Jovetić with Montenegro in 2014
|Full name||Stevan Jovetić|
|Date of birth||2 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Podgorica, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:22, 23 April 2016 (UTC).
Stevan Jovetić (Cyrillic: Cтeвaн Joвeтић, IPA: [stɛ̂ʋaːn jɔ̂ʋɛtitɕ]; born 2 November 1989) is a Montenegrin professional footballer who plays for Internazionale and the Montenegro national team. His primary position is a second striker, although he can also operate as an attacking midfielder or a winger. Jovetić is known for his dribbling, technical ability, and creativity. His playing style has led to comparisons with Roberto Baggio.
He began his career with FK Partizan, winning the double of Serbian Superliga and Serbian Cup in 2008, then joined ACF Fiorentina for £8 million. In five seasons at the Italian club, he scored 40 times in 134 matches, prompting a £22 million transfer to Manchester City. In his first season in England, he won the League Cup and the Premier League.
Jovetić is a Montenegrin international, having previously represented his team at under-21 level. He made his senior international debut in 2007, in Montenegro's first international football match as an independent country.
He scored three goals during a UEFA Cup qualifying game against Zrinjski on 2 August 2007, in a 5–0 victory for Partizan, recording his first career hat-trick at only 17 years old. He became Partizan's club captain aged 17 years, 10 months and 21 days in January 2008, after former captain Antonio Rukavina was sold to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. This made him Partizan's youngest captain ever, surpassing Albert Nađ, who became captain at age 19. Jovetić held the record until 31 October 2012 when he was surpassed by Nikola Ninković.
On 10 May 2008, Serie A club Fiorentina signed him for a reported fee of £8 million. He scored his first goal for La Viola in the league match against Atalanta from the penalty spot on 5 April 2009.
He started the 2009–10 season with a goal against Sporting Clube de Portugal in a 1–1 return leg draw at Stadio Artemio Franchi, which gave Fiorentina their entrance into the Champions League group stages. Other decisive goals included goals against Palermo, Sampdoria, and Livorno. On 29 September 2009, he scored both goals in a 2–0 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League group stage. On 9 March 2010, Jovetić scored two goals in Fiorentina's 3–2 win over Bayern Munich. The club lost, however, on away goals, and he also scored again against Napoli on 13 March. He scored in a 4–1 win against Udinese on 28 March.
During pre-season training for the 2010–11 season, he suffered an injury to his cruciate ligament in his right knee which eventually saw him out for the whole season.
Jovetić returned from injury in fine form in the 2011–12 season, scoring a double in a 3–0 win against Parma, his first goals in over a year. On 15 October 2011, Jovetić signed a contract that would keep him in Florence through 2016. Following the winter break in the Serie A, Jovetić netted twice as Fiorentina eased to a comfortable 3–0 victory over Novara on 8 January 2012. A month later, on 5 February, Jovetić earned his side a 3–2 victory against Udinese by converting two penalties; the win gave Fiorentina back-to-back victories in the Serie A for the first time all season. He failed to find the back of the net after this game for over two months before netting his side's opener and then assisting the winning goal for Amauri as Fiorentina shocked title contenders Milan 2–1 on 7 April. Jovetić netted 14 times in 27 league games for Fiorentina, as the Tuscan side limped to 13th place in Serie A.
On 19 July 2013, he signed for Premier League club Manchester City in a deal worth £22 million. Upon signing for the club, Jovetić chose to wear number 35 on his shirt, which he also wore while playing for Partizan. He joined former Fiorentina team-mate and close friend, Matija Nastasić at the club. He made his debut for Manchester City on 14 September, in a 0–0 draw away against Stoke City. He scored his first goals for the club on 24 September, in a 5–0 win against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup.
On 29 January 2014, Jovetić scored his first Premier League goal in a 5–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. On 15 February, he scored his first FA Cup goal in a 2–0 victory over Chelsea in the fifth round. On 5 April, he scored his second goal in the Premier League in a 4–1 win over Southampton. On 7 May 2014, he scored his first league goal at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester City's 4–0 win over Aston Villa.
