Great Reputations: Red Star Belgrade 1973-74 – the team that changed English football

IN 1978, Chelsea chairman Brian Mears, desperate to change the fortunes of his ailing club, started to court Miljan Miljanić the Yugoslav coach rated among the best in Europe. Miljanić sat in the Stamford Bridge stands, dark glasses shielding him … Continue reading Great Reputations: Red Star Belgrade 1973-74 – the team that changed English football

Red ink for Red Star

AS MUCH of Europe settles in for a winter break, the team that can go into the holiday season with a feeling of “job done” is Red Star Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda). Serbia’s most popular team has an astonishing 25-point lead at the top of the table after 20 wins from 22 games. But there’s been plenty of activity in Belgrade as Christmas approaches. Red Star have just agreed to sell their most prized asset, midfielder Marko Grujic, to Liverpool for £5.1m. Red Star were in dire need of the cash and appeared keen to push the transfer through as soon … Continue reading Red ink for Red Star

The Red Star doesn’t shine so brightly these days

In the second instalment of our Balkan Trilogy, we look at the last team from Eastern Europe to win the European Cup, Red Star Belgrade. Before Glasnost and the Yugoslav war, teams from the east were difficult opponents. The “crack” eastern European teams used to present a real hurdle in European competition, especially in the away leg, when sorties into the Eastern Bloc were invariably described as a “trip into the unknown”. Clubs like Ferencvaros and Ujpest Dosza (Hungary), CSKA and Levski Sofia (Bulgaria), Rapid Bucharest (Romania), Dukla and Sparta Prague (Czechoslavakia) and of course, East Germany’s Carl Zeiss Jena … Continue reading The Red Star doesn’t shine so brightly these days