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Slavija Sarajevo
Full name Fudbalski klub Slavija Sarajevo
Founded 1908; 106 years ago (1908)

Gradski SRC Slavija Stadium,

Lukavica, Istočno Sarajevo
Ground Capacity 6,000
President Slobodan Ujić
Head coach Dragan Radovic
League Premijer liga
2013-14 Premijer Liga BiH, 11th

Fudbalski klub Slavija Sarajevo (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Славија Сарајево), commonly known as Slavija Sarajevo or simply Slavija, is a football club from Istočno Sarajevo, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Slavija Sarajevo is a member of the Football Association of Republika Srpska and it is active in the Premijer liga of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The club's home stadium is Gradski SRC Slavija Stadium.

Dominantly the club of Serbs, Slavija was by far the most successful club from Bosnia during the interbellum, having played 11 top league seasons (out of possible 16) in the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and Kingdom of Yugoslavia. The only other Bosnia-based club that made it to top national level was Croat-dominated SAŠK (six seasons).


Founded in Sarajevo during 1908 when the city was part of Austria-Hungary, the football club was part of the wider sports society of Sarajevo gymnasium students informally known as Đački sportski klub (ĐSK) or Srednjoškolski sportski klub (SSK). Since cultural and social activities in the city in those days mostly revolved around Hotel Evropa and the gymnasium, the idea of establishing a sporting club was initiated on those premises. Some of the students earlier that year visited Zagreb, where they got introduced to the game of football, bringing back the first ball to Sarajevo. Notable individuals who organized club activities in this early period were students Zdravko Jeftanović (son of the Hotel Evropa owner dr. Dušan Jeftanović), Feodor Lukač, Emil Najšul, Sveto Gerovac, Stevo Jokanović, etc.[1] Their early activities were very sporadic and basically clandestine as Austro-Hungarian occupational authorities that just annexed Bosnia instituted a ban on any kind of organized gathering.

In early 1909, the football section got its first pairs of boots and started holding regular practices and training sessions at Sarajevo Polje grounds, more precisely the military workout open facility known as Egzercir in the Čengić Vila area. Since the open field didn't have any goalposts, the students had to haul them in on foot from the city for every practice and match. ĐSK/SSK also informally took red and white as club colours after Slavia Prague, the club that served as inspiration for Slavs throughout Austria-Hungary. Harmer, a former striker, came from Vienna to become the team's first manager.[2]


It wasn't until 1911 that ĐSK played its debut match, defeating a selection of Vienna soldiers 4–2.

Throughout 1912, ĐSK played friendlies in parts of Austria-Hungary populated by South Slavs. First such trip outside of Sarajevo was to the city of Split where ĐSK played local side Hajduk. The first match took place on April 7, 191,2 and Hajduk won, 4-1. A day later on April 8, the teams played another match with ĐSK winning this time, 2-1. Curiosity from the Split visit was that posters announcing the two matches around the city billed ĐSK as "Osman" for non-specified reasons. This probably stemmed from the fact that "ĐSK" as club name was informally used even amongst its players so the Split hosts decided to make up a name for their guests' club on the spot. They seemingly found the male Muslim name Osman to be sufficiently funny and decided to print it on the posters as the club's official name.[3]

From the fall of 1912 as the first of eventually two Balkan Wars started raging nearby, just beyond the Austria-Hungary's eastern borders, ĐSK naturally began fostering Pan-Slavic sentiment, and especially the Yugoslav idea (unification of South Slavs), even harder as national and political aspects of club's activities came to the forefront. While the Balkan League member states (Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Montenegro) were getting rid of the last remains of Ottoman influence, Slavs within the borders of Austria-Hungary were restless to make some dents in the armour of their own occupiers - the Austro-Hungarian empire. By mid-1913, the Balkan Wars were over with a resounding victory for Slavs (Serbs and Montenegrins) across the border on the other side of river Drina. This had an enormously encouraging effect on Slavs (especially Serbs) in Bosnia. Austro-Hungarian authorities were not oblivious to such developments and their repression got stepped up even further. All of this led to increased tensions and boiling pot atmosphere in the city of Sarajevo.

During the second part of 1913, an ethnic split occurred within the ĐSK organization as a certain number of members (all of them ethnic Croats) left ĐSK to form Hrvatski sportski klub, which later became SAŠK. However, most others stayed at the club and soon changed the ĐSK's name to Srpski sportski klub (SSK). The freshly renamed entity attempted to make its existence public and official, and to that end enlisted its connections through Dušan Jeftanović, a prominent local industrialist and landowner, and Jovo Šošić. However, Austro-Hungarian authorities wouldn't give an inch—the ban on organized gathering stayed firmly in place. The difficult situation that the club found itself in made its members pull together even harder and by the end of 1913 they built a home ground located at Čurčić Vila in Koševo neighbourhood. However, they wouldn't get to enjoy their new home for long.

