Sarajevo FC during the period of 1970 - 1975
1970 - 1975
For Sarajevo FC, the summer of 1970 began with a match in the Champions League. With two wins against Hajduk and Dinamo at Koševo, and a draw in Novi Sad and two defeats in Belgrade, Sarajevo FC ended up fourth in the standings.
Immediately after the Champions League competition ended, Sarajevo FC turned to preparations for the new season. In the first four rounds, six points were scored, without a single defeat - a victory in an away game against Bor, two draws, with Hajduk at Koševo and with Partizan in an away game, followed by a triumph against Olimpija at Koševo. This winning streak was interrupted by Čelik from Zenica which won convincing 3-0 against Sarajevo FC. Varied results followed after the defeat at Blatuša, and a goalless draw with Vojvodina in Novi Sad. Sarajevo FC mainly recorded victories at Koševo while suffering defeats in away games. Disastrous series of four games without a win, in which Sarajevo FC was defeated at Tušanj and Grbavica, and scored only one point in two home games, called for a replacement on the bench. Brozović was dismissed and replaced by a longtime Sarajevo FC first team player Srboljub Markušević who debuted with a defeat in Banja Luka. Nevertheless, only a week later, Sarajevo FC recorded its first triumph after five rounds, defeating Red Star. Goals scored by Petković, Dragan Simić and Dupovac, made it possible for Sarajevo FC to celebrate a 3-1 victory. After the victory over Red Star, Sarajevo FC ended the first half-season at low, twelfth place, and a new shock for the fans was yet another defeat by Velež from Mostar in the Cup.
In the spring half-season, Sarajevo FC was fortified with the addition of Fazlagić, who returned after a six-month hiatus due to a broken leg. The second part of the season was opened with a convincing victory over Bor. Sarajevo FC won 4-0, with a particularly impressive performance by its top scorer Musemić. Another spring round and an away game in Split brought one more point for Sarajevo FC and it came up ninth in the standings. Next match was played against Partizan and the result was identical to the one achieved in Split, 0-0. In the last fourteen matches, results were poor. Only two wins, with five draws and seven defeats which completely ruined the good impression from the start of the half-season. Sarajevo FC enjoyed a minimum win against Čelik and triumphed against Crvenka.
Sarajevo FC had high expectations for the next season. The first trial came in form of the Summer Champions League, in which the team welcomed Dinamo at Koševo in the first round. Goals scored by Musemić and Šaran secured a 2-0 victory and Sarajevo FC ended up first in the standings. In the second round, the same duo continued to score goals in Split. Sarajevo FC even had a numerical advantage of 2-1, seven minutes before the end, but the match ended with shared points. In the third round, two goals scored by Musemić and one by Antić secured another victory for Sarajevo FC, and after three rounds, the Bordeaux team shared the first place with Red Star. Their next opponent was Red Star itself, and a minimum win at home would bring it within the reach of the trophy. In the last round, Sarajevo FC split points with Vojvodina after 1-1 draw, with the only goal once again scored by Musemić. The team from Koševo finished the Champions League at third place, while Musemić’s five goals from five matches earned him the title of top scorer which he shared with Nadoveza from Hajduk.
In the first round of the First League the team already won 3-0 against Vardar. Sarajevo FC played in the First League Cup, where in the first round already, it scored a 3-1 victory over Velež, allowing it to reach the quarter-finals. Scorers for the bordeaux team were Antić, Musemić and Šljivo.
Sarajevo FC performed well only at Koševo, while points from away games were unattainable. With only three draws, there were only three points from away games in the first 18 rounds. On the other hand, six wins, with two draws and one defeat at Koševo, were enough for Sarajevo FC to end up in the middle of the table in the first part of the season. In two Cup competitions in the autumn half-season, Sarajevo FC achieved two different results. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo FC qualified for the 1/8 finals of the Yugoslav Cup Yugoslavia, while in the First League Cup it suffered a minimum score defeat at the hands of Vojvodina in Novi Sad.
Transitional winter period brought several changes in the ranks of Sarajevo FC. Boško Antić decided to stay at Kševo another half year, but Prljača, Prodanović Jesenkovć, Nargilić, Tešan and Lubura were given free rein. In mid-January, the team from Koševo went on tour in South America with Red Star. During the month-long tour in Colombia, Costa Rica and Honduras, Sarajevo FC played nine matches, five of which were victories along with two draws and defeats.
