FK Sutjeska Nikšić

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FK Sutjeska
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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”
Nikšić, Montenegro
Ground Capacity 5,214[1]
President Ranko Jovović
Manager Nebojša Jovović
League Telekom 1. CFL
2015–16 5th
Website Club home page
Active sport clubs of Sutjeska
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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.

History[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.

Honours[edit]

Telekom 1. CFL

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Main article: Montenegrin Derby

"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.[6] 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.[7] The biggest Sutjeska rival is FK Budućnost Podgorica, as the "Barbarians" (Varvari) are the other large group of supporters in the country.[8] They also have a rivalry with Fap mašina of Čelik Nikšić, with whom they contest the Nikšić derby.[9]

Youth program[edit]

Mirko Vučinić began his career at Sutjeska.

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.[10]

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.

Most notably, Sutjeska was the club in which the famous Juventus F.C. former striker Mirko Vučinić began his career.[11]

Sutjeska in Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Luxembourg Racing FC 3–0 1–1 4–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
2R Finland Tampere United 0–0 0–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1Q Belarus FC Partizan Minsk 1–1 1–2(aet) 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013–14 UEFA Champions League 2Q Moldova FC Sheriff 0–5 1–1 1–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Champions League 2Q Moldova FC Sheriff 0–3 0–2 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Hungary Debreceni VSC 2–0 0–3 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
Notes
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

UEFA ranking[edit]

As of 24 February 2016
Rank Team Points
329 Estonia FC Flora 3.350
330 Montenegro FK Rudar 3.225
331 Montenegro FK Sutjeska 3.225
332 Faroe Islands HB Tórshavn 3.225
333 Azerbaijan FC Baku 3.225
334 Azerbaijan AZAL PFK 3.225
335 Bosnia and Herzegovina HŠK Zrinjski 3.175

Stadium[edit]

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.

Current squad[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
1 Montenegro GK Vladan Giljen
23 Montenegro GK Marko Radović
31 Montenegro GK Suad Ličina

15 Montenegro DF Nikola Popović
16 Montenegro DF Nikola Stijepović
22 Montenegro DF Aleksandar Šofranac
24 Montenegro DF Igor Ćuković
27 Montenegro DF Miloš Radulović
45 Montenegro DF Veselin Globarević
Montenegro DF Marko Ðukanović

4 Serbia MF Veljko Vuković
8 Serbia MF Stevan Kovačević
No. Position Player
10 Serbia MF Zoran Milovac
14 Montenegro MF Jovan Nikolić Captain
19 Montenegro MF Stefan Lončar
21 Montenegro MF Miloš Vučić
28 Serbia MF Stefan Stefanović
30 Montenegro MF Marko Vučić

9 Montenegro FW Vladan Karadžić
11 Montenegro FW Filip Vorotović
20 Montenegro FW Žarko Grbović
50 Montenegro FW Šaleta Kordić
99 Montenegro FW Dejan Zarubica
Montenegro FW Igor Ivanović

Former players[edit]

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

Technical staff[edit]

Current technical staff

Club management[edit]

Current management

Coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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