FK Sutjeska Nikšić

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FK Sutjeska
Club crest
Full name Fudbalski klub Sutjeska (Sutjeska Football Club)
Nickname(s) Plavi (The Blues),
Plavo-bijeli (The Blue-Whites)
Founded 1920
(94 years ago)
Ground City stadium “Kraj Bistrice”
Nikšić, Montenegro
Ground Capacity 5,214[1]
President Đorđije Goranović
Manager Mile Tomić
League Telekom 1. CFL
2013-14 1st (Champions)
Website Club home page
Active sport clubs of Sutjeska
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FK Sutjeska is a football club from Nikšić, Montenegro, currently competing in the Telekom 1. CFL. Its colours are blue and white. FK Sutjeska is a part of the Sutjeska sport society based in the same city. As seen on the logo, the club was established in 1920. Sutjeska won their second Telekom 1. CFL in the 2013-14 season and provided participation in second qualifying round for UEFA Champions League 2014-15.

History[edit]

The first name of the club upon its establishment was SK Obilić, but in 1927 changed its name to SK Hajduk. Later though (before World War II began), the club changed its name to SK Hercegovac. As the Second World War raged in the territories of Yugoslavia, the club's name was changed in 1945 to Sutjeska in honour of Yugoslav communists killed in the Battle of Sutjeska.

Sutjeska made its debut in the Yugoslav First League in the 1964 season. It is one of only two football clubs from Montenegro who competed in the first tier football league of Yugoslavia. As a result, FK Sutjeska gained considerable prestige and international reputation, and therefore remains one of the biggest sporting institutions in Montenegro. It is especially the most recognized sports organization in the city of Nikšić.[2]

Even after the breakup of SFR Yugoslavia, Sutjeska remained at the top football league in subsequent-state FR Yugoslavia. After a great season in 2003, Sutjeska had a notable appearance in European competition in which they eliminated Racing FC Union Luxembourg in the UEFA Intertoto Cup.[3] Following Montenegrin independence, the team made the final of the Montenegrin Cup. The club finished in third place of the T-Com 1. CFL in the 2008-09 season and participated in the qualification rounds for the UEFA Europa League, where they were eliminated by FC Partizan Minsk from Belarus.[4]

On June 1, 2013, after winning against FK Lovćen on the final day of the season, Sutjeska lifted five points clear of challengers FK Budućnost and won the Telekom 1. CFL title for the first time in club history and participated in qualifying for UEFA Champions League 2013-14.[5] In the second qualifying round, against Moldavian champion FC Sheriff, Sutjeska has won a great tie in Tiraspol, but at home not withstand tremendous pressure and was defeated.

In the 2013-14 season, the second time in a row, Sutjeska won title, becoming the first club from the founding of the League where it is managed.

Honours[edit]

Telekom 1. CFL

Youth program[edit]

Mirko Vučinić began his career at Sutjeska.

Sutjeska's youth academy is one of the most famous and recognized in Montenegro along with that of FK Budućnost. The first Sutjeska player to have been selected for the Yugoslav national team was Vojin Lazarević, who would later have a bright career with Red Star Belgrade. Lazarević was capped by the Yugoslav senior side in a friendly match against Romania in 1964 while still playing in Nikšić.[6]

In 1976, a notably talented generation of the youth team became the champions of Yugoslavia; the team included named that would later turn to be successful soccer players like Brajan Nenezić, Mojaš Radonjić, and Pero Giljen. Interestingly, Pero's own son Vladan Giljen became a successful goalkeeper after learning his trade in Sutjeska. Four years after the famed 1976 generation made its first mark in Yugoslav football, Sutjeska won the Yugoslav Cup in 1980 – becoming the only Yugoslav club at the time to have won both trophies.

In 2010, Sutjeska's cadet team (for under-17 players) were champions of Montenegro in the country's U-17 league. During the same year, Sutjeska's U-19 team won the Gallipolli Cup in Italy, which one of the most prestigious international tournaments for players of this age group. The U-19 teams of U.S. Lecce, A.S. Bari, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, and FC Krylia Sovetov Samara all competed for the title which Sutjeska's youth team won.

Most notably, Sutjeska was the club in which the famous Juventus F.C. former striker Mirko Vučinić began his career.[7]

Sutjeska in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Luxembourg Racing FC 3–0 1–1 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Finland Tampere United 0–0 0–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Belarus FC Partizan Minsk 1–1 1–2(aet) 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Moldova FC Sheriff 0–5 1–1 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q Moldova FC Sheriff
Notes
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 1 July 2014
Rank Team Points
366 Hungary MTK Budapest 2.025
367 Azerbaijan AZAL PFK 2.025
368 Hungary Zalaegerszegi TE 2.025
369 Montenegro FK Sutjeska 1.975
370 Armenia FC Shirak 1.975
371 Montenegro FK Mladost Podgorica 1.975
372 Armenia Ulisses FC 1.975

Stadium[edit]

City stadium “Kraj Bistrice” boasts a capacity 5,214 seats. The grass surface is non-artificial and is surrounded by an athletic track. Located around the building is a spacious parking lot. The sports complex adjacent to the stadium is a modern training field with synthetic surface and a mini auditorium space.

The Dukes (fans)[edit]

The Dukes (Vojvode) is popular name for the most ardent Sutjeska fans. They have been established as an NGO in 1988 in Nikšić and today constitute one of the most numerous group of supporters in Montenegro. Their place is in the eastern stand, and is traditionally followed by all the matches of all sports that compete under the “Sutjeska” name, both home and away matches. The biggest Sutjeska rival is FK Budućnost Podgorica, as the "Barbarians" (Varvari) are considered to be their biggest competition.

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 July 2014

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

No. Position Player
3 Montenegro DF Dejan Ognjanović
4 Serbia MF Stefan Stefanović
9 Montenegro FW Igor Poček
10 Montenegro MF Vladimir Jovović
11 Montenegro DF Milorad Krivokapić
14 Montenegro MF Jovan Nikolić (vice-captain)
15 Montenegro DF Nikola Stijepović
18 Montenegro FW Goran Vujović
20 Montenegro MF Petar Čolaković
22 Montenegro MF Andrija Pejović
No. Position Player
23 Montenegro GK Marko Radović
24 Montenegro DF Igor Ćuković
30 Montenegro FW Vladan Karadžić
31 Montenegro GK Boris Bulajić (on loan to Polet Stars)
32 Montenegro GK Ivan Janjušević (captain)
99 Japan FW Masato Fukui
Montenegro DF Vlado Jeknić
Serbia DF Slavko Lukić
Montenegro MF Blažo Igumanović
Serbia MF Stevan Kovačević

Technical staff[edit]

Current technical staff

Club management[edit]

Current management

Notable coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Upravni Odbor Sutjeska. "Stadion". 
  2. ^ Sutjeska from Niksic - Loved by the city - Vijesti Arhiva (2004) (In Serbian)
  3. ^ Annabet - Sutjeska - Racing FC Union Luxembourg 3:0
  4. ^ MTZ-Ripo Minsk - Sutjeska 2:1 (uefa.com)
  5. ^ [1] UEFA: Sutjeska hold nerve to lift first Montenegrin crown - June 1, 2013
  6. ^ Никшић Град и људи - Трагом старих фотографијa 1944-1970. Page 116. By Maksim Vujacic. 1996
  7. ^ Sutjeska colts racing like thoroughbreds - May 6, 2009 UEFA.com

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