Predrag Mijatović (born January 19, 1969 in Podgorica, Yugoslavia) is a former Serbian football player. He is often considered his country's best player of the 1990s. During his career his position on the pitch was striker.
On the club level, Mijatović has played for FK Partizan (1987-88 and 1989-93), Budućnost Podgorica (1988-89), Valencia (1993-96), Real Madrid (1996-99), Fiorentina (1999-2002), and Levante (2002-04). He scored the only goal in the 1998 Champions League final for Real, against Juventus. Internationally, Mijatović has been capped 73 times, scoring 28 goals (the appearances are split between the SFRY Yugoslavia and the FRY Yugoslavia national teams). He played in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.
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Technically very gifted, Mijatovic will most be remembered for scoring a goal for Real Madrid in the 1998 Champions' League final that brought the European title back to Madrid after 32 years.
He had many memorable moments on the big stage, both on club and internatinal levels.
In 1995/96 season for Valencia CF he scored 28 goals in Primera liga which earned him a big-time move to Real Madrid.
In the fall of 1997, over a 2-game playoff against Hungary, he scored 7 goals (hat-trick in the first leg in Budapest and 4 goals in the return at Marakana) leading Yugoslavia to 1998 World Cup in France. Unfortunatelly, once there he slammed a crucial penalty against a crossbar in a game vs. Holland that Yugoslavia ended up losing.
His personal life has also been well publicized due to his failed relationship with Belgrade socialite Elena Rakocevic. The two were married during the 1990s and had two kids together.
Mijatovic currently works as a player agent and lives in Valencia, Spain with his second wife Aneta. << Less Bio
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