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip in June 1914 set off a chain of events such as the Austrian July Ultimatum to Serbia, the subsequent Austro-Hungarian declaration of war on Serbia and the eventual outbreak of World War I. The position of Serbs in Bosnia became increasingly difficult. SSK members were no exception as many of them got arrested or forcibly conscripted to fight in the Austro-Hungarian Army. The newly built ground at Čurčić Vila got ransacked and burned by an angry mob of Croats and Bosniaks.

Football quickly became an afterthought and SSK was completely inactive all throughout World War I. After the end of war and the creation of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, SSK reactivated in 1919.


In 1921 SSK changed its name to SK Slavija. Over the next few years Slavija built a 4,000-capacity stadium in Marijin Dvor area of Sarajevo. In line with its student background the club devoted its potential to developing young players.

Slavija's first appearance in the Kingdom's top football competition took place in 1924. It featured only seven clubs and was played in the cup system. Young Slavija team crashed out at the very first stage, losing the quarterfinal to Belgrade's SK Jugoslavija 2-5.

Next season, 1925, saw Slavija get a quarterfinal bye. However, in semifinal, Jugoslavija was waiting again and Sarajevo club again conceded defeat in Belgrade, although the final score was a little more favourable this time 2-3.

The 1926 season again started with a bye, but semifinal proved to be disastrous as Građanski demolished Slavija 0-7 in Zagreb.

Slavija didn't compete in top competition over the next three seasons.


The 1930 season saw the return to top flight that now featured six clubs and was played in league system. Slavija finished the season in 5th place with 2 wins, 2 draws, and 6 losses, all of which wasn't enough to avoid the drop.

Next chance for top flight football came in 1932/1933 season. By then the competition changed format once more as it was now played in fall-spring league rhythm and expanded to 11 clubs. Slavija finished 9th in the league with 7 wins, 2 draws, and 11 losses, which was just enough to stay afloat.

Football was not played in Kingdom of Yugoslavia during 1933/34 season, so the next opportunity came in 1934/35. The league now featured 10 teams, and Slavija again barely avoided relegation, finishing third from the bottom with 7 wins, 1 draw, and 10 losses.

The 1935/36 season finally provided a much sought breakthrough for Slavija as the club came within a hair of becoming the champion of Yugoslavia. The top league now featured 14 clubs, most ever in its history up to that point. Another change was that the home-and-away cup system was brought back. Led by Milan Rajlić and Slavko Zagorac on the pitch, and Risto Šošić from the bench, Slavija first came up against Cetinje's Crnogorac, beating them 5-4 on aggregate. Next up was Građanski from Skopje in the quarterfinals - after losing the first game 1-2, Slavija recorded a famous 10-1 win in the return leg. This momentum carried into the semifinals against Novi Sad's NAK as Slavija progressed 4-2 on aggregate. That set the stage for the famous two-legged final against the powerhouse BSK team. First leg finished 1-1, but BSK prevailed 0-1 in return.

The competition for the 1936/37 returned to 10 clubs and league system. Encouraged by their previous season's historic runner-up success, Slavija entered the new campaign with high hopes. They were soon dashed, however, as the club recorded 7 wins, 3 draws, and 8 losses, which was enough for a mid-table 5th place finish.

The next season was virtually identical with 7 wins, 4 draws, and 7 losses that again translated to 5th place in the table. A small consolation was that this was the first time season played in the league system that Slavija didn't have more losses than wins.

In 1940, the club participated at the 1940 Mitropa Cup which ended up abandoned due to the beginning of the war. Slavija lost in the quarter-finals to Ferencvaros in a dramatic 11-1 comeback from the Hungarians in Budapest, after losing to Slavija by 3-0 in Sarajevo in the first round.[4] Slavija was led by the notable Hungarian manager Wilmos Wilhelm.[5]

Once again just like in World War I, following the Nazi Germany invasion of Kingdom of Yugoslavia the club was inactive until the end of World War II in the Balkans. After the war, SK Slavija was disbanded without any explanation by the new communist authorities. Its stadium at Marijin Dvor was renamed "Šesti april" and used for home matches of FK Željezničar and newly formed SD Torpedo. The stadium was eventually torn down while its stands and bleachers were given to FK Željezničar for use in their Grbavica ground that was under construction.


