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FK Sarajevo
FK Sarajevo logo.png
Full name Fudbalski klub Sarajevo
Nickname(s) Bordo-bijeli (The Maroon-Whites)
Divovi (The Giants)
Short name FKS
Founded 24 October 1946; 71 years ago (1946-10-24)
(as SD Torpedo)
Ground Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium
Ground Capacity 34,500 [1]
Owner Vincent Tan
President Valentin Ilievski
Head coach Husref Musemić
League Premier League BH
2017–18 Premier League BH, 3rd
Website Club website
Current season

Fudbalski klub Sarajevo (English: Sarajevo Football Club) is a Bosnian professional football club based in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is one of the most successful clubs in the country. Founded on 24 October 1946, FK Sarajevo was the most successful club from SR Bosnia in former SFR Yugoslavia, winning two Yugoslav First League titles, being runners-up on two other occasions and finishing 6th in that competition's all-time table.[2] The club's official colours are maroon and white. FK Sarajevo was the only major football club founded by the post-war Yugoslav authorities in the city of Sarajevo. The club entered the Yugoslav First League in the 1948–49 season, and eventually competed in all but two seasons in the top tier. After Bosnia and Herzegovina gained independence from Yugoslavia, FK Sarajevo became one the country's biggest ambassadors, departing on a large world tour during the Bosnian War with the goal of gaining international support for the country's cause.[3]

Today, FK Sarajevo is one of the most prominent members of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where it has won three Bosnian championships, five Bosnian Cups and one Bosnian Supercup. Furthermore, the club was runners-up in the national championship another six times. It is ranked first in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina all-time table and is the country's most prominent representative in European competitions. FK Sarajevo is the most popular football club in the country, together with FK Željezničar, with whom it shares a strong rivalry that manifests itself in the Sarajevo derby.

The club plays its home matches at the Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, named after legendary club striker Asim Ferhatović. The stadium has a capacity of 34.500.[1] Since December 2013, FK Sarajevo is run by Malaysian businessman, investor and former Chairman of Berjaya Group, Vincent Tan.




FK Sarajevo was established on 24 October 1946 as the result of a merger between local Sarajevo football clubs Udarnik (Vanguard) and Sloboda (Liberty).[4] The club first appeared on the Yugoslav sports scene in 1946 under the name SD Torpedo that represented an homage to Torpedo Moscow. The first chairman of the newly founded club was Safet Džinović, while the positions of vice-chairmen were granted to Vojo Marković and Alojz Stanarević respectively. Furthermore, Josip Bulat was named manager.[5] The newly formed team, which inherited the results and league standings of Udarnik, was joined by selected players from both Udarnik and Sloboda. Namely, Hodžić, Vlajičić, Šarenkapa, Pauković, Fizović, Konjević, Radović, Viđen and Mustagrudić from the former, and Mantula, Glavočević, Tošić, Pecelj, Novo, Strinić, Đ. Lovrić and Alajbegović from the latter. The team played its first match on 3 November 1946. Another historical assembly was held on 5 October 1947 when it was decided, on the proposal of then editor of the popular daily newspaper Oslobođenje, Mirko Ostojić, that the club name would be changed to SDM Sarajevo, before it was finally changed to the current name in 1949. In September 1948 SDM Sarajevo was joined by Yugoslav footballing legend Miroslav Brozović, who brought in a largely needed level of experience to the new team. The Mostar native previously wore the black and white jersey of FK Partizan, as well as captaining the Yugoslav national team. Brozović was offered the position of player-manager which he accepted, turning his attentions to promoting the team to the Yugoslav First League.[6] FK Sarajevo first entered the top-flight Yugoslav First League after eliminating Belgrade club Sloga. They drew the first match 3:3 in Novi Sad, but then won the second match 5:1 in Sarajevo. The team were relegated after their first season in the First League, but were promoted back to the top-tier in 1950. From then on FK Sarajevo played in every season of the First League apart from 1957 to 1958. The club's first taste of European competitions began during the 1960s when it took part in the 1960 Mitropa Cup[7] and the 1961–63 Balkans Cup,[8] while the first serious European competition the club took part in was the 1962–63 Intertoto Cup.[9]

First championship generationEdit

1966–67 Yugoslav First League table (top 3 only):

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sarajevo (C) 30 18 6 6 51 29 +22 42 1967–68 European Cup
2 Dinamo Zagreb 30 15 10 5 42 21 +21 40 1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
3 Partizan 30 14 10 6 52 28 +24 38
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Mate, I can't play for cash while having others tell me how to play the game. I'm grateful to them, they were fair and didn't make an issue out of it. I told them I can only play for Sarajevo

Asim Ferhatović, in an interview, after returning from a short stint with Fenerbahçe[10]

