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Montenegro National Football Team
Montenegro
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Hrabri sokoli /
(The Brave Falcons)
AssociationFSCG
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMiodrag Radulovi?
CaptainStevan Joveti?
Most capsFatos Be?iraj (81)
Top scorerStevan Joveti? (31)
Home stadiumPodgorica City Stadium
FIFA codeMNE
FIFA ranking
Current 71 Decrease 4 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest16 (June 2011)
Lowest199 (June 2007)
First international
Biggest win
 San Marino 0-6 Montenegro 
(Serravalle, San Marino; 11 September 2012)
Biggest defeat
 England 7-0 Montenegro 
(London, England; 14 November 2019)

The Montenegro national football team (Montenegrin: ? ?, romanizedFudbalska reprezentacija Crne Gore) has represented Montenegro in international football since 2007. It 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.

Montenegro is one of the world's youngest international teams, having joined FIFA and UEFA in 2007, following the restoration of Montenegrin independence in 2006. Montenegro played its first official international match against Hungary in March 2007, and competed in their first FIFA World Cup qualifiers in 2010.

History

Formation

Montenegro national team squad in EURO 2020 qualifiers

Following the independence of Montenegro from Serbia and Montenegro, Serbia was set to represent both Serbia and Montenegro in the Euro 2008 qualifying stage. UEFA, however, would be willing to include Montenegro as a late entry if FIFA ratified a separate Montenegrin Football Association before September 2006. However, this did not occur before the competition began.[3]
In October 2006, Montenegro was granted provisional membership of UEFA, with a debate regarding full membership scheduled at a full UEFA Congress in January 2007.[4] Montenegro's first FIFA World Ranking was joint 199th place, the last place on the list by default.

First matches

Mirko Vu?ini? was the first captain of Montenegro

On 26 January 2007, the Montenegro FA was granted full membership of UEFA.[5] The team played its first FIFA-recognized friendly match against Hungary on 24 March 2007 at Stadion Pod Goricom in Podgorica. Montenegro won 2-1 in front of 12,000 spectators. Striker Mirko Vu?ini? scored the country's first goal in the 62nd minute.[6][7] On 31 May 2007, Montenegro was admitted as FIFA's 208th member.[8]
Montenegro's first coach was Zoran Filipovi?. In 23 matches, Filipovi? recorded eight victories, eight draws and seven defeats. He left in January 2010 when his contract expired. During his tenure, Montenegro rose to 73rd position in the FIFA rankings.
Montenegro played at the 2007 Kirin Cup, but finished in last place behind Japan and Colombia.
On 26 March 2008, Montenegro recorded one of its best results with a 3-1 win over Norway.

First competitive matches

On 6 September 2008, Montenegro played their first World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria at the Podgorica City Stadium. Bulgaria took the lead in the 11th minute with a goal from Stiliyan Petrov. Mirko Vu?ini? scored in the 61st minute to tie the game, before Igor Burzanovi? put Montenegro ahead 82nd minute from a penalty. However, a last-minute equalizer from Blagoy Georgiev denied Montenegro their first competitive win. In their next match on 10 September, 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. After Alberto Aquilani's early strike, Vu?ini? quickly equalized, but Aquilani scored the winning goal ten minutes later. Their second match against Italy ended 2-0 in favour of the world champions. Another disappointment came when the team could only draw 0-0 against Georgia, followed by a 2-2 draw against Cyprus after being two goals down. On 5 September 2009, Montenegro took an early lead against Bulgaria in Sofia with Stevan Joveti? putting them 1-0 up, only for Bulgaria to recover and win 4-1. After drawing 1-1 with Cyprus, Montenegro finally registered their first competitive win, beating Georgia 2-1. They then drew 0-0 with the Republic of Ireland at Croke Park. They finished fifth in the group with nine points, below Cyprus on goal difference.

Golden era

Stevan Joveti?

