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Fudbalski klub Borac Banja Luka (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Бopaц Бања Лука, pronounced [bǒːrat͡s]) is a professional association football club, based in the city of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it is the major part of the Borac Banja Luka Sports Society. Borac Banja Luka is the most successful club in Republika Srpska, and one of the most popular football clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Borac means "Fighter".

Borac Banja Luka
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Full nameFudbalski klub Borac Banja Luka
Nickname(s)Crveno-plavi (The Red-Blues)
Velikan iz Platonove (Giant from Platon St)
Krajiški ponos (Pride of Krajina)
Founded4 July 1926; 95 years ago (1926-07-04)
GroundBanja Luka City Stadium
PresidentStojan Malbašić
ManagerNemanja Miljanović
LeaguePremier League BH
2020–21Premier League BH, 1st
WebsiteClub website

Currently, Borac is a part of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina and plays its home matches at the Banja Luka City Stadium, which has a capacity of 10,030 seats.


Early years (1926–1953)Edit

Borac Banja Luka' anthem

The football club Borac Banja Luka was founded on 4 July 1926. Originally it was named Radnički sportski klub Borac, which means Labour Sports Club Borac, Borac meaning "Fighter", and its roots come from the relation the club had with local labour movements during the first half of the 20th century. The club was founded by a group of football enthusiasts including the writer, activist and People's Hero of Yugoslavia Veselin Masleša, Rudolf "Rudi" Hiter, Savo Novaković, Nikola Pucar, Brane Pucar, Mustafa Softić, Nikola Kuković, Žarko Vranješević, Mile Stefanović, Brane Stefanović among others. They financed the club believing that by backing and supporting it that they would directly help promote the labour movements struggle that were under way. The name "Borac" (English: fighter) was given by Masleša who said: "If you are going to fight for workers rights, why don't you give the club name Borac?".[1][2]

The club's first president was Rudolf Hiter, and Savo Novaković was named vice president, with supervisory board headed by Đoko Jovanović. As football attracted more and more attention in the city on the Vrbas river, and Banja Luka got the right to organise its own subassociation gathering the clubs of the entire Krajina region, a new, bigger and modern stadium was built. The opening ceremony took place on September 5, 1937, on the ground of the present-day Banja Luka City Stadium.

The club's first success in this early period came in 1928, when RSK Borac won a tournament played in Sarajevo. Before World War II, the major club in Banja Luka was ŠK Krajišnik, however, after 1945, it was disbanded, and Borac replaced Krajišnik as city´s main club. Borac played conference leagues in order to qualify for the reestablished Yugoslav First League where defeated Sloboda Novi Grad 14–3 on aggregate, FK Kozara from Banja Luka with 8–4 on aggregate and Borac Kozarska Dubica 7–0 on aggregate and became Banja Luka district champions. In 1945, RSK Borac was renamed in FK Borac Banja Luka and played for two years in the Yugoslav Third League, before it was promoted to the Yugoslav Second League in 1953.

Decades of success in the first and second league (1960–1992)Edit

In 1961, Borac was promoted to the Yugoslav First League for the first time, but was promptly dropped back down at the end of the season. The club had to wait for almost a decade for the return to top flight. It was in the 1970/71 season, and the club stayed in the top league for four consecutive seasons. In this period, precisely in 1974, Borac achieved the Yugoslav Cup final. They were defeated by Hajduk Split in Belgrade, and as the runner-up, they have provided placement for the 1975–76 European Cup Winners' Cup season. In the first round of Cup Winners' Cup, Borac played against US Rumelange from Luxembourg. The first leg was played in Banja Luka where Borac recorded a record win in European competitions by a 9–0.[3]

The second leg was won by Borac by 1–5, meaning 14–1 on aggregate, and played in the second round against R.S.C. Anderlecht. The "Red-Blues" won the home match but it was 1–3 on aggregate at the end for the Belgians, who became winners of the European Cup Winners' Cup that season. Borac Banja Luka was the only team who beat R.S.C Anderlecht in one match (at home by 1–0) during the cup season. In the 1974–75 season, Borac played in the second league, but the club achieved a quick promotion and thus ensured the beginning of a new 5-year first league period that lasted until 1980. The following nine seasons, Borac spent in the second League, before a final top league period between 1989 and 1992. Borac's best placement in the first League was in 1992, when it finished the season as 4th. In total, Borac played 487 matches in Yugoslav First League during a 46 years long period.[4]

