Stara dama (The Old Lady)
Crveno-beli (The Red-Whites)
|Short name||Vo?a, FCV, VOJ|
|Founded||6 March 1914|
|Ground||Kara?or?e Stadium, Novi Sad|
|President||Dragoljub Samard?i? Gumeni|
|Head coach||Nenad Lalatovi?|
|2019-20||Serbian SuperLiga, 3rd|
Fudbalski klub Vojvodina (Serbian Cyrillic: ? ), commonly known as Vojvodina Novi Sad (Serbian Cyrillic: ? ; Serbian pronunciation: [j?odina nô?i: sâ:d]) or simply Vojvodina and familiarly as Vo?a (Serbian Cyrillic: ?), is a Serbian professional football club based in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, the second largest city in Serbia, and one of the most popular clubs in the country. The club is the major part of the Vojvodina multi-sport club and currently the third oldest football club in the Serbian SuperLiga and the most successful football club in Serbia next to the rivals Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade.
In its long history, Vojvodina were one of the most successful clubs in the former Yugoslavia, winning two First League titles, in 1966 and 1989, were runners-up in 1957, 1962 and 1975, achieved 3rd place in 1992 and finished 5th in the competition's all-time table. Vojvodina were also runners-up in the Yugoslav Cup in 1951. They won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1976, the Mitropa Cup in 1977 and were also runners-up of the Mitropa Cup in 1957 and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1998. From 1993 to 1997, Vojvodina achieved in the national championship 3rd place five times in a row and were runners-up in the domestic cup in 1997. They were runners-up in the Serbian SuperLiga in 2008-09 Serbian SuperLiga and 3rd place in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2020. Vojvodina were also runners-up of the Serbian Cup in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013. The first cup trophy Vojvodina won in 2014 and second in 2020.
On 6 March 1914, in Sava ?ijakov's weaving mill in the Temerinska Street 12, a group of students of the Serbian Orthodox high school established with the help of intellectuals and craftsman a football club in Novi Sad. The club was founded in secrecy, because the former Austro-Hungarian authorities banned larger organized gatherings of juveniles in the Vojvodina region which was inhabited mostly by Serbs. The club took the name Vojvodina, in order to emphasize the memory of the political-territorial unit of the Serbs in the "Serbian Vojvodina" in which the Serbs, at least on paper, get the same rights as all other citizens in the Habsburg Empire for which they have fought for years. The name Vojvodina means in Serbian a type of duchy, more specifically, a voivodeship. It derives from the word "vojvoda", and means "one who leads warriors" or "war leader".
Among the club founders on that day were the future textile industrialist Milenko ?ijakov, the future university professor Vladimir Mili?evi?, the future chemists Milenko Hini?, the future lawyers Radenko Raki? and Kamenko ?iri?, Gojko Tosi?, ?or?e ?ivanov, Branko Gospo?ina?ki, the future doctor of law Kosta Had?i and others. The new club played its first match in the village of Kovilj against local club FK ?ajka?. Vojvodina played in bright blue colours and white shorts and won by 5-0. Svetozar Jockovi?, Jovan Ljubojevi?, Milorad Mili?evi?, Du?an Kova?ev, Jovan Jockovi?, Ozren Stojanovi?, Sava Ignja?ev, Gavanski, Predrag Stojanovi? Ciga, ?ivojin ?eremov and Uro? ?akovac entered the record books as the first players in the history of Vojvodina. The players were mainly pupils and students, who came from Prague in the summer holidays and played only that one match, because shortly before World War I broke out. The strict hand of the Austro-Hungarian authorities stopped all Serbian organizations in Novi Sad and Vojvodina was the first time in the situation to be shut down.
