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Hajduk Kula

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About Hajduk Kula

Fudbalski klub Hajduk Kula (Serbian Cyrillic alphabet: Фудбалски клуб Хајдук Кула) is a Serbian Association football club based in Kula (Serbia) that play in the Serbian SuperLiga.

History

Beginning: KAFK

The first registered football club in the town of Kula was KAFK (Kulski atletski fudbalski klub) founded in 1912. In 1920 already within the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes the club is incorporated in the league of the sub-association of Subotica. Ferenc Plattkó was the coach and the most notable player from that period. In 1925 a fraction of the club is named SK Hajduk and in 1926 what was left of KAFK becomes Radnički which will be renamed in 1938 to JSK (Jugoslovenski sportski klub). During the 1930s the club never archived the level from the earlier decade and by the beginning of the Second World War it is disbanded.

SK Hajduk

SK Hajduk played its first match in 1925 against SK Rusin from Ruski Krstur. In opposition to KAFK which was mostly formed and supported by the local Danube Swabians community, Hajduk was known for his multi-cultural element. The club started competing in the third league of the Subotica sub-association and progressively archived promotions, in 1929 to the second, and 1933 to the first league of Subotica sub-association.

With the beginning of the Second World War and the subsequent occupation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the club is disbanded in 1941 by the German authorities. Still during the war, the club was allowed to restore activities however with the condition of changing the name, so it existed as Ifjusag (meaning Youth in Hungarian) but only played friendly matches against neighbouring local teams. A number of club officials, players and supporters joined resistance and lost their life during the war.

1945-1980s

After the war the club competes localy under several different names, Udarnik, Bratstvo-Jedinstvo and Jedinstvo, restoring the old name only in 1949. It was that same year that Hajduk arcived promotion to the regional Vojvodina League. It is in this period that the handball, volleyball, boxing, bowling, tennis, and other sections, are created withing the club. In 1955-56 it finishes top archiving promotion to the III Zone which was one of the 5 subdivisions of the Yugoslav Second League. In the first season in this rang the club finished 5th.

After some league restructuration Hajduk will archive promotion to the Yugoslav Second League (group North) in 1970 in their third consequitive attempt. The club stayed in this level 3 seasons after which it was relegated to the regional Vojvodina League where it will play during the following 15 years, with exception of the period 1983-85 when it played in the Bačka zone league.

The clubs ascention begins in the season 1988-89 when they fail promotion to the Yugoslav Third League in the last round. However, they will archive the promotion a year later by finishing top in their league. In the next season they finish third and archive promotion to the Yugoslav Second League. This period will be crowned with the promotion to the 1991–92 Yugoslav First League.

From 1991 until nowadays

After archiving the promotion to the national top league in 1991, Hajduk will never be relegated until nowadays, a feature archived only by the biggest clubs: FK Partizan, Red Star Belgrade and FK Vojvodina.

In the early 1990s the club invests in the infrustructure with the building of the necessary sports facilities and a modern stadium. The Yugoslav Wars and the sanctions imposed to FR Yugoslavia made this development more difficult, however the club archived the necessary sport results to become a solid member of the First League of FR Yugoslavia.

Major help in this period came from a local company Rodić M&B who became the general sponsor since 1992, and the club changes its name into FK Hajduk Rodić M&B - Kula.

The club becomes an important social player in the region, helping numerous local clubs in difficult times and making numerous humanitarian aid relief activities. A number of club associates participated and helped local Serbian population in Bosnia and Croatia during the wars.

At sports level, the club, in its 5th top league season 1996–97 First League of FR Yugoslavia, and despite predictions of relegation, archived their best ever result, as they finished the season 4th. This way they earned a place in the 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

In the following seasons the club stabilized in the middle of the table in the league, and more was invested in the improvement of the infrastructure. Hajduk also created their satellite club, Lipar MB, becoming the only club in the country beside Partizan to have one.

A number of club players became notable. While playing for the club, goalkeeper Nikola Milojević was part of the Serbia national under-21 football team team which won silver at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship and was also member of the Serbia and Montenegro team at the Football at the 2004 Summer Olympics. The top scorer in the team's history is Dejan Osmanović with 16 goals in the First League of FR Yugoslavia 1999-00 season, when he was also the top scorer in the First League of Yugoslavia. Mirko Radulović has the most appearances in a season in the club's history with 35 games played in the First League of FR Yugoslavia 1995-96 season. The most goals scored by the club in a single season was 45 in First League of FR Yugoslavia 2000-01. The largest win in the top league was in 2000 when Hajduk beat FK Sutjeska Nikšić 6-2.

