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Stevan Jovetić
Cтeвaн Joвeтић
Iran vs. Montenegro 2014-05-26 (158).jpg
Jovetić with Montenegro in 2014
Personal information
Full name Stevan Jovetić[1]
Date of birth (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sevilla
(on loan from Internazionale)
Number 16
Youth career
Mladost Podgorica[3]
2003–2006 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Partizan 51 (13)
2008–2013 Fiorentina 116 (35)
2013–2016 Manchester City 28 (8)
2015–2016 Internazionale (loan) 26 (6)
2016– Internazionale 5 (0)
2017– Sevilla (loan) 21 (6)
National team
2006 Serbia and Montenegro U17[4]
2007–2010 Montenegro U21 7 (2)
2007– Montenegro 44 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 April 2017

Stevan Jovetić (Cyrillic: Cтeвaн Joвeтић, IPA: [stɛ̂ʋaːn jɔ̂ʋɛtitɕ]; born 2 November 1989) is a Montenegrin professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Sevilla FC on loan from 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.[5] His playing style has led to comparisons with Roberto Baggio.[6][7]

He began his career with FK Partizan, winning the double of Serbian Superliga and Serbian Cup in 2008, then joined ACF Fiorentina for an approx. €10.8 million. In five seasons at the Italian club, he scored 40 times in 134 matches, prompting an approx. €26.7 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.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

On 9 April 2006, at the age of 16,[8] Jovetić made his senior debut for FK Partizan under head coach Jürgen Röber during a league match against FK Voždovac.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11] Jovetić held the record until 31 October 2012 when he was surpassed by Nikola Ninković.[12]

Fiorentina[edit]

On 10 May 2008, Serie A club Fiorentina signed him for a fee of approx. €10.8 million.[13][14] He scored his first goal for La Viola in the league match against Atalanta from the penalty spot on 5 April 2009.[15]

Jovetić playing for Fiorentina in 2010.

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.[16] 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.[17] 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.[18]

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.[19] On 15 October 2011, Jovetić signed a contract that would keep him in Florence through 2016.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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.[23] Jovetić netted 14 times in 27 league games for Fiorentina, as the Tuscan side limped to 13th place in Serie A.[24]

On 17 February 2013, both Jovetić and teammate Adem Ljajić netted braces as Fiorentina thrashed Inter 4–1 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.[25]

Manchester City[edit]

On 19 July 2013, he signed for Premier League club Manchester City in a deal worth approx. €26.7 million.[26][27] 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.[28] He made his debut for Manchester City on 14 September, in a 0–0 draw away against Stoke City.[29] He scored his first goals for the club on 24 September, in a 5–0 win against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup.[30]

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.[31] 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.[32] Jovetić reacted by saying "The manager has killed me with this decision" and questioned his future at the club.[33]

Internazionale[edit]

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 or making an appearance for Inter in 2016–17 season.[34][35] Jovetić signed a four-year contract.[36] He scored a last-minute winner on his debut on 23 August, the only goal in a win against Atalanta.[37] A week later, he netted both goals in a 2–1 victory at newcomers Carpi, the latter being a winner from the penalty spot.[38]

The conditional obligation to buy Jovetić definitively was activated in July 2016.[39] However, he was excluded from new coach Frank de Boer's plans (and that of his successor Stefano Pioli), which saw Jovetić omitted from their Europa League squad. He managed just 5 competitive appearances for Inter during the first half of the 2016–17 season.

Loan to Sevilla[edit]

On 10 January 2017, he signed a season-long loan with Spanish team Sevilla.[40][41] He made his debut with the club on 12 January, scoring a goal in a 3–3 draw against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.[42] He scored once again against Real Madrid three days later, this time in the league, coming on as a late substitute for Franco Vázquez, and securing the three points in stoppage time with the match-winning goal that put Sevilla back in second place in La Liga, and ended Real Madrid's 40-game-long unbeaten run in all competitions.[43]

International career[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro[edit]

Jovetić was part of the squad of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. The team was eliminated in the group stage.

Montenegro[edit]

Jovetić playing for the Montenegrin national football team in 2012.

Jovetić was a founding member of the Montenegro national team which played their first game against Hungary in March 2007,[44] and was also a regular for the Montenegro U-21 team.[45] 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.[46]

Jovetić equalised from a penalty on 14 November 2014 to earn Montenegro a 1–1 draw against Sweden in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[47]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 11 October 2016. Montenegro score listed first, score column indicates score after each Jovetić goal.[48]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 August 2008 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary 3  Hungary 1–1 3–3 Friendly
2 3–2
3 6 September 2008 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro 4  Bulgaria 2–1 2–2 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 19 November 2008 7  Macedonia 2–0 2–1 Friendly
5 12 August 2009 10  Wales 1–0
6 5 September 2009 Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria 11  Bulgaria 1–4 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 2 September 2011 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 16  Wales 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
8 29 February 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro 20  Iceland 1–0 2–1 Friendly
9 2–1
10 15 August 2012 21  Latvia 1–0 2–0
11 15 October 2013 30  Moldova 1–1 2–5 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 2–5
13 15 November 2014 35  Sweden 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
14 8 June 2015 Viborg Stadion, Viborg, Denmark 37  Denmark 1–0 1–2 Friendly
15 5 September 2015 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro 38  Liechtenstein 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
16 12 November 2015 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia 40  Macedonia 4–1 4–1 Friendly
17 4 September 2016 Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca, Romania 41  Romania 1–1 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 8 October 2016 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro 42  Kazakhstan 3–0 5–0
19 11 November 2016 Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Montenegro 44  Armenia 2–0 2–3

Style of play[edit]

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.[5][49][50][51][52][53][54] 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 and strike well with both feet.[5][6][49][51][52][55] Despite his talent, his playing time has often been limited by several injuries.[5][52]

Personal life[edit]

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,[56] and was then signed by Fiorentina (May 2008), living in Florence for 5 years until 2013, when he was signed by Manchester City.[57]

His nickname in Montenegro and Serbia is "Joveta".[58] Fiorentina supporters gave Jovetić the nickname "Jo-Jo."[59] 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.[8]

He is a gamer, playing PlayStation, often with friend and former teammate Matija Nastasić.[56] He has his left arm covered in tattoos (a "full-sleeve").[56] He has never consumed alcohol.[56] His favourite team is FK Partizan.[56] 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".[60][61] Jovetić is an Eastern Orthodox Christian.[62]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 May 2017[63]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2005–06 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006–07 22 1 4 3 0 0 26 4
2007–08 27 12 4 3 2 4 33 19
Total 51 13 8 6 2 4 61 23
Fiorentina 2008–09 29 2 1 0 4 0 34 2
2009–10 29 6 2 0 6 5 37 11
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 27 14 2 0 0 0 29 14
2012–13 31 13 3 0 0 0 34 13
Total 116 35 8 0 10 5 134 40
Manchester City 2013–14 11 3 5 3 0 0 16 6
2014–15 17 5 2 0 4 0 23 5
Total 28 8 7 3 4 0 39 11
Internazionale 2015–16 26 6 2 1 0 0 28 7
2016–17 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 30 6 2 1 0 0 32 7
Sevilla 2016–17 21 6 1 1 0 0 22 7
Total 21 6 1 1 0 0 22 7
Career total 246 68 26 11 16 9 288 88

International[edit]

As of 11 October 2016[64]
National Team Year Apps Goals
Montenegro
2007 1 0
2008 6 4
2009 6 2
2011 6 1
2012 5 3
2013 6 2
2014 5 1
2015 5 3
2016 4 3
Total 44 19

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan[65]
Manchester City[65]

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