FK Vojvodina

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Vojvodina Novi Sad
FK Vojvodina's crest
Full name Fudbalski Klub Vojvodina Novi Sad
Nickname(s) Voša
Lale (Tulips)
Stara dama (The Old Lady)
Crveno-beli (The Red & Whites)
Founded 6 March 1914; 100 years ago (1914-03-06)
Ground Karađorđe Stadium, Novi Sad
Ground Capacity 14,458[1]
President Serbia Zoran Šćepanović
Head coach Serbia Zoran Marić
League Serbian SuperLiga
2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga, 4th
Website Club home page
Current season

Fudbalski klub Vojvodina (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Војводина, English: Vojvodina Football Club), commonly known as Vojvodina Novi Sad (Serbian pronunciation: [ʋǒjʋodina nôʋiː sâːd]) or simply Vojvodina, is a professional Serbian football club based in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, the second largest city in Serbia, and one of the most popular clubs in the country.

In its long history, Vojvodina was one of the most successful clubs in the former Yugoslavia, winning two First League titles, in 1966 and 1989, was runners-up in 1957, 1962 and 1975, achieved the 3rd place in 1992 and finished as 5th in the competition's all-time table.[2] Vojvodina was also runners-up of the Yugoslav Cup in 1951. They won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1976, the Mitropa Cup in 1977 and was also runners-up of the Mitropa Cup in 1957 and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1998 . From 1993 to 1997, Vojvodina achieved in the national championship the 3rd place five times in a row and was runners-up of the domestic cup in 1997. They were runners-up of the Serbian SuperLiga in 2009 and achieved the 3rd place in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Vojvodina was also runners-up of the Serbian Cup in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013. The first cup trophy Vojvodina won in 2014.

The club is the major part of the Vojvodina Novi Sad Sports Society and currently the third oldest football club in the Serbian SuperLiga and the most successful football club in Serbia next to the rivals Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

On 6 March 1914, in Sava Šijakov’s weaving mill in the Temerinska Street 12, a group of students of the Serbian Orthodox high school established with the help of intellectuals and craftsman a football club in Novi Sad. The club was founded in secrecy, because the former Austro-Hungarian authorities banned larger organized gatherings of juveniles in the Vojvodina region which was inhabited mostly by Serbs.[3] The club took the name Vojvodina, in order to emphasize the memory of the political-territorial unit of the Serbs in the "Serbian Vojvodina" in which the Serbs, at least on paper, get the same rights as all other citizens in the Habsburg Empire for which they have fought for years. The name Vojvodina means in Serbian a type of duchy, more specifically, a voivodeship. It derives from the word "vojvoda", and means "one who leads warriors" or "war leader".

Among the club founders on that day were the future textile industrialist Milenko Šijakov, the future university professor Vladimir Milićević, the future chemists Milenko Hinić, the future lawyers Radenko Rakić and Kamenko Ćirić, Gojko Tosić, Đorđe Živanov, Branko Gospođinački, the future doctor of law Kosta Hadži and others. The new club played its first match in the village of Kovilj against local club FK Šajkaš. Vojvodina played in bright blue colours and white shorts and won by 5–0. Svetozar Jocković, Jovan Ljubojević, Milorad Milićević, Dusan Kovačev, Jovan Jocković, Ozren Stojanovic, Sava Ignjačev, Gavanski, Predrag Stojanovic Ciga, Živojin Đeremov and Uros Čakovac entered the record books as the first players in the history of Vojvodina. The players were mainly pupils and students, who came from Prague in the summer holidays and played only that one match, because shortly before World War I broke out. The strict hand of the Austro-Hungarian authorities stopped all Serbian organizations in Novi Sad and Vojvodina was the first time in the situation to be shut down.[4]

The Millionaires team (1918–1944)[edit]

Flag of Vojvodina Novi Sad.

