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FK Sarajevo
FK Sarajevo logo.png
Full name Sportsko društvo Fudbalski Klub Sarajevo
Nickname(s) Bordo-Bijeli (The Maroon-Whites)
Founded 24 October 1946; 67 years ago (1946-10-24)
Ground Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium
Ground Capacity 37,500[1]
Owner Vincent Tan
Chairman Edis Kusturica
Manager Dženan Uščuplić
League Premier League
2013–14 Premier League, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Fudbalski klub Sarajevo (English: Sarajevo Football Club) is a Bosnian professional football club based in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is one of the most successful clubs in the country. Founded on 24 October 1946, FK Sarajevo was the most successful club from SR Bosnia in former SFR Yugoslavia, winning two Yugoslav First League titles, being runners-up on two other occasions and finishing 6th in that competition's all-time table.[2] FK Sarajevo was the only major football club founded by the post-war Yugoslav authorities in the city of Sarajevo. The club entered the Yugoslav First League in the 1948–49 season, and eventually competed in all but two seasons in the top-tier.

Today, FK Sarajevo is one of the most prominent members of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where it has won two Bosnian championships, four Bosnian Cups and one Bosnian Supercup. FK Sarajevo is one of the two most popular football clubs in the country, alongside city rivals FK Željezničar, with whom it shares a strong rivalry that manifests itself in the Sarajevo derby.

Since December 2013, FK Sarajevo is owned by Malaysian businessman, investor and Chairman of Berjaya Group, Vincent Tan.



FK Sarajevo was established on 24 October 1946 as the result of a merger between local Sarajevo football clubs Udarnik (Vanguard) and Sloboda (Liberty). The club first appeared on the Yugoslav sports scene in 1946 under the name SD Torpedo that represented an hommage to Torpedo Moscow. The first Chairman of the newly founded club was Safet Džinović, while the positions of vice-chairmen were granted to Vojo Marković and Alojz Stanarević respectively. Furthermore, Josip Bulat was named manager. The newly formed team, which inherited the results and league standings of Udarnik, was joined by selected players from both Udarnik and Sloboda. Namely, Hodžić, Vlajičić, Šarenkapa, Pauković, Fizović, Konjević, Radović, Viđen and Mustagrudić from the former, and Mantula, Glavočević, Tošić, Pecelj, Novo, Strinić, Đ. Lovrić and Alajbegović from the latter. The team played its first match on the 3rd. of November 1946.

Another historical assembly was held on the 5th of October 1947 when it was decided, on the proposal of then editor of the popular daily newspaper Oslobođenje, Mirko Ostojić, that the club name shall be changed to SDM Sarajevo, before it was finally changed to the current name in 1949.

In September 1948 SDM Sarajevo was joined by Yugoslav footballing legend, Miroslav Brozović, who brought in a largely needed level of experience to the new team. The Mostar-native previously wore the black and white jersey of FK Partizan, as well as captaining the Yugoslav national team. Brozović was offered the position of player-manager which he accepted, turning his attentions to promoting the team to the Yugoslav First League.

FK Sarajevo first entered the top-flight Yugoslav First League after eliminating Belgrade club Sloga. They drew the first match 3:3 in Novi Sad, but then won the second match 5:1 in Sarajevo. The team were relegated after their first season in the First League, but were promoted back to the top-tier in 1950. From then on FK Sarajevo played in every season of the First League apart from 1957 to 1958. The club's first taste of European competitions began during the 1960s when it took part in the 1960 Mitropa Cup and the 1961–63 Balkans Cup, while the first serious European competition the club took part in was the 1962–63 Intertoto Cup.

First championship generation[edit]

1966–67 Yugoslav First League table (top 3 only):

Qualification or relegation
1 Sarajevo (C) 30 18 6 6 51 29 +22 42 1967–68 European Cup
2 Dinamo Zagreb 30 15 10 5 42 21 +21 40 1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
3 Partizan 30 14 10 6 52 28 +24 38

A key player for Sarajevo in their early years was legendary striker Asim Ferhatović, nicknamed Hase, who played for the club from 1952 to 1967. In 1963-64, his total of 19 goals made him the top scorer in the First League,[3] while the club finished fourth, finishing runner-up (to Partizan Belgrade)[4] for the first time the following season.

