OFK Beograd

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OFK Beograd
OFK Beograd.svg
Full nameOmladinski fudbalski klub Beograd
Nickname(s)Romantičari (The Romantics)
Founded1 September 1911; 107 years ago (1911-09-01)
GroundOmladinski Stadium, Belgrade
Capacity15,000
ChairmanIlija Petković
Head coachUros Kalinic
LeagueSerbian League Belgrade
2017–18Serbian League Belgrade, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Omladinski fudbalski klub Beograd (Serbian Cyrillic: Омладински фудбалски клуб Београд, English: Belgrade Youth Football Club) is a Serbian professional football club based in Belgrade one of the oldest football clubs in Serbia and one of the most respected due to numerous players of high quality coming through its youth ranks through the years, OFK are traditionally thought of as been in the top 4 of Serbian Football , more precisely the club hails from Karaburma urban neighbourhood. It is part of the OSD Beograd sport society.

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

The club was founded in 1911 as Beogradski sport klub (BSK) (Serbian Cyrillic: Београдски спорт клуб (БСК)) was one of the most prominent football clubs in Kingdom of Serbia and later Kingdom of Yugoslavia. It was also the most successful club between 1923 and 1941, with five national champion titles. BSK played its first game on 13 October 1911 against "Šumadija" from Kragujevac and won 8–1.

In 1945, after the World War II, club was reestablished under the name "Metalac" by its former members. This club carried the name until 1950, when it was once again renamed into BSK, but in the 1957, the name was altered into OFK (Serbian Latin: Omladinski fudbalski klub; English: YFC – Youth Football Club) Belgrade.

The golden era[edit]

A two decade long "Golden Era" began when the club won the Yugoslav Cup in 1953. Three other Yugoslav Cup wins followed, in 1955 and the 1961–62 and 1965–66 seasons. The club was the Yugoslav First League runner-up twice, in 1954–55 and in 1965–66. In the meantime, the club had changed its name once again. In 1957, the club was named OFK Beograd, once again in an attempt to attract spectators to the stadium, especially younger ones who often opted for either Red Star or Partizan. In that time, the players played attractive and lovely football and therefore got the nickname of "Romantičari".

The 1960s and the first half of the 1970s were years of European glory. OFK Beograd had participated eight times in European competitions. Their biggest success came in the 1962–63 European Cup Winners' Cup season, playing in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur, eventual champions. In the following ten years, teams such as S.S.C. Napoli, Feyenoord, Panathinaikos, and Juventus also lost to Beograd.

The silent fall[edit]

The Romantičari were not able to take advantage of their success on the domestic and European scene. After several successful seasons, a sudden fall occurred. During the 1980s, the club has often been changing leagues, from the First Division to the Second.

Modern times[edit]

In the summer of 2003, they were back in European competition. They played in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. OFK humiliated Estonian side Narva Trans at home by the score of 6–1, but UEFA cancelled the result because of a smoke bomb being thrown on the field during the game. Consequently, only the second leg result would count. OFK Beograd won in Tallinn with a score of 5–3. They were eliminated in the second round by Czech representants Slovácko, with a score of 4–3.

The club was back on the European stage in 2004. They started playing in the second round of the Intertoto Cup and eliminated Dinaburg. In the third round, OFK went on to play against Tampere United. OFK Beograd defeated their Finnish opponents and went on to play in the semifinals. They were eliminated by Atlético Madrid.