A key player for Sarajevo in their early years was legendary striker Asim Ferhatović, nicknamed Hase, who played for the club from 1952 to 1967. In 1963–64, he was top scorer in the First League with nineteen goals,[11] while the club finished fourth. The following year the club finished second (to Partizan Belgrade).[12] Sarajevo won their first Yugoslav First League title in 1966–67, becoming the first national champions from Bosnia and Herzegovina.[12] Sarajevo started the historic season with Brozović at the helm of the coaching staff. The team had a dream start with back to back wins against FK Sutjeska Nikšić and their city rivals FK Željezničar. This was followed by a draw against the European Cup runners-up, FK Partizan, in which Sarajevo squandered an early lead. With seven points from their first three fixtures, Sarajevo was still not considered a title favorite, but that was to change after Brozović’s boys returned from the Dalmatian coast with a win against Hajduk Split. Four days later Sarajevo beat NK Olimpija 2:1 at a sold out Koševo stadium. Hard earned wins against HNK Rijeka and Red Star Belgrade followed, and by the winter break Sarajevo had won 14 out of their first 20 league fixtures, finishing the year at pole position. The team opened the second part of the season away to Dinamo Zagreb in the last sixteen of the Yugoslav Cup winning 1:0 courtesy of a Boško Antić stunner. In the quarterfinals Sarajevo got the better of FK Napredak, but eventually lost in the Cup final to Hajduk Split, played at the Stari plac stadium on May 24.[13] The team was quickly back to winning ways, defeating Red Star Belgrade at the Marakana 3:1 with two goals by Antić and one by Prodanović. A week later OFK Belgrade was defeated with the same margin, but a shock defeat to FK Vojvodina in Novi Sad brought Dinamo Zagreb on level points with three games to go. FK Vardar was defeated next thanks to a Musemić brace, while Dinamo dropped points in Rijeka. In the last league fixture of the season Sarajevo hosted NK Čelik in front of 30,000 spectators and went on to win 5:2, bringing home the club's first league title. The league triumph qualified Sarajevo to the 1967–68 European Cup, where they played their first tie against Cypriots Olympiakos Nicosia, winning 5:3 on aggregate.[14] In the second round (one round short of the quarter-finals), Sarajevo was knocked out 2:1 on aggregate by eventual champions Manchester United of England, despite hosting a goalless draw in the first leg.[15] The first leg was played before an audience of 40,000 spectators and refereed by the Italian Francesco Francescon. The second leg played at Old Trafford ended in controversy after the ball went out of bounds prior to the hosts scoring their second goal. Notable Sarajevo players during this era included Boško Antić, Mirsad Fazlagić, Vahidin Musemić, Fahrudin Prljača and Boško Prodanović.

A period of stagnationEdit

Shortly after winning its first Yugoslav league title FK Sarajevo endured a period of general stagnation.[16] The team entered the 1967/68 season as strong title favorites, but the campaign turned out to be a complete disaster. The maroon-whites, managed by former player Franjo Lovrić, did not manage to enter the championship race in hopes of defending the title, finishing mere 7th.[17] The club management quickly named Munib Saračević manager for the 1968/69 season, but this move also turned out to be fruitless. The team concluded the disappointing campaign 11th in the league standings. In the 1971 January transfer window six members of the championship winning generation, including Boško Prodanović, Anđelko Tešan and Fahrudin Prljača, left the club while three more followed in July of the same year, including star player Boško Antić. The next season brought hope with the team going into the winter break clinching first spot, but only managing to finish 7th at the end of season. The 1973/74 season brought in a handful of new players, including the likes of future club legend Želimir Vidović and former Red Star Belgrade and Bayern Munich striker Dušan Jovanović. Furthermore, that same year 18-year-old Safet Sušić joined the club from Krivaja Zavidovići, and would go on to be one of the main catalysts for the club's second major spell at the top of Yugoslav football in the coming years.[18] It is important to note that all FK Sarajevo was able to muster in the first eleven seasons after taking home the title in 1967 was one 6th place league finish, two 7th place league finishes and a 1/4 final finish in the Yugoslav Cup in 1976/77.[16] In that same year the club barely retained its place in the top-tier with a two-point advantage over relegated Napredak Kruševac. The 1978/79 season though, brought a breath of fresh air for Sarajevo fans, with the team finishing 4th behind Hajduk Split, Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade, and in doing so signalled things to come.[17]

Second championship generationEdit

1984–85 Yugoslav First League table (top 3 only):

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sarajevo (C) 34 19 10 5 51 30 +21 48 1985–86 European Cup
2 Hajduk Split 34 16 12 6 65 42 +23 44 1985–86 UEFA Cup
3 Partizan 34 14 11 9 46 34 +12 39
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.

