FK Smederevo

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Smederevo
FK Smederevo.svg
Full name Fudbalski klub Smederevo
Nickname(s) Oklopnici (The Armors)
Founded 6 May 1924; 90 years ago (1924-05-06)
Ground Smederevo City Stadium
Ground Capacity 17,200
League Serbian League West
2013–14 Serbian First League, 16th (relegated)

Fudbalski klub Smederevo (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Смедерево) is a football club based in the city of Smederevo, Serbia.

History[edit]

Acting on suggestion from chief engineer Ernest Radlinski, the club was first founded on 6 May 1924 by SARTID (Srpsko akcionarsko rudarsko topioničarsko industrijsko društvo) as the iron factory's football team. At the beginning, FK Sartid's roster was mostly filled with second and third tier professional players from Hungary, Austria and Germany and the club failed to make much noise in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia's football scene. Then in 1944, it was essentially disbanded by Yugoslavia's new communist authorities following the end of World War II, along with the entire Sartid factory whose property was nationalized.

Though it's not certain if what followed can be viewed in continuity with FK Sartid, many fans consider it to be a part of club's history, so depending on one's opinion, either a new club appeared or the name was simply changed to FK Metalac in 1944.

The following period was marked by numerous name changes. Two years later in 1946 the name was switched to FK Jedinstvo, and it lasted only three years until 1949 when it was changed to FK Smederevo.

Sartid crest (1992–2004)

In 1958, Smederevo merged with Metalac to form OFK Budućnost, the name that stuck around until 1962 when it was switched back to FK Smederevo. That setup lasted until 1967, when the club became FK Metalurg.

In 1976, the name was switched to FK Smederevo for the third time, lasting until the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992.

All throughout this 48-year period, the club toiled in lower leagues (Serbian regional league, etc.).

FK Sartid was reborn in 1992 when Sartid metallurgical concern took over the club's ownership and sponsorship, and promptly switched to its original name. The renaissance commenced immediately as the club went from Smederevo Zone League to Yugoslav First League in six seasons. The 1998–99 campaign will go down in history as the club's first in top flight. The club's success in this period was tied to their main board president Dušan Matković. In addition to his position at FK Sartid, Matković was also a high-ranking official of Slobodan Milošević's party SPS as well as Minister of Industry in the government of Mirko Marjanović. The allegations that the club was involved in various illegal and irregular activities, and also protected from persecution because of their powerful benefactor, during this period are numerous.

After losing the national cup final to Crvena Zvezda in 2002, the club won the competition against the same opponent in 2003.[1] In the summer of 2004, the club changed its name back to FK Smederevo.[2][3]

The most noted player is former team captain Goran Bogdanović. He retired after the 2003–04 season.[4]

European seasons[edit]

2001–02[edit]

The trio of Nenad Mirosavljević (15 league goals), Vladimir Mudrinić (earned a mid-season move to Zenit Saint Petersburg) and Goran Bogdanović led the way on pitch during 2001–02 campaign that, among other things, will be remembered for the absence of now customary mid-season Sartid coaching changes. Head coach Jovica Škoro confidently guided his team to a 3rd place league finish and a Yugoslav Cup final where they were unlucky to lose to the more experienced Partizan side.

On the European front, Sartid competed in UEFA Intertoto Cup where they recorded a memorable first round win versus Dundee (0–0 away, 5–2 at home before 16,000 fans). Unfortunately, the journey ended in second round versus an experienced TSV 1860 München side featuring veterans Thomas Häßler and Vidar Riseth (1–3 away, 2–3 at home).

2002–03[edit]

The year that started off in high style almost turned sour towards the end with a string of poor results that sent the team spiraling down the table. Management reacted quickly, sacking coach Škoro in April,[5] and bringing in Milenko Kiković for his second stint with the club.[6] The move paid immediate dividends and relegation was avoided comfortably. And if that wasn't enough cause for celebration, Sartid managed to beat Crvena Zvezda 1–0 in Serbia and Montenegro Cup final at Partizan Stadium, achieving the club's greatest success in history.[7]

Similarly to Sartid's domestic campaign, the year in Europe started off glowingly. They quickly disposed of Welsh side Bangor City to reach the UEFA Cup first round where Ipswich Town was waiting. The hopes were further raised following a favourable away result 1–1, meaning they just needed to keep a clean sheet at home to progress.[8] However, the combination of Marcus Bent converting an early 9th minute penalty and Sartid failing to score for the remainder of the match spelled painful elimination.[9]

2003–04[edit]

The 2003–04 campaign was another fairly stable season in top league result wise. Though as usual not on the coaching front. New head coach Ratko Dostanić, brought in before the season, started off tremendously. In UEFA Cup, he led the squad to a memorable win in a tie against Sarajevo. With Dostanić firmly in charge, Sartid's form continued in the domestic league, too. At the midway point of the season Sartid was sitting in third place, just behind Belgrade powerhouses Crvena Zvezda and Partizan. During the winter break, Dostanić wanted the team captain Goran Bogdanović promoted to the role of technical director, but new club president Thomas Kelly would have none of it so Dostanić decided to leave.[10][11] In January 2004, Zvonko Varga was appointed as a new coach,[12] but he left the club after only few matches. Afterwards, old face Milenko Kiković was brought back to coach and he managed to complete a successful season for the club.

