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Champions of Serbia 1946

After the first post-WW2 football tournament played between 2 and 9 September 1945, it has been decided that all republics in the People’s Republic of Yugoslavia are ready to play their football leagues.

The format of the competition was somewhat confusing for today’s standards. Namely, Serbia was divided into regions of which each had its own mini-leagues. Crvena zvezda initially competed in the Dunav (“The Danube”) mini-league along with Metalac, Borac, Grafičar, Sloboda, Drvodeljac, Vračar and Železničar and finished top ahead of second-placed Metalac. The team was led by top scorer Kosta Tomašević who scored 21 goals.

Second stage of the competiton was played to determine the champions of Belgrade. Zvezda just lost out on this title with Metalac pipping Svetislav Glišović’s men on goal difference.

But that second place was enough for Crvena zvezda to qualify for the final stage of the Championship of Serbia.  Zvezda’s rivals were Metalac, Borča, Železničar, Jedinstvo and Radnički.

It didn’t start well as Zvezda were beaten by Borac in Čačak, but that 2-1 defeat later proved to be the only reverse of the season and the Belgrade team were crowned Champions of Serbia by beating Železničar 4-1 on the final day of the competition.

This title also meant that Crvena zvezda qualified for the next season’t Yugoslav championship.

The best scorer of the competiton was Crvena zvezda’s Jovan Jezerkić.

Squad: Ljubomir Lovrić, Mladen Kašanin, Branko Stanković, Miomir Petrović, Predrag Đajić, Milenko Drakulić, Milan Krstić, Rajko Mitić, Kosta Tomašević, Jovan Jezerkić, Aleksandar Atanacković, Miodrag Savić, Đura Horvatinović, Milovan Ćirić, Ljubiša Spajić, Vladimir Pečenić and Miodrag Petrović.

Head Coach: Svetislav Glišović

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