FK Čukarički

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Fudbalski klub Čukarički (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Чукарички) is a Serbian professional football club from Belgrade, more precisely from the Čukarica municipality, that currently plays in the Serbian SuperLiga, the top tier of Serbian football.

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Full nameФудбалски клуб Чукарички
Fudbalski klub Čukarički
Nickname(s)Чука / Čuka
Брђани / Brđani (The Highlanders)
Бело-црни / Belo-crni (The White-Blacks)
Founded4 July 1926; 97 years ago (1926-07-04) (as Čukarički SK)
GroundČukarički Stadium
Head coachIgor Matić
LeagueSerbian SuperLiga
2022–23Serbian SuperLiga, 3rd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Soccerball_current_event.svg Current season

Founded in 1926, the club spent the first years of its existence in the amateur field.[2] In the days of Yugoslavia, Čukarički played predominantly in the lower divisions of the country.[2] The first notable achievements for the club were in the seasons of 1971–72, when they first reached the Yugoslav Second League, and 1993-94, when they reached, for the first time ever in the club's history, the national top tier of football, the Yugoslav First League, the first tier in the newly created Serbia and Montenegro. They played for the first time in the club's history on the European stage in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1996 and the UEFA Intertoto Cup 1997[2]

On 17 April 2012, the club was bought by Dragan Obradović, the owner of the Serbian construction and wholesale company ADOC.[3][4] Since then Čukarički is the first ever professional football club in Serbia to have been privatized, and is also one of the first clubs in Southeast Europe which were ever bought.[3][4] Since being bought the club has become one of the most stable and organised clubs in Serbian football and has competed in the Europa League on four occasions since 2014.[5]

The club won the 2014–15 Serbian Cup. Their highest league finish has been third, which they've achieved four times, in 2014–15, 2015–16, 2020–21 and 2021–22.

The most famous players to represent the club include: Aleksandar Kolarov who would go on to become one of the world's best left backs of his generation and represent the Serbia national team at two world cups, Miloš Ninković, Milan Dudić, Goran Gavrančić, Albert Nađ, amongst many others.

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