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Mirko Vučinić
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Personal information
Full name Mirko Vučinić
Date of birth October 1, 1983 (1983-10-01) (age 26)
Place of birth Nikšić, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) (81 kg)
Playing position Winger, Striker
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 9
Youth career
1998–1999 Sutjeska Nikšić
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Sutjeska Nikšić 9 (4)
2000–2006 Lecce 111 (34)
2006– Roma 101 (27)
National team
2005–2006 Serbia and Montenegro 3 (0)
2007– Montenegro 15 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 9, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 6, 2008

Mirko Vučinić (born 1 October 1983 in Nikšić, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Montenegrin footballer currently playing for Serie A club Roma. He is usually deployed as a side striker or winger, and is known for his speed, dribbling and goal scoring abilities.

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Club career

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Early career

Having been signed at a young age, Vučinić showed remarkable promise early and was quickly snatched by U.S. Lecce. In his fourth season for the club, the 21 year-old Vučinić scored 19 goals in 28 games. Following that successful season, his progress came to a halt with only nine goals recorded in 31 games as his career stalled due to injury.

Roma

On 30 August 2006, he signed a one year loan contract with A.S. Roma worth 3.25M with an option of buying 50% rights from Lecce once the season finishes for an additional €3.25M[1].

During his first season in Rome, he did not feature much as he had operations on his left knee twice.[2] Also, the presence of the European Golden Boot winner Francesco Totti as the lone forward of Roma's tactical formation did not give Vučinić much playing time. Despite this, he succeeded in scoring three goals: his first goal for Roma in the 1–0 victory against Siena on 28 January 2007[3], his first goal in the UEFA Champions League during the quarter-finals match 2–1 victory against Manchester United on 4 April 2007[4]. He also scored another Serie A away goal against Catania in a game that saw roma beat the Sicilians 2–0.

At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, Roma paid Lecce the pre-agreed price of €3.25M, to sign Vučinić 50% of rights.[5] He decided to wear the jersey #9, owned by Vincenzo Montella in the last eight seasons, and also stated that he would like to do the same that Montella did at Roma.[6]

As veteran Francesco Totti was usually deployed as a lone striker, Vučinić began to play as left winger in Luciano Spalletti's 4-2-3-1. He scored his first goal of the season in the 2–1 victory against Sporting CP, in the Champions League group stage, allowing Roma to get the vital goal to earn them three points.[7]

In the following game away to Milan at the San Siro, with veteran striker Totti injured, Vučinić started as a striker and scored a header, from a cross by his teammate Cicinho. It was the only goal of the game as Roma picked up a win over its rival. This proved decisive again, as in the game against city rivals Lazio, Roma won by 3–2 with Vučinić leaving his mark with a left-foot equalizer and an assist to Simone Perrotta's goal. Another decisive goal of Vučinić was a header against Real Madrid C.F. at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, securing a 2–1 win for his side as well as qualification to the successive round.

In June 2008 Roma finally bought him outright by paying Lecce €12m.[8]

On November 4, 2008, he scored two goals in Roma's UEFA Champions League group stage match against Chelsea F.C., emerging 3–1 winners.

International career

Vučinić was one of the two Montenegro-born players who had been chosen to play for Serbia and Montenegro at 2006 FIFA World Cup (the other one was Dragoslav Jevrić); he had been capped already three times for the Serbia and Montenegro team, but on 23 May 2006 he got injured and could not participate in the competition.

After Montenegro became an independent country, and a new national team was established, Vučinić chose to play for it and, when on 24 March 2007, Montenegro national team played its first international match against Hungary, Vučinić scored the first goal, a penalty, of Montenegro's history, of whom currently he is also the captain.[9] He also scored in every appearance for Montenegro picking up four goals in his first four games.

International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 March 2007 Podgorica, Montenegro  Hungary 2–1 Win Friendly
2. 22 August 2007 Podgorica, Montenegro  Slovenia 1–1 Draw Friendly
3. 12 September 2007 Podgorica, Montenegro  Sweden 1–2 Loss Friendly
4. 17 October 2007 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 0–1 Win Friendly
5. 6 September 2008 Podgorica, Montenegro  Bulgaria 2–2 Draw WC 2010 Qualification
6. 15 October 2008 Lecce, Italy  Italy 2–1 Loss WC 2010 Qualification
7. 9 September 2009 Podgorica, Montenegro  Cyprus 1–1 Draw WC 2010 Qualification
8. 18 November 2009 Podgorica, Montenegro  Belarus 1–0 Win Friendly

Career statistics

Season Team League Domestic League Domestic Cups European Games Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
1999–00 FK Sutjeska Yugoslavia League 9 4 0 0 0 0 9 4
2000–01 U.S. Lecce Serie A 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2001–02 U.S. Lecce Serie A 7 0 2 0 0 0 9 0
2002–03 U.S. Lecce Serie B 28 5 1 0 0 0 29 5
2003–04 U.S. Lecce Serie A 12 1 1 0 0 0 13 1
2004–05 U.S. Lecce Serie A 28 19 3 3 0 0 31 22
2005–06 U.S. Lecce Serie A 34 9 0 0 0 0 34 9
Total 111 34 7 3 0 0 118 37
2006–07 A.S. Roma Serie A 25 2 2 0 6 1 33 3
2007–08 A.S. Roma Serie A 33 9 7 1 8 4 48 14
2008–09 A.S. Roma Serie A 27 11 3 3 8 3 38 17
Total 85 22 12 4 22 8 116 34
Career Total 205 58 18 8 22 8 245 75

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
Montenegro captain
2007–
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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