Javor Ivanjica
Full nameFK Javor Ivanjica
Founded1912; 109 years ago (1912)
GroundIvanjica Stadium
Capacity3,000
PresidentDragomir Lazović
Head coachIgor Bondžulić
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 currently 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 7 June 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
3 DF Serbia SRB Nikola Tričković
4 DF Serbia SRB Marko Jevremović
5 DF Serbia SRB Marko Jevtić
6 DF France FRA Boubacari Doucouré
7 MF Serbia SRB Lazar Nikolić
8 FW Serbia SRB Luka Luković
9 FW Serbia SRB Anes Rušević
10 MF Serbia SRB Miroslav Maričić
11 FW Montenegro MNE Alija Krnić
12 GK Serbia SRB Boris Velimirović
13 MF Serbia SRB Srđan Šćepanović
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF Serbia SRB Luka Radivojević
15 DF Serbia SRB Filip Pavišić
18 MF Serbia SRB Milorad Balabanović
20 FW Serbia SRB Andrej Ilić
21 MF Serbia SRB Vladimir Jovanović
22 DF Serbia SRB Nikola Dimitrijević
23 GK Serbia SRB Đorđe Lazović (captain)
24 MF Serbia SRB Željko Basarić
30 MF Serbia SRB Vanja Zvekanov
31 MF Serbia SRB Mateja Stojanović
32 FW Ghana GHA Ibrahim Tanko
33 MF Serbia SRB Bojan Jelić

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers winter 2020–21.

Notable players

National team players[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). FK Javor Ivanjica. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  2. ^ "RAT, RASPAD SFR JUGOSLAVIJE, SANKCIJE" (in Serbian). FSG Zrenjanin. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Partizan novi šampion" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 6 June 2002. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Trijumf za kraj" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 24 May 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Javor unveil African talent". UEFA. 4 February 2003. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Zemuncima šansa referendum" (in Serbian). Glas javnosti. 7 May 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Partizan osvojio Kup Srbije! [VIDEO]" (in Serbian). Sportska centrala. 11 May 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Igrači" (in Serbian). FK Javor Ivanjica. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  9. ^ "JAVOR-MATIS" (in Serbian). Super liga Srbije. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Javor Ivanjica". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 October 2019.