|Date of birth||September 15, 1966|
|Place of birth||Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder / Winger|
Red Star Belgrade
Red Star Belgrade
|1986–1999||SFR Yugo./FR Yugo.||56 (19)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Dejan Savićević (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Савићевић) (born September 15, 1966 in Titograd, Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia), is a Montenegrin former football player and the current president of the Montenegro FA . Serbian (sr-Cyrl српски језик sr-Latn ''srpski jezik'' is a South Slavic language, The Cyrillic alphabet (səˈrɪlɪk also called azbuka, from the old name of the first two letters is actually a family of Alphabets, subsets of which are used by Events 668 - Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse Italy. Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Podgorica ( Montenegrin / Serbian: Подгорица Podgorica ˈpɔdgɔˌriʦa is the Capital and largest city of Montenegro Montenegro ( British English) Montenegrin / Serbian: PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE LANGUAGES WITHOUT CONSENSUS ON THE TALK PAGE! The Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia ( Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian: Montenegro ( British English) Montenegrin / Serbian: PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THE LANGUAGES WITHOUT CONSENSUS ON THE TALK PAGE! Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered The Football Federation of Montenegro ( Montenegrin: Fudbalski savez Crne Gore Cyrillic: Фудбалски савез Црне Горе is the governing body His close control and vision have won him many admirers.
Born to Vladimir Savićević and Vojislava Đurović, young Dejan had an immediate affinity for football and quickly developed his gift for the game. Savićević began his career when he was 15 years old in the youth teams of OFK Titograd. He played for Budućnost of the Yugoslav First League and earned his first cap for the national side in 1986 against Turkey. FK Budućnost is a football club from Podgorica, Montenegro, currently competing in the First League of Montenegro. Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1923-1940 This was the first club competition on a national level for clubs from Kingdom of Yugoslavia (also known as the Kingdom of Serbs The Turkish national football team is the national football team of the Republic of Turkey and is controlled by the Turkish Football Federation.
Following a string of fine performances in Titograd, all of the top teams in Yugoslavia were after 21-year-old Savićević in the summer of 1988. Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) He ended up choosing Red Star Belgrade, and promptly went to serve the mandatory army stint that kept him out of action for the entire 1988/89 season, although the state authorities did allow him to turn up for important matches like the now famous Champions' Cup clash versus AC Milan. The Yugoslav People's Army (JNA YPA ( Serbo-Croatian, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian: Jugoslavenska Narodna Armija or Jugoslovenska Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy He played a prominent part in the first leg at San Siro as Red Star played to a hard fought 1-1 draw with Dragan Stojković scoring the valuable away goal. For the town in the Province of Como, see San Siro (Como. For the saint after which these places are named see Syrus of Pavia or Syrus of Dragan Stojkovic ( Serbian: Драган Стојковић Dragan Stojković) (born March 3, 1965 in Niš, Serbia, The return leg in Belgrade was even more eventful as Savićević scored with an excellent strike, but German referee Dieter Pauli stopped and voided the match because of thick fog that engulfed the city. Belgrade (Београд Beograd is the Capital and largest city of Serbia. The second leg replay was played the very next day, resulting again in 1-1 scoreline, taking the match to penalties where the Italians came up on top 2-4 as Savićević and Mitar Mrkela failed to convert their spot-kicks. Mitar Mrkela (born July 10, 1965 in Belgrade, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a retired Serbian football player who was
Savićević helped Red Star win three consecutive national titles - in 1989/90, 1990/91 and 1991/92, two national Cups in 1990 and 1992 as well as an European Cup and an Intercontinental Cup, both in 1991. See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by
In 1991, following Red Star's European success, Savićević came joint second in the voting for the European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or). The "fr '''Ballon d'Or'''" ( French for " Golden Ball " often referred to as the European Footballer of the Year award is an association football
Savićević's tremendous close control and vision convinced A.C. Milan to secure his services for the start of 1992/93 season in an attempt at filling the void left by Marco van Basten, handing him the opportunity to demonstrate his abilities to an even wider audience. Associazione Calcio Milan, commonly referred to by the abbreviation Milan, is an Italian professional football club based in Milan, Lombardy Marcel "Marco" van Basten ( 31 October 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager currently His first season playing for the Rossoneri saw him play 10 matches and score four goals. The next season he became a regular, inspiring Milan to a league and European Cup double and was hailed as Il Genio (The Genius) by Silvio Berlusconi, the then president of Milan. Serie A (officially known as the Lega Calcio Serie A TIM for Sponsorship reasons is a professional league competition for football clubs located (born 29 September 1936 is an Italian politician, Entrepreneur, Real estate and Insurance Tycoon, Bank and Media proprietor His performance in the European Cup final, was his greatest moment in football and arguably one of the finest individual displays seen in the competition. He created the opening goal and scored a spectacular 35 yard half volley in the club's 4-0 victory. Despite the team’s indifferent form the following season, Savićević lead Milan to their third successive European Cup final but didn't play due to 'injury', even though Savićević insisted he was fit. Milan, lacking his creativity lost a bland final to Ajax 1-0. Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax ( also referred to as AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax, is a professional football club from Amsterdam With Milan he won 7 trophies, including 3 scudetti (Serie A championships) - 1992-93, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1 European Cup - 1993-94 and 1 European Super Cup, but he was criticised in the Italian media for not always trying against smaller teams and his performances regularly blew hot and cold. Serie A (officially known as the Lega Calcio Serie A TIM for Sponsorship reasons is a professional league competition for football clubs located The European Super Cup ( UEFA Super Cup) is at stake in an annual football game between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup and the Champions
Savićević's two-year spell as coach of the national side was a polar opposite of his distinguished playing career.
