As Montenegro celebrated ten years of independence, FIFA President Gianni Infantino today participated in the inauguration of the House of Football of the Football Association of Montenegro (FSCG) in the capital city, Podgorica.

Alongside the Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic, the FSCG President and football legend Dejan Savicevic and UEFA first Vice-President Ángel María Villar Llona, President Infantino visited the new facilities built with the financial support of FIFA and UEFA. It provides the FSCG with beautiful modern headquarters interlinked with the existing technical centre that had also been constructed with the support of FIFA.

Infantino commended the achievements of Montenegro on the international football stage. Despite just a decade of existence as an independent state and having only 650,000 inhabitants, Montenegro have competed on equal terms with well-established footballing nations. They defied the odds to reach the play-offs of the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, and finished a respectable third in their 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying group.

“I would like to praise the great work of Dejan Savicevic and the FA for the development of football in the region”, said the FIFA President.