|34th Marshal Tito Cup|
|Dates||7 October 1981 -|
23 May 1982
|Champions||Red Star (10th title)|
|Goals scored||80 (2.5 per match)|
|Top goal scorer(s)||Du?an Savi? (5)|
The 1981-82 Yugoslav Cup was the 34th season of the top football knockout competition in SFR Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav Cup (Serbo-Croatian: Kup Jugoslavije), also known as the "Marshal Tito Cup" (Kup Mar?ala Tita), since its establishment in 1946.
The 1980-81 winners Vele? failed to retain the trophy as they were knocked out in the first round by minnows Mogren. Dinamo Zagreb and the Belgrade-based Red Star, who finished as winners and runners-up in the 1981-82 Yugoslav First League, reached the tournament final. In the two-legged final Red Star won their 10th cup title after beating Dinamo 6-4 on aggregate. This was their first cup win since the 1970-71 edition.
Surprise of the tournament were second level side Galenika, who managed to reach the semi-finals, knocking out the remaining two of the Yugoslav "Big Four" clubs Partizan and Hajduk Split in the process. Fuelled by their prolific goalscorer Slobodan Santra?, Galenika also had a successful league season as they won the 1981-82 Second League Division East and won promotion to the 1982-83 Yugoslav First League.
The Yugoslav Cup was a tournament for which clubs from all tiers of the football pyramid were eligible to enter. In addition, amateur teams put together by individual Yugoslav People's Army garrisons and various factories and industrial plants were also encouraged to enter, which meant that each cup edition could have several thousands of teams in its preliminary stages. These teams would play through a number of qualifying rounds before reaching the first round proper, in which they would be paired with top-flight teams.
The cup final was played over two legs on 16 and 23 May, traditionally scheduled to coincide with Youth Day celebrated on 25 May, a national holiday in Yugoslavia which also doubled as the official commemoration of Josip Broz Tito's birthday.
|First round (round of 32)||Single||7 October 1981||16||32 -> 16|
|Second round (round of 16)||Single||7 November 1981||8||16 -> 8|
|Quarter-finals||Single||18 November 1981||8||8 -> 4|
|Semi-finals||Single||21 April 1982||4||4 -> 2|
|Final||Double||16 and 23 May 1982||2||2 -> 1|
First round proper was played on 7 October 1981. Ties were decided over a single leg, with penalty shootouts used to determine winners when matches ended in a draw after regular time. Sixteen out of eighteen 1981-82 Yugoslav First League clubs entered the competition at this stage (everyone except Osijek and Teteks, who were only promoted to top level at the end of the 1980-81 season).
Each of the sixteen top level clubs were paired with a lower-tier team who made it to this stage through preliminary qualifiers. In addition, Croatia Zurich, a Zurich-based club ran by Croatian emigrants in Switzerland, also received a spot, but exited the tournament following a 5-0 defeat to Budu?nost.
Seven top level clubs were knocked out at this stage: OFK Belgrade, Partizan, Radni?ki Ni?, Vardar, Zagreb and the defending cup winners Vele?, who lost their tie to Montenegrin minnows Mogren on penalties.
In the following tables winning teams are marked in bold; teams from outside top level are marked in italic script.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team|
|1||Borac Banja Luka||0-1||Red Star|
|6||Maribor||0-0 (6-5 p)||Vardar|
|7||Mogren||0-0 (12-11 p)||Vele?|
|8||Napredak Kru?evac||1-1 (7-6 p)||?eljezni?ar|
|11||Novi Sad||1-1 (5-6 p)||Hajduk Split|
|13||Radni?ki Kragujevac||1-1 (6-4 p)||OFK Belgrade|
|14||Rudar Kakanj||1-1 (2-5 p)||Olimpija|
|16||Sloga Doboj||1-1 (5-3 p)||Radni?ki Ni?|
Second round, or round of 16, was played on 7 November 1981. It featured nine top flight and seven lower level clubs. Galenika and Rad were the only two teams from outside top level who managed to progress, both after winning ties against fellow minnows Maribor and Mogren.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team|
|2||Dinamo Zagreb||2-0||Sloga Doboj|
|4||Hajduk Split||3-1||Napredak Kru?evac|
|6||Rad||0-0 (4-2 p)||Mogren|
|7||Sloboda||1-1 (6-4 p)||Radni?ki Kragujevac|
Quarter-finals were played on 18 November 1981. Red Star, Dinamo Zagreb and Sloboda progressed to the semi-finals, along with Zemun-based Galenika - who were the only team from outside top flight left in the competition after this stage.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team|
|4||Sloboda||0-0 (4-2 p)||Budu?nost|
Semi-finals were played on 21 April 1982. Red Star hosted Galenika at their Red Star Stadium in Belgrade and won 4-1 through goals by Milko ?urovski, Vladimir Petrovi?, Du?an Savi? and Milo? ?esti?, with Slobodan Santra? scoring a goal for the visiting team. Dinamo Zagreb played Sloboda at Maksimir Stadium and won 2-0 through goals by Snje?ko Cerin and Zlatko Kranj?ar.