During the UEFA Euro 2012 qualification campaign, the team recorded further success. They opened their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Wales; Mirko Vu?ini? scored the only goal. A few days later, the team defeated Bulgaria 1-0 in Sofia. The next month, they beat Switzerland 1-0 and then recorded a 0-0 draw in London against England. On 4 June 2011, Montenegro drew 1-1 against Bulgaria, with Radomir ?alovi? scoring for Montenegro early in the second half, but Ivelin Popov scoring minutes later, to keep Montenegro second in the group, behind England on goal difference.
Montenegro were beaten 2-1 by Wales in Cardiff. They were still second in Group G, but Switzerland closed the gap between them to only three points.
In the June 2011 FIFA rankings, Montenegro recorded their highest ranking of 16th.
On 7 October, Montenegro came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against England in Podgorica, after Wayne Rooney was sent off. Wales beat Switzerland 2-0 to ensure Montenegro won a play-off place, putting the team two matches away from qualifying for Euro 2012. In their last match in the qualifiers, Montenegro lost 2-0 to Switzerland in Basel. On 13 October, the draw for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs was held in Kraków, Poland. Montenegro were paired with the Czech Republic, but they lost 3-0 on aggregate and failed to qualify.
Montenegro were drawn in Group H in the qualifiers, along with England, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and San Marino.
In their first match, Montenegro tied against Poland in a 2-2 draw. On 11 September, Montenegro played against San Marino in Seravalle. In a one-sided match, Montenegro won 6-0,[9] the biggest win in the team's history. Montenegro then beat Ukraine 1-0 in Kyiv,[10] with the only goal scored by Dejan Damjanovi?. In their last match in 2012, Montenegro faced San Marino in Podgorica on 14 November, and won 3-0.
Montenegro played their fifth qualifier match against Moldova in Chi?in?u on 22 March 2013, winning 1-0 through Mirko Vu?ini?'s goal. Montenegro then returned to Podgorica to play the second-placed England. The outcome was a 1-1 draw.
Leading their World Cup qualifying group, Montenegro hosted Ukraine on 7 June 2013. They suffered their first defeat in the group, losing 4-0. The match also saw Montenegro finish the match with nine men after Vladimir Volkov and Savo Pavi?evi? were sent off. Their last four matches yielded just a single point; a 1-1 draw in Poland. Their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign finished with a 5-2 home defeat to Moldova, and they finished third behind England and Ukraine.

Ups and downs

On 23 February 2014 in Nice, Montenegro were drawn for qualification in Group G alongside Russia, Sweden, Austria, Moldova and Liechtenstein. Though they opened their campaign with a 2-0 win over Moldova, they failed to qualify with a 0-0 tie against Liechtenstein, a 1-0 loss to Austria and a 1-1 tie at home to Sweden.
On 27 March 2015, Montenegro's home match against Russia was abandoned after 67 minutes due to crowd violence, after the Russian left-back Dmitri Kombarov was hit by a projectile. The score was 0-0 and Russia had missed a penalty moments before the match was abandoned. The Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare, causing a second 33-minute delay.[11] The abandoned match was ruled a 3-0 win in Russia's favour.
Montenegro finished fourth at the end of the campaign and placed 95th on the FIFA ranking list.
Montenegro participated in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification and were placed with Poland, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Romania. Poland and Romania had been participants in the UEFA Euro 2016, but Montenegro began by drawing 1-1 away to Romania, beating Kazakhstan 5-0 at home and defeating Denmark 1-0. However, they then lost 3-2 away to Armenia despite leading 2-0, and were defeated 2-1 at home by Poland. Montenegro then rebounded, beating Armenia 4-1 and Kazakhstan 3-0. They later eliminated Romania with a 1-0 victory, but losses to the Danes and Poles ended Montenegro's chance of qualifying.
Having failed to reach the World Cup, Montenegro had a dismal performance in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League C. The team was grouped with Serbia, Romania and Lithuania. Montenegro only managed two victories, all against Lithuania, and suffered two losses to Serbia, one defeat to Romania at home and an away draw to the Romanian side as well. This effectively denied Montenegro a chance to qualify to the UEFA Euro 2020 playoff.

Worst campaign

The Euro 2020 qualifiers for Montenegro have been the worst in the team's short history. After an unsuccessful Nations League campaign, the team started off with a 1-1 away draw to Bulgaria, following a controversial penalty for the hosts. It was followed with a 1-5 loss at home to England despite having taken an early lead.
On the day of the match with Kosovo, Serbian coach Ljubi?a Tumbakovi? and two players originated from Serbia, due to political reasons, abandoned the national team, betraying the squad in unprecedented condition before the two crucial matches for qualifiers. Montenegro managed to avoid defeat against Kosovo (1-1), however they lost to Czech Republic 0-3. The same result occurred in the rematch, one month later. With no chances to qualify directly, Montenegro failed to win the match against last placed Bulgaria (0-0), and lost to Kosovo (0-2).
At the end of their worst campaign, Montenegro suffered the biggest defeat in history. On 14 November 2019, they were defeated against England in London 7-0.
Not only did they finish the qualifying campaign without a single victory, Montenegro managed to score only three goals in eight matches, but conceded 22. Also, throughout the entire qualifying campaign the team had troubles with injuries to key players, most notably Stevan Joveti? and Stefan Savi?.