2004–05[edit]

The following 2004–05 season was not nearly as happy. It started off alright with demolition of lowly Andorran side Sant Julià in Intertoto Cup first round, but the painful next round exit at the hands of Dinamo Minsk turned out to be ominous. All throughout the domestic campaign Smederevo battled relegation threat. During the winter break coach Kiković resigned leaving the team in 10th place with 17 points. New head coach Tomislav Sivić managed to narrowly keep the club in top flight.

2005–06[edit]

The 2005–06 season has been another difficult one for the club. The embarrassing Intertoto Cup first round exit to Prilep's Pobeda was a sign of things to come. After managing only 13 points from 11 league matches, head coach Tomislav Sivić resigned on 1 November 2005 in the wake of the team's third straight league loss. Following a period under a caretaker, club appointed Spaniard Jaime Bauzá on 28 November 2005. Though the team's overall play somewhat improved, it was enough to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

UEFA competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Opposition Score
2001–02 Intertoto Cup First round Scotland Dundee 0–0 (A), 5–2 (H)
Second round Germany 1860 München 1–3 (A), 2–3 (H)
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Wales Bangor City 0–1 (A), 2–0 (H)
First round England Ipswich Town 1–1 (A), 0–1 (H)
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 1–1 (A), 3–0 (H)
First round Czech Republic Slavia Praha 1–2 (H), 1–2 (A)
2004–05 Intertoto Cup First round Andorra Sant Julià 8–0 (A), 3–0 (H)
Second round Belarus Dinamo Minsk 2–1 (A), 1–3 (H)
2005–06 Intertoto Cup First round Republic of Macedonia Pobeda 0–1 (H), 1–2 (A)

Stadium[edit]

FK Smederevo's stadium is one of the most modern stadiums in Serbia. The stadium can hold up to 17,200 spectators. It also has one of the best pitches in the country. It was first built in 1930, but it was greatly expanded into a modern day stadium in 2000.

Supporters[edit]

The supporters of FK Smederevo are known as Despoti (The Despots).

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable players who have represented the club in national and international competitions since the club's foundation in 1924. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 league matches for the club, at least 50 league matches for the club and have at least 1 appearance for their national team, or have at least 5 appearances for their national team.

Player Period Apps Goals International Apps Goals
Saša Antunović 1998–2002
2004
102 21
Goran Bogdanović 2000–2004 105 7
Dragan Ćeran 2005–2011 129 18
Dejan Kekezović 2002–2006 102 3
Mateja Kežman 1998 14 4  Serbia and Montenegro 49 17
Saša Kocić 1995–2001
2002–2006
224 18
Željko Kovačević 2003–2007
2009
104 4
Nenad Mirosavljević 2000–2004
2007
130 63
Nenad Mladenović 2006–2010 92 21  FR Yugoslavia 1 0
Vladimir Mudrinić 2000–2001
2003–2004
2006–2008
148 30
Dejan Ognjanović 2010–2012 45 2  FR Yugoslavia
 Montenegro
2
5
0
0
Marko Pantelić 2003 31 13  Serbia 43 10
Dragan Paunović 2000–2006 114 2
Ivan Radovanović 2007 13 0  Serbia 10 0
Dragan Radosavljević 2000–2006
2007–2008
2013
157 11
Dejan Ranković 2000–2001
2002–2012
180 0
Marko Sočanac 2000–2008 166 2
Goran Trobok 2007 14 0  Serbia and Montenegro 10 0
Boris Vasković 2000–2003 92 4  FR Yugoslavia 3 0
Milorad Zečević 2000–2010 240 39
Dragan Žilić 2001–2005 112 0  Serbia and Montenegro 8 0
Dejan Živković 2006–2013 166 16
Saša Zorić 2003–2006 63 7  FR Yugoslavia 2 0

For a list of all Smederevo players with a Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Smederevo players.

Coaching history[edit]

Honours[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro Cup
Second League of FR Yugoslavia

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
20012003 NAAI SARTID
20032004 USS
20052011 Nike
2012 City of Smederevo
20122014 NAAI None

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sartid osvojio Kup Srbije i Crne Gore!" (in Serbian). b92.net. 30 May 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "FK Sartid menja ime u FK Smederevo" (in Serbian). b92.net. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sartid revert to Smederevo". uefa.com. 26 July 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Oproštajna utakmica Gorana Bogdanovića" (in Serbian). b92.net. 30 July 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Škoro quits Sartid". uefa.com. 20 April 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Kikovic glad of second chance". uefa.com. 23 April 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Pantelic strike seals it for Sartid". uefa.com. 30 May 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sartid hold Ipswich". bbc.co.uk. 19 September 2002. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Ipswich overcome Sartid". guardian.co.uk. 3 October 2002. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "B92: Dostanić napustio Sartid" (in Serbian). b92.net. 23 December 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Dostanic quits at Sartid". uefa.com. 24 December 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Varga faces Sartid challenge". uefa.com. 6 January 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 

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