FK Napredak Kruševac

Fudbalski klub Napredak Kruševac (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Напредак Крушевац), commonly known as Napredak Kruševac, is a Serbian professional football club based in the city of Kruševac. The word Napredak means "progress" in Serbian.

Napredak Kruševac
FK Napredak Krusevac logo.svg
Full nameFudbalski klub Napredak Kruševac
Nickname(s)Čarapani (The Socks)[1]
Founded8 December 1946; 76 years ago (1946-12-08)
GroundMladost Stadium
PresidentMiloš Nenezić
Head coachDragan Perišić
LeagueSerbian SuperLiga
2021–22Serbian SuperLiga, 8th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club's nickname is the Čarapani which translates in English to the sock-men, the origin of this nickname are from the times of the First Serbian Uprising, when the local insurgents took off their slippers and silently went to defend their homeland against the Ottoman occupation of Serbia, in socks. Another interpretation is related to the custom of men in this area who in urban legend in medieval times wore beautiful, long embroidered socks.[1]


Napredak was founded on 8 December 1946, through a merger of three local area clubs Zakić, Badža and 14. Oktobar. In January 1947, they played its first official game against Vardar, the result was 1–1. The first goal in Napredak's history scored Marko Valok, who became later a famous player of Partizan Belgrade and Yugoslavian First League top scorer in 1950. In 1949, they became champions of Serbia, the first title of the club. In 1951, Napredak joined the Yugoslav First League for the first time, but they immediately relegated in the IV Zona (IV Zone), which was one of the 5 subdivisions of the Yugoslav Second League. Since the season 1958/59, they compete in the new format of the Yugoslav Second League.

In 1976, led by coach Dragan Bojović, the club won the second league and again provides a placement in the elite, thanks to the four goals by Jovica Škoro, three by Milomir Jakovljević and one by Dragiša Ćuslović, which brought the decisive 8–2 victory over Rad Belgrade, but they relegated again in the same season. In the season 1978–79, they joined the Yugoslav First League, and in that season, Yugoslav powerhouse Partizan suffered a sensational 3–0 home defeat from Napredak.[3] In the season 1979–80, led by coach Tomislav Kaloperović, Napredak finished the championship as 4th and this in front of several Yugoslav top clubs, and qualified finally for the first time for a European competition, the 1980–81 UEFA Cup season, but they were eliminated already in the first round by Eastern Germany's club Dynamo Dresden. It got even worse, because in the same season the club finished the league unexpectedly in the last place and relegated to the Yugoslav Second League and competed there until 1988. In the season 1987–88, Napredak won the East Division of the second league and was promoted to the top tier, but the club could not keep in the first league and relegated for the third time in its history again in the debut season. Napredak remain in the second league until the season 1991–92, the last season of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and was one of the clubs, which were member of the newly founded First League of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1993, Napredak achieved a good six place, but the subsequent 1993–94 season, they relegated to the second league.

New Millennium (2000–2010)Edit

They was during the nineties on the border between the first and second league and won finally in the season 1999–2000 the group East of the Yugoslav Second League and returned to the top tier. In the same season, Napredak's achieved its biggest success in a domestic competition, the reaching of the Yugoslav Cup final in 2000, but lost against the Serbian giant Red Star Belgrade. Their presence in the national cup final earned them a spot for the 2000–01 UEFA Cup season. This time, the team had a little more success than the first participation, eliminating Estonia's Viljandi Tulevik in the first round, but getting eliminated in the second by Greek club OFI Crete. The first league debut for the season 2000–01 was again, after the club history almost traditional, not a successful season and they relegated again immediately. The club received slowly the reputation to be an elevator team due to the frequent promotions and subsequent relegations. In 2003, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was renamed to Serbia and Montenegro and the football leagues followed the renaming. In 2003, Napredak won the group East of the Second League of Serbia and Montenegro and promoted to the 2003–04 First League of Serbia and Montenegro season, but relegated again immediately, and this already in total for the fifth time in its history immediately after a promotion.