FIFA rankings

Montenegro national football team is present on FIFA rankings since June 2007. Until now, best ranking of Montenegro was 16th place in the world (June 2011).
Below is a list of Montenegro position on FIFA ranking-list by every six months, with number of points.

Stadium and facilities

Montenegro play home matches at the Podgorica City Stadium (Montenegrin: Stadion pod Goricom). The stadium's capacity is 15,230, but international matches reduce this to between 10,700 and 13,000.

Camp FSCG

The Football Association of Montenegro owns Camp FSCG, a Montenegrin training ground. Built in 2007, the centre has a total area of 54,000 square metres.[12] It is located on ?emovsko polje, a plain located in the outskirts of Podgorica outskirts between the settlements of Stari Aerodrom and Konik. It consists of six pitches with stands and floodlights,[13] and House of Football - the seat of the Football Association of Montenegro.[14]

The camp currently represents an important asset for the whole Montenegrin football system. The grounds are home to all Montenegrin national teams (men and women) and numerous local teams from Podgorica. CAMP FSCG meets the criteria for Montenegrin First League games and UEFA competitions for young players.

Team image

Montenegrin supporters

Nickname

Under the official FIFA Trigramme, the team's name is abbreviated as MNE, which is also the country's ISO 3166-1 code. The team's nickname is "The Brave Falcons" (Montenegrin: Hrabri Sokoli).

Kits and colours

Montenegro's traditional home colours are red, with a gold trim. This reflects the country's flag. The team's away kits have usually been white, with a red trim.

The current kit is produced by the Italian company Legea.

Manufacturer Period
Serbia daCapo 2007-2008
Italy Legea 2008-present

Supporters

At competitive matches, the Montenegrin home ground Podgorica City Stadium is often filled to capacity. The stadium is regarded as too small to meet the needs of the national team. Demand for the World Cup qualifier against Italy in 2009 was 30,000 tickets; 40,000 for the Euro 2012 qualifying match against England in 2011.

Montenegro's loudest and most loyal supporters are named Ultra Crna Gora ( ? ?; Ultra Montenegro). As an ultras group, their support consists of standing up and singing for 90 minutes both home and away. They occupy the north and south stands of Podgorica City Stadium. Choreography is usually performed at the beginning of games. Ultra Crna Gora consists of many subgroups, mostly named after Podgorica's neighborhoods and Montenegrin towns in other parts of the country.

Current competitions

2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Netherlands Norway Turkey Montenegro Latvia Gibraltar
1  Netherlands 6 4 1 1 22 6 +16 13 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 16 Nov 6-1 4-0 2-0 11 Oct
2  Norway 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 Advance to second round 1-1 0-3 11 Oct 13 Nov 5-1
3  Turkey 6 3 2 1 16 13 +3 11 4-2 8 Oct 2-2 3-3 13 Nov
4  Montenegro 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8 13 Nov 0-1 16 Nov 0-0 4-1
5  Latvia 6 1 2 3 7 10 −3 5 8 Oct 0-2 11 Oct 1-2 3-1
6  Gibraltar (Y) 6 0 0 6 3 25 −22 0 0-7 0-3 0-3 8 Oct 16 Nov
Updated to match(es) played on 7 September 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
(Y) Cannot qualify directly, may only advance to the play-offs

