FK Novi Pazar

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Novi Pazar
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Full name Fudbalski klub Novi Pazar
Nickname(s) Plavi (The Blues)
Founded 1928; 89 years ago (1928)[1]
Ground Novi Pazar City Stadium,
Novi Pazar, Serbia
Ground Capacity 12,000[2]
President Kemal Mehmedović
League Serbian SuperLiga
2015–16 Serbian SuperLiga, 14th
Website Club home page
Current season

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

History[edit]

Yugoslav period[edit]

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-leagues champion, and was later a member of the Yugoslav Second League.

Its first notable achievement happened in 1984 when the club won the Serbian Republic League, at time one of Yugoslav third tiers, and were promoted to the Yugoslav Second League for the first time in 56 years of existence till then. They finished the season with 43 points (at time it was two points per victory) with 17 wins, 9 draws and 4 losses, and a score balance of 42–14. The Serbian Republic League at time was very competitive and Novi Pazar that season finished top of teams such as Radnički Kragujevac, Čukarički, Obilić, Sinđelić, Jagodina, Sloga Kraljevo, Loznica, Dubočica, Radnički Obrenovac, Budućnost Valjevo, Rudar Kostolac, Kristal Zaječar, Majdanpek, Đerdap Kladovo and 7. Juli Vrčin. The celebration of the promotion to the Second League happened in the last round in the 2–1 home victory over 7. Juli, but the major celebration happened two rounds earlier when Novi Pazar secured the league title at the 1–1 draw away in Belgrade against Sinđelić. The game was attended by 3.000 spectators of which 2.500 were Novi Pazar fans that had travelled to Belgrade. The goal for Novi Pazar was scored by Milan Glavčić who scored 23 goals overall that season and was clubs top scorer. The players that formed that notorious generation of Novi Pazar that season were goalkeepers Novica Jovanović, Dragan Goševac, Naser Halitović, defenders Dragan Kostić, Bajro Župić, Darko Vujović, Esad Karišik, Nazim Izberović, Ratko Šarac, Radojica Milojević, Salih Detanac, Izet Ljajić, Ljutvo Bogućanin, midfielders Ferid Ganić, Rizo Tutić, Mirsad Karišik, Adnan Numanović, Ismail Bihorac, Nermin Ukić, and forwards Ismet Ugljanin, Milan Glavčić, Gmitar Vukadinović, Šerif Izberović and Naser Salihu. The club president was Amir Beširović while the coach was Dušan Radonjić and his assistant was Aćif Klimenta.[3]

Besides this major achievement, the generation of 1984 will also menage to win the, back then respectable, Yugoslav amateur-league leagues champion, which was played between the winners of the all eight leagues forming the Yugoslav third tier, the six republic leagues (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) and the two autonomous provinces ones (Kosovo and Vojvodina). As winner of the 1983–84 Serbian Republic League, FK Novi Pazar represented Serbia that year and won the tournament. After beating Liria away in Prizren by 3–0, Novi Pazar played the final home in the City Stadium where it won Crvenka by 2–0 with goals of Esad Karišik and Ismet Ugljanin. A member of that generation, Enver Gusinac, who became club captain in the seasons that followed, missed the season because of the Yugoslav People's Army conscription, made his return at that final game.[3]

1990s[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 relegation 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.[4]

2012[edit]

The season of 2012–2013 was a difficult one for the club. After the first half of the season FK Novi Pazar ranked 10th place in the Serbian Superliga.[5] 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."[6] 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 the district court for compensation.[7] Days later, it was announced that famous Serbian coach Slavenko Kuzeljević, known for his success with Radnički Kragujevac, agreed to replace Bekvalac as coach.[8] Subsequent to the announcement of the new coach, the former leader of Partizan's medical team, dr. Sead Malićević, was named the new president of the club.[9] FK Novi Pazar finished 14th placed in the 2012–13 season which saw them remain in the first division.

Recent Years[edit]

During the 2013–14 season, Novi Pazar was in no danger of relegation. They won against OFK Belgrade at home and drew goalless against Partizan. They finished the season ranked 8th.