After Montenegrin independence in 2006, the clubs from Montenegro withdrew from the league and since then the leagues formed by clubs from the territory of Serbia only. In the season 2006–07, Napredak achieved the third place of the Serbian First League, the second tier in the Serbian football system. Then provided the first two places the promotion in the first league, but on 19 July, in 2007, the Football Association of Serbia decided that Napredak will be promoted to the Serbian SuperLiga and replace Mladost Apatin who withdrew from the competition after being unable to bear the financial burden of playing in a top division. In 2008, they missed barely a qualification place for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. However, two years later, precisely in 2010, Napredak relegated and played again in the Serbian First League.

New Management (2011–present)Edit

Napredak began transforming from the beginning of 2012 with the arrival of new management and players alike. One of the players was striker Nenad Mirosavljević, one of the best known player in the Serbian football and one of the greatest players to have ever played for APOEL, who was signed from Olympiakos Nicosia. Less than a month after his signing, the club brought the new director Goran Karić, who had the task of bringing the club back to the top flight from the Serbian First League.

Napredak occupied after the first half of the season the bottom half of table, but the new team started a series of victories and they finished the 2011–12 Serbian First League season as 6th, barely missing promotion to the first-tier, the Serbian SuperLiga. On 17 September 2012, Karić was replaced by new director Vladimir Arsić.[4] One of the first acts under the new management was the redesign of the club's logo.[5] The renovation of Napredak's home ground, the Madost Stadium, was complete by the end of April 2012, and the club was able to play again at home. On 9 December, in 2012, Napredak celebrated its 66th birthday and the club's position at first place at the end of the first half of the 2012–13 Serbian First League, which was practically an unprecedented success for the club.[6] Napredak finally promoted to Serbian SuperLiga after crowning First League as champions. Napredak finished SuperLiga as 9th in 2013–14 season. But, Napredak finished it as 14th in 2014–15 season and played play-out against Metalac, 3rd of Serbian First League. After a 3–1 loss away on 30 May 2015 and a 1–1 draw at home on 3 June 2015, Napredak were relegated to second tier.

Club colors and crestEdit

Throughout its history Napredak has traditionally performed in the color red as a tribute to the Labour movement, but the club used also as away kit, an all-white jersey. The crest includes the colors red and white, as well as the year 1946 marking the year the club was established, a football in the middle and the top symbolizes the wall of the Kruševac Fortress, which is believed to have been built by Serbian medieval ruler, Tsar Lazar.


The home field of Napredak is the Mladost Stadium, an all-seater football stadium, which has capacity for 10,331 people. The ground was built in 1976, in a record time of just 60 days, with initial capacity being of 25,000.[7] it is one of the few single-purpose stadiums in Serbia, because it lacks a track ring like in conventional multi-purpose stadiums, noise from the spectators is closer to the field and therefore composes a louder and exciting atmosphere for hosting and visiting teams alike. In 2012 Napredak carried out an extensive renovation project, installing seats throughout the stadium and erecting four floodlight masts. That year the stadium hosted the 2012 Serbian Cup Final and is also one of the venues for the Serbian national under-21 football team.


The organized supporters group of Napredak are known as Jakuza, which was formed in 1988. They are in a brotherhood with the organized supporter group of Mačva Šabac, the Šaneri. People from Kruševac and district are supporting Napredak and all, are known as Čarapani. Song name "Svake noći tebe sanjam". Chant "Samo napred Čarapani!".





Recent league historyEdit

Season Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
2006–07 Div 2 38 19 8 11 52 38 65 3rd
2007–08 Div 1 30 11 8 14 25 33 41 5th
2008–09 Div 1 30 10 8 15 28 37 38 6th
2009–10 Div 1 30 7 8 15 30 44 29 15th
2010–11 Div 2 34 13 10 11 35 32 49 6th
2011–12 Div 2 34 13 12 9 39 29 51 6th
2012–13 Div 2 34 25 5 4 74 25 80 1st
2013–14 Div 1 30 9 8 13 42 44 35 9th
2014–15 Div 1 30 8 7 15 23 34 31 14th
2015–16 Div 2 30 21 5 4 48 26 68 1st
2016–17 Div 1 37 16 8 13 44 36 56 6th
2017–18 Div 1 30 13 7 10 49 42 46 7th
2018–19 Div 1 37 12 12 13 46 50 28 6th
2019–20 Div 1 30 9 6 15 33 41 33 10th
2020–21 Div 1 38 14 8 16 44 51 50 11th
2021–22 Div 1 37 10 8 19 31 51 38 8th
2022–23 Div 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

European recordEdit

1R = First round, PR = Preliminary round, QR = Qualifying round, PO = play-off round.