Memorable years (1988–1992)Edit

Yugoslav Cup winner (1988)Edit

From 1988 to 1992, Borac enjoyed the best period in its long history. In 1988, Borac achieved its biggest success. Under coach Husnija Fazlić team won the Yugoslav Cup, the second major football competition in the former Yugoslav football and became the only second league club that ever achieved this. In the final, Borac defeated Yugoslav football giant Red Star by 0–1 at JNA stadium in Belgrade.[5][6][7][8] The historic goal was scored by Senad Lupić, one of the Borac's legends. At the ceremony, president of Yugoslav Football Association Antun Čilić gave the golden plaques to Borac players and head coach. The next day, tens of thousands of Borac supporters gathered at Krajina square in Banja Luka and gave their team a hero's welcome.

Borac Banja Luka  1–0  Red Star Belgrade
Lupić   60' Report
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Blažo Zuber (Bačka Topola)

First European title (1992)Edit

In 1992, Borac won its first international trophy, the Mitropa Cup.[9][10][11][12] The club won the cup in the Italian city Foggia.

At that time there was an ongoing civil war in Yugoslavia, but despite that, they travelled to Italy in hope to write history. After the elimination of U.S. Foggia in front of 30,000 spectators, Borac met in the final BVSC Budapest at Pino Zaccheria Stadium. Filipović scored but gave only temporary advantage to Borac because the Hungarians equalized by Tuboly. That was the result of regular time, so the winner was decided by penalties. Borac won 5–3 from the white spot and got the trophy. Sašivarević, Stavljanin, Filipović, Bilbija, and Simeunović scored for Borac, and goalkeeper Simeunović saved his goal twice. Borac head coach was Smilevski, who was recently named as the member of Borac's "Best Eleven" squad in its history. Borac played a total of twelve games in UEFA competitions and has never lost a European match at its home ground. Also, seven Borac players have participated in the Yugoslav national football team in its history.

Borac  1–1  BVSC Budapest
Filipović   4' Report Tuboly   63'
5–3   Nikiforov
Attendance: 1,000
Referee: Steindl (Austria)

Recent years (2001–present)Edit

The First League of the Republika Srpska was the top flight of the Republika Srpska before 2002. Borac won the Republika Srpska championship three times (2001, 2006 and 2008). Their 2008 title was won dominantly with 14 points ahead of Sloga Doboj. Borac has won five Republika Srpska Cups, in 1995 against Rudar Prijedor, 1996 against Jedinstvo Brčko, 2009 against Radnik Bijeljina, 2011 again against the club from Bijeljina and in 2012 against Sloboda Mrkonjić Grad. In 2002, the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina was created as three national competitions were merged in one.

It became the country's most prestigious level of football competition. Also, since 2002, the clubs from entire country are competing in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup. In 2010, Borac won the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup and finished as third the national championship. During the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League season, they played in the second round against FC Lausanne-Sport, but were knocked out in front of sold-out Banja Luka City Stadium with 1–2 on aggregate for the Swiss club. In 2011, Borac became the football champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina with only 4 defeats and 15 conceded goals during 30 matches. The club won also the Republika Srpska Cup. In the following 2011–12 UEFA Champions League season, Borac start the qualifying matches against Maccabi Haifa. First match was played in Haifa, where Borac got the lead by the goal from Raspudić, a goal that surprised Maccabi Haifa as they were controlling the game. A minute into the first half's extra time, Amasha equalized for Maccabi Haifa. But then, an inexplicable black hole[clarification needed] occurred at Borac performance and they conceded three goals in only three minutes and Borac lost by 5–1. In the second leg, Borac showed great performance and won 3–2 by two goals from Krunić and one from Vidaković, however, the tournament was over for them. In 2012, Borac finished the national championship as third and qualified for the European football competition season. The draw for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League was held in Nion and Borac got Čelik Nikšić from Montenegro as their opponent. Borac was knocked out by away goal rule (3-3a).