After the liberation, Vojvodina resumed the work thanks to the enthusiasm of Serbian students from Prague. The first president of Vojvodina became Milenko Šijakov, son of weaving mill owner Sava Šijak, and the first secretary became Dr. Živko Bajazet, the longtime president of the Serbian merchant bank and member of the Sokol organization. The club financed solely by membership fees and by generous contributions as by Maks Grin, Daka Popović, the Novaković brothers, Ilija Balabušić and the members of Dunđerski family. Part of the Vojvodina players and management who studied in Prague, were also members of football club Slavia Prague. The Czech club supported the Vojvodina members during the difficult times before and during the World War I and contributed in the development of the club. In 1920, was brought from Prague the first set of red and white jerseys. At the club meeting held on 23 July 1922, it was decided that in honour of Slavia Prague the red and white colors adorn the jerseys of Vojvodina. The coat of arms was also partially modeled after Slavia Prague’s coat of arms, where the red star of the Czech team was replaced with the blue star, so that Vojvodina’s coat of arms had all the colors of the Serbian flag. The first coach, technical director and chief organizer оf Vojvodina was the lawyer Dr. Kosta Hadži, one of the main founder of Vojvodina and the Novi Sad Football Subassociation. Under his leadership, Vojvodina won the Novi Sad Subassociation league in 1926, which was the first trophy in its history. Vojvodina played with following players: Mihajlović, Živić, Kričkov, Popović, Vajs, Aleksić, Grgarov, Marjanović, Šević, Petrović, Dudás and Saraz. The club provided the first professional contracts to its players, and also brought professional players from abroad such as Czech Josef Čapek and Hungarians Sándor Dudás and Abraham Saraz.[5] One of the best and most influential Vojvodina players at that time was Dušan Marković, an effective striker who played for Vojvodina from 1921 to 1935. End of the 1930s, Vojvodina brought many good players into the team, which was later known as the Millionaires team and one of the best was Jožef Velker, which became to a crucial player of the club. In 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937–1940, Vojvodina won the Novi Sad Football Subassociation league. Since then, Vojvodina begun having serious pretensions to win the Yugoslav First League. The club failed to immediately make an impact, but during the season 1940/41, Vojvodina fought for the top.[6] The final stage of the championship was interrupted by the beginning of the World War II, and the Axis bombing, mobilization and country's occupation made the continuation of the competition impossible.[7]

The tragedy (1939–1944)[edit]

During the World War II, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia was invaded and partitioned by the Axis powers, and its northern parts, including Novi Sad, were annexed by Hungary. One of the first decisions of the occupiers was the prohibition of Vojvodina and the confiscation of its property. Large parts of the club archives were destroyed by the new authorities, and most of the trophies which were won up to this time were lost. The local population was suppressed and many Serbian, as well as Jewish, Roma and other civilians, were murdered (including women, children and the elderly), perished in concentration camps, like the Šarvar concentration camp, or were expelled, including many Vojvodina members. But many citizens of all ethnicities - mostly Serbs, but also some anti-fascist and pro-Serb local Hungarians, Slovaks and others - joined the resistance and fought together against the fascist occupation, among them, many Vojvodina members. Especially bloody was 1942, when in a single sweep Hungarian troops killed over 4.000 local Serbs, Jews and Roma, mostly during the Novi Sad massacre. During the war, Vojvodina lost almost the entire team, among them: Božidar Petrović, Milan Simin and his brother Pera Simin, Dušana Šućov, Svetozar Džanić, Milan Stoja, Živko Brzak and Radovan Božin. Also many club officials and fans died.[8][9]

Golden generation and the fifth force (1944–1961)[edit]

Surviving club members, players and board members, led by Dr. Kosta Hadži, Đuro Živić, Branko Milovanović and Aleksandar Kanazir, initiated the restoration work of the club in 1944. On 24 July, in 1946, the new communist authorities decided the merger of three clubs from Novi Sad: Vojvodina, Slavija and Radnički under the new name Sloga Novi Sad. This met a lot of resistance among the population and the supporters continued to call the club Vojvodina. The club initially played in the Yugoslav Second League until it reached the promotion to the Yugoslav First League in 1948.

In 1950, after a long resistance by the supporters, the old name Vojvodina was returned. The following year, Vojvodina reached for the first time the Yugoslav Cup final and was the first team in Yugoslavia, which broke the myth of the so-called " Velika četvorka - the big four" (Red Star Belgrade, Partizan Belgrade, Hajduk Split, Dinamo Zagreb). This was the beginning of the so-called golden generation, which was known for its developed technical football. On 11 December, in 1955, Vojvodina played against Hajduk in Split and after an impressive football display from Vojvodina, the thrilled fans of Hajduk took the Vojvodina players on their shoulders and carried them from the field. In the 1950s, Vojvodina finished the seasons regularly in the top half of the table. In 1953, they finished the season as fourth, 1957 as second, 1959 as third and became the fifth force in the Yugoslav football. Also on the international stage Vojvodina had good results, so in 1957, where they reached the Mitropa Cup final,and two years later the semi-finals. During this period, the most influential players were Vujadin Boškov, Todor Veselinović, Zdravko Rajkov, Sima Milovanov, Dobrosav Krstić, Stevan Bena and Aleksandar Ivoš. Striker Todor Veselinović was the top scorer of the Yugoslav league in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1961.[10][11]

