OFK Bačka Bačka Palanka

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Bačka Bačka Palanka
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Full name OFK Bačka Bačka Palanka
Nickname(s) Plavi sa Dunava (The Blues from Danube)
Founded 1945
Ground Stadion Slavko Maletin Vava, Bačka Palanka
Ground Capacity 5,500
Chairman Serbia Vladimir Mrđen
Manager Sweden Zvezdan Milošević
League Serbian SuperLiga
2016–17 Serbian SuperLiga, 13th
Website Club website

OFK Bačka Bačka Palanka (Serbian Cyrillic: OФК Бачка Бачка Паланка) is a football club based in Bačka Palanka, Serbia. In 2016, the club achieved 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 achieved promotion to the Yugoslav Second League group East, but, at the end of the 1959–60 season, ending up being relegated. However, Bačka returned for the season 1961–62 and this time stayed in the national second level for 14 consecutive years.[1]

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 the Yugoslav period, Baćka spent 16 seasons in the Second League.[1]

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.[1]

After the 1988–89 season in the Second League, during the following two decades the club played 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 started when Bačka won the 2012–13 Vojvodina League West. Immediately afterwards, Bačka won the 2013–14 Serbian League Vojvodina thus qualifying to the Serbian First League, the second national level.[1] It only took two seasons in the first league for Bačka to finish second in the 2015–16 edition and this way directly qualified for the Serbian SuperLiga. The 2016–17 Serbian SuperLiga was the first time in the club's history that Bačka played in the 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, third level while FK Bačka Bačka Palanka never played in Yugoslav highest level, but in 2016 got to 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. In summer 2015, club name changed to OFK Bačka.[2]


Serbian First League
Serbian League Vojvodina
Vojvodina League West
  • Winner: 2012–13[1]


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 6 October 2017[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 Nemanja Jevrić
2 Serbia DF Stefan Nikolić
3 Serbia DF Marko Bašanović
4 Serbia DF Nemanja Ilić (vice-captain)
5 Serbia DF Marko Klisura
8 Serbia MF Miroslav Bjeloš
9 Serbia FW Damir Čeković
10 Serbia MF Veseljko Trivunović (captain)
11 Serbia MF Luka Luković
12 Serbia GK Ivan Lučić
14 Serbia FW Luka Mićić
15 Serbia MF Milorad Balabanović
No. Position Player
18 Croatia FW Radovan Ivković
19 Serbia FW Marko Zečević
20 Serbia MF Dino Šarac
21 Serbia MF Zoran Švonja
22 Serbia MF Milan Makarić
23 Serbia MF Milan Spremo
24 Serbia MF Ivan Đorić
25 Serbia MF Uglješa Radinović
26 Serbia DF Miloš Živković
29 Nigeria FW Okosi Edhere
30 Serbia DF Boris Varga
99 Serbia GK Kristijan Župić

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]


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

No. Position Player
Montenegro DF Marko Vidović
Serbia DF Nikola Jovanović
No. Position Player
United States MF Simon Mršić

Out on loan[edit]

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 Nenad Mitrović (at Radnički Šid until the end of 2017–18 season)

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2017.

Notable former players[edit]

For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Bačka Bačka Palanka players.


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.
  • In the season 1958–59, striker Jovan Maletin "Turinac" scored 78 of the 118 goals Bačka scored in the league that season.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Istorija kluba (Club history) at FK Bačka Bačka Palanka official website, retrieved 18-6-2016 (in Serbian)
  2. ^ ""FUDBAL" 32/15 - page 3016" (PDF). Football Association of Serbia (in Serbian). 12 August 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Stadion (Stadium) at FK Bačka Balka Palanka official website, retrieved 18-6-2016 (in Serbian)
  4. ^ "First Team". FK Bačka. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Licensed for the Serbian SuperLiga". superliga.rs. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Book: "Deset Godina Sporta u Bačkoj Palanci 1945 - 55", pag. 8, (in Serbian)
  7. ^ Football Club in the Sports Association of Bačka Palanka, 5.01.2009, access 04/25/2013
  8. ^ "FK Bačka Mol", page 97 (in Serbian)

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