Fudbalski klub Partizan (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Партизан, IPA: [partǐzaːn]), commonly known as Partizan Belgrade (Serbian: Партизан Београд / Partizan Beograd) or simply Partizan, is a Serbian professional football club based in Belgrade. It forms a major part of the Partizan Sports Association. The club plays in the Serbian SuperLiga and has spent its entire history in the top tier of Yugoslav and Serbian football having won a total of 41 trophies, 26 national championships, 13 national cups, 1 national super-cup as well as 1 Mitropa Cup, and finished in the Yugoslav league all-time table as second.
Partizan was founded by young high officers of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) in 1945 in Belgrade, as part of the Yugoslav Sports Association Partizan. Their home ground is the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade, where they have played since 1949. Partizan holds records such as playing in the first European Champions Cup match in 1955, as well as becoming the first Balkan and Eastern European football club to reach the European Champions Cup final, when it did so in 1966. Partizan is the first and only Serbian club to compete in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.
The club has a long-standing rivalry with Red Star Belgrade. Matches between these two clubs are known as the eternal derby and rate as one of the greatest cross-town clashes in the world. In September 2009, the British newspaper Daily Mail ranked the Red Star–Partizan derby fourth among the ten greatest football rivalries of all time. FK Partizan is the second-most popular football club in Serbia. The club is also very popular in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska. Partizan also have many supporters in all the other former-Yugoslav republics and in the Serbian and Yugoslav diasporas.
Partizan youth academy is one of the most renowned and export oriented in Europe. CIES (University of Neuchâtel International Centre for Sports Studies) Football Observatory report of November 2015 ranks Partizan Belgrade at the top place of training clubs out of the 31 European leagues surveyed.Close