Winning of the first championship (1960s)[edit]

In 1962, Vojvodina was runners-up. However, the results deteriorated in the following seasons and Vojvodina even started fighting against relegation. In 1964 everything changed with Vujadin Boškov as the technical director and Branko Stanković as coach. Vujadin Boškov remodeled and modernized the club. The infrastructure was improved and a new sports center was built. It also organized a successful scouting network and the administration, headed by president Arsa Kovačević, was able to provide all necessary conditions for the competition. Coach Branko Stanković changed the style of play and shifted the emphasis on discipline and running. The only player who had a free hand was Silvester Takač, one of the best players of this generation. In 1966, Vojvodina won the Yugoslav first league for the first time with eight points ahead of second placed Dinamo Zagreb. Members of this generation were Silvester Takač, Ilija Pantelić, Žarko Nikolić, Ivica Brzić, Rajko Aleksić, Đorđe Pavlić, Dobrivoje Trivić, Stevan Sekereš, Đorđe Milić and Stevan Nešticki.

In the following season, Vojvodina has continued to be successful also on the international scene. In the first round of the 1966/67 Europa Cup season were defeated Austrian representatives Admira Wien by a goal from Takač. In the second round Vojvodina played against the favored Atlético Madrid. The first leg was played in Novi Sad and Vojvodina won by 3-1, with goals from Takač, Pantelić and Brzić, and for Madrid scored Atlético legend Luis Aragonés. In the second leg, Atlético Madrid beat Vojvodina with 2-0, so it was 3–3 on aggregate. According the rules at that time, a third game had to be played. Hoping to turn it into an advantage, Atlético proposed that the decisive match should be played in Madrid in their home ground, and in compensation they offered substantial financial compensation ($50,000 for the club, plus $1,000 for each player) beside covering the accommodation and return ticket expenses. Aware of the risk, the management of Vojvodina accepted the proposal, a decision which met incomprehension among the fans. However, aware of the risk, the coach Vujadin Boškov decided to take a chance, as believed in his team strength and the possibility of going through. In the third decisive match, Vojvodina won after overtime by a goal from Takač with 3–2. Later, in the following winter transfer window, Vojvodina sold Takač to Stade Rennais, because they needed to increase their finances for the new flood lights; however that turned to be a bad decision, as he turned out to be irreplaceable.[12] In the quarter-finals, Vojvodina played against Celtic and won the first leg in Novi Sad by a goal from Stanić with 1-0, before being knocked out in dramatic circumstances by 2-0, thanks to a last minute goal by Celtic captain Billy McNeill. That season Celtic would win the European Cup, and Celtic players later said that Vojvodina was the best side they had faced that season. In fact, Celtic lost only against Vojvodina. The following season Vojvodina was fourth and qualified for the 1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup season. They beat G.D. Fabril from Portugal, Lokomotive Leipzig and Göztepe S.K. from Turkey, but lost against FC Bologna again in the quarterfinals. On 29 April 1968, Vojvodina players tragically lost their teammate and the fans one of their heroes – Stevan Nešticki died in a car crash in Novi Sad. He was only 28 years old. In his honour, a football tournament and a street in Novi Sad carries his name.[13][14]

The first European trophy (1970s)[edit]

In 1972, Vojvodina Novi Sad achieved 4th place, but in the following seasons, good results were absent. Their fortune changed 1974, when the club legend Todor Veselinovic took the team as the new coach. Already in 1975, Vojvodina battled for their third title. The main rival was Hajduk Split. Vojvodina beat them in both league matches, in Novi Sad by 2:0 and in Split by 4:1, but Hajduk Split won the championship at the end. In 1977, Vojvodina left Fiorentina, Sparta Prague and Vasas Budapest behind and won its first European trophy, the Mitropa Cup. Members of this generation were players like Zvonko Ivezić, Ratko Svilar, Petar Nikezić, Đorđe Vujkov, Slavko Ličinar, Šandor Mokuš and Martin Novoselac. Todor Veselinović was the coach throughout the entire Europan campaign, except the last match which was led by Branko Stanković, who won the first championship with Vojvodina in 1966.[15]

The second title (1980s)[edit]

In 1985, Vojvodina reached the semifinals of the Yugoslav Cup, but lost against Red Star. Unexpectedly, the next 1985/86 season turned out to be the worst in Vojvodina history. They finished as 18th in the league and were relegated to a lower rank of the competition. However, under coach Tonko Vukušić, Vojvodina won in 1987 the Yugoslav Second League and returned to the first league after only a year of absence. For the season 1987/88, Vojvodina’s management, led by Ljubo Španjol, Milorad Kosanović and the new coach Ivica Brzić, succeed to bring together a competitive team. Vojvodina signed a number of talented players like Siniša Mihajlović, Slaviša Jokanović, Budimir Vujačić, Miroslav Tanjga and veteran Miloš Šestić.

