Branko Brnović

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Branko Brnović
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Brnović during a match with Montenegro in 2014
Personal information
Full name Branislav Brnović
Date of birth (1967-08-08) 8 August 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Budućnost 100 (13)
1991–1994 Partizan 88 (11)
1994–2000 Espanyol 146 (3)
2006–2007 Kom 15 (2)
Total 349 (29)
National team
1989–1998 Yugoslavia 27 (3)
Teams managed
2007–2011 Montenegro (assistant)
2011–2015 Montenegro
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Branislav "Branko" Brnović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранко Брновић; born 8 August 1967 in Titograd, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) is a retired Montenegrin professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and a current manager.

Club career[edit]

After making his professional debuts with local FK Budućnost Podgorica, Brnović signed with national giants FK Partizan in 1991, helping the latter club to back-to-back national championships, with the addition of two cups. In the 1992–93 season, as it won the league and lost the domestic cup to city rivals Red Star, he scored a career-best six goals (the team netted 103).[1]

In 1994, Brnović moved abroad and joined RCD Espanyol in La Liga – then known as Español. A starter in four of his six seasons in Catalonia, he left after a poor individual campaign (only one game in the league), which ended with conquest of the Copa del Rey.[2]

Brnović returned to active aged nearly 40, playing one season with FK Kom in his native town, now renamed Podgorica after the Montenegro independence.

International career[edit]

Brnović represented Yugoslavia on 27 occasions, his debut coming on 20 September 1989 in a 3–0 friendly win with Greece in Novi Sad. He also appeared during the UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying stage as the nation made it all the way to Sweden, only to be suspended due to the Yugoslav Wars.

Subsequently, Brnović was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and appearing in three games in an eventual round-of-16 exit. Additionally, he was a member of the talented Yugoslav under-20 team that won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile, playing five matches in the tournament.[3]

On 5 March 2007, Brnović was appointed assistant manager of Montenegro.[4] On 8 September 2011 he became head coach after Zlatko Kranjčar was sacked, leading the side to the Euro 2012 playoffs, where they lost 0–3 on aggregate to the Czech Republic.[5]

On 17 December 2015, it was announced that Brnović's contract, due to expire at the end of the year, would not be renewed.[6]

Managerial stats[edit]

As of 12 October 2015
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Montenegro Montenegro 8 September 2011 17 December 2015 33 11 10 12 33.33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yugoslavia 1992/93". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Branko BRNOVIC" (in Spanish). Hall of Fame Perico. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Branko BrnovićFIFA competition record
  4. ^ Brnović joins Montenegro staff; UEFA.com, 5 March 2007
  5. ^ "Czech cheer as Jiráček ends Montenegro bid". UEFA.com. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Montenegro releasing coach Brnović". UEFA.com. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 

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