The year of 2005 is important because there is a change in the direction board and the company Rodić M&B abandones its position as sponsor becoming just a doner. This marks the beginning of a period of finantial recession for the club. The satellite club, which had been renamed POFK Kula earlier, is merged with FK Radnički Sombor helping this was the Sombor club from being relegated. However, with the sacrifices done by all members of the club, Hajduk finishes the 2005–06 Serbia and Montenegro SuperLiga in 4th place qualifying that way to the UEFA Cup 2006-07 where they were eliminated in the second qualifying round by PFC CSKA Sofia on away goals rule after a 1-1 draw at home.

In the 2006–07 Serbian SuperLiga they finished 5th, and this way earning a spot at the 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup. In that season the club was coached by Žarko Soldo who marked the club and archived some memorable results as a win over Partizan by 3-0 with goals of Milan Perić, twice, and Ljubomir Fejsa, the later setting the record transfer between SuperLiga clubs when moved from Hajduk to Partizan by 1.200.000 euros. In the 2007 Intertoto Cup Hajduk won SLovenian NK Maribor by 5-2 aggregate (5-0 ; 0-2) but in the finals they lost against Portuguese U.D. Leiria and failed to qualify to the UEFA Cup.

After a season 2010–11 Serbian SuperLiga in which they barely escaped from relegation, the club under a new leadership under the President Zoran Osmajić, started the season 2011–12 Serbian SuperLiga with 4 straight wins becoming the unexpected leaders in the 5th round. It was then that two difficult matches came, against current champions FK Partizan followed by their rivals Red Star Belgrade, and Hajduk lost both, 0-2 and 0-1 respectively. On September 28, 2011, the former manager Nebojša Vignjević was replaced by Petar Kurćubić.

FK Hajduk Kula in European competitions

- QR2 = 2nd Qualifying Round
- R2 = 2nd Round
- R3 = 3rd Round

Supporters

Hajduk Kula's supporters was known as Zulu iz Kulu. This fan group was founded in the end of 80's, but in the spring of 1998 group was dissmised. In the spring of 2005, new generation of Hajduk fans tried to renew the group, but without any success.

As of March 2012.



For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2011 and List of Serbian football transfers winter 2011–12.

Notable former players

- Played at least 100 games in Serbian top league.
- Played at least 80 games for the club.
- Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
- Played at least one international match for their national team at any time.

- Aleksandar Bratić
- Aleksandar Jovanović (born 1985)
- Faruk Hujdurović
- Ninoslav Milenković
- Ferenc Plattkó
- Nenad Brnović
- Savo Pavićević
- Niša Saveljić
- Zoran Antić
- Nikola Bogić
- Ivan Ćirka
- Aleksandar Davidov

- Milan Davidov
- Anđelko Đuričić
- Ljubomir Fejsa
- Dejan Kekezović
- Nikola Komazec
- Igor Kozoš
- Nikola Malbaša
- Nikola Milojević
- Dejan Osmanović
- Dejan Rađenović
- Đorđe Tomić

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

Coaching history

This is a list of all FK Hajduk Kula managers:

- Zoltan Sabo (2011 - present)
- Petar Kurčubić (2011)
- Nebojša Vignjević (2011)
- Dragoljub Bekvalac (2010 - 2011)
- Zdenko Glumac (2010)
- Žarko Soldo (2009 - 2010)
- Bogdan Korak (2009)
- Radmilo Jovanović (2008 - 2009)
- Miroslav Vukašinović (2007 - 2008)
- Nebojša Vučićević
- Boris Bunjak
- Miloljub Ostojić
- Nebojša Vučićević
- Slavenko Kuzeljević
- Nebojša Vučićević
- Momčilo Raičević
- Nebojša Vučićević
- Miroslav Vukašinović
- Dragoljub Bekvalac
- Nikola Rakojević
- Željko Jurčić
- Nenad Starovlah
- Milorad Sekulović
- Milan Sredanović
- Miloš Cetina
- Žarko Bulatović
- Joakim Vislavski
- Ilija Tojagić

- Veliša Popović
- Luka Malešev
- Đorđe Jovanić
- Miodrag Vlaški
- Božidar Koloković
- Nikola Josić
- Đorđe Belogrlić
- Edo Plac
- Gradimir Bogojevac
- Ivan Savković
- Vilkoš Gremeri
- Mirko Juhas
- Stevan Pejčić
- Josip Treml
- Slobodan Anđelković
- Petar Rujer
- Uroš Ćirić
- Gojko Obradov
- Sava Prekajac
- Stevan Ćirić
- Sima Šuvakov
- Pera Struklić
- Janoš Katatič
- Ljubomir Rankov
- Geza Knefeli
- Laslo Egeto
- Ferenc Plattkó
- Oto Knezi
- Jožef Sep

Gallery


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