In 1989, under the new coach Ljupko Petrović, Vojvodina spent almost the whole championship as league leaders. During the season, Vojvodina won at home against all top four Yugoslav clubs. Partizan Belgrade was defeated by goals by 3–2,[16] Dinamo Zagreb by 4–1,[17] Hajduk Split by 2–0[18] and finally Red Star by 3–1 in front of more than 27,000 spectators.[19] Vojvodina played the decisive game for the championship against Sloboda Tuzla and needed a win to clinch the title ahead of rival Red Star. Vojvodina won in front of 27.000 spectator by goals from Šestić (twice), Vorkapić and Vujačić with 4–2.[20] The final whistle sparked off a huge celebration inside the stadium as well as a massive celebratory pitch invasion.[21] The second championship trophy was finally won with three points ahead, after 23 years of waiting, by the new generation of players, such as Siniša Mihajlović, Miloš Šestić, Slaviša Jokanović, Budimir Vujačić, Ljubomir Vorkapić, Miroslav Tanjga, Goran Kartalija, Dušan Mijić, Svetozar Šapurić, Čedo Maras, Stevan Milovac, Dragan Punišić and Zoran Mijucić. The following season, Vojvodina fell unhappily in the first round of European Cup against Honvéd Budapest, although most of the key players from the previous league-winning season remained. Losing the first leg by 1–0 at Honvéd was extremely disappointing. During the second leg, things went much better as Vojvodina got up 2–0 by goals from Siniša Mihajlović and Miroslav Tanjga, however a late own goal by defender Dragan Gaćeša dashed Vojvodina hopes of progressing further.[22]

The eternal third (1990-1999)[edit]

In 1990, Vojvodina failed to defend the previously acquired title and finished the season as 11th. The disintegration of Yugoslavia, the civil war (1992–1995), the inflation and the UN sanctions have hit the Yugoslav football teams hard. The difficult situation forced Vojvodina to sell its best players and the champions team broke up in the early nineties. However, Vojvodina’s management, led by Milutin Popivoda, succeeded to assemble a new team. The coaches, mainly Milorad Kosanović, made also a great combination of players from Vojvodina’s excellent youth like, Jovo Bosančić, Goran Šaula, Radoslav Samardžić, Goran Ćurko and Srđan Bajčetić, and players from other areas like Aleksandar Kocić, Dejan Govedarica, Goran Jezdimirović, Miodrag Pantelić, Vesko Mihajlović and Zoltan Sabo. From 1992, Vojvodina achieved in the championship always the 3rd place, 6 times in a row, and received the call of the eternal third. In 1995, they finished the first half of the season on the first place. Because of the UN sanctions, in this period Vojvodina, as all the rest of the clubs from FR Yugoslavia, was not allowed to compete in European competitions and the question on how this generation would have played on the international scene was left. However, in 1995, Vojvodina played a friendly match in Amsterdam against Ajax, in the season when they won the UEFA Champions League, where the "old lady" of Serbian football defeated them by 3–2. In 1997, Vojvodina achieved also the cup final, but lost against Red Star. In 1998, Vojvodina started one after another victory in UEFA Intertoto Cup. After eliminating Stabæk (2–0, 2–2), Örebro SK (3–0, 1–0) and Baltika Kaliningrad (3–0, 1–0) in the first three rounds, Vojvodina played the semi final against SC Bastia. In the first leg, held in Bastia, Vojvodina suffered a 2–0 defeat. Although they were not given any chances in the return leg in Novi Sad, Vojvodina pulled off a convincing 4–0 win. The cup final was played against Werder Bremen. The first match in Bremen was lost by 1–0 and the return game ended with 1-1.[23] Vojvodina coach was Tomislav Manojlović and the red-white jersey was worn by players like Nikola Lazetić, Zdravko Drinčić, Vidak Bratić, Jovan Tanasijević, Vladimir Mudrinić, Zoran Janković, Dragan Žilić, Mićo Vranješ, Saša Cilinšek, Vladimir Matijašević and Leo Lerinc.[24]

Crisis (2001–2006)[edit]

Vojvodina's team of the decade 2000-2010, elected by the fans.[25]

