Sarajevo FC during the period of 1990 - 2000
1990 - 2000
The 1990s brought many changes, both in the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Sarajevo Football Club. Because of the war, Sarajevo did not play at the Stadium "Asim Ferhatović-Hase" for nearly three years. Finally, in 1994, it played the game of peace and humanity, in which Sarajevo won over the UNPROFOR team with 4-0 in front of over 40,000 spectators.
At that time, Sarajevo FC had the following players in its team: Hasanović, Džemidžić, Hodžić (Adžem) Vukas, Babajić, D Dalipagić, Krasni, Gogalić, Ćenan, Kovačević, Uščuplić and Tucaković, Zukić, Milavica, Burek, Durak, Šopović, Drakovac, Pita, Dodik and Janjetović in the second half. Sead Jasenković and Nedeljko Gojković were the coaches.
After the end of war and aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina, the League of Bosnia and Herzegovina was re-established and played at FBiH level. In the first season, Sarajevo ended in a second place, right after Čelik, which took the champion title with nine points.
The season 1995/1996 was indeed a forgettable one. Sarajevo FC team ended the competition in seventh place with 43 points, lagging significantly behind then-champion Čelik. The bad impression from the previous season was improved as early as next year. Sarajevo FC earned a second place in the standings with two points behind the champion of the time, Čelik from Zenica, which was simply unbeatable in those years.
The following season 1997/1998 was a lot more interesting. A new system of competition was introduced. The top 6 teams participated in the play-off, after which the national champion became known. During the season, Sarajevo FCs performance was a mixed bag, which was enough to secure placement in the playoffs and the third place. In the group with Široki Brijeg and Čelik, four points were enough to reach the finals, in which Sarajevo FC faced its city rival Željezničar. A fantastic atmosphere was felt at the full Koševo Stadium, yet Sarajevo FC failed to score this much desired victory and was left without a champion title in the fourth season.
In the second part of the season, Sarajevo FC continued to perform well. It defeated Jedinstvo at Koševo (3-0), and then Željeznicar in an eternal derby game at Grbavica (2-1), while in the 18th round it achieved its record sixth consecutive victory after the overpowering Čelik with 2-1 win. Since Rudar won 6 points in the meantime, Sarajevo FC increased its advantage to five points. In the 19th round, Sarajevo FC and Iskra Bugojno split their points (0-0), while the 20th round saw the defeat of Zmaj od Bosne team at Koševo (1-0).
This was followed by the first spring defeat, and the end of the series of eight games without a win. Budućnost team defeated Sarajevo FC at home (0-1). In the next two rounds Sarajevo won 4 points, three at Koševo against Lukavac (4-0), and one in Srebrenik against Gradina (0:0) and thus increased the advantage over Rudar to six points ahead of their game in Sarajevo. In this game, goals by Jusufbegović and Suljagić secured a 2-1 victory for Sarajevo FC, increasing its advantage to significant nine points, six rounds ahead of the end and taking Sarajevo FC to the threshold of winning first place.
In the next round Sarajevo FC once again scored a home win, this time against Sloboda from Tuzla (2-0). Next came the defeat by Zenica (0-1), and a new home win, against Bosna from Visoko (1-0). In the last three rounds Sarajevo FC added another 6 points to its tally. The bordeaux team was first defeated by Drina from Zvornik (1-3), then Sarajevo FC ended the season with two consecutive victories, first against Vrbanjuša (3-2) and second against Velez in Vrapčići (3-1).
Sarajevo won the first place with 65 points, nine points ahead of the second-ranked Bosna and 14 points ahead of Rudar in the third place. It should be noted that this season was also marked by the biggest difference between Sarajevo FC and Željezničar, amounting to 21 points. This was to be followed by play-off tournament within the championship of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to disagreements over whether to allow Velež to organize play-off games at Bijeli Brijeg Stadium, this play-off has never been played, and at the beginning of the next season, Sarajevo FC was handed the trophy of the champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Most games in the champion season were played by: Mirsad Dedić, Jasmin Džidić, Faruk Ihtijarević, Muhidin Zukić, Jean Louis Nouken, Senad Begić, Nedim Jusufbegović, Edmir Ahmetović, Samir Duro, Azrudin Valentić, Memnun Suljagić, Nermin Gogalić, Edin Šaranović, Haris Haskić, Irfan Smajlagić, Mirza Selimović, Ismet Alić, Jasmin Memišević, Irfan Paučinac i Alen Škoro. Those who played alongside them were: Ervin Uščuplić, Alen Avdić, Samir Čupina, Amar Ferhatović, Emir Granov, Ahmed Hadžispahić, Almir Hurtić, Rusmir Kadrić, Almir Ušanović, Džumhur, Alihodžić i Mizdrak. The top scorer of the team was Džemo Smječanin with 14 goals, and the team was successfully led by the coach Nermin Hadžiahmetović, who left Sarajevo FC due to alleged family problems, several rounds before the end of the League.
In the next season, Sarajevo FC failed to defend the title. After the regular course of the season, Sarajevo occupied the third place. In the play-offs group with Brotnjo, Jedinstvo and Kakanj, Sarajevo FC came very close to the finals, considering that Brotnjo, Jedinstvo and Kakanj had the same number of points – 12.