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Borac Banja Luka
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Full name Fudbalski klub Borac Banja Luka
Nickname(s) Crveno-plavi (The Red-Blues)
Velikan iz Platonove (Giant from Platon's street)
Krajiški ponos (Pride of Krajina)
Founded 4 July 1926; 90 years ago (1926-07-04)
Ground Banja Luka City Stadium
Ground Capacity 9,730
President Branko Kovačević
Head coach Marko Tešić (caretaker)
League First League RS
2015–16 Premier League, 11th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

Fudbalski klub Borac Banja Luka (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Бopaц Бања Лука, Serbian pronunciation: [bǒːrat͡s]) is a professional football club based in the city of Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is the major part of the Borac Banja Luka Sports Society. Borac Banja Luka is one of the most successful clubs in Republika Srpska and one of the most popular football clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Borac means "Fighter".


Early years (1926–1953)[edit]

Borac Banja Luka' anthem

The football club Borac Banja Luka was founded on 4 July 1926. Originally it was named Radnički sportski klub Borac, which means Labour Sports Club Borac, and its roots come from the relation the club had with labour movements during the first half of the 20th century. The club was founded by a group of football aficionados including the writer, activist and People's Hero of Yugoslavia Veselin Masleša, Rudolf "Rudi" Hiter, Savo Novaković, Nikola Pucar, Brane Pucar, Mustafa Softić, Nikola Kuković, Žarko Vranješević, Mile Stefanović, Brane Stefanović and others. They were mostly commercial assistants who believed that they could contribute a more efficient fight for workers rights by establishing the football club. The name "Borac" (English: fighter) was given by Masleša who said: "If you are going to fight for workers rights, why don't you give the club name Borac".[1][2]

The club's first president was Rudolf Hiter, and Savo Novaković was named vice president, with supervisory board headed by Đoko Jovanović. Before World War II started, training and everything else related to football, official and unofficial, was located in the surrounding of Banja Luka. As football attracted more and more attention in the city on the Vrbas river, there was a need for new, bigger and modern stadium. The opening ceremony of the newly built stadium took place on September 5, 1937, on the ground of the present-day Banja Luka City Stadium. The club's first success in this early period came in 1928, when RSK Borac won a tournament played in Sarajevo. Before World War II, the major club in Banja Luka was SK Krajišnik, however, after 1945 Borac replaced Krajišnik as city´s main club. Borac played conference leagues in order to qualify for the reestablished Yugoslav First League where defeated Sloboda Novi Grad 14–3 on aggregate, FK Kozara from Banja Luka with 8–4 on aggregate and Borac Kozarska Dubica 7–0 on aggregate and became Banja Luka district champions. In 1945, RSK Borac was renamed in FK Borac Banja Luka and played for two years in the Yugoslav Third League, before it was promoted to the Yugoslav Second League in 1953.

Decades of success in the first and second league (1960–1992)[edit]

In 1961, Borac was promoted to the Yugoslav First League for the first time, but was promptly dropped back down at the end of the season. The club had to wait for almost a decade for the return to top flight. It was in the 1970/71 season, and the club stayed in the top league for four consecutive seasons. In this period, precisely in 1974, Borac achieved the Yugoslav Cup final. They were defeated by Hajduk Split in Belgrade, and as the runner-up, they have provided placement for the 1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup season. In the first round of Cup Winners' Cup, Borac played against US Rumelange from Luxembourg. The first leg was played in Banja Luka where Borac recorded a record win in European competitions by a 9–0.[3]

The second leg was won by Borac by 1–5, meaning 14–1 on aggregate, and played in the second round against R.S.C. Anderlecht. The "Red-Blues" won the home match but it was 1–3 on aggregate at the end for the Belgians, who became winners of the European Cup Winners' Cup that season. Borac Banja Luka was the only team who beat R.S.C Anderlecht in one match (at home by 1–0) during the cup season. In the 1974–75 season, Borac played in the second league, but the club achieved a quick promotion and thus ensured the beginning of a new 5-year first league period that lasted until 1980. The following nine seasons, Borac spent in the second League, before a final top league period between 1989 and 1992. Borac's best placement in the first League was in 1992, when it finished the season as 4th. In total, Borac played 487 matches in Yugoslav First League during a 46 years long period.[4]

