Jovetić with Montenegro in 2014
|Full name||Stevan Jovetić|
|Date of birth||2 November 1989|
|Place of birth||
Titograd, SR Montenegro,|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Position(s)||Striker, attacking midfielder|
|2015–2016||→ Inter Milan (loan)||26||(6)|
|2017||→ Sevilla (loan)||21||(6)|
|2005–2006||Serbia and Montenegro U17||9||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:14, 25 April 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:53, 30 March 2021 (UTC)
Jovetić's primary position is a second striker, although he can also operate as an attacking midfielder or a winger. He is known for his dribbling, technical ability, and creativity, and his playing style has led to comparisons with Roberto Baggio.
Jovetić began his career with FK Partizan, winning the double of Serbian Superliga and Serbian Cup in 2008, then joined ACF Fiorentina for an approximate €10.8 million. In five seasons at the Italian club, he scored 40 times in 134 matches, prompting an approximate €26.7 million transfer to Manchester City. In his first season in England, he won the League Cup and the Premier League. He subsequently returned to Italy to play for Inter Milan in 2015, and also had a loan spell in Spain with Sevilla in 2017, before joining Ligue 1 club Monaco later that year.
Jovetić is a Montenegro international, having previously represented his team at under-21 level. He made his senior international debut in 2007, in Montenegro's first international football match as an independent country. With 31 goals, he is the country's all-time top goalscorer.
He scored three goals during a UEFA Cup qualifying game against Zrinjski on 2 August 2007, in a 5–0 victory for Partizan, recording his first career hat-trick at only 17 years old. He became Partizan's club captain aged 17 years, 10 months and 21 days in January 2008, after former captain Antonio Rukavina was sold to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. This made him Partizan's youngest captain ever, surpassing Albert Nađ, who became captain at age 19. Jovetić held the record until 31 October 2012 when he was surpassed by Nikola Ninković.
On 10 May 2008, Serie A club Fiorentina signed him for a fee of approx. €10.8 million. He scored his first goal for La Viola in the league match against Atalanta from the penalty spot on 5 April 2009.
He started the 2009–10 season with a goal against Sporting Clube de Portugal in a 1–1 return leg draw at Stadio Artemio Franchi, which gave Fiorentina their entrance into the Champions League group stages. Other decisive goals included goals against Palermo, Sampdoria, and Livorno. On 29 September 2009, he scored both goals in a 2–0 victory over Liverpool in the Champions League group stage. On 9 March 2010, Jovetić scored two goals in Fiorentina's 3–2 win over Bayern Munich. The club lost, however, on away goals, and he also scored again against Napoli on 13 March. He scored in a 4–1 win against Udinese on 28 March.
Jovetić returned from injury in fine form in the 2011–12 season, scoring a double in a 3–0 win against Parma, his first goals in over a year. On 15 October 2011, Jovetić signed a contract that would keep him in Florence through 2016. Following the winter break in the Serie A, Jovetić netted twice as Fiorentina eased to a comfortable 3–0 victory over Novara on 8 January 2012. A month later, on 5 February, Jovetić earned his side a 3–2 victory against Udinese by converting two penalties; the win gave Fiorentina back-to-back victories in the Serie A for the first time all season. He failed to find the back of the net after this game for over two months before netting his side's opener and then assisting the winning goal for Amauri as Fiorentina shocked title contenders Milan 2–1 on 7 April. Jovetić netted 14 times in 27 league games for Fiorentina, as the Tuscan side limped to 13th place in Serie A.
On 17 February 2013, both Jovetić and teammate Adem Ljajić netted braces as Fiorentina thrashed Inter 4–1 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
On 19 July 2013, he signed for Premier League club Manchester City in a deal worth approx. €26.7 million. Upon signing for the club, Jovetić chose to wear number 35 on his shirt, which he also wore while playing for Partizan. He joined former Fiorentina teammate and close friend, Matija Nastasić at the club. He made his debut for Manchester City on 14 September, in a 0–0 draw away against Stoke City. He scored his first goals for the club on 24 September, in a 5–0 win against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup.
On 29 January 2014, Jovetić scored his first Premier League goal in a 5–1 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. On 15 February, he scored his first FA Cup goal in a 2–0 victory over Chelsea in the fifth round. On 5 April, he scored his second goal in the Premier League in a 4–1 win over Southampton. On 7 May 2014, he scored his first league goal at the City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester City's 4–0 win over Aston Villa.
On 25 August 2014, he scored two goals in Manchester City's 3–1 home win over Liverpool. Upon missing time with injury, in February 2015, sanctions imposed by UEFA on City resulted in him being dropped from their UEFA Champions League squad and replaced by new signing Wilfried Bony. Jovetić reacted by saying "The manager has killed me with this decision" and questioned his future at the club.
In 2015 summer he returned to Italy, signing for Inter Milan on an 18-month loan, for €2.5 million fee, with a conditional obligation of redemption for €14.5 million, if Inter was ranked 17th or better in December 2016 or making an appearance for Inter in 2016–17 season. In his first 2 appearances, he scored 3 goals, with Inter winning both games. He went through a goal drought, which was broken against Udinese. Jovetić scored a brace against Udinese.
For 2016–17 season, he was cut from the squad available for Europa League. De Boer and Pioli gave him 5 appearances.