FK Sarajevo had a second successful spell between 1978 and 1985, led by the attacking duo Predrag Pašić – Safet Sušić, which established itself among the most prolific tandems in Yugoslav and Bosnian football history. Predrag Pašić nicknamed "Paja" was a winger or striker and had emerged through the club's youth ranks, eventually going on to play for Sarajevo up until his move to VfB Stuttgart after the title winning season in 1985. On the other hand, Sušić nicknamed "Pape" played the positions of playmaker and attacking midfielder, and wore the maroon-white jersey from 1973 to 1982, when he moved to Paris Saint-Germain F.C. In 1978–79, Sušić scored 15 goals and was named Player of the Season as Sarajevo finished fourth. The following year, Sušić's 17 goals helped retain his Player of the Year title, but he was also joint top scorer in the league.[11] On 4 May 1980, during the 23rd round of 1979–80 Yugoslav First League at Koševo Stadium during the game between Sarajevo and Osijek the news broke out of death of the Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito. The game was locked at 1-1. Later a song by local band Zabranjeno Pušenje dedicated a part of the song "Nedelja kad je otisao hase" to that sad event. The club came runner-up that season, seven points behind Red Star Belgrade,[19] therefore qualifying for the 1980–81 UEFA Cup. Sarajevo was knocked out in the first round by German powerhouse Hamburger SV, that won 7:5 on aggregate.[20] Sarajevo returned to the UEFA Cup in 1982–83 (having finished fourth during the 1981–82 Yugoslav First League), beating Bulgaria's Slavia Sofia 6:4 in the first round[21] and Romanian club FC Corvinul Hunedoara 8:4 in the second, thanks to a 4:0 home win in the second leg.[22] In the third round (last 16), Sarajevo lost their first leg 6:1 to Belgian club RSC Anderlecht, and despite winning the second leg 1:0, were eliminated by the eventual champions.[23] Sarajevo also reached the Yugoslav Cup final that season, losing 3:2 to Dinamo Zagreb in Belgrade.[24] Sarajevo won their second championship title in 1984–85, finishing four points ahead of runners-up Hajduk Split.[25] The new championship season didn't start in spectacular fashion for Sarajevo, but as the season continued the team kept gaining momentum and grasped first spot on way to the winter break.[26]Boško Antić's boys didn't start the second part of the season on a positive note, winning only two points out of their first three fixtures.[26] Their main rival Hajduk Split also started the second part of the season on the wrong foot, winning just one out of their first three matches, which kept Sarajevo above by one point. Antić's team went on to beat Sloboda and draw Dinamo Zagreb and Željezničar, before travelling to Split for the crucial game against Hajduk. A packed Poljud stadium witnessed a 0:0 draw that ensured Sarajevo's one point advantage over the Croatian side. The title race eventually came down to just the maroon-whites and the Dalmatian side, with hard won victories on both sides. Three games until the finish Hajduk secured a comfortable route over Rijeka, while Sarajevo had a much more difficult time in Novi Sad against Vojvodina; the hosts broke the deadlock after just two minutes of play. Luckily for the huge number of travelling fans, Boško Antić's men were able to equalize ten minutes from the break through a Jakovljević effort, and to eventually snatch the win seven minutes from time courtesy of a phenomenal volley from the edge of the box by Slaviša Vukićević.[26] The maroon-whites now needed five points from their three last fixtures to clinch the title. A routine 3:0 victory over Iskra was followed by a tough match against Vardar in Skopje that ended in a 2:2 draw, after the hosts went up 2:0 just before half time.[26] It all came down to the final league game against Red Star Belgrade, played at a sold out Koševo stadium, where the maroon-whites needed just a point to mathematically clinch the title. Musemić broke the deadlock in the 23. minute and Jakovljević doubled Sarajevo's lead with fifteen minutes to go. The visitors were able to pull one back through Boško Gjurovski in the 85th minute, but it was too little too late.[25] The celebrations began, Sarajevo had won its second Yugoslav league title.[27] The triumph qualified the club for the first round of the 1985–86 European Cup, where they shockingly lost both legs to Finnish side FC Lahti.[28] This result is still considered Sarajevo's worst in major European competitions. The championship winning generation included the likes of Husref Musemić, Faruk Hadžibegić, Davor Jozić, Dragan Jakovljević, Miloš Đurković, Predrag Pašić, Mirza Kapetanović, Slaviša Vukićević, Zijad Švrakić, Senad Merdanović and Mehmed Janjoš.[29]

