|Other names||Eternal derby|
|Locale||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|First meeting||12 August 1954|
|Latest meeting||4 November 2020|
|Meetings total||Total: 141|
Official: 121 (League competition)
The Sarajevo derby (Bosnian: Vje?iti derbi, Sarajevski derbi) is a match between rivals from Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital city FK ?eljezni?ar Sarajevo and FK Sarajevo, the two biggest and most popular clubs in the country, during which fans usually create a competitive atmosphere with big flags, paper rolls, scarfs and loud chanting. It is not uncommon to see members of the same family on opposite sides, not speaking to each other on the day of the derby, with opposing fans engaging in mutual provocations at the end of the match, eagerly awaiting the next confrontation although, in recent years, this has led to clashes between some younger fans.
The history of the Sarajevo derby dates back to 1954, but the rivalry began eight years earlier. At the end of the Second World War the three major clubs in Sarajevo, ?erzelez, SA?K and Slavija, were disbanded by the new authorities which formed FK Sarajevo in 1946. Since the idea was for this new club to represent the city on a national level, SD Torpedo, as initially FK Sarajevo was called, needed the best players from the city. Numerous notable players were brought to the club, and they received good salaries for that time. On the other side, FK ?eljezni?ar Sarajevo is a club which was formed by a group of railway workers much earlier, in 1921. However, until then, during the pre-war period, they were in the shadow of ?erzelez, SA?K and Slavija and had never managed to qualify to the Yugoslav Championship. ?eljezni?ar won the second-tier Bosnian championship title in 1946, as part of the Yugoslav football league system, and that achievement marked the beginning of their climb. After the war, these two clubs became the most prominent and successful clubs in Sarajevo, and since then, the rivalry between the two has been intense.
FK Sarajevo supporters were considered to be upper-class individuals, mainly from Bosniak dominated old and central parts of town. On the other side, supporters of FK ?eljezni?ar were usually working-class with liberal image. Those differences were later partly erased. Both clubs have supporters from all classes and from all ethnic groups, even if FK Sarajevo fan base is still very predominately Bosniak. FK ?eljezni?ar has the image of a liberal club and they are popular even among other supporters in the region, while FK Sarajevo's support outside Sarajevo comes mostly from the Bosniak dominated areas in the region and diaspora.
Since they played in different levels, first matches between FK ?eljezni?ar and FK Sarajevo were friendlies. The first official league match was held in 1954; FK Sarajevo won 6-1. That is still the biggest victory by any team in these matches.
As of 4 November 2020, 121 league matches have been played. ?eljezni?ar have won 37 times, Sarajevo have won 34 times, while 50 matches ended in a draw. Goal difference is 139:138 in ?eljezni?ar's favour. In all competitions, ?eljezni?ar and Sarajevo have played 141 times, Sarajevo have won 42 times, ?eljezni?ar have won 45 times and 54 games have ended in a draw.
The Sarajevo derby is currently played three times a year in the Premier league, but they may also play against one another in other competitions. There are also friendly matches and games played in various tournaments. Although these games are not included in official statistics.
|Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina||58||15||16||28||53||53|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup||14||6||4||4||21||19|
|Supercup of Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||0||1||0||0||4|
|Yugoslav First League||63||19||21||22||83||85|
Note that only league matches are included in statistics. Cup, other tournaments and friendly matches are not included.
Probably the best known thing about the Sarajevo derby are the fans. Usually, they are much more exciting to watch than the game itself. Especially in recent times, since the Bosnian championship has at times lacked in quality. Fans create an impressive atmosphere with loud cheering and original choreography. Both sides prepare intensely between the matches, make large flags and special messages that are appropriate for that particular occasion, to be usually directed towards the opposing side.
FK ?eljezni?ar's most passionate fans (wearing blue) are called Manijaci because their love for the club is on the edge of insanity, so it is said. They are located on the South side of stadium (the Holy South as they call it). The older fans ones are known affectionately as the Ko?picari (which can metaphorically be translated as "seed eaters", although the name itself has different meaning - namely that of "seed sellers").
FK Sarajevo's most passionate fans (crimson) are called the Horde Zla (Evil hordes) after the popular Zagor comic book. In home games at Asim Ferhatovi? Hase Stadium, they are located on the North stands, while the older fans are known as the Pitari (similar to the Ko?picari etymology except referring to pie and not seeds) and they are mainly on the East side.
