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Smashed them so bad that our crowd was completely out of it from the start of the 3rd. 97-54 and back in the euroleague:proud:
 

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Izadji mala! Izadji mala!

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0-0 halftime vs partizan
 

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Zvezda 1 - 0 after what looked like a soft penalty (my stream was buffering) in the 60th minute
 

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Goallllllll Vukanovic 2-0 80th minute
 

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2-1 partizan score a pk in the 89th minute
 

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Lol Borjan with a yellow for slapping Rickardo
 

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Game over 2-1 :proud:
 

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CZ are trying to bring another U20 WC-champion, Radovan Pankov - fantastic!

Great to see a management (Terzic, Mrkela, Milojevic) with vision and so many right decisions. This is something else than how the club was treated just a couple of years ago.
 

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Zvezda won their 30th title and 3rd star on their shirt. Very few fans at the game.
 

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Absolutely amazing season. Words cannot do this season justice. I just hope Milojevic stays for the sake of the club's evolution. We need his stability and continuity to truly continue to build something. I could honestly care less about the Champions League next season, I just hope and pray we make Europe. We need continuity and for me, while the CL would be amazing and another 'miracle', even the Europa League for me would be a good achievement given the transfers that will probably occur in the summer.

The club has signed all of the most important players through at least the end of next season (see list below, longest contracts listed last) and we will ensure that for any summer transfers we get significant compensation. This sort of stability has not been created by management in a long, long time. These contracts should give us some financial leverage in transfers in asking for more money.

Given the stability of the last 2 seasons and given that Milojevic has gotten the squad of his wishes (as realistically as possible) it's key we keep him for next season to ensure we continue to make Europe and evolve. He signed a contract last summer through the end of next season (2019/2020) and I believe he will honor it as I don't think he would have made that decision lightly. I cannot remember the last time that the entire first team squad (i.e. main 23 players) all at least had contracts through the 2020/2021 season. The only three players out of the first 23 that have contracts expiring next summer (i.e. July 2020) are Zoran Popovic, Lorenzo Ebicilio and El Fardou Ben, which is just amazing for our standards.

Goalkeepers:
1. Zoran Popovic - summer 2020 (July)
2. Milan Borjan - summer 2023 (July)

Right Back:
3. Filip Stojkovic - summer 2022 (July)
4. Milan Gajic - summer 2022 (July)

Central Backs:
5. Nemanja Milunovic - summer 2021 (July)
6. Vujadin Savic - summer 2022 (July)
7. Srdjan Babic - end of 2022 (December)

Left Backs:
8. Milan Rodic - summer 2022 (July)
9. Marko Gobeljic - summer 2022 (July)

Central Midfielders:
10. Dusan Jovancic - summer 2021 (July - option to extend one more year)
11. Branko Jovicic - summer 2021 (July)
12. Goran Causic - summer 2021 (July)
13. Milos Vulic - summer 2023 (July)

Right wing:
14. El Fardou Ben - summer 2020 (July)
15. Aleksa Vukanovic - end of 2021 (December)
16. Eric Jirka - end of 2022 (December)

Playmakers:
17. Lorenzo Ebicilio - summer 2020 (July - option to extend for one more year)
18. Marko Marin - summer 2021 (July)

Left Wing:
19. Veljko Simic - summer 2022 (July)
20. Mirko Ivanic - summer 2023 (July)

Striker:
21. Richmond Boakye - end of 2020 (December - option to extend one more year)
22. Milan Pavkov - end of 2022 (December)
23. Dejan Joveljic - summer 2023 (July)

Outside of the first team 23, I assume the following six players will leave this summer -

Nemanja Supic (GK - end of contract)
Stefan Hajdin (DL - sold or loaned out)
Rashid Sumaila (DC - Qabala SC loan expiring)
Jonathan Cafu (Winger - Bordeaux loan expiring)
Milan Jevtovic (Winger - sold or loaned out)
Nenad Milijas (CM - noted he will retire this summer).