In 1993, after the break-up of SFR Yugoslavia and the formation of the Football Association of Republika Srpska, FK Slavija was re-formed. In 1996, because of its pre-war tradition, it was decided that the club would become part of the newly formed First League of Republika Srpska. Slavija finished eighth at the end of the season; however, because of the restructuring of the league system, they would compete in the Second League of Republika Srpska for the following seasons, returning in 2000. In that season, Slavija won the 1999–2000 Second League of RS unbeatable, with 19 wins and 2 draws, and a 73-6 goal difference. Slavija played in the First League of RS until 2004 when they became league champions and earned promotion to the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2004, the club reached the semi-finals of the Bosnian Cup for the third time. Since then, the club has become a regular participant in the Premier League, having in between celebrated its centennial in 2008.[2]

Honours and achievements[edit]

National championships – 0

National Cups - 1

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Andorra Sant Julià 3-2 3-2
2R Romania Oţelul Galaţi 0-0 0-3
2009-10 UEFA Europa League 2Q Denmark Aalborg 3-1 0-0
3Q Slovakia Košice 0-2 1-3

Current squad[edit]

As of June 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nikola Radović
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Goran Popović
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Edin Dudo
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Igor Radovanović
10 Serbia MF Filip Osman
11 Serbia MF Srđan Urošević
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Miloš Kubura
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Saša Radovanović
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Denis Čomor
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Nemanja Pušara
No. Position Player
20 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Vedad Šabanović
22 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Darko Mitrović
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Mladen Lemez
25 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Ljubiša Berjan
TBA Serbia GK Miloš Đurković
TBA Serbia MF Žarko Karamatić
TBA Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nemanja Prodanović
TBA Japan MF Soma Otani
TBA Serbia FW Bojan Zoranović

Notable players[edit]

Although Slavija has always been a club that fostered strong Serbian sentiment, its rosters over the years have also featured some Croats, Bosniaks, Jews, Hungarians, Czechs, Austrians and Germans.

The club almost exclusively relied on its own youth system, which it mostly filled with young players from Sarajevo area, but after it established itself in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia's top league during the 1930s, Serbs from other parts of Bosnia started flocking to Slavija as well.

Slavija's most notable player ever was Slavko Zagorac, a fullback who spent a decade and a half with the club, earning 7 caps for Kingdom of Yugoslavia national football team between 1932 and 1938.

Two other Slavija players were capped for the national team: Milan Rajlić and Florijan Matekalo, who both debuted in 1940 with a single cap each. Petar Manola spent five notable seasons at the club from 1931 until 1936 before transferring to BSK Belgrade.

Then there are Branko Stanković and Predrag Đajić who were promising juniors in Slavija when Nazi Germany invaded and dismembered the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in April 1941. Since the club was disbanded by the time World War II ended, both of them had to find another club. They both landed at newly established Red Star Belgrade where they achieved great careers that led to many appearances for FPR Yugoslavia national football team.

These players played in the club and have played in national teams:[6]

Other players:

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


The organized supporters of the club are known as Sokolovi (The Falcons).


  • Kingdom of Yugoslavia Risto Šošoć (?–1937)[7]
  • Kingdom of Yugoslavia Brana Porobić (1937–1938)[7]
  • Austria Franz Unschuld (1938–1939)[7]
  • Austria Walter Kolitsch (1939–1940)[7]
  • Hungary Vilmos Vilhelm (1940)[8]
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Nedeljko Bugarin
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Slobodan Lubura
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Šumar
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bojan Miličević
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Duško Petrović
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Ranko Mrkajić
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirko Marvan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Srboljub Markušević
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Milomir Odović (June 3, 2005–Aug 20, 2007), (Sept 21, 2009–May 4, 2010)
  • Serbia Dušan Jevrić
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Bjelica (Aug 7, 2010–Sept 12, 2011)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Aleksandar Simić (interim) (Sept 12, 2011–Sept 23, 2011),(Nove 1, 2013-)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Erbez (Sept 23, 2011–Jan 1, 2012)
  • Serbia Milan Gutović (Jan 17, 2012–March 20, 2012)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Vlado Čapljić (March 20, 2012 – November 29, 2012)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Milomir Šešlija (January 5, 2013 – July 6, 2013)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Radović (July 7, 2013 – October 31, 2013)


  1. ^ Burni vek u dnevniku jednog lekara;Vreme, 27 December 2012
  2. ^ a b History at official website (Serbian)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ 1940 Mitropa Cup at IFFHS
  5. ^ Match report at IFFHS
  6. ^ FK Slavija at National-Football-Teams Coaching history Milomir Šešlija Zoran Erbez Milan Gutović Dušan Jevrić Milomir Odović Dragan Bjelica Dragan Radović
  7. ^ a b c d Fudbal u Kraljevini Jugoslaviji, Milorad Sijić, pag. 160
  8. ^ Match report at

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