Koševo City Stadium
Olimpijski stadion Koševo - Asim Ferhatovic-Hase stadium
The stadium in September 2003
|Location||Betanija, Centar, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Owner||Sarajevo City Council|
|Operator||Sarajevo City Council|
|Field size||105 x 68 m (114.8 x 74.4 yd)|
Bosnia and H. national under-21 football team
Koševo City Stadium, also Koševo Olympic Stadium, also Asim Ferhatović - Hase Bosnian: Gradski stadion Koševo / Olimpijski stadion Koševo / Asim Ferhatović - Hase) is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Koševo neighborhood of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Koševo Stadium (Bosnian: Koševo) or Olympic Stadium is opened by the city, and leased on longterm basis by FK Sarajevo. The club proposed the new name for its sporting and football events, in honor to its former footballer and club's legend, Asim Ferhatović - Hase. It hosted the opening ceremony of the 1984 Winter Olympics. Currently, it is home to football club FK Sarajevo and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.
The stadium was opened in the year 1947. In 1984, it was reconstructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics, and is therefore often called Olympic Stadium (Olimpijski stadion / Олимпијски стадион). Since July 2004, FK Sarajevo proposed the new name for sporting and football events, in honor to its former player and club's legend from the 1960s, Asim Ferhatović - Hase.
Today, total capacity of Stadium Koševo is 37,500 seat, and up to 70,000 for musical and various public events, such as U2's PopMart Tour in 1997 and Dino Merlin's Burek tour in 2004 and Hotel Nacional in 2015, or hosting of papal pastoral visitations by Pope John Paul II two days visit between 12–13 April 1997 and Pope Francis in 6 June 2015. It is also the home stadium of the national football side of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Construction works started in 1947. The stadium was literally buried into a local hill thus merging with its natural surroundings. In 1950 a pitch and a tartan track were also added. The first international football match, between Yugoslavia and Turkey, was played in 1954.
In 1966, the stadium hosted an athletic championship for the Balkans. It was renovated for that occasion. New administration building was built, so were the new locker rooms and a restaurant. A modern scoreboard and new lighting were also provided.
The stadium was renovated for the third time after the Bosnian War, in 1998. By adding the chairs on every stand the seating capacity of the stadium was reduced to 37,500.
Throughout its football history, the stadium was usually a home ground for FK Sarajevo's and FK Zeljeznicar's international matches. Sarajevo audience witnessed many great matches against Europe's finest clubs such as Manchester United, Dynamo Kyiv, Derby County, FC Basel, Hamburger SV, Newcastle United etc.
The stadium's largest attendance was recorded in 1981–82 league match between FK Sarajevo and FK Željezničar. Allegedly, up to 60,000 people attended the game, though exact number was never officially published.
1984 Winter Olympics
On 7 February 1984, Asim Ferhatović Hase stadium hosted the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympics for which it was thoroughly renovated and expanded. About 50,000 people attended the ceremonies. The west stand held 18,500 seating places at that time.