After the liberation, Vojvodina resumed the work thanks to the enthusiasm of Serbian students from Prague. The first president of Vojvodina became Milenko ?ijakov, son of weaving mill owner Sava ?ijak, and the first secretary became Dr. ?ivko Bajazet, the longtime president of the Serbian merchant bank and member of the Sokol organization. The club financed solely by membership fees and by generous contributions as by Maks Grin, Daka Popovi?, the Novakovi? brothers, Ilija Balabu?i? and the members of Dun?erski family. Part of the Vojvodina players and management who studied in Prague, were also members of football club Slavia Prague. The Czech club supported the Vojvodina members during the difficult times before and during World War I and contributed in the development of the club. In 1920, was brought from Prague the first set of red and white jerseys. At the club meeting held on 23 July 1922, it was decided that in honour of Slavia Prague the red and white colors adorn the jerseys of Vojvodina. The coat of arms was also partially modeled after Slavia Prague's coat of arms, where the red star of the Czech team was replaced with the blue star, so that Vojvodina's coat of arms had all the colors of the Serbian flag. The first coach, technical director and chief organizer of Vojvodina was the lawyer Dr. Kosta Had?i, one of the main founder of Vojvodina and the Novi Sad Football Subassociation. Under his leadership, Vojvodina won the Novi Sad Subassociation league in 1926, which was the first trophy in its history. Vojvodina played with following players: Mihajlovi?, ?ivi?, Kri?kov, Popovi?, Vajs, Aleksi?, Grgarov, Marjanovi?, ?evi?, Petrovi?, Dudás and Saraz. The club provided the first professional contracts to its players, and also brought professional players from abroad such as Czech Josef ?apek and Hungarians Sándor Dudás and Abraham Saraz. One of the best and most influential Vojvodina players at that time was Du?an Markovi?, an effective striker who played for Vojvodina from 1921 to 1935. End of the 1930s, Vojvodina brought many good players into the team, which was later known as the Millionaires team and one of the best was Jo?ef Velker, which became to a crucial player of the club. In 1932, 1934, 1935, 1937-1940, Vojvodina won the Novi Sad Football Subassociation league. Since then, Vojvodina begun having serious pretensions to gain promotion to the Yugoslav First League. The club failed to immediately make an impact, but during the season 1940/41, Vojvodina fought for the top. The final stage of the championship was interrupted by the beginning of World War II, and the Axis bombing, mobilization and country's occupation made the continuation of the competition impossible.
In 1962, Vojvodina was runners-up. However, the results deteriorated in the following seasons and Vojvodina even started fighting against relegation. In 1964 everything changed with Vujadin Bo?kov as the technical director and Branko Stankovi? as coach. Vujadin Bo?kov remodeled and modernized the club. The infrastructure was improved and a new sports center was built. It also organized a successful scouting network and the administration, headed by president Arsa Kova?evi?, was able to provide all necessary conditions for the competition. Coach Branko Stankovi? changed the style of play and shifted the emphasis on discipline and running. The only player who had a free hand was Silvester Taka?, one of the best players of this generation. In 1966, Vojvodina won the Yugoslav first league for the first time with eight points ahead of second placed Dinamo Zagreb. Members of this generation were Silvester Taka?, Ilija Panteli?, ?arko Nikoli?, Ivica Brzi?, Rajko Aleksi?, ?or?e Pavli?, Dobrivoje Trivi?, Stevan Sekere?, ?or?e Mili? and Stevan Ne?ticki.
In 1989, under the new coach Ljupko Petrovi?, Vojvodina spent almost the whole championship as league leaders. During the season, Vojvodina won at home against all top four Yugoslav clubs. Partizan Belgrade was defeated by goals by 3-2, Dinamo Zagreb by 4-1, Hajduk Split by 2-0 and finally Red Star by 3-1 in front of more than 27,000 spectators. Vojvodina played the decisive game for the championship against Sloboda Tuzla and needed a win to clinch the title ahead of rival Red Star. Vojvodina won in front of 27.000 spectator by goals from ?esti? (twice), Vorkapi? and Vuja?i? with 4-2. The final whistle sparked off a huge celebration inside the stadium as well as a massive celebratory pitch invasion. The second championship trophy was finally won with three points ahead, after 23 years of waiting, by the new generation of players, such as Sini?a Mihajlovi?, Milo? ?esti?, Slavi?a Jokanovi?, Budimir Vuja?i?, Ljubomir Vorkapi?, Miroslav Tanjga, Goran Kartalija, Du?an Miji?, Svetozar ?apuri?, ?edo Maras, Stevan Milovac, Dragan Puni?i? and Zoran Mijuci?. The following season, Vojvodina fell unhappily in the first round of European Cup against Honvéd Budapest, although most of the key players from the previous league-winning season remained. Losing the first leg by 1-0 at Honvéd was extremely disappointing. During the second leg, things went much better as Vojvodina got up 2-0 by goals from Sini?a Mihajlovi? and Miroslav Tanjga, however a late own goal by defender Dragan Ga?e?a dashed Vojvodina hopes of progressing further.