Colours and crestEdit


Borac Banja Luka's traditional home colors are red and blue with white socks (colours that are contained on the Yugoslav flag). Borac has maintained the red-blue shirt for its home kit throughout the history of the club. Its traditional away colours are all blue or all red. The club's kit is after long-standing Serbian sports clothing company NAAI, currently new manufactured by Diadora, an Italian sports clothing company.


Borac Banja Luka's present crest contains name of the club and the name of the City of Banja Luka on the background formed from the sections that are colored as Serbian flag. On the top of the crest the year of club foundation is located. In addition, the whole crest is framed with gold color.


Banja Luka City Stadium in September 2012.

The home field of Borac is the Banja Luka City Stadium. It has 10,030 seats and is one of the most modern stadiums in the country. The stadium was built in 1937 and its main donator was Bogoljub Kujundžić, the ban of the Vrbas banovina. Since then, the stadium underwent several expansions and reconstructions in the years 1973, 1981, 2010 and 2012. In 2010, the stadium underwent complete reconstruction. New seats were installed on east and west stands, locker rooms were renovated, a completely new VIP lounge and room for media was built, new lighting, sound systems and video surveillance were installed, and trophy and technical rooms were renovated. In 2012, new north stand was built with a capacity of 2,492 seats, which increased the total capacity of the stadium to 9,730. According to recent plans, the east stand will be covered by a roof in the upcoming years. The construction of the south stand began, which will increase the total capacity to approximately 13,000 seats.

New StadiumEdit

In 2008, expert committee has chosen the concept of building a new stadium. The new stadium will have 30,000 seats, and whole complex will cover 205,000 square meters. It will include two additional football fields, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. The cost of the whole project is estimated to be €50 million and it will meet the highest FIFA an UEFA demands.[citation needed]


As one of the most successful football club in country, Borac always had considerable number of supporters. The organized supporters of FK Borac are known as Lešinari[13] (Serbian Cyrillic: Лешинари) and they are the oldest organized supporter group in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were established in 1987. The gathering point of the club's most loyal and passionate fans was the East stand of Banja Luka City Stadium until 2017, when it was changed to the North stand. Borac have big strong and loyal brotherhood with Vojvodina fans Firma and friendship with fans of Genoa.


Željezničar-Borac Banja Luka rivalryEdit

Borac's fans at a game between Borac and Željezničar in 2009.

Since the season 2008–09, the time when Borac started to be standard in the Bosnian Premier League once again, a great rivalry started to develop between them and FK Željezničar. Starting from the 2009–10 season the two teams mainly competed against each other for one of the titles (the league title or national cup) and even the attendance almost got on pair with the acclaimed Sarajevo derby. The rivalry also has a root in the fact that Sarajevo and Banja Luka are, by a good margin, the two biggest cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the first being also the capital of the whole country while the second takes the role as the de facto capital of Republika Srpska entity. Since independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina the teams met each other 22 times (6 of which are in national cup), although they played the first time against each other in 1947 Yugoslav Cup. In those 22 matches, Željezničar won 12 times, while Borac managed to win 7 times, with 3 matches ending in a draw. The goal difference is 31:19 in favor of Željezničar (Not including results from 2015 to 2016 season).






