FK Železnik

FK Železnik (Serbian Cyrillic: ФК Железник) is a defunct football club based in Železnik, Belgrade, Serbia. They competed in the First League of Serbia and Montenegro from 1996 to 2005.

Železnik
FK Železnik crest.png
Full nameFK Železnik
Nickname(s)Lavovi (The Lions)
Founded1930
Dissolved2015
GroundStadion Jusa Bulić
Capacity6,900
2014–15Serbian League Belgrade, 8th of 16

Železnik won the Serbia and Montenegro Cup in the 2004–05 season. They made their European debut in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup.

HistoryEdit

Early years (1930–1992)Edit

Founded as Železnički SK on 28 May 1930,[1], the club became more organized during the 1950s. They changed their name to FK Železnik in 1961, following a merger with FK Napredak, which was originally created by the Ivo Lola Ribar Institute.[1] Between 1963 and 1967, the club competed in the Serbian League North, the third tier of Yugoslav football. In 1965, they lost to Sloboda Užice in the promotion playoffs to the Yugoslav Second League.

Rise to the top (1992–2005)Edit

The club continued to participate in the lower regional leagues without notable achievements until 1993, when Jusuf "Jusa" Bulić took over the club, together with his associates. In the 1994–95 season, Železnik won the Serbian League North and took promotion to the Second League of FR Yugoslavia. In the 1995–96 season, the club was promoted to the First League of FR Yugoslavia (IB League). They finished second in the IB League in the 1996–97 season, which gave them a spot in the IA League in the 1997–98 season.[2]

After the death of his father, Dragan "Aca" Bulić took over the club in May 1998.[3] Led by the youngest president in the history of Serbian football, Železnik continued to progress rapidly, finishing in a higher league position every season. Likewise, the club reached the semi-finals of the national cup in two consecutive seasons (2002 and 2003; they were eliminated by Sartid Smederevo on both occasions).[4][5]

In the 2003–04 season, the club achieved its best league performance by finishing in third place, thus securing a spot in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup. They were eliminated by Romanian club Steaua București in the second qualifying round (4–5 on aggregate). Despite only finishing ninth in the league that season, their worst result in six years, Železnik made the biggest success in their history by winning the Serbia and Montenegro Cup.[6][7] During this time, numerous Železnik players were selected to represent the country at both senior and youth levels.

New beginning and ceasing (2005–2015)Edit

In June 2005, due to financial difficulties, Železnik was forced to withdraw their participation from the 2005–06 UEFA Cup.[8] They subsequently merged with another Belgrade-based club Voždovac, which continued to compete in the 2005–06 Serbia and Montenegro SuperLiga.[9][10]

Refounded as FK Železnik Lavovi, the club started competing in the Belgrade Third League, the seventh tier of the Serbian football league system. They subsequently earned two promotions in two seasons (2006–07 and 2007–08), reaching the Belgrade First League in the 2008–09 season. After three years in the fifth tier, the club gained promotion to the Belgrade Zone League in the 2010–11 season. They subsequently earned promotion to the Serbian League Belgrade following the 2011–12 season.

After spending three seasons in the Serbian League Belgrade, the club merged with Radnički Beograd in the summer of 2015.[11]

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

Serbian League North (Tier 3)

  • 1994–95

Belgrade First League (Tier 5)

  • 2010–11

Belgrade Second League (Tier 6)

  • 2007–08

Belgrade Third League (Tier 7)

  • 2006–07 (Group A)

CupEdit

Serbia and Montenegro Cup

SeasonsEdit

Season League Cup Continental
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
  Serbia and Montenegro
1998–99[a] 1 24 7 5 12 29 43 26 13th Round of 16
1999–2000 1 40 15 9 16 55 47 54 8th Quarter-finals
2000–01 1 34 12 8 14 49 56 44 8th Round of 16
2001–02 1 34 14 7 13 41 42 49 6th Semi-finals
2002–03 1 34 18 8 8 56 37 62 5th Semi-finals
2003–04 1 30 17 7 6 48 20 58 3rd Quarter-finals
2004–05 1 30 11 5 14 38 45 38 9th[b] Winners UEFA Cup – Second qualifying round
  Serbia
2006–07 7 – Belgrade 20 18 0 2 83 14 54 1st
2007–08 6 – Belgrade 34 23 5 6 87 18 74 1st
2008–09 5 – Belgrade 34 13 5 16 49 45 44 8th
2009–10 5 – Belgrade 34 23 4 7 64 36 73 3rd
2010–11 5 – Belgrade 34 27 1 6 109 36 82 1st
2011–12 4 – Belgrade 34 20 4 10 68 32 64 2nd
2012–13 3 – Belgrade 30 12 7 11 39 36 43 5th
2013–14 3 – Belgrade 30 11 8 11 38 33 41 9th
2014–15 3 – Belgrade 30 12 7 11 30 33 43 8th
Notes
  1. ^ The season was cut short due to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
  2. ^ The former club ceased to exist after the 2004–05 season.

UEFA competitionsEdit

Season Competition Round Opposition Score
2004–05 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round   Steaua București 2–4 (H), 2–1 (A)

Notable playersEdit

National team players[12]

For a list of all FK Železnik players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FK Železnik players.

Managerial historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "FK Zeleznik - Early History". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  2. ^ "RAT, RASPAD SFR JUGOSLAVIJE, SANKCIJE" (in Serbian). FSG Zrenjanin. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Porodica Železnik" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 5 December 2000. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Déjà vu for Zvezda and Sartid". UEFA. 9 April 2003. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Oklop tvrđi od zuba" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 10 April 2003. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Famous first for Železnik". UEFA. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Železnik do trofeja sa igračem manje" (in Serbian). Sportska centrala. 24 May 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Železnik's European dream dies". UEFA. 15 June 2005. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Spajanje Železnika i Voždovca" (in Serbian). B92. 26 June 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Železnik merger solves crisis". UEFA. 29 June 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  11. ^ "BULIĆ PONOVO OSNIVA ŽELEZNIK: "Lavovi" će opet osvajati trofeje!" (in Serbian). Informer. 20 November 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Železnik Beograd". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 September 2016.

External linksEdit