FK Borac Čačak

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Borac Čačak
Borac Čačak.svg
Full name Fudbalski klub Borac Čačak
Nickname(s) Zebre (The Zebras)
Founded 1 May 1926; 88 years ago (1926-05-01)
Ground Čačak Stadium
Čačak, Serbia
Ground Capacity 8,000
President Serbia Milenko Kostić
Head coach Serbia Bogić Bogićević
League Serbian SuperLiga
2013–14 Serbian First League, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

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 horizontal stripes, Borac's nickname is Zebre (Zebras).

History[edit]

At the end of World War I, football began to be 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, Jovan Jolović. On August 6th, 1932 FC Borac had its first night match under stadium floodlights, with the Arsenal football club. Before World War II the club's biggest success was winning 1st place in the West Morava district league in 1934.

After a break during World War II, the club started up again and in 1946 played in the qualifications for the Yugoslav First League against Red Star Belgrade but lost. Its next achievement was to win the Serbian Cup in 1958 (regional Yugoslav Cup back then) and four years later won 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, losing play-off matches in 1970, 1971, and 1973. The club have been relegated three times since first making the Yugoslav First League but they have also three times managed to win promotion back to the top league, most recently in 2003.

Recent years[edit]

In the 2005–06 season, Borac finished in 7th place which was the club's best result ever. However, in the 2007–08 season, they went even further. They finished 4th, and for the first time the club secured 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). Borac then played Dutch giants Ajax in the 1st round and were eliminated after defeats in both games 1–4 in Belgrade and 0–2 in Amsterdam, and just missed the group stage. In 2013/2014 Serbian First League Borac won promotion to the Serbian Super League late in the season as runners-up in front of FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac who were defeated on their home ground by FK Mladost Lučani. Because of the results in their matches against FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac (0:1 away and 0:0 home), Borac placed above FK Metalac. On August 2nd, 2014 Memorial Živorad Stanković Bia, Borac for the secound time in their history played a night match under floodlights (after the reconstruction of the stadium) with FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac and they gained a 1:0 victory.

Crest and Colors[edit]

The club's colors are red and white.

Honours[edit]

Serbian Cup
Second League FRY/SCG (3)

2013–14 (Runner-up)

UEFA competitions[edit]

  • Qualified for Europe in 1 season
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2008–09 UEFA Cup QR1 Moldova Dacia Chișinău 3–1 1–1 4–2
QR2 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 1–0 1–1 2–1
R1 Netherlands Ajax 1–4 0–2 1–6

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 November 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Nikola Petrić (captain)
2 Serbia DF Nikola Boranijašević
3 Montenegro DF Risto Radunović
4 Serbia DF Lazar Obradović
5 Serbia MF Dejan Radosavljević
6 State of Palestine DF Javier Cohene
7 Serbia FW Slaviša Stojanović
8 Serbia MF Dejan Babić
9 Serbia FW Dejan Đenić
10 Serbia MF Marko Zoćević
11 Serbia FW Milan Jevtović
12 Serbia GK Marko Drobnjak
13 Serbia DF Dejan Živković
14 Serbia MF Radan Šunjevarić
15 Serbia DF Aleksandar Gojković
No. Position Player
16 Serbia FW Nikola Nešović (dual with Polet Ljubić)
17 Serbia DF Mario Maslać
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Uroš Đerić
19 Serbia DF Stefan Drašković
20 Montenegro MF Baćo Nikolić
23 Serbia DF Dušan Đorđević
24 Serbia FW Alen Mašović
25 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Mario Božić
26 Serbia MF Stefan Milojević
27 Serbia DF Ivan Đoković
28 Serbia DF Stefan Živković
29 Serbia MF Dušan Jovančić
30 Serbia GK Vladimir Bajić
32 Serbia MF Miljan Mutavdžić
33 Serbia DF Nemanja Miletić

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Serbia DF Zvezdan Đorđilović (at Polet Ljubić)
Serbia DF Igor Dunjić (at Polet Ljubić)
Serbia MF Neven Radaković (at Polet Ljubić)
Serbia MF Lazar Kalajanović (at Polet Ljubić)
Serbia MF Zoran Petrović (at Polet Ljubić)
No. Position Player
Serbia MF Radojko Cerović (at Polet Ljubić)
Serbia MF Branislav Tomić (at Polet Ljubić)
Serbia FW Vukašin Drakulić (at Polet Ljubić)
Serbia FW Jovan Mihajlović (at Polet Ljubić)

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers winter 2014-15. For summer transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2014.

Notable former players[edit]

Former players with senior national team appearances:[1]

For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Borac Čačak players.

Coaching history[edit]

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.[2]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2008–present NAAI Škoda

References[edit]

  1. ^ FK Borac Čačak at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ History at official website

External links[edit]