Sarajevo won their first Yugoslav First League title in 1966-67, becoming the first national champions from Bosnia and Herzegovina.[4] Sarajevo started the historic season with Brozović at the helm of the coaching staff. The team had a dream start with back to back wins against FK Sutjeska Nikšić and their city rivals FK Željezničar. This was followed by a draw against the European Cup runners-up, FK Partizan, in which Sarajevo squandered an early lead. With seven points from their first three fixtures, Sarajevo was still not considered a title favorite, but that was to change after Brozović’s boys returned from the Dalmatian coast with a win against Hajduk Split. Four days later Sarajevo beat NK Olimpija 2:1 at a sold out Koševo stadium. Hard earned wins against HNK Rijeka and Red Star Belgrade followed, and by the winter break Sarajevo had won 14 out of their first 20 league fixtures, finishing the year at pole position. The team opened the second part of the season away to Dinamo Zagreb in the last sixteen of the Yugoslav Cup winning 1:0 courtesy of a Boško Antić stunner. In the quarterfinals Sarajevo got the better of FK Napredak, but eventually lost in the Cup final to Hajduk Split, played at the Stari plac stadium on May 24.[5] The team was quickly back to winning ways, defeating Red Star Belgrade at the Marakana 3:1 with two goals by Antić and one by Prodanović. A week later OFK Belgrade was defeated with the same margain, but a shock defeat to FK Vojvodina in Novi Sad brought Dinamo Zagreb on level points with three games to go. FK Vardar was defeated next thanks to a Musemić brace, while Dinamo dropped points in Rijeka. In the last league fixture of the season Sarajevo hosted NK Čelik in front of 30,000 spectators and went on to win 5:2, bringing home the club's first league title. The league triumph qualified Sarajevo to the 1967-68 European Cup, where they played their first tie against Cypriots Olympiakos Nicosia, winning 5:3 on aggregate.[6] In the second round (one round short of the quarter-finals), Sarajevo was knocked out 2:1 on aggregate by eventual champions Manchester United of England, despite hosting a goalless draw in the first leg.[7] The first leg was played before an audience of 40,000 spectators and refereed by the Italian Francesco Francescon. The second leg played at Old Trafford ended in controversy due to the fact that the ball went out of bounds prior to the hosts scoring their second goal. Sarajevo players during this era included Boško Antić, Mirsad Fazlagić, Vahidin Musemić and Boško Prodanović.

1967–68 European Cup Second round:

15 November 1967
Sarajevo Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 0–0 England Manchester United
Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo
Attendance: 37,222
Referee: Francesco Francescon (Italy)
29 November 1967
Manchester United England 2–1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo
Aston Goal 10'
Best Goal 63'
Report Delalić Goal 87'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 62,801
Referee: Roger Mâchin (France)

Manchester United won 2–1 on aggregate.

Second championship generation[edit]

1984–85 Yugoslav First League table (top 3 only):

Qualification or relegation
1 Sarajevo (C) 34 19 10 5 51 30 +21 48 1985–86 European Cup
2 Hajduk Split 34 16 12 6 65 42 +23 44 1985–86 UEFA Cup
3 Partizan 34 14 11 9 46 34 +12 39

FK Sarajevo had a second successful spell in the decade between 1975 and 1985, led by the attacking duo Predrag Pašić - Safet Sušić, which established itself among the most prolific tandems in Yugoslav and Bosnian football history. Predrag Pašić nicknamed "Paja" was a winger or striker and had emerged through the club's youth ranks, eventually going on to play for Sarajevo up until his move to VfB Stuttgart after the title winning season in 1985. On the other hand Sušić nicknamed "Pape" played the positions of playmaker and attacking midfielder, and wore the maroon-white jersey from 1973 to 1982, when he moved to Paris Saint-Germain F.C.. In 1978–79, Sušić scored 15 goals and was named Player of the Season as Sarajevo finished fourth. The following year, Sušić's 17 goals helped retain his Player of the Year title, but he was also joint top scorer in the league.[3] The club came runner-up that season, seven points behind Red Star Belgrade,[8] therefore qualifying for the 1980-81 UEFA Cup. Sarajevo was knocked out in the first round by German powerhouse Hamburger SV, that won 7:5 on aggregate.[9]