Recent results and fixtures

2020

7 October 2020 (2020-10-07) International friendly Montenegro  1-1  Latvia Podgorica, Montenegro
18:00 Ivanovi? Goal 90+1 Report Tarasovs Goal 26 Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Admir ?ehovi? (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
10 October 2020 (2020-10-10) 2020-21 UEFA
Nations League
Montenegro  2-0  Azerbaijan Podgorica, Montenegro
15:00 Joveti? Goal 9
Ivanovi? Goal 72
Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Spain)
13 October 2020 (2020-10-13) 2020-21 UEFA
Nations League
Montenegro  1-2  Luxembourg Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Ivanovi? Goal 34 Report Muratovi? Goal 42
Sinani Goal 86
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (Germany)
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) International friendly Montenegro  0-0  Kazakhstan Podgorica, Montenegro
18:00 Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (North Macedonia)
14 November 2020 (2020-11-14) 2020-21 UEFA
Nations League
Azerbaijan  0-0  Montenegro Zapre?i?, Croatia
18:00 Report Stadium: Ivan Laljak-Ivi? Stadium[note 1]
Attendance: 0
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (Russia)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2020-21 UEFA
Nations League
Montenegro  4-0  Cyprus Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 Joveti? Goal 14
Boljevi? Goal 2528}
Mugo?a Goal 60
Report Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (Israel)

2021

24 March 2021 (2021-03-24) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Latvia  1-2  Montenegro Riga, Latvia
20:45 Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Skonto Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Alain Durieux (Luxembourg)
27 March 2021 (2021-03-27) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Montenegro  4-1  Gibraltar Podgorica, Montenegro
15:00
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (Austria)
2 June 2021 (2021-06-02) FIFA International Friendly Bosnia and Herzegovina  0-0  Montenegro Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
18:00 Report Stadium: Stadion Grbavica
Referee: Novak Simovi? (Serbia)
5 June 2021 (2021-06-05) FIFA International Friendly Montenegro  1-3  Israel Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 (20:45 UTC+2)
Report
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Attendance: 860
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
1 September 2021 (2021-09-01) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Turkey  2-2  Montenegro Istanbul, Turkey
20:45
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Vodafone Park
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
4 September 2021 (2021-09-04) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Netherlands  4-0  Montenegro Eindhoven, Netherlands
20:45
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Stadium: Philips Stadion
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)

Players

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:[16]

  • The player was born in Montenegro;
  • At least one of their parents and/or at least one of their grandparents was born in Montenegro;
  • The player has lived in Montenegro continuously for any five-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.

Current squad

The following players were called-up for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification games against Turkey on 1 September, Netherlands on 4 September and Latvia on 7 September 2021.[17][18]
Caps and goals as of 7 September 2021 after the game against Latvia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Milan Mijatovi? (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 34) 20 0 Hungary MTK
1GK Milo? Dragojevi? (1989-02-03) 3 February 1989 (age 32) 2 0 Montenegro Budu?nost
1GK Matija ?arki? (1997-07-23) 23 July 1997 (age 24) 2 0 England Birmingham City
1GK Jasmin Agovi? (1991-02-13) 13 February 1991 (age 30) 0 0 Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja

2DF Stefan Savi? (1991-01-08) 8 January 1991 (age 30) 59 5 Spain Atlético Madrid
2DF Marko Simi? (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 34) 49 2 Latvia Liep?ja
2DF ?arko Toma?evi? (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990 (age 31) 44 5 Kazakhstan Astana
2DF Adam Maru?i? (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 28) 42 1 Italy Lazio
2DF Marko Ve?ovi? (1991-08-28) 28 August 1991 (age 30) 35 2 Azerbaijan Qaraba?
2DF Risto Radunovi? (1992-05-04) 4 May 1992 (age 29) 14 1 Romania FCSB
2DF Igor Vuja?i? (1994-08-08) 8 August 1994 (age 27) 13 0 Serbia Partizan
2DF Ilija Martinovi? (1994-01-31) 31 January 1994 (age 27) 3 0 Slovenia Maribor
2DF Meldin Dre?kovi? (1998-03-26) 26 March 1998 (age 23) 0 0 Montenegro Sutjeska Nik?i?

3MF Nikola Vuk?evi? (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 29) 45 1 Spain Levante
3MF Neboj?a Kosovi? (1995-02-24) 24 February 1995 (age 26) 30 1 Kazakhstan Kairat
3MF Aleksandar eki? (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 29) 27 0 Serbia Partizan
3MF Marko Jankovi? (1995-07-09) 9 July 1995 (age 26) 26 1 Israel Beitar Jerusalem
3MF Sead Hak?abanovi? (1999-05-04) 4 May 1999 (age 22) 21 1 Russia Rubin Kazan
3MF Igor Ivanovi? (1990-09-09) 9 September 1990 (age 31) 10 3 Montenegro Budu?nost
3MF Marko Vuk?evi? (1993-06-07) 7 June 1993 (age 28) 7 0 Romania UTA Arad
3MF Milo? Rai?kovi? (1993-12-02) 2 December 1993 (age 27) 7 0 Montenegro Budu?nost
3MF Milutin Osmaji? (1999-07-25) 25 July 1999 (age 22) 6 0 Spain Cádiz
3MF Dra?ko Bo?ovi? (1988-06-30) 30 June 1988 (age 33) 6 0 Montenegro De?i?
3MF Kristijan Vulaj (1998-06-25) 25 June 1998 (age 23) 1 0 Montenegro De?i?

