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FK Vardar

FK Vardar
Full name Fudbalski klub Vardar Skopje
Nickname(s) Црвено-Црни (The Red & Blacks)
Founded 22 July 1947 (1947-07-22)
Ground Philip II Arena, Skopje
Ground Capacity 33,460
Owner Sergey Samsonenko
Chairman Mirko Spaseski
Manager Goce Sedloski
League Macedonian First League
2014–15 1st
Website Club home page

FK Vardar (Macedonian: ФК Вардар), commonly referred to as Vardar, is a football club based in the capital city of Skopje, in the Republic of Macedonia . Founded in 1947, they have been members of the Macedonian First Football League since its inception in 1992. Vardar (named after the eponymous river) is the most popular and renowned Macedonian football club both domestically and abroad, winning 7 national championships and 5 national cups. Its home venue is the Philip II Arena, with a capacity of 33,460.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Beginnings 1.1
    • Yugoslav First League 1.2
    • After independence 1.3
    • Memorable moments 1.4
  • Honours 2
    • League 2.1
    • Cup 2.2
    • International 2.3
    • Other tournaments 2.4
  • Stadium 3
  • Vardar in Europe 4
    • UEFA club coefficient ranking 4.1
  • Current squad 5
    • Out on loan 5.1
  • Coaching Staff 6
  • Club Management 7
  • Notable former players 8
  • Managers 9
  • Presidents 10
  • Club records 11
  • Recent seasons 12
  • Rivalries 13
  • Supporters 14
  • References 15
  • External links 16

History

Beginnings

FK Vardar was created with the merger of city rivals FK Pobeda and FK Makedonija, in the hall of cinema "Vardar" on 22 July 1947. The foundation assembly had decided the club color to be blue and it was, but already at the next assembly the decision was changed to red and white. FK Pobeda has competed in the first season of the Yugoslav First Federal League after the World War II, finished at the 8th place and won the relegation play-offs against FK Sloga from Novi Sad, so Vardar was a member of the Yugoslav First League from the very beginning. However, during the following decade they were several times relegated and promoted back again. The present recognizable red and black color was adopted after the 1963 Skopje earthquake.

Yugoslav First League

The club won its first major trophy in the 1961 Yugoslav Cup.[1] Many famous players from the region started their careers at Vardar, and their triumph in the Yugoslavian Cup was a highlight. The leader of that particular generation of players was Andon Dončevski, who would later find success as coach of the 1987 title winners. Due to massive irregularities during the last 34th week of fixtures, the 1985-86 Yugoslav First League season ended notoriously. Yugoslav Football Association headed by Slavko Šajber voided the last week results ordering a replay of all 9 fixtures. Twelve clubs were docked 6 points due to alleged participation in the match-fixing scandal. All teams agreed to replay their games with the exception of FK Partizan who refused. That decision would eventually cost them the championship. The league title was awarded to Red Star Belgrade. What followed is a series of lawsuits on behalf of FK Partizan and the case was taken to the Yugoslav Constitutional Court. The following 1986-87 Yugoslav First League season saw 10 teams starting with −6 points. Vardar would go on to win the league title that year with 38 points. After the completion of the 1986–87 season, following strong pressure from politicians supporting Partizan, the court ruled that there was no evidence of wrongdoing in the week 34 of the previous season. The title was given back to FK Partizan and that also meant that there was no merit for the 6-point docking thus the final standings were re-counted. Partizan became the new champion with 42 points. The UEFA didn't recognize this politically motivated decision, hence Vardar went on to represent SFR Yugoslavia in the 1987-88 European Cup. The 1987 championship team brought together a group of wonderful players, led by the talented Darko Pančev and including Ilija Najdoski, Dragan Kanatlarovski and Vujadin Stanojković. FK Vardar went on to spend 33 seasons in the Yugoslav top flight from 1947 to 1992 and is ranked 11th on the all time table.