International Football Matches
Notable Club Friendlies
|Date||Home Team||Result||Away Team||Occasion||Notes|
|17 March 1965||FK Sarajevo||1-2||Soviet Union||USSR's Yugoslav Tour||
— Sarajevo: Muftić (Sirćo), Fazlagić, Vujović, Prljača (Šehović), Biogradlić, Ristić, Čerkić, Smajlović, Ferhatović (Blažević), Osim, Mušović (Šiljkut)
|19 September 1969||FK Željezničar||1-1||Santos||Santos' Yugoslav Tour||— Željo: Radović, Hrvat, Bećirspahić, Saračević, Hadžiabdić, Bratić, Jelušić, Osim (Deraković), Bukal, Musemić (Janković), and Bajić (Kojović)|
— Santos: Gilmar, Delgado, Turcao, Lima, Clodoaldo, Joel, Manoel Maria, Nené, Edú, Douglas, Pelé, and Abel
— scorers: 1:0 Bukal (45th min), 1:1 Pelé (78th min)
— attendance: ~30,000
— FK Sarajevo and Yugoslav national team player 22-year-old Vahidin Musemić played the match for Željezničar
— the match was Santos' fourth and final outing on the Yugoslav tour, before Željo they played Red Star, Dinamo Zagreb, and Radnički Kragujevac
|16 June 1971||FK Željezničar||3-3||Inter Milan||FK Željezničar 50th Anniversary||— Željo: Janjuš, Kojović, Bećirspahić, Bratić, Katalinski, Hadžiabdić, Jelušić, Janković, Bukal, Sprečo, and Džajić|
— Inter: Bordon, Bedin, Oriali (46th min Burgnich), Jair, Bertini, Boninsegna, Mazzola, Frustalupi, Fabbian (46th min Cella), Giubertoni, and Corso
— scorers: 0:1 Boninsegna (4th min), 1:1 Janković (15th min), 2:1 Džajić (45th min), 2:2 Boninsegna (63rd min), 2:3 Mazzola (67th min), 3:3 Bukal (70th min)
— attendance: ~50,000
— Red Star Belgrade and Yugoslav national team star player 25-year-old Dragan Džajić played the match for Željezničar
— Several weeks before the match, Inter Milan won their eleventh Serie A league title
— Željo finished the Yugoslav league season in second place behind Hajduk Split
|17 August 1972||FK Sarajevo||2-2||Real Madrid C.F.||FK Sarajevo 25th Anniversary||— Sarajevo: Muftić (Gruda), Tešan, Muzurović (Kuduz), Šljivo, Lubura (Demir), Rašević, D. Simić (R. Simić), Pirić, Musemić, Cerić (Frančević), Petković|
— Real: García Remón; Touriño (José Luis 45´), Benito, Verdugo, Pirri (Andrés 45´), Zoco, Amancio, Grosso, Santillana, Velázquez, Aguilar
— scorers: 0:1 Aguilera (31st min), 0:2 Pirri (36th min), 1:2 Rasovic (41st min), 2:2 Pirić (80th min)
- Zdravko Čolić - 7 September 1978 (Putujući zemljotres Tour)
- U2 - 23 September 1997 (PopMart Tour)
- Dino Merlin - 31 July 2000 (Sredinom Tour, guests: Adi Lukovac & Ornamenti, Ivana Banfić, Amir Bjelanović Tula, Miro Asotić)
- Dino Merlin - 31 July 2004 (Burek Tour, guests: Željko Joksimović, Ivana Banfić, Nina Badrić, Edo Zanki, Almir Hukelić, Gani Tamir)
- Bijelo dugme - 15 June 2005
- Haris Džinović - 23 June 2007 (guests: Halid Bešlić, Hari Varešanović, Željko Joksimović, Enis Bešlagić)
- Moj ummete 2007 - 28 July 2007
- Dino Merlin - 19 July 2008 (Ispočetka Tour, guests: Hari Varešanović, Vesna Zmijanac, Toni Cetinski, Eldin Huseinbegović, Ivana Banfić, Baby Dooks, Elvedin Krilić)
- Hari Mata Hari - 10 August 2009 (Sreća Tour, guests: Nina Badrić, Dino Merlin, Halid Bešlić, Dražen Žerić Žera, Eldin Huseinbegović)
- Željko Joksimović - 12 June 2010 (guests: Halid Bešlić, Hari Varešanović, Jelena Tomašević)
- Zdravko Čolić - 31 July 2010 (Kad pogledaš me preko ramena Tour, guests: Dino Merlin, Nikša Bratoš)
- Halid Bešlić - 22 June 2013 (Romanija Tour, guests: Haris Džinović, Željko Joksimović, Enes Begović, Dženan Jahić, Viki Miljković, Colonia, Enis Bešlagić)
- Dino Merlin - 25 July 2015 (Hotel Nacional Tour)
- Željko Joksimović - 19 August 2016
- Marija Šerifović - 1 July 2018 (guests: Jelena Karleuša)
- Pope John Paul II celebrated a mass in the stadium in front of 50,000 people - 13 April 1997
- Pope Francis celebrated a mass in the stadium in front of 67,000 people - 6 June 2015
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- 1984 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 10-14, 90.
- Znate li da je slavni Pele postigao gol na Koševu?;klix.ba, 14 May 2011
- Željezničar igrao protiv milanskog Intera 3:3;klix.ba, 16 June 2012
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