FK Voždovac

Fudbalski klub Voždovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Вождовац), commonly known as Voždovac, is a professional football club located in Voždovac, a municipality of Belgrade, in Serbia.

Voždovac
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Full nameFudbalski klub Voždovac
Nickname(s)Zmajevi (The Dragons)
Founded1912; 109 years ago (1912)
GroundVoždovac Stadium, Belgrade
Capacity5,174
ChairmanMomir Veljković
ManagerPredrag Rogan
LeagueSerbian SuperLiga
2019–20Serbian Superliga, 8th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

They are one of the few clubs in the world who have a modern stadium on top of a shopping centre, the stadium was built in 2012 and opened in August 2013.

The club is nicknamed " The Dragons ", they experienced little success in the Yugoslavian era, but have become one of Belgrade's best and most stable clubs in modern times since Serbia's independence.

The name Voždovac is derived from the word vožd meaning leader (literally, a "duke", "supreme vojvoda"), one of the titles used by the Karađorđe Petrović, the leader of the First Serbian Uprising.

Voždovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Вождовац, pronounced [ʋǒːʒdoʋats]) is a municipality of the city of Belgrade. According to the 2011 census results, the municipality has a population of 158,213 inhabitants.

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1912, under the name SK Dušanovac and its president in that year was Danilo Stojanović, "Čika Dača"[1] who was also the coach in that year. The club was named after Dušanovac, a suburb in Belgrade where the club was formed. Initially it was a club whose players and followers were mostly students from the Economics Gymnasium. After the end of World War I the club substantially improved however it never archived to be in the top like other clubs such as BSK Belgrade or SK Jugoslavija.[2]

In 1929, it is renamed into Voždovački SK (Voždovački sport klub). The main success in this period was the winning of the II League of Belgrade Football Subassociation in the 1933–34 season, and the III League of Belgrade in 1948–49. In the 1963–64 season, they won the Serbian Republic League, then the Yugoslav third tier, and promoted to the Yugoslav Second League. After Red Star Belgrade's new ground Marakana was built between 1959–63, Voždovački SK played its home matches on Marakana's secondary pitch with bleachers around it.

 
Old crest

In 1973, another local club, Sloboda Belgrade, formed in 1953 and Belgrade League champion in 1968, was dissolved. The municipal authorities decided to hand Sloboda's ground over to Voždovački, which then changed its name to FK Voždovac. The first major achievement was the winning of the Belgrade Football Association Cup in 1975. During the following three decades Voždovac competed mostly in the lower Serbian leagues, until the season of 2003–04, when they won the Serbian League Belgrade without a single defeat, achieving promotion to the Serbian First League, the national second tier.

On 28 June 2005, Železnik won the Serbia and Montenegro Cup but, struggling financially, merged with Voždovac. As a result, Voždovac gained access to the 2005–06 First League of Serbia and Montenegro, finishing in third place and qualifying for European competition. However, due to the continuing financial difficulties after the merger, club officials decided not to request the license for European competitions.

Ever since the new modern stadium opened in August 2013, the club has been one of the most stable in Serbian football due to having strong sponsorship from the shopping centre outlets that perform business under/within the stadium. A modern approach was taken by the directors of the club to attract a more younger supporter base by focusing on a new cool approach, a modern website was created for the club, which was by far the most attractive of all clubs in Serbian football apart from the big two Belgrade clubs, a new modern crest was also designed which incorporated the club's nickname with a red dragon now upon the clubs crest which replaced the old dour crest, The aim was to be different from most other Serbian clubs who either carry/carried communist-era names or their presentation technology wise is dour.[3]

Vozdovac finished the 2019/20 season in 8th place under manager Radomir Kokovic who was fired late in the season due to a run of losses, former player Jovan Damjanovic took over the managers role and guided the club to a safe mid table finish. Key players in the 19/20 season for the club were Nemanja Nikolic who top scored with 7 goals, Alen Masovic who scored 5, Milos Stojcev who also scored 5 goals, Marko Devic who scored 4 goals and Jovan Nisic who scored 3 goals. Key defensive players were Stefan Hajdin, Nenad Cvetkovic, Nemanja Pejcinovic, Marko Zivkovic, goal-keepers Marko Trkulja and Marko Ilić and Lithuanian international Justas Lasickas who was impressive at right back.[3]

StadiumEdit

The old Voždovac Stadium was a multi-purpose stadium. It was used mostly for football matches and was the home ground of Voždovac, with a capacity of 5,780 people. It was demolished in 2011.

Voždovac play their home games at the Stadium Voždovac located on the fourth floor of a shopping center and it meets all UEFA regulations. It has 5,174 seats, the pitch is 24 meters above ground while the tallest stands are 45 meters above.

