On 11 September, Montenegro played against San Marino in Seravalle. In a very one-sided match, Montenegro won 0–6,[7] the biggest win for Montenegro since its formation. Montenegro then proceeded to beat Ukraine 0–1 away in Kiev,[8] the sole goal scored by Dejan Damjanović. In their last match in 2012, Montenegro faced San Marino in Podgorica on 14 November, a comfortable 3–0 win.

Some three kilometres (1.9 miles) north-west of Podgorica lie the ruins of Roman-era Doclea, from which Roman Emperor Diocletian hailed. In later centuries, Romans "corrected" the name to Dioclea, guessing wrongly that an "i" had been lost in vulgar speech. "Duklja" is the later (South Slavic) version of that word.

The following squad was called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier matches against Kazakhstan on 8 October and Denmark on October 11, 2016. [11] Caps and goals as of 8 October 2016 after the game against Kazakhstan.

FK Mladost Podgorica (Montenegrin Cyrillic: ФК Младост Подгорица; pronounced [mlâdoːst pǒdɡorit͡sa]) is a professional football club based in Podgorica, Montenegro. Founded in 1950, they play in the First League of Montenegro.

Montenegro is one of the world's newest international sides, having come into existence at 2007, following Montenegrin independence (2006).

The name Podgorica means "[area] below the little hill" (gorica, "little hill" or "hillock"), Gorica being the name of the cypress-covered hill that overlooks the city centre.

Podgorica is particularly known for its extremely hot summers: temperatures over 40 °C (104 °F) are common in July and August. The highest temperature recorded in Montenegro was 45.8 °C (114.4 °F), on 16 August 2007.

The Montenegro national football team (Montenegrin: Fudbalska reprezentacija Crne Gore, Фудбалска репрезентација Црне Горе) represents Montenegro in association football and is controlled by the Fudbalski Savez Crne Gore (FSCG), the governing body for football in Montenegro. Montenegro's home ground is Podgorica City Stadium in Podgorica.

Chess is another popular sport and some famous global chess players, like Slavko Dedić, are born in Podgorica.

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In the Iron Age, the area between the Zeta and Bjelopavlići valleys was occupied by two Illyrian tribes, the Labeates and the Docleatae. The population of the town of Doclea was 8,000–10,000, in which all core urban issues were resolved. The high population density (in an area of about 10 km (6 mi) radius) was made possible by the geographical position, favourable climate and economic conditions and by the defensive positions that were of great importance at that time.

All Montenegro's daily newspapers (oldest Montenegrin daily newspaper Pobjeda, Vijesti, Dnevne Novine and Dan) are published in Podgorica, as is the popular weekly magazine Monitor.

The city's population was 204,877 in the 2011 census. The Podgorica Municipality contains 10.4% of Montenegro's territory and 29.9% of its population. It is the administrative centre of Montenegro and its economic, cultural and educational focus.

The first official game Montenegro played on March 2007, and first competition that the national team competed in was the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

The main contemporary traffic arteries were laid out during this period, which extended the orthogonal street layout of city center, to the south and west. Residential and infrastructural developments in the SFRY era have mostly shaped the layout of today's Podgorica, and accommodated the unprecedented population growth that followed World War II.

Since reestablishing the independence of Montenegro and foundation of the separate country's top-division league:

Podgorica's mixture of architectural styles reflects the turbulent history of the city and country: as one régime replaced another, the corresponding style was introduced.

Below are some of the most notable people who were either born, or spent most of their lives in Podgorica:

FK Mladost were formed in Titograd in 1950, before changing their name to OFK Titograd in 1960. The club renamed themselves back to Mladost in 1992. Until 2008, and moving to their new stadium on Ćemovsko polje, it was the only club from old Podgorica Town (Drač neighbourhood).

The destructive Yugoslav wars bypassed Montenegro, but the entire country was greatly affected economically with severe economic stagnation lasting throughout the 1990s due to international sanctions. The economy began to recover in the early 2000s, and following successful independence referendum in May 2006, Podgorica became the official capital of an independent state, boosting its status as a regional centre and raising its economic prospects.