In the 2000/01 season, Vojvodina fought unexpectedly for competitive survival in the elite and the club ran into financial problems. The departure of the club director Svetozar Šapurić opened the descent and Vojvodina entered in a several years long crisis. In a short period of time, numerous managers and coaches were changed regularly and the situation deteriorated more and more. This was a period of mediocre results and the circle of selling the best players to richer European clubs after just a couple of seasons of first-team football and replacing them with fresh young talents. Despite that, at that period, a large number of class players worn the jersey of Vojvodina like Miloš Krasić, Milan Jovanović, Milan Stepanov, Ranko Despotović, Vlada Avramov, Bojan Neziri, Vidak Bratić, Jovan Tanasijević, Radoslav Batak, Milan Vještica, Milan Belić and Miodrag Stošić. In 2005, as a final act of desperation, the organised supporters, the Firmaši and Vojvodina’s oldest supporters, called the Stara Garda (English: Old Guard), gathered and took over the assembly of the club to make the public aware on their dissatisfaction and the bad situation in the club. In the same year, the newly arrived club president Ratko Butorović announced a better future for club. The squad was improved and in fact followed the stabilization and the rise of the club, both financial and in terms of results. Also, the management announced large reconstructions of the stadium and training facility, which were realized in the following years.[26][27]

Ratko Butorović era (2006–13)[edit]

In 2007, Vojvodina was third in the Serbian SuperLiga and reached also the Serbian Cup final against Red Star, but failing to take home the trophy. The following season they started with the 2007/08 UEFA Cup qualifiers. After eliminating Hibernians F.C. (5-1, 2-0) in the first round, they played the second round against the favored Atlético Madrid, more than 40 years after the legendary triple matches in the 1966/67 Europa Cup season. In the first leg, held in Madrid, Vojvodina was defeated by goals from Maxi Rodríguez, Diego Forlán and Sergio Agüero in front of 42,000 spectators with 3–0.[28] In the return leg in Novi Sad, Vojvodina lost again by 1-2. In 2008, Vojvodina was again third in the Serbian SuperLiga and in 2009, Vojvodina was runners-up, which was a huge step for Vojvodina as the club managed to finish second in the league, behind Partizan but in front of Red Star. This was the first time that an other team than this two big Belgrade clubs finished in the top two since many years. In 2010, Vojvodina was fourth and qualified so again for the UEFA Europe League. Vojvodina was also one of the cup finalists. Previously Partizan was defeated by 3-1, but lost the final again against Red Star. In 2011, Vojvodina was third and was again one of the cup finalists, this time against Partizan, and the game was marred with controversy, culminating with Vojvodina players walked off the pitch in the 83rd minute of the game to protest, after several controversial decisions by the referee, with score standing at 1-2 in favour of Partizan. Initially, Partizan was declared winners and awarded the trophy but later this decision was revised pending an ongoing investigation by the Serbian FA. On 16 May 2011 the match was officially registered as a Vojvodina forfeit (0:3 Partizan victory).[29] In the following season Vojvodina reinforced its team by numerous acquisitions and the expectations were high. In the 2011–12 Serbian SuperLiga season, followed a further third placement and a semifinal of the Serbian cup. Vojvodina defeated in the recent years,home and away, several times the two big clubs from Belgrade, Red Star and Partizan. Due to the constant successes of the last years, Vojvodina became the third absolute power in the Serbian football. Also, a large number of quality players wore the Vojvodina jersey in this period.[30]

Many players contributed to these successes, some of them are Gojko Kačar, Dušan Tadić, Dragan Mrđa, Marcelo Pletsch, Aboubakar Oumarou, Ranko Despotović, Željko Brkić, Daniel Mojsov, Slobodan Medojević, Miroslav Stevanović, Vlatko Grozdanoski, Giorgi Merebashvili, Miroslav Vulićević, Brana Ilić, Branislav Trajković, Vuk Mitošević, Damir Kahriman, Janko Tumbasević, Darko Lovrić, Savo Pavićević, Joseph Kizito, Danijel Aleksić, Mario Gjurovski, Aleksandar Katai, Nino Pekarić, Vladimir Buač, Nikola Petković and Stephen Appiah.