In 1990, Vojvodina failed to defend the previously acquired title and finished the season as 11th. The disintegration of Yugoslavia, the civil war (1992-1995), the inflation and the UN sanctions have hit the Yugoslav football teams hard. The difficult situation forced Vojvodina to sell its best players and the champions team broke up in the early nineties. However, Vojvodina's management, led by Milutin Popivoda, succeeded to assemble a new team. The coaches, mainly Milorad Kosanovi?, made also a great combination of players from Vojvodina's excellent youth like, Jovo Bosan?i?, Goran ?aula, Radoslav Samard?i?, Goran ?urko and Sr?an Baj?eti?, and players from other areas like Aleksandar Koci?, Dejan Govedarica, Goran Jezdimirovi?, Miodrag Panteli?, Vesko Mihajlovi? and Zoltan Sabo. From 1992, Vojvodina achieved in the championship always the 3rd place, 6 times in a row, and received the call of the eternal third. In 1995, they finished the first half of the season on the first place. Because of the UN sanctions, in this period Vojvodina, as all the rest of the clubs from FR Yugoslavia, was not allowed to compete in European competitions and the question on how this generation would have played on the international scene was left. However, in 1995, Vojvodina played a friendly match in Amsterdam against Ajax, in the season when they won the UEFA Champions League, where the "old lady" of Serbian football defeated them by 3-2. In 1997, Vojvodina achieved also the cup final, but lost against Red Star. In 1998, Vojvodina started one after another victory in UEFA Intertoto Cup. After eliminating Stabæk (2-0, 2-2), Örebro SK (3-0, 1-0) and Baltika Kaliningrad (3-0, 1-0) in the first three rounds, Vojvodina played the semi-final against SC Bastia. In the first leg, held in Bastia, Vojvodina suffered a 2-0 defeat. Although they were not given any chances in the return leg in Novi Sad, Vojvodina pulled off a convincing 4-0 win. The cup final was played against Werder Bremen. The first match in Bremen was lost by 1-0 and the return game ended with 1-1. Vojvodina coach was Tomislav Manojlovi? and the red-white jersey was worn by players like Nikola Lazeti?, Zdravko Drin?i?, Vidak Brati?, Jovan Tanasijevi?, Vladimir Mudrini?, Zoran Jankovi?, Dragan ?ili?, Mi?o Vranje?, Sa?a Cilin?ek, Vladimir Matija?evi? and Leo Lerinc.
|Vojvodina's team of the decade 2000-2010, elected by the fans.|
In the 2000/01 season, Vojvodina fought unexpectedly for competitive survival in the elite and the club ran into financial problems. The departure of the club director Svetozar ?apuri? opened the descent and Vojvodina entered in a several years long crisis. In a short period of time, numerous managers and coaches were changed regularly and the situation deteriorated more and more. This was a period of mediocre results and the circle of selling the best players to richer European clubs after just a couple of seasons of first-team football and replacing them with fresh young talents. Despite that, at that period, a large number of class players worn the jersey of Vojvodina like Milo? Krasi?, Milan Jovanovi?, Milan Stepanov, Ranko Despotovi?, Vlada Avramov, Bojan Neziri, Vidak Brati?, Jovan Tanasijevi?, Radoslav Batak, Milan Vje?tica, Milan Beli? and Miodrag Sto?i?. In 2005, as a final act of desperation, the organised supporters, the Firma?i and Vojvodina's oldest supporters, called the Stara Garda (English: Old Guard), gathered and took over the assembly of the club to make the public aware on their dissatisfaction and the bad situation in the club. In the same year, the newly arrived club president Ratko Butorovi? announced a better future for club. The squad was improved and in fact followed the stabilization and the rise of the club, both financial and in terms of results. Also, the management announced large reconstructions of the stadium and training facility, which were realized in the following years.