Still, good results achieved in South America were not reflected in the domestic championship. Spring half-season opened with a duel against Dinamo in 1/8 finals of the Cup, in which Dinamo achieved a minimum win and qualified for the Cup quarter-finals.
The situation was no better in the Championship. Sarajevo FC scored no victory throughout March and April. In seven games played in these two months, Sarajevo FC had only three draws, played against OFK Belgrade, Velež and Vojvodina at Koševo. The victory finally came on May 3 at Koševo, where Sarajevo FC faced Željezničar which was the leader in the standings at the time. Two goals scored by Šaran were enough for a 2-1 victory and resolving the crisis. The next five games brought three more victories, so Abdulah Gegić’s team solved the issue of survival, ending up fifteenth in the standings. Sarajevo FC ended the season with three consecutive losses, with considerable attention given to the match against Red Star at Koševo in the last round, ending with a score of 2-4 in favor of guests from Belgrade. Goals for the hosts were scored by Musemić and Šljivo.
In July, three players from the first champion generation champion left the club, Bajić, Blažević and Antić, so only Musemić and Muzurović were left of the team which brought championship title to Koševo in 1967. Among the new names, most prominent reinforcements were long-time first Dinamo team player Denijal Pirić and Sloboda Tuzla striker Džemil Cerić. Because of poor results, coach Gegić decided to leave Sarajevo FC, although the club officials were willing to extend cooperation with him. Instead, Srboljub Markušević returned to the bench.
In the first game of the Summer Champions League, Sarajevo FC played an away game with Vojvodina and suffered a minimum defeat of 1-0. After this defeat, Sarajevo FC played the next four games at Koševo as a host to Red Star, Hajduk and Partizan as well as an away game with Željezničar. All four games were victories and after a 2-1 triumph over Željezničar, Sarajevo FC entered the last round as a leader in the standings. Our team had an eight-point advantage, as a runner-up Red Star which had poorer goal score. However, before the duel with Dinamo Zagreb, Sarajevo FC team traveled to Spain to an international football tournament, where it won second place, after a poor penalty shootout in the final match against Dukla Prague. After Spain, the team first traveled to Zagreb to play a match in the last round of the Summer Champions League, aiming to score a victory and bring a new trophy to Koševo. Since Red Star had already played its seventh round match with Partizan ending with a draw, it was clear that Sarajevo FC needed just one point from Maksimir for the title of champion. Srboljub Markušević’s team started with a clear goal of winning both points from the very first minute, with goal scored by a newcomer Cerić securing Sarajevo FC’s numerical advantage of 1-0 in 31st minute. By the end of the match, Pirić emerged as another scorer, whose goal against his former team in the 80th minute sealed the name of the champion of 1972 Summer Champions League.
Guests of honor of Sarajevo FC at the celebration were Sporting from Lisbon, and the world's most famous club, Real Madrid. In the first game with Sporting, Sarajevo FC fielded a mixed squad, and the match itself was played in solemn ambience. According to the agreement, two champion generations of the team from Koševo had the opportunity to play in the duel with Sporting. In the first half, members of the first champion generation from 1967 had the chance to play and Sarajevo FC was represented by Sirćo, Fazlagić, Muzurović, Jesenković, Bajić, Prljača, Prodanović, Šiljkut, Musemić, Makić, Blažević, led by Brozović – Lovrić duo on the bench. After the first 45 minutes, Sporting had the advantage of 2-1 and the only goal for Sarajevo was scored by Prljača just before the end of the half. In the second half, only Muzurović and Musemić as the current players of Sarajevo FC remained on the field, while the other players were replaced by those of the second championship generations, i.e, the team that won the Summer Champions League s. It was Musemić who decided the final 2-2 with the goal he scored 20 minutes before the end of the match. Same result was achieved in the second friendly match played on the occasion of marking the 25th anniversary of Sarajevo FC, this time against the famous Real Madrid. Even the result followed suit, with Real taking the lead with 2-0 and Sarajevo FC reducing this advantage by the end of the half thanks to Rašević’s goal, and then leveling the score ten minutes before the end due to Garcia’s own goal.
