FK Pelister

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FK Pelister
FK Pelister Logo.png
Full name Fudbalski klub Pelister Bitola
Nickname(s) Зелено-Бели (The Green & Whites)
Founded 1945; 69 years ago (1945)
Ground Stadion Tumbe Kafe
Ground Capacity 8,000
Owner Zoran Ristevski
Chairman Dimče Šerovski
Manager Gjoko Hadžievski
League Macedonian First League
2013–14 6th
Website Club home page

FK Pelister (Macedonian: ФК Пeлистер) is a football club based in the city of Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. They currently play in the Macedonian First League.

History[edit]

FK Pelister, was formed in 1945. In 1946 they won the Bitola regional title and that same year they merged with Rabotnik. They won the Bitola title in 1950 and 1951 again. During that time the most influential players were: Georgievski, Dimitrovski, T.Petrovski, Naumovski, Lazarevski, Sekerdžievski, Avramovski, Nestorov and Eftimovski.

The team played primarily in the lower divisions of the former SFR Yugoslavia and were champions of the Macedonian Republic League four times, along with winning the Macedonian Republic Cup four times in 1959, 1962, 1985 and 1991. They earned promotion to the Yugoslav Second League Group East, which included clubs from Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia, for the first time in 1974, which was a big success for that generation. Some of the most famous players at the time were: Grbevski, Dukovski, Cvetkovski, Taškov, Bogoevski, Gočevski, Ristevski, Tristovski, Mickovski, Dimovski, Markovski, Upalevski and the manager Stavre Eftimovski. Soon after, they were relegated but made another comeback in 1982 with Mitko Butlevski as chairman and Ivan Čabrinović as manager. The biggest success came in the 1990–91 Yugoslav Cup when they reached the 1/8 final, getting eliminated on away goals by the eventual champions Hajduk Split. Pelister played their final season in the Yugoslav league system in the 1991–92 Yugoslav First League finishing in 15th place.

Following the formation of the First Macedonian Football League, Pelister had early success consistently finishing in the Top 5.[1] They also made it to the Macedonian Cup final the first two seasons coming up short both times. The club became rivals with Vardar Skopje which created the Eternal derby of Macedonia and continued the Pelagonia regional derby with Pobeda Prilep. In 2000, Pelister became the first team in independent Macedonia to reach the third phase of a European competition. They made it to round three of the 2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup, losing 1-5 on aggregate to one of the winners Celta de Vigo. Finally, the club earned its first major trophy in 2001 by winning the 2000-01 Macedonian Cup, after which they played in the UEFA Cup.[2] In 2003, the team fell on hard times caused by financial problems and was relegated. A few years later, former players Mitko Stojkovski and Toni Micevski were able to save the club from collapse. After taking over the club they brought instant success with the team winning the 2005-06 Macedonian Second League title. The following year they made a successful comeback to the Macedonian First League and got to the 2006-07 Macedonian Cup semifinal. In the 2007-08 season, the club had its best season to date finishing in 3rd place.[3] Once again, they played in the UEFA Cup where they lost 0-1 on aggregate to APOEL. Another case of financial difficulties and poor results, once again relegated them back to second division for the 2011-12 season. This time, however, relying mostly on young players from Bitola and led by captain Dragan Dimitrovski, Pelister made an immediate return to the top division.

The club focuses heavily on youth players from the Bitola region with a strong talent development. Gjorgji Hristov, Dragan Kanatlarovski, Toni Micevski, Nikolče Noveski, Toni Savevski and Mitko Stojkovski are some of the famous Bitola natives to start their careers with the club. Therefore, Pelister is known as the nursery of young and talented players who have left and gone to have success on various clubs in Macedonia and abroad.[4]

Colours and Crest[edit]

Pelister's crest evolution

The club colours have traditionally been green and white. The crest is formed in a shape of a shield, at the top left corner it has always had the number 1945 inscribed, which is the year of the club's foundation. In the latest version it includes the Cyrillic letters FK, on the right side. Shape of a mountain forms in the backdrop (to honor the mountain peak Pelister) with the name of the club in the center and a classic leather football underneath it. Early versions of the crest included the colour black, but now the entire badge uses only two colours, green and white.

Honours[edit]

Socialist Republic of Macedonia Macedonian Republic League:

  • Winners (7): 1949–50, 1950–51, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1974–75, 1981–82

Republic of Macedonia Macedonian Second League:

Socialist Republic of Macedonia Macedonian Republic Cup:

  • Winners (4): 1959, 1962, 1985, 1991

Republic of Macedonia Macedonian Football Cup:

