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Simon Vukcevic

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1 Senior club appearances and goalscounted for the domestic league only andcorrect as of February 25, 2007.2 National team caps and goals correctas of February 25, 2007.* Appearances (Goals)

Simon Vukčević (Serbian Cyrillic: Симон 'укчевић), (born January 29, 1986 in Titograd, Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Montenegrin football player, currently playing for Sporting C.P..

One of the most exciting players of recent times in Serbia and Montenegro, attacking midfielder Vukčević started learning his craft at FK Budućnost Podgorica before moving to the Serbian capital to join FK Partizan youth system at the tender age of 16.

The 2007 Russian League season started somewhat more promisingly for Simon as he finally got some playing time, which he used to score his first league goal. However, things soon went awry again and he completely lost a spot on the team, which prompted Saturn brass to start looking at options to move him. The departure of coach Weiss and subsequent arrival of Gadzhi Gadzhiev to Saturn bench hardly changed matters for Vukčević as he was completely out of the first team picture.

On June 25 2007, Saturn reportedly agreed a €4 million transfer fee with Sporting Lisbon, but the deal stalled when the Russian club also demanded 20% of any subsequent transfer fees involving Vukčević. Eventually, on June 28, both clubs agreed a €2 million fee in addition to an agreement about splitting his future transfer fee. Vukcevic scored on his debut against Lille OSC in a pre-season home friendly, in which Sporting won 3-0. His Portuguese Liga debut came against Académica where he was man of the match, as Sporting won 4-1.

Barely two months later Vukčević was then part of the Serbian and Montenegrin 2004 Olympic football team that exited in the first round, finishing fourth in Group C behind gold-medal winners Argentina, Australia and Tunisia.

He also played for the national under-21 squad that qualified for another European championships, this time in Portugal 2006. Capped five times already for the senior national side, Vukčević, now 20, was hoping to further hone his talents with the u-21s in Portugal, but had a poor tournament. Following an indifferent display in the first group game (0-1 loss to Germany), head coach Dragan Okuka dropped him from the first team and Vukčević rarely featured in the side for the rest of the tournament. Serbia-Montenegro ended up progressing to semifinal where it lost on penalites to Ukraine.

Simon was once again called up, this time at Under-21 level, to represent Montenegro in its premier match against Bulgaria in the qualifications for Under-21 European Championship 2009, scoring a goal and missing a penalty on his debut in a 2-1 victory against the Bulgarians.

Following his noted under-21 displays Vukčević started getting call-ups to the Serbia-Montenegro senior side from head coach Ilija Petković. His debut as a substitute came during February 2005 friendly against Bulgaria. All of his caps, five in total, came under Petković - most of them in friendly warm-up matches.


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