In our previous post we had a look at the fascinating Red Star Belgrade Museum and spoke to its curator Predrag Trkulja. Predrag has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Red Star, so we asked him to contribute a Red Star Belgrade Eleven on behalf of his club.
Finding it such a hard task with so many great players to choose from, he submitted a long list and we helped him hone it into a brilliant and very attack minded team.
Here’s some background on the players Predrag has selected:
1. Srđan Mrkušić (1946-54 – 49 appearances / 0 goals)
More than just a fine keeper who played for the club to the age of 38, Mrkušić had a crucial role in the club’s history as one of its founders at the end of WW2.
2. Ilija Najdoski (1988-92, 114 appearances / 7 goals)
The Macedonian born ball-playing central defender and sweeper played regularly for the club during their early 90s heyday.
3. Miodrag Belodedici (1989-92, 63 appearances / 3 goals)
This elegant sweeper became the first player to win the European Cup with two different teams – Steaua Bucharest in 1986 and the great Red Star team five years later after he defected to Yugoslavia.
4. Robert Prosinečki (1987-91, 117 appearances / 84 goals)
A technically fantastic midfield playmaker and a footballer of wonderful vision, superb passing range and an incredible ability for shooting at goal from any range or angle.
5. Vladislav Bogićević (1968-69 and 1970-78, 185 apps / 17 goals)
Elegant playmaking sweeper wanted by Bayern Munich to replace Franz Beckenbauer. Went to play in NASL and was one of the less heralded stars of the famous New York Cosmos sides.
6. Vladimir Petrović (1972-82, 257 appearances / 49 goals)
Talented and influential midfielder at the heart of the strong and successful Red Star teams of the 1970s.
7. Dejan Savićević (1989-92, 1999, 75 appearances / 23 goals)
The extravagantly skilled Montenegrin could play in midfield, or just behind or wide of a main striker. A wonderful dribbler of the ball, he won the European Cup with Red Star in 1991 then 3 years later put in the performance of a lifetime when winning it again with Milan.
8. Dragan Džajić (1961-75 and 1977-78, 615 appearances / 370 goals)
Red Star and Yugoslavia’s greatest ever player, Džajić was a dazzlingly quick and skilful winger who was both a fine finisher and selfless in setting up chances for teammates when the occasion demanded.
9. Rajko Mitić (1945-58, 572 appearances / 262 goals)
The club’s first-ever star player and club captain in the early years following their formation. A brave forward and a deadly finisher.
10.Dragan Stojković (1986-90, 118 appearances / 54 goals)
Flamboyantly gifted midfield playmaker with exceptional vision. Boasted great balance and was a brilliant set piece taker. His only real weakness was his susceptibility to injury.
11. Bora Kostić (1951-61 and 1962-66) 250 appearances / 158 goals)
A fantastically direct and prolific striker during the 1950s. He towered over his peers, even in what was recognised as a wonderful generation of great Yugoslav forwards.