1999–2000 First League of FR Yugoslavia
21st domestic title
|Champions League||Red Star|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||Obilić|
|Goals scored||1,094 (2.6 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Mateja Kežman (27)|
The 1999–2000 First League of FR Yugoslavia was the eighth season of the FR Yugoslavia's top-level football league since its establishment. It was contested by 21 teams, and Red Star Belgrade won the championship.
Tragedy at the Eternal Derby: death of Aca Radović
The season was marred by the tragic event that occurred on October 31, 1999, during Partizan vs. Red Star tie (the 113th edition of the so-called Večiti derbi) when 17-year-old Red Star fan Aleksandar "Aca" Radović from Opovo was killed by a signaling rocket fired from within the stadium. Radović, a third-year student at First Belgrade Gymnasium, was supporting his team from the Partizan Stadium's north end when in 20th minute of the match he got hit in the chest by a signaling rocket fired from the opposite end of the stadium, which is where Partizan fans were located. Partizan just scored a goal to go up 1-0 and certain members of their fans Grobari fired a series of ship signaling rockets from the south stand where they traditionally gather as a way of celebrating the goal. Most of those rockets landed on the stadium's north stand where Red Star's fans Delije always gather, and one of them hit the unfortunate teenager right in the chest near his throat, cutting his aorta. He died almost instantly as he was being moved from the stands onto the stadium's athletic track and into the ambulance car.
Amazingly, the match was not stopped and the two teams continued playing, a decision that led to a lot of public criticism directed at two clubs, the football league, and the FA.
Further investigation conducted by the police discovered that the particular rocket that killed Radović was fired by Partizan fan Majk Halkijević (born 1975) from Krnjača. In addition to Halkijević, three other individuals Nenad "Kec" Kecojević (born 1976) from Mali Mokri Lug, Aleksandar "Sale" Aleksić (born 1975) from Krnjača, and Zoran "Prcko" Jovanović (born 1974) from Belgrade were also firing rockets at the stadium on the same occasion. According to the investigation, the ship signaling rockets were originally purchased in Greece before being smuggled into Serbia. In Belgrade, Grobari leader Zoran "Čegi" Živanović bought 10 of them along with 60 flares, all from Mirko Urban. Čegi brought the stuff to Partizam Stadium on the day of the derby, handing it over to Časlav "Čaja" Kurandić. Čaja then took the flares and rockets into the stadium with help from FK Partizan's equipment manager Branko "Gavran" Vučićević who hid them inside the bags with team's sports equipment. Once inside the team's dressing room the packages with flares and rockets were passed to Goran "Tuljak" Matović and Dragan "Lepi Gaga" Petronić through the dressing room's window. From then on the packages were carried through east stand and onto the south stand through the protective fence while Nikola "Džoni" Dedović diverted steward's attention. On the south stand, group leader Čegi distributed the rockets and flares to certain number of Grobari, including Majk Halkijević.
At the trial that dragged on for almost two years, the accused were not tried for murder but for a lesser charge of disturbing public order and causing general endangerment. The verdict was delivered on March 1, 2001, with Halkijević getting one year and 11 months sentence. Aleksandar "Sale" Aleksić got one year and eight months while Nenad "Kec" Kecojević, Zoran "Čegi" Živanović (Grobari leader) and Časlav "Čaja" Kurandić got year and a half. Furthermore, Dragan "Lepi Gaga" Petronić and Srđan Šalipurović got six months, while Mirko Urban also known as Mirko Pekar (Mirko the Baker), accused of selling the rockets to Grobari, got year and a half. Others who were on the accused list but received no sentence were Zoran "Prcko" Jovanović, Nikola "Džoni" Dedović, Branko "Gavran" Vučićević, and Goran "Tuljak" Matović.
Due to decision of the Football Association of FR Yugoslavia of enlargement of the league from 18 to 22 teams, the teams from earlier season was not relegated.
|Red Star||Belgrade||Red Star Stadium||55,538|
|Vojvodina||Novi Sad||Karađorđe Stadium||17,204|
|Zemun||Zemun, Belgrade||Zemun Stadium||10,000|
|Rad||Belgrade||Stadion Kralj Petar I||6,000|
|Proleter||Zrenjanin||Stadion Karađorđev park||13,500|
|Hajduk Kula||Kula||Stadion Hajduk||6,000|
|Obilić||Belgrade||FK Obilić Stadium||4,500|
|OFK Beograd||Karaburma, Belgrade||Omladinski Stadium||20,000|
|Sartid||Smederevo||Smederevo City Stadium||17,200|
|Spartak||Subotica||Subotica City Stadium||13,000|
|Radnički||Kragujevac||Čika Dača Stadium||15,000|
|Hajduk Beograd||Belgrade||Stadion Hajduk Lion||4,500|
|Sutjeska||Nikšić||Gradski stadion (Nikšić)||10,800|
|Budućnost Podgorica||Podgorica||Podgorica City Stadium||12,000|
|Radnički Niš||Niš||Čair Stadium||18,000|
|Milicionar||Belgrade||SC MUP Makiš||4,000|
||Qualification or relegation
|1||Red Star Belgrade (C)||40||33||6||1||85||19||+66||105||2000–01 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round|
|2||Partizan||40||32||5||3||111||30||+81||101||2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying round|
|3||Obilić||40||28||5||7||71||32||+39||89||2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round|
|17||Proleter Zrenjanin (R)||40||12||10||18||36||49||−13||46||Relegation to 2000–01 Second League of FR Yugoslavia|
|18||Hajduk Beograd (R)||40||14||3||23||56||75||−19||45|
|20||Spartak Subotica (R)||40||8||5||27||34||84||−50||29|
|21||Borac Čačak (R)||40||6||4||30||36||100||−64||22|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
Napredak Kruševac from Second League qualify for 2000–01 UEFA Cup as runner-up of 1999–2000 FR Yugoslavia Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Players (league matches/league goals)
|2||Mihajlo Pjanović||Red Star||
|3||Petar Divić||OFK Beograd||
|7||Nenad Mirosavljević||Proleter Zrenjanin||
|9||Bogić Popović||Hajduk Beograd||