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The Red Journey

A story where take a club from one of Europe's lower leagues to make them a worldwide force to be reckoned with!
Started on 8 April 2014 by TVDLC123
Latest Reply on 11 July 2014 by Justice
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Told you that you can beat Udinese! Great job!
@Aaron - Yep, although I was just as shocked :P
@Pauker - Thanks :)

Ninkovic ‘We can win the league’
Red Star and Partizan are the two clear favourites for the title

Red Star Belgrade’s central attacking midfield star, Milos Ninkovic, has stated in a recent interview that he believes that their current team, led by Robert Prosine?ki, is fully capable of being a serious contender for the Serbian SuperLeague title. These comments come a few days before Red Star’s opening day match against Sloboda.

If Red Star are successful in winning the league, they will break Partizan’s 6 year grip on the trophy, a run that started back in 2008. The league has always, historically been contested between the two fierce rivals, with only one account where the trophy has ended up elsewhere in the competitions history, back in 1998, when now amateur club, Obilic Belgrade shocked the world by winning it. Red Star’s last win in the 06/07 season was the last season in Serbian football before the new league system was introduced, removing the promotion and relegation groups, and converting it to the conventional style league system. They were coached by Dušan ?urovski during this time, and they relied heavily on the likes of Dušan ?oki?, who ended up being their top goal scorer in that campaign.

Their expected-to-be strongest competitors for the league, Partizan, have already strengthened a fair bit in this window, with the loan deal bringing Jawad Boukabous from Roma, and the transfer of centre back, Stefan Nikolic from Steaua being the most prominent. Red Star have only so far completed the signing of Brazilian defensive midfielder, Paulo Assuncao this window, however, they are expected to bring in another wide player before the window is over, even with their financial constraints.

Partizan captain Sasa Ilic replied to the comments earlier today, with this quote,

‘While Red Star might think they have a chance, they are kidding no-one. Everyone knows that we are the strong favourites, and without an absolute disaster, I can’t see how we can lose the title, especially considering the players we have brought in.’

Only time will tell who is right, but the title race starts on Saturday, when Partizan travel to OFK Beograd, and Red Star host Sloboda.
Nice write up!! I know you will win it.
I wish you luck, hope you win.
@BayernAmerica - Thanks, hopefully :)
@bebero - Cheers :)
I hope you win it, Should be an interesting game.
@Josh - Yeah, but its about the title in general, I suppose the picture is a bit misleading :P

Red Star get opening day victory

Red Star Belgrade managed to take all 3 points in their opening day encounter with Sloboda, courtesy of striker Filip Kasalica. The team performed well, and this victory sent a signal to title rivals Partizan, who only managed to draw in their opening game.

The game started fairly evenly, with both teams getting early chances, but with both defence’s staying strong. However, in the 15th minute, Red Star launched a counter attack, and Milos Ninkovic managed to play a perfectly-weighted pass through to Filip Kasalica, who raced past the defence, and fired a left footed shot into the bottom of the net to give his side the lead. Sloboda reacted well, and began to dominate, and only were prevented from equalising from a great display from keeper, Bajkovic.

The 2nd half began in the same fashion, however Red Star quickly began to regain their footing in the game, with a plethora of corners, almost resulting in another goal, with Araujo only denied by the bar. The home side continued in this vain for the rest of the half, hitting the framework again, but unable to tuck away their chances. A drastic change of tactics by Slodoba’s manager saw them threaten in the late stages of the game, but Red Star’s defence managed to hold on to give their side a 1-0 win.

Before the win, Red Star were part of the draw for the Europa League Playoff, where they got another very hard draw, as they were pitted against Russian giants Spartak Moscow, for a place in the group stages of the prestigious competition. The side features the likes of Salvatore Bocchetti and Aiden McGeady, and are favourites to go through to the next round. Apart from this, the other big matchup saw the Croatian team, Hajduk drawn against Fiorentina. The Italian side will be without Juan Cuadrado, who was sold to Chelsea earlier this window.

Thriller in Cair!

An 8 goal thriller took place in Cair, Nis, with the visitors, Red Star, eventually coming out triumphant in the end against Radnicki, thanks to a stunning display by forward Filip Kasalica. The win see’s the club move to the top if the league for now, and increases their squad’s morale, ahead of their Europa League Playoff match against Spartak Moscow.

The match began with Red Star holding most of the ball, and getting most of early chances. The culminated in the 16th minute, when a clever header on by Kovacevic, was reached by Kasalica, who hit a powerful shot to give Red Star the lead. The celebrations of the traveling fans were cut short when Hadzibulic got the ball 30 yards from goal, before unleashing a lethal effort which flew into the top corner; his first goal for the club. Red Star soon regained their lead however, when Kasalica dribbled his way through the opposition defence, and slid his finish under the keeper. Despite heavy pressure from Red Star, Radnicki managed to hold on until the 41st minute when a corner resulted in Marco Araujo hitting the bar, but the ball fell conveniently for his fellow centre back Darko Lazic, who tapped home to give his side a 3-1 lead going to half-time.

As the 2nd half started, it was clear to see that what Radnicki’s manager, Dragoljub Bekvalac, said to his team, had made a significant difference, as they came out all guns blazing. This was rewarded in the 51st minute when left mid Trisovic was played through, and he keep calm to slot home, to bring his side back into the game. Both sides shared the next 15 minutes, with both getting good chances. It was Red Star, and their striker Filip Kasalica again however who completed his hat trick in the 67th minute, after Petrovic brought down Araujo in the box, resulting in a penalty, which the Montenegrin fired into the back of the net. Red Star continued to have most of the possession, and pretty much settled the tie when Kasalica was set through by Ninkovic, and he hit a placed shot well into the back of the net, to score his outstanding, 4th goal of the game. A rare corner for Radnicki in the closing stages resulted in another goal for Trisovic, but by the final whistle, the score was 5-3, and everyone knew the day belonged to Filip Kasalica.
Nice update! Looked like a very exciting game!
Go Partizan! Wait, what team are you ;)? Nice wins btw :D
@Josh - Thanks, yeah, it was :P
@Pauker - Traitor! ;P Thanks
Nice red squiggly lines under the scorers' names ;)
Great start, I'm enjoying this!

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