4FW Fatos Be?iraj (vice-captain) (1988-05-22) 22 May 1988 (age 33) 81 12 Kazakhstan Astana
4FW Stefan Mugo?a (1992-02-23) 23 February 1992 (age 29) 39 11 South Korea Incheon United
4FW Uro? ?ur?evi? (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 27) 5 0 Spain Sporting Gijón
4FW Nikola Vujnovi? (1997-01-11) 11 January 1997 (age 24) 3 0 Serbia Vo?dovac

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called on the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Danijel Petkovi? (1993-05-25) 25 May 1993 (age 28) 23 0 France Angers v.  Cyprus, 17 November 2020

DF Du?an Lagator (1994-03-29) 29 March 1994 (age 27) 9 0 Poland Wis?a P?ock v.  Netherlands, 4 September 2021
DF Esteban Savelji? (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 30) 4 0 Spain Rayo Vallecano v.  Turkey, 1 September 2021WD
DF Marko Vu?i? (1996-12-30) 30 December 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Montenegro Sutjeska Nik?i? v.  Israel, 5 June 2021
DF Dragan Grivi? (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 25) 1 0 Montenegro Sutjeska Nik?i? v.  Israel, 5 June 2021
DF Adrijan Rudovi? (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Montenegro De?i? v.  Israel, 5 June 2021
DF Mom?ilo Raspopovi? (1994-03-18) 18 March 1994 (age 27) 7 0 Montenegro Budu?nost v.  Norway, 30 March 2021
DF Sa?a Bali? (1992-10-17) 17 October 1992 (age 28) 13 0 Poland Zagbie Lubin v.  Cyprus, 17 November 2020
DF Aleksandar ?ofranac (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 30) 8 0 Albania Dinamo Tirana v.  Cyprus, 17 November 2020
DF Milo? Milovi? (1995-12-22) 22 December 1995 (age 25) 1 0 Serbia Vo?dovac v.  Cyprus, 17 November 2020
DF Vladan Ad?i? (1987-07-05) 5 July 1987 (age 34) 1 0 Montenegro Budu?nost v.  Azerbaijan, 10 October 2020 WD

MF Vladimir Jovovi? (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 (age 26) 39 0 Czech Republic Jablonec v.  Israel, 5 June 2021
MF Vukan Savi?evi? (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 27) 8 0 Turkey Samsunspor v.  Israel, 5 June 2021
MF Aleksandar Boljevi? (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 25) 26 2 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Norway, 30 March 2021
MF Marko Baki? (1993-11-01) 1 November 1993 (age 27) 21 0 Belgium Mouscron v.  Norway, 30 March 2021
MF Milo? Ze?evi? (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Montenegro Rudar Pljevlja v.  Norway, 30 March 2021
MF Branislav Jankovi? (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 29) 9 0 Kazakhstan Turan v.  Cyprus, 17 November 2020
MF Luka Mirkovi? (1990-11-01) 1 November 1990 (age 30) 4 0 Montenegro Budu?nost v.  Cyprus, 17 November 2020
MF An?elko Jovanovi? (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 21) 1 0 Montenegro Podgorica v.  Cyprus, 17 November 2020
MF Damir Koja?evi? (1987-06-03) 3 June 1987 (age 34) 9 1 Montenegro De?i? v.  Luxembourg, 13 October 2020
MF Deni Ho?ko (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 27) 6 0 Cyprus Pafos v.  Luxembourg, 13 October 2020
MF Vasko Kalezi? (1994-03-14) 14 March 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Switzerland Yverdon-Sport v.  Azerbaijan, 10 October 2020 WD

FW Stevan Joveti? (captain) (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989 (age 31) 61 31 Germany Hertha BSC v.  Turkey, 1 September 2021INJ
FW Stefan Milo?evi? (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 25) 2 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.  Israel, 5 June 2021
FW Dino Islamovi? (1994-01-17) 17 January 1994 (age 27) 8 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  Norway, 30 March 2021
FW ?aleta Kordi? (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 28) 1 0 Montenegro Budu?nost v.  Azerbaijan, 10 October 2020 WD

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary squad / standby
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue.

