At the place where they were founded in 1914, a red and white wreath was placed by the member of the Board of Directors, Petar Đurđev, and the president of the Association of Veterans, Miladin Purać.
“Looking at our country, our culture, our economy, our sport, the biggest problem that everyone faces is the lack of continuity and precisely because of this if we look from this place, from a tailor’s shop, where our club was founded, how important and big it is Vojvodina and not only for Novi Sad, but also for all of Serbia.”
“If we look at all the countries today, from Australia to Canada, everywhere we will see our players who have achieved great results in this beautiful game that we all love so much, which is soccer,” said Djurdjev.
He also pointed out how heroic it was at the time of the founding of FC Vojvodina.
“In 1914, in the month of March, a group of young men gathered here, driven by love for sports and their people, and then they decided to make an act of rebellion and an act of courage and to found a sports club for the Serbian community in Novi Sad.”
“How difficult those years and evil times were, is also shown by the fact that at that time the Austrian emperor Joseph I abolished all the autonomy that the Serbs once had in Austria-Hungary, and in 1913 the Serbian patriarch Lukijan Bogdanović mysteriously disappeared, and later it was found out that decapitated and thus ended his life.”
“Since 1913, the head of the Austro-Hungarian General Staff has asked as many as 32 times to declare war on Serbia. And at such a moment, when everything Serbian was under surveillance and at the crosshairs, a group of young men and our heroes from Rotkvarija, Podbara and Salajka, they secretly founded that club, a symbol like an ancient hero,” Đurđev recalled.
Since then, until today, Vojvodina has produced numerous world-class football players and will continue to do so in the coming decades.
“Decades followed, the club grew, flourished and became stronger and created footballers who not only contributed to Novi Sad, but also to the whole of world football. Let’s just remember today the recently deceased Sinisa Mihajlović, who took his first significant steps in his career precisely in our club and how the whole world was shaken by his untimely death.”
“At this moment, where some new Mihajlović players are growing up under the hand of director Duško Grujić and when the players of our school Dušan Tadić and the Milinković-Savić brothers are in the national team, it shows how important Vojvodina is”.
Basically, 109 years of existence shows how much Vojvodina has become part of the cultural identity of our city, he added.
“With the set, today I remember my first big celebration, in 1984 and the 70th birthday of Vojvodina, and today we are celebrating the 109th. Next year we have another important jubilee waiting for us, besides the 110th birthday, we will also celebrate a whole century, 100 years since the ball is rolling in our stadium “Karađorđe”.
“I hope that even then we will organize a magnificent event and that we will all together celebrate such an important jubilee for Novi Sad and Serbian football,” said Đurđev.
During its rich history, Vojvodina was national champion twice, won two Serbian Cups, the Central European Cup and reached the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup in 1967.
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