Pre-war yearsEdit

FK Sarajevo entered a turbulent period after clinching its second Yugoslav league title. Three major members of the championship winning squad left the team in the summer of 1985. Star striker Husref Musemić joined Red Star Belgrade. Faruk Hadžibegić moved to Spanish side Real Betis. Team captain Predrag Pašić moved to VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.[30] The club management, in search of replacements, turned its sights to young players from lower-tier sides, bringing in Bernard Barnjak, Vladimir Petković and Zoran Ljubičić. Even though the team started the season on a high note, it finished a disappointing 15th at the end of the 1985/86 season, avoiding relegation by virtue of a superior goal-difference compared to relegated OFK Beograd. The following season again culminated in a lowly finish, as new manager Denijel Pirić led the team to a disappointing 13th place in the league standings.[31] Further departures followed at the end of the season as Miloš Đurković joined Beşiktaş, Muhidin Teskeredžić made the move to Sturm Graz, Davor Jozić joined Serie A side A.C. Cesena, Zijad Švrakić transferred to Adana Demirspor and Branko Bošnjak joined NK Olimpija.[30] The following two seasons again brought mediocre league finishes as the maroon-whites concluded the respective campaigns on 13th and 14th spots, barely avoiding relegation on both occasions.[31] As with previous seasons, a handful of players left the club during the summer transfer window, with Slaviša Vukićević moving to Créteil, goalkeeper Enver Lugušić joining Konyaspor and Dragan Jakovljević moving to FC Nantes. On a positive note, the 1989/90 season brought the return of fan favorite Husref Musemić, who had spent the previous season playing for Scottish side Hearts. His nine goals in 26 appearances did little to improve league results, as the team again concluded the campaign on 13th spot, along with an early exit in the Yugoslav Cup after a defeat to Macedonian third division minnows, FK Sileks.[31] The 1990/91 season saw Fuad Muzurović again being named manager after a ten-year absence. Furthermore, Soviet goalkeeper Aleksei Prudnikov was brought in from Velež Mostar, thus becoming the first foreign player in the history of the club. The team was able to conclude the season on 11th spot, defeating Red Star Belgrade in a crucial, hallmark game, only days after the Belgrade outfit won the European Cup.[30] The 1991/92 season was marked by the disintegration of Yugoslavia, and was subsequently abandoned by Slovenian, Croatian and Bosnian sides.[32] Football was abruptly halted in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the duration of the war that would last for four years. Notable FK Sarajevo players in the pre-war period were Miloš Nedić, Dragan Jakovljević, Boban Božović, Dane Kuprešanin and Dejan Raičković.


The Bosnian War in the early 1990s shut down competitive football in the territory, and as a result FK Sarajevo became a touring club in 1993, under manager Fuad Muzurović, featuring players such as Elvir Baljić, Almir Turković, Senad Repuh and Mirza Varešanović, all future national team players for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Many of the club's supporters, including the infamous Horde Zla joined the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and fought in the war. FK Sarajevo played a number of friendly games during this time, such as the now-famous 4–1 victory over the local UN peacekeeping force in 1994, a 1–1 draw against Parma F.C. while on tour in Italy, and a 3–1 victory over the Iranian national team in Teheran. In 1994–95, the first-ever Bosnia and Herzegovina championship was held. Sarajevo came first in their six-team league in Jablanica, and came runners-up in the final league stage in Zenica, behind local club NK Čelik.[33] Sarajevo again finished as runners-up to Čelik in 1996–97 (by two points),[34] but beat the Zenica-based club in the Cup final and Super Cup.[34] The Cup was retained the following year, and despite finishing third in the league, Sarajevo was runner-up due to play-offs. There was no play-off in 1998–99; the title was given to Sarajevo but it does not count.[35] In 2004, Safet Sušić, who played at FK Sarajevo from 1973 to 1982, was voted Bosnia and Herzegovina's best player of the last 50 years at the UEFA Jubilee Awards.[36] Sarajevo were runners-up in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Premier League in 2006–07, but won their second title the following season, beating Zrinjski Mostar by three points.[37] Sarajevo have been a regular in Europa League qualification in the 21st century, but are yet to make the group stages. Off the back of their 2006–07 league title, Sarajevo played in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its current format. They beat Maltese champions Marsaxlokk F.C. 6:0 away in their first game, eventually winning 9:1 on aggregate.[38] The second round saw Sarajevo defeat Belgians KRC Genk on away goals due to a 2:1 away win in the first leg,[39] although the club was knocked out in the play-offs for the competition's Group Stage by Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev who won 4:0 on aggregate.[40] The club made the play-offs round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League and faced CFR Cluj but lost 3–2 on aggregate. The team defeated Spartak Trnava and Helsingborg to get to the play-offs round.

Vincent Tan eraEdit

Mr. Vincent Tan is worth an estimated  US$1.6 billion (2014).[41]