Immediately after retiring in May 2001, he was named as coach of the FR Yugoslavia / Serbia-Montenegro national squad, in succession to the short, and tempestuous 3-month tenure of Milovan Đorić. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. The Serbia national football team ( Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије / Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia Milovan Đorić is a former Serbian football player and manager Despite Savićević's complete lack of any relevant coaching experience, and the side's already faint chances of progressing from the World Cup 2002 qualifying tournament, the announcement of his appointment was generally well received by the public. The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30.
At first, Savićević was part of a 3-man coaching commission with the experienced Vujadin Boškov and Ivan Ćurković by his side, but took over the duties all by himself by December 2001. Vujadin Boškov (Вујадин Бошков born 16 May 1931 is a retired Serbian football player and coach. Ivan Ćurković (born 15 March 1944 in Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia) had a professional goalkeeping career and was the president of the Partizan Belgrade football Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. At the time, he claimed to have taken the solo job on temporary basis only, since Dušan Bajević rejected it. Dušan Bajević ( Cyrillic:Душан Бајевић Greek: Ντούσαν Μπάγεβιτς Doúsan Báyevits; born 10 December  Savićević also intimated the new permanent coach would take over by the summer of 2002. See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. However, that did not happen and he remained in post until June 2003. Throughout his reign, he failed to achieve a settled team, and his personal disputes with Mateja Kežman precipitated the striker to temporarily retire from international football. Mateja Kežman ( Serbian Cyrillic: Матеја Кежман (born 12 April 1979 in Zemun, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia Savićević finally resigned in June 2003 after a humiliating 1-2 defeat to Azerbaijan in a Euro 2004 qualifier, which was also the team's fifth defeat in a row. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. The Azerbaijan national football team is the national football team of Azerbaijan and is controlled by Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship (or just Euro 2004) was the twelfth edition of the UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football His overall managerial record was 4 wins, 11 losses, and 2 draws, in addition to 4 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties as part of the commission.
In the summer of 2004, 37-year-old Savićević became the president of the Football Association of Montenegro, which was at the time under the umbrella of Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " The Football Federation of Montenegro ( Montenegrin: Fudbalski savez Crne Gore Cyrillic: Фудбалски савез Црне Горе is the governing body The Football Association of Serbia and Montenegro ( FSSCG) ( Serbian Cyrilic: Фудбалски савез Србије и Црне Горе)
Savićević then publicly came out in favour of Montenegrin independence, becoming an important part of the pro-independence campaign organized by Movement for Independent Montenegro. He attended, and spoke at, rallies alongside Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović. Milo Đukanović ( Serbian Cyrillic: Мило Ђукановић (born 15 February, 1962) is the Prime Minister of Montenegro. Savićević's face also appeared on billboards urging the citizens of Montenegro to vote 'Yes' at the referendum.
Then in spring 2006 while interviewed for NTV Montena, Savićević admitted to playing "in a couple of fixed matches" while with Budućnost in the old Yugoslav First League. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1923-1940 This was the first club competition on a national level for clubs from Kingdom of Yugoslavia (also known as the Kingdom of Serbs He also claimed on the same occasion that that season's (2005-06) Serbia-Montenegro league was mostly rigged, but declined to elaborate or provide evidence by saying "I don't want to be killed because of football like Branko Bulatović". 
Savićević was married to Valentina Brajović (divorced in 2000) with whom he has two children. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar.
He was severely injured in a traffic accident that occurred October 1, 2005 on a Podgorica street. Events 331 BC - Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He fractured both arms after crashing his motorcycle into the rear end of a moving vehicle, becoming airborne and landing hard on the pavement. The recovery period was about six months long.
Savićević is the protagonist of a widely circulated internet clip (viral video) from a 1999 Dutch documentary about the 1987 World Youth Championship winning SFR Yugoslavia under-20 team. A viral video is a Video clip that gains widespread popularity through the process of Internet sharing typically through Email or The FIFA U-20 World Cup, until 2005 known as the FIFA World Youth Championship, is the world championship of Association football for male players under the age of Most of the footage was shot in October 1999 just as the Yugoslavia and Croatia national teams were to play a deciding Euro 2000 qualifier in Zagreb. The Serbia national football team ( Serbian: Фудбалска репрезентација Србије / Fudbalska reprezentacija Srbije) represents Serbia The Croatian national football team ( Croatian pronunciation: Hrvatska nogometna reprezentacija) is the national side representing Croatia The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Football Championship, which is held every four years and organized by Zagreb (ˈzɑːgrɛb is the Capital and the largest city of Croatia. Conceptualized as a "what might've been" homage of sorts, the documentary interviews different members of the 1987 youth side, now split between the senior national teams of two countries.
This particular clip shows Savićević being interviewed on the day before the match, in front of the hotel in Zagreb where Yugoslav team was staying. Zagreb (ˈzɑːgrɛb is the Capital and the largest city of Croatia. He is wearing Yugoslavia training gear and as such is easily spotted and recognized by people strolling by. As Dejan is answering a question, man on the street is heard shouting off-camera: "You're a piece of shit!".
Savićević looks up, realizes the comment was directed at him and answers the heckler by berating him with an obscenity laced tirade. A heckler is a person who shouts a disparaging comment at a performance or event or interrupting set-piece speeches for example at a political meeting After insulting him sufficiently, Savićević returns his attention to the interview and continues answering the question right where he left off without missing a beat.