OFK Titograd (Montenegrin Cyrillic: ОФК Титоград) is a professional football club based in Podgorica, Montenegro. Founded in 1951, they play in the First League of Montenegro. The team has one league trophy and two Montenegrin Cup trophies. OFK Titograd is a member of the European Club Association.
|Full name||Omladinski fudbalski klub Titograd|
|Nickname(s)||Romantičari (The Romantics)|
Crveni (The Reds)
|Ground||Mladost Stadium (at Camp FSCG) |
|League||Montenegrin First League|
|2018–19||Montenegrin First League, 4th|
OFK Titograd was formed in 1951 as FK Mladost. Ten years later, the team changed their name to OFK Titograd, which was the name of Podgorica from 1946 until 1992. The club renamed themselves back to Mladost in 1992. In June 2018, the team renamed once again (OFK Titograd), due to respect to older generations and the tradition of Podgorica. Until 2008, and moving to their new stadium at Camp FSCG, Ćemovsko polje, it was the only club from old Podgorica Town (Drač neighbourhood).
|1951–1960||FK Mladost||Fudbalski klub "Mladost" Titograd|
|1960–1992||OFK Titograd||Omladinski fudbalski klub "Titograd"|
|1992–2018||FK Mladost||Fudbalski klub "Mladost" Podgorica|
|2018–||OFK Titograd||Omladinski fudbalski klub "Titograd"|
Soon after they were formed, FK Mladost gained promotion from Montenegrin Republic League to Yugoslav Second League. Their first season in Second League was 1955/56, where the team spent three consecutive seasons.
In period 1959–1968, the team played only in Montenegrin Republic League (third-tier competition in SFR Yugoslavia) with five champion titles. But, as a champion, team from Podgorica did not succeed in making a comeback to Second League with losing their games in inter-republic playoffs, against the teams from Macedonia and Serbia. Finally, the team under the name OFK Titograd gained promotion to Yugoslav Second League 1968/69.
This time, they played six consecutive seasons in the Second League, from season 1968–69 to 1973–74. At that era, OFK Titograd played first official games against oldest and better-known city rivals from FK Budućnost. Best result at that time OFK Titograd made at season 1971–72, by winning fifth place at Second League table.
After the few promotions and relegations at the second half of the 1970s, OFK Titograd played another four consecutive seasons in Yugoslav Second League from 1979–80 to 1982–83. That was their last biggest successes under the name OFK Titograd.
At 1992, the name of the team was changed and FK Mladost started to play in football system of newly formed FR Yugoslavia. Most of their seasons in period 1992-2006, Mladost spent in FR Yugoslavia Second League.
In September 1997, FK Mladost made a record win in history during a Montenegrin Republic League match against FK Iskra Danilovgrad 15–0.
During the SFR Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia times, Mladost spent 24 seasons in the Second League. At the same time, the team won 12 titles of Montenegrin Republic League winner, which is the best score of any team in that competition.
At the same time, Mladost won five Montenegrin Republic Cups, and played in the Yugoslav Cup. Their biggest success in the Yugoslav Cup, came on season 2001-02 – in the 1/16 finals, they won against Napredak Kruševac, but Mladost were eliminated in 1/8 finals, away against Radnički Obrenovac. Same success, Mladost made on season 2005-06. In the first phase of Cup of Serbia and Montenegro, Mladost surprisingly won against the First League member Voždovac (2–1), and in the 1/8 finals, club from Podgorica lost in last minutes against most successful Serbian club Crvena Zvezda in Belgrade (1–2).
Following the independence of Montenegro, Montenegro's best clubs joined the newly formed Montenegrin First League. Among them was FK Mladost, who previously won the playoff game against Zora Spuž (4–0, 0–2).
Mladost played two consecutive seasons in the First League, but relegated to Second League at summer 2008. A new come-back to top-tier competition Mladost made at season 2010-11. Since then, FK Mladost played more important role in Montenegrin football.
First greatest result, Mladost made at season 2012–13, when they gained historical first promotion to UEFA European competitions. Team from Podgorica played in 2013–14 UEFA Europa League and achieved a surprisingly good result. In the First leg, Mladost eliminated Hungarian-side Videoton (1–0; 1–2) and in the Second Leg they were better against Slovak team Senica (2–2; 1–0). In the Round 3, Mladost played against Sevilla FC with defeats in both games (1–6; 0–3).
For the first time, Mladost played in Montenegrin Cup final game at season 2013–14, but defeated against Lovćen (0–1). Next season, Mladost again participated in the Cup finals, but this tame won the trophy, after the extra-time win against Petrovac (2–1). That was the first national trophy in the history of the club.
