FK Radnički Beograd

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FK Radnički Beograd
FK Radnički Jugopetrol.png
Full name Fudbalski Klub Radnički Beograd
Nickname(s) Majstori
Founded 1920; 94 years ago (1920)
Ground Sports complex Radnički Belgrade,
Novi Beograd
Ground Capacity 5,000
League Belgrade Zone League
2009-10 Serbian League Belgrade,

FK Radnički Beograd (Serbian Cyrillic: ФК Раднички Беогpaд) is a football club from Novi Beograd, Serbia.

The club was until recently know by its sponsor name of FK Radnički Jugopetrol, and is also often named as FK Radnički Novi Beograd, although the club is officially named simply as Beograd because it was initially formed in Belgrade proper, and only later moved to Novi Beograd (New Belgrade) area.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Inspired by the matches between the existing clubs in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia the students of Belgrade's construction-craft school held the constituent assembly in their school on April 20, 1920 and formed a football club named BSK Radnički. Among the 29 founding members, Ilija Krstić was elected the first club President. After collecting enough money to buy their first ball, a rarity in those days, the next main problem was to find a proper pitch to play on. Some members lobbied for the club to play at the ground of another Belgrade club, Srpski Mač, while others wanted to play in the area named Bara Venecija at a ground that FK Železničar Beograd still uses today. The decision was made that Radnički's first pitch was going to be in Bara Venecija, a Belgrade urban neighbourhood located on the right bank of the Sava river.[1]

Unfortunately, there is no record of the first matches played during 1920; the first match covered by the newspapers was against Brđanin from Senjak during the autumn of 1921 which Radnički lost by 0-4. On March 22, 1921 the club joined the Belgrade Football Association and started competing in the Second Division group B, finishing in 5th place among six clubs. During the 1922-23 season, playing in the same league and with a mixed squad together with FK Grafičar, they finished 6th out of eight. Radnički's first major success was achieved when they were league champions in the 1924-25 season. They finished the season with 9 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats, and the players in that season were Milan Ristić, Milojević, Sveta Pačić, Janaković, Petrović, Zistahis, Bora Kostić, Slobodan Paunović, Radivoje Srećković, Obojević and Dušan Milosavljević.[2]

The golden era[edit]

However, the greatest moments in club's history came after the Second World War. In 1950 the club won promotion to the Yugoslav Second League and in 1953, after beating another historical club FK Mačva Šabac in the play-offs, the club gained promotion to the Yugoslav First League. In their first top league season, in 1953–54 the club finished in 12th place, among 14, and avoided relegation; in the next season the club did better, finishing 10th. In the 1955–56 Yugoslav First League the club achieved its biggest success by finishing in 3rd place, behind only the Belgrade giants Red Star and Partizan. The team that season was coached by former Partizan coach Illes Spitz and among the best players were Zlatan Ljujić, Blagoje Vidinić, M. Petrović, Radmilo Ristić, Đura Čokić, B. Pavlović, M. Ljubenović, Milorad Diskić, Pflander, Pašković, Zoran Prljinčević, Aleksandar Petaković, Ljuba Ognjanović, Josipović, Jovan Jezerkić, Tihomir Marković and Marcel Žigante.[3]

The next season playing with basically the same team, the club finished 8th but reached the 1957 Yugoslav Cup final. The match was played in Belgrade on May 26 against FK Partizan in the JNA Stadium. At half-time Radnički was winning by 3-0, having scored the goals Belin (own-goal), Petaković and Prljinčević. That final is remembered as one of the craziest ever, because in the second half Partizan turned the match around and in the end won 5-3 with goals from Valok, Mesaroš and Kaloperović. Despite the loss, Radnički made an impact in Yugoslav football at that time. Because they were playing their matches back then at a field on Viline Vode they earned the nickname of "Majstori sa Dunava", in translation: The Danube masters.[4]

In the 1957–58 Yugoslav First League Radnički finished 3rd again, behind Dinamo Zagreb, Partizan and in front of Red Star with equal number of points but better goal difference. In the season 1958–59 they finished 4th, after Red Star, Partizan and Vojvodina. However, these were the last seasons of the golden era of the Danube masters, because afterwords a fall begin, with a 9th place in 1959–60 and a relegation awarding bottom 12th place in the 1960–61 Yugoslav First League.[5]

After playing few seasons in the Yugoslav Second League Radnički menages to return to the Yugoslav First League in 1965, however it finished the 1965–66 Yugoslav First League in a disappointing 15th place out of 16 being relegated again.[6]

Fall[edit]

