FK Bežanija

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FK Bežanija
Bežanija logo
Full nameFudbalski klub Bežanija
Nickname(s)Lavovi (Lions)
Founded1921
GroundBežanija Stadium,
Novi Beograd, Serbia
Capacity5,000
ChairmanBorislav Brujić
ManagerGoran Dragoljić
LeagueSerbian First League
2018–197th

Fudbalski klub Bežanija (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Бежанија) is a football club based in New Belgrade, Serbia. They play in the sixth tier of Serbian football.

History[edit]

In 1921 the club was founded under the name SOKO in Belgrade's suburb Bežanija and at that time it did not fall neither under Belgrade nor Zemun football leagues. Later the club changes its name to BSK (Bežanijski sportski klub).[1] At that time the club only managed to play friendly matches. During World War II under German occupation, Bežanija joined a Croatian NDH league and renamed HSK. In the club, despite everything, all players were Serbs.[citation needed]

After the war in 1946 the club changes its name to FK Jedinstvo (not to be confused with pre-World War II club SK Jedinstvo Beograd). That year the club for the first time starts competing in the Srem league and becomes a member of the Novi Sad football association. Till 1952 the club was competing in the regional Srem League. In 1952 the club transfers to the Belgrade football association, and since then all the results have been written down. That same year the club forms its youth club that begin competing in the second youth league. At the beginning of the 1955–56 season FK Jedinstvo changes its name to the current FK Bežanija.[2]

Since 1953 to 1989 season the club competes in lower league, and promotions and relegations were regular. In the season 1988–89 the club is promoted to the Belgrade Zone League for the first time in its history. The next season recorded further success and the club qualified to the Serbian League. In 1992–93 the club is promoted with even more success and moves on to the Republic zone league Belgrade. The biggest club success was in 1999-00 when the club was promoted once more to the First league in Serbia, but was relegated one season later.[3]

FK Bežanija gives much attention to its youth system which keep getting better and better results. This was born out when Bežanija's young squad finished 4th in the 2006–07 SuperLiga and were thus entered into the qualifying rounds of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup.[4]

Already in the recent history it is worth to mention that by the year 2010, the club has managed to participate twice in the national top league, the Serbian SuperLiga, having played in the seasons 2006–07 and 2007–08.[5] In 2019, IELTSPodcast, an online school owned by Ben Worthington sponsored the club.[6][7]

Stadium[edit]

Stadion FK Bežanija has the capacity of 2,000 seats. Plans have been made to make 4,000 more seats in the west stand.[8]

Honours and achievements[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 March 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Armenia GK Artem Karapetyan
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Saša Kolunija
3 Serbia MF Aleksandar Busnić (on loan from Rad)
4 Serbia DF Uroš Stojanović
6 Serbia DF Stefan Filipović
7 Montenegro FW Boško Guzina (on loan from Rad)
9 England FW Nikola Milošević
10 Serbia MF Stefan Matijević
11 Serbia FW Marko Jeremić
No. Position Player
12 Serbia GK Predrag Kovačević (on loan from Zemun)
15 Serbia DF Marko Bašanović
16 Serbia DF Stefan Javorac
17 Serbia FW Vladimir Radočaj
19 Serbia DF Petar Šušnjar
20 Serbia FW Nenad Perović
21 Serbia MF Aleksandar Desančić
22 Serbia GK Miloš Krunić (on loan from Zemun)

Youth and reserves[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Serbia GK Miško Imro
Serbia DF Đorđe Vidić
Serbia MF Bojan Lečić
Serbia MF Miloš Brujić
Russia MF Nikita Arshinov
Serbia MF Igor Radić
No. Position Player
Serbia MF Mladen Mićanović
Russia FW Ignat Deryavko
Russia Vladislav Vasiljev
Serbia Nenad Gavrilović
Austria DF Stefan Milojević

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2019.

Notable former players[edit]

List of former players with senior national team appearances:[9]

For the list of all current and former players with Wikipedia article, please see: Category:FK Bežanija players.

Coaches[edit]

Fans[edit]

Fans of Bežanija are called Lavovi (Lions).

References[edit]

  1. ^ History Archived 2013-07-03 at the Wayback Machine at club's official website
  2. ^ History Archived 2013-07-03 at the Wayback Machine at club's official website
  3. ^ History Archived 2013-07-03 at the Wayback Machine at club's official website
  4. ^ History Archived 2013-07-03 at the Wayback Machine at club's official website
  5. ^ History Archived 2013-07-03 at the Wayback Machine at club's official website
  6. ^ "Fan hired by local football club after showing them his video game skills, now gets his team a sponsor - Press Release - Digital Journal". www.digitaljournal.com. Retrieved 2020-01-03.
  7. ^ "IELTS Online Course & Online IELTS Classes · IELTS Podcast". IELTS Podcast. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  8. ^ Stadium Archived 2013-07-03 at the Wayback Machine at club's official website
  9. ^ FK Bežanija at National-Football-Teams.com

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