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1980–81 UEFA Cup 1R   Dynamo Dresden 0–1 0–1 0–2  
2000–01 UEFA Cup QR   JK Viljandi Tulevik 5–1 1–1 6–2  
1R   OFI Crete 0–0 0–6 0–6  


Current squadEdit

As of 12 February 2023[8]

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   SRB Vladimir Savić
2 DF   SRB Stefan Jovanović
3 DF   SRB Vladimir Prijović
4 MF   SRB Jovan Zogović
5 DF   SRB Dejan Kerkez (captain)
6 MF   SRB Marko Pantić
7 DF   SRB Nikola Vukajlović
8 FW   SRB Marko Šarić
9 FW   SRB Bojan Čečarić
10 MF   SRB Nikola Knežević (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
11 MF   SRB Luka Laban
12 FW   SRB Nebojša Bastajić
14 FW   SRB Đorđe Kotlajić
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   SRB Ognjen Mršić
16 MF   EST Mark Oliver Roosnupp
17 DF   SRB Josip Projić
18 FW   SRB Bojan Matić
20 MF   SRB Nikola Marinković
23 MF   SVN Klemen Bolha
24 MF   SRB Nikola Stanković (on loan from Red Star Belgrade)
25 DF   SRB Nemanja Đeković
27 MF   SRB Uroš Ljubomirac
42 MF   SRB Nemanja Krstić
70 MF   SRB Marko Putinčanin
88 MF   SRB Đorđe Jovanović
91 GK   SRB Nikola Petrić

Out on loanEdit

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   SRB Aleksa Jordanov (at Trayal)
MF   SRB Nenad Ivanić (at Trayal)

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

Club officialsEdit

Current technical staff
Position Name
Manager   Dušan Đorđević
Assistant coach   Despot Višković
Fitness Coach   Miloš Lukić
Goalkeeper coach   Saša Bakuš
Club doctor   Nikola Kljajić
Physiotherapist   Svetomir Tomić
Physiotherapist   Saša Miletić
Director of football   Bojan Filipović
General secretary   Zoran Ristić
Economic   Saša Miladinović
Economic   Veroljub Lazarević

Notable former playersEdit

List of former players with senior national team appearances:[10]

For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see Category:FK Napredak Kruševac players.

Former managersEdit

This is a list of former managers of Napredak Kruševac:[11]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
2008–2009 Kappa City of Kruševac
2009–2011 None
2011–2012 Nike
2014–2015 Hummel
2015–2018 Puma Gala
2018– Givova MTS


  1. ^ a b "#953 – FK Napredak Kruševac : Čarapani" (in French). Footnickname. Retrieved 19 February 2023.
  2. ^ FK Napredak – Zvanicna prezentacija – Stadion Archived 18 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine (Serbian)
  3. ^ "KRUŠEVAC PAMTI – NAPREDAK 78/79 (Krusevac remembers – Napredak 78/79)". The Cultural Center of Kruševac on 18 December 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. ^ Blic Sport – Fudbal – Arsić novi direktor Napretka, gradonačelnik Kruševca Gašić i Krstajić u Upravnom odboru (Serbian). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  5. ^ Sportske – Napredak pojačao UO i restilizovao grb (Serbian). Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  6. ^ Sportske (Serbian): Kruševljani, srećan rođendan! 9 December 2012
  7. ^ "Stadion Mladost". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  8. ^ "First Team". FK Napredak Kruševac official website. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  9. ^ FK Napredak – Current technical staff
  10. ^ FK Napredak Kruševac at
  11. ^ Coaches at

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