|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? (Serbian Cyrillic: ? ? , pronounced [prêdra:? pêd?a mij?:to?it?, - mî:ja:-]; born 19 January 1969) is a Montenegrin retired professional footballer who played as a striker. At club level, Mijatovi? played for six clubs: Budu?nost, 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.
From the 1987-88 season, Mijatovi? became a regular at Budu?nost under new head coach Stanko Poklepovi?. In October 1987, he was a member of the Yugoslav youth squad which competed in and won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile. Upon his return to Budu?nost, 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?. This was at time the highest transfer within the Yugoslav league.
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.
Mijatovi? made his Valencia debut on 5 September 1993 against Real Oviedo. He won the Spanish Footballer of the Year award in the 1995-96 season, having scored 28 goals in 40 La Liga matches. As the second best goal-scorer in the league, he was the runner-up for the Pichichi Trophy, second only to Juan Antonio Pizzi. Mijatovi?'s contributions helped Valencia finish in second place behind Atlético Madrid that season.
On 13 February 1996, Mijatovi? signed an advanced contract with Real Madrid mandating that he join the club from Valencia in the summer of 1996 for a transfer fee of Pta1.5 million. Former Yugoslavia teammate Davor ?uker, Clarence Seedorf, and Roberto Carlos also joined Real Madrid in the summer 1996 transfer window. Coach Fabio Capello often deployed Mijatovi? in a strike tandem with ?uker, reviving their partnership from their time in Yugoslavia's youth team at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship. Over the course of the 1996-97 La Liga season, Mijatovi? scored a total of 14 goals; he scored one goal in Real Madrid's 2-0 victory over Barcelona the El Clásico on 7 December 1996, escaping from Miguel Ángel Nadal and Laurent Blanc before lifting the ball over Vítor Baía to score. By the end of the season, Real Madrid were first in La Liga and also claimed the 1997 Supercopa de España over Barcelona.
On 20 May 1998, Mijatovi? scored the winning goal in Real Madrid's 1-0 victory over Juventus in the 1998 UEFA Champions League Final. This was Real Madrid's first UEFA Champions League after 32 years. The following season was Mijatovi?'s final season with Los Blancos; at the end of the season, the 30-year-old Mijatovi? was sold to Italian Serie A club Fiorentina.
On 28 June 1999, Mijatovi? signed a three-year contract with Fiorentina for 17 billion Italian lire. His earliest performances at Fiorentina were promising; in spite of Fiorentina's attacking depth with the likes of Gabriel Batistuta, coach Giovanni Trapattoni initially chose Mijatovi? as a starter. On 26 July 1999, Mijatovi? scored the opening goal in Fiorentina's 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Gotham Cup finals in New York City, a pre-season exhibition tournament. He played at Fiorentina for two seasons, scoring four goals within the Serie A, and added a Coppa Italia title to his honours. Additionally, he featured in Fiorentina's 1999-2000 UEFA Champions League campaign, which resulted in a third-place finish in Group B of the second group stage behind Manchester United and former club Valencia.
Mijatovi? joined Levante UD in the summer of 2002. He played there for one season, after which Levante finished in fourth place in the Segunda División 2002-03 season. He subsequently retired from professional football after struggling with lingering injuries.
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.
|1.||2 June 1996||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade||Malta||2-0||6-0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||6 October 1996||Svangaskarð, Toftir||Faroe Islands||1-3||1-8||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||10 November 1996||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade||Czech Republic||1-0||1-0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||2 April 1997||Stadion Letná, Prague||Czech Republic||0-1||1-2||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||30 April 1997||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade||Spain||1-1||1-1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||8 June 1997||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade||Slovakia||2-0||2-0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||11 October 1997||National Stadium, Ta' Qali||Malta||0-4||0-5||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||29 October 1997||Üll?i úti stadion, Budapest||Hungary||0-4||1-7||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||15 November 1997||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade||Hungary||2-0||5-0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15.||29 May 1998||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade||Nigeria||2-0||3-0||Friendly|
|16.||21 June 1998||Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens||Germany||1-0||2-2||1998 FIFA World Cup|
|17.||18 November 1998||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade||Republic of Ireland||1-0||1-0||UEFA Euro 2000 qualification|
|18.||8 June 1999||Toumba Stadium, Thessaloniki||Malta||1-1||4-1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualification|
|19.||9 October 1999||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb||Croatia||1-1||2-2||UEFA Euro 2000 qualification|
|20||23 February 2000||City Stadium, Skopje||Macedonia||0-1||1-2||Friendly|
|22.||28 March 2000||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade||China PR||1-0||1-0||Friendly|
|23.||16 August 2000||Windsor Park, Belfast||Northern Ireland||1-2||1-2||Friendly|
|24.||2 June 2001||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow||Russia||1-1||1-1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|25.||6 October 2001||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade||Luxembourg||2-2||6-2||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26.||12 October 2002||Stadio San Paolo, Napoli||Italy||0-1||1-1||UEFA Euro 2004 qualification|
|27.||12 February 2003||City Stadium, Podgorica||Azerbaijan||1-0||2-2||UEFA Euro 2004 qualification|
After retiring in 2004, Mijatovi? continued living in the city of Valencia and soon became a player agent.
In 2006, Mijatovi? became Real Madrid's director of football, serving in the position for three seasons. During this time, Mijatovic signed important players in Real Madrid's history such as Pepe, Marcelo, Higuaín and Van Nistelrooy.
Through his friendship with Anzhi Makhachkala general manager German Chistyakov, Mijatovi? was reportedly part of the three-man delegation (the other two were Anzhi's transfer man German Tkachenko and Serbian player agent Vlado Lemi?) the Russian club deployed to Milan on 9 August 2011 for initial negotiations with Internazionale (represented by sporting director Marco Branca and vice-president Rinaldo Ghelfi) over the transfer of striker Samuel Eto'o.
On 3 June 2009, the official website of Real Madrid stated that Mijatovi?'s son Andreja, aged 15, died after a long illness, and offered its "deepest sympathies on behalf of the entire club and its members".
|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|