Sarajevo returned to the UEFA Cup in 1982–83 (having finished fourth during the 1981–82 Yugoslav First League), beating Bulgaria's Slavia Sofia 6:4 in the first round[10] and Romanian club FC Corvinul Hunedoara 8:4 in the second, thanks to a 4:0 home win in the second leg.[11] In the third round (last 16), Sarajevo lost their first leg 6:1 to Belgian club RSC Anderlecht, and despite winning the second leg 1:0, were eliminated by the eventual champions.[12] Sarajevo also reached the Yugoslav Cup final that season, losing 3:2 to Dinamo Zagreb in Belgrade.[13]

Sarajevo won their second championship title in 1984-85, finishing four points ahead of runners-up Hajduk Split.[14] The new championship season didn't start in spectacular fashion for Sarajevo. A home win against Sutjeska Nikšić was followed by defeats to HNK Rijeka and Macedonian third division side FK Pelister in the Yugoslav Cup.[15] Exiting the Cup in such shocking fashion garnered a positive reaction in the team which manifested in a 3:0 win against a tough Dinamo Vinkovci side. Furthermore, two draws against Sloboda and Željezničar were followed by a win away at Dinamo Zagreb, which pushed the Croatian side to last place in the league standings. Another Croatian side, Hajduk Split, was defeated seven days later at the Koševo stadium courtesy of a late Faruk Hadžibegić winner.[15] Sarajevo then travelled to Belgrade where they were hosted by FK Partizan at the JNA stadium, but were defeated 1:0. A goalless draw against Budućnost followed, after which an amazing seven-game winning streak began with a victory in Kosovo against FK Priština, followed by a victory over NK Osijek on November 4.[15] The aforementioned win brought Sarajevo into pole position in the league standings, which it did not drop until the end of the season. A wonderful win over Radnički Niš at the Čair Stadium courtesy of Musemić and Merdanović braces, and two 1:0 victories over Vojvodina and Velež further enhanced Sarajevo's appetites. Husref Musemić, the architect of the maroon-white's charge to the top of the league table, continued showing off his goalscoring abilities, and along with Dragan Jakovljević and Edin Hadžialagić helped Sarajevo defeat Iskra Bugojno 3:1.[15] A victory over FK Vardar in the last league fixture before the winter break kept Sarajevo on the number one spot through the holidays.

Boško Antić's boys didn't start the second part of the season in a positive note, winning only two points out of their first three fixtures.[15] Luckily for them, their main rival Hajduk Split also started the second part of the season on the wrong foot, winning just one out of their first three matches, which kept Sarajevo above by one point. Antić's team went on to beat Sloboda[disambiguation needed] and draw Dinamo Zagreb and Željezničar, before travelling to Split for the crucial game against Hajduk. A packed Poljud stadium witnessed a 0:0 draw that ensured Sarajevo's one point advantage over the Croatian side. Hajduk went on to drop points away to Velež, while Sarajevo defeated FK Partizan at home with goals by Musemić, Pašić and Janjoš.[15] The team then travelled to Titograd where they drew a goalless match against Budućnost, while Hajduk defeated Iskra Bugojno, cutting the deficit to one point. Team captain Predrag Pašić and tallysman Husref Musemić combined by scoring in the next two, crucial matches against Priština and Osijek, and in doing so ensured a win and draw. Musemić again snatched a brace in the following fixture against Radnički, while Merdanović and Hadžibegić added a goal a piece for a comfortable 4:2 win. The next round saw Hajduk host Rijeka, while Sarajevo travelled to the Karađorđe Stadium in Novi Sad to play Vojvodina. Hajduk secured a comfortable route over the visitors, while Sarajevo had a much more difficult time in Novi Sad. Namely, the hosts broke the deadlock after just two minutes of play. Luckily for the huge number of travelling fans, Boško Antić's men were able to equalize ten minutes from the break through a Jakovljević effort, and to eventually snatch the win seven minutes from time courtesy of a fenomenal volley from the edge of the box by Slaviša Vukićević.[15] The maroon-whites now needed five points from their three last fixtures to clinch the title. A routine 3:0 victory over Iskra was followed by a tough match against Vardar in Skopje that ended in a 2:2 draw, after the hosts went up 2:0 just before half time.[15] It all came down to the final league game against Red Star Belgrade, played at a sold out Koševo stadium, where the maroon-whites need just a point to mathematically clinch the title. Musemić broke the deadlock in the 23. minute and Jakovljević doubled Sarajevo's lead with fifteen minutes to go. The visitors were able to pull one back through Boško Gjurovski in the 85th. minute, but it was too little too late.[14] The celebrations had began, Sarajevo had won its second Yugoslav league title.