After the relegation from the top league in 1966 to the Second League, the club suffered further relegation to the Serbian Republic League (third Yugoslav tier) in the next season. For the next decade the club fails to return to higher leagues and in 1975 they are further relegated into the Belgrade zone leagues. It is during this period that the club moves to a new developing area of Belgrade on the left bank of Sava river, named Novi Beograd (New Belgrade).[7]

Recent history[edit]

The club has spent a couple of decades playing in lower leagues, mostly in the Belgrade zone League, and afterwords in the newly formed Serbian Second League (still within the Federation league system). During this period the club has developed their youth program and numerous players that later became professionals begin their playing careers in the club. The rise begins in 1986 when Radnički wins the regional Belgrade Cup, further being confirmed by the promotion in 1991 to the Second League of FR Yugoslavia. In their first season in second national level, they finish top and archive promotion back to the top league, this time to the 1992–93 First League of FR Yugoslavia. The club played four consecutive seasons in top league, having archived the 15th place in 1992–93, the 8th place in 1993–94, the 10th place in 1994–95 and bottom 20th place in 1995–96 which led to subsequent relegation.[8]

The club plays in the Second League all the way until 2004 when the club returns to the top league and plays in the 2004–05 First League of Serbia and Montenegro where despite finishing 12th out of 16, meaning out of relegation zone, the club direction for reasons of financial problems decides to leave top league competition.[9]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes Manager
1992-93 1 15 36 11 7 18 45 62 29 Last 16
1993-94 1B fall 3 (13) 18 7 6 5 32 24 20 Last 16 Promoted to 1A
1A spring 8 18 5 5 8 15 28 19 Relegated to 1B
1994-95 1B fall 3 (13) 18 11 2 5 24 16 24 ? Promoted to 1A
1A spring 10 18 3 3 12 20 39 15 Relegated to 1B
1995-96 1B fall 6 (16) 18 6 4 8 29 32 22 ?
1B spring 10 (20) 18 2 4 12 13 32 17 Relegated to 2
1996-97 2 -East 7 34 ? ? ? ? ? 49 ?
1997-98 2 -East 12 34 ? ? ? ? ? 51
1998-99 2 -East 11 21 8 2 11 34 34 26 Last 32 1
1999-00 2 -North 3 34 19 4 11 64 45 61 Last 32
2000-01 2 -North 3 34 19 7 8 58 25 64 Last 32
2001-02 2 -North 6 34 14 15 5 47 29 57 Last 32
2002-03 2 -North 3 33 18 7 8 63 38 61 Last 16
2003-04 2 -North 1 36 27 5 4 77 25 86 Last 16 Promoted
2004-05 1 12 30 10 5 15 33 38 35 Last 32 Withdraw 2
2005-06 3 - Belgrade 15 38 13 7 18 52 60 46 Last 32
2006-07 3 - Belgrade 8 34 13 10 11 40 37 49 did not qualify
2007-08 3 - Belgrade 8 30 12 6 12 37 37 42 did not qualify
2008-09 3 - Belgrade 16 30 4 7 19 22 43 19 did not qualify Relegated
2009-10 4 - Belgrade 10 34 12 6 16 42 44 42
2010-11 4 - Belgrade 18 34 5 11 18 28 51 26 Relegated

1 Championship abandoned officially on May 14, 1999 due to the NATO attacks on FR Yugoslavia.

2 stayed up but withdrew form top league competition for 2005/06 season due to financial difficulties and thus got relegated to third league

Honours[edit]

Yugoslav Cup:

Current squad[edit]

Notable players[edit]

While playing with Radnički, Zoran Prljinčević became Yugoslav First League topscorer in the 1960-61 season, sharing the title with Todor Veselinović (FK Vojvodina), both with 16 goals.

The following is a list of clubs players with national team appearances:[10]

For the list of clubs present and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Radnički Beograd players.

Stadium[edit]

The main field is located within the Sports complex of Radnički Belgrade which is composed of one main football ground supported by 5 training grounds and a clay pitch.[11] There are projects of expansion currently under way.

Football academy[edit]

The club works with all levels of youth football, starting with under-11 until the under-17. The club has long been dedicated to the work with the young.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Club history at official site (Serbian)
  2. ^ Club history at official site
  3. ^ Club history at official site
  4. ^ Club history at official site
  5. ^ Club history at official site
  6. ^ Club history at official site
  7. ^ Club history at official site (Serbian)
  8. ^ Club history at official site
  9. ^ Club history at official site (Serbian)
  10. ^ FK Radnički Novi Beograd at National-Football-Teams.com
  11. ^ Sports complex at club official site
  12. ^ Football academy at official website

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