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OFK Beograd

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About OFK Beograd

Omladinski fudbalski klub Beograd, commonly referred to as OFK Beograd (Serbian Cyrillic: ОФК Београд), is a football (soccer) club from Belgrade, Serbia, more precisely from the Karaburma urban neighborhood. It is currently the oldest team playing in the Serbian SuperLiga. The name means "Youth Football Club Belgrade" in Serbian language. The club is part of the OSD Beograd sport society.

History

The beginning

The club was founded in 1911 as BSK (Serbian Cyrillic: Београдски Спортски Клуб) or Belgrade Sports Club, one of the most prominent football clubs in Kingdom of Serbia and later Kingdom of Yugoslavia. It was also the most successful club between 1923. and 1941, with five national champion titles. BSK played its first game on 13th October 1911. against "Šumadija" from Kragujevac and won 8:1.

In 1945, after the WW2, club was reestablished under the name "Metalac" by its former members. This club carried the name until 1950, when it was once againe renamed into BSK, but in the 1957. the name was altered into the OFK (Youth Football Club), Belgrade.

How it all started is just as how the club is living today: never on top but always among the best. Usually, it is in the shadow of the bigger Belgrade clubs, such as Red Star Belgrade and FK Partizan, but always in the search of its own identity and a place on the big stage. On the field, it always went well, but the stadium remained empty. The problem was the name: it didn't attract the attention of fans. For this reason, in 1950 the club brought back its old name of BSK.

The golden era

A two decade long "Golden Era" had begun. Already in 1953, the club had won the Yugoslav Cup. Three other celebrations followed, in 1955, 1962, and 1966. The club was the national vice-champion twice, in 1955 and in 1964, and the club was very rarely standing under 6th position in the league table. In the meantime, the club had changed its name once again. In 1957, the club was baptised into today's OFK Beograd, once again in an attempt to attract spectators to the stadium, especially younger ones who often opted for either Red Star or Partizan. In that time, the players played attractive and lovely football and therefore got the nickname of "Romantičari".

The 1960s and the first half of the 1970s were years of European glory. OFK Beograd had participated eight times in European competitions. Their biggest success came in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1962-63 season, playing in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur F.C., eventual champions. In the following ten years, football giants such as S.S.C. Napoli, Feyenoord, Panathinaikos F.C., and Juventus F.C. also fell to the blue and white.

The silent fall

The Romantičari were not able to take advantage of their success on the domestic and European scene. After several successful season, a sudden fall occurred. OFK Beograd was slowly losing its brilliance. During the 1980s, the club has often been changing leagues, from the First Division to the Second. In Karaburma, nothing could remind us of the old glorious days except a few bleaky old pictures. The "Silent Fall" lasted as long as the Golden Era. Still, the tradition could not be forgotten and the club comes back to its old habits in the 1990s. Fourth position in 1992 and 1994 announced a bright future for OFK in the 21st century.

Modern times

In the summer of 2003, they were back in European competitions. They played in the UEFA Intertoto Cup. OFK humiliated Estonian side FC Narva Trans at home by the score of 6–1, but UEFA cancelled the result because of a smoke bomb being thrown on the field during the game. It was later discovered that it was an act of an angry hooligan from a city rival, furious about his club being relegated to the Serbian First League. Consequently, only the second leg result would count. OFK Beograd did not let its fans down and won in Tallinn with a score of 5–3. They were eliminated in the second round by Czech Republic representants 1. FC Slovácko, with a score of 4–3.

