Vozdovac

Fudbalski klub Vozdovac (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Вождовац), commonly known as Vozdovac, is a professional football club located in Vozdovac, a municipality of Belgrade, in Serbia.

They are one of the few clubs in the world who have a modern stadium on top of a shopping centre, the stadium was built in 2012 and opened in August 2013.

The club is nicknamed "The Dragons", they experienced little success in the Yugoslavian era, but have become one of Belgrade's best and most stable clubs in modern times since Serbia's independence.

The name Vozdovac is derived from the word vozd meaning leader (literally, a "duke", "supreme vojvoda"), one of the titles used by Karadorde, the leader of the First Serbian Uprising.

History

The club was formed in 1912, under the name SK Dusanovac and its president in that year was Danilo Stojanovic, "Cika Daca" who was also the coach in that year. The club was named after Dusanovac, a suburb in Belgrade where the club was formed. Initially it was a club whose players and followers were mostly students from the Economics Gymnasium. After the end of World War I the club substantially improved however it never archived to be in the top like other clubs such as BSK Belgrade or SK Jugoslavija.

In 1929, it is renamed into Vozdovacki SK (Vozdovacki sport klub). The main success in this period was the winning of the II League of Belgrade Football Subassociation in the 1933–34 season, and the III League of Belgrade in 1948–49. In the 1963–64 season, they won the Serbian Republic League, then the Yugoslav third tier, and promoted to the Yugoslav Second League. After Red Star Belgrade's new ground Marakana was built between 1959–63, Vozdovacki SK played its home matches on Marakana's secondary pitch with bleachers around it.

In 1973, another local club, Sloboda Belgrade, formed in 1953 and Belgrade League champion in 1968, was dissolved. The municipal authorities decided to hand Sloboda's ground over to Vozdovacki, which then changed its name to FK Vozdovac. The first major achievement was the winning of the Belgrade Football Association Cup in 1975. During the following three decades Vozdovac competed mostly in the lower Serbian leagues, until the season of 2003–04, when they won the Serbian League Belgrade without a single defeat, achieving promotion to the Serbian First League, the national second tier.

On 28 June 2005, Zeleznik won the Serbia and Montenegro Cup but, struggling financially, merged with Vozdovac. As a result, Vozdovac gained access to the 2005–06 First League of Serbia and Montenegro, finishing in third place and qualifying for European competition. However, due to the continuing financial difficulties after the merger, club officials decided not to request the license for European competitions.

Ever since the new modern stadium opened in August 2013, the club has been one of the most stable in Serbian football due to having strong sponsorship from the shopping centre outlets that perform business under/within the stadium. A modern approach was taken by the directors of the club to attract a more younger supporter base by focusing on a new cool approach, a modern website was created for the club, which was by far the most attractive of all clubs in Serbian football apart from the big two Belgrade clubs, a new modern crest was also designed which incorporated the club's nickname with a red dragon now upon the clubs crest which replaced the old dour crest, The aim was to be different from most other Serbian clubs who either carry/carried communist-era names or their presentation technology wise is dour.

Vozdovac finished the 2019/20 season in 8th place under manager Radomir Kokovic who was fired late in the season due to a run of losses, former player Jovan Damjanovic took over the managers role and guided the club to a safe mid table finish. Key players in the 19/20 season for the club were Nemanja Nikolic who top scored with 7 goals, Alen Masovic who scored 5, Milos Stojcev who also scored 5 goals, Marko Devic who scored 4 goals and Jovan Nisic who scored 3 goals. Key defensive players were Stefan Hajdin, Nenad Cvetkovic, Nemanja Pejcinovic, Marko Zivkovic, goalkeepers Marko Trkulja and Marko Ilic and Lithuanian international Justas Lasickas who was impressive at right back.

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