All-Time Federal First League Table (1945–1992)[2]
Rank Club After the Dissolution MP W D L GF GA GD P
1 Red Star 1335 719 328 288 2560 1415 +1145 1766
2 Partizan 1335 657 354 324 2285 1428 +857 1668
3 Dinamo Zagreb 1302 597 366 339 2151 1495 +1006 1560
4 Hajduk Split 1302 587 346 369 2088 1486 +602 1520
5 Vojvodina 1221 465 311 445 1670 1595 +75 1241
6 Sarajevo 1228 447 311 470 1674 1773 −99 1205
7 Velež Mostar 1174 435 309 430 1668 1615 +53 1179
8 Željezničar 1063 403 274 386 1456 1424 +32 1080
9 OFK Beograd 977 343 281 353 1355 1355 0 967
10 Radnički Niš 979 339 250 390 1088 1244 −156 928
11 Vardar 1005 328 251 426 1195 1459 −264 907

After independence

Vardar celebrated the

  • Official website (Macedonian)
  • FK Vardar on Facebook
  • Supporters Website (Macedonian)

External links

  1. ^ Official Website Освоен Купот на Маршал Тито
  2. ^ All-Time Yugoslav First League Standings
  3. ^ UEFA.com Sparta end Vardar challenge
  4. ^ Official Website Јавен повик за прибирање понуди
  5. ^ All-Time First Macedonian League Standings
  6. ^ Pobeda Prilep banned until 2017/18
  7. ^ 'Phillip II' – Pride and Incentive for Success
  8. ^ Official Website Стручен штаб
  9. ^ "Клуб-Председатели". fkvardar.mk. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "64 години ФК Вардар". 
  11. ^ "Interview with Komiti Zapad (Vardar Skopje, Macedonia)". 

References

Soborna Church Skopje, place where 'Komiti Skopje' are gathered before FK Vardar matches

FK Vardar supporters are known as Komiti (Vardar and they were founded on 4 June 1987 in Skopje, at the match between Vardar and Crvena Zvezda. Throughout their existence, they left significant seal in the history of Vardar and with their support becoming the 12th player of the team. FK Vardar as a club is supported by most Macedonians worldwide. The team has always been a symbol of the Macedonians and Macedonia in the world. Komiti have great relations with Teteks fans Vojvodi and Schalke 04 fans Ultras Gelsenkirchen.[11]

Supporters

Rivalries

Season League Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
1992–93 1. MFL 34 27 7 0 119 16 61 1st W Saša Ćirić 36
1993–94 1. MFL 30 23 5 2 85 16 51 1st
1994–95 1. MFL 30 23 7 0 79 17 76 1st W UEFA Cup PR Saša Ćirić 35
1995–96 1. MFL 28 17 6 5 60 22 57 3rd RU UEFA Cup R1
1996–97 1. MFL 26 11 10 5 32 15 40(−3) 4th GS UEFA Cup R1
1997–98 1. MFL 25 12 5 8 34 25 41 4th W
1998–99 1. MFL 26 15 4 7 61 32 49 4th W Cup Winners' Cup QR
1999–00 1. MFL 26 7 8 11 39 38 29 10th QF UEFA Cup QR
2000–01 1. MFL 26 20 3 3 52 16 63 2nd QF Zoran Miserdovski 11
2001–02 1. MFL 20 11 4 5 28 16 37 1st SF UEFA Cup QR Mario Petkov 12
2002–03 1. MFL 33 22 6 5 73 37 72 1st QF Champions League QR2 Rogério Oliveira 15
2003–04 1. MFL 33 17 9 7 66 39 60 3rd QF
QR3