In 2005, the club entered the UEFA Cup in the second round of qualifying losing to Lokomotiv Plovdiv on the away goals rule. In 2006, the club faced French side Auxerre in the UEFA Cup. In the first game, in Belgrade, OFK defeated their opponents by the score of 1–0 a goal from centre back Milos Bajalica in the 31st minute of play proving the difference, a great result considering Auxerre was then one of France's strongest clubs. In the second game sadly OFK Beograd lost 5–1 with the result standing at 2-1 for Auxerre with ten minutes to play a result which would see OFK Beograd eliminate Auxerre the young OFK team capitulated in the last ten minutes of play conceding three goals and were eliminated 5–2 on aggregate. In the 2010 Europa League, OFK beat Torpedo Zhodino of Belarus 3–2 [1][2] on aggregate and went on to play Galatasaray where they lost 7–3 on aggregate, coming back from two-nil down to draw 2-2 in Turkey against Galatasaray but ultimately losing the second leg 1-5 at home with Danilo Nikolic scoring the only goal for OFK. In mid July 2015 OFK hired Vladimir Petrovic as their new manager. He was sacked after seven games, winning two of them.

Beograd were relegated from the Serbian Superliga after finishing fifteenth in the 2015–16 season. The next season saw relegation from the 2016–17 Serbian First League after finishing bottom in sixteenth place. The club played in the Serbian League Belgrade for the 2017–18 season, OFK Beograd finished in second place in their first season in the Serbian third tier behind FK Zarkovo who were promoted to the Serbian second tier , leaving OFK in the third tier for another season ( season 2018/2019 OFK'S second consecutive season in the third tier of Serbian Football) as only one team comes up ( is promoted ) from the Serbian third tier Belgrade section.

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Honours and achievements[edit]

Domestic[edit]

National Championships – 5

National Cups – 5

International[edit]

Other[edit]

European competitions[edit]

Before UEFA was founded (in 1954), OFK Beograd, under the name of Belgrade Sport Club (BSK), participated in Mitropa Cup, the first really international European football competition. The club competed for five seasons without a big success, usually stopped by teams from Hungary, the major football power at the time. In UEFA competitions, OFK Beograd played 16 seasons, the biggest success being reaching the semifinals of the 1962–63 European Cup Winners' Cup.

UEFA competitions summary[edit]

OFK Beograd Seasons P W D L F A Match Pts%W Ties P Ties W Ties L Ties %W
Representing Serbia Serbia 2 4 2 0 2 4 8 50.00 2 - 2 -
Representing Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 8 38 14 7 17 64 69 46.05 18 10 8 55.56
Total 10 42 16 7 19 68 76 46.43 20 10 10 50.00

Youth system[edit]

Branislav Ivanović honed his skills at OFK Belgrade.

OFK Beograd's youth system has a reputation as one of the best in the history of Serbian football. In its 95 years of existence, it produced hundreds of players who played not just for OFK Belgrade, but for the national team as well. Among these players are the likes of Ilija Petković, Mitar Mrkela, Nebojša Vučićević, Dragoslav Stepanović, Slobodan Santrač, Saša Ćurčić, Aleksandar Kolarov and Branislav Ivanović.

Since OFK Beograd's existence, attention was always turned to the younger categories of players. Recently, the club has built a new private training center, comprising eight playing fields along with training equipment with the newest technology.

A youth school was created with 150 players born between 1996 and 1999. There are also seven competitive teams for which more than 170 players are playing. The youth system compromises around 20 highly qualified coaches who are all specialized in certain areas of the game. Most of the coaches are former players who spent years at the club and who also went through the same youth system. Several physios are also present and are equipped with the newest technology for their work.

Rivals[edit]

OFK's biggest rivals are FK Rad from the Belgrade suburb of Banjica. It is known as the small Belgrade derby. In the mid 2000s in a game between the two clubs in the last game of the season OFK scored a last minute equalizer against Rad meaning Rad were relegated for the first time in almost twenty-five years. In the following season when OFK were playing in the Intertoto Cup Rad fans threw a number of flares from outside the stadium forcing UEFA to award the game 3–0 against OFK even though OFK won the game 6–1 against Estonian club Narva Trans.

Other rivals to a much lesser degree include Partizan and Red Star Belgrade.

