After the break-up of the union of Serbia and Montenegro
, the UN accepted Montenegro
as an independent state on 21 May 2006, thus paving the way for Montenegrin football and its leading teams to face new challenges on the European and world stage as soon as the newly founded association was admitted as a member of UEFA by its congress January 2007 and subsequently as a member of FIFA by its congress four months later. Football is certainly the most popular sport in the country. Dejan Savicevic, the legendary former international and AC Milan star, was appointed as the association's president and former Real Madrid star Predrag Mijatovic as the director of football. Mirko Vulcinic (AS Roma) is Montenegro
's most famous current player. The nation's first international, played on 24 March 2007, ended in victory over former international giants Hungary.