FK Radnički Pirot

FK Radnički Pirot (Serbian Cyrillic: ФК Раднички Пирот) is a professional football club based in Pirot, Serbia. They currently compete in the Serbian First League, the second level of the national league system.

Radnički Pirot
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Full nameFK Radnički Pirot
Nickname(s)Beli (The Whites)
Founded1945; 76 years ago (1945)
GroundStadion Dragan Nikolić
Capacity13,816
PresidentBratislav Ćirić
Head coachDragan Perišić
LeagueSerbian First League
2019–20Serbian First League, 8th of 16

HistoryEdit

The club was founded immediately after World War II in 1945. They made their Yugoslav Second League debut in the 1969–70 campaign.[1] Over the next 12 seasons, the club competed in the second tier of Yugoslav football, before being relegated in 1981. They were promoted back the following year and spent another six seasons in the Second League (19821988), when the competition was reorganized.[2] In the 1975–76 Yugoslav Cup, the club made one of the greatest accomplishments in its history by eliminating Red Star Belgrade to reach the quarter-finals, eventually losing to Dinamo Zagreb.

Following the dissolution of SFR Yugoslavia, the club competed in the newly formed Second League of FR Yugoslavia in the 1992–93 season, but failed to avoid relegation.[3] They returned to the second tier three years later and subsequently placed third in Group East in their comeback appearance.[3] However, the club suffered relegation to the third tier in 1998.[3]

In the new millennium, the club surprisingly reached the quarter-finals of the 2004–05 Serbia and Montenegro Cup, being eliminated by Rad after losing 1–0 at home.[4] They also earned promotion to the Serbian First League in the same season by winning the Serbian League East. The club spent the next three seasons in the second tier of Serbian football, before being relegated back to the Serbian League East in 2008. In the meantime, they achieved another success in the national cup by reaching the 2006–07 Serbian Cup quarter-finals, but lost 2–1 to Vojvodina at home.

After spending eight consecutive seasons in the Serbian League East, the club was promoted as champions to the Serbian First League in 2016.[5] They bounced back to the third tier in 2018, only to return to the second tier in 2019.

HonoursEdit

Serbian League Timok / Serbian League Niš / Serbian League East (Tier 3)

SeasonsEdit

Season League Cup
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
  Serbia and Montenegro
1992–93 2 38 13 4 21 36 67 30 18th
1993–94 3 – East 34 16 12 6 70 45 44 4th
1994–95 3 – East 34 20 5 9 83 37 65 2nd
1995–96 3 – Timok 34 27 2 5 100 23 83 1st
1996–97 2 – East 34 17 11 6 56 41 62 3rd
1997–98 2 – East 34 16 3 15 45 59 51 13th
1998–99[a] 3 – Niš 17 29 5th
1999–2000 3 – Niš 38 19 7 12 105 59 64 3rd
2000–01 3 – Niš 33 17 9 7 83 45 60 1st
2001–02 2 – East 34 16 7 11 63 45 55 6th
2002–03 2 – East 33 13 6 14 52 57 45 8th Round of 16
2003–04 2 – East 36 16 6 14 54 45 54 8th
2004–05 3 – East 34 23 6 5 114 33 75 1st Quarter-finals
2005–06 2 – Serbia 38 13 7 18 50 52 46 13th
  Serbia
2006–07 2 38 17 8 13 52 36 59 6th Quarter-finals
2007–08 2 34 1 6 27 16 55 9 18th Round of 32
2008–09 3 – East 28 9 5 14 22 30 32 10th Preliminary round
2009–10 3 – East 30 12 4 14 51 43 40 4th
2010–11 3 – East 30 16 4 10 51 34 52 2nd
2011–12 3 – East 30 10 10 10 34 30 40 10th
2012–13 3 – East 30 19 4 7 46 14 61 3rd
2013–14 3 – East 30 15 3 12 44 32 48 4th
2014–15 3 – East 30 18 5 7 68 25 59 2nd
2015–16 3 – East 30 19 9 2 54 20 66 1st
2016–17 2 30 12 7 11 30 31 43 6th
2017–18 2 30 8 7 15 28 39 31 13th Round of 16
2018–19 3 – East 34 27 4 3 96 19 85 1st Round of 32
2019–20 2 30 11 8 11 34 34 41 8th
2020–21 2 Round of 32
Notes
  1. ^ The season was cut short due to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.

SupportersEdit

The club's main supporters group is known as "Pirgosi". They were founded in the summer of 1990. The group is traditionally situated in the east stand of the stadium.[6]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 3 January 2021[7]

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 Marko Trkulja
2 DF   SRB Andrija Marković
3 DF   SRB Božidar Mančić
4 MF   SRB Nenad Adžibaba
5 DF   SRB Dimitrije Mijalković
6 MF   SRB Filip Tolić
7 FW   SRB Uroš Momić
8 DF   SRB Bojan Dojkić
9 MF   MKD Marko Gjorgjievski
10 MF   SRB Uroš Mirković
11 FW   SRB Dušan Milanović
12 GK   SRB Stefan Ilić
14 MF   SRB Nemanja Milošević
15 DF   SRB Nikola Jaćimović
17 MF   CMR Guy Edoa
No. Pos. Nation Player
20   SRB Miloš Kukolj
21   SRB Jovan Velev
22 MF   SRB Vukan Đorđević (on loan from FK Red Star Belgrade)
23 MF   SRB Miodrag Kamenović
27 DF   SRB Andrej Jakovljević
30 MF   SRB Strahinja Petrović
32 DF   SRB Marko Milenković
33 MF   SRB Đorđe Kukolj
37 GK   SRB Rastko Šuljagić
55 MF   SRB Miloš Ožegović
69 GK   SRB Jovan Ćirić
77   SRB Luka Vasov
95 MF   SRB Nemanja Petrov
98 MF   SRB Aleksa Kostić-Milutinović

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers winter 2019–20.

Notable playersEdit

National team players[8]

For a list of all FK Radnički Pirot players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FK Radnički Pirot players.

Managerial historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SISTEM TAKMIČENJA U JUGOSLAVIJI 1968.-1973" (in Serbian). FSG Zrenjanin. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  2. ^ "SISTEM TAKMIČENJA U JUGOSLAVIJI 1988.-1991" (in Serbian). FSG Zrenjanin. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "RAT, RASPAD SFR JUGOSLAVIJE, SANKCIJE" (in Serbian). FSG Zrenjanin. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  4. ^ "ISTORIJA" (in Serbian). FK Radnički Pirot. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Radnički ponovo u društvu najboljih" (in Serbian). RTS. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  6. ^ "PIRGOSI" (in Serbian). FK Radnički Pirot. Archived from the original on 26 July 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Team roster". Serbian PrvaLiga official website. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Radnički Pirot". National Football Teams. Retrieved 12 August 2017.

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