  • Winners (1): 2000–01
  • Runners-up (2): 1992–93, 1993–94

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Cup Other Competitions
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1992–93 1. MFL 34 14 8 12 47 36 36 4th RU
1993–94 1. MFL 30 14 8 8 49 31 36 4th RU
1994–95 1. MFL 30 15 6 9 57 40 51 5th
1995–96 1. MFL 28 13 4 11 51 40 43 5th
1996–97 1. MFL 26 9 6 11 36 35 33 9th
1997–98 1. MFL 25 10 7 8 31 24 37 6th
1998–99 1. MFL 26 7 8 11 30 50 29 10th
1999–00 1. MFL 26 14 5 7 48 30 47 4th SF
2000–01 1. MFL 26 10 4 12 41 38 34 8th W Intertoto Cup R3
2001–02 1. MFL 20 8 3 9 37 35 27 10th R2 UEFA Cup QR
2002–03 1. MFL 33 7 7 19 30 60 28 11th ↓ R2
2003–04 2. MFL 32 16 4 12 47 41 52 5th R2
2004–05 2. MFL 33 12 7 14 40 43 43 6th
2005–06 2. MFL 33 19 4 7 52 22 61 1st ↑
2006–07 1. MFL 33 14 3 16 37 32 45 6th SF
2007–08 1. MFL 32 17 7 9 42 27 58 3rd R2
2008–09 1. MFL 30 7 7 16 25 42 28 10th QF UEFA Cup QR1
2009–10 1. MFL 26 11 6 9 28 27 39 4th SF
2010–11 1. MFL 33 5 3 25 25 82 18 12th ↓ R2
2011–12 2. MFL 30 19 4 7 42 23 61 1st ↑ R2
2012–13 1. MFL 33 9 10 14 27 36 37 10th QF
2013–14 1. MFL 33 14 10 9 40 40 52 6th QF

Key[edit]

1st 2nd
Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

Pelister in Europe[edit]

[5]

Results[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round Luxembourg Hobscheid 3–1 1–0 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Second round Sweden Västra Frölunda 3–1 0–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
Third round Spain Celta de Vigo 1–2 0–3 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2001–02 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Switzerland St. Gallen 0–2 3–2 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008–09 UEFA Cup First qualifying round Cyprus APOEL 0–0 0–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg

UEFA club competition record[edit]

Competition GP W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 0 0 0 0 0 0
UEFA Europa League 0 0 0 0 0 0
UEFA Cup 4 1 1 2 3 5
UEFA Intertoto Cup 6 3 1 2 8 7
Total 10 4 2 4 11 12

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

As of 4 June 2013, Source: http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/uefarankings/club/index.html

Rank Team Points
428 Iceland Valur 1.083
429 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 1.066
430 Faroe Islands Víkingur Gøta 1.066
431 Republic of Macedonia FK Pelister 1.050
432 Liechtenstein USV Eschen/Mauren 0.950
433 Estonia JK Sillamäe Kalev 0.941
434 Luxembourg CS Fola Esch 0.925

Club records in UEFA competitions[edit]

  • Biggest Win in UEFA Competition: 17/06/2000, Pelister 3-1 Hobscheid, at Bitola
  • Biggest Defeat in UEFA Competition: 15/07/2000, Celta 3-0 Pelister, at Vigo
  • Club Appearances in UEFA Competition: 3
  • Player with Most UEFA Appearances: Republic of Macedonia Mile Dimov - 9 appearances
  • Top Scorer in UEFA Club Competitions: Republic of Macedonia Ilir Elmazovski and Republic of Macedonia Igor Momirovski - 3 goals

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 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 Republic of Macedonia GK Goran Pašovski (captain)
12 Republic of Macedonia GK Dejan Apostolovski
2 Republic of Macedonia DF Aleksandar Krsteski
5 Republic of Macedonia DF Metodija Stepanovski Injured
20 Republic of Macedonia DF Mile Petkovski Injured
4 Republic of Macedonia MF Goce Todorovski
6 Republic of Macedonia MF Hristijan Atanasvski
No. Position Player
8 Republic of Macedonia MF Burhan Mustafov
9 Republic of Macedonia MF Filip Milenkovski Injured
10 Republic of Macedonia MF Aleksandar Anastasov
17 Republic of Macedonia MF Jovančo Trajkoski
19 Republic of Macedonia MF Martin Mirčevski
22 Republic of Macedonia MF Petar Ljamcevski

Notable players[edit]

The following players included were either playing for their respective national teams or left good impression among the fans. Bold players represented their national team.

Note: For a complete list of former players, see Category:FK Pelister players.

Club officials[edit]

As of 6 November 2013[6]

Former managers[edit]

Supporters[edit]

Main article: Čkembari

Čkembari (Macedonian: Чкембари) are an Ultras group, established in 1985, who support the Macedonian sports clubs from Bitola that compete under the Pelister banner, mainly FK Pelister in football and RK Pelister in handball. The group was originally founded in 1985 when a caravan of 15 buses traveled to support RK Pelister who was playing against Partizan Bjelovar in a handball relegation play-off match. At that time they used the name BMČM - Bitolčani, Motorcyclists, Čkembari, Macedonians (Macedonian: БМЧМ - Битолчани, Мотокари, Чкембари, Македонци) later shortened to just Čkembari. Soon after, the first green and white banners were created that read: „Hell Boys“ (Macedonian: Пеколни момци) and „Green Conquerors“ (Macedonian: Зелени освојувачи) which started organized support for Pelister at every match.

Rivalries[edit]

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