#TBT World Cup Sports Blog: Montenegro’s The Genius

FIFA footballer Dejan SavicevicWith a nickname like The Genius, you’d expect to find this former FIFA midfielder leaning over library books or toying with boiling beacons in a university laboratory.

The origin of this brilliant player’s nickname came from his spectacular play on the soccer pitch in Serbia and Montenegro as well as throughout Europe and in two FIFA World Cups.

Few American sports fans may know Montenegro’s Dejan Savicevic. But, all European football (soccer) fans, and especially those in northern Italy, carry vivid memories of this fantastic midfielder.

The Genius Starred for A.C. Milan in Serie A

In addition to representing his homeland in the 1990 and 1998 World Cups, Savicevic starred for A.C. Milan as a relentless attacking center back. His stellar play helped lead the premier Italian team to three Serie A titles in the 1990s.

The Genius will be best remembered for his role in the 1994 UEFA Champions League title game against FC Barcelona. The Genius was instrumental in two goals during the match.

Savicevic assisted on one goal. Later, he sent a splendid, unexpected 35 yard half volley into the Barcelona net that caught its goalkeeper totally off guard.

The Genius’ goal is widely regarded as one of the most amazing scores in the history of the UEFA competition.

Sporting the number 10 jersey, Savicevic’s superior tactical knowledge, superb vision and overall ball mastery earned him the coveted nickname The Genius.

Some may struggle to remember exactly what Dejan Savicevic accomplished on the soccer pitch.

But after watching this Montenegran on film, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to admit that Savicevic is spectacular on the soccer field.

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