FK Novi Pazar

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FK Novi Pazar
Full name Fudbalski klub Novi Pazar
Nickname(s) Plavi (The Blues)
Founded 1928; 87 years ago (1928)[1]
Ground Novi Pazar City Stadium,
Novi Pazar, Serbia
Ground Capacity 12,000[2]
President Nedžad Dragolovčanin
Head Coach Mladen Dodić
League Serbian SuperLiga
2014–15 Serbian SuperLiga, 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

Fudbalski klub Novi Pazar (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Hoви Пaзap, English: Novi Pazar Football Club) is a Serbian professional football club from Novi Pazar who play in the Serbian SuperLiga. The club was formed in 1928 as FK Sandžak. FK Novi Pazar play their home games at the 12,000 capacity Novi Pazar City Stadium.



The club was founded in 1928, under the name FK Sandžak, which later changed to FK Deževa. The club has played under its current name since 1962, when FK Deževa and another local football club, the FK Ras, merged under the name FK Novi Pazar. The club was a Yugoslav amateur-league champion, and was later a member of the Yugoslav Second League.

Recent history(1995–2003)[edit]

The club qualified for a promotion play-off spot for the First League of FR Yugoslavia twice, but lost on both occasions. They lost to Sutjeska Nikšić in 1994, and to Sloboda Užice in 1995. In 2002, the club was relegated to the Serbian League, third division in Serbia. After one season in the Serbian League they were promoted back to the Serbian First League.

First time in SuperLiga[edit]

Rasim Ljajić played a role in the entry of the club into first-tier competition in 2011.

The club played in the second tier until 2011, when they came in third. At the end of the 2010–11 Serbian First League season, first-placed second-tier team FK BASK was not financially prepared for the Serbian SuperLiga, which caused a huge controversy and debate in Serbian football circles regarding who in BASK's place should take the birth in the top-tier Serbian SuperLiga in the following season. Two candidates emerged: FK Inđija, which had occupied a regulation place in the previous SuperLiga season, and FK Novi Pazar, which finished in non-promoting third place in the second-tier championship. Both clubs were backed by political proxies in their campaigns to take BASKS's place in the SuperLiga. Goran Ješić, who was the president of the municipality of Inđija as well as an official of the Democratic Party, represented the lobby for FK Inđija to keep its place in the top flight. FK Novi Pazar, meanwhile, was backed by the powerful lobby of Rasim Ljajić. In the end, FK Novi Pazar was promoted along with second-place Radnički Kragujevac. The 2011–12 Serbian SuperLiga was the first ever season in which FK Novi Pazar played in the top flight. Ivan Babić participated in a historic moment for FK Novi Pazar after scoring the first goal in the top division for the club.[3]

Year 2012[edit]

Summer 2012 club have buy many new players! The first period of the season 2012–13 was one of the best seasons for the FK Novi Pazar, in the history of the clubb! Just in the half of season 2012–13 FK Novi Pazar was on the 10th place in the Serbian Superliga.[4] In December 2012, an accumulated financial crisis in the club resulted in several players and directors leaving the club. Irfan Vušljanin, regarded by many as one of the club's best players in recent years, was quoted saying that "I've played for many clubs, but I've never seen this kind of chaos like now in FK Novi Pazar."[5] Like most of the playing squad, Dragoljub Bekvalac had not received payment in the previous four months and promptly resigned from the position of coach, and even considered suing the club via district court for compensation.[6] Days later, it was announced that famous Serbian coach Slavenko Kuzeljević, known for his success with Radnički Kragujevac, agreed to replace Bekvalac as coach.[7] Subsequent to the announcement of the new coach, the former leader of Partizan's medical team, Sead Malićević, was named the new president of the club.[8] FK Novi Pazar finished on the 14th place in Serbian Superliga season 2012–13 and in this place rescued FK Novi Pazar place in Serbian Superliga for next season!

Novi Pazar didn't live relegation danger in 2013–14 Serbian Superliga season. They won against OFK Belgrade at home and against and drew as goalless against Partizan and finished respectable on the 8th place.

Novipazar improved their form in 2014–15 Serbian Superliga season. They 2–1 won against Red Star at home, 3–1 won against OFK Belgrade at home and 1–1 drew against Partizan at home and away. They finished on the 5th place.


Novi Pazar City Stadium (Serbian Cyrillic: Градски стадион у Новом Пазару), located in the eastern part of the city, is the home venue of FK Novi Pazar. The stadium was officially opened on 12 April 2012 after one-year reconstruction and it can hold 12,000 people at full capacity.[9]


Main articles: Torcida Sandzak and Ekstremi
Torcida Sandžak

The three largest supporters groups of FK Novi Pazar are known as Torcida Sandžak, Ultra Azzurro and Ekstremi. Organized tifo support for FK Novi Pazar was first established in the late 1980s. Ultras of Fenerbahçe first recognized the fans of FK Novi Pazar in 2011, and a friendship now exists between the ultras of the clubs from Istanbul and Novi Pazar.[10]

Ultras in Novi Pazar have a recent history of both scandalous and respectful displays. In October 2012, Ekstremi held up a mocking display about the illegal organ harvesting in Kosovo as a provocation to Rad, a team from outside of Novi Pazar from where the supporters were mostly Christian Serbs. The incident garnered shocked reactions from media and government officials both in Serbia and in other countries.[11] However, ultras in Novi Pazar are also known to act respectfully to visiting teams from outside of Novi Pazar.[12]

In April 2013, during a home match against Partizan Belgrade, a supporter of FK Novi Pazar threw an activated homemade explosive device to the visiting supporters, who fell to the athletic field and did not explode.[13] The explosive device was wrapped with tape and filled with nails.[13] It was the same person, who caused on 26 November 2011, a false bomb alarm in the Novi Pazar City Stadium, which caused a criminal charge against him of causing panic.[14] FK Novi Pazar club management sharply condemned the action.

