| BELGRADE, March 20
BELGRADE, March 20 Montenegro coach Zoran
Filipovic will wait until later in the week to choose a captain
for the team's international debut against Hungary in a friendly
"This is a big issue as the captain has to be blessed with
all the qualities of a leader," Filipovic told reporters. "It's
not easy to elect one and the practice sessions over the next
few days will sort this out."
An opinion poll has shown the vast majority of fans support
Roma striker Mirko Vucinic, Montenegro's most prominent
The other most likely candidates are Red Star Belgrade
forward Igor Burzanovic and midfielder Simon Vucevic, who plays
for Russian side Saturn Ramenksoye.
Montenegro, an Adriatic republic with a population of
650,000, was admitted as UEFA's 53rd full member at the body's
congress in Duesseldorf on Jan. 26, following their political
split with Serbia last year.
The Montenegrins are planning for the 2010 World Cup
qualifying campaign which starts next year and the Hungary match
in the capital Podgorica may provide some insight into their
"We want to create a positive atmosphere and a national team
cult," Filipovic said after naming his 22-man squad including
eight home-based players.
"To do that, we must take into account their personalities
as well as their football qualities. There are more candidates,
especially among the exiles, but I couldn't invite all of them
this time because that's about 40 players," he said.
The 54-year old, who coached Red Star Belgrade from 2001 to
2003, left out striker Andrija Delibasic, now playing at
Portuguese side Beira Mar after spells with Mallorca, Benfica
and AEK Athens.
"His reaction was very emotional and I understand he said he
wouldn't play for Montenegro if he was dropped for our inaugural
match. I hope he changes his mind because I am counting on him,
but it's his decision," Filipovic said."