On 25 August 2014, he scored two goals in Manchester City's 3–1 home win over Liverpool. Upon missing time with injury, in February 2015, he was cut from City's UEFA Champions League squad and replaced by new signing Wilfried Bony. Jovetic reacted by saying "The manager has killed me with this decision" and questioned his future at the club.
On 31 July 2015, Jovetić joined Serie A side Inter on an 18-month loan deal, for €2.5 million, with a conditional obligation of redemption for €14.5 million, if Inter was ranked 17th or better in December 2016. Jovetić signed a four-year contract. He scored a last-minute winner on his debut on 23 August, the only goal in a win against Atalanta. A week later, he netted both goals in a 2–1 victory at newcomers Carpi, the latter being a winner from the penalty spot.
Jovetić was a founding member of the Montenegro national team which played their first game against Hungary in March 2007, and was also a regular for the Montenegro U-21 team. Jovetić scored his first international goal against the same team, netting twice in a 3–3 friendly draw with Hungary on 20 August 2008 at the Puskás Ferenc Stadion in Budapest. He scored another brace on 29 February 2012 in his first match as captain when regular skipper Mirko Vučinić began on the bench, a 2–1 friendly home victory over Iceland.
On 15 October 2013 in a qualifier for the next year's World Cup, Jovetić scored his first international brace, with an equalising penalty and an added-time goal at the Podgorica City Stadium, albeit in a 2–5 defeat to Moldova.
Style of play
A quick, strong and versatile player, Jovetić is a well-rounded forward, who is capable of playing anywhere along the front-line, and has been deployed as a main striker, as a winger, in a supporting role, or even as an attacking midfielder, due to his ability to link-up with midfielders, and either score or create goals. A creative and technically gifted striker, he is also known for his dribbling skills, mobility, and pace on the ball, as well as his ability to make attacking runs towards goal from deeper positions. Despite his talent, his playing time has often been limited by several injuries.
Age 13, he moved from his hometown of Podgorica to Belgrade to play for FK Partizan's youth team. He stayed in Belgrade for four and a half years, and was then signed by Fiorentina (May 2008), living in Florence for 5 years until 2013, when he was signed by Manchester City.
His nickname in Montenegro and Serbia is "Joveta". Fiorentina supporters gave Jovetić the nickname "Jo-Jo." His idols are Al Jazira forward and fellow Montenegrin international Mirko Vučinić, from whom he took the Montenegro U-21 captain's armband at the age of 17; and Andriy Shevchenko, who Jovetić emulated as a child.
He is a gamer, playing PlayStation, often with friend and former teammate Matija Nastasić. He has his left arm covered in tattoos (a "full-sleeve"). He has never consumed alcohol. His favourite team is FK Partizan. In a 2013 interview, he said "Serbia and Montenegro is one, according to me", and that he "would love for us to be together, once again in one national team". Jovetić is an Eastern Orthodox Christian.
- As of 23 April 2016
As of 8 September 2015
|Montenegro national team|
- Scores and results list Montenegro's goal tally first.
|Stevan Jovetić – Goals for Montenegro|
|1.||20 August 2008||Stadium Puskás Ferenc, Budapest||Hungary||
|3.||6 September 2008||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica||Bulgaria||
||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|4.||19 November 2008||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica||Macedonia||
|5.||12 August 2009||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica||Wales||
|6.||5 September 2009||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia||Bulgaria||
||2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|7.||2 September 2011||Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff||Wales||
||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier|
|8.||29 February 2012||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica||Iceland||
|10.||15 August 2012||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica||Latvia||
|11.||15 October 2013||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica||Moldova||
||2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier|
|13.||15 November 2014||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica||Sweden||
||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier|
|14.||8 June 2015||Viborg Stadion, Viborg||Denmark||
|15.||5 September 2015||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica||Liechtenstein||
||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier|
|16.||12 November 2015||Philip II Arena, Macedonia||Macedonia||
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Srbija i Crna Gora su jedno, za mene. Nema razlike: isti jezik, isti običaji. Iste navike. Volio bih da smo zajedno, opet u istoj reprezentaciji. Bili bismo tad mnogo jaki
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