Recent seasonsEdit

Season League CupRS Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
1992–93 1st YU 36 6 11 19 35 64 23 19th N/A N/A N/A N/A
1993–94 2nd YU 38 33 15th N/A 1/16 YU N/A N/A
1994–95 2nd YU 38 39 16th W N/A N/A N/A
In summer 1995 Borac left the Football Association of Yugoslavia to join to First League of the Republika Srpska
1995–96 RS W 20 14 6 0 50 13 48 2nd W N/A N/A N/A
1996–97 RS W 22 11 6 5 32 16 39 2nd N/A N/A N/A
1997–98 RS 34 18 4 12 58 34 58 2nd N/A N/A N/A
1998–99 RS 34 13 6 15 44 39 45 15th N/A N/A N/A
1999–00 RS 38 16 11 11 70 40 59 8th N/A N/A N/A
2000–01 RS 30 20 3 7 66 22 63 1st N/A N/A N/A
2001–02 RS 30 16 7 7 45 25 55 3rd 1/8 1/16 N/A N/A
2002–03 Prem 38 16 6 16 50 49 54 7th 1/16 QF N/A N/A
2003–04 Prem 30 11 6 13 40 42 39 7th 1/8 Run N/A N/A
2004–05 Prem 30 13 2 15 36 39 40* 15th 1/8 1/8 N/A N/A
2005–06 RS 30 19 5 6 50 19 62 1st SF 1/8 N/A N/A
2006–07 Prem 30 13 0 17 42 47 39 15th 1/8 QF N/A N/A
2007–08 RS 30 21 4 5 62 29 67 1st Run 1/16 N/A N/A
2008–09 Prem 30 15 4 11 45 26 49 5th W 1/16 N/A N/A Stojan Vranješ 5
2009–10 Prem 30 17 2 11 37 29 53 3rd 1/8 W N/A N/A Nemanja Bilbija 6
2010–11 Prem 30 19 7 4 37 15 64 1st W 1/8 Europa League QR2 Stevo Nikolić 10
2011–12 Prem 30 17 4 9 46 26 55 3rd W SF Champions League QR2 Saša Kajkut 9
2012–13 Prem 30 14 9 7 43 25 51 3rd Run 1/16 Europa League QR1 Joco Stokić 12
2013–14 Prem 30 13 6 11 39 32 45 6th 1/16 1/8 N/A N/A Joco Stokić 10
2014–15 Prem 30 14 7 9 26 26 49 5th 1/8 SF N/A N/A Joco Stokić 10
2015–16 Prem 30 10 6 14 27 33 36 11th 1/8 QF N/A N/A Toni Jović 6
2016–17 RS 32 25 6 1 61 47 81 1st QF 1/16 N/A N/A Ivan Delić 12
2017–18 Prem 32 10 8 14 22 31 38 9th 1/8 1/8 N/A N/A Petar Kunić 12
2018–19 RS 32 25 5 2 60 14 80 1st QF QF N/A N/A Saša Kajkut 13
2019–20[nb 1] Prem 22 10 6 6 29 23 36 4th 1/8 QF N/A N/A Stojan Vranješ 12
2020–21 Prem 33 21 4 8 59 31 67 1st 1/16 Run Europa League QR2 Stojan Vranješ 15
League: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points won; Pos = Final position;
Cup / Europe: PR = Preliminary round; QR = Qualifying round; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; Group = Group stage; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final; RU = Runner-up; W = Competition won;

European recordEdit

As of 29 July 2021
Competition Played Won Drew Lost GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League 4 2 0 2 7 11 −4 050.00
UEFA Europa League 6 1 3 2 5 7 −2 016.67
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 6 4 0 2 17 8 +9 066.67
UEFA Europa Conference League 2 0 1 1 0 4 −4 000.00
Mitropa Cup 2 0 2 0 3 3 +0 000.00
Total 20 7 6 7 32 33 −1 035.00

Legend: GF = Goals For. GA = Goals Against. GD = Goal Difference.

List of matchesEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1975–76 Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Rumelange 9–0 5–1 14–1
2R   Anderlecht 1–0 0–3 1–3
1988–89 Cup Winners' Cup 1R   Metalist Kharkov 2–0 0–4 2–4
1991–92 Mitropa Cup SF   Foggia 2–2 (4–2 p)
Final   BVSC Budapest 1–1 (5–3 p)
2010–11 Europa League 2Q   Lausanne-Sport 1–1 0–1 1–2
2011–12 Champions League 2Q   Maccabi Haifa 3–2 1–5 4–7
2012–13 Europa League 1Q   Čelik Nikšić 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
2020–21 Europa League 1Q   Sutjeska Nikšić 1–0
2Q   Rio Ave 0−2
2021–22 Champions League 1Q   CFR Cluj 2–1 (a.e.t.) 1−3 3–4
Europa Conference League 2Q   Linfield 0–0 0−4 0–4

