FK Bačka Bačka Palanka

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Full name FK Bačka Bačka Palanka
Nickname(s) Boys from the Palanka
The Blues
Founded 1945
Ground Stadion Slavko Maletin Vava, Backa Palanka
Ground Capacity 5,500
Chairman Serbia Zoran Karpov
Manager Serbia Spasoje Jelačić
League Serbian SuperLiga[1]
2015–16 Serbian First League, 2nd
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FK Bačka Bačka Palanka (Serbian Cyrillic: ФК Бачка Бачка Паланка) is a football club based in Bačka Palanka, Serbia. In 2016 the club archived promotion to the Serbian SuperLiga. "Bačka" is one of the most successful football clubs in Serbia at the eternal table Yugoslav Second League.


The club was founded in 1945 and plays in the stadium Stadion Slavko Maletin Vava, capacity of 2,500, which was officially inaugurated on 7 July 1951. In 1959, Bačka archived promotion to the Yugoslav Second League group East, but, at the end of the 1959–60 season, ends up relegated. However, Bačka returns for the season 1961–62 and this time stays in national second level for 14 consecutive years.[2]

Its major accomplishment was the promotion to the 1988–89 Yugoslav Second League which was a unified second league. This edition of the Second League, compared to the previous ones Bačka played in, was stronger because it was a unified Second League in which clubs from all over Yugoslavia played in, thus more restricted and difficult to qualify to, while the other editions from the 1960s and 1970s had the second league divided into two groups, East and West. In total, during Yugoslav period, Baćka spent 16 editions in the Second League.[2]

In the Yugoslav Cup, Bačka best performance was in the 1968–69 edition when Bačka reached the quarter-finals, not advancing further because they were stopped by one of the Yugoslav "Big Four", Hajduk Split, who got to eliminate Bačka by 2–1 only after extra-time. Bačka managed to qualify to the final stages of the national cup on several occasions, the next being in the 1993–94 FR Yugoslavia Cup when they lost in the last 16 against Radnički Niš.[2]

After the 1988–89 season in the Second League, during the following two decades the club plays mostly in the third national level, the Serbian League Vojvodina, occasionally dropping to the Bačka Zone League at times when the financial crisis was more notorious. The rise will start when Bačka won the 2012–13 Vojvodina League West. Immediately afterwords, Bačka won the 2013–14 Serbian League Vojvodina thus qualifying to the Serbian First League, the second national level.[2] It will take only two seasons in the first league for Bačka to finish second in the 2015–16 edition and this way directly qualify for the Serbian SuperLiga. The 2016–17 Serbian SuperLiga will be the first time in club's history that Bačka will play in national top level.


The name of the club always was FK Bačka. It comes from the region of Bačka where the city Bačka Palanka is located. The club should not be confused with another one with same name, FK Bačka 1901. That club is from Subotica and was founded in 1901, making him the oldest club not only in the territory of present-day Serbia, but in all of former Yugoslavia. FK Bačka 1901 played in several editions of the Yugoslav First League during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia period, prior Second World War, however later and more recently both often competed at same lower levels. While FK Bačka 1901 played in Yugoslav First League, more recently didn't manage more than playing in Serbian League Vojvodina. while FK Bačka Bačka Palanka never played in YUgoslav highest level, but in 2016 got too be promoted to the Serbian Superliga. A third club including the name Bačka is TSC Bačka Topola which never played top-level but on several occasions reached second levels both during the time of Yugoslavia and after. However, this case is different because Bačka is included only because of the name of the city they are located at, Bačka Topola.


Serbian First League
Serbian League Vojvodina
Vojvodina League West
  • Winner: 2012–13[2]


Slavko Maletin Vava Stadium west stand

The Bačka stadium, known as Stadion Slavko Maletin Vava, was inaugurated on the date the city of Bačka Palanka celebrates its slava, July 7, 1951. It has a capacity of 5,500. The west stand is completely covered while the east stand is not. The stadium is located in downtown of Bačka Palanka.[3]

The first field where FK Bačka played was where the old railway station was located. As the club was growing and gaining popularity, a decision was made to relocate the stadium from the outskirts to the city center where it still stands. Its location is in an exclusive part of the town, 20 meters from the city center and the pedestrian area.[3]

The stadium is known for its high attendance. The biggest one recorded was on March 12, 1969, in a Yugoslav Cup quarter-finals game against Hajduk Split, when 10.000 spectators were present inside.[3]

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 August 2016[4][5]

First team[edit]

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 Miloš Stepandić
2 Serbia DF Stefan Nikolić
3 Serbia DF Miloš Josimov
4 Serbia DF Nemanja Ilić
5 Serbia DF Marko Klisura
6 Serbia MF Ivan Rogač
7 Serbia FW Filip Bajić
8 Serbia MF Miroslav Bjeloš (vice-captain)
9 Serbia FW Damir Čeković
10 Serbia MF Veseljko Trivunović (captain)
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Mladen Galić
12 Serbia GK Nenad Mitrović
13 Serbia MF Goran Smiljanić
No. Position Player
14 Serbia DF Nemanja Trajković
15 Serbia DF Marko Bulat
16 Serbia DF Mladen Veselinović
17 Serbia FW Nikola Mojsilović
18 Croatia FW Radovan Ivković
19 Serbia FW Marko Zečević (on loan from Javor Ivanjica)
20 Serbia MF Dane Dukić
21 Serbia MF Zoran Švonja
22 Serbia MF Strahinja Macanović
23 Serbia DF Damjan Rodić
24 Serbia DF Luka Miljević
25 Serbia GK Filip Manojlović (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
26 Serbia DF Božo Jević


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 Vladimir Vujasinović
Serbia DF Zoran Zec
No. Position Player
Serbia MF Srećko Tančić
Serbia FW Mladen Plavanski

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2016.

Notable former players[edit]


On April 1947 Bačka got his first professional coach, Vladimir Jurak from Zagreb, and ever since a number of paid professional coaches came, like Ilija Ranković from Belgrade, László Bozóky from Hungary, Josip Takač from Subotica and Gojko Džepina from Belgrade.[6]


In addition to a number of audiences and supporters Bačka has its ardent fans. They gather in the eastern stand.


  • The first radio reporter of FK Bačka was Milenko Gavrilov, technician and announcer, who first performed the radio live report on 27 May 1951 from a Bačka game in Sombor.
  • FK Backa BP also has its own anthem, written by Ranko Leškov, a long-time player of the club. The anthem was first performed on 28 August 1946 in Bečej in a victory by 3-0 against the local club, FK Bečej. The anthem of FK Bačka is one of the oldest football anthems in Serbia.[7]
  • In the quarter-finals of the 1968–69 Yugoslav Cup in a game against Hajduk Split, the total number of spectators in the Bačka Stadium was around 10,000, while at time the capacity should have been for only 2,500. Unofficially, it was the largest attendance at Bačka Stadium.


  1. ^ Резултати ФК Бачка,
  2. ^ a b c d e f Istorija kluba (Club history) at FK Bačka Bačka Palanka official website, retrieved 18-6-2016 (Serbian)
  3. ^ a b c Stadion (Stadium) at FK Bačka Balka Palanka official website, retrieved 18-6-2016 (Serbian)
  4. ^ "First Team". FK Bačka. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Licensed for the Serbian SuperLiga". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Book: "Deset Godina Sporta u Bačkoj Palanci 1945 - 55", pag. 8, (Serbian)
  7. ^ Football Club in the Sports Association of Bačka Palanka, 5.01.2009, access 04/25/2013

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