Sarajevo FC during the period of 2000 - 2010
2000 - 2010
In the 2000/01 season the League was expanded to include as many as 22 clubs. Sarajevo FC played one season with a rather varying success and as a result ended up on the 3rd position, behind Brotnjo and the first positioned Željezničar with 81 points. The next season saw the League back to 16 clubs again and Sarajevo FC once more played a season which does not bring back the best of memories, winning 47 points and the fourth position.
The 2002/03 season was marked by a brilliant match against Besiktas in Istanbul, in which Sarajevo FC gave an excellent game returning home to Bosnia and Herzegovina with one point. In general, the period after 2000 will be remembered among the club supporters by many good games in Europe but very few trophies. After dropping from the European competition, Sarajevo FC ended the season on the 3rd position with 69 points, which meant 16 points less than the first positioned Leotar. Sarajevo FC remained on the same position in the next season, too. This time, however, the difference in points between Sarajevo FC and the first positioned team of the championship, FC Široki Brijeg, was 5 points.
The season of 2004/05 ended with Sarajevo FC placed on the 4th position. Sarajevo FC once again played a season which deserved to be forgotten, while the state champion Zrinjski was ahead of our team by 16 points. In 2005/06 the selected team of Husref Musemić played a lot better! Only three points were lacking for the team to win another trophy for the club's showcase. But, what they had not achieved in that year, they achieved in the one to follow.
During the 2006/07 season, for the first time since the League covered the whole territory of the country, Sarajevo FC won the title of Bosnia and Herzegovina and thus ended the domination of clubs from Herzegovina, becoming the first champion of the whole of BiH from the city of Sarajevo FC.
From the first to the last round the bordeaux team was superior and it deservedly took the title. Out of 30 rounds played, Sarajevo FC occupied the top of the table in 28 rounds.
At the very start, two victories were won on Koševo. First Jedinstvo (2:0), and then Zrinjski (1:0) were beaten. On its first match as a visitor team, Sarajevo FC gained its third consecutive victory defeating the team of Žepa (3:2). Two ties followed thereafter, first with Sloboda on Koševo (1:1), and then in a scoreless match in Zenica against Čelik. Only after this tie did Sarajevo FC for a short time leave the leading position.
Then came a great series of 5 consecutive wins of Sarajevo FC; first Borac was beaten on Koševo (3:1), then Sarajevo FC won as a visitor in Orašje (1:0) which brought Sarajevo FC back to the top position on the table. Thereupon, the team played 3 matches in Sarajevo FC and all of them ended with tight victories; first Posušje was beaten on Koševo (2:1), then Željezničar in a city derby on Grbavica (1:0), and finally Velež (2:1) on Koševo again.
After 10 rounds Sarajevo FC was firmly on the first position of the table with 8 wins and 2 ties, which meant 4 points ahead of Zrinjski. Then followed an obvious downward period. During the last 5 rounds of the autumn part of the championship, two wins at home and three defeats away were recorded. First Modriča was better than Sarajevo FC (1:3), resulting in the first defeat of Sarajevo FC in the season. Then followed a tight win against Slavija on Koševo (1:0), and a defeat in Široki Brijeg (0:1). Sarajevo FC ended the round giving their fans a victory in the match with Leotar (1:0). After this round, Sarajevo FC had a big 7-point advantage ahead of the second positioned Zrinjski. In the last round, Sarajevo FC was defeated in Bijeljina by the team of Radnik (0:1) to the benefit of Zrinjski who won in Trebinje and approached the bordeaux team on the table, reducing the difference to 4 points.
Thus Sarajevo FC ended the first part of the season with 10 wins, 2 ties and 3 defeats resulting in a total of 32 points. The 4-point advantage ahead of Zrinjski seemed insufficient in view of the two forthcoming matches away, one of them against the direct rival, Zrinjski. Nobody could imagine at the time that a completely different team would be Sarajevo FC's main competitor, particularly not the team of Slavija who lagged behind the autumn champion for the entire 11 points after the first 15 rounds.