Supporters[edit]

OFK Beograd's fans are commonly known as Plava Unija (The Blue Union) since 1994. When Beogradski Sportski Klub (BSK) was founded in 1911, the club which dominated the fields of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes developed a significant fan base. Throughout the several wars that took place since the founding of BSK, the club's turbulent history has produced adverse effects on the average attendance of today's matches in which OFK Beograd plays.

An organized group appeared for the first time in 1984 under the name of "Blue Thunders". The group lived under that name until 1990. When they were influenced by the rise of nationalism in Yugoslavia, they change their name to "Sokolovi" (The Falcons). The group officially collapsed in 1993 about a year after UN sanctions were put on FR Yugoslavia. The fans' love towards the club was certainly not forgotten and in 1994 a new group is founded – Blue Union Belgrade. The name remains the title of OFK Beograd's main group of ultras.

OFK Beograd's fans have been known to be resistant of past regimes. In the 1990s, Milicionar, a pro-regime police-backed team, entered the first division. When OFK Beograd first played against them, the OFK fans reacted with creation of a banner which bore the message "Goal Against the Regime." Among other things, members of Plava Unija also reinstated the old ex-Yugoslav firms habit of finding local home crews when our team was on away matches, no matter which Serbian town or city was in question.

Plava Unija fostered a friendship with Voždovac's fans, "Invalidi" while the club still played in Yugoslavia's second tier from 1996 to 1998. That friendship still remains to this day. OFK Beograd is also known to be supported by fans of Dynamo Moscow.[4]

Team kits[edit]

The Official team kit is currently produced by Spanish sports apparel company Joma.

Home
Away
Third
Goalkeeper

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 24 October 2018

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 Miloš Čupić
3 Serbia MF Vasilije Đurić
5 Serbia DF Sreten Smiljanić
6 Serbia MF Marko Šiškov
7 Serbia FW Aleksa Denković
8 Serbia MF Aleksa Veličković
10 Serbia FW Uroš Milovanović
12 Serbia GK Ilija Petrović
13 Serbia DF Miloš Zlatković
15 Serbia MF Nikola Stojanović
18 Serbia MF Aleksandar Petrović
21 Serbia FW Luka Đokić
24 Serbia DF Nikola Ignjatović
No. Position Player
28 Serbia DF Aleksandar Tasić
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Goran Vukliš
30 Serbia FW Bogdan Radojković
31 Serbia DF Dimitrije Tvrdišić
33 Serbia FW Nemanja Ratković
36 Serbia MF Marko Batinica
45 Serbia GK Vukašin Vraneš
66 Serbia DF Nemanja Trajković
–– Serbia DF Zlatko Iličić
–– Serbia DF Mile Šarenac
–– Serbia FW Stefan Paranos
Serbia DF Marko Milutinović

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
No. Position Player

Notable former players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have either:
  • 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:OFK Beograd players.

Coaching history[edit]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2006–2010 Joma Citroën
2010–2011 Jako Arena Sport
2011 None
2012 FOX
2012–2013 Onze
2014–present DDOR

References[edit]

  1. ^ OFK Beograd – Torpedo Zhodino : 2–2 Match report from Scorespro.com
  2. ^ Torpedo Zhodino – OFK Beograd : 0–1 Match report from Scorespro.com
  3. ^ In November 2018 the KPO was formed " Klub Prijatelja OFK " in translation " Friends of OFK ' with the goal of saving the club from becoming extinct and helping the club through its most difficult times. The KPO is made up of loyal fans who want to see OFK return to its former glories competing at the very top of the first tier of Serbian football.
  4. ^ Moscow fan club OFK Beograd official website (in Russian)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i BSK Beograd at exyufudbal.in.rs, retrieved 29-11-2015
  6. ^ Sándor Nemes, also named Alex Neufeld was often named Antal Nemes in Yugoslav press
  7. ^ IFFHS match report BSK-Ujpest (1939)
  8. ^ Mészáros István profile at magyarfutball.hu
  9. ^ Svetozar Popović profile at nogomet.lzmk.hr

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