Many players contributed to these successes, some of them are Gojko Ka?ar, Du?an Tadi?, Dragan Mr?a, Marcelo Pletsch, Aboubakar Oumarou, Ranko Despotovi?, ?eljko Brki?, Daniel Mojsov, Slobodan Medojevi?, Miroslav Stevanovi?, Vlatko Grozdanoski, Giorgi Merebashvili, Miroslav Vuli?evi?, Brana Ili?, Branislav Trajkovi?, Vuk Mito?evi?, Damir Kahriman, Janko Tumbasevi?, Darko Lovri?, Savo Pavi?evi?, Joseph Kizito, Danijel Aleksi?, Mario Gjurovski, Aleksandar Katai, Nino Pekari?, Vladimir Bua?, Nikola Petkovi? and Stephen Appiah.
Vojvodina played its first match in bright blue colours and white shorts. Some of the first Vojvodina players and management studied in Prague and were also members of football club Slavia Prague. The Czech club supported the Vojvodina members during the difficult times before and during World War I and contributed in the development of the club. In 1920, was brought from Prague the first set of red and white jerseys. At the club meeting held on 23 July 1922, it was decided that in honour of Slavia Prague the red and white colors adorn the jerseys of Vojvodina. The coat of arms was also partially modeled after Slavia Prague's coat of arms, where the red star of the Czech club was replaced with the blue star, so that Vojvodina's coat of arms had all the colors of the Serbian flag.
The home field of Vojvodina is the Kara?or?e Stadium. It is named after Kara?or?e, the leader of the First Serbian uprising against the Ottoman occupation. Formerly, it was known as the City Stadium or Vojvodina Stadium, but it was renamed on request of the Vojvodina fans in 2007 to Kara?or?e Stadium. However, it was in fact the older and original name of the stadium that was used from its foundation until the end of World War II. With a total capacity of about 20 000, of which 15 000 seats, it is one of the largest football stadiums in Serbia. The stadium has a new athletic track, and it is equipped with new Philips LED lights and 1700 lux strong floodlights. The stadium features a VIP sector with 150 seats, VIP café-restaurant, press center, and 14 fully equipped broadcast cabins. It is also the home ground for the Serbian U-21 football team.
In 2012, the executive board announced further reconstructions of Karadjordje Stadium. These will include a new South stand, the reconstruction of Eastern and Southwest stands, and the covering of the whole stadium. The reconstruction will increase the stadium's capacity approximately to 19,500 seats.
The FC Vujadin Bo?kov is the club's training facility and youth academy base. The sports complex is located in Veternik, Novi Sad and was named after football legend Vujadin Bo?kov. The center has over 85,000 square meters of sports facilities and 2,000 square meters of enclosed space. It has six courts, one with artificial grass and two surrounded by bleachers. It has 8 double rooms and 2 luxury suites, and each unit have most modern equipment. A kitchen supplies the senior team and all the younger categories. The sports complex has also a changing room, gym, medical center, laundry facilities and in the main building houses two press centers. Recreational facility and amusement at both facilities include TV, billiards, table football, computers, air conditioners and other modern equipment. The entire complex is managed by a team of highly qualified personnel. A special service for the 24-hour security of the sports facility is also available. The sport complex is today among the highest value in Southeast Europe.
Famous for its excellent football youth work, its good scout network, the modern club's training ground and the youth academy base FC Vujadin Bo?kov, which is well equipped and one of the most prestigious in the Southeast Europe, Vojvodina has developed renowned professional footballers such as Milo? Krasi?, Gojko Ka?ar, Milan Stepanov, Sr?an Baj?eti? (retired), Du?an Tadi?, ?eljko Brki?, Danijel Aleksi?, Slobodan Medojevi?, Aleksandar Katai, Goran ?aula, Jovo Bosan?i?, Damir Stojak, Miroslav Stevanovi?, Sergej Milinkovi?-Savi?, Mijat Ga?inovi?, Milan Jovanovi? among others. In 2008 and 2009, Vojvodina organized together with the A.C. Milan a training camp at the FC Vujadin Bo?kov. The Vojvodina junior players were trained there by Milan training techniques and methods. In 2012, Vojvodina's team, led by coach Milan Kosanovi?, won the Serbian youth championship.