Vincent Tan, a Malaysian businessman and the owner of the Championship club Cardiff City, bought FK Sarajevo in late 2013 pledging to invest $2 million into the club.[42] Under the deal, Cardiff will cooperate with FK Sarajevo, exchanging players and taking part in a football academy, yet to be established, which Tan has said would lure new talents. Under Mr Tan's management the club brought in quality players with the likes of Miloš Stojčev, Džemal Berberović and Nemanja Bilbija who helped the club win the 2013–14 Bosnian Cup, their first silverware since winning the Premier League in 2006–07.[43] Prior to the Cup triumph, Robert Jarni was brought in as the new manager of the club in December 2013 by Tan, but was quickly dismissed only 4 months into his tenure (on 7 April 2014, while the team was still in the semi-finals of the Bosnian Cup) due to the team failing to keep its chances of winning the domestic league title alive during later stages of the 2013–14 season.[44] FK Sarajevo played a friendly match against Tan's Cardiff City FC U21 winning 4–1.[45] In 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, FK Sarajevo eliminated FK Haugesund and Atromitos to qualify for the play-off round, where it lost to German side Borussia Mönchengladbach. On 17 July 2014, Mr Tan presented pledges of assistance of €255,000 each to two hospitals in Doboj and Maglaj during the halftime break of the Europa League qualifying match between FK Sarajevo and Norwegian club FK Haugesund at the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo. The money raised would be used to purchase and donate much-needed medical equipment for the two hospitals.[46][47] In June 2014, Mr Vincent Tan made a personal donation of €114,000, while the people of Malaysia raised a total of €169,000 toward Bosnia's flood relief fund.[48] In May 2014, the heaviest rains and floods in 120 years hit Bosnia and the surrounding region. The worst affected areas were the towns of Doboj and Maglaj, which were cut off from the rest of the country when floods deluged all major roads. Damage from landslides and floods was estimated to run into hundreds of millions of euros and twenty-four people lost their lives. The cost of the disaster, an official said, could exceed that of the Bosnian War.[49] On 5 August 2014 FK Sarajevo signed a cooperation agreement with third-tier Bosnian club NK Bosna, by which Sarajevo will loan its talented youngsters to the Visoko-based side and will have first-buy rights on all NK Bosna players. The agreement was signed by Adis Hajlovac and Mirza Laletović on behalf of Bosna, and Abdulah Ibraković on behalf of Sarajevo.[50] The agreement de facto names Bosna FK Sarajevo's farm team. On 26 September 2014 manager Dženan Uščuplić was relieved of his duties as first team manager and was transferred back to the youth academy.[51] On 30 September 2014 former Barcelona, Real Sociedad and Bosnia and Herzegovina international striker Meho Kodro was appointed manager.[52] On 24 February 2015 FK Sarajevo signed a three and a half year general sponsorship agreement with Turkish Airlines which has been labeled the most lucrative in Bosnian professional sports history.[53][54] On 21 April, after poor league results, the club sacked Kodro and once again named Dženan Uščuplić manager until the end of the season.[55] On 30 May the team defeated Sloboda Tuzla in the season's last fixture, thus winning the league title after an eight-year drought.[56][57] The next season was a turbulent one for the club. After Uščuplić left his post, former Partizan and CSKA Sofia manager Miodrag Ješić took over the helm,[58] only to be sacked after a string of disappointing results, with Almir Hurtić leading the side to a disappointing 4th-place finish in the league.[59] On 29 August 2016, after another string of bad results at the start of the 2016-17 season, Hurtić was sacked and Mehmed Janjoš was named manager.[60]

Crest and coloursEdit

The club's original kit

The club's traditional colours are maroon and white, while in recent years black, gray and gold have also been represented as alternative club colours. As the story goes, the club's founders wanted to create a visual distinction between the new side and all other Yugoslav clubs of the time. They chose maroon as the club's feature colour and in doing so preserved the identity of defunct club Šparta that operated in the city of Sarajevo during the early years of the Kingdom of SHS.[61] The club colors were used as a reference during the formation of USD Bosna, a sporting society that included former Euroleague winner KK Bosna Royal, by the society's founders - all supporters of the club. FK Sarajevo's nickname is based on club colours, which have become a major pop culture reference in the city. The first official club crest depicted a red, five pointed communist star with golden borders containing a golden silhouette of a footballer. Further more, a blue gear-like circular frame, representing socialist industrialization, contained the club name.[62] In the early 1950s the club crest was changed for the first time. It namely received a badge-like form and was split vertically into two sides of which the outer held the club name and aforementioned communist star, while the inner contained a football with the club's foundation year under it. In the early 1970s the club crest was restylized, keeping the previous motifs that can still be found on today's club crest. The color yellow was added to the restylized crest's borders at this time, giving it a fresher look. On the 30th anniversary of the club's founding in 1976, the club crest was again slightly altered. With the end of the Bosnian War in 1996 the club crest was once again slightly altered by the replacement of the ideologically-motivated communist star with a Bosnian Fleur-de-lis and a slight stylization of the crest's design, including the lettering font, which in subsequent years became one of the club's biggest trademarks.[62] The adding of Fleur-de-lis motifs to their crests was a common practice by Bosnian football clubs in the first few years after the war. The Fleur-de-lis was eventually removed altogether from the club crest in 2009, which today lacks any ideological or national symbolism.[63] Instead, the club readily emphasizes the two pre-war crests as part of its heritage, often selling souvenirs that are embroidered with them.[64] The Bosnian Fleur-de-lis was once again restored as a temporary club motif during the 2013-14 season, when it was included in the third kit design.[65]

Stadium and training groundsEdit

Olympic stadium Asim H. Ferhatović

FK Sarajevo play at the Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, formerly known as the Koševo Stadium. The stadium was opened in 1947 and named after the Sarajevo neighbourhood of Koševo, where it is located.[66] The stadium was literally buried into a local hill thus merging with its natural surroundings. In 1950 a pitch and a tartan track were also added. The first international football match at the stadium was played between Yugoslavia and Turkey, in 1954.

