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FK Velež Mostar
Logo of the club
Full name Fudbalski Klub Velež Mostar
Nickname(s) Rođeni
Founded June 22, 1922
Ground Vrapčići Stadium
(Capacity: 7.000)
Chairman Bosnian Ćamil Zuhrić
Manager Bosnian Abdullah Ibraković
League Premier League of BiH
2007-08 Premier League of BiH, 9th
Home colours
Away colours

FK Velež (Fudbalski Klub Velež), successor of RŠD Velež, is a football club from Bosnia and Herzegovina, from the city of Mostar, founded on June 22, 1922.[1] The club currently plays at Vrapčići (7.000), but its historic stadium is the Bijeli Brijeg (25.000).

The club is named after a nearby mountain Velež, which again is named after one of the old Slavic gods, Veles.

FK Velež is a successful football team in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the time of former Yugoslavia, Velež was always in the Yugoslav First League and the team often ended the season in the top ten. Velež was the most popular and most successful team from Herzegovina to play in the top Yugoslav League. The team was very popular in Herzegovina and had a mixture of fans from all three main ethnic groups.

Today, Velež is in the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is active in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The team was relegated to the First League of the Federation from the Premier League for the 2004/2005 season. However, after two seasons in the second best league, Velež was promoted to the top league in the country in 2006.

In the summer of 2005, the club's assembly returned the red star to their logo. A red star has been the symbol of the club since 1922.



Runners-up 1973, 1974, 86.

Yugoslav 3-rd place/bronz medal: 1970, 87, 88.

1981'', 1986''.

Runners upp: 1958, 89.

  • Vice champion: 2004, 2005.
  • Yugoslav Second league (West) champion: 1952, 55.
  • European mitropa cup runner upp: 1975.
  • Balkans cup winner: 1981. (& runners upp 1972.)
  • Cup UEFA 1/4: 1975.
  • Olympic tournament/Mostar open cup runners up: 1924.
  • Yugoslavia U-18 Cup champion 1: 1989.

The first golden era (1967–1974)

For the 1967-68 season Velež selected a new coach, the former Velež player Sulejman Rebac. He was the second ever Mostar-born coach of Velež. (Haldun Hrvić was the first, when he coached the club from 1961 to 1964). Velež had played 10th the season before, and it was time for a change. The team was getting old with players like Muhamed Mujić nearing the end of their playing careers. Rebac decided to promote young players from the club's youth academy, and the first ones who were brought in were Dušan Bajević and Enver Marić. Despite this, the 1967-68 season was even worse than the previous season with the team finishing 14th.

For the 1968-69 season Rebac brought in Franjo Vladić, Marko Čolić, Jadranko Topić and Vladimir Pecelj from FK Leotar Trebinje. The results improved and Velež finished 8th in the league. The following season 1969-70 was the breakthrough season for Velež with the team finishing third. Dušan Bajević became the joint-top scorer in the league (with Santrač of OFK Beograd), scoring 20 goals. He also made his debut for the Yugoslav national team in 1970.

For the season 1970-71 Velež was determined to bring the league title to Mostar. New players like Marjan Kvesić, Mirko Ćorluka, Dubravko Ledić, Boro Primorac and Aleksandar Ristić from FK Sarajevo were brought in to help clinch the championship. They started the season well with two wins and two draws in their first four games, but the next ten matches brought mixed results. The season turned out to be a big disappointment and Velež eventually finished 8th. The 1971-72 season was a bit better than the previous with the team finishing 6th. The only positive dvelopments that year were that the goalkeeper Enver Marić had become the first-choice goalkeeper for the national team, and that the young left winger Momčilo Vukoje (brought in from Leotar) and Ahmed Glavović had a string of good performances. The team was very young at that time, players' average age was 23-24 years, so their best years were yet to come.

The season 1972-73 was Velež's best ever with the team finishing as runners-up in the league. With two new players, Vahid Halilhodžić and Džemal Hadžiabdić the team was completed, and big results were beginning to show. For instance the team trashed Vardar Skopje 4-0 and in the following game they beat Radnički Niš with also another 4-0 win. By this time everybody knew how the team looked. Enver Marić as goalkeeper, in front of him Džemal Hadžiabdić and Aleksandar Ristić, in front of them two Velež had Boro Primorac, Vladimir Pecelj and Marko Čolić. The five attacking players were Jadranko Topić on the right wing, Momčilo Vukoje on the left wing, Franjo Vladić and Vahid Halilhodžić in the middle and the team's leading goalscorer Dušan Bajević up front.

In the season 1973-74 Velež fought the entire season with Hajduk Split for the first place. There were many games to remember like for example the 31 October when Velez won 5-0 at home against OFK or 4-2 in March 74 at home against Crvena Zvezda (Red Star). For the last match of the season Velez had to play away against FK Sarajevo while Hajduk took on OFK also away. Both teams had 42 points ( I think it was 42 points), but Hajduk had better goal difference. Velez managed to defeat Sarajevo 3-1 but Hajduk won their game and became champions. After the season 73-74 Sulejman Rebac left the team as the coach after 8 seasons. For the 1974 FIFA World Cup held in Germany, Enver Marić, Dušan Bajević and Franjo Vladić (the trio nicknamed BMV) were included in the Yugoslav squad and Rebac was one of Yugoslavia's five coaches. Other players in Velež also played for the national team like for instance Boro Primorac who played 14 games, Vahid Halilodzic who played 15 and scored 7 goals and Dzemal Hadziabdic with 20 games.

Notable Velež players

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Emir Hadžiđulbić
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Elvir Čolić
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Admir Kajtaz
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Dzenan Zaimović
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Asim Škaljić
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Danijel Majkić
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Adil Kajan
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Armel Škaljić
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Adis Obad
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Admir Velagić
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Mili Hadžiomerović
No. Position Player
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Nermin Kadić
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Jasmin Alicic
21 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Admir Zolj
22 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Amer Osmanagić
25 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Sanel Borić
28 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Mirza Cemalovic
69 Serbia DF Milan Knežević
77 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Adin Džafić
83 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Dzenan Duraković
-- Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Zlatko Kazazić


FK Velež Mostar fans are called Red Army Mostar and they are politically left-oriented. They were founded on 01.04.1981. Nowadays, the supporters of Velež are mainly Bosniaks, but there are also Serbs and Croats (as time passes, there are more non-Bosniak players in Velež and members of the fan club); the fan organization is called "Red Army". In the former Yugoslavia, Velež was supported by all three ethnic groups of Mostar and Herzegovina. The current political situation in Mostar is that the Croats claim the west side of the city (divided by the former front) and their new football club, while Bosniaks claim the east side and the football club Velež.


  1. ^ "FUDBALSKI KLUB "VELEŽ", MOSTAR". FK Velez Mostar. Retrieved 2008-04-22.  

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