Red Star FC museum was opened on March 12th 1985 to commemorate 40 years since the club's foundation. It is a very meaningful facility which stands as a testimony of our club's history and success. It includes all years of success and victories best represented by the unique collection of trophies, cups, recognitions and club-flags which are on display at our museum.
One of the world's richest and most beautiful sports' collections in the world is presented in a 400 square meters space. The entire collection consists of over 1400 items (trophies, plaques, photos, etc.). 680 items are on display, while the rest of the collection is in the museum's storage.
We will try to give you a brief overview of the most important points in Red Star's history in the following passages.
The most well-known and the most successful Serbian club, as well as one of the most successful Eastern European clubs was founded on March 4th 1945.
Red Star won the first trophy in Club's history (the Yugoslavian Cup) in 1948.
The red-and-white team participated for the first time in the European Cup in 1957, where they reached the finals, played against Fiorentina. Fiorentina triumphed in the first match in Belgrade 1:0, while the return match in Florence ended in a tie – 0:0.
The first Cup Double (the National Champion's title and the National Cup) was won in 1959.
Red Star FC participated four times in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, in 1962, 1963, 1966 and 1967. The greatest success in that competition was achieved during the first season in 1962 when the club reached the semifinals.
During 1968, besides winning the Cup Double, Red Star also won the Central European International Cup. After that, our team won the National Championship three times in a row, in 1968, 1969 and 1970.
In 1971 Red Star FC was just a step away from its first European Cup finals. In the first semifinals match, played in Belgrade, Red Star crushingly defeated Panathinaikos 4:1, while in the return match the Greek Champion triumphed 3:0 and thus stopped Red Star just one step away from the finals.
Our club got to play their first big European final in 1979. We lost in the UEFA Cup final to the absolute favorite of the competition, West Germany's Borussia from Mönchengladbach.
In its extremely rich history, up to now, Red Star has won 26 National Champion's titles (Yugoslavian, FRY, Serbia and Montenegro and Serbian Champion) and 24 National Cups (Yugoslavian, SRY, Serbia and Montenegro and Serbian). Since Serbia became an independent state, Red Star FC has won the Champion's title once (2006/07) and the Serbian Cup three times (2007, 2010, 2012).
Most important trophies:
European champions Cup (1 time): 1991.
Toyota Cup (1 time): 1991.
Mitropa (Danube) Cup (2 times): 1958, 1968.
National champion (27 times):
Champion of Yugoslavia (18 times): 1951, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991.
Champion of SR Yugoslavia/Serbia&Montenegro (6 times): 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006.
Champion of Serbia (3 times): 2007, 2014 and 2016.
National Cup (24 times):
Yugoslavian Cup (12 times): 1948, 1949, 1950, 1958, 1959, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1982, 1985, 1990.
SRY/Serbia&Montenegro Cup (9 times): 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006
Serbian Cup (2 times): 2007, 2010, 2012
Double crown (10 times): 1959, 1964, 1968, 1970, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007.
European champions Cup
The greatest success of Red Star FC was achieved in 1991 when on May 29th in the Italian city of Bari Red Star became the first Yugoslavian club (in those days still SFRY) to win the European Champion title. The match was played at Saint Nicola's stadium, which had been completed only a year before for the World Championship held in Italy in 1990.
After the triumph over Bayern from Munich, the team was completely concentrated on the final match played against the French Champion Olympique from Marseille. The team went to Italy a week before the match. It gave them a chance to prepare peacefully. The match was expected to be very offensive because Red Star had scored 18 goals in the eight matches played until then and Marseille had scored 20. But, the coaches of both teams opted for defensive tactics.
The match ended in a draw 0:0. After the extra time there were still no goals scored. Penalty shootout came next. Five players performed the spot kicks for the Red Star team and they all scored (Robert Prosinečki, Dragiša Binić, Miodrag Belodedić, Siniša Mihajlović and Darko Pančev). Four players performed the penalty kicks for the French team (Manuel Amoros-missed, Bernard Casoni, Jean-Pierre Papin, and Carlos Mozer). Red Star won 5:3 after the penalty shootout. It meant that Red Star FC (along with Romanian Steau) became one of only two Eastern European Clubs who have won the European Cup up to present day.
Toyota Cup - „World Champions" 1991.
Red Star defeated the Chilean Club Kolo-Kolo on December 8th 1991 at the National Stadium in Tokyo with 3:0 and thus became the World Champion.
After the historical success in Bari, a number of players left the team (Binić, Prosinečki, Šabanadžović, Stojanović) as well as the coach Ljupko Petrović. But Red Star still had a very good selection of players on the team. Mirko Jozić was the head coach of the Chilean team Kolo-Kolo, which had also become the South American Champion. He had led the Under 21 Yugoslavian National team to the World Champion's throne just a few years before. Red Star played the second half without Dejan Savićević, who was out of the game in the 43rd minute. Even though the team was weakened, they offered an outstanding performance and won crushingly 3:0!
The goals were scored by Vladimir Jugović (two goals 19th and 59th minute) and Darko Pančev (72nd minute).
Red Star played this historical game in the following line-up:
Milojević, Radinović, Najdoski, Stošić, Vasilijević, Jugović, Belodedić, Ratković, Pančev, Mihajlović, Savićević. Coach was Vladica Popović. The number of spectators was 62.064.
The Danube Cup
The Danube Cup was won in 1958, but it will always be remembered as one of the most significant trophies in the Red Star collection. The competition was fierce and clubs from five different countries were competing for the first place. Yugoslavia was represented by Red Star, Partizan, Vojvodina and Radnički from Zemun. Hungary by MTG, Ferencvaros, Salgotarjan and Tatabanya. Czechoslovakia by Ruda Hvezda and Dinamo from Prague, Dukla Pardubice and Tatran Presov. Bulgaria by Levski and Lokomotiva from Sofia. Romania by CCA from Bucharest and Sting from Timisoara.
The Championship was played according to the double-point rules. Red Star began the competition on May 23rd with a 2:0 victory over Dukla (0:0), the goals were scored by Bora Kostić and Borozan, while in the return match they had no trouble maintaining a 0:0 tie.
The quarterfinals opponent was Lokomotiva. The Sofia match was marked by Bora Kostić who scored four goals in a tie game (4:4). The lefty bomber was once again fatal for the Bulgarians, because his score in the return match was decisive (1:0) and took the Red Star team to the semifinals.
Not even Radnički managed to stand up to the red-and-white machine in Zemun. The 2:1 victory was enough for the finals, since the return match ended in a draw without any goals scored. The Danube Cup remained in Belgrade, where the Czechoslovakian team was defeated. Ruda Hvezda admitted four goals on July 6th 1958 (4:1) and the scorers were Kostić (2 goals), Milošević i Milanović. In the return match in Brno, on July 12th, the Red Star team triumphed. This time the score was 3:2, and the scorers were Kostić, Šekularac i Milošević.