Mijatovi? in 2007
|Full name||Predrag Mijatovi?|
|Date of birth||19 January 1969|
|Place of birth||
Titograd, SR Montenegro,|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1989-2003||Serbia and Montenegro[nb 1]||73||(27)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Predrag "Pe?a" Mijatovi? (Montenegrin: ? , pronounced [prêdra:? pêd?a mij?:to?it?, - mî:ja:-]; born 19 January 1969) is a retired Montenegrin professional footballer who played as a striker. At club level, Mijatovi? played for six clubs: Budu?nost Titograd, Partizan, Valencia, Real Madrid, Fiorentina and Levante. Internationally, he played for Yugoslavia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and at the UEFA Euro 2000.
Mijatovi? scored 28 goals in the 1995-96 La Liga season for Valencia, which prompted a move to Real Madrid, where he scored a goal in the 1998 UEFA Champions League Final which ensured Madrid's first European Cup in 32 years. In 1997, Mijatovi? was named runner-up for the Ballon d'Or, behind Ronaldo and ahead of Zinedine Zidane. After his playing career, he served as director of football for Real Madrid from 2006 to 2009.
In 1987-88, Mijatovi? became a regular at Budu?nost under new head coach Stanko Poklepovi?. In October 1987, as part of the Yugoslav youth squad which competed in and won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile, Mijatovi? had a notable tournament. Playing in Chile meant he was away from Budu?nost for all of October. Coming back to the club as a hero, young Mijatovi?'s spot on the squad was now cemented alongside Dejan Savi?evi?, Dragoljub Brnovi? and Branko Brnovi?, who also represented Yugoslavia in Chile. Mijatovi? made 31 league appearances and contributed four goals as Budu?nost finished the season in ninth position.
During the winter of 1989-90, Mijatovi? nearly signed with Hajduk Split after negotiating with Hajduk's sporting director Jurica Jerkovi?, with even a DM50,000 pre-contract payment given to the player. However, Partizan club president Mirko Marjanovi? stepped in and convinced Mijatovi? to join the Belgrade-based club instead. In December 1989, Partizan ultimately paid a DM1 million transfer fee to Budu?nost for Mijatovi?. In later interviews, Mijatovi? said a deteriorating political and security situation in Yugoslavia was a factor in his decision not to join the Croatian club Hajduk.
Though he scored on his Partizan debut against his former club Budu?nost, Mijatovi?'s debut half season in the new club under head coach Ivan Golac was mostly spent settling into the new surroundings. He failed to score in his following 14 league appearances until the end of the 1989-90 league season.
However, Mijatovi? continued improving, becoming the squad's undisputed leader during 1991-92 season under head coach Ivica Osim, and leading Partizan to the 1992 Yugoslav Cup title over reigning European Cup champions Red Star Belgrade. He was also named Yugoslav Footballer of the Year award en route.
At Partizan, Mijatovi? had been linked with various top European sides, including Atlético Madrid and Juventus. However, none of them expressed sufficient interest, and he eventually joined Valencia in the summer of 1993.
Mijatovi? arrived at the Florence-based club in the summer of 1999 for 17 billion Italian lire. He played there for two years, scoring four goals, and adding a Coppa Italia title to his honours.
Mijatovi? was included in the squad for the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship, winning the tournament. He was also called by the main team to UEFA Euro 1992, but the nation would be suspended due to the Yugoslav Wars. He made his senior debut for Yugoslavia in an August 1989 friendly match against Finland.
After retiring in 2004, Mijatovi? continued living in the city of Valencia and soon became a player agent.
|Budu?nost Titograd||1986-87||Yugoslav First League||1||0||--||--||1||0|
|Partizan||1989-90||Yugoslav First League||15||1||2||0||2||0||--||19||1|
|Real Madrid||1996-97||La Liga||38||14||5||1||--||--||43||15|
|FR Yugoslavia||1993||--[nb 2]|
|Serbia and Montenegro||2003||5||1|