FK Bežanija

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FK Bežanija
Bežanija logo
Full name Fudbalski klub Bežanija
Nickname(s) Lavovi (Lions)
Founded 1921
Ground Stadion Bežanije,
Novi Beograd, Serbia
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Borislav Brujić
Manager Srđan Blagojević
League Serbian First League
2015–16 Serbian First League, 5th

Fudbalski klub Bežanija (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Бежанија) is a football club based in Novi Beograd, Serbia. They play in the First League of Serbia, the second tier of Serbian football.

History[edit]

In 1921 a football club was founded under the name SOKO. The club was founded in Belgrade's suburb Bežanija and at that time it did not fall neither under Belgrade nor Zemun football leagues. Later the club changes its name to BSK (Bežanijski sportski klub).[1] At that time the club only managed to play friendly matches. During World War II under German occupation, Bežanija joined a Croatian NDH league and renamed HSK. In the club, despite everything, all players were Serbs.[citation needed]

After the war in 1946 the club changes its name to FK Jedinstvo (not to be confused with pre-WWII club SK Jedinstvo Beograd). That year the club for the first time starts competing in the Srem league and becomes a member of the Novi Sad football association. Till 1952 the club was competing in the regional Srem League. In 1952 the club transfers to the Belgrade football association, and since then all the results have been written down. That same year the club forms its youth club that begin competing in the second youth league. At the beginning of the 1955-56 season FK Jedinstvo changes its name to the current FK Bežanija.[2]

Since 1953 to 1989 season the club competes in lower leaguea, and promotions and relegations were regular. In the season 1988-89 the club is promoted to the Belgrade Zone League for the first time in its history. The next season recorded further success and the club qualified to the Serbian league. In 1992-93 the club is promoted with even more success and moves on to the Republic zone league Belgrade. The biggest club success was in 1999-00 when the club was promoted once more to the First league in Serbia, but was relegated one season later.[3]

FK Bežanija gives much attention to its youth system which keep getting better and better results. This was born out when Bežanija's young squad finished 4th in the 2006-07 SuperLiga and were thus entered into the qualifying rounds of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup.[4]

Already in the recent history it is worth to mention that by the year 2010, the club has managed to participate twice in the national top league, the Serbian SuperLiga, having played in the seasons 2006-07 and 2007-08.[5]

Stadium[edit]

Stadion of FK Bežanija has the capacity of 2,000 seats. Plans have been made to make 4,000 more seats in the west stand.[6]

Honours and achievements[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 June 2016

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 Nikola Matek
2 Serbia DF Luka Rudan
3 Serbia DF Nikola Valentić
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nemanja Matović (captain)
5 Serbia DF Darko Gojković
6 Serbia MF Stanoje Jovanović
7 Serbia MF Nikola Lekić
8 Serbia MF Miloš Brujić
9 Serbia FW Miloš Đorđević
10 Serbia MF Nenad Lukić
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Jovica Jovanović
13 Serbia DF Dejan Parezanović
14 Serbia MF Nikola Divac
15 Serbia MF Filip Osman
16 Serbia MF Lazar Tufegdzić (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
17 Serbia MF Ivan Perić
18 Serbia DF Miloš Stojanović (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
No. Position Player
19 Serbia FW Marko Rajić
20 Serbia DF Marko Mijailović (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
21 Serbia MF Milan Janjić
Republic of Macedonia GK Lazar Djorejlijevski
Serbia GK Marko Lazarević
Canada GK Jovan Lučić
Serbia DF Božidar Stanimirović
Serbia DF Marko Milić
Serbia FW Jovan Džiknić
Germany DF Marko Mišković
Serbia MF Igor Radić
South Korea MF Kim Do-Woo
Serbia MF Srđan Ćirović
Serbia FW Anto Vasović
Serbia FW Darko Đukić
Serbia Jovan Mijailović
Serbia Luka Sekulić

Notable former players[edit]

List of former players with senior national team appearances:[7]

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

Notable former coaches[edit]

Fans[edit]

Fans of Bežanija are called Lavovi (Lions).

References[edit]

  1. ^ History at club's official website
  2. ^ History at club's official website
  3. ^ History at club's official website
  4. ^ History at club's official website
  5. ^ History at club's official website
  6. ^ Stadium at club's official website
  7. ^ FK Bežanija at National-Football-Teams.com

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