Motivated by great performance, Sarajevo FC team entered the season with tall ambitions and a desire for better ranking. However, the championship did not open in the best manner, as the first three rounds saw team from Koševo suffer two away defeats and achieve only one victory against Olimpija at Koševo, with a narrow 3-2. After the defeat by Sutjeska in the third round, Sarajevo demonstrated a fantastic performance in the fourth round and showed that the results achieved in the Summer Champions League were not mere coincidence. Two goals scored by Cerić and one by Pirić were sufficient for convincing 3-0 and proved to be a hint of an excellent series of results stretching throughout the next three rounds. First point was won at Karaburma with 0-0, followed by a minimum win at Maksimir and the scorer of the only goal was once again Cerić. Seventh round brought a guest appearance of Vardar at Koševo and Macedonians were sent back with three goals in their net, allowing the bordeaux team to break through to the top of the table, reaching fourth place. In the meantime, the First League Cup started and Sarajevo FC played an away game in Nikšić. Combined team scored a minimum win, and a goal scored by Dupovac brought Sarajevo FC to the quarter-finals of this competition.
A match at Tušanj was played in the eighth round. Sloboda had a 1-0 lead, and the first incidents were recorded at the beginning of the second half. In 55th minute of the match Musemić and Fazlić were sent off because they started a fight. Fifteen minutes later, Sarajevo FC leveled the score with the help of Petković, and Hatunić restored Sloboda’s supremacy in the 86th minute. Only a minute later, the referee sent off two more players due to a brawl - Sarajevo FC goalkeeper Muftić and the scorer of another goal for Sloboda, Hatunić. Pirić took Muftić’s position at the goal. The Football Association of Yugoslavia registered the match with an official result of 3-0 in favor of Sloboda. Muftić was punished with one match ban and Musemić with three match ban. Shaken by these incidents and left without their best player and the first goalie, Sarajevo FC suffered a defeat at Koševo and the points were won by Radnički. After two losses, Sarajevo FC urgently needed a good result in order to restore lost confidence, and this was made possible in the next round, in the traditionally dangerous away game in Novi Sad, where the goals scored by Lubura and Cerić secured a valuable victory. Seven days later, Cerić was once again in the spotlight since he and Petković knocked out Hajduk at Koševo with 2-0. These two successes were followed by a disaster. Since only Cerić was in a good form, this was not sufficient to achieve a favorable result at Marakana, and his goal was the only consolation in a heavy defeat of 1-4. Following in the wake of returned Musemić who scored six goals, Markušević’s team remained undefeated in the remaining five autumn games. Three draws with Velež, Željezničar and Borac, and victory against Spartak and Čelik rounded out the score achieved by Sarajevo FC to 20 points, securing a fifth place in the table for the team from Koševo ahead of the winter break. In November, Sarajevo FC ended competition in the First League Cup. In the quarterfinals, Partizan was a guest at Koševo and after 3-3 in the regular game, and overtime without a goal, Partizan players were more skilled in the penalty shootout, and made it to the semi-finals, while in the second, and also the last edition of this competition, Sarajevo FC ended up among the top eight teams.
Sarajevo FC prepared for a new half-season in the Spanish city of Alicante, and in the first four spring rounds the team from Koševo achieved mixed results, with two home wins and two away defeats. This was followed by a series of six matches without defeat, in which Sarajevo FC had two wins and four draws. A series of three games without a scored goal was interrupted in the 27th round, when the team hosted Vojvodina at Koševo and exceptionally motivated Murat Šaran scored all three goals in a 3-2 win. In the last seven matches, the bordeaux team scored no victory, and with only two draws and with five losses this was not enough to keep the sixth place, at which it remained for almost the entire spring, so Sarajevo FC ended the season one step lower, at seventh place . By the end of the season, technical director of Sarajevo FC Vujović took over the coaching duties.
In the summer of 1973, the last Summer Champions League competition was played. With modified lineup, Sarajevo FC faced Željezničar, Red Star and the national team. In the first round, including the city derby, points were shared and the match was a farewell game for longtime goalkeeper of Sarajevo FC, Muftić. In the second round, Sarajevo FC Kosevo welcomed the reigning champion of Yugoslavia, Red Star at Koševo, and Vujović decided to field some younger players, together with a newcomer from Krivaja, eighteen year old Safet Sušić. Sarajevo FC suffered a 0-3 defeat and the real disaster followed in the match against the Yugoslav national selection in the final round. Boškov’s team won a high 7-1, so the defense of the Summer Champion League title, won a year earlier, ended rather ingloriously.