One of the first organized supports of Vojvodina fans was recorded in 1931, at the away game against Ma?va ?abac. Already in 1937, the first organized supporters club was established, probably the first organized supporter group in the former Yugoslavia. Although the club had numerous supporters throughout the history, more organized groups emerged end of the 1970s and beginning of the 1980s. In 1989, for the first time starts the idea of uniting of all the smaller supporter groups. This idea is realized and the group was named Red Firm. A few days later, several youngsters established the group Firma (English: The Firm) as one of the subgroups, because they wanted a Serbian name for their group. The disintegration of Yugoslavia and its follows led to stagnation in all Yugoslavian supporter groups so that in 1992, the Red Firm fell apart and the Firma took over the leadership of the organized supports. The members of Firma call themselves Firma?i (English:Members of the Firma), the plural of the singular form Firma?, and belongs today to the top supporter groups in Serbia. They are more known as ultras, not hooligans. However, they always protected the name and honour of FK Vojvodina, Novi Sad and Serbia, putting themselves against all who were not doing enough for the club. The Firma?i gather in the north stand of the Kara?or?e Stadium, from where they fiercely support their club. Besides football, they also support other sport sections of the Vojvodina Novi Sad Sport Association. The club also has a group of their oldest supporters, called the Stara Garda (English: Old Guard) and who are for more than 40 years in the east stand of the stadium.
Radomir Krsti? is Vojvodinas's record-holder by number of appearances (613 matches). The goal-scoring record-holder is striker Todor Veselinovi?, with 586 goals (of it 130 goals in the Yugoslav championship). He was also the top scorer of the Yugoslav league in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1961. In addition, Vojvodina had two more top scorers in its history. In 1993, Vesko Mihajlovi? with 22 goals and in 2010, Dragan Mrdja also with 22 goals. The first player of Vojvodina, who wore the representative jersey of Yugoslavia was Abraham Saraz Eugen in 1922, where he scored two goals in the match against Czechoslovakia. Since then, numerous Vojvodina football players were in the Yugoslav national team and Todor Veselinovi?, Vujadin Bo?kov, Zdravko Rajkov, Dobrosav Krsti?, Silvester Taka?, ?arko Nikoli?, Dobrivoje Trivi? and Sini?a Mihajlovi? (a former player of Inter Milan) are among them.
|European Cup / Champions League||9||5||1||3||10||9||+1|
|UEFA Cup / Europa League||48||19||12||17||74||69||+5|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||10||6||1||3||18||9||+9|
|Inter-Cities Fairs Cup||23||9||6||8||27||22||+5|
|161||R. Charleroi S.C.||9.400|
|170||Vojvodina Novi Sad||9.075|
Biggest win in UEFA competition:
|2011-12||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Vaduz||1-3||2-0||3-3 (a)|
|2012-13||UEFA Europa League||2Q||S?duva Marijampol?||1-1||4-0||5-1|
|2013-14||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Hibernians FC||3-2||4-1||7-3|
|2014-15||UEFA Europa League||2Q||AS Tren?ín||3-0||0-4||3-4|
|2015-16||UEFA Europa League||1Q||MTK Budapest||3-1||0-0||3-1|
|2016-17||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Bokelj||5-0||1-1||6-1|
|2Q||Connah's Quay Nomads||1-0||2-1||3-1|
|2017-18||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Ru?omberok||2-1||0-2||2-3|
|2020-21||UEFA Europa League||3Q||Standard Liège||N/A||1-2 (aet)||N/A|
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Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 7 August 2020
As of 8 January 2021
For all players, see: List of FK Vojvodina players.
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