FK Rad

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Rad
Logo of FK Rad
Full name Fudbalski klub Rad
Nickname(s) Građevinari (The Builders)
Founded 10 March 1958; 57 years ago (1958-03-10)
Ground King Petar I Stadium, Belgrade
Ground Capacity 6,000
President Vladimir Savić
Head coach Milan Milanović
League Serbian SuperLiga
2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga, 14th
Website Club home page
Current season

Fudbalski klub Rad (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Рад, English: Football Club Rad), commonly known as Rad, is a professional Serbian football club based in Belgrade. FK Rad is one of the most successful and supported clubs in Serbia. Translated into English, the club's name signifies "work" or "labour" due to being formed by the construction company of the same name in 1958. Over the years, the club served as breeding ground for a number of well-known players, including Vladimir Jugović, Ljubinko Drulović, Zoran Mirković, Miroslav Đukić, Goran Bunjevčević, Željko Cicović, Slavoljub Muslin, Duško Ajder, Ivan Jovanović and others.

History[edit]

Rad was founded in 1958 by workers of the GRO Rad company. From the start the club had two major local rivals: Banjica and Jajinci, these rivalries were the rivals of the company but quickly it passed to football. The following individuals are considered as club's founders: Petar Đerasimović, the first president, Radojica Tanasijević, the first general selector, Željko Marjanović, the first financial adviser, and Ljubomir Lazić, the first vice president. The players that have played in 1958 can feel like founders as well, Rad had a lot of young players that were schooled in the First league teams, some players would include: Lazar Slavković, Đurđe Ivković, Vladimir Acević, Teodor Šušnjar, Milan Abramović, Brana Djaković, Aleksandar Banić, Živojin Rafailović, Aleksandar Andrejić, and a little later Sreten "Sele" Antić, Milan "Selja" Jovanović, and others.

The first head coach was Nikola Marjanović. The parliament has given the club a pitch in the center of Banjica, a few concrete stands were made, and later locker rooms were added, as well as the restaurant. The club had supporters in the Banjica region,which followed their club away and home. Rad quickly got promoted to the Belgrade League. In the period from 1965 to 1969, a change of generations had taken place. At that time the leaders were Ljubomir Lazić and Radomir Antić, notable managers were Đorđević and Đurđević, leaders for the players were Ratomir Janković, Vlada Vlaović, Matović, Zoran Bulatović, Dutina, Čeh and others.

The club's greatest success occurred in 1988–89 season when it finished the Yugoslav First League competition in fourth spot, ahead of many richer clubs such as Partizan. This success qualified Rad for the UEFA Cup in the 1989–90 season, where it was eliminated 2–3 on aggregate in the first round by Olympiacos (Rad lost 0–2 in Athens after winning 2–1 on home ground).

Name changes through history[edit]

  • 1958 : club founded under the name of FK Rad
  • 1990 : renamed to FK GRO Rad
  • 1993 : renamed again to FK Rad

Stadium[edit]

The stadium of Rad is the King Petar I Stadium, commonly known as "Stadion na Banjici" (Stadium at Banjica), which is located in the southern part of Belgrad's Banjica neighbourhood, and holds about 6,000 people. It was built in 1977 although its stand dates back to the pre-WWII period when it was used for military parades and other state celebrations during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.[1]

Supporters & Rivalries[edit]

Rad's supporters call themselves United Force, a relatively small but very strong and fanatical group. They profess far-right ultra-nationalist views, making them very unpopular with FK Novi Pazar fans, who represent the Muslim minority in Serbia.[2] They also have a rivalry with OFK Beograd with whom they contest the Belgrade derby.

Honours[edit]

Yugoslav Second League

Rad in European competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1989–90 UEFA Cup R1 Greece Olympiacos Piraeus 2–1 0–2 2–3
2011–12 Europa League QR1 San Marino Tre Penne 6–0 3–1 9–1
QR2 Greece Olympiakos Volos 0–1 1–1 1–2

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 February 2015

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 Boris Radunović
4 Serbia DF Nikola Đurić
5 Serbia DF Miloš Obradović
7 Serbia FW Nemanja Mihajlović
8 Serbia MF Miloš Milisavljević
9 Serbia FW Ivan Marković
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Petar Jelić
12 Serbia GK Darko Dejanović (dual with Žarkovo)
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Ognjen Gnjatić
21 Serbia MF Nikola Raspopović (vice-captain)
22 Serbia MF Matija Ljujić
23 Serbia DF Igor Đurić (on loan from Vojvodina)
24 Serbia DF Stefan Vico (dual with Žarkovo)
25 Serbia DF Nikola Maraš
26 Serbia GK Filip Erić
29 Serbia DF Branislav Milošević (captain)
No. Position Player
30 Serbia DF Vladimir Rodić
31 Serbia DF Ivan Kričak
32 Serbia FW Aleksandar Lutovac
33 Serbia MF Bogdan Mladenović
34 Serbia MF Filip Bainović
35 Serbia MF Đorđe Denić
36 Serbia MF Nikola Srećković
37 Serbia MF Aleksandar Simić
38 Serbia FW Pavle Radunović
39 Serbia DF Aleksandar Milanović
55 Serbia DF Aleksandar Trninić
69 Serbia FW Stefan Mihajlović
70 Serbia FW Uroš Nenadović
77 Serbia FW Borko Veselinović
88 Serbia MF Strahinja Karišić
99 Serbia MF Miloš Čudić

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
16 Serbia DF Miroljub Pešić (at Sinđelić Beograd)
No. Position Player
79 Canada GK Jovan Lučić (at Hajduk Beograd)

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

Technical staff[edit]

  • Serbia Milan Milanović – Head Coach
  • Serbia Dragoslav Milenković – Assistant Coach
  • Serbia Slađan Nikolić – Trainer
  • Serbia Božidar Urošević – Goalkeeper Coach
  • Serbia Vladimir Procikijević – Physical Coach
  • Serbia Slobodan Pavlović – Recovery Coach

Notable players[edit]

The club official website considers Duško Ajder and Dragan Kokotović as club´s two major legends. Beside them, important players in different historical periods are considered Miodrag Vranješ, Ratomir Janković and Lazar Slavković.[3]

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

Managers[edit]

Kit manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2010–2012 Patrick None
2012–2013 Joma
2014–present NAAI Rubikon

References[edit]

  1. ^ FK Rad at srpskistadioni.in.rs
  2. ^ http://www.ultras-tifo.net/photo-news/3236-rad-belgrade-novi-pazar-21-02-2015.html
  3. ^ Club legends at FK Rad official website, retrieved 18-9-2013 (Serbian)

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