The stadium was opened for a league game against Jagodina in the fourth round of the Superliga on the 31st of August 2013. It is also the first time a Superliga game was played on artificial grass.[4]

SupportersEdit

GroupsEdit

The organized supporters of FK Voždovac are the Invalidi (Invalids).[5] However, the first organised supporting group was formed in 1987, and was named Vilenjaci (The Elves). Initially consisted of about 30 members, mostly former and youth players from the neighborhood. Along with Vilenjaci, another group named Zmajevi (Dragons) appeared, which is simultaneously the traditional nickname of the club. Vilenjaci grew with time, and they were often involved in disturbs. They made an effort to be original in their supporting. Pirotechnical fireworks were a usual way of provoking match interruptions.[6]

In 1989, another group named Genoes United was formed in the east stand of the stadium, and by that time Zmajevi accepted to join Vilenjaci. Shortly afterwards Genoes also joined Vilenjaci on the western stand. In the season 1989–90 another group was formed, Hasini Trafikari, named after a former club player, nicknamed Hasa. Initially formed in the south stand, they would also ended up merging with Vilenjaci on the western stand. However, when it looked that the group was stronger than ever, it ended up being disbanded.[6]

In 1990, a new group, that was initially more similar to a street gang than to football fans, was formed and named Invalidi.[6] During the 1990s, the group was constantly growing, and besides football their presence was also noticed in other sports events in which the club participated, most notably in women's handball. Obviously the most inspiring period for club fans was the period the club competed in the top league. Today the group consists of about 100 young men.[7]

FriendshipsEdit

The fans have a strong friendship with fans of OFK Belgrade. They also have good relations with fans of ŁKS Łomża.

HonoursEdit

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 9 April 2021[8][9]

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 Miloje Preković
3 DF   SRB Aleksandar Bogdanović
4 DF   SRB Luka Jakovljević
5 DF   MNE Miloš Milović
6 DF   GHA Rashid Obuobi
7 DF   SRB Nemanja Vucić
8 MF   SRB Ivan Milosavljević
9 FW   MNE Miloš Stojčev
10 MF   SRB Jovan Nišić (captain)
11 MF   SRB Luka Cvetićanin
12 GK   RUS Georgiy Bratukhin
13 MF   SRB Stefan Tesić
14 DF   LTU Justas Lasickas
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   SRB Marko Gajić
16 FW   SRB Uroš Vukašinović
17 FW   SRB Aleksandar Stanisavljević
22 DF   SRB Nikola Dukić
19 FW   MNE Nikola Vujnović
20 MF   SRB Dragan Perosević
21 MF   SRB Edin Ajdinović
22 DF   SRB Nikola Lainović
23 FW   SRB Dragan Stoisavljević
24 MF   GRE Nemanja Milojević
25 MF   SRB Stefan Purtić
26 MF   SRB Lazar Arsić
31 GK   SRB Milos Krunić
35 MF   SRB Marko Ivezić
44 DF   SRB Stefan Hajdin
70 FW   SRB Aleksa Janković
GK   SRB Marko Trkulja

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

Youth and reservesEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   SRB Vuk Bogdanović
No. Pos. Nation Player
–– FW   SRB Filip Avrić
16 FW   SRB Uroš Vukašinović

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2019.

Club officialsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name
Manager Jovan Damjanović
Assistant Manager Marko Savić
Club president Momir Veljković
Sports director Jovan Damjanović
General director Miloš Mirković
General secretary Nikola Radivojević

Notable former playersEdit

This is a list of FK Voždovac players with senior national team appearances:[10]

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

Coaching historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Srbislav Todorović: "Football in Serbia 1896 – 1918", pag. 153
  2. ^ a b "Čika Dačine uspomene 1903 – 1953", Belgrade 1953, pag. 52 (in Serbian)
  3. ^ a b "Vozdovac-Vesti". fkvozdovac.rs (in Serbian). 2020-07-30. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  4. ^ "Kako izgleda srpski fudbal na krovu tržnog centra". Mondo Portal (in Serbian). Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  5. ^ FANATIK: Kup je praznik za Ultrase! at mozzartsport.com, 24-9-2014, retrieved 19-4-2016 (in Serbian)
  6. ^ a b c "ИНВАЛИДИ ВОЖДОВАЦ | ИСТОРИЈА" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2020-05-06.
  7. ^ Story and history at Invalidi website (in Serbian)
  8. ^ "First Team". FK Voždovac official website. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Licensed for the Serbian SuperLiga". superliga.rs. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  10. ^ FK Voždovac at National-Football-Teams.com

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