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FK Javor Ivanjica

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Javor Ivanjica
Full nameFK Javor Ivanjica
Founded1912; 110 years ago (1912)
GroundIvanjica Stadium
Capacity3,000
PresidentDragomir Lazović
Head coachMilovan Milović
LeagueSerbian First League
2020–21Serbian SuperLiga, 16th of 20 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

FK Javor Ivanjica (Serbian Cyrillic: ФК Јавор Ивањица) is a professional football club based in Ivanjica, Serbia. They compete in the Serbian First League, the second tier of the national league system.

History

In 1912, a student named Milan Radojević brought the first football ball to Ivanjica, which led to the formation of the club.[1] The team mostly played friendly matches before the conclusion of World War II due to a lack of organized football competitions.[1] Between 1958 and 1962, they were close to achieving promotion to the Yugoslav Second League.[1] However, the club never reached higher than the third level until the 1990s.

In 1994, led by manager Slavenko Kuzeljević, the club earned promotion to the Second League of FR Yugoslavia after eliminating Zvezdara and Topličanin in the playoffs.[2] They spent the following eight years in the second tier, having their best season in 1997–98, when they placed fourth in Group West.

In 2002, the club won the Second League (Group West) and took promotion to the First League of FR Yugoslavia for the first time in history.[3] They remained for just one season in the elite division, finishing bottom of the table.[4] During this time, the club became recognizable for featuring a number of young African footballers, mainly from Nigeria and Zimbabwe.[5] They earned another promotion to the top flight in 2005, but again suffered relegation in the same season.[6]

After underperforming in the inaugural season of the Serbian First League, the second tier of the restructured national league system, the club managed to convincingly win first place in 2007–08. Moreover, manager Radovan Ćurčić led his team to an unbeaten record and promotion to the Serbian SuperLiga.[1] They subsequently placed fourth in the top flight, their highest league position to date. In 2012, the club celebrated its 100th anniversary.

After a total of six consecutive seasons in the SuperLiga, the club suffered relegation in 2014. However, they instantly won promotion back in the next season. The club later made its greatest success by reaching the final of the 2015–16 Serbian Cup, losing 2–0 to Partizan at the Stadion Metalac.[7]

Honours

Second League of FR Yugoslavia / Serbian First League (Tier 2)

Seasons

Season League Cup
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
 Serbia and Montenegro
1998–99 2 – West 21[a] 9 3 9 28 30 30 9th
1999–2000 2 – West 34 11 11 12 50 47 44 10th
2000–01 2 – West 34 15 8 11 40 33 53 6th
2001–02 2 – West 32 27 4 1 81 14 85 1st
2002–03 1 34 9 7 18 21 44 34 15th
2003–04 2 – West 36 17 5 14 55 39 56 4th Quarter-finals
2004–05 2 – Serbia 38 22 8 8 44 30 74 2nd Round of 16
2005–06 1 30 8 8 14 22 35 32 12th Round of 32
 Serbia
2006–07 2 38 15 9 14 35 42 54 12th Round of 32
2007–08 2 34 18 16 0 38 12 70 1st Quarter-finals
2008–09 1 33 13 14 6 39 27 53 4th Round of 16
2009–10 1 30 8 14 8 22 23 38 7th Round of 32
2010–11 1 30 10 11 9 21 24 41 8th Round of 32
2011–12 1 30 11 6 13 28 32 39 9th Quarter-finals
2012–13 1 30 9 7 14 38 40 34 10th Semi-finals
2013–14 1 30 6 11 13 29 38 29 15th Round of 32
2014–15 2 30 17 10 3 47 19 61 2nd Round of 32
2015–16 1 37 10 13 14 25 29 26 13th Runners-up
2016–17 1 37 11 10 16 34 50 22 8th Round of 16
2017–18 1 37 10 6 21 33 57 24 15th Quarter-finals
2018–19 2 37 23 8 6 78 37 46 2nd Round of 16
2019–20 1 30[b] 6 10 14 43 62 28 13th Round of 32
2020–21 1 38 12 10 16 45 53 46 16th Round of 16
Notes
  1. ^ The season was cut short due to the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.
  2. ^ The season was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Serbia.

Players

First-team squad

As of 17 September 2021[8][9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Serbia SRB Siniša Babić
2 DF Montenegro MNE Stefan Vico
4 DF Serbia SRB Marko Jevremović
7 MF Serbia SRB Lazar Nikolić
8 FW Serbia SRB Luka Luković
9 FW Ghana GHA Ibrahim Tanko
10 MF Serbia SRB Miroslav Maričić
11 DF Serbia SRB Nikola Tričković
12 GK Serbia SRB Boris Velimirović
13 DF Serbia SRB Igor Petrović
14 MF Serbia SRB Pavle Ivelja
15 DF Serbia SRB Marko Momčilović (captain)
16 MF Serbia SRB Đorđe Jekić
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 DF Serbia SRB Srđan Grabež
18 FW Nigeria NGA Obiora Odita
19 MF Brazil BRA Eliomar
21 MF Serbia SRB Damir Salihović
22 DF Serbia SRB Nikola Dimitrijević
24 MF Serbia SRB Željko Basarić
25 MF Serbia SRB Ognjen Luković
26 FW Serbia SRB Marko Jović
30 MF Serbia SRB Vanja Zvekanov
31 DF Serbia SRB Nemanja Lakić-Pešić
32 MF Serbia SRB Milorad Balabanović
33 MF Serbia SRB Ivan Joković

Notable players

This is a list of players who have played at full international level.[10]

For a list of all FK Javor Ivanjica players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FK Javor Ivanjica players.

Managerial history

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Istorijat" (in Serbian). fkjavor.com. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  2. ^ "RAT, RASPAD SFR JUGOSLAVIJE, SANKCIJE" (in Serbian). fsgzrenjanin.com. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Partizan novi šampion" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 6 June 2002. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Trijumf za kraj" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 24 May 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Javor unveil African talent". uefa.com. 4 February 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Zemuncima šansa referendum" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 7 May 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Partizan osvojio Kup Srbije! [VIDEO]" (in Serbian). sportskacentrala.com. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Igrači" (in Serbian). fkjavor.com. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  9. ^ "JAVOR-MATIS" (in Serbian). prvaliga.rs. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Javor Ivanjica". national-football-teams.com. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
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