Loan to Sevilla
On 10 January 2017, he signed a loan deal with Spanish team Sevilla until the end of season. He made his debut with the club on 12 January, scoring a goal in a 3–3 draw against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. He scored once again against Real Madrid three days later, this time in the league, coming on as a late substitute for Franco Vázquez, and securing the three points in stoppage time with the match-winning goal that put Sevilla back in second place in La Liga, and ended Real Madrid's 40-game-long unbeaten run in all competitions.
On 29 August 2017, Monaco announced the signing of Jovetić on a four-year contract. After the departure of Kylian Mbappé on 31 August, Jovetić was assigned number 10 shirt. In his first season with Monaco he scored 10 goals in 21 matches in all competitions, averaging just above 50 minutes per game. During that season between February 10 and March 16, 2018 he had a streak of 5 consecutive matches with goals scored, among them the only brace (two goals in a single game) of the season against Angers SCO.
Serbia and Montenegro
Jovetić was part of the Serbia and Montenegro squad at the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. The team was eliminated in the group stage.
Jovetić was a founding member of the Montenegro national team which played their first game against Hungary in March 2007, and was also a regular for the Montenegro U-21 team. Jovetić scored his first international goal against the same team, netting twice in a 3–3 friendly draw with Hungary on 20 August 2008 at the Puskás Ferenc Stadion in Budapest. He scored another brace on 29 February 2012 in his first match as captain when regular skipper Mirko Vučinić began on the bench, a 2–1 friendly home victory over Iceland.
On 15 October 2013 in a qualifier for the next year's World Cup, Jovetić scored his first competitive international brace, with an equalising penalty and an added-time goal at the Podgorica City Stadium, albeit in a 2–5 defeat to Moldova.
Jovetić equalised from a penalty on 14 November 2014 to earn Montenegro a 1–1 draw against Sweden in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.
Style of play
A quick, strong and versatile player, Jovetić is a well-rounded forward, who is capable of playing anywhere along the front-line, and has been deployed as a main striker, as a winger, in a supporting role, or as an attacking midfielder, due to his ability to link-up with midfielders, and either score or create goals. A creative and technically gifted striker, he is also known for his dribbling skills, mobility, and pace on the ball, as well as his ability to make attacking runs towards goal from deeper positions and strike well with both feet. Despite his talent, his playing time has often been limited by several injuries. His playing style, appearance, and hairstyle led him to be compared to Roberto Baggio during his time at Fiorentina, who had also played for the club.
Age 13, he moved from his hometown of Podgorica to Belgrade to play for FK Partizan's youth team. He stayed in Belgrade for four and a half years, and was then signed by Fiorentina (May 2008), living in Florence for 5 years until 2013, when he was signed by Manchester City.
His nickname in Montenegro is "Joveta". Fiorentina supporters gave Jovetić the nickname "Jo-Jo." His idols are former Roma forward and fellow Montenegrin international Mirko Vučinić, from whom he took the Montenegro U-21 captain's armband at the age of 17; and Andriy Shevchenko, who Jovetić emulated as a child.
He is a gamer, playing PlayStation, often with friend and former teammate Matija Nastasić. He has his left arm covered in tattoos (a "full-sleeve"). He has never consumed alcohol. His favourite team is FK Partizan. Jovetić is an Eastern Orthodox Christian.
|Partizan||2005–06||Serbia and Montenegro SuperLiga||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Manchester City||2013–14||Premier League||13||3||5||3||0||0||18||6|
|Inter Milan (loan)||2015–16||Serie A||26||6||2||1||—||28||7|
|Inter Milan||2016–17||Serie A||5||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
|Sevilla (loan)||2016–17||La Liga||21||6||1||1||2||0||24||7|
- As of match played 27 March 2021. Montenegro score listed first, score column indicates score after each Jovetić goal.
|1||20 August 2008||Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary||3||Hungary||1–1||3–3||Friendly|
|3||6 September 2008||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||4||Bulgaria||2–1||2–2||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||19 November 2008||7||Macedonia||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|5||12 August 2009||10||Wales||1–0|
|6||5 September 2009||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||11||Bulgaria||1–4||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||2 September 2011||Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales||16||Wales||1–2||1–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|8||29 February 2012||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||20||Iceland||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|10||15 August 2012||21||Latvia||1–0||2–0|
|11||15 October 2013||30||Moldova||1–1||2–5||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13||15 November 2014||35||Sweden||1–1||1–1||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|14||8 June 2015||Viborg Stadion, Viborg, Denmark||37||Denmark||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|15||5 September 2015||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||38||Liechtenstein||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|16||12 November 2015||Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia||40||Macedonia||4–1||4–1||Friendly|
|17||4 September 2016||Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca, Romania||41||Romania||1–1||1–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|18||8 October 2016||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||42||Kazakhstan||3–0||5–0|
|19||11 November 2016||Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Montenegro||44||Armenia||2–0||2–3|
|20||4 June 2017||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||45||Iran||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
|21||10 June 2017||46||Armenia||2–0||4–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24||4 September 2017||48||Romania||1–0||1–0|
|25||5 September 2020||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||52||Cyprus||1–0||2–0||2020–21 UEFA Nations League C|
|27||10 October 2020||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||54||Azerbaijan||1–0||2–0|
|28||17 November 2020||58||Cyprus||1–0||4–0|
|29||24 March 2021||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||59||Latvia||1–1||2–1||2022 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|31||27 March 2021||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||60||Gibraltar||4–1||4–1|
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