The club was back on the European stage in 2004. They started playing in the second round and easily eliminated Dinaburg FC. In the third round, OFK went on to play against Tampere United at the legendary Ratina Stadion, host of a historic match between Yugoslavia national football team and the USSR national football team at the 1952 Summer Olympics. Yugoslavia were having a torrid time against the Soviets. 5–1 up with 15 minutes of their first round match to go, the Yugoslavs, understandably, put their feet up. Arthur Edward Ellis, the match referee, recorded what happened next in his book, The Final Whistle (London, 1963): "The USSR forced the most honourable draw ever recorded! Vsevolod Vsevolod Bobrov, their captain, scored a magnificent hat-trick. After the USSR had reduced the lead to 5–2, he, almost single-handed, took the score to 5–5, scoring his third in the last minute. For once, use of the word sensational was justified." Although Bobrov's early goal in their replay presaged a miraculous recovery, Yugoslavia recovered sufficiently to put out their opponents easily in the second half. The Soviet side had been expected by Moscow to win the 1952 Summer Olympics, and their defeat by Yugoslavia was not mentioned in the Soviet press until after Joseph Stalin's death the following year. OFK Beograd defeated their Finland opponents and deservedly went on to play in the semifinals. They were eliminated by a better and more experienced opponent, Atlético Madrid.

In 2005, the club reached the UEFA Cup 2005-06 second round of qualifying after more than 32 years, losing to Lokomotiv Plovdiv by the away goals rule. In 2006, the club was awaiting France side AJ Auxerre, once again in the UEFA Cup 2006-07. In the first game, in Belgrade, OFK defeated their opponents by the score of 1–0. In the second game, it looked like the Serbian club was through with the score being 2–1 in favour of Auxerre with only ten minutes to play. OFK allowed three goals in only ten minutes, suffering a heavy 5–1 loss and ending their European dream. In the 2010 Europa League OFK beat Torpedo Zhodino of Belarus 3-2 on aggregate and went on to play Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray the first game was in Turkey and after losing 2-0 with only ten minutes to go the very young OFK team came back with first a goal from Miloš Krstić and then a shock equalizer from Nenad Injac to earn OFK a great moment on the European stage. After the game the Turkish media noted that there were no foreign players in the OFK team, something OFK should be proud of because the club has always seen itself as a organisation that promotes Serbian talent.

Honours and achievements

Domestic
- Yugoslav First League:
- Yugoslav Cup:
- Serbia and Montenegro Cup:
- Serbian Football Championship:
- 1940–41 Serbian League
International
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:
- UEFA Cup:
- Inter-Cities Fairs Cup:

European Competitions

Before UEFA was founded (in 1954), OFK Beograd, under the name of Belgrade Sport Club (BSK), participated in Mitropa Cup, the first really international European football competition. The club competed for five seasons without a big success, usually stopped by teams from Hungary, the major football power at the time. In UEFA competitions, OFK Beograd played 16 seasons, the biggest success being reaching semifinal of UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1962-63.

Before UEFA

- Competed in five seasons

- 1927
MC QF: MTK Hungária FC 4 – 2 BSK 6 – 1 BSK 2 – 1 BSK 2 – 1 BSK 7 – 1 BSK 0 – 1 BSK 2 – 0 BSK . In its 95 years of existence, it produced hundreds of players who played for OFK Beograd's senior first team, the national team and who became players of international calibre.

Players such as Ilija Petković, Mitar Mrkela, Dragoslav Stepanović, Slobodan Santrač, and Saša Ćurčić all played in different periods of time but they all share one thing together and that is their youth development at OFK Beograd.

Since OFK Beograd's existence, attention was always turned to the younger categories of players and the results of that work are directly responsible for the club's success. Modern football is a serious aspect of the club, this is why it does everything in its possibility to modernize the training facilities. Recently, the club has built a whole new private training center, compromising eight playing fields along with training equipment with the newest technology. OFK Beograd is constantly in search of better quality at their youth team.

A youth school was created compromising 150 players born in between 1996 and 1999. There are also seven competitive teams for which more than 170 players are playing. The youth system compromises around 20 highly qualified coaches who are all specialised in certain areas of the game. Most of the coaches are former players who spent years at the club and who also went through the same youth system. Several physios are also present and are equipped with the newest technology for their work.

Currently, the board is examining the possibility of cutting a hundred players from the youth system as they believe the coaches would have an easier job and could concentrate on individuals.

