||WC 2014 Q|
|45||11 September 2012||Serravalle||San Marino||6-0 (2-0)||Đorđević 24', Bećiraj 26', Bećiraj 52', Zverotić 69', Delibašić 78', Delibašić 82'||1,947||WC 2014 Q|
|46||16 October 2012||Kiev||Ukraine||1-0 (1-0)||Damjanović 45'||50,597||WC 2014 Q|
|47||14 November 2012||Podgorica||San Marino||3-0 (2-0)||Delibašić 14', 31', Zverotić 68'||7,158||WC 2014 Q|
|48||22 March 2013||Chișinău||Moldova||1-0 (0-0)||Vučinić 78'||5,400||WC 2014 Q|
|49||26 March 2013||Podgorica||England||1-1 (0-1)||Rooney 6', Damjanović 75'||12,000||WC 2014 Q|
|50||7 June 2013||Podgorica||Ukraine||WC 2014 Q|
|51||14 August 2013||Minsk||Belarus||Friendly|
¹ Results from Montenegrin view
Undefeated streak 
Currently undefeated in 9 matches:
|Poland||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||2012-09-07||
|San Marino||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||2012-09-11||
|Ukraine||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||2012-10-16||
|San Marino||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||2012-11-14||
|Moldova||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||2013-03-22||
|England||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers||2013-03-26||
FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying 
Top Goalscorers during Qualification 
- 4 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
Montenegro versus other countries 
Updated till 16. October 2012
|Opponent||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal difference||Total|
|Republic of Ireland||0||2||0||0||0||0||2|
See also 
- "Serbia to take spot in Euro 2008". BBC Sport. 23 May 2006. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- Mark Chaplin (2006). "No decision yet on Gibraltar". UEFA.com. Archived from the original on 28 November 2006. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- Simon Hart (2007). "UEFA to consider 24-team EURO". UEFA.com. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "Soccer-Montenegro beat Hungary 2–1 in international debut". Reuters.co.uk. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "Montenegro take a bow with victory". UEFA.com. 2007. Archived from the original on 4 June 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007.
- "Blatter's third term confirmed". FIFA.com. 2007. Retrieved 17 October 2007.
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