Torcida Sandžak, on a different note, earned worldwide recognition when the group organized a protest in the form of a public march which was attended by thousands of people.[15][16] The protest was held in a peaceful manner without negative incidents.[17][18]

Kit manufacturers[edit]

League results[edit]

Serbian SuperLiga Serbian First League Serbian League West Serbian First League [19]

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 August 2015

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 Zlatko Zečević (vice-captain)
2 Serbia DF Siniša Stevanović
3 Republic of Macedonia DF Stefan Aškovski (on loan from Partizan)
4 Serbia DF Marko Klisura
5 Serbia MF Miroljub Kostić (on loan from Sarajevo)
6 Serbia MF Ivan Todorović
7 Serbia MF Irfan Vusljanin
8 Serbia MF Ivan Obrovac
9 Serbia FW Anes Rušević
10 Serbia MF Almedin Zilkić
11 Serbia DF Radoš Protić (on loan from Sarajevo)
12 Serbia GK Pavle Nićiforović
15 Serbia MF Ensar Bajramlić
No. Position Player
20 Republic of Macedonia MF Ivan Nastevski
21 Serbia DF Lazar Pajović
22 Serbia MF Dino Šarac
23 Serbia GK Mladen Živković
24 Serbia DF Petar Pavlović
26 Serbia DF Slobodan Vuković (captain)
27 Serbia MF Vladimir Radivojević
55 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Amer Osmanagić
77 Serbia MF Predrag Pavlović
80 Serbia MF Edin Selimović
86 Serbia DF Marko Đalović
99 Serbia DF Miloš Tintor

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
14 Serbia MF Faruk Bihorac (at Jošanica)
33 Serbia DF Denis Biševac (at Jošanica)
Serbia GK Jasmin Koč (at Polimlje)
Serbia DF Ibiš Renda (at Jošanica)
No. Position Player
Serbia DF Faris Međedović (at Jošanica)
Serbia MF Amel Lakota (at Jošanica)
Serbia FW Elvir Rebronja (at Jošanica)
Serbia FW Anes Hot (at Tutin)

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2015.

Technical staff[edit]

As of 10 March 2013
Current technical staff
  • Head coach: Serbia Petar Kurćubić
  • Assistant coach: Serbia Izet Ljajić
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Serbia Mirko Radulović
  • Physical Coach: Serbia Duško Tomas
  • Doctor: Serbia Edin Preljević
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Jasmin Dzogović


As of 07 Januar 2014
Current management
  • President: Serbia Nedžad Dragolovčanin
  • Vice president: Serbia Ćerim Šemsović
  • Vice president: Serbia Sead Numanović

Notable former players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • Played at least 100 games in Serbian top league.
  • Played at least 80 games for the club.
  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one international match for their national team at any time.

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

Former coaches[edit]


  1. ^ "FK Novi Pazar". Serbian First League. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ FK Novi Pazar – Stadion (Serbian)
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  5. ^ FK Novi Pazar (Serbian): Vusljanin: Ovakvo rasulo još nisam video 13 December 2012
  6. ^ Sandzak PRESS (Serbian): Bekvalac tuži Novi Pazar: ‘Klub je pao toliko nisko da nema ni rukovodstvo’ 23 December 2012
  7. ^ FK Novi Pazar (Serbian): Stefanović : Pomoći ću Pazaru 25 December 2012
  8. ^ FK Novi Pazar (Serbian): novi predsjednik kluba 9 January 2012
  9. ^ RTV Radio Televizija Vojvodine (Serbian): Svečano otvoren Gradski stadion u Novom Pazaru 12 April 2012
  10. ^ Today's Zaman: Fenerbahçe fans discover Novi Pazar 23 March 2012
  11. ^ Politika (Serbian): Skandalozan transparent navijača Novog Pazara: „Živela žuta kuća" 25 October 2012
  12. ^ Srpski fudbal (Serbian): Aplauz novopazarske publike Hajduku 1 December 2012
  13. ^ a b (Serbian): Uhapšen navijač Novog Pazara zbog bacanja eksplozivne naprave ka Grobarima 6 May 2013
  14. ^ Sportski Žurnal(Serbian): Uhapšen navijač Novog Pazara zbog bacanja eksplozivne naprave ka Grobarima 6 May 2013
  15. ^ Serbian Muslim football fans protest anti-Islam film Two Circles. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  16. ^ Adnkronos Group – Serbia: Thousands of Muslim football fans protest anti-Islam film Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  17. ^ Al Jazeera Balkans: Protest u Novom Pazaru zbog spornog videa (Serbian) Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  18. ^ "Thousands of Serbian Muslim Protest Over Anti-Islam Film". Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
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