|Date||16 May 1982|
|Venue||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb|
|Date||23 May 1982|
|Venue||Red Star Stadium, Belgrade|
Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star, two of the so-called Yugoslav "Big Four" clubs, had reached the 1982 final. The two clubs also dominated in the Yugoslav First League that season, with Dinamo crowned champions only two weeks before the first leg of the cup final, and Red Star finishing the season as runners-up. Red Star eventually won the final tie 6-4 on aggregate.
For Red Star this was their 15th appearance in the Yugoslav Cup final and their first cup title since 1971. It was won by a squad featuring major club stars such as Vladimir Petrovi?, Du?an Savi?, Milo? ?esti? and Milko ?urovski, led by experienced coach Branko Stankovi?.
For Dinamo Zagreb this was their 11th appearance in the final and a chance to win their 7th cup title. The team, led by Miroslav Bla?evi?, eventually failed to clinch what would have been their first Yugoslav Double, as they had won the 1981-82 Yugoslav First League with five points in front of Red Star. Dinamo's squad that season featured club legends such as Snje?ko Cerin, Velimir Zajec, Zlatko Kranj?ar, Marko Mlinari? and Stjepan Deveri?.
Dinamo and Red Star had previously met in the cup final on three occasions, in 1950, 1964 and 1980. Red Star had won the first two finals while Dinamo picked up the 1980 cup. Before the competition would cease to exist amid the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s the two clubs would also met for the fifth time in the 1984-85 Yugoslav Cup final.
In the first leg, played on 16 May 1982 in front of 50,000 people at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, Red Star took an early lead through a goal by Milo? ?esti? in the 15th minute. After the half-time break Dinamo equalized through D?emal Mustedanagi? in the 49th minute and then went on to take the lead through Snje?ko Cerin ten minutes later. Six minutes before the final whistle Dinamo's defender Zvjezdan Cvetkovi? tackled Zlatko Krmpoti? inside Dinamo's box, and a penalty was awarded to Red Star, which Vladimir Petrovi? successfully converted to make the final score 2-2.
In the second leg played on 23 May 1982 in Belgrade Red Star coach Branko Stankovi? named Du?an Savi? in the starting eleven. Savi?, who had spent the first leg in Zagreb on the substitute bench, used runs down the right side to create several goalscoring opportunities for Rajko Janjanin and Vladimir Petrovi? very early on, but Dinamo's goalkeeper Tomislav Ivkovi? was on form and saved a couple of close-range efforts. In the 31st minute Savi? latched onto a long pass by Milan Jankovi? to make it 1-0. Four minutes before half-time Dinamo pulled back through Zlatko Kranj?ar's free kick, and minutes later Marko Mlinari? embarked on a solo run from the centre of the pitch to set up Snje?ko Cerin for an easy tap-in which made it 2-1 for the Blues. Red Star's Ranko ?or?i? equalized through a powerful shot from the edge of the box in the 66th minute, and seven minutes later Milo? ?esti? scored a goal after a long pass by Vladimir Petrovi? which tipped the result in Red Star's favour to make the aggregate score 5-4. Savi? added his second goal three minutes before full-time, which set the final score 4-2 on the day and 6-4 on aggregate.
The top goalscorers in the 1981-82 Yugoslav Cup (first round proper and onwards) were as follows:
|1||Du?an Savi?||Red Star||5|
|2||Vladimir Petrovi?||Red Star||4|
|Ivan Gudelj||Hajduk Split||3|
|Stjepan Deveri?||Dinamo Zagreb||3|
|Snje?ko Cerin||Dinamo Zagreb||3|
|Milo? ?esti?||Red Star||3|
|Zoran Pani?||Dinamo Zagreb||2|
|Zlatko Kranj?ar||Dinamo Zagreb||2|
|Ranko ?or?i?||Red Star||2|