FK Železnik

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Železnik
FK Železnik crest.png
Full name Fudbalski klub Železnik
Nickname(s) Lavovi (The Lions)
Founded 1930
Dissolved 2015
Ground Stadion Jusa Bulić
Ground Capacity 6,900
2014–15 Serbian League Belgrade, 8th

Fudbalski klub Železnik (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Железник) is a defunct football club based in Železnik, Belgrade, Serbia.

History[edit]

Early years (1930–1992)[edit]

Founded on 28 May 1930,[1] under the name of Železnički SK, the club became more organized during the 1950s. Subsequently, in 1961, they changed their name to FK Železnik, following a merger with FK Napredak, which was originally created by the Ivo Lola Ribar Institute.[1] Between 1963 and 1967, the club competed in the Serbian Republic League (Group North), the third tier of Yugoslav football. In 1965, they lost to Sloboda Užice in the promotion playoffs to the Yugoslav Second League.

Rise to the top (1992–2005)[edit]

The club continued to participate in the regional leagues without much success until 1992, when Jusuf "Jusa" Bulić, together with his associates, took over the club. In the 1994–95 season, Železnik won the Serbian League (Group North), thus gaining promotion to the Second League of FR Yugoslavia. In the 1995–96 season, the club was promoted to the First League of FR Yugoslavia (IB League). They finished second in the IB League in the 1996–97 season, which gave them a spot in the IA League in the 1997–98 season.[2]

After the death of his father, Dragan "Aca" Bulić took over the club in May 1998.[3] Led by the youngest president in the history of Serbian football, Železnik continued with the rapid progress, finishing in a higher league position every season. Likewise, the club reached the semi-finals of the national cup in two consecutive seasons (2002 and 2003; they were eliminated by Sartid Smederevo both times).[4][5]

In the 2003–04 season, the club achieved its best league performance by finishing in third place, thus securing a spot in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup. They were eliminated by Romanian club Steaua București in the second qualifying round (4–5 on aggregate). Despite only finishing ninth in the league that season, their worst result in six years, Železnik made the biggest success in the club's history by winning the Serbia and Montenegro Cup.[6][7] During this time, numerous Železnik players were selected to represent the country at both senior and youth level.

New beginning and ceasing (2005–2015)[edit]

In June 2005, due to the bad financial situation, Železnik was forced to withdraw their participation from the 2005–06 UEFA Cup,[8] before merging with another Belgrade-based club Voždovac, which continued to compete in the 2005–06 Serbia and Montenegro SuperLiga.[9][10]

The club was later refounded as FK Železnik Lavovi and started competing in the Belgrade First League, the fifth tier of the Serbian football league system. In the following two seasons, they progressed through two divisions. Firstly, the club won promotion to the Belgrade Zone League after the 2010–11 season. In addition, they were promoted to the Serbian League Belgrade following the 2011–12 season.

In the summer of 2015, after finishing in eighth place in the 2014–15 Serbian League Belgrade, the club again ceased to exist, following a merger with Radnički Beograd.[11]

Honours[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro Cup

Seasons[edit]

Results of league and cup competitions by season
Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Cup International
1998–99 Serbia and Montenegro First League 24 7 5 12 29 43 26 13th Round of 16 Did not qualify
1999–2000 Serbia and Montenegro First League 40 15 9 16 55 47 54 8th Quarter-finals
2000–01 Serbia and Montenegro First League 34 12 8 14 49 56 44 8th Round of 16
2001–02 Serbia and Montenegro First League 34 14 7 13 41 42 49 6th Semi-finals
2002–03 Serbia and Montenegro First League 34 18 8 8 56 37 62 5th Semi-finals
2003–04 Serbia and Montenegro First League 30 17 7 6 48 20 58 3rd Quarter-finals
2004–05 Serbia and Montenegro First League 30 11 5 14 38 45 38 9th Winners UEFA Cup – Second qualifying round

UEFA competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Opposition Score
2004–05 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Romania Steaua București 2–4 (H), 2–1 (A)

Notable players[edit]

National team players[12]

For a list of all Železnik players with a Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Železnik players.

Managerial history[edit]

Date Name
Bosnia and Herzegovina Cvijetin Blagojević
Serbia and Montenegro Aleksandar Trifunović
Croatia Josip Duvančić
Serbia and Montenegro Dževad Prekazi
Serbia and Montenegro Baja Marić
1999–2000 Serbia and Montenegro Slobodan Dogandžić
2000 Serbia and Montenegro Saša Milanović
2000 Serbia and Montenegro Dževad Prekazi
2001 Serbia and Montenegro Goran Milojević
2001–2002 Serbia and Montenegro Goran Stevanović
2002–2003 Serbia and Montenegro Saša Nikolić
2003–2004 Serbia and Montenegro Mile Tomić
2004 Serbia and Montenegro Branislav Novaković
2004 Serbia and Montenegro Saša Nikolić
2005 Serbia and Montenegro Miloljub Ostojić
2005 Serbia and Montenegro Čedomir Đoinčević

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FK Zeleznik – Early History". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "RAT, RASPAD SFR JUGOSLAVIJE, SANKCIJE" (in Serbian). FSG Zrenjanin. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Porodica Železnik" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 5 December 2000. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Déjà vu for Zvezda and Sartid". UEFA. 9 April 2003. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Oklop tvrđi od zuba" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 10 April 2003. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Famous first for Železnik". UEFA. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Železnik do trofeja sa igračem manje" (in Serbian). Sportska centrala. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Železnik's European dream dies". UEFA. 15 June 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Spajanje Železnika i Voždovca" (in Serbian). B92. 26 June 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "Železnik merger solves crisis". UEFA. 29 June 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "BULIĆ PONOVO OSNIVA ŽELEZNIK: "Lavovi" će opet osvajati trofeje!" (in Serbian). Informer. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Železnik Beograd". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 

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