FK Belasica

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 First League.

FK Belasica
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Full nameFudbalski klub Belasica Strumica
Nickname(s)Кенгури (Kangaroos)
Founded22 April 1922; 98 years ago (1922-04-22)
GroundBlagoj Istatov Stadium
Capacity9,200
ChairmanSlavcho Vaskov-Pinda
ManagerVane Milkov
LeagueMacedonian First League
2019–20Macedonian Second League (East), promoted

HistoryEdit

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. Their popular Nickname is Kangaroos and their best period was the golden 80s when they won the Macedonian championship twice. For the most part the team played in the Federal Second league Mainly the teams from 6 federal Republics.Everybody in Macedonia remembers some old legends such as Blagoj Istatov and Vasil Ringov.Belasica was also known as Belasica GC (GC for Geras Cunev) as Geras Cunev was the main sponsor for many years. In Macedonian top league, the club had its latest success was the early 2000s when they were runners-up of the Macedonian First League twice. In the year 2018 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 old logo

Club TitlesEdit

  • Macedonian Champions  (4) :
  • 1956,1958,1983,1988
  • Macedonian Cup   (2):
  • 1984,1986

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. With the last reconstruction in 2017 the stadium has a capacity of 9,200 seats, and it is a third-class field in accordance with UEFA standards. It meets the conditions for a high-ranking competition and is the second such stadium in the country.

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
2019–20 2. MFL East Abandoned due to COVID-19 pandemic[3] N/A

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 15 January 2021.

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   MKD Gjorgi Shopov
2 DF   MKD Hristijan Chukarski
3 DF   MKD Aleksandar Milushev
5 DF   MKD Nikola Spasov
6 MF   MKD Aleksandar Kocev
8 MF   MKD Stefan Sulev
10 MF   MKD David Kalpachki
14 DF   MKD Zoran Mitevski
15 DF   MKD Aleksandar Vasilev
19 DF   MKD Zoran Ivanovski
20 MF   MKD Vasko Kocev
22 MF   MKD Filip Mihailov
23 DF   SVN Medin Bajrami
25 FW   MKD Daniel Radojchikj
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 DF   MKD David Stojkov
30 GK   MKD Dimitar Gjorgiev
77 FW   MKD Antonio Kalanoski
GK   SRB Aleksandar Vulić
DF   MKD Gligor Donchev
DF   SRB Strahinja Ševo
MF   MKD Dejan Angov
MF   SRB Damir Avramović
MF   MKD Benjamin Demir
MF   MKD Boris Jakjimovski
MF   MKD Oliver Peev
MF   MKD Damjan Trajanovski
FW   SRB Milenko Mijatović
FW   MKD Besar Gudzufi

Reserve squadEdit

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   MKD Mitko Mirchovski
GK   MKD Filip Lazarov
MF   MKD Vasko Peev
No. Pos. Nation Player
  MKD Vane Karpuzovski
  MKD Stefan Plavchev
  MKD Ile Velkov

Historical list of coachesEdit

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.
  3. ^ "Вонредна седница на Управен одбор на Фудбалска федерација на Македонија: Прекин на натпреварувачката сезона 2019/2020". Фудбалска Федерација на Македонија. 4 June 2020.
  4. ^ Belasica turn to Blazevski - UEFA
  5. ^ Belasica hires Serbian manager - Macedonian Football

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