FK Sutjeska Nikšić
|Full name||Fudbalski klub Sutjeska (Sutjeska Football Club)|
|Nickname(s)||Plavo-bijeli (The Blue-Whites),
Plavi (The Blues)
|Founded||1927 (89 years ago)|
|Ground||City stadium “Kraj Bistrice”
|League||Telekom 1. CFL|
|Website||Club home page|
|Active sport clubs of Sutjeska|
FK Sutjeska is a football club from Nikšić, Montenegro, currently competing in the Telekom 1. CFL. Its colours are blue and white. FK Sutjeska is a part of the Sutjeska sport society based in the same city. The club was established in 1927, but has been known by its current name since 1945.
The first name of the club upon its establishment was SK Hajduk. Later though (before World War II began), the club changed its name to SK Hercegovac. As the Second World War raged in the territories of Yugoslavia, the club's name was changed in 1945 to Sutjeska in honour of Yugoslav communists killed in the Battle of Sutjeska.
Sutjeska made its debut in the Yugoslav First League in the 1964 season. It is one of only two football clubs from Montenegro who competed in the first tier football league of Yugoslavia. As a result, FK Sutjeska gained considerable prestige and international reputation, and therefore remains one of the biggest sporting institutions in Montenegro. It is especially the most recognized sports organization in the city of Nikšić.
Even after the breakup of SFR Yugoslavia, Sutjeska remained at the top football league in subsequent-state FR Yugoslavia. After a great season in 2003, Sutjeska had a notable appearance in European competition in which they eliminated Racing FC Union Luxembourg in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Following Montenegrin independence, the team made the final of the Montenegrin Cup. The club finished in third place of the T-Com 1. CFL in the 2008–09 season and participated in the qualification rounds for the UEFA Europa League, where they were eliminated by FC Partizan Minsk from Belarus.
On June 1, 2013, after winning against FK Lovćen on the final day of the season, Sutjeska lifted five points clear of challengers FK Budućnost and won the Telekom 1. CFL title for the first time in club history and participated in qualifying for UEFA Champions League 2013-14. In the second qualifying round, against Moldavian champion FC Sheriff, Sutjeska won a great tie in Tiraspol, but at home could not withstand tremendous pressure and was defeated.
In the 2013–14 season, the second time in a row, Sutjeska won the title, becoming the first club from the founding of the League where it is managed, participated in the second qualifying round for UEFA Champions League 2014-15 and again failed against FC Sheriff.
Supporters and rivalries
"The Dukes" (Vojvode) is the popular name for the most ardent Sutjeska fans. They have been established as an NGO in 1988 in Nikšić and today constitute one of the most numerous groups of supporters in Montenegro. Their place is in the eastern stand, and they traditionally follow all the matches of all sports that compete under the “Sutjeska” name, both home and away matches. The biggest Sutjeska rival is FK Budućnost Podgorica, as the "Barbarians" (Varvari) are the other large group of supporters in the country. They also have a rivalry with Fap mašina of Čelik Nikšić, with whom they contest the Nikšić derby.
Sutjeska's youth academy is one of the most famous and recognized in Montenegro along with that of FK Budućnost. The first Sutjeska player to have been selected for the Yugoslav national team was Vojin Lazarević, who would later have a bright career with Red Star Belgrade. Lazarević was capped by the Yugoslav senior side in a friendly match against Romania in 1964 while still playing in Nikšić.
In 1976, a notably talented generation of the youth team became the champions of Yugoslavia; the team included names that would later turn to be successful soccer players like Brajan Nenezić, Mojaš Radonjić, and Pero Giljen. Pero's own son Vladan Giljen became a successful goalkeeper after learning his trade in Sutjeska. Four years after the famed 1976 generation made its first mark in Yugoslav football, Sutjeska won the Yugoslav Cup in 1980 – becoming the only Yugoslav club at the time to have won both trophies.
In 2010, Sutjeska's cadet team (for under-17 players) were champions of Montenegro in the country's U-17 league. During the same year, Sutjeska's U-19 team won the Gallipoli Cup in Italy, one of the most prestigious international tournaments for players of this age group. The U-19 teams of U.S. Lecce, A.S. Bari, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, and FC Krylia Sovetov Samara all competed for the title which Sutjeska's youth team won.
Sutjeska in Europe
|2003||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Racing FC||3–0||1–1||4–1|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||1Q||FC Partizan Minsk||1–1||1–2(aet)||2–3|
|2013–14||UEFA Champions League||2Q||FC Sheriff||0–5||1–1||1–6|
|2014–15||UEFA Champions League||2Q||FC Sheriff||0–3||0–2||0–5|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Debreceni VSC||2–0||0–3||2–3|
- 1R: First round
- 2R: Second round
- 1Q: First qualifying round
- 2Q: Second qualifying round
- As of 24 February 2016
City stadium “Kraj Bistrice” boasts a capacity of 5,214 seats. The grass surface is non-artificial and is surrounded by an athletic track. Located around the building is a spacious parking lot. The sports complex adjacent to the stadium is a modern training field with synthetic surface and a mini auditorium space.
- As of 13 March 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For the list of former and current players with Wikipedia article, please see Category:FK Sutjeska Nikšić players.
- Milan Zirojević
- Drago Kovačević
- Mojaš Radonjić
- Milan Živadinović (1981–83)
- Vukašin Višnjevac (1981–83)
- Dragoljub Bekvalac (1998–99)
- Branko Smiljanić (2002–03; 2004)
- Slavenko Kuzeljević (2003–04)
- Pero Giljen (2005–06)
- Miodrag Bajović (2006–07)
- Brajan Nenezić (2007)
- Nikola Rakojević (2007–08; 2009–10)
- Dragan Lacmanović (2010–11)
- Saša Petrović (2011–12)
- Dragan Radojičić (2012–14)
- Mile Tomić (2014–15)
- Upravni Odbor Sutjeska. "Stadion".
- Sutjeska from Niksic – Loved by the city – Vijesti Arhiva (2004) (In Serbian)
- Annabet – Sutjeska – Racing FC Union Luxembourg 3:0
- MTZ-Ripo Minsk – Sutjeska 2:1 (uefa.com)
-  UEFA: Sutjeska hold nerve to lift first Montenegrin crown – June 1, 2013
- Никшић Град и људи – Трагом старих фотографијa 1944–1970. Page 116. By Maksim Vujacic. 1996
- Sutjeska colts racing like thoroughbreds – May 6, 2009 UEFA.com