FK Belasica (Macedonian: ФК Беласица) is a football club based in the city of Strumica, Republic of North Macedonia. They are currently competing in the Macedonian Second League (East Division).

FK Belasica
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Full nameFudbalski klub Belasica Strumica
Nickname(s)Кенгури (Kangaroos)
Founded22 April 1922; 97 years ago (1922-04-22)
GroundBlagoj Istatov Stadium
Capacity9,200
ChairmanSlavcho Vaskov-Pinda
ManagerVane Milkov
LeagueMacedonian Second League (East)
2018–19Macedonian First League, 9th (relegated)

HistoryEdit

 
Belasica's old logo

The club was founded on 22 April 1922 at the cafe of Tašo Todorov, where fifty initiators gathered at the founding meeting for the football club Belasica Strumica. According to documents, the first meeting was held on 13 August 1922 with Gjorgi Moskov elected president, Tomi Kujundziev as secretary and Rosto Perov as treasurer.

The first match played in club history was against Pobeda from Skopje, where Belasica lost by the score of 1–0.

For the most part the team played in the Federal Eastern Yugoslav Second League containing only the teams from 3 Republics: Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, winning the Macedonian Republic league on two occasions. In Macedonia, the club had its biggest success in the early 2000s when they were runners-up of the Macedonian First League twice. This year they came back to the First League and Belasica plays an important role in Macedonian football providing countless source of football talent. The Macedonia national football team had many players that came from the Belasica youth school. Among them are: Goran Pandev, Aco Stojkov, Dragan Stojkov, Igor Gjuzelov, Robert Popov, Goran Popov, Zoran Baldovaliev, Dancho Masev and Goran Maznov.

In 2015, the club was bought by the Macedonian kickboxer Slavcho Vaskov-Pinda.[1]

The most notable player to come out of Belasica is Goran Pandev a current Macedonian international and Genoa player.[2]

Belasica's stadiumEdit

Mladost Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Strumica, Republic of Macedonia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and the stadium's capacity is 6,500 spectators.

HonoursEdit

Macedonian Republic League:

  • Winners (4): 1956, 1958, 1983, 1988

Macedonian Republic Cup:

  • Winners (2): 1984, 1986

Macedonian Second League:

Macedonian First League:

Recent seasonsEdit

Season League Cup European competitions
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1992–93 1. MFL 34 12 10 12 41 44 34 9th
1993–94 1. MFL 30 7 12 11 35 48 26 12th R1
1994–95 1. MFL 30 11 4 15 48 62 37 10th
1995–96 1. MFL 28 9 6 13 34 38 33 9th
1996–97 1. MFL 26 9 6 11 32 41 33 10th GS
1997–98 1. MFL 25 8 4 13 25 35 41 13th ↓ QF
1998–99 2. MFL East 29 19 2 8 58 30 59 2nd
1999–00 2. MFL East 30 27 0 3 116 19 72 1st ↑ R1
2000–01 1. MFL 26 17 4 5 56 22 55 4th QF
2001–02 1. MFL 20 11 3 6 29 22 36 2nd R2
2002–03 1. MFL 33 20 9 4 50 32 69 2nd SF UEFA Cup QR
2003–04 1. MFL 33 10 6 17 37 55 36 10th R2 UEFA Cup QR
2004–05 1. MFL 33 14 6 13 53 47 48 8th R1
2005–06 1. MFL 33 2 2 29 22 84 8 12th ↓ R2
2006–07 2. MFL 33 11 7 15 36 59 40 9th R1
2007–08 2. MFL 32 16 7 9 49 37 55 4th
2008–09 2. MFL 29 10 8 11 34 33 38 8th R2
2009–10 2. MFL 26 10 3 13 28 39 33 8th R2
2010–11 2. MFL 26 13 4 9 39 26 43 5th R1
2011–12 2. MFL 30 4 6 20 27 56 18 16th ↓
2012–13 3. MFL East 33 23 3 7 102 23 72 4th R1
2013–14 3. MFL East 26 23 1 2 82 16 70 1st R1
2014–15 3. MFL East 22 18 3 1 66 11 57 1st R1
2015–16 3. MFL East 22 12 2 8 49 27 38 3rd R1
2016–17 3. MFL East 27 24 1 2 126 14 73 1st ↑ R1
2017–18 2. MFL East 25 18 5 2 81 11 59 1st ↑ R1
2018–19 1. MFL 36 9 11 16 37 49 38 9th ↓ SF

Belasica in EuropeEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   Leixões 2–2 1–2 3–4  
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   NK Celje 2–7 0–5 2–12  

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 4 February 2020

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Dimitar Gjorgiev
3   DF Aleksandar Milushev
5   DF Nikola Spasov
6   Kiril Kokolanski
7   MF Darko Razmoski
8   MF Stefan Sulev
9   FW Blagoj Istatov
10   MF Martin Mirchevski
11   FW Daniel Radojchikj
12   GK Mitko Mirchovski
14   DF Zoran Mitevski
No. Position Player
15   DF Igor Panoski
16   MF David Kalpachki
17   MF Blagoj Stojanov
19   DF Zoran Ivanovski
21   DF Jordan Serafimovski
22   MF Vasil Krstev
  DF David Stojkov
  MF Dejan Angov
  MF Vasko Kocev
  MF Robert Mitev

Reserve squadEdit

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

No. Position Player
  Tadjedin Amedov
  Hristijan Chukarski
  Vane Karpuzovski
No. Position Player
  MF Vasko Peev
  Stefan Plavchev
  Ile Velkov

Notable former managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Кикбоксер го купи струмичкиот ФК ,,Беласица,," (in Macedonian). Jugoinfo.mk. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Goran Pandev profile: 10 things you need to know about the Tottenham target – News". MirrorFootball.co.uk. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2012-08-08.

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