Founded In
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


About Željezničar

Fudbalski Klub Zeljeznicar Sarajevo was founded in September 1921 by a group of railway workers from the city of Sarajevo. Zeljeznicar translates literally to 'railway worker' and the team are the most famous and successful in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their main local rivals are FK Sarajevo, with whom they contest the Sarajevo Derby. The rivalry between the two teams is widely considered to be the most important in the country.

Prior to the formation of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zeljeznicar competed in Yugoslavia's league system, where they also experienced success, especially during the early 1970s. After finishing as runners up in the Yugoslav First League in 1970-71, the team went one better the following year and were crowned as champions for the 1971–72 season.

Since becoming part of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the club has experienced even greater levels of success. In total, they have won six league titles, with those wins coming in 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2009–10, 2011–12 and 2012–13. Their total of six league wins is more than any other team in the division's history. In addition, they have enjoyed success in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup, winning the competition on five occasions, in 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2010–11 and 2011–12. As a result, the 2000–01 and 2011–12 seasons saw the club achieve a domestic double. Over the years, Zeljeznicar have also made their mark on the European scene, reaching the semi finals of the UEFA Cup in 1984-85.

A number of talented Bosnian and Yugoslav internationals have played for the club over the years, with some of the most notable examples including Edin Džeko, Mehmed Baždarević and Ivica Osim.

Zeljeznicar's home matches are held at Stadion Grbavica, also known as the 'Valley of the Cups'. The venue, which opened in 1953, is currently able to hold up to 16,100 supporters.