Borac Banja Luka

Borac Banja Luka

Football club infobox
clubname = Borac Banja Luka


fullname = Borac Banja Luka
nickname =
founded = 1926
ground = City Stadium of Banja Luka, Banja Luka
capacity = 12000(3600 seated)
chairman = Milorad Janjetović
manager =
league = Premijer Liga
season = 2006-07
position = 15 (relegated to First League of
the Bosnia)
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Borac (Cyrilic: Борац) is a sports society with several teams, from the city of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The meaning of "Borac" is "Fighter" (male). FC Borac's supporters are called Lesinari which means Vultures.

Football

The football club Borac was founded on July 4, 1926. Originally it was named "Radnički sportski klub Borac", meaning Workers' Sports Club Borac. It was founded by a group of football aficionados including Veselin Masleša, Rudolf "Rudi" Hiter, Savo Novaković, Mustafa Softić, Nikola Kuković and others. The club's first success in this early period came in 1928 when it won a tournament played in Sarajevo.

Borac was renamed "Fudbalski klub Borac" (Football Club Borac, FK Borac) in 1945. It played two years in the Yugoslav Third League before it advanced to the Second League in 1953.

It gained promotion to Yugoslav First League for the 1961/62 season, but promptly dropped back down at the end of it. The club would wait almost a decade for a return to top flight - 1970/71 was the season, and the stay in top league was longer this time around - four consecutive seasons. The 1974/75 season was spent in Second League where the club achieved quick promotion and thus ensured the beginning of a new 5-year First League period that lasted until 1980. The following nine seasons were spent in Second League, before a final top league stint between 1989 and 1992. Borac's best placement in the First League was 1990/91 when it finished fourth.

FK Borac was the runner-up in the 1975 Yugoslav Cup, and won it in 1988 as the only Second League club to ever achieve this. The club also won the Mitropa Cup (Central European Cup) in 1992. It played a total of eight games in UEFA competitions.

Seven Borac players participated in the Yugoslav national football team and its stadium, the City Stadium of Banja Luka (capacity: 12,000), hosted five international matches.

Borac Banja Luka in recent times had great success by winning two Bosnia and Herzegovina 2.Liga titles, first in 2000/2001 and the second in 2005/2006.

FK Borac Banja Luka is one of the oldest football clubs from former Yugoslavia. It celebrated it's 80th anniversary on September 6, 2006 when the team played a friendly match against FC Red Star.

Current squad

Goalkeepers:
* Starčević Dragan
* Marčetić Siniša
* Milošević Bojan

Defenders:
* Petrić Bojan
* Puzigaća Bojan
* Kolarov Nikola
* Deket Goran
* Vranješ Ognjen
* Damjanović Nemanja
* Žarić Draško
* Stupar Milan
* Marković Vlado

Midfielders:
* Đurić Danijel
* Deket Zoran
* Babić Miodrag
* Vranješ Stojan
* Jandrić Oliver
* Bećarević Duško
* Lazarević Nikola
* Grujić Dario
* Petrović Aleksandar

Strikers:
* Rikanović Miroslav
* Urukalo Dario
* Rašević Dejan
* Vukelja Ljubiša

Handball

The handball club Borac was founded in 1950.

This club won the European Men's Championship of 1975/1976. In 1990/91 they won the IHF Cup.

Domestically, they were the national champions of former Yugoslavia seven times and are the most successful handball club ever from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

External links

* [http://www.lesinari1987.net/ Lesinari - Supporters of Borac] sr icon
* [http://www.borac-sport.com/ Official site of sports society Borac]


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