Memorable years (1988–1992)[edit]

Yugoslav Cup winner (1988)[edit]

From 1988–92, Borac enjoyed the best period in its long history. In 1988, Borac achieved its biggest success. Under coach Husnija Fazlić team won the Yugoslav Cup, the second major football competition in the former Yugoslav football and became the only second league club that ever achieved this. In the final, Borac defeated Yugoslav football giant Red Star by 0–1 at JNA stadium in Belgrade.[5][6][7][8] The historic goal was scored by Senad Lupić, one of the Borac's legends. At the ceremony, president of Yugoslav Football Association Antun Čilić gave the golden plaques to Borac players and head coach. The next day, tens of thousands of Borac supporters gathered at Krajina square in Banja Luka and gave their team a hero’s welcome.

11 May 1988
Borac Banja Luka Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1–0 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star
Lupić Goal 60' Report
Stadion JNA, Belgrade
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Blažo Zuber (Bačka Topola)

First European title (1992)[edit]

In 1992, Borac won its first international trophy, the Mitropa Cup.[9][10][11][12] The club won the cup in the Italian city Foggia.

At that time there was a war in home Bosnia, full scale Serbian military aggression in neighbour Croatia and growing Bosnian Serb aggression in Bosnia, but despite that, they travelled to Italy in hope to write history. After the elimination of U.S. Foggia in front of 30,000 spectators, Borac met in the final BVSC Budapest at Pino Zaccheria Stadium. Filipović scored but gave only temporary advantage to Borac because the Hungarians equalized by Tuboly. That was the result of regular time, so the winner was decided by penalties. Borac won 5–3 from the white spot and got the trophy. Sašivarević, Stavljanin, Filipović, Bilbija, and Simeunović scored for Borac, and goalkeeper Simeunović saved his goal twice. Borac head coach was Smilevski, who was recently named as the member of Borac's "Best Eleven" squad in its history. Borac played a total of twelve games in UEFA competitions and has never lost a European match at its home ground. Also, seven Borac players have participated in the Yugoslav national football team in its history.

27 May 1992
Borac Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1–1 Hungary BVSC Budapest
Filipović Goal 4' Report Tuboly Goal 63'
Šašivarević Penalty scored
Stavljanin Penalty scored
Filipović Penalty scored
Bilbija Penalty scored
Simeunović Penalty scored
5–3 Penalty scored Nikiforov
Penalty scored Iscak
Penalty scored Nahóczky
Penalty missed Molnár
Penalty missed Tuboly
Pino Zaccheria Stadium
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Steindl (Austria)

Recent years (2001–present)[edit]

The First League of the Republika Srpska was the top flight of the Republika Srpska before 2002. Borac won the Republika Srpska championship three times (2001, 2006 and 2008). Their 2008 title was won dominantly with 14 points ahead of Sloga Doboj. Borac has won five Republika Srpska Cups, in 1995 against Rudar Prijedor, 1996 against Jedinstvo Brčko, 2009 against Radnik Bijeljina, 2011 again against the club from Bijeljina and in 2012 against Sloboda Mrkonjić Grad. In 2002, the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina was created as three national competitions were merged in one.

It became the country's most prestigious level of football competition. Also, since 2002, the clubs from entire country are competing in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup. In 2010, Borac won the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup and finished as third the national championship. During the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League season, they played in the second round against FC Lausanne-Sport, but were knocked out in front of sold-out Banja Luka City Stadium with 1–2 on aggregate for the Swiss club. In 2011, Borac became the football champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina with only 4 defeats and 15 conceded goals during 30 matches. The club won also the Republika Srpska Cup. In the following 2011–12 UEFA Champions League season, Borac start the qualifying matches against Maccabi Haifa. First match was played in Haifa, where Borac got the lead by the goal from Raspudić, a goal that surprised Maccabi Haifa as they were controlling the game. A minute into the first half's extra time, Amasha equalized for Maccabi Haifa. But then, an inexplicable black hole [clarification needed] occurred at Borac performance and they conceded three goals in only three minutes and Borac lost by 5–1. In the second leg, Borac showed great performance and won 3–2 by two goals from Krunić and one from Vidaković, however, the tournament was over for them. In 2012, Borac finished the national championship as third and qualified for the European football competition season. The draw for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League was held in Nion and Borac got Čelik Nikšić from Montenegro as their opponent. Borac was knocked out by away goal rule (3-3a).