After matches in the Summer Champions League, the Yugoslav Cup started. At the start, in the 1/16 finals, Sarajevo FC played an away game with lower league team Rudar from Kakanj which was completely disappointing. After 1-1 in 120th minute of the match, the host players were more accurate in the penalty spot and qualified for 1/8 finals of the Cup. Coaching duo Vujović - Fazlagić entered the new championship season with a rejuvenated team. Longtime first team players Musemić and Muftić, had already left the team, and, during the season, many young players were given the opportunity to play, of whom the most prominent were eighteen-year-olds Zoran Lukić, Nijaz Ferhatović, Safet Sušić, Hamdo Radeljaš, who grew to become standard first team players after playing with more experienced Šljivo, Šaran, Muzurović, Tešan and others. Since the team received many younger players, the expectations for the season were not that great. However, Sarajevo FC had a rather solid start. After a goalless draw with Partizan, and defeat by Sloboda in Tuzla, in the next five games Sarajevo FC recorded three wins, including a victory in the city derby against a lot more experienced Željezničar team. Along with the great performance in the Championship, Sarajevo FC players faced trials in the European competitions. For the first time after duel with Manchester United at Old Trafford in 1968, Sarajevo FC again played official international matches, this time in the Central European Cup. Together in a group with the bordeaux team were Hungarian Videoton and Czechoslovak Žilina. The first opponent of Sarajevo FC was Videoton, which appeared at Koševo on October 3. Hungarians took the lead with 1-0, which was followed by a complete reversal of fortunes for their team, and the goals which Lukić, Šljivo and Petković scored for Sarajevo FC secured its triumph with 3-1. In the 11th championship round, Dinamo played at Koševo as the leader in the standings and Sarajevo FC secured a valuable victory thanks to Šljivo’s goal in the opening minutes of the match. Interestingly, at that moment, the bordeaux team occupied 12th place in the standings, with the identical number of points as Red Star at the 7th with much poorer goal difference, due to a severe defeat at the hands of Borac in the 8th round. In the last six games of the First League, Sarajevo FC had one victory and one draw, while the remaining four games, forced Svetozar Vujović’s team to lay down their arms. The only triumph came in the 16th round against Proleter at Koševo. The result was 3-2, and the match is remembered for a game-turning goal scored by young Sušić, following a solo attack in the 16th minute. It was only Pape’s third official appearance in a bordeaux jersey, and he had already had one goal under his belt as well as the fans’ affection. In the autumn season, one more match was played in the Central European Cup, in which Sarajevo FC suffered a heavy 0-4 defeat in Žilina.
Due to poorer performance in the autumn segment of the season, Sarajevo FC entered the spring championship from the unenviable 16th place in the standings. During the winter break, striker Avdić, Šaran and Harambašić left the team only to be replaced by Esher Hadžiabdić from Sutjeska and Prljača, a former member of the champion generation. However, the spring part of the season has not started the way everyone wanted. Heavy defeat by Partizan, followed by three consecutive draws, two of them against Sloboda and Vardar at Koševo, sent Sarajevo FC to the last place in the standings with only 17 points. Sarajevo FC thus found itself facing three teams with one point ahead of it, Vojvodina, Zagreb and Bor, as well as away game with Olmpija. However, the best player of Sarajevo FC, Edhem Šljivo, totally confirmed his status in an away game played in Ljubljana, scoring the only goal in a minimum victory, which Sarajevo FC utilized along with the defeats of all three aforementioned teams to overtake them in the standings. Victory at Bežigrad gave wings to the young Sarajevo FC team which had not conceded a single goal in the next three matches. First came a new minimum triumph against Hajduk at Koševo, thanks to the goal scored by Petković, followed by a goalless draw against Željezničar, and a 2-0 victory against Borac, which was secured with the help of goals scored by Simić and Sušic. With seven points under its belt, Sarajevo FC escaped from the bottom of the table to its middle section and the situation at Koševo was much more relaxed. In the Central European Cup, Sarajevo FC suffered defeat by Videoton in Hungary, leaving it with no chance of qualifying for the next round, so the fans could enjoy a mutually relaxed match against Žilina at Koševo, with as seen as many as six goals and the final result of 3-3. After dropping out of the Central European Cup, Sarajevo FC proceeded with solid performance in the national Championship, scoring a victory against Vojvodina, Bor and Čelik, with an away draw against Radnički three rounds before the end of the season, which secured Sarajevo FC’s survival. This made the players overly relaxed, so the team suffered three defeats in the last three rounds. First came two consecutive losses at the hands of Red Star and Proleter, followed by a defeat by Velež at Koševo in the last round.