The triumph qualified the club for the first round of the 1985–86 European Cup, where they shockingly lost both legs to Finnish side FC Lahti.[16] This result is still considered Sarajevo's worst in major European competitions.

The championship winning generation included the likes of Husref Musemić, Faruk Hadžibegić, Davor Jozić, Dragan Jakovljević, Miloš Đurković, Predrag Pašić, Mirza Kapetanović, Slaviša Vukićević, Zijad Švrakić and Mehmed Janjoš.[17]


The Bosnian War in the early 1990s shut down competitive football in the territory, and as a result FK Sarajevo became a touring club in 1993, under manager Fuad Muzurović, featuring players such as Elvir Baljić, Almir Turković, Senad Repuh and Mirza Varešanović, all future national team players for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many of the club's supporters, including the infamous Horde Zla joined the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and fought in the war. FK Sarajevo played a number of friendly games during this time, such as the now-famous 4:1 victory over the local UN peacekeeping force in 1994, a 1:1 draw against Parma F.C. while on tour in Italy, and a 3:1 victory over the Iranian national team in Teheran.

In 1994-95, the first-ever Bosnia and Herzegovina championship was held. Sarajevo came first in their six-team league in Jablanica, and came runners-up in the final league stage in Zenica, behind local club NK Čelik.[18] Sarajevo again finished as runners-up to Čelik in 1996-97 (by two points),[19] but beat the Zenica-based club in the Cup final and Super Cup.[19] The Cup was retained the following year, and despite finishing third in the league, Sarajevo was runner-up due to play-offs. In 1998-99, Sarajevo came first in the league before winning the play-off final against NK Bosna, but lost 1:0 to the same club in the Cup final.[20]

In 2004, Safet Sušić, who played at FK Sarajevo from 1973 to 1982, was voted Bosnia and Herzegovina's best player of the last 50 years at the UEFA Jubilee Awards.[21] Sarajevo were runners-up in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Premier League in 2006-07, but won their second title the following season, beating Zrinjski Mostar by three points.[22]

Sarajevo have been a regular in Europa League qualification in the 21st century, but are yet to make the group stages. Off the back of their 2006-07 league title, Sarajevo played in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its current format. They beat Maltese champions Marsaxlokk F.C. 6:0 away in their first game, eventually winning 9:1 on aggregate.[23] The second round saw Sarajevo defeat Belgians KRC Genk on away goals due to a 2:1 away win in the first leg,[24] although the club was knocked out in the play-offs for the competition's Group Stage by Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev who won 4:0 on aggregate.[25]

2007–08 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round:

15 August 2007
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–1 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv


Shatskikh Goal 13'
29 August 2007
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine 3–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Bangoura Goal 3'
Milošević Goal 75' (o.g.)
Rebrov Goal 90+2' (pen.)

Dynamo Kyiv won 4–0 on aggregate.

The club made the play-offs round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League and faced CFR Cluj but lost 3–2 on aggregate. Team defeated Spartak Trnava and Helsingborg to get to the play-offs round.

2009–10 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase play-off round:

20 August 2009
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–1 Romania CFR Cluj
Hadžić Goal 77' Report Dani Goal 19'
27 August 2009
CFR Cluj Romania 2–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Koné Goal 40'
Mureşan Goal 69'
Report Avdić Goal 81'

CFR Cluj won 3–2 on aggregate.

Vincent Tan era[edit]

Mr. Vincent Tan is worth an estimated IncreaseUS$1.6 billion (2014)[26]

Vincent Tan, a Malaysian businessman and the owner of the Championship club Cardiff City, bought FK Sarajevo in late 2013 pledging to invest $2 million into the club.[27] Under the deal, Cardiff will cooperate with FK Sarajevo, exchanging players and taking part in a football academy, yet to be established, which Tan has said would lure new talents. Under Mr Tan's management the club brought in quality players with the likes of Miloš Stojčev, Džemal Berberović and Nemanja Bilbija who helped the club win the 2013–14 Bosnian Cup, their first silverware since winning the Premier League in 2006–07.

Prior to the Cup triumph, Robert Jarni was brought in as the new manager of the club in December 2013 by Tan, but was quickly dismissed only 4 months into his tenure (on 7 April 2014, while the team was still in the semi-finals of the Bosnian Cup) due to the team failing to keep its chances of winning the domestic league title alive during later stages of the 2013-14 season.