The club will have to decide about 7-10 younger players coming back from loan, namely Dejan Meleg (Levaiadikos - he hasn't shown anything in Greece), Dejan Vidic (Zemun), Veljko Nikolic (Graficar), Aleksandar Stankovic (Graficar), Stefan Cvetkovic (Graficar), Jug Stanojev (Graficar), Aleksa Terzic (Graficar - rumored to be going to Italy), Nikola Krstovic (Zeta) and Ze Marcos (Grbalj). Out of the names mentioned I only believe Veljko Nikolic and Aleksandar Stankovic will make the first team next season. Nikolic has been by far the best player at Graficar while Stankovic will most likely be the third goalkeeper behind Borjan and Popovic. I believe most of the other players listed will either be re-loaned out or sold. It will also be interesting to see if Graficar make the Prva Liga Srbije next season (the Serbian division right below the SuperLeague) as that will mean we will have an affiliate in the division right below ours where we can loan out a lot of our younger players such as Stankovic, Erakovic, Krstovic, Nikolic and Cvetkovic to monitor their progress. This is very reminiscent of what we've done in basketball with FMP developing Zvezda's youth talent before they go to the first team and play in the Euroleague. This type of system can only be good for us long term.

Huge summer for the club. If all goes well, Milojevic will be back at the helm of the team that has won a league/cup double (fingers crossed) and we will have Graficar in the Prva Liga Srbije as our official affiliate to develop our youngsters alongside senior players.
 

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Milojevic is gone just as I predicted

They'd sell all his players, keep the profit, piss him off, force him out, and Partizan will win the league next season lol

It's so predictable. They only try to achieve something once every 10 years that's their goal. Make it to the CL group stages and rake in some money.

The naivety of some of you guys is hilarious thinking something would have changed.
 

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What are you talking about ?
I think he's commenting on some rumors that Milojevic might be leaving, but it's to be expected, given the level of success he has had. If Milojevic really believes he is no longer fit to keep moving us forward, then I highly respect his decision. If there's one person that's earned enough respect in the last two seasons to be given the freedom to make his own choices, surely it's Vladan.

At the same time, a part of me thinks a lot of this media hype (and I repeat, rumors -- nothing has been confirmed by club or coach) is really down to trying to unsettle the club's and coach's relationship with the squad and the fans. I think every normal Zvezda supporter loves Milojevic for what he has done, and will support him whatever his decision may be.

Overall, I don't think our management (meaning Mijailovic, Terzic and Mrkela) could have done much more given the circumstances of our economy to keep Milojevic as boss. If there are specific reasons, then surely those are reasons we don't know and we will never know given how old school Vladan is with the media (i.e. everything is kept between him and the club). Milojevic has been given the necessary coaching staff he desired as well as upgrades to our youth school and the players he has always wanted. We kept El Fardou Ben in January at the insistence of Milojevic even though we had a 4 million Euro offer for him which is a lot for a 30 year old coming into his last year of contract (according to certain sources). Mrkela also acquired Mirko Ivanic and Nemanja Milunovic from BATE Borisov, two great signings and someone Milojevic and his coaching staff targeted in their first summer transfer window of July 2017. These were players that Milojevic wanted during every transfer window since his arrival at the club. Given these transfer acquisitions this past winter as well as the retention of Ben, this has made me think Vladan will stay as coach, and that all of these stories surrounding his resignation are hot air given the upcoming cup final. Also, look at the contract situation in my post above. Never in my time has a Zvezda management team managed to resign almost the entire first team squad (20 of 23 players) to significant contract extensions. That's the type of stability we haven't seen in a long, long time.

As such, I truly believe that even if Milojevic does leave, it's probably on his own accord and because he is a little empty emotionally ("istrosen"), and I totally understand it. Milojevic has not shied away from how emotional he is to be coach of Red Star, a club he has played for. The same happened to Pep Guardiola, who after 3-4 years at the helm grew so visibly stressed by the pressure that he had to quit Barcelona, and that was at the time that Pep created one of the best teams, if not the best team in football history. At the same time, if the motivation is financial, I can understand that too. He is earning 600,000 euros per season currently. He could be making 2-3 million euros per season somewhere else given his current results. That is not a small difference for a coach that's still making his name. However, knowing Milojevic, a part of me just thinks it's not purely financial because he's such a perfectionist and how much he wants to challenge himself. That's why, I'll be very surprised if he goes to somewhere like China, Qatar, or UAE for the money as he doesn't strike me as that type of coach and person. If he leaves, something tells me he is moving West and wants to test himself against the biggest names in football in one of the top 5, 6 leagues. For example, Marco Rose, the Salzburg boss that is seen as one of the best upcoming coaches in world football (the young coach we took out in the CL qualifiers this past fall) is going to Borussia Monchengladbach to be their head coach. I wonder if Milojevic has targeted a similar career trajectory.