R1
Wandeir 17
2004–05 1. MFL 33 22 6 5 68 34 72 2nd R2 Intertoto Cup R3 Wandeir 19
2005–06 1. MFL 33 19 7 7 42 19 61 3rd QF UEFA Cup QR2 Riste Naumov 15
2006–07 1. MFL 33 17 8 8 63 34 59 4th W UEFA Cup QR1 Wandeir 12
2007–08 1. MFL 33 12 11 10 45 40 47 4th QF UEFA Cup QR1 Jovan Kostovski 10
2008–09 1. MFL 33 11 12 7 35 23 45 5th R2 Boban Jančevski 10
2009–10 1. MFL 33 9 6 11 31 28 30(−3) 6th R1 Boško Stupić 7
2010–11 1. MFL 30 9 5 19 24 44 29(−3) 11th QF Fahrudin Đurđević 5
2011–12 1. MFL 33 22 10 1 50 15 76 1st SF Filip Ivanovski 24
2012–13 1. MFL 33 20 8 5 71 21 68 1st SF Champions League QR2 Jovan Kostovski 22
2013–14 1. MFL 33 15 11 7 55 32 56 5th R2 Champions League QR2 Aco Stojkov, Filip Petrov 9
2014–15 1. MFL 32 20 9 3 56 21 69 1st QF Filip Ivanovski 11

Recent seasons

[10]

Club records

[9]

Presidents

Managers

Notable former players

Position Name Nationality
Chairman Mirko Spaseski  Macedonian
Director Samoil Simev  Macedonian
Director of football Goce Sedloski  Macedonian
Secretary Nikola Stojanovski  Macedonian
Technical Secretary George Spasovski  Macedonian
Technical Secretary Ljupka Stojanovska  Macedonian
Security Commissioner Aleksandar Kolevski  Macedonian
Economic Stole Simonoski  Macedonian

Club Management

Position Name Nationality
Manager Goce Sedloski  Macedonian
Assistant Coach Oleg Sergeyev  Russian
Assistant Coach Aleksandar Vasoski  Macedonian
Goalkeeping Coach Saša Ilić  Macedonian
Doctor Kole Nedelkovski  Macedonian
Physiotherapist Jovan Dimovski  Macedonian
Physiotherapist Toshe Trajkovski  Macedonian
Physiotherapist Angele Milevski  Macedonian

As of 25 July 2015.[8]

Coaching Staff

No. Position Player
DF Sabahudin Alomerovikj (to FK Euromilk G. L.)
DF Filip Stojanovski (to FK Ljubanci)
DF Stojan Stojchevski (to FK Ljubanci)
No. Position Player
DF Viktor Velkoski (to FK Ljubanci)
MF Viktor Serafimovski (to FK Ljubanci)
FW Dimitar Ivanov (to FK Ljubanci)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

As of 8 July 2015

Out on loan

No. Position Player
1 GK Igor Pavlović
28 GK Tome Pachovski
41 GK Matija Kobetić
90 GK Filip Gachevski
3 DF Goran Popov
4 DF Nemanja Mijušković
5 DF Zlatko Tanevski (captain)
6 DF Boban Grncharov (vice-captain)
14 DF Darko Velkovski
19 DF Hovhannes Hambardzumyan
21 DF Yevhen Novak
32 DF Darko Glišić
34 DF Dino Najdoski
77 DF Vladica Brdarovski
No. Position Player
7 MF Blagoja Ljamchevski
8 MF Stefan Spirovski
9 MF Dejan Blazhevski
10 MF Artak Dashyan
11 MF Jasir Asani
16 MF Nikola Gligorov
20 MF Boban Nikolov
24 MF Aleksandar Temelkov
70 MF Juan Felipe
87 MF Vlatko Grozdanoski
97 MF Petar Petkovski
17 FW Aco Stojkov
22 FW Filip Ivanovski
31 FW Filip Petkovski
58 FW Cesar Romero
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

As of 20 June 2015

Current squad

Rank Team Points
291 Beitar Jerusalem FC 4.225
292 Maccabi Netanya FC 4.225
293 FK Vardar 4.200
294 Gabala FK 4.125
295 PFC Botev Plovdiv 4.125

As of 26.08.2015, Source: [2]

UEFA club coefficient ranking

Vardar's first competitive European match was a 0–5 loss against Dunfermline Athletic in the 1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup. Muarem Zekir holds the record for most appearances in Europe for the club with 21. Top scorer in UEFA club competitions is Wandeir with 13 goals. The biggest win in UEFA competition was against Ethnikos Achnas in the 2004 Intertoto Cup, defeating them twice by the score of 5–1 and 10–2 on aggregate.