FK Sarajevo played a friendly match against Tan's Cardiff City FC U21 winning 4–1.Report In 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, FK Sarajevo eliminated FK Haugesund and Atromitos to qualify for the play-off round, where it lost to German side Borussia Mönchengladbach.

2014–15 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase play-off round:

21 August 2014
Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–3 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
Puzigaća Goal 26'
Duljević Goal 59'
Report Hahn Goal 11'
Hrgota Goal 41'73'
28 August 2014
Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany 7–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
Hahn Goal 20'
Xhaka Goal 24'
Hrgota Goal 34'67'82'
Hazard Goal 74' (pen.)90+2'

Borussia Mönchengladbach won 10–2 on aggregate.

On 17 July 2014, Mr Tan presented pledges of assistance of €255,000 each to two hospitals in Doboj and Maglaj during the halftime break of the Europa League qualifying match between FK Sarajevo and Norwegian club FK Haugesund at the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo. The money raised would be used to purchase and donate much-needed medical equipment for the two hospitals.[28][29] In June 2014, Mr Vincent Tan made personal donation of €114,000, while people of Malaysia raised a total of €169,000 toward Bosnia's flood relief fund.[30] In May 2014, the heaviest rains and floods in 120 years hit Bosnia and the surrounding region. The worst effected areas were the towns of Doboj and Maglaj, which were cut off from the rest of the country when floods deluged all major roads. Damage from landslides and floods was estimated to run into hundreds of millions of euros and twenty four people lost their lives. The cost of the disaster, official said, could exceed that of the Bosnian War.

On 5 August 2014 FK Sarajevo signed a cooperation agreement with third-tier Bosnian club NK Bosna, by which Sarajevo will loan its talented youngsters to the Visoko-based side and will have first-buy rights on all NK Bosna players. The agreement was signed by Adis Hajlovac and Mirza Laletović on behalf of Bosna, and Abdulah Ibraković on behalf of Sarajevo.[31]



Current squad[edit]

As of 12 September 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Emir Plakalo
2 Serbia MF Miroljub Kostić
3 Serbia DF Radoš Protić
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Haris Muharemović
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Mario Barić
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Adnan Kovačević
7 Serbia MF Miloš Stojčev
8 Croatia FW Leon Benko
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Ševko Okić
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Faris Handžić
11 Republic of Macedonia FW Krste Velkoski
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Ognjen Todorović
14 Serbia DF Ivan Tatomirović
15 Republic of Macedonia DF Risto Mitrevski
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Marko Mihojević
No. Position Player
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Haris Duljević
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Dario Purić
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Dejan Bandović
20 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nemanja Anđušić
23 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Džemal Berberović
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Almir Aganspahić
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Amer Dupovac (captain)
30 Croatia GK Marko Ivkić
55 Syria DF Ahmad Kalasi
59 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Gojko Cimirot
70 Ivory Coast MF Germain Kouadio
77 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Bojan Puzigaća
80 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Amer Bekić
88 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Samir Radovac
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Nemanja Bilbija

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
- Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Alija Čulov (at Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Bosna Visoko)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Haris Muharemović (at Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Bosna Visoko)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Almin Zukić (at Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Bosna Visoko)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Adin Čiva (at Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Bosna Visoko)
No. Position Player
- Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Meldin Hodžić (at Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Bosna Visoko)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Adnan Hrelja (at Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Mladost Doboj Kakanj)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Alem Plakalo (at Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Bosna Visoko)

European record[edit]


Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 12 4 2 6 19 16 2007–08
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 50 17 11 22 83 101 2014–15
Total 62 21 13 28 102 117

Last updated on 29 August 2014.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.

UEFA Champions League history[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1967–68 European Cup 1. round
Olympiakos Nicosia 2–2; 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2. round (last 16)
Manchester United 0–0; 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1985–86 European Cup 1. round
Kuusysi 1–2; 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1. qualifying
Marsaxlokk 3–1; 6–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2. qualifying
Genk 0–1; 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3. qualifying
Dynamo Kyiv 0–1; 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg

UEFA Cup history[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1. round
Hamburg 2–4; 3–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1982–83 UEFA Cup 1. round
Slavia Sofia 2–2; 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
2. round
Corvinul Hunedoara 4–4; 4–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3. round (last 16)
Anderlecht 1–6; 1–0 Symbol delete vote.svg
1998–99 UEFA Cup Qualifying
Germinal Ekeren 0–0; 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2001–02 UEFA Cup Qualifying
Marítimo 0–1; 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying
Czech Republic
Sigma Olomouc 2–1 (p: 5–3); 1–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
1. round
Beşiktaş 0–5; 2–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Sartid 1–1; 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1. qualifying
Rànger's 3–0; 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
2. qualifying
Rapid București 1–0; 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1. round
Basel 1–2; 0–6 Symbol delete vote.svg

UEFA Europa League history[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Score
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2. qualifying
Spartak Trnava 1–0; 1–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3. qualifying
Helsingborg 2–1 (p: 5–4); 1–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
4. qualifying
Cluj 1–1; 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2. qualifying
Örebro 2–0 0–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
3. qualifying
Czech Republic
Sparta Prague 0–5; 0–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1. qualifying
Hibernians 5–2; 4–4 Symbol keep vote.svg
2. qualifying
Levski Sofia 0–1; 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3. qualifying
Zeta 2–1; 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1. qualifying
San Marino
Libertas 1–0; 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2. qualifying
Kukësi 2–3; 0–0 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 2. qualifying
Haugesund 0–1; 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3. qualifying
Atromitos 1–2; 3–1 (a.e.t.) Symbol keep vote.svg
4. qualifying
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–3; 0–7 Symbol delete vote.svg

Intertoto Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away
1962–63 International Football Cup GS Czechoslovakia Slovan Nitra 3–2 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
GS Switzerland Servette 0–0 2–3
GS France Nîmes Olympique 2–1 1–1
1964–65 International Football Cup GS Czechoslovakia Slovnaft Bratislava 2–2 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
GS Sweden AIK 2–0 0–2
GS France Angers 7–0 0–1

Mitropa Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1960 Mitropa Cup R1 Hungary Budapest 1–2 1–2 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1965 Mitropa Cup R1 Hungary Vasas 1–2 0–2 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1966 Mitropa Cup R1 Austria Wiener Sport-Club 2–1 0–3 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1966–67 Mitropa Cup R2 Italy Cagliari 3–1 1–2 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Hungary Újpest 1–2 1–5 2–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
1973–74 Mitropa Cup GS Hungary Videoton 3–1 1–3 4–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
GS Czech Republic Žilina 0–4 3–3 3–7

Balkans Cup[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away
1961–63 International Football Cup GS Greece Olympiacos 3–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
GS Romania Steagul Roşu Braşov 2–0 1–3
GS Turkey Galatasaray1

1 Galatasaray retired from the competition having played two games against Olympiakos; thus, its record was cancelled.

UEFA team ranking 2014–15[edit]

Rank Team Points
300 FK Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.000



Olympic stadium Asim H. Ferhatović

FK Sarajevo play at the Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, formerly known as the Koševo Stadium.

The stadium was opened in 1947 and named after the Sarajevo neighbourhood of Koševo, where it is located.[32] In 1984, the stadium was reconstructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics, and is therefore often unofficially called The Olympic Stadium.[33]

In 2004 the stadium's official name was changed to Asim H. Ferhatović, in memory of legendary FK Sarajevo striker Asim Ferhatović, who passed away after a sudden heart attack in 1987.

In 1998, three years after the end of the Bosnian War, the stadium was renovated for a third time. Namely, the seating capacity of the stadium was reduced to 37,500 and new seats were added.[34]

The ground has held matches for Sarajevo and their local rival FK Željezničar, including Europa League and Champions League fixtures. Furthermore, the stadium has hosted the national teams of Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on numerous occasions.

The stadium's highest attendance was recorded in a 1981-82 league match between FK Sarajevo and their city rival FK Željezničar. Allegedly, roughly 60.000 people attended the game. The stadium's largest post-war attendance was recorded in 2007-2008 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round match between FK Sarajevo and FC Dynamo Kyiv. Allegedly, about 32.000 people attended the game.


Horde Zla logo

The club's supporters were historically called Pitari while an individual was, and is still, known as a Pitar. The nickname, meaning a consumer of the local Bosnian dish pita, was originally a derogatory label given by fans of working class FK Željezničar that implied the pre-war upper-class background of most FK Sarajevo supporters.

