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The 1980–81 Yugoslav Cup ((Serbian: Куп Југославије; Croatian: Kup Jugoslavije; Slovene: Pokal Jugoslavije, Macedonian: Куп на Југославија); also known as "Marshal Tito Cup" (Kup Maršala Tita); was the 33rd season of the top association football knockout competition in Yugoslavia since its establishment in 1946.

1980–81 Yugoslav Football Cup
33rd Marshal Tito Cup
Defending championsDinamo Zagreb
ChampionsVelež (1st title)
Cup Winners' CupVelež
Matches played31
Goals scored84 (2.71 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Vahid Halilhodžić (6)

The defending 1979–80 cup winners Dinamo Zagreb failed to retain the trophy as they were knocked out in the second round (i.e. round of 16) by Radnički Niš. Herzegovina side Velež from Mostar and Bosnian side Željezničar from Sarajevo reached the tournament final, in what would become the only cup final contested by two clubs from SR Bosnia and Herzegovina in the history of the competition which ran from 1946 to 1992.

In the final match, played at the neutral ground of Red Star Stadium in Belgrade, Velež, led by coach Miloš Milutinović, won the cup by beating Ivica Osim's Željezničar 3–2 with Vahid Halilhodžić scoring a brace and Dragan Okuka adding a decisive third goal in the 80th minute. This was Velež's first cup win in only their second appearance in the final, the first one taking place 23 years earlier in 1957–58.

Surprise of the tournament were third level sides Bregalnica Štip and Orijent (hailing from SR Macedonia and SR Croatia respectively) who sensationally managed to reach the quarter-finals. Bregalnica were eventually knocked out by cup winners Velež, while Orijent lost their quarter-final tie on penalties after holding the Montenegrin side Budućnost Titograd to a goalless draw. Budućnost themselves had an unusually good run, reaching the semi-finals and eliminating two of the Yugoslav "Big Four" clubs in the process, Hajduk Split and Red Star.



The Yugoslav Cup was a tournament for which clubs from all tiers of the football pyramid were eligible to enter. In addition, amateur teams put together by individual Yugoslav People's Army garrisons and various factories and industrial plants were also encouraged to enter, which meant that each cup edition could have several thousands of teams in its preliminary stages. These teams would play through a number of qualifying rounds before reaching the first round proper, in which they would be paired with top-flight teams.

The cup final was played on Sunday, 24 May, traditionally scheduled to coincide with Youth Day celebrated on 25 May, a national holiday in Yugoslavia which also doubled as the official commemoration of Josip Broz Tito's birthday.

Round Legs Date Fixtures Clubs
First round (round of 32) Single 15 October 1980 16 32 → 16
Second round (round of 16) Single 19 November 1980 8 16 → 8
Quarter-finals Single 22 February 1981 4 8 → 4
Semi-finals Single 1 April 1981 2 4 → 2
Final Single 24 May 1981 1 2 → 1

First roundEdit

First round proper was played on 15 October 1980. As in all stages until the final, ties were decided over a single leg, with penalty shootouts used to determine winners when matches ended in a draw after regular time. All eighteen 1980–81 Yugoslav First League clubs entered the competition at this stage, along with fourteen lower-tier teams.

Seven top level clubs were knocked out at this stage: Borac Banja Luka, Hajduk Split, Rijeka, Sarajevo, Vardar, Vojvodina, and NK Zagreb.

In the following tables winning teams are marked in bold; teams from outside top level are marked in italic script.

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 Bregalnica Štip 1–0 Šumadija
2 Budućnost 4–0 Hajduk Split
3 Čelik 1–2 Sutjeska
4 Red Star 4–1 Osijek
5 Dinamo Vinkovci 2–1 Vardar
6 Dinamo Zagreb 2–1 Vojvodina
7 Napredak Kruševac 2–1 Sarajevo
8 NK Zagreb 1–2 Orijent
9 Olimpija 2–1 Jedinstvo Bihać
10 Partizan 2–2 (6–4 p) Rijeka
11 Priština 1–2 OFK Belgrade
12 Radnički Niš 2–0 Borac Čapljina
13 Rudar Titovo Velenje 1–2 Željezničar
14 Sloboda Titovo Užice 1–1 (4–1 p) Proleter
15 Sloboda Tuzla 5–0 Dinamo Pančevo
16 Velež 3–2 Borac Banja Luka

Second roundEdit

Second round proper was played on 19 November 1980. This round was marked by cup holders Dinamo Zagreb's exit following their 2–1 defeat to Radnički Niš, and the two third level minnows Bregalnica and Orijent who both knocked out top flight opponents. The tie between Sutjeska and Velež was awarded 3–0 to Velež.

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 Bregalnica Štip 1–0 Olimpija Ljubljana
2 Budućnost 2–1 Red Star Belgrade
3 Orijent 1–0 OFK Belgrade
4 Partizan 5–0 Napredak Kruševac
5 Radnički Niš 2–1 Dinamo Zagreb
6 Sloboda Tuzla 3–0 Dinamo Vinkovci
7 Sutjeska 0–3 (w/o) Velež
8 Željezničar 1–0 Sloboda Titovo Užice


Quarter-final matches were played on 22 February 1981.

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 Orijent 0–0 (2–4 p) Budućnost
2 Partizan 2–0 Sloboda Tuzla
3 Velež 2–0 Bregalnica Štip
4 Željezničar 1–0 Radnički Niš


Semi-final matches were played on 1 April 1981.

Tie no Home team Score Away team
1 Velež 2–1 Budućnost
2 Željezničar 2–0 Partizan


Halilhodžić   55'58'
Okuka   80'
Baždarević   36' (pen)62' (pen)
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Vlajić (Belgrade)
GK 1   Enver Marić
MF 2   Avdo Kalajdžić
DF 3   Aleksandar Mičić  
DF 4   Dubravko Ledić
DF 5   Vladimir Matijević (c)
DF 6   Veselin Đurasović
FW 7   Dragan Okuka
MF 8   Blaž Slišković
FW 9   Vahid Halilhodžić
MF 10   Adnan Međedović
FW 11   Vladimir Skočajić  
MF ?   Momčilo Vukoje  
MF ?   Mirsad Mulahasanović  
  Miloš Milutinović
GK 1   Slavko Njeguš
MF 2   Branislav Berjan
FW 3   Vlado Komšić
DF 4   Ivan Lušić
DF 5   Hajrudin Saračević
DF 6   Josip Čilić
DF 7   Edin Bahtić
MF 8   Milomir Odović  
MF 9   Rade Paprica
FW 10   Mehmed Baždarević (c)
FW 11   Nikola Nikić  
MF ?   Dragomir Vlaški  
MF ?   Anto Grabo  
  Ivica Osim

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