OFK Beograd is always proud of their Youth Club and the atmosphere they create for youth development. They are getting better coaching every year and it is said that the players now progress more rapidly than they did in the past. The club is always a strong contender in the Serbian SuperLiga and usually qualifies for European competitions, which proves the quality and huge efforts put in the youth system.

Supporters

OFK Beograd's fans are commonly known as "Blue Union" (Plava Unija) since 1994.

The whole story begins in 1911 when Beogradski Sportski Klub (BSK) was founded, a club who dominated the fields of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, but it was also known for one other thing, its fans.

The club's fans followed the team wherever it went, they carried the spirit and of the city of Belgrade in their hearts, and were always present in the clubs' hardest moments. Many things could've broken the enthusiasm of the fans, such as the war or constant name changes, but nothing could separate the fans from their beloved club.

The fans' modern history is not as glorious as it used to be, but one thing is sure – the old spirit is also present in the new fans' hearts.

An organized group appears for the first time in 1984 under the name of "Blue Thunders". The group lives under that name until 1990, but influenced by the rise of nationalism in Yugoslavia, they change their name to "Sokolovi". The group officially collapses in 1993 as football is nothing more than pure non-sense during that period in Serbia. The fans' love towards the club was certainly not forgotten and in 1994 a new group is founded – Blue Union Belgrade. The name says it all, as all the club's lovers unite to create what is today OFK Beograd's official fan group.

Every new beginning is complicated, one of the first things to do for the young group was to create a name for themselves and show that they exist. In any possible manner. Originality and aggressiveness towards the others proved to be the key to success. A confrontation with the club's board was inevitable since watching your team collapse slowly is not what the fans needed, but the Blue Union was the only one to stand up. Obviously, confrontations with other fan organizations of the same level happened, in an attempt by the Blue Union to get respected across Serbia. The group's participation in all events in the city put them shoulder-to-shoulder with the other organizations in the country already from the beginning. During that period, the group's friendship with FK Voždovac's fans, "Invalidi", officially begun. That friendship, over the years, has become something more and it is still the same today.

OFK Beograd has played in the "B" Division from 1996 to 1998, which was very interesting since they were the only team from the capital city of Belgrade. During those years, the group gains in expansion and under the slogan of "JEDAN TIM – JEDAN GRAD – JEDNO IME – BEOGRAD" follows the club throughout Serbia. The slogan translates to "One team – One city – One name – Belgrade".

When the "A" and "B" divisions made only one, the Blue Union started printing out their own newspapers. It was the first time such an initiative was taken by a club from Serbia. During every home game, every fan received a copy. Inside were articles about the club's past, its legends, the historic games, etc. Unfortunanely, there were only ten editions before the newspapers ceased to exist.

Originality, which is still strived for, was one of the most distinguishing characteristics of BU in that period. There are many examples, but here we will mention just some of them: while all other supporter groups were engaged in competition for the best looking and aesthetically most appealing banner, BU wore and presented awkward, ugly, hand made banners in all sizes; group didn’t care much for flamboyant choreographies or for the choreographies at all for that matter; pyrotechnics were all right but not a must; we renewed the terrace fashion of wearing turnover spitfire jackets and established the habit of wearing blue-collar workers overalls when following team on away games as a mean to make statement regarding social background of the group members. Also, we can mention the time when FK Milicionar Beograd, a pro-regime police-backed team, entered the first division the group reacted with creation of banner which bore a message “GOAL AGAINST REGIME”. Among other things, members of BU also reinstated the old ex-Yugoslav firms habit of “finding” local home crews when our team was on away matches, no matter which Serbian town or city was in question.

Crisis in Serbia during the spring of 1999. took its toll on complete football supporter scene and BLUE UNION was no exception. Pressure which was built up and directed toward our group culminated in those turmoil times and seriously damaged long-built reputation and prestige of all OFK BEOGRAD supporters and devoted fans. Project which was ultimately named “CLUB OF OFK BEOGRAD SUPPORTERS” is an attempt to restore all of the core values and principles which formed the character of fans of this renowned football club from Karaburma neighborhood.

