Montenegro has been welcomed as UEFA’s 53rd member at the 31st UEFA Congress in Dusseldorf.
The congress voted to admit the Football Association of Montenegro (FSCG), but it rejected the application of Gibraltar.
Football Association of Montenegro president Dejan Savicevic, the former Milan and Yugoslavia player, told uefa.com: “It means a lot to us that we will start playing international matches. We are entering a great house of football and it’s a big chance for our young players and for us to represent our country.”
Montenegro will play their first match as an independent nation on 24 March when they face Hungary in a friendly in Podgorica.
Gibraltar, an overseas territory of Britain on the southern coast of Spain, has been campaigning for membership of FIFA and UEFA for ten years.
It was admitted as a provisional member of UEFA in December following an earlier decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The final decision was left to Congress and the motion was overwhelmingly defeated by 45-3 votes.