2000–01 First League of FR Yugoslavia
|Dates||12 August 2000 – 20 June 2001|
23rd domestic title
|Champions League||Red Star|
|Goals scored||869 (2.84 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Petar Divić (27)|
The 2000–01 First League of FR Yugoslavia was the ninth season of the FR Yugoslavia's top-level football league since its establishment. It was contested by 18 teams, and Red Star Belgrade won the championship.
Eternal derby abandoned
The 115th edition of the Eternal derby match between Red Star Belgrade and FK Partizan on Saturday, 14 October 2000 at the Marakana was abandoned after three minutes of play due to fan rioting. The incident began with Partizan fans, Grobari, pelting the pitch with flares at which point the match play got interrupted. The rioting kept escalating with the southern stand seating being torn off by the Grobari and thrown onto the athletic track. At one point, the team captain Saša Ilić was seen in front of the stand pleading to no avail with the Partizan ultra supporters to stop rioting. Dozens of Grobari eventually either jumped over or broke through the fence and began invading the pitch at which point the more numerous Red Star fans from the opposite end of the stadium stormed the pitch en masse, attacking the Partizan fans as well as Partizan players and coaching staff that were still on the pitch.
What ensued was mass brawling and running battles among the two sets of fans that led to the more numerous Red Star ultras quickly overpowering their Partizan counterparts and pushing them back towards the southern stand. In addition to injuries to a number Partizan fans that invaded the pitch, several Partizan players and members of the club's coaching staff reported injuries as a result of being attacked by the Red Star fans. Partizan's twenty-year-old forward Ivica Iliev received head injuries with hematoma from being punched in the face while the team's head coach Ljubiša Tumbaković ended up with a laceration above his eye.
Some thirty five minutes since the incident began, the match was officially called off. According to press reports, 35 fans and 2 policemen were injured, none severely. Six fans, two of them unconscious, were transported to Belgrade's Urgentni centar.
The match was replayed in full almost five months later, on Wednesday, 7 March 2001.
Proleter Zrenjanin, Hajduk Beograd, Mogren, Spartak Subotica, and Borac Čačak were relegated to the Second League of FR Yugoslavia.
The relegated teams were replaced by 1999–2000 Second League of FR Yugoslavia champions, Napredak Kruševac (East) and Zeta (West).
|Red Star||Belgrade||Red Star Stadium||55,538|
|Vojvodina||Novi Sad||Karađorđe Stadium||17,204|
|Zemun||Zemun, Belgrade||Zemun Stadium||10,000|
|Rad||Belgrade||Stadion Kralj Petar I||6,000|
|Hajduk Kula||Kula||Stadion Hajduk||6,000|
|Obilić||Belgrade||FK Obilić Stadium||4,500|
|OFK Beograd||Karaburma, Belgrade||Omladinski Stadium||20,000|
|Sartid||Smederevo||Smederevo City Stadium||17,200|
|Radnički||Kragujevac||Čika Dača Stadium||15,000|
|Sutjeska||Nikšić||Gradski stadion (Nikšić)||10,800|
|Budućnost Podgorica||Podgorica||Podgorica City Stadium||12,000|
|Napredak Kruševac||Kruševac||Mladost Stadium||10,000|
|Radnički Niš||Niš||Čair Stadium||18,000|
|Milicionar||Belgrade||SC MUP Makiš||4,000|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Red Star Belgrade (C)||34||28||4||2||93||20||+73||88||Qualification for Champions League second qualifying round|
|2||Partizan||34||28||2||4||94||36||+58||86||Qualification for UEFA Cup qualifying round|
|4||Sartid||34||17||3||14||49||47||+2||54||Qualification for Intertoto Cup first round|
|15||Budućnost Podgorica (R)||34||11||5||18||29||48||−19||38||Relegation to Second League of FR Yugoslavia|
|16||Napredak Kruševac (R)||34||8||10||16||38||63||−25||34|
|17||Radnički Niš (R)||34||9||5||20||30||60||−30||32|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
Champions: Red Star Belgrade (Coach: Slavoljub Muslin)
Players (league matches/league goals)
- Milenko Ačimovič
- Srđan Bajčetić
- Branko Bošković
- Goran Bunjevčević
- Milivoje Vitakić
- Ivan Vukomanović
- Blaže Georgioski
- Stevo Glogovac
- Ivan Gvozdenović
- Goran Drulić
- Petar Đenić
- Saša Zorić
- Dejan Ilić
- Branko Jelić
- Aleksandar Kocić (goalkeeper)
- Nenad Lalatović
- Leo Lerinc
- Jovan Markoski
- Marjan Marković
- Vladimir Matijašević
- Vladislav Mirković
- Dejan Pešić
- Mihajlo Pjanović
- Dragan Stevanović
|1||Petar Divić||OFK Beograd|
|2||Dejan Osmanović||Hajduk Kula|
|3||Mihajlo Pjanović||Red Star|
|10||Goran Drulić||Red Star|
- ^ a b c d e "20 godina od krvavog derbija: Navijači na terenu, razbijene glave igračima Partizana i veliki Muslin!". Mondo.rs. 15 October 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
- ^ "Yugoslavia: Brawl During Belgrade Soccer Match". Associated Press. 15 October 2000. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
- ^ "Sportska kupusara: Šibanja koja se pamte, Beograd 2000". strategija.org. 15 October 2000. Retrieved 2 June 2021.
- ^ Red Star official website
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