Stefan Mugosa (31-Incheon United) and Stefan Savic (32-Atletico Madrid) met not in their native Montenegro, but in a faraway country, South Korea.
Mugosa and Savic are teammates on the Montenegrin national soccer team in the Eastern European country. Mugosha was named Montenegrin Player of the Year in 2019, while Savic was named Player of the Year in 2016, 2018, and 2020. Mugosa is currently the all-time leading scorer for Incheon in the K League and a living legend. Savic is the captain of Atletico, one of Spain’s three major La Liga clubs.
Mugosa and Savic met in the lobby of the Moe Hotel in Yeouido, Seoul, on July 26, and were busy catching up over cold coffee on a hot summer day. There’s no telling when the two will meet again on Seoul soil.
Savic brought up Mugosa at a press conference at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on the 28th. “I met my teammate Mugosa at our hostel and we had coffee together. I was really happy to see him. He said, ‘I’m really happy to be back in the Korean K League from the Japanese J League.'”
Mugosa said through ‘My Daily’ on the 28th, “I haven’t seen Savic for a long time since the last A match. It was even better to see him in Korea. I told him about the K League and Korea. I told him that there are many good players in the K League, that the Korean people are good, and that Incheon, where I play, is a strong team. I told him to enjoy playing against Team K-League,” he recalled of their conversation.
According to Mugosa, Savic said, “The city of Incheon with its airport was beautiful. Seoul, where we played against Team K League, is also a beautiful city. I also liked Seongnam, where Atletico’s training center is located. It’s a pity I couldn’t stay longer in Korea,” he told Mugosa.
Atletico played the first leg of the Coupang Play Series against Team K League on the 27th. Mugosa’s national teammate Savic played in the first half, while Mugosa’s teammate Jerso played in the second half. Team K-League beat Atletico 3-2.
“I wanted to play for Team K-League too, so it’s a great honor to be on the All-Star team,” said Mugosa, who was playing for Bisselgobe in Japan at the time of the fan vote. “Jerso was really good today. I didn’t doubt his ability. He’s so fast and destructive. He is a player who will make Incheon stronger.”
Interestingly, Mugosa was watching the SSG Landers-Hanwha Eagles baseball game at Incheon’s Munhak Baseball Stadium at the time of the interview. He was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and bat for SSG, a team with similar ties to Incheon. Mugosa was the pitcher and Incheon defender Oh Ban-seok was the batter. 꽁머니 Incheon CEO Lee Jeon-soo, Jerso, and Incheon mascot Yuti were also in attendance.
“It was my first time watching a baseball game, and I heard that Incheon United and SSG have a good relationship because they are from the same place. Fans of both teams were united under the name of Incheon. I hope there will be more exchanges like this,” he said, adding, “I’m grateful to SSG for inviting me to be the first pitcher.”
In recent days, Mugosa has spent time in Seoul, meeting with his national teammate Savic and pitching on a baseball mound. He’s been busy but happy.