The beginning: The most famous club from Novi Sad was formed by a group of students from Serbian Ortadox gymnasium back in 1914. when Vojvodina province was a part of Austro-Hungarian Empire. Player and first club official Jovan Ljubojevic in agreement with local workshop owner Savo Sijakov placed the first club office in Tamerine street forming the teams ruling body with which Vojvodina became an official soccer club. First match and team: Vojvodina played its very first match in a little town of Kovilj, against a local team Shaykashi, and won with final result of 5:0. That was the first time the player names were written down and the team line up was sorted like this: Sv. Jockovic, J. Ljubojevic, M. Milicev, J. Jockovic, D. Kovacev, O. Stojanovic, U. Cakovac, Z Ceramov, R. Stojanovic, S. Ignacev and D. Sijakov. After World War I: Because all the players gone their own ways in life during the World War I, the club distorted, but the most part of them which were studying in Prague university lead by Uros Cakovac, Milorad Milicev, Zivojin Ceremov, brothers Milenko and Djordje Sijakov, Kosta Hadzi and Predrag Stojanovic, helped out with sending five Czech crowns to reform the club they loved. As the officials in Prague's club Slavia were impressed by the gesture of Vojvodina lads, they also took care of the small Novi Sad club, forming that way a friendship that lasts up to this day with Vojvodina in gratitude playing in same jersey colors as the Czech team. Vojvodina played its games on UTK stadium where they greeted the strongest teams of that time in Yugoslavia as BSK from Belgrade in 1920. and HASK from Zagreb in 1921 (both games they lost, from BSK 5:0 and HASK 3:1). The team played at this stadium until 1923. when the pitch was sold and players had to go back to the field at “Four Kraichare”. First international match: Vojvodina played its first international match against the English navy team that arrived in Novi Sad in 1921. The English were defeated 5:0 and were just an introduction to a series of international matches to come with Temesvar Unirea from which Vojvodina lost 2:0, followed by series of abroad teams from Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Greece and Bulgaria. Friendship with Jews: The times for Vojvodina were hard after 1923 and poor management of then going president Zivojin Bajazet almost shut down the club. But the lucky star came across Vojvodina when Dr. Kosta Hadzi took was named as the new club president. Young lawyer from Novi Sad, succeeded with his enthusiasm to establish great relationship with Jewish club “Juda Makabi” which also didn’t have a pitch, with whom Vojvodina joined arms and selected the future stadium pitch close to bicycle runway. Stadium “Karadjordje”: In 1924, with help of many donations and savings and income from a operatic show from American group “Louisiana”, Dr. Kosta Hadzi opened the first stadium naming it “Karadjordje” by a famous Serbian hero which lead the Serbian people against the Turkish army. First national team players: Vojvodina player who first put on a Yugoslavia shirt was a right winger named Abraham who was called up for national team in 1924, giving his team a reputation of one of the top clubs in the country. During the period between two World Wars four more Vojvodina players played for Yugoslavia – Velker, Pozega, Dusan Markovic and Bozo Markovic. First official title: Understandably Vojvodina played only in city league until 1924. when the first regional championship was created under the name of “Beogradski Loptacki Podsavez”, of which Vojvodina was the first Champion after great battle with rival club Macva.
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Author: Damir Jovanovic
Last updated: 6 Jun 2004
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