FK Ribnica

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Away colours
Full name Fudbalski klub Ribnica
Nickname(s) Konik City Lions
Founded 1974
Ground Stadion na Koniku,
Podgorica, Montenegro
Ground Capacity 750
Manager Montenegro Zoran Radunovic
League

Montenegrin Third League

(Central region)

Fudbalski klub Ribnica (English: Football Club Ribnica Konik) is a football club from Konik, a suburb of Podgorica, Montenegro.

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Montenegro GK Boris Vojinović
Montenegro DF Drago Krstović
Montenegro DF Fedja Popović
Montenegro DF Nedzad Turković
No. Position Player
Montenegro DF Miloš Stankov
Montenegro MF Aco Bojić
Montenegro MF Elvis Skrijelj
Montenegro FW Boro Zekić

Youth squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Montenegro GK Miodrag Pajović
Montenegro DF Samir Brkić
Montenegro DF Goran Bratić
Montenegro DF Anes Pašić
Montenegro DF Dušan Radojčić
No. Position Player
Montenegro MF Igor Radosavljević
Montenegro MF Nebojsa Veselinović
Montenegro MF Rajko Ilić
Montenegro MF Gordan Knezević
Montenegro MF Miodrag Zavišić
Montenegro FW Vladimir Jovanović
Montenegro FW Edin Nikić

History[edit]

FK Ribnica was founded in 1974, as the club of Konik, the biggest suburb of Podgorica (it has about 34,000 inhabitants). There were several sports teams by the same name, but they no longer exist. The most successful was judo-club Ribnica, which has one trophy of SFR Yugoslavia championship.

The club is named after the old name of Podgorica city and Ribnica river, which flows through the Konik and Podgorica center.

The biggest success of FK Ribnica happened at the start of the 1990s, when the club was competing in Third league of SFR Yugoslavia.

In the 1970s, Ribnica played in Podgorica league (5th league in SFR Yugoslavia). In the 1980s and 1990s, the club was one of the most successful participants in Montenegrin league (4th league in SFR Yugoslavia), with one season in Third league of SFR Yugoslavia. Now, Ribnica plays in Montenegrin Third League - Central Region, battling for the promotion to Montenegrin Second League.

In the 1990s, among Ribnica players were famous Montenegrin goalkeepers Poleksić and Kljajević, and players like Rizvanaj, Ivanović, Rovčanin, etc. But the absolute legend of Ribnica is Ivan Čarapić, today a first team player in FK Budućnost, the best team in Montenegro. Another great player from the late 80's was Esko Dervisević, he was the heart of the defense. He was a tough player most of the time keeping Ribnica in many close games with his strong defense. One of the greatest managers of FC Ribnica was Brano Milačić, who is currently the manager of FK Budućnost.

Ribnica is winner of Montenegro Central region Cup 2006. (having beaten FK Iskra in the finals), and a frequent competitor for the Montenegro Cup.

Ribnica's colors are blue and white, and club’s official sponsor is Caffe bar Ribnica.

League results (last 10 seasons)[edit]

Season League Position
1998/99. Third league 12
1999/00. Third league 9
2000/01. Third league 3
2001/02. Third league 14
2002/03. Third league 9
2003/04. Third league 14
2004/05. Fourth league 3
2005/06. Fourth league 2
2006/07. Third league 3
2007/08. Third league 1

Recent seasons[edit]

2002-03

Further information: FK Ribnica season 2002-03

2003-04

Further information: FK Ribnica season 2003-04

After more than 20 years, at the end of the season, Ribnica was relegated from the Third league (then, 'Montenegrin' league). At the start of the season, main ambition of FK Ribnica was place in the middle of Third league's table at the finish of seasons. But, after first half of championship, it was clear that the club from Konik will be relegated in the Fourth league after the end of season... It was the worst Ribnica's result in the last 20 years. At 29 May 2004, Ribnica lose against Berane - 11:1, which is biggest defeat in the club history.

2004-05

The worst season in last 20 years. For the first time in that period, Ribnica played in the Fourth league, and in the competition with six teams, finished at the third place. Winner of League was local rival FK Grafičar, which eliminated Ribnica from the Central Region Cup, too.

2005-06

First half of Fourth league season, Ribnica finished at the first place. At the winters' break, FK Budućnost made an agreement with Ribnica, which is used to be 'B' team of Budućnost. With young players from Budućnost, at the second half of season, Ribnica lose their matches against FK Drezga, FK Zabjelo and FK Gorštak and finished 2005-06 season on the second place. During the season, fans gone to boycott Ribnica because the agreement with another club.

In the Central Region Cup, Ribnica was defeated at the Second leg, against FK Zabjelo away.

2006-07

Home shirt 2006/07

First season in independent Montenegro, Ribnica played in the Third league, the lowest football competition. Ambition of club was promotion in Second league, and after the end of agreement with FK Budućnost, fans made their come-back to the terraces. After very successful start, Ribnica lose derby with FK Iskra Danilovgrad and after that 'lions' played few draws. In the second half of season, when Bogdan Čarapić replaces previous coach Nebojša Petrović, Ribnica started with few wins, but after defeat against FK Drezga, Ribnica gone from second to third position. At the finish of championship, Ribnica lose home-ground match against FK Blue Star and that was the end of hopes about the Second league promotion. Ribnica finished at the third place.

Third league - 'central' 2006/07 table: Iskra 46, Drezga 45, Ribnica 42, Sutjeska 'B' 40, Kom 'B' 27, Blue Star 23, Gorštak 10, Grafičar 0.

In the October 2007, Ribnica won the Central Region Cup. In the final match, Ribnica played against FK Iskra - 2:0. That win promoted Ribnica in the Montenegrin Cup. At the start of that competition (1/16 finals) Ribnica lose match against Mladost (0:1), and after that match few fans attacked main referee.

2007-08

Further information: FK Ribnica season 2007-08

In the summer from Ribnica goes few talented players. Most of them gone to FK Gusinje, and KS Veleçiku Koplik, Albania. At the August 2007, Ribnica played two friendly matches against First league members. At the first match, Ribnica lose against FK Zeta - 1:5, and at the second, Ribnica played against FK Dečić - 1:2.

Ribnica started season in the Central Region Cup. In the quarter-finals, 'lions' played against FK Blue Star and won - 3:0. On 3 September, Ribnica played first match in new Third League season. In the First leg, Ribnica was better than FK Grafičar - 2:0. In the final of Central Region Cup, Ribnica lose against FK Mladost, and after that, in first leg of Montenegrin Cup, Ribnica lose match against OFK Bar on penalties.

In the league, Ribnica won first place, after the dramatic battle with FK Blue Star. In June 2008. club played in playoffs for promotion in Second league, which is greatest success in the newest club history.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Stadion na Koniku

FK Ribnica plays its home games at Stadion na Koniku, in Konik, Podgorica. Stadion na Koniku with 750 seats, which is also home of few tournaments of first-teams and youths. It is planned that on that place will be built new stadium with two big stands with 6.000 places

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