Rugby Club Rad
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|Full name||Rugby club Rad Mozzart Beograd|
as RC Pobednik
renamed RC Rad
Stadion Kralj Petar I (Capacity 6,000)Stadion Zarkovo (Capacity 1,000)
|League(s)||Rugby Championship of Serbia|
Rugby Club Rad Mozzart Belgrade (Serbian: Рагби Клуб Рад Моззарт Београд) is a rugby union club from Belgrade, Serbia. RK Rad, previously known as RK Pobednik, is one of the biggest rugby clubs within the former Yugoslavia, having won nine national championships and four national cup trophies. The club is a member of the Serbian Rugby Union.
In December 1996, a group of enthusiasts and lovers of rugby, led by Bosko Strugar, founded Rugby Club Pobednik. The early years were not easy as there were no pitches or club house. However, all members helped develop the club which brought results quickly. In difficult times, the players bought the required equipment and funded travel so the club could survive. The club is now sponsored by Mozzart Sports Betting. In December 2014 Pobednik was renamed Rad. This was previously the name of its associated junior rugby club, after a link was established with football club FK Rad. In English, Rad translates as "work" or "labour", and the football club was formed by the Serbian construction company of the same name. RK Rad's president Marko Kapor is also on the board of directors of FK Rad.
In the 1997/1998 season Pobednik joined the Rugby Championship of SR Yugoslavia and reached the playoffs. The first game ended with the triumph, with victory over the well-established club KBRK (now BRK Red Star). Ultimately Ragbi Klub Partizan took the championship in that season, but only two years later Pobednik defeated Partizan to become the new States champion. Pobednik won their second title the following year, and extended the winning streak to claim seven straight Championships from 2007 to 2013. Pobednik has also won 4 domestic Cups.
Regional Rugby Championship started in 2007, 3 teams from Serbia, 3 teams from Croatia, 2 teams from Slovenia, 3 teams from Hungary, 2 teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina, one team from Greece and one team from Austria. RC Pobednik were the runners-up in 4 seasons between 2007 and 2012.
Rugby Club Rad Mozzart Belgrade play its home matches at Stadion Kralj Petar I.
The team wears blue and white strip.
Winners (2): 2000, 2001
Winners (7): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Rugby Cup of Serbia:
Winners (4): 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013
Runners Up (4): 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Top Points Scorer: Marko Kapor - 543
The club currently has more than a hundred members who compete in five categories. The youth categories are the greatest source of the club's strength with talented young players being produced every year. Pobednik (now Rad) has provided more national representative players for Serbia than any other club.
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
- President: Marko Kapor
- Technical Director: Marko Jovanović
- Team Manager: Dejan Ranđelović
- Head Coach: Milan Orlović
- Forwards Coach: Marko Ristić
- Backs Coach: Miladin Živanov
- Doctor: Srđan Nikolić
- Youth coaches: Marko Žeravica and Zoran Mičić
The following players are members of the 100 club, having played 100 or more games for the club:
Kapor Marko, Rastovac Milan, Vuković Goran, Nikolić Srđan, Radulović Vladimir, Labus Jerko, Marković Predrag, Vraneš Predrag, Ristić Marko, Kapor Branko, Orlović Milan, Živanov Miladin, Jovanović Nebojša, Simonović Nemanja, Đukić Vladimir
Notable former players
- Labus Jerko
- Vuković Goran
- Nikolic Srdjan
- Rastovac Milan
- Kapor Marko
- Marković Predrag
- Bulatović Danilo
- "Members". Rugby Serbia (in Serbian). 2015. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- "Pobednik becomes Rad: The multiple champion of Serbia has changed its name!". Supersport.rs (in Serbian). 9 December 2014. Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.