FK Voždovac

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Voždovac
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Full nameFudbalski klub Voždovac
Nickname(s)Zmajevi (The Dragons)
Founded1912; 107 years ago (1912)
GroundVoždovac Stadium, Belgrade
Capacity5,175
ChairmanMomir Veljković
ManagerDragan Aničić
LeagueSerbian SuperLiga
2017–18Serbian Superliga, 5th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fudbalski klub Voždovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Вождовац), commonly known as Voždovac, is a professional football club located in Voždovac, a municipality of Belgrade, in Serbia.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1912, under the name SK Dušanovac and its president in that year was Danilo Stojanović, "Čika Dača"[1] who was also the coach in that year. The club was named after Dušanovac, a suburb in Belgrade where the club was formed. Initially it was a club whose players and followers were mostly students from the Economics Gymnasium. After the end of World War I the club substantially improved however it never archived to be in the top like other clubs such as BSK Belgrade or SK Jugoslavija.[2]

In 1929, it is renamed into Voždovački SK (Voždovački sport klub). The main success in this period was the winning of the II League of Belgrade Football Subassociation in the 1933–34 season, and the III League of Belgrade in 1948–49. In the 1963–64 season, they won the Serbian Republic League, then the Yugoslav third tier, and promoted to the Yugoslav Second League. After Red Star Belgrade's new ground Marakana was built between 1959–63, Voždovački SK played its home matches on Marakana's secondary pitch with bleachers around it.

Old crest

In 1973, another local club, Sloboda Belgrade, formed in 1953 and Belgrade League champion in 1968, was dissolved. The municipal authorities decided to hand Sloboda's ground over to Voždovački, which then changed its name to FK Voždovac. The first major achievement was the winning of the Belgrade Football Association Cup in 1975. During the following three decades Voždovac competed mostly in the lower Serbian leagues, until the season of 2003–04, when they won the Serbian League Belgrade without a single defeat, achieving promotion to the Serbian First League, the national second tier.

On June 28, 2005, Železnik won the Serbia and Montenegro Cup but, struggling financially, merged with Voždovac. As a result, Voždovac gained access to the 2005–06 First League of Serbia and Montenegro, finishing in third place and qualifying for European competition. However, due to the continuing financial difficulties after the merger, club officials decided not to request the license for European competitions. After 3 years in the Serbian League Belgrade, Voždovac won the championship in 2012 and achieved promotion to the second tier. In their first season in the second division, they finished third, gaining promotion to the Serbian Superleague when Hajduk Kula withdrew.

Stadium[edit]

The old Voždovac Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium. It was used mostly for football matches and was the home ground of Voždovac, with a capacity of 5,780 people. It was demolished in 2011.

The new home ground of FK Voždovac is Bojan Majić Stadium, built on the roof of a shopping center. The stadium was opened in 2013 and has a capacity of 5,175 seats.

Supporters[edit]

Groups[edit]

The organized supporters of FK Voždovac are the Invalidi (Invalids).[3] However, the first organised supporting group was formed in 1987, and was named Vilenjaci (The Elves). Initially consisted of about 30 members, mostly former and youth players from the neighborhood. Along with Vilenjaci, another group named Zmajevi (Dragons) appeared, which is simultaneously the traditional nickname of the club. Vilenjaci grew with time, and they were often involved in disturbs. They made an effort to be original in their supporting. Pirotechnical fireworks were a usual way of provoking match interruptions.

In 1989, another group named Genoes United was formed in the east stand of the stadium, and by that time Zmajevi accepted to join Vilenjaci. Shortly afterwards Genoes also joined Vilenjaci on the western stand. In the season 1989–90 another group was formed, Hasini Trafikari, named after a former club player, nicknamed Hasa. Initially formed in the south stand, they would also ended up merging with Vilenjaci on the western stand. However, when it looked that the group was stronger than ever, it ended up being disbanded.

In 1990, a new group, that was initially more similar to a street gang than to football fans, was formed and named Invalidi. During the 1990s the group was constantly growing, and besides football their presence was also noticed in other sports events in which the club participated, most notably in women's handball. Obviously the most inspiring period for club fans was the period the club competed in the top league. Today the group consists of about 100 young men .[4]

Friendships[edit]

The fans have a strong friendship with fans of OFK Belgrade. They also have good relations with fans of ŁKS Łomża.

Honours[edit]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2019[5][6]

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 Mihailo Karadžić
7 Serbia FW Borko Duronjić
10 Serbia MF Jovan Nišić
12 Serbia GK Filip Nović
14 Serbia MF Igor Maksimović
16 Serbia FW Luka Milunović
17 Serbia DF Bojan Kovačević
18 Serbia FW Filip Stuparević (on loan from Watford)
19 Serbia DF Nikola Mikić
20 Serbia MF Andrija Luković
21 Serbia DF Miloš Mihajlov (vice-captain)
22 Serbia GK Marko Knežević
24 Serbia MF Stefan Purtić
25 Serbia MF Miloš Pavlović (captain)
No. Position Player
27 Serbia DF Marko Jovanović
28 Serbia MF Jovica Blagojević
30 Serbia FW Nikola Ćirković
31 Serbia GK Marko Ilić
32 Serbia FW Aleksandar Jevtić
44 Serbia FW Alen Mašović
88 Serbia MF Lazar Zličić
Serbia DF Dušan Matović
Montenegro FW Dejan Račić
Serbia FW Predrag Sikimić
Serbia DF Strahinja Bošnjak
Serbia MF Dragoljub Srnić
Serbia MF Lazar Arsić

Youth & reserves[edit]

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

No. Position Player
–– Germany GK Luka Lošić
–– Serbia DF Filip Damnjanović
–– Serbia MF David Bajić
–– Serbia MF Jezdimir Nedeljković
No. Position Player
–– Serbia MF Stevan Marinković
–– Serbia MF Vasilije Janjić
–– Serbia MF Radovan Avram

Players with multiple nationalities[edit]

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

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers winter 2018–19. For summer transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2018.

Club officials[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Ilija Stolica
Assistant Manager Aleksandar Linta
Club president Momir Veljković
Sports director Goran Grkinić
General director Goran Grkinić
General secretary Milos Mirković

Notable former players[edit]

This is a list of FK Voždovac players with senior national team appearances:[7]

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

Coaching history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Srbislav Todorović: "Football in Serbia 1896 - 1918", pag. 153
  2. ^ a b "Čika Dačine uspomene 1903 - 1953", Belgrade 1953, pag. 52 (in Serbian)
  3. ^ FANATIK: Kup je praznik za Ultrase! at mozzartsport.com, 24-9-2014, retrieved 19-4-2016 (in Serbian)
  4. ^ Story and history at Invalidi website (in Serbian)
  5. ^ "First Team". FK Voždovac official website. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Licensed for the Serbian SuperLiga". superliga.rs. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  7. ^ FK Voždovac at National-Football-Teams.com

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