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Montenegro becomes 208th FIFA member

Montenegro becomes 208th FIFA member

Montenegro was accepted as FIFA's 208th member nation on Thursday.
The move, taken at FIFA's Congress in Zurich, allows Montenegro to play in the preliminary qualifying rounds for the 2010 World Cup. Montenegrins played in the combined Serbia-Montenegro team at last year's World Cup.
The Montenegrin Football Association applied for separate FIFA membership after Montenegro declared independence from Serbia in June 2006. Serbia did not have to apply for membership as FIFA considered it to be the natural successor of Serbia-Montenegro.
"We are grateful because we become part of the global phenomenon of football," said Dejan Savicevic, president of the Football Association of Montenegro. "The Football Association of Montenegro today becomes the youngest association in the world."
Montenegro was accepted as UEFA's 53rd nation in January.


Updated : 2021-06-14 12:05 GMT+08:00