With that success, Mladost gained another participation in European competitions - 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. In the First round, Mladost made a big surprise, eliminating the Neftchi Baku (1–1; 2–2). At the next phase, Mladost was eliminated by neighbouring side Kukësi (2–4; 1–0).
The most significant result in the club's history, Mladost made at 2015–16 Montenegrin First League. After the hard struggle with city-rivals from FK Budućnost, Mladost won the title of Montenegrin champion, very first in their history. Mladost made great success with winning all three championship derby games against Budućnost (2–0; 3–1; 2–1).
Third national trophy in teams' history, Mladost won in Montenegrin Cup 2017–18. During the competition, they eliminated city-rivals - FK Budućnost and in the Cup finals won against Igalo (2:0). With that success and with the old name (OFK Titograd), the team earned a place in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds.
Since foundation, OFK Titograd was known as a talent producing team, with great work with youth teams. In period 1951-1990, OFK Titograd functioned as a youth players 'factory' of First League side FK Budućnost Podgorica. Many notable players started their careers in OFK Titograd youth or first team, and among them are Dejan Savićević, Niša Saveljić, Predrag Mijatović and Stevan Jovetić. Two of them won the UEFA Champions League trophies - Savićević with AC Milan and Mijatović with Real Madrid.
First League RecordEdit
For the first time, OFK Titograd played in Montenegrin First League on season 2006–07. Below is a list of OFK Titograd scores in First League by every single season.
OFK Titograd in European competitionsEdit
OFK Titograd made their debut in European competitions during the 2013–14 season.
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Videoton||1–0||1–2||2–2 (a)|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Neftchi Baku||1–1||2–2||3–3 (a)|
|2016–17||UEFA Champions League||2Q||Ludogorets Razgrad||0–3||0–2||0–5|
|2017–18||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Gandzasar||1–0||3–0||4–0|
|2018–19||UEFA Europa League||1Q||B36 Tórshavn||1–2||0−0||1–2|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||1Q||CSKA Sofia||0−0||0–4||0−4|
- Biggest ever victory: FK Mladost - Iskra 15:0 (September 26, 1998, Montenegrin Republic League)
- Biggest ever defeat: Crvena Zvezda - FK Mladost 10:1 (August 15, 1998, Yugoslav Cup)
- Most goals by single season: 118 (Montenegrin Republic League 1998-99)
- Player with most goals in a single game: 7 - Luka Rotković vs. Pljevlja (October 24, 2012, Montenegrin Cup)
- Biggest ever home attendance: 6,000, FK Mladost - Sturm Graz (July 20, 2017, UEFA Europe League)
- Biggest ever away attendance: 27,548, Sevilla - FK Mladost (August 1, 2013, UEFA Europe League).
Honours and achievementsEdit
- Montenegrin First League – 1
- Champions (1): 2015–16
- Montenegrin Cup – 2
- Montenegrin Second League – 1
- Champions (1): 2009–10
- Runners-up (1): 2008–09
- Montenegrin Republic League – 12
- Champions (12): 1958–59, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1990–91, 1998–99
- Runners-up (6): 1954-55, 1964–65, 1965–66, 1976–77, 1994–95, 2005–06
- Montenegrin Republic Cup – 5
- Winners (5): 1965–66, 1975–76, 1982–83, 1997–98, 2002–03
- For all current and former players with Wikipedia article, see Category:OFK Titograd players.
Below is the list of players which, during their career, played for OFK Titograd and represented their countries at national teams and U-21 teams or foreign players which made an international career.
Since 2008, OFK Titograd is playing their home games at 'Mladost' stadium, which is a part of Camp FSCG at Stari Aerodrom neighbourhood. Stadium have capacity of 1,250 seats and from 2019 floodlights.
Before that, in period 1951-2008, home of OFK Titograd was Stadion Cvijetin Brijeg, at the Old Podgorica's neighbourhood Drač. But, because their stadium didn't meet criteria for higher-rank games, until 1998 Mladost played most of their games at Podgorica City Stadium.
At 1998, stadium Cvijetin Brijeg was renovated, with two all-seated terraces with capacity of 1,340 seats, new pitch, modern locker rooms, restaurant and another facilities. Stadium was opened on August 31, 1998, with the game OFK Titograd – FK Cetinje 6–1.
During decade (1998–08), on the stadium Cvijetin Brijeg, OFK Titograd played more than 200 matches in Montenegrin First League, Yugoslav Second League, Montenegrin Republic League, Yugoslav Cup and Montenegrin Cup. Stadium meet all necessary criteria for the First League, so, on Cvijetin Brijeg, few matches played FK Kom in First League of Serbia and Montenegro (2004–05) and FK Budućnost in Montenegrin First League (2006–07).
In 2008, stadium Cvijetin Brijeg is demolished and an elementary school was built in its place.
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