Club colours and crest[edit]

Vojvodina played its first match in bright blue colours and white shorts. Some of the first Vojvodina players and management studied in Prague and were also members of football club Slavia Prague. The Czech club supported the Vojvodina members during the difficult times before and during the World War I and contributed in the development of the club. In 1920, was brought from Prague the first set of red and white jerseys. At the club meeting held on 23 July 1922, it was decided that in honour of Slavia Prague the red and white colors adorn the jerseys of Vojvodina. The coat of arms was also partially modeled after Slavia Prague’s coat of arms, where the red star of the Czech club was replaced with the blue star, so that Vojvodina’s coat of arms had all the colors of the Serbian flag.[31]

Stadium and training facility[edit]

Main article: Karađorđe Stadium

The home field of Vojvodina is the Karađorđe Stadium. It is named after Karađorđe, the leader of the First Serbian uprising against the Ottoman occupation. Formerly, it was known as the City Stadium or Vojvodina Stadium, but it was renamed on request of the Vojvodina fans in 2007 to Karađorđe Stadium. However, it was in fact the older and original name of the stadium that was used from its foundation until the end of the World War II. With a total capacity of about 20 000, of which 14 458 seats,[32] it is one of the largest football stadiums in Serbia. The stadium has a new athletic track, and it is equipped with new Philips LED lights and 1700 lux strong floodlights. The stadium features a VIP sector with 150 seats, VIP caffe-restaurant, press center, and 14 fully equipped broadcast cabins. It is also the home ground for the Serbian U-21 football team.[33]

Future development[edit]

In 2012, the Executive Board announced further reconstructions of Karadjordje Stadium. These will include a new South stand, the reconstruction of Eastern and Southwest stands, and the covering of the whole stadium. The reconstruction will increase the stadium's capacity approximately to 19,500 seats.

Main article: FC Vujadin Boškov

The FC Vujadin Boškov is the club's training facility and youth academy base. The sports complex is located in Veternik, Novi Sad and was named after football legend Vujadin Boškov. The center spread on 85,000 m2 of sports failties and 2,000 m2 of enclosed space. It has 6 courts, one of them is with artificial grass and two courts are surrounded by bleachers. It has 8 double rooms and 2 luxury suites, and each unit have most modern equipment. A kitchen supplies the senior team and all the younger categories. The sports complex has also a changing room, gym, medical center, laundry facilities and in the main building houses two press centers. Recreational facility and amusement at both facilities include TV, billiards, table football, computers, air conditioners and other modern equipment. The entire complex is managed by a team of highly qualified personnel. A special service for the 24-hour security of the sports facility is also available. The sport complex is today among the highest value in Southeast Europe.[34]

Youth academy[edit]

Miloš Krasić, former youth player of Vojvodina.

Famous for its excellent football youth work, its good scout network, the modern club's training ground and the youth academy base FC Vujadin Boškov, which is well equipped and one of the most prestigious in the Southeast Europe, Vojvodina has developed renowned professional footballers such as Miloš Krasić, Gojko Kačar, Milan Stepanov, Srđan Bajčetić (retired), Dušan Tadić, Željko Brkić, Danijel Aleksić, Slobodan Medojević, Aleksandar Katai, Goran Šaula, Jovo Bosančić, Damir Stojak, Miroslav Stevanović, among others. In 2008 and 2009, Vojvodina organized together with the A.C. Milan a training camp at the FC Vujadin Boškov. The Vojvodina junior players were trained there by Milan training techniques and methods. In 2012, Vojvodina's team, led by coach Milan Kosanović, won the Serbian youth championship.

Supporters[edit]

The Firmaši during the UEFA Europa League away match against Rapid Wien in 2012.

One of the first organized supports of Vojvodina fans was recorded in 1931, at the away game against Mačva Šabac. Already in 1937, the first organized supporters club was established, probably the first organized supporter group in the former Yugoslavia.[35] Although the club had numerous supporters throughout the history, more organized groups emerged end of the 70’s and beginning of the 80’s. In 1989, for the first time starts the idea of uniting of all the smaller supporter groups. This idea is realized and the group was named Red Firm. A few days later, several youngsters established the group Firma (English: The Firm) as one of the subgroups, because they wanted a Serbian name for their group. The disintegration of Yugoslavia and its follows led to stagnation in all Yugoslavian supporter groups so that in 1992, the Red Firm fell apart and the Firma took over the leadership of the organized supports. The members of Firma call themselves Firmaši (English:Members of the Firma), the plural of the singular form Firmaš, and belongs today to the top supporter groups in Serbia.[36] They are more known as ultras, not hooligans. However, they always protected the name and honour of FK Vojvodina, Novi Sad and Serbia, putting themselves against all who were not doing enough for the club.[37] The Firmaši gather in the north stand of the Karađorđe Stadium, from where they fiercely support their club. Besides football, they also support other sport sections of the Vojvodina Novi Sad Sport Association. The club also has a group of their oldest supporters, called the Stara Garda (English: Old Guard) and who are for more than 40 years in the east stand of the stadium.[38]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

National Championships - 2

National Cups - 1

International[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Serbian SuperLiga Footballer of the Year