In 1966, the stadium hosted the Balkan Games and was again renovated for the occasion.[67] A new administration building was built, as were new locker rooms and a restaurant. A modern scoreboard and new lighting were also provided. In 1984, the stadium was reconstructed for the 1984 Winter Olympics that were held in Sarajevo, and is therefore often unofficially called The Olympic Stadium.[68] It is important to note that on 7 February 1984, the Asim H. Ferhatović stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the games, and seated roughly 50,000. The West stand held 18,500 seating places at the time.[69]

In 2004 the stadium's official name was changed to Asim H. Ferhatović, in memory of legendary FK Sarajevo striker Asim Ferhatović, who died after a heart attack in 1987.[70] In 1998, three years after the end of the Bosnian War, the stadium was renovated for a fourth time. The seating capacity of the stadium was reduced to 34,500 and new seats were added.[71] The ground has held matches for Sarajevo and their local rival FK Željezničar, including Europa League and Champions League fixtures. Furthermore, the stadium has hosted the national teams of Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on numerous occasions, as well as many notable athletic meetings.

The stadium's highest attendance was recorded in a 1981–82 league match between FK Sarajevo and their city rival FK Željezničar. Allegedly, roughly 60.000 people attended the game. The stadium's largest post-war attendance was recorded in the 2002–2003 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round match between FK Željezničar and Newcastle United F.C. Allegedly, about 34,000 people attended the game.[72]

The club's current training ground, known as the Butmir Training Centre is located in the Ilidža municipality of the Sarajevo Canton. The complex was opened in October 2015 and comprises a 70,000 square meter (17 acre) surface, containing state of the art facilities.[73] It is also used by the club's youth school and women's team.[74][75] The main artificial turf pitch is named after club legend Želimir Vidović, who was killed during the Siege of Sarajevo while transporting wounded citizens to a nearby hospital.[76] A statue of Vidović was erected on the western grass knoll that encompasses the turf.[76]


Ownership and financesEdit

FK Sarajevo is a registered Private company limited by guarantee and corporate personhood that, unlike football clubs that are registered as limited companies, does not issue shares by which individuals or corporations can buy majority or minority ownership. Instead, the club's members act as guarantors by buying non-ownership based management stakes in the form of contributions, earning in return managing and voting rights.[77] The guarantors give an undertaking to contribute a nominal amount in the event of the winding up of the company. It is often believed that such a company cannot distribute its profits to its members but, depending on the provisions of the articles, as is the case with FK Sarajevo, it very well may.[78] Managing rights imply the right to form and control the club assembly, steering committee and Supervisory Board, by which the largest contributor de jure takes full control of the club.[79] Furthermore, the fact that the largest contributor may negotiate profit provisions between himself and the club opens the possibility for large-scale financial investment that exceeds charitable and non-profit contributions that are usually the cornerstone of companies limited by guarantee.

Malaysian billionaire, investor and former Chairman of Berjaya Group, Vincent Tan, is the club's majority contributor and thus its sole operator. After gaining control of the club in December 2013 by contributing 2 million $, Tan negotiated an agreement between himself and the club, by which he will invest an undisclosed sum while also running the operational finances and policies of the club, in return gaining the right to profit as would be the case of the club being a limited company.[79] Furthermore, the formation of Public limited companies in the fields of real estate and tourism have been negotiated between the club and Tan, by which the companies will represent a joint venture by both parties, earning the club complete financial self-sustainability in the future.[79] After taking control of the club, Vincent Tan dissolved the long-standing steering committee and Supervisory Board, opting to create a five-member Board of Directors for the day-to-day running of the club. He appointed two of his Malaysian business associates, Ken Choo i Lim Meng Kwong, members of the board alongside three local members.[80][81] The club's annual operational expenditure and budget have been undisclosed since Tan gained control of the club.[82] In September 2015 the club paid off the last of its public and private debt, thus becoming one of the rare debt-free clubs in eastern Europe.[83]

The club's general sponsor is Turkish Airlines, with whom it signed a lucrative four-year deal in 2015. It has been hailed as the most profitable sponsorship agreement in the history of Bosnian sports.[84] FK Sarajevo's kit has been manufactured by Nike since 2016.[85] The club has a variety of other sponsors and official partners, which include Tourism Malaysia, BH Telecom, Škoda, BBI, NLB Group, Hayat TV, Dnevni avaz, Sarajevo Brewing Company and others.[86]


Board of DirectorsEdit

As of 18 June 2016 [87]

Current Members
  • Member: Lim Meng Kwong
  • Member: Ken Choo
  • Member: Alen Hujić
  • Member: Elvir Krajina
  • Member: Dino Čolaković

