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Wales announce Montenegro match

Wales boss John Toshack

Wales will play a friendly international with Montenegro in Podgorica on 12 August.

The match will be preparation for the World Cup qualifying match against Russia on 9 September in Cardiff.

This will be the first time that Wales and Montenegro have met in a senior international fixture.

However, Wales have faced a combined Serbia-Montenegro team in a European Championship qualifier in 2003, losing 1-0 in Belgrade and 3-2 in Cardiff.

The Football Association of Montenegro was formed following the country's declaration of independence from Serbia in June 2006.


The current Montenegro side is captained by Roma striker Mirko Vucinic, who came on as a substitute in the Italian side's 1-0 loss to Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Montenegro are currently fourth in qualifying Group Eight behind Italy, the Republic of Ireland and Balkan rivals Bulgaria.

Wales, who sit third in Group Four, are next in action on 28 March, when they face Finland in a World Cup qualifier in the Millennium Stadium.

John Toshack's men then face Germany, also in Cardiff, four days later.

Wales hope that captain Craig Bellamy and centre-back James Collins will be fit for the Group Four double-header.

Collins' West Ham team-mate Jack Collison is also a doubt after the midfielder suffered a knee injury last week.

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see also
Country profile: Montenegro
21 Jan 09 |  Country profiles
Wales' Bellamy and Collins boost
09 Mar 09 |  Welsh
Wales' international fixtures
22 Aug 07 |  Internationals
Wales' results archive
10 Oct 05 |  Internationals
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Feb 09 |  Wales

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