FK Borac Čačak
|Full name||Fudbalski klub Borac Čačak|
|Nickname(s)||Zebre (The Zebras)|
|Founded||1 May 1926|
|Head coach||Bogić Bogićević|
|2013–14||Serbian First League, 2nd (promoted)|
|Website||Club home page|
Fudbalski klub Borac Čačak (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Борац Чачак), or simply Borac Čačak, is a professional football club based in Čačak, Serbia. The word Borac in translation means fighter in English. Mainly because of the horizontally placed stripes, Borac's nickname is Zebre (Zebras).
At the end of the World War I, football begin played in Čačak. According to some sources the first football match took place in 1920. Six years later, a group of union workers who organized on May 1, 1926 founded the club. Initially, the uniform was red and later was changed to red-and-white. The first president of the club was a carpenter worker Jovan Jolović. Before World War II the biggest club success was winning the 1st place in the West Morava district in 1934.
After a break during World War II, the club continued to work and in 1946 plays the qualifications for the Yugoslav First League against Red Star Belgrade but fails. The following achievement was to win the Serbian Cup in 1958 (regional Yugoslav Cup back then) and four years later made promotion to the Yugoslav Second League. The first play-off match against OFK Titograd was lost 1–3, but in the home match on July 15, 1962 with six goals in the second half, FK Borac secured a promotion to the Second Federal League.
For many years Borac played in the Second Federal League but the dream of the promotion to the First League of FR Yugoslavia came through in 1994 when Borac got promoted for the first time. Previously Borac had failed in three attempts to make it to the top flight in 1970, 1971, and 1973 losing the play-off matches. The club have been relegated three times since first making the Yugoslav First League but also they have three times managed to win promotion back to the top league, last one in 2003.
In the 2005–06 season, Borac finished in the 7th place which was the best result ever of the club. However, in the 2007–08 season went even further. Finished 4th, the club for the first time provide a place in European competition. They had a very successful run in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup – they defeated Dacia Chișinău from Moldova in the first qualifying round (4–2 on aggregate) and Lokomotiv Sofia from Bulgaria in the second qualifying round (2–1 on aggregate). FK Borac then challenged Dutch giants Ajax in the 1st round and were eliminated after defeats in both games 1–4 in Belgrade and a 0–2 in Amsterdam.
Crest and Colors
The club's colors are red and white.
- 2011–12 (Runner-up)
- Qualified for Europe in 1 season
|2008–09||UEFA Cup||QR1||Dacia Chișinău||3–1||1–1||4–2|
- As of 9 August 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2014.
For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Borac Čačak players.
A great number of coaches has passed trought the club. Before the WWII the main coach was the former BSK Belgrade and national team player Dragomir Tošić. After 1945 the main coaches were Ivan Stevović, Dragoslav Filipović, Prvoslav Dragićević, Kosta Tomašević, Živorad Stanković, Vasilije Šijaković, Gojko Zec, Dragan Bojović, Momčilo Ilić, Žarko Nedeljković, among others. More recently, the club was managed by Dušan Radonjić, Slobodan Ostojić, Mihailo Kolarević, Dušan Marić, Milovan Đorić, Milovan Ćirković, Dušan Spasojević, Nenad Starovlah, Ivan Čančarević, Milorad Kosanović, Dimitrije Mitrović, Branko Smiljanić, Božidar Vuković, Slavenko Kuzeljević, Dušimir Vulović, Radovan Gudurić, Milutin Marušić, Miodrag Božović and Milovan Rajevac.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
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- History at official website
- FK Borac Čačak official website. (Serbian)
- uefa.com - UEFA.com
- Club profile and squad at Srbijafudbal
- Team profile at JelenFootball
- Borac Stats at Utakmica.rs