BLUE UNION BELGRADE in 2004. celebrated 10th anniversary, but also two decades of organized supporting on Karaburma terraces. We can regard football season of 2002–2003. as a sort of overture to the mentioned celebration and it was during this season that the group started “REGULAR CHAMPIONSHIP AND CONSEQUENCES” and all of us remember big fuss which was caused by “It’s regular, istn it?” parole which was raised after the Sutjeska-OFK Beogard match and what was at a time a spontaneous form of protest against corruption in Serbian football, a menace that deprived supporters of the most precious thing in football – it's beauty.

BLUE UNION also formed a friendship with supporters of FC Dynamo Moscow, although this camaraderie started spontaneous, later it gained a more organized and serious form. Soon mutual visits and joint supporting on each other team games followed so today we can be proud on this great friendship with our Russian colleagues.

In latter history, group is still struggling to maintain genuine urban spirit which was Blue Union hallmark ever since forming. Organization was also improved and raised to a higher level including development of marketing, attracting new generations of supporters, improving aesthetic appeal of our choreographies which are now marked by our easily recognizable style. Periodically, group is engaged in production of complete assortment of supporter requisites and the profits of their sales are used to raise popularity of the club and finance the work of group. The OFK Beograd supporter web site – www.blueunionbelgrade.com – must be also mentioned, because it represent a viable source of all actual information related to the OFK Beograd club, football in generally but also the supporter scene in Serbia, region and beyond that…All those activities and initiatives are undertaken with one and just one goal, a that is return of OFK Beograd to the paths of old glory and on the place that rightfully belongs him with the faithful army of supporters that follow him all the way to the top. Of course, it is needless to mention the repression to which supporters of our group were exposed all these years, and which we are managing to overcome somehow just as a whole plethora of other inhibiting factors that characterize the land and time we’re living in.

The Blue Union continues to support their beloved club even if the attendance at Omladinski Stadion is very low in the recent years. Since 1994, a lot of events happened, the younger people who were founding members of the group are still very present and active, and one thing is sure: the Blue Union is still proudly supporting OFK Beograd and will always be.

As of 20th January 2011.



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

Youth & reserves squad

As of October 2011.


Notable former players



1911–1945 :

Yugoslavia
- Predrag Antić
- Milorad Arsenijević
- Dušan Milošević
- Radivoj Božić
- Vojin Božović
- Branislav Dimitrijević
- Milorad Dragićević
- Prvoslav Dragičević
- Ernest Dubac
- Ljubiša Đorđević
- Franjo Glazer
- Svetislav Glišović
- Ivan Jazbinšek
- Miodrag Jovanović (footballer born 1922)
- Bruno Knežević
- Gustav Lechner
- Petar Manola
- Blagoje Marjanović
- Nikola Marjanović
- Frane Matošić
- Milorad Mitrović (1908-1993)
- Srđan Mrkušić
- Joška Nikolić
- Milorad Nikolić
- Vlastimir Petković
- Jan Podhradski
- Đorđe Popović
- Anton Puhar
- Predrag Radovanović
- Janko Rodin
- Kuzman Sotirović
- Ivan Stevović
- Đorđe Stoiljković
- Slavko Šurdonja
- Aleksandar Tirnanić
- Dragomir Tošić
- Svetislav Valjarević
- Dragoslav Virić
- Đorđe Vujadinović
- Dobrivoje Zečević
France
- Yvan Beck
Hungary
- Károly Nemes
- Lajos Senfeld Tusko
Italy
- Otmar Gazzari
Romania
- Rudolf Wetzer

1945–present :

SFR Yugoslavia (1945–1992)

FR Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro (1992–2006)

