Stevan Jovetić

Stevan Jovetić
Cтeвaн Joвeтић

Jovetić with Montenegro in 2014
Personal information
Full name Stevan Jovetić[1]
Date of birth (1989-11-02) 2 November 1989
Place of birth Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
Mladost Podgorica
2003–2006 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Partizan 51 (13)
2008–2013 Fiorentina 116 (35)
2013–2015 Manchester City 28 (8)
2015– Internazionale 30 (6)
National team
2006 Serbia and Montenegro U17[3]
2007–2010 Montenegro U21 7 (2)
2007– Montenegro 44 (19)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:17, 23 August 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2016

Stevan Jovetić (Cyrillic: Cтeвaн Joвeтић, IPA: [stɛ̂ʋaːn jɔ̂ʋɛtitɕ]; born 2 November 1989) is a Montenegrin professional footballer who plays for Internazionale and the Montenegro national team as a forward. His primary position is a second striker, although he can also operate as an attacking midfielder or a winger. Jovetić is known for his dribbling, technical ability, and creativity.[4] His playing style has led to comparisons with Roberto Baggio.[5][6]

He began his career with FK Partizan, winning the double of Serbian Superliga and Serbian Cup in 2008, then joined ACF Fiorentina for €10.795 million. In five seasons at the Italian club, he scored 40 times in 134 matches, prompting a €26.667 million transfer to Manchester City F.C.. In his first season in England, he won the League Cup and the Premier League.

Jovetić is a Montenegrin 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.

Club career


On 9 April 2006, at the age of 16,[7] Jovetić made his senior debut for FK Partizan under head coach Jürgen Röber during a league match against FK Voždovac.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] Jovetić held the record until 31 October 2012 when he was surpassed by Nikola Ninković.[11]


On 10 May 2008, Serie A club Fiorentina signed him for a fee of €10.795 million.[12][13] He scored his first goal for La Viola in the league match against Atalanta from the penalty spot on 5 April 2009.[14]

Jovetić playing for Fiorentina in 2010.

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.

During pre-season training for the 2010–11 season, he suffered an injury to his cruciate ligament in his right knee which eventually saw him out for the whole season.[17]

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.[18] On 15 October 2011, Jovetić signed a contract that would keep him in Florence through 2016.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] Jovetić netted 14 times in 27 league games for Fiorentina, as the Tuscan side limped to 13th place in Serie A.[23]

On 17 February 2013, both Jovetić and teammate Adem Ljajić netted braces as Fiorentina thrashed Inter 4–1 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.[24]

Manchester City

On 19 July 2013, he signed for Premier League club Manchester City in a deal worth €26.667 million.[25][26] 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 team-mate and close friend, Matija Nastasić at the club.[27] He made his debut for Manchester City on 14 September, in a 0–0 draw away against Stoke City.[28] He scored his first goals for the club on 24 September, in a 5–0 win against Wigan Athletic in the League Cup.[29]

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.[30] Upon missing time with injury, in February 2015, he was cut from City's UEFA Champions League squad and replaced by new signing Wilfried Bony.[31] Jovetic reacted by saying "The manager has killed me with this decision" and questioned his future at the club.[32]


On 31 July 2015, Jovetić joined Serie A side Inter on an 18-month loan deal, for €2.5 million, with a conditional obligation of redemption for €14.5 million, if Inter was ranked 17th or better in December 2016 or making a competitive appearance for Inter in 2016–17 season.[33][34] Jovetić signed a four-year contract.[35] He scored a last-minute winner on his debut on 23 August, the only goal in a win against Atalanta.[36] A week later, he netted both goals in a 2–1 victory at newcomers Carpi, the latter being a winner from the penalty spot.[37]

International career

Serbia and Montenegro

Jovetić was part of the squad of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. The team was eliminated in the group stage.


Jovetić playing for the Montenegrin national football team in 2012.

Jovetić was a founding member of the Montenegro national team which played their first game against Hungary in March 2007,[38] and was also a regular for the Montenegro U-21 team.[39] 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 international brace, with an equalising penalty and an added-time goal at the Podgorica City Stadium, albeit in a 2–5 defeat to Moldova.[40]

Jovetić equalised on a penalty the 14 November 2014 to earn Montenegro a 1–1 draw against Sweden in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying.[41]

International goals

As of match played 11 October 2016. Montenegro score listed first, score column indicates score after each Jovetić goal.[42]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 August 2008Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary3 Hungary1–13–3Friendly
2 3–2
3 6 September 2008Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro4 Bulgaria2–12–22010 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 19 November 20087 Macedonia2–02–1Friendly
5 12 August 200910 Wales1–0
6 5 September 2009Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria11 Bulgaria1–42010 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 2 September 2011Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales16 Wales1–21–2UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
8 29 February 2012Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro20 Iceland1–02–1Friendly
9 2–1
10 15 August 201221 Latvia1–02–0
11 15 October 201330 Moldova1–12–52014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 2–5
13 15 November 201435 Sweden1–11–1UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
14 8 June 2015Viborg Stadion, Viborg, Denmark37 Denmark1–01–2Friendly
15 5 September 2015Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro38 Liechtenstein2–02–0UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
16 12 November 2015Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia40 Macedonia4–14–1Friendly
17 4 September 2016Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca, Romania41 Romania1–11–12018 FIFA World Cup qualification
18 8 October 2016Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro42 Kazakhstan3–05–0

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 even as an attacking midfielder, due to his ability to link-up with midfielders, and either score or create goals.[4][43][44][45][46][47][48] 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.[4][5][43][45][46] Despite his talent, his playing time has often been limited by several injuries.[4][46]

Personal life

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,[49] and was then signed by Fiorentina (May 2008), living in Florence for 5 years until 2013, when he was signed by Manchester City.[50]

His nickname in Montenegro and Serbia is "Joveta".[51] Fiorentina supporters gave Jovetić the nickname "Jo-Jo."[52] His idols are Al Jazira 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.[7]

He is a gamer, playing PlayStation, often with friend and former teammate Matija Nastasić.[49] He has his left arm covered in tattoos (a "full-sleeve").[49] He has never consumed alcohol.[49] His favourite team is FK Partizan.[49] In a 2013 interview, he said "Serbia and Montenegro is one, according to me", and that he "would love for us to be together, once again in one national team".[53][54] Jovetić is an Eastern Orthodox Christian.[55]

Career statistics


As of 23 August 2016[56]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Partizan 2005–06 20000020
2006–07 2214300264
2007–08 271243243319
Total 511386246123
Fiorentina 2008–09 2921040342
2009–10 29620653711
2010–11 00000000
2011–12 271420002914
2012–13 311330003413
Total 116358010513440
Manchester City 2013–14 1135300166
2014–15 1752040235
Total 28873403911
Internazionale 2015–16 2662100287
2016–17 40000040
Total 3062100327
Career total 22562251016926681


As of 11 October 2016[57]
National TeamYearAppsGoals



Manchester City[58]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Antonio Rukavina
Partizan captain
Succeeded by
Nenad Đorđević
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