Colours and crest[edit]


Borac Banja Luka's traditional home colors are red and blue with white socks (colours that are contained on the Serbian flag). Borac has maintained the red-blue shirt for its home kit throughout the history of the club. Its traditional away colours are all blue or all red. The club's kit is currently manufactured by NAAI, a Serbian sports clothing company.


Borac Banja Luka's present crest contains name of the club and the name of the City of Banja Luka on the background formed from the sections that are colored as Serbian flag. On the top of the crest the year of club foundation is located. In addition, the whole crest is framed with gold color.


The home field of Borac is the Banja Luka City Stadium. It has 9,730 seats and is one of the most modern stadiums in the country. The stadium was built in 1937 by Bogoljub Kujundžić as a donator. Since then, the stadium underwent several expansions and reconstructions in the years 1973, 1981, 2010 and 2012. In 2010, the stadium underwent complete reconstruction. New seats were installed on east and west stands, locker rooms were renovated, a completely new VIP lounge and room for media was built, new lighting, sound systems and video surveillance were installed, and trophy and technical rooms were renovated. In 2012, new north stand was built with a capacity of 2,492 seats, which increased the total capacity of the stadium to 9,730. According to recent plans, the east stand will be covered by a roof in the upcoming years. The construction of the south stand began, which will increase the total capacity to approximately 13,000 seats.

New Stadium[edit]

In 2008, expert committee has chosen the concept of building a new stadium. The new stadium will have 30,000 seats, and whole complex will cover 205,000 square meters. It will include two additional football fields, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. The cost of the whole project is estimated to be €50 million and it will meet the highest FIFA an UEFA demands.[citation needed]


As one of the most successful football club in country, Borac always had considerable number of supporters. The organized supporters of FK Borac are known as Lešinari[13] (Serbian Cyrillic: Лешинари) and they are the oldest organized supporter group in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were established in 1987. The gathering point of the club's most loyal and passionate fans is the East stand of Banja Luka City Stadium.




Club records[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Season League CupRS Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
1994–95 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A W N/A N/A N/A
1995–96 RS W 20 14 6 0 50 13 48 2nd W N/A N/A N/A
1996–97 RS W 22 11 6 5 32 16 39 2nd N/A N/A N/A
1997–98 RS 34 18 4 12 58 34 58 2nd N/A N/A N/A
1998–99 RS 34 13 6 15 44 39 45 15th N/A N/A N/A
1999–00 RS 38 16 11 11 70 40 59 8th N/A N/A N/A
2000–01 RS 30 20 3 7 66 22 63 1st N/A N/A N/A
2001–02 RS 30 16 7 7 45 25 55 3rd 1/8 1/16 N/A N/A
2002–03 Prem 38 16 6 16 50 49 54 7th 1/16 QF N/A N/A
2003–04 Prem 30 11 6 13 40 42 39 7th 1/8 Run N/A N/A
2004–05 Prem 30 13 2 15 36 39 40* 15th 1/8 1/8 N/A N/A
2005–06 RS 30 19 5 6 50 19 62 1st SF 1/8 N/A N/A
2006–07 Prem 30 13 0 17 42 47 39 15th 1/8 QF N/A N/A
2007–08 RS 30 21 4 5 62 29 67 1st Run 1/16 N/A N/A
2008–09 Prem 30 15 4 11 45 26 49 5th W 1/16 N/A N/A Stojan Vranješ 5
2009–10 Prem 30 17 2 11 37 29 53 3rd 1/8 W N/A N/A Nemanja Bilbija 6
2010–11 Prem 30 19 7 4 37 15 64 1st W 1/8 Europa League QR2 Stevo Nikolić 10
2011–12 Prem 30 17 4 9 46 26 55 3rd W SF Champions League QR2 Saša Kajkut 9
2012–13 Prem 30 14 9 7 43 25 51 3rd Run 1/16 Europa League QR1 Joco Stokić 12
2013–14 Prem 30 13 6 11 39 32 45 6th 1/16 1/8 N/A N/A Joco Stokić 10
2014–15 Prem 30 14 7 9 26 26 49 5th 1/8 SF N/A N/A Joco Stokić 10
2015–16 Prem 30 10 6 14 27 33 36 11th 1/8 QF N/A N/A Toni Jović 6
2016–17 RS N/A N/A
League: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points won; Pos = Final position;
Cup / Europe: PR = Preliminary round; QR = Qualifying round; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; Group = Group stage; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final; RU = Runner-up; W = Competition won;