Sarajevo FC opened the second part of the season with two identical scores of 1:1. The first tie was in Bihać where an opportunity for victory was missed after Grujić's penalty kick fail in the last minute. Also, in the following round Sarajevo FC took one point in Mostar against Zrinjski. Marciano equalized from the penalty spot 15 minutes before the end of the match and Sarajevo FC came closer to the title. In the next round on Koševo, the team of Žepče was beaten (2:0) whereby Sarajevo FC regained its 7-point advantage from the 14th round. However, the following 5 matches did not see Sarajevo FC's most convincing matches, so that out of possible 15, it gained only 6 points. It first suffered a defeat in Tuzla from Sloboda (0:1), but then won over Čelik on Koševo (3:1); in the next round, Borac won against Sarajevo FC thanks to a penalty kick goal scored in the last minute of the duel in Banjaluka (1:2). Then followed a win over Orašje on Koševo (2:0), and a defeat in Posušje (0:2). In the 24th round Sarajevo FC played one of the most important games of the Championship. The city rival Željezničar visited on Koševo and anything but victory for Sarajevo FC meant losing the title. Željezničar took a 1:0 lead, but Sarajevo FC equalised with a goal of Turković. Six minutes before the end of the match Kurto brings Sarajevo FC a victory. The victory over visitors from Grbavica marked a winning series of 5 matches. The score against Velež on Vrapčići was 1:1, and afterwards Modriča was beaten on Koševo (4:0).
Then came the most critical match of the 27th round, Sarajevo FC visiting Slavija in Lukavica, the team that in the meantime had climbed on the table to be only 1 point away from the bordeaux team. Slavija took the lead early and kept the match, and as it seemed the title, too, under its control. However, Sarajevo FC levels with a goal scored by Obuća in the 89th minute, which brings it a step away from the title of the champion of BiH. In the following round Sarajevo FC defeated Široki Brijeg on Koševo (2:0) which meant, considering the defeat of Slavija in Mostar, that Sarajevo FC was heading for a 4 point advantage and that all it took to win the title was to beat Radnik in the last round, the team that by the time had lost any chance of remaining in the League.
In the meantime, playing with the their second team Sarajevo FC was defeated in Trebinje (0:4), and then everything was ready for a spectacle. Around 20,000 fans witnessed Sarajevo FC's convincing victory of over Radnik (5:0) and winning the fourth Championship title.
With the total of 57 points resulting from 17 wins, 6 ties and 7 defeats, Sarajevo FC won the title with 3 points advantage over Zrinjski, and 4 points ahead of Slavija.
Throughout both half-seasons Sarajevo FC played with a varying composition, given that after the autumn part the team lost Duro, Trivunović, Maksumić and Mačkić who were in the second part substituted by Grujić, Milošević, Šaranović and Kurto.
Still, the greatest burden in winning the title was on the following players: Muhamed Alaim, Veldin Muharemović, Marinko Mačkić, Muhidin Zukić, Vule Trivunović, Ajdin Maksumić, Samir Duro, Senad Repuh, Marciano, Faruk Ihtijarević, Emir Obuća, Almir Turković, Damir Hadžić, Sead Bučan, Muamer Kurto, Semjon Milošević, Vladan Grujić, Edin Šaranović, Muhamed Džakmić and Zdravko Šaraba. In addition to those players, the champion season saw the appearance of: Irfan Fejzić, Admir Hasančić, Miloš Babić, Emir Janjoš, Almir Pliska, Nihad Suljević, Samir Šarić, Škoro Anel, Adin Ferhatović and Adis Kapetanović. This was 30 players in total, led by coach Husref Musemić.
The best shooter of the team was Emir Obuća with 6 goals followed by Maksumić, Duro, Turković and Šaranović, who each hit their opponents' goal 5 times.
In the following season of 2007/08, Sarajevo FC failed to even carve out its way to Europe, which was a great disappointment for all club's fans. So, after the brilliant appearance against Rapid that summer, during the season that followed Sarajevo FC lost its chance to go to Europe. The team ended up 5th with 48 points. In the season of 2008/09, Sarajevo FC's performance was of average quality with many oscillations within the club, which prevented the players to end the season in the best possible manner. The fourth position and 49 points was the outcome of the season.
Excellent appearances such as those against Helsingborg and Cluj within the qualifications for the UEFA League did not continue in the Championship. Thus, Sarajevo FC ended the season of 2009/10 on the 5th position and with no appearance in Europe. The end of that season in the club foreshadowed a turbulent period on Koševo, from which the club emerged so strong that the seasons to follow saw Sarajevo FC winning one of the greatest victories in the post-war history of club sports in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a gift to their fans and country.