FK Radnik Bijeljina

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Radnik Bijeljina
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Full nameFudbalski klub Radnik Bijeljina
Founded14 June 1945; 74 years ago (1945-06-14)
GroundGradski Stadion, Bijeljina
PresidentMladen Krstajić
ManagerMladen Žižović
LeaguePremier League BH
2018–19Premier League BH, 5th
WebsiteClub website

Fudbalski klub Radnik Bijeljina (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Радник Бијељина) is a professional association football club based in the city of Bijeljina that is situated in northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina. The club plays its home matches on the Bijeljina City Stadium, which has a capacity of 6,000 seats. The name Radnik means worker.

The club won its first First League of the Republika Srpska title in the 1998–99 season, and the second in the 2004–05 season, after which the club got promoted to the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The club was relegated from the Bosnian Premier League in the 2006–07 season.

Under the leadership of manager Darko Nestorović, in the 2011–12 season, Radnik once again won the title in the First League of RS and won a second promotion to the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they have been playing ever since.

In the 2015–16 season, Radnik had, so far, their biggest success, winning its first ever national trophy, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup, after they beat FK Sloboda Tuzla in the two-legged cup final (1–1 in Bijeljina and 0–3 in Tuzla). Winning the cup, the club qualified to the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds, its first ever UEFA competition.


The first football was brought to Bijeljina in 1916. The first football club was FK Podrinje which was formed in 1919. Later other clubs were formed such as FK Zora in 1920, FK Građanski in 1923, and FK Semberija in 1935. The clubs from this entire region of Posavlje and Podrinje played in the provincial leagues of the Belgrade Football Subassociation.[1] After the end of World War II, FK Radnik was formed.


FK Radnik Bijeljina was founded on 14 June 1945. It didn't take long for Radnik to win their first trophy. In 1948 they became champions of the Tuzla District beating FK Sloboda Tuzla in the final. A year later, the club reached the 1/16 round of the Yugoslav Cup. In 1957, Radnik entered into the Novi Sad/Srem zone (regional league). In season 1971–72, Radnik became champions of the regional Republic League of Bosnia and Herzegovina and they entered a playoff for a place in the Yugoslav Second League. The club played FK Sloga from Vukovar in the playoff where it won both matches, 4–0 in Bijeljina and 8–0 in Vukovar. It entered the 2nd League of Yugoslavia playing against clubs such as FK Proleter Zrenjanin and FK Bečej. They stayed in the Yugoslav Second League for six seasons, being its best classification in the season 1977–78 when they finished 10th.[2]

Another great achievement of FM Radnik Bijeljina was when the junior team won the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup in 1987. In the semi-final, they beat FK Velež Mostar in Mostar by 5–2. In the final, Radnik beat FK Polet Bosanski Brod in the penalties to win the trophy.


From 1995 to 1997, the club was called FK Panteri Bijeljina and played under that name in the first two seasons of the First League of the Republika Srpska.[2] In the 1998–99 season, Radnik Bijeljina won their first ever First League of RS title, an achievement reached again in the 2004–05 season.[2]


In the season 2004–05, Radnik won their second Republika Srpska title which got them a place in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 2005–06 season. In the 2005–06 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina season, Radnik finished 13th.[2] A year earlier it had reached the 1/4 finals of the Bosnian Cup.[2]

In the Republika Srpska Cup, after being twice a losing finalist in the 2005–06 and 2008–09 editions, it finally won the Cup in the 2009–10 cup season.[2]


Radnik won its first national trophy in 2016, winning the Bosnian Cup in the 2015–16 season, beating Sloboda Tuzla in the final (agg. 4–1).[3] This way Radnik won a spot in the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. Even though they put up a good fight, Radnik got eliminated in the first qualifying round by Bulgarian First League club PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (agg. 2–0).[4][5]

In the 2018–19 Bosnian Premier League season, Radnik finished on 5th place, but as 4th placed FK Željezničar Sarajevo didn't get an UEFA license to compete in that season's league, Radnik got qualified by default to the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds.[6]





European record[edit]

As of 11 July 2019
Competition P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
Total 3 1 1 1 2 2 0

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goals difference. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.

List of matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora 0–2 0–0 0–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 1Q Slovakia Spartak Trnava 2–0


Current squad[edit]

As of 17 July 2019[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Dalibor Kozić
2 Serbia DF Srđan Bečelić
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Slaviša Radović
4 Serbia DF Miloš Simonović
7 Serbia DF Pavle Sušić
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nedim Mekić
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Aleksandar Vasić
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Dino Mujkić
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Nikola Popara
13 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Seid Zukić
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Demir Peco
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Dejan Maksimović
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Marko Despotović
No. Position Player
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Vladimir Bradonjić
20 Serbia MF Miloš Plavšić
22 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Velibor Đurić (Captain)
23 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Jovan Motika
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Igor Marković
25 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Kenan Delić
26 Serbia DF Ivan Šubert
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Samed Hodžić
28 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Alem Merajić
30 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Dragan Živanović
Serbia DF Mihajlo Ilić
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Faruk Gogić

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Current technical staff
  • Manager: Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladen Žižović
  • Assistant coach: Serbia Stefan Janković
  • Assistant coach: Bosnia and Herzegovina Jovo Borković
  • Goalkeeping coach: Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Sofrenić
  • Fitness coach: Serbia Vladan Popović
  • Physiotherapist : Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola Savić
  • Doctor : Bosnia and Herzegovina Žiko Stokanović

Club management[edit]

Current management
  • President: Serbia Mladen Krstajić
  • Vice president: Bosnia and Herzegovina Ljubomir Stević
  • Director: Bosnia and Herzegovina Nebojša Tomić
  • General secretary: Bosnia and Herzegovina Slobodan Đorđić
  • Board members:
  • Serbia Mladen Krstajić
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Ljubomir Stević
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Slobodan Lovrić
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Milenko Zupur
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Predrag Perković
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Miloš Stevanović

Former players[edit]

For a list of current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see Category:FK Radnik Bijeljina players.



  1. ^ Milorad Sijić: "Football in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia" Archived 2012-05-12 at the Wayback Machine, pags. 138 ‹See Tfd›(in Serbian)
  2. ^ a b c d e f O klubu at FK Radnik Bijeljina official website, retrieved 8 February 2015 ‹See Tfd›(in Serbian)
  3. ^ E.B. (18 May 2016). "Historijski dan za Bijeljinu: Fudbaleri Radnika savladali Slobodu 3:0 i osvojili Kup BiH" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ O.T. (30 June 2016). "Radnik izvukao remi u gostima protiv Beroea u 1. pretkolu Evropske lige" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  5. ^ O.T. (7 July 2016). "Beroe u finišu meča srušio Radnik i eliminisao ga iz Evropske lige" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Željezničar ostao bez licence, Radnik iz Bijeljine naredne sezone igra Evropsku ligu" (in Bosnian). 27 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  7. ^ "FK Radnik Bijeljina first team". (in Bosnian). Retrieved 30 June 2019.

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