Borac Banja Luka in UEFA competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1975–76 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Luxembourg Rumelange 9–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Belgium Anderlecht 1–0 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1988–89 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Soviet Union Metalist Kharkov 2–0 0–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1992 Mitropa Cup SF Italy Foggia 2–2 pen. (4–2) Symbol keep vote.svg
F Hungary BVSC Budapest 1–1 pen. (5–3) Symbol keep vote.svg
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 2Q Switzerland Lausanne-Sport 1–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2011–12 UEFA Champions League 2Q Israel Maccabi Haifa 3–2 1–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Montenegro Čelik Nikšić 2–2 1–1 Symbol delete vote.svg

UEFA ranking[edit]

Rank Team Points
290 Georgia (country) Dila Gori 3.333
Georgia (country) WIT Georgia 3.333
Albania Tirana 3.333
293 Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka 3.316
Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 3.316
295 Lithuania Suduva Marijampole 3.300

As of 12 August 2012 Source

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 March 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Nemanja Trkulja
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Nemanja Vejnović
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Ilija Danilović
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Branko Ojdanić
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Bojan Puzigaća
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Siniša Radoja
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Petar Kunić
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Aleksandar Radulović
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Borisav Erić
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Milan Dobraš
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Asmir Avdukić (vice-captain)
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Siniša Dujaković
No. Position Player
15 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Boris Raspudić (captain)
16 Serbia MF Miloš Đorđević
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Miloš Kukić
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Gedeon Guzina
20 Montenegro MF Ivan Delić
21 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Vladan Danilović
22 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Bojan Burazor
25 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Predrag Zekanović
26 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Aleksandar Kondić
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Radovan Perišić
28 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Boris Jagodić
30 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Slaviša Maksimović

Players with dual citizenship[edit]

Borac technical staff[edit]

Current staff
  • Manager: Bosnia and Herzegovina Marko Tešić (caretaker)
  • Assistant manager/coach: vacant
  • Goalkeeping coach: Bosnia and Herzegovina Radovan Gajić
  • Fitness coach: Serbia Dejan Rađenović
  • Doctor: Bosnia and Herzegovina Miloš Mudrenović
  • Physiotherapist: Bosnia and Herzegovina Siniša Ćebić
  • Physiotherapist: Bosnia and Herzegovina Vladimir Pilipović

Club management[edit]

Current board
  • President: Bosnia and Herzegovina Branko Kovačević
  • Vice president: Bosnia and Herzegovina Mario Keserović
  • Director: Bosnia and Herzegovina Dejan Lukendić
  • Sports director: Bosnia and Herzegovina Oliver Jandrić
  • General secretary: Bosnia and Herzegovina Danijela Knežević
  • Portparol: Bosnia and Herzegovina Jovana Surtov
  • Board members:
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Branko Kovačević
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Vico Zeljković
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Darko Milunović
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Mario Keserović
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Viktor Latinović
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Vedran Pušić
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Pušić

Former players[edit]



External links[edit]