I for one hope Milojevic stays and sees out the last year of his contract. That would be incredible and whatever happens I don't think his stock would fall that much for him not to warrant these types of contract offers next summer even if we didn't have the same level of results in Europe, as it'll be hard to match this season. If he doesn't stay, I at least hope a good amount of his coaching structure will stay including Milan Kosanovic who's known as one of the best tactical and youth coaches in the Eastern European region and someone responsible for developing our youngsters into the first team.

In regards to DZ's comments - he is too cynical and is making some huge assumptions that to your point Fleka, are out of place. I think DZ is reacting to the BS media hype that's being propagated.
 

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In regards to our remaining fixtures we have -

Wednesday, May 15th - away vs. Mladost Lucani (Serbian Cup Semifinal 2nd leg, CZ leads 4-1 on aggregate)

Sunday, May 19th - home vs. Napredak Krusevac (last round of the Jelen Super Liga)

Thursday, May 23rd - neutral ground vs. Partizan or Radnicki Nis (Serbian Cup Final)

Radnicki Nis face our eternal rivals at the same time we are away in Lucani. Radnicki lost the first game away in Belgrade 1-0.
 

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In regards to our remaining fixtures we have -

Wednesday, May 15th - away vs. Mladost Lucani (Serbian Cup Semifinal 2nd leg, CZ leads 4-1 on aggregate)

Sunday, May 19th - home vs. Napredak Krusevac (last round of the Jelen Super Liga)

Thursday, May 23rd - neutral ground vs. Partizan or Radnicki Nis (Serbian Cup Final)

Radnicki Nis face our eternal rivals at the same time we are away in Lucani. Radnicki lost the first game away in Belgrade 1-0.
Well, we are down to 2 games left in the season.

We drew Mladost 0-0 away in Lucani to reach the Cup final. Partizan drew Radnick in Nis 1-1, which means an eternal derby in the Serbian Cup Final. We will play the derby at the Marakana instead of Nis as the security for the match has come into question. Players from both sides have also noted that the pitch in Nis is not up to standard and would prefer the match to be played in Belgrade.

Before then, we have a proper celebration for the title as we face Napredak Krusevac in our last league match at the Marakana. This will be a festive occasion as we will be celebrating our 30th domestic league title, which means a third star on our crest for next season as well as the 30th birthday of the Delije. Entrance is free and it's expected to be a full house. Celebrations start an hour before the match starts when the players will come out to lift the title.

Also, our home jersey for next season has been unveiled, and it's quite something.

 

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Milojevic is gone just as I predicted

They'd sell all his players, keep the profit, piss him off, force him out, and Partizan will win the league next season lol

It's so predictable. They only try to achieve something once every 10 years that's their goal. Make it to the CL group stages and rake in some money.

The naivety of some of you guys is hilarious thinking something would have changed.
Milojevic is staying, once more proving why he is the best coach we've had in a very long time. This is also why the Serbian sports media cannot always be trusted. Milojevic has very much shut them up regarding this with his decision.

For reference, if Milojevic wins the domestic title next season, he'll only be the second manager in Red Star Belgrade HISTORY to win three domestic league titles in a row. The first? Miljan Miljanic, the same Red Star Belgrade manager who defeated Liverpool over two legs and went on to manage Real Madrid to back to back La Liga titles in the mid 1970's. He also won the Copa del Rey in his first season in a domestic league-cup double. Miljanic managed to win 4 titles as Red Star Belgrade manager before moving on to Los Blancos. He is also the same manager who in legend fashion refused to travel to Belgrade for the second leg of the 1974/1975 Cup Winners Cup quarterfinal with Real facing Red Star noting "I cannot betray my own club." He stayed in Madrid and watched Real's 2-0 first leg lead evaporate in Belgrade. Red Star won 2-0 and the match went to penalties, in what has to be the second most famous penalty win in Red Star history after Bari in 1991. We lost to Fervernacos 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-final.

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