Serbian SuperLiga Young Footballer of the Year

Club records[edit]

Radomir Krstić is Vojvodinas's record-holder by number of appearances (613 matches). The goal-scoring record-holder is striker Todor Veselinović, with 586 goals (of it 130 goals in the Yugoslav championship). He was also the top scorer of the Yugoslav league in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1961. In addition, Vojvodina had two more top scorers in its history.[40] In 1993, Vesko Mihajlović with 22 goals and in 2010, Dragan Mrdja also with 22 goals. The first player of Vojvodina, who wore the representative jersey of Yugoslavia was Abraham Saraz Eugen in 1922, where he scored two goals in the match against Czechoslovakia.[41] Since then, numerous Vojvodina football players were in the Yugoslav national team and Todor Veselinović, Vujadin Boškov, Zdravko Rajkov, Dobrosav Krstić, Silvester Takač, Žarko Nikolić, Dobrivoje Trivić and Siniša Mihajlović (a former player of Inter Milan) are among them.

Player records[edit]

Club all-time European record[edit]

As of 9 August 2013
Competition P W D L GF GA GD
European Cup / Champions League 9 5 1 3 10 9 +1
UEFA Cup / Europa League 36 15 8 13 57 53 +4
UEFA Intertoto Cup 10 6 1 3 18 9 +9
Mitropa Cup 37 13 11 13
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 23 9 6 7 27 22 +5

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 2 May 2014[42]
Rank Team Points
225 Israel Maccabi Netanya FC 6.875
226 Czech Republic FC Baník Ostrava 6.870
227 Serbia Vojvodina Novi Sad 6.825
228 Denmark FC Midtjylland 6.760
229 Belarus FC Dinamo Minsk 6.725

Best results in European competitions[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
European Cup / UEFA Champions League
1967 Quarter Final eliminated by Scotland Celtic 1–0 in Novi Sad, 0–2 in Glasgow
Mitropa Cup
1977 Winner First in group with Hungary Vasas, Italy Fiorentina and Czech Republic Sparta Prague
UEFA Intertoto Cup
1976 Winner First in group with Poland Zagłębie,Austria LASK Linz and Sweden Örebro SK
1998 Runner-up lost to Germany Werder Bremen 0–1 in Bremen, 1–1 in Novi Sad


Biggest win in UEFA competition:

Season Match Score
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
2007–08 VojvodinaMalta Hibernians F.C. 5–1
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
1961–62 VojvodinaGreece Iraklis 9–1
Mitropa Cup
1956–57 VojvodinaSlovakia Slovan Bratislava 6–0
1959–60 VojvodinaAustria Wacker Vienna 5–0
UEFA Intertoto Cup
1987–88 VojvodinaHungary MTK Budapest 5–0
1977–78 VojvodinaNorway IK Start 5–1
1964–65 VojvodinaAustria First Vienna 5–2


Current squad[edit]

As of 4 September 2014[43]

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

No. Position Player
1 Serbia GK Srđan Žakula
4 Serbia MF Mirko Ivanić
5 Montenegro DF Milko Novaković
6 Serbia DF Nino Pekarić
7 Serbia MF Enver Alivodić
8 Serbia MF Darko Puškarić
9 Serbia FW Lazar Veselinović
10 Serbia MF Luka Luković
11 Serbia MF Mijat Gaćinović
12 Serbia GK Milan Jovanić
13 Serbia DF Radovan Pankov
14 Serbia DF Nikola Fimić
15 Serbia DF Bojan Nastić
16 Serbia MF Milan Makarić
17 Serbia DF Marko Živković
18 Serbia MF Marko Poletanović (captain)
No. Position Player
19 Serbia DF Stefan Nikolić
21 Serbia MF Aleksandar Desančić
22 Serbia FW Jovan Stojanović
23 Serbia DF Igor Đurić
24 Serbia MF Danilo Sekulić
25 Montenegro GK Marko Kordić
26 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nikola Popara
27 Serbia FW Nikola Mojsilović
29 Serbia FW Saša Ćurko
30 Serbia GK Vanja Milinković-Savić
31 Serbia FW Uroš Stamenić
32 Montenegro MF Janko Tumbasević
33 Serbia DF Srđan Babić
35 Serbia MF Slobodan Novaković
–– Montenegro MF Luka Klikovac

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]

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
Serbia GK Emil Rockov (at Sloga Temerin)
Serbia DF Aleksandar Ivanović (at Sloga Temerin)
Serbia DF Nenad Kočović (at ČSK Čelarevo)
Montenegro DF Stefan Zogović (at Bačka BP)
No. Position Player
Serbia MF Milan Spremo (at Proleter Novi Sad)
Serbia MF Elmir Asani (at Sloga Temerin)
Serbia FW Luka Grgić (at ČSK Čelarevo)
Serbia FW Georgije Ilić (at Cement)

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2014.

