FK Mačva Šabac
|Full name||Fudbalski klub Mačva Šabac|
|Nickname(s)||Provincijski Urugvaj (Provincial Uruguay)|
|Ground||Gradski stadion Šabac|
|Head coach||Dragan Aničić|
|2018–19||Serbian SuperLiga, 12th|
The club was founded in 1919. It competed in the Yugoslav football league system until 1991. During the 1920s it played in the First League of the Novi Sad district (a league within the Belgrade Football Subassociation) and in 1930 the league was transferred into the First League of the Novi Sad Football Subassociation. In the period between the two world wars Mačva developed a fierce rivalry for the titles in those leagues with FK Vojvodina. The highlight for Mačva in this era was their participation in the 1930–31 Yugoslav Football Championship, even though they finished at the bottom in 6th place.
During this period the club got nicknamed in the press the "Provincial Uruguay". Provincial because they were playing in the Provincial Group of the Belgrade Subassociation League, and Uruguay because of their playing style which resembled Uruguay's, highly regarded at that time as they were the Olympic champions. The nickname was used for the first time in 1927. By early spring of 1928, Mačva finished at the top of the First League of the Novi Sad District where they defeated their main rivals Vojvodina. In the decisive match Mačva won over Vojvodina by 6:1. By the league system of that time, the winners of the district (župa) leagues had to compete to determine the Belgrade Subassociation Provincial League champion. Mačva first played at home against the winner of Banat district league champion, Obilić Veliki Bečkerek, which they won by 4:1, and then played away and won by 4:3 against the champion of the Šumadija district league, FK Šumadija 1903. Then, the draw determined that the final match would be played in Šabac against ZAŠK from Zemun, which Mačva smashed by 6:1 with goals by Bora Kesić, Milan Perić, Raduška Gajić and Kokan Stevanović.
After becoming Belgrade Subassociation Provincial League champions, Mačva became notorious and the main daily newspaper Politika consistently used the nickname Provincial Uruguay, especially after their surprising win against SK Jedinstvo Beograd by 3:2 in Belgrade, and after their successful tour in Greece where they beat Thessaloniki sides Iraklis by 3:1, and Aris by 4:2.
In the following season they became Novi Sad District League champions for the third time and qualified for the Vojvodina Group of the Belgrade Subassociation League. Mačva won the league and thus earned a spot in the Yugoslav First League where the major clubs in the country compete. They played well against BSK Belgrade and Hajduk Split and won in competition with the three-time Yugoslav champions Građanski Zagreb. Some Mačva players started to receive calls for the Yugoslav national team, namely Milorad Arsenijević, Ivan Bek, Milorad Ilić, Milanče Jovanović, Radomir Vojisavljević, Andreja Kojić and Bora Kesić. Other players of the Provincial Uruguay generation were Jefta Jovanović, Jovan Vračarić, Jovan Cvetković, Gidra Šljivić, Milan Perić, Kokan Stefanović, Kulja Suvajdžić, Bata Kiš, Vido Božović, Moma Jovanović, Mikica Sinđelić, Đole Jovanović, Đorđe Pantazijević, Raduška Gajić, Mikela Stanojčić, Mita Salajdžijević, Nikola Kradžić, and Brana Janković.
After Second World War, still within Yugoslavia, Mačva played two seasons in national top flight, it was in seasons 1951 and 1952 Yugoslav First League. Afterwards, they will spend the next 5 decades in lower-leagues. In 2014 Mačva won the 2013–14 Serbian League West and got promotion to second level, however they returned to third level by finishing 16th in the 2014–15 Serbian First League. However, that experience ended up being crucial and Mačva repeated a title in League West and returned to First League in 2016–17. This time Mačva won the league they were promoted to the 2017–18 Serbian SuperLiga, thus returning to top-league after 65 years. Before that, in March 2015, Mačva made headlines by becoming the first professional club in Europe to have a Mongolian player, the international Murun Altankhuyag
In the 2017–2018 season Macva's first season back in the top flight after more than six decades, Macva finished in 12th position out of 16 clubs in the Serbian Super Liga finishing the season with 11 wins 8 draws and 18 losses with a goal difference of goals for 38 and goals against 52. Securing survival in the club's first season back in the top flight after more than six decades was considered a great achievement.
The organized supporters of Mačva Šabac are known as Šaneri (Serbian Cyrilic: Шанери), and have a friendship with Napredak Kruševac fan group Jakuza.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2019.
Former players with senior national team appearances:
For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Mačva Šabac players.
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