By the early to mid 1980's, the rowdiness of the Pitari during matches of the time provoked large media coverage and accusations of being dangerous. During a big season game against Red Star Belgrade in April 1986 a maroon painted snake, mostly probably a specimen of the venomous Vipera ammodytes, was thrown off the East stand onto the visitors bench. Alarmed by this, the club management headed by then Director Svetozar Vujović opened the North stand of the Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium to the most fanatical of fans.

Soon after, the name Horde Zla, that directly translates to Hordes of Evil, was born. Namely, several prominent members of the Pitari, influenced by the growing Ultras subculture in Europe decided to create a new identity based on a popular Zagor comic book of the same name. Today, Pitari and Horde Zla are interchangeable. By the end of 1987 Horde Zla became one of the fastest growing youth organisations in the city of Sarajevo.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s Horde Zla became infamous for a few of the largest fan riots in Yugoslavia, including the 1991 stabbing of two FK Partizan supporters in front of the JNA Stadium in Belgrade and the 1988 riots in the city of Mostar before a league tie between FK Sarajevo and Velež Mostar, resulting in the stabbing of a local resident and the destruction of large amounts of public and private property. Unlike most other Ultra firms in Yugoslavia that had popularized and marketed the growing nationalist fervor that would later lead to the Yugoslav Wars, Horde Zla considered themselves Yugoslavs and the other firms nationalist orientation was often a trigger for violence.[35] After the Bosnian war Horde Zla took back their place on the North stand of the Asim H. Ferhatović Stadium on the 10th anniversary of the firm's founding in 1997.

Horde Zla again made headlines in October 2009, during the infamous Široki Brijeg Football Riots. The riots resulted in the death of Vedran Puljić, a member of Horde zla and over thirty serious injuries, including four gunshot wounds.[36] In April 2010 Horde zla invaded the pitch after Sarajevo played a 1:1 draw against NK Široki Brijeg, and eventually went on to demolish large portions of the stadium including the VIP box and the benches in clashes with the police and security personal. The incident resulted in over 40 minor and serious injuries.[37] In July 2012, Horde Zla clashed with Levski Sofia supporters in the first leg of a UEFA Europa League match that was held in Sofia, Bulgaria.[38] On the 20th of July 2013 Horde zla clashed with the fans of Albanian club FK Kukësi in Tirana before the start of a Europa League match.[39] On the 25th of September 2013 Horde zla invaded the pitch during a game versus FK Borac, charging on the visiting fans situated on the South stand of the Asim H. Ferhatović stadium. The police were forced to intervene and the fixture was subsequently abandoned.[40]

Horde zla garner very close relations with the supporters of Dynamo Dresden.[41][42]

Sarajevo derby[edit]

FK Sarajevo's rivalry with fellow Sarajevo club FK Željezničar is mainly focused on the strong animosity between the capital's working class and Bourgeoisie, wherein the former traditionally inhabited the more liberal, yet poorer suburban neighbourhoods and mainly supported FK Željezničar, while the latter resided in the traditional and wealthy, mainly Bosniak dominated, old and central parts of the city and represented the main fan-base of FK Sarajevo. Furthermore, since its formation, FK Sarajevo has always been closely tied to the political and financial elites of Bosnia and Herzegovina, both in socialist Yugoslavia and since the country's independence, while FK Željezničar seldom had such influential support and has been considered a club of common folk, even though this notion can be disputed.

Even though the rivalry between the two sides grew large from the very formation of FK Sarajevo,[43] the two teams only met in friendly fixtures for the better part of a decade due to the fact that they competed in different levels of the Yugoslav football league system. The first official league match was held in 1954; FK Sarajevo won 6-1.[44] This is still the biggest victory by any team in the Sarajevo derby. It is important to note that in the past few decades the class divide between clubs has partly eroded and both fan bases gather support from all classes, but the historical differences and animosities are still visible.[44]

As of 6 May 2014, 123 Sarajevo derbies have been played, with 38 wins by either club and 47 draws (152:154).