When the derby is played on Grbavica Stadium, Horde zla are on the North-East side of the stadium, The Maniacs are on the East, South and West side, while the Pitari and Ko?picari are on the North. When the game is played on Ko?evo, The Maniacs are on the South and South-West side, Horde zla on the North and the East. Pitari are on the East as well. West stands are mixed with both Pitari and Ko?picari sitting there.
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|Derby FK Sarajevo - FK ?eljezni?ar in Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1946-1992|
|Total games||68||68||Total games|
|Goals For||93||93||Goals Against|
|Goals Against||98||98||Goals For|
|#||Date||Stadium||Home||Score||Away||Report||Watch on YouTube|
|1||29 December 1946.||Stadion 6.April||?eljezni?ar||9:1||Torpedo||Report|
|2||30 August 1978.||Grbavica||?eljezni?ar||4:0||Sarajevo|
|3||10 March 1982.||Ko?evo||Sarajevo||1:2||?eljezni?ar||42,000 attn.|
|#||Date||Stadium||Home||Score||Away||Report||Watch on YouTube|
|1||14 September 1994||Bilino Polje, Zenica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:1||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|2||15 November 1995||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||5:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Watch on youtube|
|3||2 May 1996||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:1||FK Sarajevo||Report||Watch on youtube|
|4||22 September 1996||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:1||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|5||16 April 1997||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||1:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|6||26 October 1997||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:2||FK Sarajevo||Report||Watch on youtube|
|7||3 May 1998||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||1:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Watch on youtube|
|8||5 June 1998||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Watch on youtube|
|9||8 August 1998||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||3:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Watch on youtube|
|10||14 March 1999||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:2||FK Sarajevo||Report||Watch on youtube|
|11||10 October 1999||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||2:0||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|12||6 May 2000||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||4:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|13||23 September 2000||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:0||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|14||28 April 2001||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:3||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Watch on youtube|
|15||11 November 2001||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||2:2||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|16||4 May 2002||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:0||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|17||22 September 2002||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:1||FK Sarajevo||Report||Watch on youtube|
|18||13 April 2003||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||1:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|19||5 October 2003||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||1:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Pogedaj|
|20||30 April 2004||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||2:1||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|21||30 October 2004||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|22||30 April 2005||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:1||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|23||15 October 2005||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|24||5 April 2006||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||0:1||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|25||30 September 2006||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||0:1||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|26||21 April 2007||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||2:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|27||6 October 2007||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||0:0||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|28||19 April 2008||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|29||8 November 2008||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|30||9 May 2009||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||2:0||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|31||7 November 2009||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:2||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|32||15 May 2010||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|33||24 October 2010||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||0:0||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|34||7 May 2011||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|35||5 November 2011||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:0||FK Sarajevo||Report||Watch on youtube|
|36||12 May 2012||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||2:2||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Watch on youtube|
|37||3 November 2012||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||1:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Watch on youtube|
|38||8 May 2013||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||0:0||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|39||30 October 2013||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report||Watch on youtube|
|40||4 May 2014||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:1||FK Sarajevo|
|41||2 November 2014||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:2||FK Sarajevo|
|42||16 May 2015||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar|
|43||4 October 2015||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:0||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|44||24 April 2016||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:1||FK ?eljezni?ar|
|45||23 July 2016||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||1:1||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|46||16 October 2016||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar|
|47||15 April 2017||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||0:0||FK Sarajevo|
|48||20 May 2017||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||1:0||FK ?eljezni?ar|
|49||19 August 2017||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:1||FK ?eljezni?ar|
|50||27 November 2017||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||2:1||FK Sarajevo|
|51||15 April 2018||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||0:0||FK ?eljezni?ar|
|52||19 May 2018||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||2:1||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|53||15 August 2018||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||2:2||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|54||3 November 2018||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||2:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|55||6 April 2019||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||0:3||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|56||31 August 2019||Grbavica||FK ?eljezni?ar||5:2||FK Sarajevo||Report|
|57||30 November 2019||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||1:3||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
|58||4 November 2020||Ko?evo||FK Sarajevo||1:1||FK ?eljezni?ar||Report|
Another football club from Sarajevo is FK Olimpik; located in the small neighbourhood of Otoka. It did play a pretty long time in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but currently are a part of the First League of FBiH and their support group is very small.
Olimpik's and Slavija's games between each other and its rivals, FK Sarajevo and FK ?eljezni?ar in town are known as the little town derby (Mali gradski derbi). After Olimpik were relegated from the Premier League in the 2016-17 season, until the 2020-21 season, the little derby was not hosted.