Midfielder Marko Stamenic breaks into UEFA Champions League elite group

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All White Marko Stamenic has joined a small but select group of New Zealanders to play in the UEFA Champions League.

Midfielder Stamenic (20) was in the starting line-up for Danish Superliga club FC Copenhagen for Thursday’s (NZT) UEFA Champions League match with Spain’s Sevilla.

The game was drawn 0-0 and Stamenic marked his Champions League debut with a yellow card.

But he became the first New Zealander to play in the elite competition for more than a decade.

Players with the same achievement include four New Zealand internationals — Wynton Rufer (with Werder Bremen), national coach Danny Hay (with Leeds United), Chris Killen (with Celtic) and Kim Wright (with Maltese club Floriana).

Copenhagen qualified for the group stages by beating Turkish club Trabzonspor 2-1 in their two-legged qualifying round.

Wellington-born Stamenic joined the club in September 2020 after impressing scouts when playing for New Zealand at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Stamenic has six full caps for New Zealand.

Copenhagen are in Group G with Manchester City (England), Sevilla (Spain) and Borussia Dortmund (Germany).

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