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

Stadium[edit]

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.[10]

Supporters[edit]

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.[11]

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.[12] However, ultras in Novi Pazar are also known to act respectfully to visiting teams from outside of Novi Pazar.[13]

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.[14] The explosive device was wrapped with tape and filled with nails.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16][17] The protest was held in a peaceful manner without negative incidents.[18][19]

Kit manufacturers[edit]

League results[edit]

Serbian SuperLiga Serbian First League Serbian League West Serbian First League

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Current squad[edit]

As of 12 January 2017

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

No. Position Player
2 Serbia DF Jovica Vasilić
3 Serbia DF Ermin Ibrahimović
4 Serbia DF Darko Stanojević
5 Serbia MF Miljan Mutavdžić
7 Serbia MF Enver Alivodić (captain)
8 Serbia MF Dušan Pantelić
11 Serbia FW Aleksandar Đoković
16 Serbia FW Bojan Čečarić (on loan from Mladost Lučani)
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Petar Kunić
18 Serbia DF Mirsad Brunčević
19 Serbia DF Ervin Kačar
21 Serbia DF Lazar Pajović
No. Position Player
23 Serbia GK Mladen Živković
27 Serbia MF Irfan Vusljanin
32 Serbia MF Nikola Dimitrijević
33 Serbia DF Denis Biševac
44 Uzbekistan MF Murod Rajabov
55 Montenegro GK Bojan Zogović
77 Serbia DF Slavko Marić
80 Serbia MF Milan Svojić
84 Austria MF Kenan Muslimović
97 Serbia GK Pavle Nićiforović
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
22 Serbia DF Mehmed Avdić (dual with Jošanica until the end of 2016–17 season)
28 Serbia MF Ensar Bajramlić (at Jošanica until the end of 2016–17 season)
No. Position Player
Serbia GK Jasmin Koč (at Jošanica until the end of 2016–17 season)
Serbia MF Faruk Bihorac (at Jošanica until the end of 2016–17 season)

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers winter 2016–17. For summer transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2016.

Technical staff[edit]

As of 10 March 2013
Current technical staff
  • Head coach: Serbia Izet Ljajić
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Serbia Dejan Dimić
  • Doctor: Serbia Faruk Pašović
  • Physiotherapist: Serbia Jasmin Dzogović

Management[edit]

As of 7 January 2014
Current management
  • President: Serbia Kemal Mehmedović
  • Vice president: Serbia Almir Bruncević
  • 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FK Novi Pazar". Serbian First League. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  2. ^ FK Novi Pazar – Stadion (Serbian)
  3. ^ a b Generacija za sva vremena at Sandžak Danas, 13-2-2014, retrieved 15-2-2016 (Serbian)
  4. ^ "Dnevni list Danas - Sandžak - Gol Babića i pobeda nad Slobodom". Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Super liga Srbije". Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  6. ^ FK Novi Pazar (Serbian): Vusljanin: Ovakvo rasulo još nisam video 13 December 2012
  7. ^ Sandzak PRESS (Serbian): Bekvalac tuži Novi Pazar: ‘Klub je pao toliko nisko da nema ni rukovodstvo’ 23 December 2012
  8. ^ FK Novi Pazar (Serbian): Stefanović : Pomoći ću Pazaru 25 December 2012
  9. ^ FK Novi Pazar (Serbian): novi predsjednik kluba 9 January 2012
  10. ^ RTV Radio Televizija Vojvodine (Serbian): Svečano otvoren Gradski stadion u Novom Pazaru 12 April 2012
  11. ^ Today's Zaman: Fenerbahçe fans discover Novi Pazar 23 March 2012
  12. ^ Politika (Serbian): Skandalozan transparent navijača Novog Pazara: „Živela žuta kuća" 25 October 2012
  13. ^ Srpski fudbal (Serbian): Aplauz novopazarske publike Hajduku 1 December 2012
  14. ^ a b (Serbian): Uhapšen navijač Novog Pazara zbog bacanja eksplozivne naprave ka Grobarima 6 May 2013
  15. ^ Sportski Žurnal(Serbian): Uhapšen navijač Novog Pazara zbog bacanja eksplozivne naprave ka Grobarima 6 May 2013
  16. ^ Serbian Muslim football fans protest anti-Islam film Two Circles. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  17. ^ Adnkronos Group – Serbia: Thousands of Muslim football fans protest anti-Islam film Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  18. ^ Al Jazeera Balkans: Protest u Novom Pazaru zbog spornog videa (Serbian) Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  19. ^ "Thousands of Serbian Muslim Protest Over Anti-Islam Film". Abna.ir. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  20. ^ "srbijasport.net - FK Novi Pazar - Novi Pazar - Rezultati". Retrieved 11 April 2016. 

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