Serbia (2006–present)
- Sava Antić
- Stefan Babović
- Miloš Bajalica
- Branko Baković
- Sreten Banović
- Slobodan Batričević
- Petar Borota
- Dušan Cvetković
- Saša Ćurčić
- Srđan Čebinac
- Sreten Davidović
- Zoran Dakić
- Ljuba Dimić
- Nebojša Đorđević
- Nikša Đujić
- Momcilo Gavrić
- Dragan Gugleta
- Radiša Ilić
- Branislav Ivanović
- Milan Ivanović
- Nenad Jestrović
- Aleksandar Jevtić
- Stanoje Jocić
- Đorđe Jokić
- Živko Josić
- Tomislav Kaloperović
- Andrija Kaluđerović
- Aleksandar Kolarov
- Ognjen Koroman
- Miloš Kostić
- Slobodan Krčmarević
- Blagomir Krivokuća
- Srboljub Krivokuća
- Stevica Kuzmanovski
- Zoran Lončar (footballer)
- Dušan Lukić
- Dragoljub Marić
- Predrag Marković
- Slobodan Mešanović
- Božidar Milenković
- Stojan Milošev
- Miroslav Milovanović
- Miloš Milutinović
- Krsto Mitrović
- Miljan Mrdaković
- Mitar Mrkela
- Milorad Peković
- Dušan Petković
- Ilija Petković
- Gordan Petrić

- Mihajlo Pjanović
- Petar Radenković
- Spasoje Samardžić
- Slobodan Santrač
- Đorđe Serpak
- Josip Skoblar
- Vladeta Starčević
- Dragoslav Stepanović
- Miodrag Stevanović
- Dane Stojanović
- Dragoslav Šekularac
- Vasilije Šijaković
- Lazar Tasić
- Duško Tošić
- Bogdan Turudija
- Nemanja Vučićević
- Stojan Vukašinović
- Ninoslav Zec
Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Aleksandar Bratić
- Nikola Damjanac
- Marko Filipović
- Petar Jelić
- Đorđe Kamber
Brazil
- Leandro Netto de Macedo
- William Artur De Oliveira
Latvia
- Oļegs Karavajevs
Macedonia
- Filip Despotovski
- Boban Grnčarov
- Hristijan Kirovski
- Bojan Markovski
Montenegro
- Marko Baša
- Vladimir Božović
- Miodrag Džudović
- Mitar Novaković

For the list of current and former players with article, please see: :Category:OFK Beograd players.

Coaching history


- Adolf Engel (1927)
- Sándor Nemes (1930–35)
- Josef Uridil (1935)
- Sándor Nemes (1936–39)
- Erwin Mészáros (1939–1940)
- Svetozar Popović (1940-?)
- Boško Ralić (1946–47)
- Ljubiša Broćić (1947–50)
- Milovan Ćirić (1951–53)
- Blagoje Marjanović (1953–56)
- Vojin Božović (1956–58)
- Vojin Božović (1959–60)
- Đorđe Vujadinović (1960–61)
- Milovan Ćirić (1961–63)
- Mile Kos (1963)
- Sava Antić (1963-6X)
- D. Milić (196X-6X)
- Miloš Milutinović (196X-67)
- Žarko Mihajlović (1967–69)
- Gojko Zec (1969–70)
- Božidar Drenovac (19XX-71)

- Boris Marović (1971–72)
- Milutin Šoškić (1972)
- Nikola Beogradac (1976-7X)
- Blagomir Krivokuća
- Božidar Milenković (1996–97)
- Miodrag Ješić (1998–99)
- Vanja Radinović (1999–00)
- Radmilo Ivančević (2000)
- Zvonko Varga (2000–01)
- Stevica Kuzmanovski (29 July 2003-4 April 04)
- Dragoljub Bekvalac (5 April 2004-15 May 04)
- Branko Babić (15 June 2004-16 October 05)
- Slobodan Krčmarević (23 October 2005-24 December 06)
- Ratko Dostanić (26 December 2006-1 April 07)
- Branislav Vukašinović (2 April 2007-8 March 08)
- Ljupko Petrović (12 March 2008-21 April 08)
- Mihajlo Ivanović (21 April 2008-14 April 09)
- Simo Krunić (April 2009-June 9)
- Dejan Đurđević (June 2009-December 2011)
- Branko Babić (January 2012 – present)

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