The team kit is currently produced by Italian company Legea. It is all-red with gold details to reflect the colours of the Montenegrin national flag. Before that, briefly the kit providers were daCapo (2007–2008).

During decade (1998–08), on the stadium Cvijetin Brijeg, FK Mladost played more than 200 matches in Montenegrin First League, Yugoslav Second League, Montenegrin Republic League, Yugoslav Cup and Montenegrin Cup. Stadium meet all necessary criteria for the First League, so, on Cvijetin Brijeg, few matches played FK Kom in First League of Serbia and Montenegro (2004–05) and FK Budućnost (2006–07).

In September 1997, FK Mladost made a record win in history during a Third League match against FK Iskra Danilovgrad 15–0.

The Montenegrin national team trains at the Football Association of Montenegro Training Camp located in the Podgorica neighborhood of Stari Aerodrom. Training Camp have numerous facilities, and among them are six pitches and House of Football, which is the new seat of Montenegrin Football Association.

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Montenegro was in qualification Group H, along with England, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova and San Marino.

Podgorica is home to three main religious groups: Orthodox Christians, Sunnite Muslims and Catholic Christians.

The majority of Podgorica citizens are Serbian Orthodox Christians (78,27%), while there are significant minorities of Muslims (11,23%) and Catholics (4,27%).

Before that, the old stadium of FK Mladost was situated at the Cvijetin Brijeg neighborhood, in the Old Podgorica. For decades, Cvijetin Brijeg stadium didn't meet criteria for matches in Second and Third league, so, during the 1970s, 1980s and most of the 1990s, FK Mladost played the majority of their home matches at the City Stadium in Podgorica.

Podgorica has a number of sporting venues; some are under reconstruction and expansion. The main ones are:

When the city was incorporated to Montenegro, the urban core shifted to the other bank of the Ribnica River, where the town developed in a more European style: wider streets with an orthogonal layout. This part of the city is today traditionally regarded as city centre, and is called Nova Varoš (New town)

Montenegro's first coach was Serbia and Montenegro-born Zoran Filipović. Hailed by both players and press, his record was rather positive, with 23 matches played, eight victories, eight draws and seven defeats. Filipović, however, left the Balkan newcomers in January 2010 when his contract expired. During his time, Montenegro rose to 73rd position in the FIFA rankings.

FK Mladost logo is based on old Podgorica (or Titograd) Coat-of-Arms, representing symbols of Podgorica: Monument for fallen fighter with red star, Podgorica fortress and Bridge over Ribnica River, with the name of the club over it. In 2011 club logo was restyled and the club's name is written in Latin script instead of Cyrillic as before.

There are several mosques in Podgorica and Tuzi. Catholic population mainly consists of local autochthonous Albanian minority. The main religious site for the Catholic population located in the Konik neighbourhood is the Church of the Holy Heart of Jesus constructed in 1966, in Brutalist style which makes this object unique. Other Catholic objects are located in eastern suburb Tuzi.


The Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts is in Podgorica, as is the DANU cultural organization.

Podgorica's favourable position at the confluence of the Ribnica and Morača rivers and the meeting point of the fertile Zeta Plain and Bjelopavlići Valley has encouraged settlement. The city is close to winter ski centres in the north and seaside resorts on the Adriatic Sea.

Out of total population of Podgorica Capital City, 48,73% are male, while 51,27% are female. Average age of Podgorica population is 35,7. Serbian is the most spoken language, with 42,4% of Podgorica citizens declaring it as their first language. It is followed closely by Montenegrian, at 41,17%. Other significant languages spoken in Podgorica are Albanian (5,53%) and Romani (1,81%).

In 1998, stadium Cvijetin Brijeg was renovated. In that time, it was one of the most modern stadiums in Montenegro, with two all-seated terraces with capacity of 1,340 seats, new pitch, modern locker rooms, restaurant and another facilities. Stadium was opened on August 31, 1998, with the game FK Mladost – FK Cetinje 6–1 (3rd week of Montenegrin Republic League 1998–99).

Since 2007, Montenegrin national team is playing a dozens of qualifying and friendly matches by every year. There is a List of official matches of the Montenegro national football team. Below is a score of Montenegrin national team by every opponent country. Updated till September 2016.

The university's scientific research institutes are in the city: