FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac
|Full name||Fudbalski klub Metalac Gornji Milanovac|
|Nickname(s)||"Šerpaši (Pot-workers)", "Metalci (Metalworkers)"|
|Founded||12 June 1961|
|Head coach||Žarko Lazetić|
During Yugoslavia the club mainly participated in the amateur ranks of competition.
Gornji Milanovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Гoрњи Милановац, pronounced [ɡôːrɲiː mǐlanoʋats] (About this soundlisten)) is a town and municipality located in the Moravica District of central Serbia. The population of the town is 24,216, while the population of the municipality is 44,406. The city was founded in 1853. Before 1859 the original name of the city was Despotovac, after the Despotovica river passing by the town. In 1859 the name was changed to Gornji Milanovac at the request of the Prince of Serbia Miloš Obrenović. Its name means Upper Milanovac (there is a Lower Milanovac as well, while Milanovac stems from the name Milan in Serbian.
Metalac is a bit of a yo-yo club consistently been relegated/promoted between the top three divisions of the Serbian football league system.
On 12 June 1961 in Gornji Milanovac, by the initiative of former FK Takovo footballer Miroslav Spasojević, was held the first foundational assembly of the newly created football club. The assembly was attended by the sindical union members of the companies "Graditelj" and "Metalac" and they suggested that the workers of the city companies should actively play football in the club. The club was founded as FK Radnik and the club management was elected. The presidents of the companies "Metalac" and "Graditelj" were elected president and vice-president respectively. The coaching position was attributed to Miroslav Spasojević, nicknamed "Era", who was also the team captain and main player. The club started competing within the league of the football association of Čačak. In the 1963–64 season, FK Radnik won the championship and got promoted. At the end of the 1964–65 season, by the initiative of the general manager of "Metalac" company, Milan Mišović, the club changed its name into FK Metalac, and the company begins to support financially the club. The new club president was Veljo Perišić and a new age begins for the club. In 1968, the club is promoted to the Western Morava League (Zapadnomoravska Liga), in 1970 is promoted to the Morava-Šumadija League (Moravsko-šumadijska Liga) and again two seasons later, the club starts competing in the Serbian League South, Yugoslav fourth tier back then. In that period the club also won the Serbian Cup by winning FK Rudar Kostolac by 4–0, and reached the 1/16 finals of the Yugoslav Cup where they lost after extra-time in Travnik against NK Borac Travnik (today NK Travnik) by 1–2.
By the early 1990s and after the breakup of Yugoslavia, the club competed in regional leagues. In 1995, the company Metalac became the club main sponsor. It is then when the club begins climbing up the leagues, reaching by 2000 the Second League of FR Yugoslavia. They did not manage to hold on in their first attempt and were relegated, but next season they won the Serbian League West and returned to Second League staying there this time two seasons.
In 2007, they won the third league again and played the 2007–08 Serbian First League surprisingly managing to finish sixth, which gave them access to the SuperLiga play-offs. That year the club failed, but next season, 2008–09 Metalac finished even better, fifth, and this time was promoted to the Serbian SuperLiga. At the end of the 2009–10 Serbian SuperLiga they finished 9th. Metalac finished top level as 14th in the 2010–11 season. Metalac relegated to second level after finishing SuperLiga as 16th or last in the 2011–12 season. Metalac finished First League as 5th in the 2012–12 season. Metalac finished it as 3rd, but lost play-out against FK Rad in the 2013–14 season. Metalac finished it again as 3rd in the 2014–15 season. This time, they won play-out against FK Napredak Kruševac and returned to top level after 3 years. 2015–16 Serbian SuperLiga saw Metalac finish in an impressive 10th position, 2016–17 Serbian SuperLiga saw Metalac relegated once again. The next three seasons Metalac would spend in the second division, a 3rd-place finish in the 2019–20 Serbian First League would see Metalac once again promoted to the national top tier, the Serbian SuperLiga.
- As of 5 October 2020
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit
For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2020.
Notable former playersEdit
This is a list of club players with national team appearances:
- Misdongarde Betolngar
- Yaw Antwi
- Kwame Boateng
- Nikola Karčev
- Miloš Krkotić
- Janko Simović
- Marko Mirić
- Aleksandar Sedlar
For a list of current and former players with wikipedia article, please see Category:FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac players.
As of July, 2014
|Nation||Coach name and surname||Period|
|Aleksandar Stanković||2018 – present|
|Nenad Vanić||May 2015 – 2017|
|Aleksandar Janić||Jan 1, 2014 – June 15, 2014|
|Slavenko Kuzeljević||Jul 1, 2013 – Jun 30, 2014|
Jul 1, 2005 – Jun 30, 2009
|Vladica Petrović||Sep 14, 2012 – Jun 30, 2013|
Jan 1, 2012 – Jun 30, 2012
Jul 2014 – May 2015
|Dragan Lacmanović||Jul 1, 2012 – Sep 9, 2012|
|Jovica Škoro||Oct 17, 2011 – Dec 31, 2011|
|Neško Milovanović||Oct 1, 2011 – Oct 17, 2011|
|Milan Đuričić||Jul 11, 2011 – Sep 27, 2011|
|Nenad Milovanović||Apr 12, 2011 – Jul 8, 2011|
Jul 1, 2009 – Apr 30, 2010
|Miodrag Radanović||Nov 1, 2010 – Apr 12, 2011|
|Zvonko Živković||Jul 1, 2010 – Nov 1, 2010|
|Ljuba Damljanović and Slavoljub Raković||1980–1991|
|Jovičić & Stanić||1970|
Stadion Metalac has 4,400 seats, and it was built in 2012. After the club achieved promotion to the Serbian SuperLiga in 2010, Metalac briefly played home matches in the Stadion Mladost which is in Lučani and holds 8,000 spectators. FK Metalac in Serbian SuperLiga, season 2009–10 held their matches at Čika Dača Stadium in nearby Kragujevac, because the FK Metalac played season before on the stadion of FK Takovo who didn't have technical requirements of Serbian SuperLiga. Next season 2010–11, they played in Čačak, at Čačak Stadium because unpaid rent at Čika Dača Stadium. Last season in SuperLiga they played in Lučani, on the same stadium where they began first match in higher rank of the league. The new stadium was completed in August 2012.
First game on the new stadium, September 1, 2012, FK Metalac played against FK Mladost Lučani, who was defeated with result 3–1. At this stadium the Serbia national under-21 football team plays their games too.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit
|Period||Kit manufacturers||Official sponsor|
- About the club Archived 2011-09-26 at the Wayback Machine at club official website.
- "Team roster". Serbian SuperLiga official website. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
- FK Metalac G. Milanovac at National-Football-Teams.com.