Managers

Manager Career Played Won Draw Lost GF GA Win %
Montenegro Zoran Filipovi? 2006-2009 23 8 8 7 28 31 34.78%
Croatia Zlatko Kranj?ar 2010-2011 13 6 2 5 14 11 46.15%
Montenegro Branko Brnovi? 2011-2015 34 11 9 14 44 50 32.35%
Serbia Ljubi?a Tumbakovi? 2016-2019 26 7 7 12 33 33 26.92%
Montenegro Miodrag D?udovi? 2019 (acting) 2 0 1 1 1 4 00.00%
Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Had?ibegi? 2019-2020 13 5 4 4 13 16 38.46%
Montenegro Miodrag Radulovi? 2020-present 7 2 2 3 7 10 20.00%

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Montenegro Miodrag Radulovi?.
Assistant coach Montenegro Miodrag D?udovi?
Goalkeeping coach Montenegro Dragoje Lekovi?

Player records

As of 7 September 2021[19]
Players in bold are still active at international level.

Most capped players

Fatos Be?iraj is Montenegro's most capped player.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Fatos Be?iraj 81 12 2009-
2 Stevan Joveti? 61 31 2007-
Elsad Zveroti? 61 5
4 Stefan Savi? 59 5 2010-
5 Marko Simi? 49 2 2013-
6 Mirko Vu?ini? 46 17 2007-2017
7 ?arko Toma?evi? 45 5 2010-
Simon Vuk?evi? 45 2 2007-2014
Nikola Vuk?evi? 45 1 2014-
10 Adam Maru?i? 42 1 2015-
Vladimir Bo?ovi? 42 0 2007-2014
Mladen Bo?ovi? 42 0 2007-2017

Top goalscorers

Stevan Joveti? is the national team top scorer.
Rank Player Goals Caps Average Career
1 Stevan Joveti? 31 61 0.51 2007-
2 Mirko Vu?ini? 17 46 0.37
3 Fatos Be?iraj 12 81 0.15 2009-
4 Stefan Mugo?a 11 39 0.29 2015-
5 Dejan Damjanovi? 8 30 0.27 2008-2015
6 Radomir ?alovi? 7 26 0.27 2007-2012
7 Andrija Deliba?i? 6 21 0.29 2009-2013
8 Stefan Savi? 5 59 0.08 2010-
?arko Toma?evi? 5 44 0.11 2014-
10 Elsad Zveroti? 4 61 0.07 2008-2017

Competition records

Montenegro have participated in five qualification rounds for World Cup or European Championship tournaments. Montenegro have never qualified, and their biggest success was reaching the play-offs for Euro 2012.
Montenegro first tried to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they finished fifth in their group. They had more success in the Euro 2012 qualifiers, when they finished second in their group to reach the play-offs, but lost to the Czech Republic.
In the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup, Montenegro finished third, and two years later, in the qualifiers for Euro 2016, they finished fourth in their group. They again finished third in their 2018 World Cup qualifying group. Worst performance came in the qualifiers for Euro 2020, as Montenegro finished last-placed in the group without single victory.

Competition G W D L GF GA GD
FIFA World Cup qualifiers 36 12 12 12 45 52 -7
UEFA European Championship qualifiers 28 6 8 14 20 45 -25
UEFA Nations League 12 6 2 4 17 8 +9
Friendly games 44 16 12 16 52 52 0
OVERALL 119 40 34 46 144 157 -13

Updated: 7 September 2021

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
1930 to 1990 Part of  SFR Yugoslavia N/A
1994 to 2006 Part of  FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 10 1 6 3 9 14 5/6
Brazil 2014 10 4 3 3 18 17 3/6
Russia 2018 10 5 1 4 20 12 3/6
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada United States Mexico 2026
Total 0/5 30 10 10 10 47 43 --

UEFA European Football Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
1960 to 1992 Part of  SFR Yugoslavia N/A
1996 to 2004 Part of  FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro
Austria Switzerland 2008 Did not enter
Poland Ukraine 2012 Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 7 10 2/5
France 2016 10 3 2 5 10 13 4/6
Europe 2020 8 0 3 5 3 22 5/5
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/4 28 6 8 14 20 45 --

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
Portugal 2018-19 C 4 6 2 1 3 7 6 Same position 35th
Italy 2020-21 C 1 6 4 1 1 10 2 Rise 34th
2022-23 B TBA
Total 12 6 2 4 17 8 34th

List of opponent countries by result

Below is a summary of Montenegrin national team results against every opponent country.