Club rankingEdit

UEFA coefficientEdit

2020–21 seasonEdit

Rank Team Points
372   Differdange 03 1.650
373   Union Titus Pétange 1.650
374   Racing-Union 1.650
375   Borac 1.600
376   Radnik 1.600
377   Sloboda 1.600
378   Bohemians 1.575

As of 17 December 2020. Source


Current squadEdit

As of 9 September 2021[15]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SRB Bojan Pavlović
3 DF   BIH Marko Kujundžić
5 DF   SRB Marko Jovanović (Vice-captain)
6 DF   SRB Strahinja Bošnjak
7 DF   BIH Dino Ćorić
8 MF   BIH Amar Begić
15 MF   CMR Donald Molls
16 MF   BIH Aleksandar Vojnović
17 MF   BIH Nikola Dujaković
18 DF   BIH Aleksandar Subić
19 FW   BIH Jovo Lukić
21 GK   BIH Nikola Ćetković
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF   BIH David Čavić
23 MF   BIH Stojan Vranješ (Captain)
24 MF   SRB Dejan Meleg
25 GK   BIH Nikola Lakić
27 MF   BIH Enver Kulašin
28 DF   BIH Đorđe Milojević
32 FW   CRO Ante Živković
33 MF   SRB Nemanja Vukmanović
45 FW   GRE Panagiotis Moraitis
77 MF   MNE Milan Vušurović
99 MF   BIH Goran Zakarić
MF   SRB Dejan Gajić

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   BIH Maksimilijan Milovanović (at Modriča)
DF   BIH Miloš Borovčanin (at Ljubić Prnjavor)
DF   BIH Filip Račić (at Željezničar Banja Luka)
MF   BIH Luka Bobić (at Kozara Gradiška)
MF   BIH Branko Božić (at Ljubić Prnjavor)
MF   BIH Dejan Bosančić (at Leotar)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BIH Amar Tahrić (at Radnik Bijeljina)
MF   BIH Amar Cerić (at Ljubić Prnjavor)
FW   BIH Milan Šikanjić (at Kozara Gradiška)
FW   BIH Bojan Marković (at Radnik Bijeljina)
FW   BIH Dejan Javorac (at Ljubić Prnjavor)

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

Technical staffEdit

Current staff
  • Head Coach:   Nemanja Miljanović
  • Assistant:   Boris Raspudić
  • Coach:   Zoran Dragišić
  • Coach:   Čedomir Ćulum
  • Fitness Coach:   Predrag Božić
  • Goalkeeping Coach:   Radovan Gajić
  • Doctor:   Nemanja Tomić
  • Head Physiotherapist:   Vladimir Pilipović
  • Physiotherapist:   Darko Dejanović
  • Physiotherapist:   Nikola Vučenović
  • Kit manager:   Milovan Maksić

Club managementEdit

Current board
  • President:   Stojan Malbašić
  • Director:   Dejan Lukendić
  • Director of Football:   Bogoljub Zeljković
  • General Secretary:   Aleksandar Gaćanović
  • Head of Youth Development:   Igor Janković
  • Chief Scout:   Saša Kajkut
  • Secretary Coordinator Director:   Danijela Knežević
  • Marketing Director:   Jelena Trninić Milićević
  • Portparol:   Jelena Tučić
  • Board members:
  •   Stojan Malbašić (president)
  •   Mladen Jovićević (vice president)
  •   Stanislav Koleška (vice president)
  •   Branko Kovačević
  •   Viktor Latinović
  •   Ljubo Tomić
  •   Bogoljub Zeljković

Former playersEdit

World Cup playersEdit

  2014 FIFA World Cup

Managerial historyEdit


  1. ^ 2019–20 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Bosnia and Herzegovina; season curtailed and final standings (including Sarajevo as champions) declared by a points-per-game ratio on 1 June 2020.[14]


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