Vardar in Europe

Capacity
North – 10,974
South – 10,562
East – 5,962
West – 5,962
Total – 33,460
Philip II Arena

FK Vardar's home venue is Philip II Arena. Its current capacity is 33,460[7] spectators which puts it among 10 largest stadiums on the Balkans. The pitch is 105 x 68 m. Two big scoreboards, 18 x 6 m are installed on both East and West stands. There are 494 VIP boxes and 386 media seats, all of them on the North stand. Philip II Arena is an all-seater ground with 80% of the seats covered from inclement weather.

Stadium

  • Winners (3): 1993, 2001, 2006
  • Runners-up (1): 2011

Vuko Karov Tournament:

Other tournaments

  • Runners-up (2): 1972, 1974

Balkans Cup:

  • Semi-finalists (1): 1968
  • Round of 16 (2): 1969, 1970

Mitropa Cup:

International

  • Winners (12): 1955, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1992

Macedonian Republic Cup:

  • Winners (2): 2013, 2015

Macedonian Super Cup:

  • Winners (5): 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2007
  • Runners-up (1): 1996

Macedonian Football Cup:

Yugoslav Cup:

Cup

Macedonian First League:

Yugoslav Second League:

League

Honours

In their history, Vardar has had many memorable matches. Among those, the one that stands out the most was defeating Partizan Belgrade by a score of 5:0. In early history, the 2:1 victory over Varteks in the Marshal Tito Cup final is remembered by the club as its first major trophy win. A game that had the highest attendance was a match up against FC Trepca where Vardar won 2:1 and earned promotion to the Federal First League. Other matches to remember came against the great four : Red Star Belgrade, Partizan Belgrade, Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split. At the beginning of the Macedonian First League the most memorable matches were all the wins against rival FK Pelister, including the first ever Macedonian Cup final in 1993 where Vardar won 1–0 at the old Skopje City Stadium. The biggest international achievement of the club came in 2003 when Vardar came one goal short of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage.Matches against Sparta Prague, CSKA Moscow, Roma, Bordo,Schalke in their European campaign in the laet 90s and all over 2000 are the best ever moments of the clubs History. Glorious moments for Vardar happened in the new century and big affirmation on international level for Macedonian sport as well.

Memorable moments

  • Deducted points (already accounted): FK Makedonija Gj. P. -19, FK Sloga Jugomagnat −11, FK Vardar −9, FK Cementarnica −3 and FK Škendija −3.
All-Time First Macedonian League Table (1992–2015)[5]
Rank Club Competition MP W D L GF GA GD P
1 Vardar 1. MFL 701 389 168 144 1288 610 +678 1276
2 FK Sileks 1. MFL 668 304 139 225 1128 825 +303 1016
3 FK Rabotnički 1. MFL 528 281 110 137 881 541 +340 953
4 FK Pobeda Banned [6] by FFM and UEFA
(eligible to compete in 2017–18)
511 263 99 149 916 615 +301 863
5 FK Pelister 2. MFL 570 206 125 239 711 763 −52 715
6 FK Sloga Jugomagnat Dissolved 392 188 83 121 609 415 +194 616
7 FK Makedonija Gjorče Petrov 2. MFL 425 164 98 163 569 524 +45 559
8 FK Cementarnica 55 4. MFL – OFL Kisela Voda 448 158 94 196 589 622 −33 543
9 FK Škendija 1. MFL 348 152 65 131 514 466 +48 518
10 FK Renova 1. MFL 319 139 89 91 447 361 +86 506

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