As of 7 September 2021
Opponent P W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Albania 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2 000.00
 Armenia 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 050.00
 Austria 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2 000.00
 Azerbaijan 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 066.67
 Belarus 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3 050.00
 Belgium 1 0 1 0 2 2 +0 000.00
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 0 2 0 0 0 +0 000.00
 Bulgaria 6 1 4 1 6 8 -2 016.67
 Colombia 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 000.00
 Cyprus 5 2 3 0 9 3 +6 040.00
 Czech Republic 4 0 0 4 0 9 -9 000.00
 Denmark 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 033.33
 England 6 0 3 3 5 19 -14 000.00
 Estonia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Georgia 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 050.00
 Ghana 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Gibraltar 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 100.00
 Greece 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 000.00
 Hungary 3 2 1 0 7 5 +2 066.67
 Iceland 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.00
 Israel 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 000.00
 Iran 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 000.00
 Italy 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 000.00
 Japan 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 000.00
 Kazakhstan 4 3 1 0 11 0 +11 075.00
 Kosovo 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 000.00
 Latvia 4 2 2 0 5 2 +3 050.00
 Liechtenstein 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 050.00
 Lithuania 2 2 0 0 6 1 +5 100.00
 Luxembourg 3 2 0 1 6 3 +3 066.67
 Moldova 4 3 0 1 7 5 +2 075.00
 North Macedonia 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3 033.33
 Netherlands 1 0 0 1 0 4 -4 000.00
 Northern Ireland 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 100.00
 Norway 3 1 0 2 4 4 +0 033.33
 Poland 4 0 2 2 6 9 -3 000.00
 Republic of Ireland 2 0 2 0 0 0 +0 000.00
 Romania 5 1 2 2 2 6 -4 020.00
 Russia 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 000.00
 San Marino 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 100.00
 Serbia 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 000.00
 Slovakia 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 000.00
 Slovenia 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 000.00
 Sweden 3 0 1 2 3 6 -3 000.00
  Switzerland 2 1 0 1 1 2 -1 050.00
 Turkey 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 000.00
 Ukraine 2 1 0 1 1 4 -3 050.00
 Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.00
 Wales 3 2 0 1 4 3 +1 066.67
48 Countries 119 40 33 46 144 157 -13 033.61

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Azerbaijan v Montenegro match, originally scheduled to be played at Olympic Stadium, Baku, will be moved to a neutral venue, as UEFA announced on 20 October 2020 to temporarily suspend all UEFA matches taking place in Armenia and Azerbaijan until further notice due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[15]

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  5. ^ Simon Hart (2007). "UEFA to consider 24-team EURO". UEFA.com. UEFA. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ "Soccer-Montenegro beat Hungary 2-1 in international debut". Reuters.co.uk. Reuters. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  7. ^ "Montenegro take a bow with victory". UEFA.com. UEFA. 2007. Archived from the original on 4 June 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  8. ^ "Blatter's third term confirmed". FIFA.com. FIFA. 2007. Retrieved 2007.
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  11. ^ "Montenegro Arrests Fans for Football Violence". balkaninsight.com. Balkan Insight. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Sportski objekti na teritoriji Glavnog grada Podgorica".
  13. ^ "Fudbalski savez Crne Gore".
  14. ^ "VIDEO: Zavirite u novu Ku?u fudbala - CDM".
  15. ^ "Temporary suspension of UEFA matches in Armenia and Azerbaijan". UEFA.com. 20 October 2020.
  16. ^ https://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/administration/status%5ftransfer%5fen%5f25.pdf
  17. ^ "RADULOVI? OBJAVIO SPISAK ZA SEPTEMBARSKE ME?EVE" (in Serbian). 24 August 2021.
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