Technical staff[edit]

As of 19 June 2014[44]

Current technical staff
  • Manager: Serbia Zoran Marić
  • 1st Assistant Manager/Coach: Serbia Milan Kosanović
  • 2nd Assistant Manager/Coach: Serbia Goran Šaula
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Serbia Boris Nađ
  • Fitness Coach: Serbia Aleksandar Janković
  • Fitness Coach: Serbia Goran Bašić
  • Doctor: Serbia Dr. Borko Vukosav
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Goran Marijan
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Nemanja Mijić
  • Economic: Serbia Nemanja Jotanović
  • Secretary of the coaching staff: Serbia Dragomir Vukićević
  • Analyst: Serbia Milan Rastavac

Club management[edit]

As of 29 July 2014[45]

Current management
  • President: Serbia Zoran Šćepanović
  • President of the assembly: Serbia Milan Davidov
  • General Secretary: –
  • Sports director: Serbia Mladen Jovanić

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least 100 games in Serbian top league.
  • Played at least 80 games for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one international match for their national team at any time.

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

Coaching history[edit]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FK Vojvodina - Stadium Karadjordje (Serbian)
  2. ^ Tabele-prvi-i-drugi-liga-Jugoslavije.html - Yugoslav first league all-time table
  3. ^ MTS Mondo, 6 March 2010
  4. ^ fkvojvodina.com - Jedan jedini klub (1) - The one and only club (1)
  5. ^ 80 crveno belih godina by Vladimir Todorović and Miroslav Gavrilović, pag. 18 (Serbian)
  6. ^ fkvojvodina.com - Vodja "milionera" - The leader of the "millionaires"
  7. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Jedan jedini klub (1)
  8. ^ fk.vojvodina - Jedan jedini klub - (1)
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  10. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Jedna jedini klub (2)
  11. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Kralj strelaca - King of the shooters
  12. ^ Huk sa severa br.2
  13. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Stevan Nešticki
  14. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Jedan jedini klub (2)
  15. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Jedan jedini klub (2)
  16. ^ Vojvodina - Partizan 3:2 (18.12.1988)
  17. ^ Vojvodina - Dinamo 4:1 (1988/89)
  18. ^ Vojvodina - Hajudk Split 2:0 (14.08.1988)
  19. ^ Vojvodina - Red Star 3:1 (19.04.1989)
  20. ^ Vojvodina - Sloboda Tuzla 4:2 (1989)
  21. ^ Sampionska titula '89 - Vojvodina Novi Sad (Serbian)
  22. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Jedan jedini klub (3)
  23. ^ UEFA Intertoto Cup final - FC Vojvodina 1-1 Werder Bremen
  24. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Jedan jedini klub (3)
  25. ^ blic.rs - Vošin "tim decenije"
  26. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Jedan jedini klub (3)
  27. ^ fk.vojvodina.rs - Sumorne devedesete - Gloomy nineties
  28. ^ Atlético Madrid - Vojvodina 3:0 (UEFA Cup 2007-08)
  29. ^ Регистрована утакмица финала Купа Србије - Војводина - Партизан 0:3 - Registered cup final match - Vojvodina - Partizan 0:3
  30. ^ fk.vojvodina - Jedan jedini klub (3)
  31. ^ fk.vojvodina.com - Jedan jedini klub (1)
  32. ^ fk.vojvodina.rs - Karadjordje Stadium
  33. ^ fk.vojvodina.rs - Stadion detaljno - Stadium details
  34. ^ "FC Vujadin Boškov". fkvojvodina.rs. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  35. ^ fk.vojvodina.rs - Klub navijaca 1937 - Fan Club 1937
  36. ^ firma1989.com (Serbian) (English)
  37. ^ ultrasspirit.com - The Firm - Vojvodina Novi Sad (English)
  38. ^ fk.vojvodina.rs - Stara Garda - The Old Guard
  39. ^ b92.net - JSL: Izabran najbolji tim - JSL: Elected the best team
  40. ^ fk.vojvodina - Kralj strelaca
  41. ^ fk.vojvodina.rs - Zanimljivosti - Interesting
  42. ^ Club coefficients 2013/14
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  44. ^ "Technical staff 2013/14". fkvojvodina.rs. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 
  45. ^ "Club management 2014/15". fkvojvodina.rs. Retrieved –.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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