Club Officials[edit]

Technical Staff[edit]

As of 11 August 2014, the staff includes:[45]

Current staff
  • Manager: Dženan Uščuplić
  • Assistant Manager: Esad Selimović
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Ibro Hodžić
  • Fitness Coach: Almir Seferović
  • Team Manager: Dario Pavlović
  • TMS Manager: Adnan Redžepagić
  • Scout: Ermin Avdić
  • Coordinator of the Medical Team: Dr. Reuf Karabeg
  • Doctor: Dr. Adnan Hadžimuratović
  • Doctor: Dr. Senad Maksić
  • Doctor: Dr. Dževad Vrabac
  • Doctor: Dr. Adnan Zećo
  • Senior Physiotherapist: Ismar Hadžibajrić
  • Physiotherapist: Mirza Marevac
  • Equipment manager: Salem Mršo
  • Equipment manager: Nermin Huskić

Board of Directors[edit]

As of 11 August 2014[45]

Current Members
  • Chairman: Edis Kusturica
  • Vice-Chairman: Feđa Kusturica
  • Vice-Chairman: Elvir Kantardžić
  • Member: Lim Meng Kwong
  • Member: Davud Zahirović
  • Member: Mersad Mahić
  • Member: Hajrudin Kapetanović
  • Member: Elvir Krajina
  • Member: Emir Salihović

Club Management[edit]

As of 11 August 2014[45]

Current staff
  • General Director: Dino Selimović
  • General Secretary: Mirza Hadžić
  • Director of Football: Abdulah Ibraković
  • Treasurer: Džemila Hadžiavdić
  • Marketing Director: Damir Puzić
  • Youth Academy Director: Almir Hurtić
  • Youth Team Coordinator: Memnun Suljagić

Directors of Football[edit]


Below is a list of FK Sarajevo chairmen from 1946 until the present day.

Managerial History[edit]

Below is a list of FK Sarajevo managers from 1946 until the present day.

Name Nationality Years
Josip Bulat Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1946–1947
Slavko Zagorac Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1947–1948
Miroslav Brozović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1948–1956
Aleksandar Tomašević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1957–1958
László Fenyvesi Hungary 1958
Vojin Božović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1958–1959
Miroslav Brozović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1959–1962
Ratomir Čabrić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1962–1963
Aleksandar Atanacković Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1963–1964
Abdulah Gegić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1964–1965
Miroslav Brozović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1965–1967
Franjo Lovrić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1967–1968
Munib Saračević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1968–1969
Miroslav Brozović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1969
Srboljub Markušević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1969–1971
Abdulah Gegić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1971–1972
Srboljub Markušević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1972–1973
Svetozar Vujović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1973-1974
Mirsad Fazlagić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1974–1975
Vukašin Višnjevac Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1975–1977
Fuad Muzurović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1977–1981
Srboljub Markušević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1981–1983
Boško Antić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1983–1986
Denijal Pirić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1986–1988
Džemaludin Mušović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1988–1990
Rajko Rašević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1990–1991
Fuad Muzurović Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1991–1992
Name Nationality Years
Sead Jesenković Bosnia and Herzegovina 1994
Fuad Muzurović Bosnia and Herzegovina 1994–1996
Denijal Pirić Bosnia and Herzegovina 1996
Nermin Hadžiahmetović Bosnia and Herzegovina 1996–1997
Mehmed Janjoš Bosnia and Herzegovina 1997–1998
Nermin Hadžiahmetović Bosnia and Herzegovina 1998–1999
Sead Jesenković Bosnia and Herzegovina 1999–2000
Denijal Pirić Bosnia and Herzegovina 2000–2001
Husref Musemić Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001
Fuad Muzurović Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001–2002
Husref Musemić Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002–2003
Agim Nikolić Bosnia and Herzegovina 2003–2004
Kemal Alispahić Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004
Edin Prljača Bosnia and Herzegovina 2004
Husref Musemić Bosnia and Herzegovina 2005–2008
Šener Bajramović Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008
Husnija Arapović Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008
Mehmed Janjoš Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008–2010
Almir Turković Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010
Mirza Varešanović Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010–2011
Jiří Plíšek Czech Republic 2011
Dragan Jović Bosnia and Herzegovina 2012–2013
Husref Musemić Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013
Robert Jarni Croatia 2013–2014
Ljupko Petrović Serbia 2014
Dženan Uščuplić Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014–present

Notable players[edit]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit Provider Shirt Sponsor
1972 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Šipad
1996–1997 Belgium Patrick Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Tobacco Factory
1997–2001 England Umbro
2002–03 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia NAAI Bosnia and Herzegovina Aura
2003 Italy Lotto
2004–2007 Italy Legea
2008–2010 United States Nike
2011 Italy Legea
2011–2012 Turkey Lescon
2013– Bosnia and Herzegovina HAAD Bosnia and Herzegovina Vakufska Banka

Malaysia Visit Malaysia

Recent finishes and attendance[edit]


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