Football Club Red Star Belgrade was founded on March 4 1945.,
shortly after the end of World War II. The same day,
4.3.'45, Red Star played it's first match against Prvog Bataljona
Druge Beogradske Brigade, and won 3:2. Starting line up for Red
Star's first game was: Golubic, Stankovic, Filipovic, Ciric,
Jovanovic, Velickovic, Sapanas, Spasojevic, Tomasevic, Pecencic i
At the end of 1950's and beggining of 1960's Red Star is led by a new wave of Yugolsavian talented players led by Dragoslav Sekularac. "Seki" became Red Star's first world class player. In 1964. he was unofficaily declared to be the world's best player. Alongside Sekularac, one more great young player played for Red Star and his name was Bora Kostic who was best known by his rocek of a shot. Vladimir Beara who is argubly the greatest Yugoslavian goalkeeper of all time was Red Star's goal keeper. Their leader was a veteran Rajko Mitic, and this is considered to be one of the best teams in Red Star history. However, in 1957-1958 they were eliminated in European Champion's Cup quarter final by then the best team in the world Manchester United. After losing the first leg in England 2:1, Red Star could only mange 3:3 in return leg in Belgrade. During the 1950's Red Star won 6 Championships and 3 National Cups. During the decade of 1960 the club won 5 Championships and 3 cups.
The greatest accomplishment for the RED STAR Belgrade, was winning the
European Champions Cup and Inter-continental Cup in 1991. A fenomenal,
if not the best, generation of players led by their captain
goal-keeper Stojanovic, Savicevic, Prosinecki, Belodedic, Pancev and
others, beat French champion in the finals of the European Champion's
Cup (0:0, 5:3 on penalty kicks) in Bari, Italy, in May of '91, to
win this prestigious Cup and become the best team in Europe. Red Star
won the European Championship without loseing a single game. They defeated
Grasshoppers 5:3 on agregate, Glasgow Rangers 4:1 on agregate, Dinamo
Dresden 6:0 on agregate, and one of the all time best club in the world
Bayern Munich 4:3 on agregate. Few months later, in December of '91,
RED STAR brilliantly defeated Chile's and South American champions Colo-Colo
3:0 in Tokio, Japan, to win Inter-continental Cup and the World Club
Championship. Few players, that helped RED STAR win their European Championship
earlier that year, left after winning the European Champions Cup to play for
much more money in some of the best leagues in the world such as Italy,
Spain, and England. Even without those key players, and without their
new captain Savicevic (who was ejected 30min. into a game after
receiving a red card when the score was 1:0) RED STAR still managed to
pull together and with a player down, they put on a real football
clinic for the South Americans, scoring two more goals and taking the
World Championship home to Belgrade. One of the greatest heros was the
youngest player on the team Vladimir Jugovic who scored twice and was
named the MVP of the game. These two triumphs were the greatest
accomplishments not just in RED STAR's history but also in
Yugoslavian club's football history. RED STAR won the Yugoslavian League
Championship 22 times and Yugoslavian Cup 19 times, and both of these
statistics are all time records in Yugoslavian football. They also
hold the record for the most Double Crown victories (when a team in
the same season wins both the League Championship and the Cup) 6 times.
Red Star is considered by the UEFA as one of the greatest teams of all
time in Europe along with Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus,
A.C. Milan and Bayern Munich.
After this great success the war destroyed former Yugoslavia and after 1995,
Yugoslavia was consisted only of Serbia and Montenegro. Due to sanctions imposed
on Yugoslavia by the international community Red Star was not allowed to
compete in any of the European Competitions from 1992-1995. The political sanctions
that had nothing to do with sports, but had a great affect on them, financialy
devestated Yugoslavian clubs. After the ban was lifted Red Star could not compete financially with top European Clubs. However, new teams were created from young but talented players from Serbia and Montenegro. Players such as Dejan Stefanovic,
Ivan Adzic, Darko Kovacevic, Dejan Petkovic and then Dejan Stankovic, Perica Ognjenovic, Zoran Njegus, were created in a new era of the FC Red Star.
Rajko Mitic, is the first Red Star's star. He had all the characteristics that make a great player: self-discipline, team spirit and modesty. He played 572 games, scoring 296 goals in 13 seasons for the Red Star. He was the captain of the team for 11 years. He played 59 games for the Yugoslavian National Team. He become a cult figure among the followers of the "most important secondary thing in the world".
Dragoslav Sekularac - Seki, is the second Red Star's star. Today he is remembered for elevating the game to more than just goal-scoring. For many defensive players who were trying to guard him he was unsolved mistery, mission impossible. With his brilliant dribbling and fantastic goals he often raised the fans on their feet.
Dragan Dzajic - Dzaja, is the third Red Star's star. The best players of the world looked like schoolchildren when faced with his technique. No defense could stop him. He holds the record for the most games played for Red Star 587, and he is forth on the Red Star's all-time scoring list with 285 goals. Today he works as Technical Manager for the Red Star.
Vladimir Petrovic - Pizon, is the fourth Red Star's star. Unforgettable player who always gave his best against the strongest opponents. He holds the all-time record for the most matches played for the Red Star in the international competition, 50 games.
Dragan Stojkovic - Piksi, is the fifth Red Star's star. He is a player
with a great heart, with strength and endurance for three players.
Piksi's specialities were his "sniper like accurate" passes, his
killer free kicks and corner kicks from which he often scored. He was
probably one of the most popular Red Star's Players during the 1980's.
Stojkovic represented Red Star well everywhere. In the World Cup in
Italy he scored two goals of which one is regarded as one of the
greatest goals in the history of World Cup. Today he is the president
of the FA of Serbia and Montenegro.
Most Games Played: Most Goals:
Dragan Dzajic 587 Bora Kostic 537
Bora Kostic 580 Kosta Tomasevic 372
Rajko Mitic 569 Zoran Filipovic 312
Jovan Acimovic 519 Dragan Dzajic 285
Bosko Djurovski 509... Dusan Savic 276
Rajko Mitic 269...
Most Games Played in European Cups:
Vladimir Petrovic 50
Dusan Savic 41
Jovan Acimovic 39
Zoran Filipovic 35
Mihalj Keri 35
Milos Sestic 35
Stadium: Marakana, Red Star Capacity: 57.500
Pitch: 105m X 68m