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Predrag Mijatovi?
Predrag Mijatovi? 2007 b.jpg
Mijatovi? in 2007
Personal information
Full name Predrag Mijatovi?
Date of birth (1969-01-19) 19 January 1969 (age 52)
Place of birth Titograd, SR Montenegro,
Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
FK KOM
Budu?nost
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987-1989 Budu?nost 73 (10)
1990-1993 Partizan 104 (44)
1993-1996 Valencia 104 (56)
1996-1999 Real Madrid 90 (29)
1999-2002 Fiorentina 42 (4)
2002-2003 Levante 21 (3)
Total 434 (146)
National team
1989-2003 Serbia and Montenegro[nb 1] 73 (27)
Honours
Representing  Yugoslavia
Gold medal - first place 1987
Silver medal - second place 1990
* 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.[1] After his playing career, he served as director of football for Real Madrid from 2006 to 2009.

Club career

Budu?nost

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[3]

Partizan

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.[2]

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.[5]

At Partizan, Mijatovi? had been linked with various top European sides, which included Juventus. He joined Valencia in the summer of 1993.[5]

Valencia

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.[5] 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.

Real Madrid

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[7] By the end of the season, Real Madrid were first in La Liga and also claimed the 1997 Supercopa de España over Barcelona.[8]

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.[5] 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.

Fiorentina

On 28 June 1999, Mijatovi? signed a three-year contract with Fiorentina[9] 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.[10] He played at Fiorentina for two seasons, scoring four goals within the Serie A, and added a Coppa Italia title to his honours.[11] 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.

Levante

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.[12]

International career

Mijatovi? was included in the squad for the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship, winning the tournament.[13] He was also called by the main team to UEFA Euro 1992,[14] 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.

1998 FIFA World Cup

He played for FR Yugoslavia in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, missing a penalty in the match versus the Netherlands.[15]

UEFA Euro 2000

Mijatovi? played for FR Yugoslavia at UEFA Euro 2000.[16]

He has earned a total of 73 caps, scoring 27 goals. His final international was a June 2003 European Championship qualification match against Azerbaijan.[17]

International goals

Post-playing career

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.[18] During this time, Mijatovic signed important players in Real Madrid's history such as Pepe, Marcelo, Higuaín and Van Nistelrooy.[19]

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.[20]

Personal

Born in Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia, Mijatovi? grew up in the Masline neighbourhood on the town outskirts and is of the Bjelopavlici clan ancestry.[21]

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".[22]

Career statistics

Club

[23][24][25]

Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Budu?nost Titograd 1986-87 Yugoslav First League 1 0 -- -- 1 0
1987-88 31 4 -- -- 31 4
1988-89 28 2 -- -- 28 2
1989-90 13 4 -- -- 13 4
Total 73 10 -- -- 73 10
Partizan 1989-90 Yugoslav First League 15 1 2 0 2 0 -- 19 1
1990-91 33 14 3 1 6 1 -- 42 16
1991-92 25 12 6 2 2 0 -- 33 14
1992-93 31 17 8 2 -- -- 39 19
Total 104 44 19 5 10 1 -- 133 50
Valencia 1993-94 La Liga 35 16 2 1 4 2 -- 41 19
1994-95 29 12 9 3 -- -- 38 15
1995-96 40 28 9 6 -- -- 49 34
Total 104 56 20 10 4 2 -- 128 68
Real Madrid 1996-97 La Liga 38 14 5 1 -- -- 43 15
1997-98 24 10 0 0 8 1 2[a] 1 34 12
1998-99 28 5 4 2 7 2 2[b] 0 41 9
Total 90 29 9 3 15 3 4 1 118 36
Fiorentina 1999-2000 Serie A 16 2 0 0 9 1 -- 25 3
2000-01 13 1 4 2 2 2 -- 19 5
2001-02 13 1 0 0 4 0 -- 17 1
Total 42 4 4 2 15 3 -- 61 9
Levante 2002-03 Segunda División 21 3 0 0 -- -- 21 3
Career total 434 146 52 20 44 9 4 1 534 176
  1. ^ Appearances in Supercopa de España
  2. ^ One appearance in Intercontinental Cup, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup

International

[26]

National team Year Apps Goals
Yugoslavia 1989 3 0
1990 0 0
1991 5 0
1992 1 0
FR Yugoslavia 1993 --[nb 2]
1994 2 0
1995 1 0
1996 6 3
1997 8 11
1998 11 3
1999 7 2
2000 12 4
2001 6 2
2002 6 1
Serbia and Montenegro 2003 5 1
Total 73 27

Honours

Mijatovi? on a 2006 stamp of Montenegro

Partizan[27]

Real Madrid[8]

Fiorentina[28]

Yugoslavia

Individual

Awards

Notes

  1. ^ Mijatovi? played five matches for Serbia and Montenegro, the successor state of FR Yugoslavia which ceased to exist by constitutional amendment on 4 February 2003. The rest of his caps, including those in all international competitions were exclusively for Yugoslavia (both SFR and subsequently FR Yugoslavia).
  2. ^ The country was banned from international football by the UN sanctions.

References

  1. ^ Pierrend, José Luis (26 March 2005). "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1997". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Predrag Mijatovi?: profile". Fudbalski savez Srbije. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b Vulas, Frane (18 December 2009). "Predrag Mijatovi?: Sudbina nije htjela da zaigram za Hajduk". Slobodna Dalmacija. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Stankovic, Vladimir (4 July 1993). ""Con Penev formaré un gran "tándem" en ataque"" (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). p. 22. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d King, Jeff (31 May 1999). "Dearest Predrag". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 25 September 2009. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Na dana?nji dan Mijatovi? je postao izdajnik, morao je da ima obezbe?enje u sopstvenoj ku?i". Meridian Sport. 13 February 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  7. ^ a b Simon Harrison (1 January 2021). "The story of Capello, Suker, Mijatovic & the Real Madrid team of 96-97". Planet Football. Retrieved 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Predrag Mijatovic". Real Madrid. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ Chiesa, Carlo F. (22 August 1999). "La nuova Serie A" [The new serie A]. Calcio 2000 (in Italian). Action Group S.r.l. p. 37.
  10. ^ "Fiorentina Wins Gotham Cup". Associated Press. 26 July 1999. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "Coppa alla Fiorentina col pareggio più bello" [Fiorentina wins the cup with the most useful deuce]. La Repubblica (in Italian). 13 June 2001. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ Meese, Philip (19 January 2017). "Forgotten Idols: Predrag Mijatovi?". Retrieved 2021.
  13. ^ "FIFA World Youth Championship 1987 - News - Chile 1987: Yugoslavian fireworks - FIFA.com". www.fifa.com.
  14. ^ "Pancev también renuncia a la Eurocopa". Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 May 1992. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Cohen, Roger. "WORLD CUP '98; Netherlands' Davids Comes in From Cold". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Norway 0-1 Yugoslavia". UEFA Euro 2000. UEFA. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ "Player Database". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ Steve Wilson (20 May 2009). "Real Madrid sporting director Predrag Mijatovic leaves by 'mutual agreement'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Así fue el Mijatovic director deportivo del Madrid | Defensa Central". www.defensacentral.com. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2021.
  20. ^ Predrag Mijatovic represented Anzhi at negotiations with Inter;sports.ru, 10 August 2011
  21. ^ http://arhiva.glas-javnosti.rs/arhiva/2001/04/29/srpski/X01042802.shtml
  22. ^ Real Madrid laments the death of Mijatovic's son. realmadrid.com. 3 June 2009
  23. ^ Predrag Mijatovi? at WorldFootball.net
  24. ^ Predrag Mijatovi? at FootballDatabase.eu
  25. ^ Predrag Mijatovi? at BDFutbol
  26. ^ "None". eu-football.info.
  27. ^ "Biografía de Predrag Mijatovic". Retrieved 2015.
  28. ^ "2001: Coppa Italia ai Viola". Archived from the original on 10 January 2016. Retrieved 2015.

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