Club administrationEdit

As of 16 August 2016 [88]

Current staff
  • Chairman: Valentin Ilievski
  • Director: Sabrina Buljubašić
  • Technical Director: Elvir Kantardžić
  • General Secretary: Mirza Hadžić
  • Treasurer: Merisa Peco
  • Finances: Maja Kurić
  • Marketing director: Anela Potura
  • Public relations: Tarik Trbić

Social responsibilityEdit

Social responsibility and humanitarian work is one of the fundamental values of FK Sarajevo, and the club is well known for its attitude towards it. The club operates an aid and social programs foundation, which seeks to encourage learning and promote healthy living amongst disadvantaged children, young people and families.[89] Furthermore, the club has been on the forefront of community development for years, donating large sums of money through its foundation to underdeveloped municipalities and school districts.[90] The club organizes traditional blood donation conventions in its private clinic every month, while raising awareness for health issues that are impacting society.[91][92] An annual arts competition is organized by the club in which primary school children in the Sarajevo Canton are asked to draw or paint a mascot for the team.[93] The three best ranked artists get scholarships for afterschool arts and crafts programs.[93] Women's rights are an important aspect of the club's community and social development programs. Apart from sponsoring a battered women's shelter in downtown Sarajevo, the club also bestows free stadium entrance to all female fans on the week of International Women's Day.[94] FK Sarajevo has a signed partnership with one of the leading Bosnian charity and youth development agencies,, with whom it cooperates on numerous projects across the country while promoting the agency on its kit.[95] The club is firmly committed to the development of Srebrenica and has been awarding yearly scholarships to hundreds of children from the town, while also sponsoring the local multiethnic football team, FK Guber.[96][97] FK Sarajevo is one of the eight core members of the 2nd Chance Group CIC-led project "Give Football A Chance", the others being Altınordu, Athletic Bilbao, Atromitos, Hammarby, Schalke 04, Sheffield United and Vitesse.[98] The project's goal is the improvement of health and well-being of more than 5000 children living in conflict zones and implementing a comprehensive program of both formal and informal education for the children.[98] In the aftermath of the 2014 Southeast Europe floods that devastated numerous towns in the country, FK Sarajevo was a major contributor to the massive relief effort. The club organized and sent volunteers to the stricken towns, and helped finance the rebuilding of homes both directly and through its foundation.[99][100][101] The club's Malaysian owner Vincent Tan was also a major contributor to the relief effort, personally donating 250,000 KM to hospitals in Maglaj and Doboj. In January 2016 FK Sarajevo hosted Syrian refugee children, in cooperation with UNICEF and the Red Cross.[102] In October 2016 FK Sarajevo, together with FK Novi Pazar and FK Velež, organized a friendly match in Mostar. The profits from the match tickets went to a fund for Syrian refugees.[103] The club employs war veterans from the Ilidža municipality in its training centre as a way of giving back to the community.[104]



Current squadEdit

As of 21 July 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Nedin Tucaković
2   DF Dušan Hodžić
3   DF Selmir Pidro
4   DF Halid Šabanović
5   MF Miloš Stanojević
7   MF Anel Hebibović
8   MF Ševkija Resić
9   FW Mersudin Ahmetović
10   MF Amar Rahmanović
11   FW Krste Velkoski (Captain)
13   GK Vladan Kovačević
17   MF Aladin Šišić
18   DF Nihad Mujakić
No. Position Player
19   DF Almir Bekić
20   MF Samir Radovac
21   MF Ljuban Crepulja
22   DF Aleksandar Šofranac
23   MF Alen Mustafić
24   MF Sanjin Lelić
25   MF Joachim Adukor
26   MF Emir Halilović
27   DF Numan Kurdić
28   FW Haris Handžić
29   DF Amer Dupovac
30   GK Bojan Pavlović
32   FW Benjamin Tatar

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
24   FW Sanin Klarić (at FK Igman Konjic)

Ismir Pintol trophyEdit

The Ismir Pintol trophy (Trofej Ismir Pintol), is a trophy awarded to the most distinguished player in the past year and named after deceased FK Sarajevo fan Ismir Pintol.[105] The winner of the trophy is decided by a popular vote on the official website of the club's supporters and has been awarded since 2003. To be eligible to participate in a poll, a player must appear for the club in at least 10 official matches. The trophy was not awarded on four separate occasions as an indicator of the supporters' dissatisfaction with team results.[106]

Winners [107]

Name Nat. Position Season
Safet Nadarević   DF 2002–03
Not awarded / / 2003–04
Džemal Berberović   DF 2004–05
Matija Matko   FW 2005–06
Marciano   MF 2006–07
Semjon Milošević   DF 2007–08
Damir Hadžić   MF 2008–09
Not awarded / / 2009–10
Sedin Torlak   DF 2010–11
Not awarded / / 2011–12
Sedin Torlak   DF 2012–13
Ivan Tatomirović   DF 2013–14
Samir Radovac   MF 2014–15
Leon Benko   FW 2015–16
Marko Mihojević   DF 2016–17
Not awarded / / 2017–18

Former playersEdit

For details of former players, see: List of FK Sarajevo players, and Category:FK Sarajevo players.