Sarajevo FC entered the new season reinforced with the addition of some new players. Želimir Vidović came from Sarajevo-based Bosna, while former player of Red Star and Bayern Munich Dušan Jovanović signed the four-year contract with the bordeaux team. In addition to them, the team was reinforced with Bošnjak, Bugarin and Pavlović. On the other hand, Sarajevo FC was weakened because its standard central player Sulejman Demir went on to serve in the army. New season opened with the match in the Yugoslav Cup in which Igman from Ilidža was defeated, qualifying Sarajevo FC for 1/8 finals. Immediately after the Cup, coach Fazlagić’s players focused on matches in the Championship, with Sarajevo FC playing an away game in Belgrade in the first round. Although the team from Koševo secured the advantage of 1-0 in the first half thanks to Radeljaš’s goal, two mistakes made by goalkeeper Grudo enabled Red Star to reverse the result in the first six minutes of the second half. After it lost the advantage, Sarajevo FC team slackened and by the end of the match Red Star managed to score two more goals and win its first points in the season. Seven days later, Olimpija played a match at Koševo, and Šljivo’s goal secured an early advantage for Sarajevo FC. Lack of alertness after the scored goal was punished by the guests from Ljubljana who reversed the result and took the lead with 2-1. When it seemed that the points will hardly stay at Koševo, young Sušić utilized Šljivo’s pass in the best manner and, ten minutes before the end of the match, he scored the goal for an even score. Šljivo was once again in the spotlight at the end of the match, since his shot was briefly defended by Olympija’s goalkeeper, only to be used by Pirić who scored a goal and brought joy to the fans. This victory was followed by a series of five games without a victory, with Sarajevo FC eliminated from the Cup in the meantime, after Borac’s players had proved to be more successful in a penalty shootout following a goalless match in Banjaluka.
A series of poor results was interrupted in the eighth round. Velež played an away game at Koševo, with excellent performance by Sušić who scored two goals, while Petković added another one to Sarajevo FC’s 3-1 victory. In the following matches Sušić once again demonstrated that he was a force to be reckoned with, scoring the only goal in a draw match against Radnički in Niš, which ended with 1-1, and repeating this with Partizan seven days afterwards. After Simić's goal Sarajevo FC took the lead of 1-0, with Đorđević leveling the score by the end of the first half. Final 2-1 result was settled by Sušić after he scored his fifth goal of the season 15 minutes before the end. Two rounds later he once again proved his excellent skill when it was only thanks to him that Sarajevo FC remained undefeated in duel with Čelik at Koševo, following a score of 2-2. With 14 points, the bordeaux team ended 14th in the standings at the end of autumn half-season.
In the spring, the team from Koševo faced another tough fight for survival. After 25 rounds, Sarajevo FC occupied penultimate position in the standings with 19 points, and only goal difference which was slightly better from Proleter’s kept the team from the bottom. Radnički from Kragujevac played an away game at Koševo and everything apart from victory would be a disaster. Sarajevo FC awaited victory at its stadium waiting since the tenth round and the match against Partizan and a nearly seven-month long “drought” with no home wins was cut short by Petković and Dupovac, who scored a valuable 2-0 victory for their team. Sarajevo FC secured rescue from relegation at the very end of the season. From 28th to 33rd round the bordeaux players remained undefeated, scoring three wins and three draws, so they faced Vardar in Skopje while occupying the 11th place in the standings. Two players who rescued Sarajevo FC were Sušić and Šljivo, who each scored four goals in these six games.