Youth department and affiliatesEdit

The FK Sarajevo Youth School (Bosnian: Omladinski pogon Fudbalskog kluba Sarajevo), the club's youth department, is split into two sections. Namely, The Asim Ferhatović Hase School of Football (Bosnian: Škola fudbala Asim Ferhatović Hase),[108] named after legendary striker Asim Ferhatović, and the FK Sarajevo Academy (Bosnian: Akademija Fudbalskog kluba Sarajevo).[109] The former functions as both a general model for the popularization of the sport and as a filtering mechanism, used to pick out locally based footballing talents which are later transferred to the Academy. The Academy, in turn, is a top of the line boarding school which brings in the biggest talents from Bosnia and Herzegovina and organizes the competitive youth selections for the club. The department was founded in the 1950s and has been historically known as one of the best youth systems in the former Yugoslavia. FK Sarajevo's youth selections train in two venues: the Asim Ferhatović Hase Sports Complex and the elite Butmir Training Centre, which is currently undergoing a huge expansion as of July 2016.[110] FK Sarajevo, in cooperation with the United States Adult Soccer Association and the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, organizes the annual FK Sarajevo Soccer Camp in Denver, Colorado and Jacksonville, Florida with the goal of picking out talented Bosnian-American youth players.[111][112]

Academy graduates that don't immediately get playing time in the senior side are transferred to the club's farm team NK Bosna Visoko.


Technical staffEdit

As of 2 July 2018, the staff includes:[88]

Current staff

Medical staffEdit

As of 29 August 2016, the staff includes:[113]

Current staff
  • Coordinator of the Medical Team: Dr. Reuf Karabeg
  • Doctor: Dr. Adnan Hadžimuratović
  • Doctor: Dr. Senad Maksić
  • Doctor: Dr. Dževad Vrabac
  • Senior Physiotherapist: Ismar Hadžibajrić
  • Physiotherapist: Mirza Marevac
  • Physiotherapist: Eldin Jarović



Below is a list of FK Sarajevo chairmen from 1946 until the present day.

Managerial historyEdit

Below is a list of FK Sarajevo managers from 1946 until the present day. 1

Name Nationality Years
Josip Bulat   1946–1947
Slavko Zagorac   1947–1948
Miroslav Brozović   1948–1952
Slavko Zagorac   1952-1953
Miroslav Brozović   1953-1956
Aleksandar Tomašević   1957–1958
László Fenyvesi   1958
Vojin Božović   1958–1959
Miroslav Brozović   1959–1962
Ratomir Čabrić   1962–1963
Aleksandar Atanacković   1963–1964
Abdulah Gegić   1964–1965
Miroslav Brozović   1965–1967
Franjo Lovrić   1967–1968
Munib Saračević   1968–1969
Srboljub Markušević   1969–1971
Abdulah Gegić   1971–1972
Srboljub Markušević   1972–1973
Svetozar Vujović   1973–1974
Mirsad Fazlagić   1974–1975
Vukašin Višnjevac   1975–1977
Fuad Muzurović   1977–1981
Srboljub Markušević   1981–1983
Boško Antić   1983–1986
Denijal Pirić   1986–1988
Džemaludin Mušović   1988–1990
Rajko Rašević   1990–1991
Fuad Muzurović   1991–1996
Denijal Pirić   1996
Nermin Hadžiahmetović   1996–1997
Name Nationality Years
Mehmed Janjoš   1997–1998
Nermin Hadžiahmetović   1998–1999
Sead Jesenković   1999–2000
Denijal Pirić   2000–2001
Husref Musemić   2001
Fuad Muzurović   2001–2002
Husref Musemić   2002–2003
Agim Nikolić   2003–2004
Kemal Alispahić   2004
Edin Prljača   2004
Husref Musemić   2005–2008
Šener Bajramović   2008
Husnija Arapović   2008
Mehmed Janjoš   2008–2010
Mirza Varešanović   2010–2011
Jiří Plíšek   2011
Dragan Jović   2012–2013
Husref Musemić   2013
Abdulah Oruč   2013
Robert Jarni   2013–2014
Dženan Uščuplić   2014
Meho Kodro   2014-2015
Dženan Uščuplić   2015
Almir Hurtić   2015
Miodrag Ješić   2015-2016
Almir Hurtić   2016
Mehmed Janjoš   2016-2017
Senad Repuh   2017
Zijad Švrakić   2017
Husref Musemić   2017-

Technical/Sporting directorsEdit

Below is a list of FK Sarajevo Technical director, later Sporting directors and their respective tenures.