|Other names||Eternal derby|
|Locale||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|First meeting||12 August 1954|
|Latest meeting||4 October 2015|
|Meetings total||Total: 126
Official: 106 (League competition)
The Sarajevo derby (Vječiti derbi; Sarajevski derbi) is a match between rivals from Bosnia's capital city FK Željezničar Sarajevo and FK Sarajevo, the two biggest and most popular clubs in Bosnia, during which fans usually create a competitive atmosphere with a big flags, paper rolls, scarfs and loud chanting. It is not uncommon to see members of the same family on opposite sides, not speaking to each other on the day of the derby, with opposing fans engaging in mutual provocations at the end of the match, eagerly awaiting the next confrontation although, in recent years, this has led to clashes between some younger fans.
The history of the Sarajevo derby dates back to 1954, but the rivalry began eight years earlier. At the end of the Second World War the two major clubs in Sarajevo, SAŠK and Slavija, were disbanded by the new authorities which formed FK Sarajevo in 1945. Since the idea was for this new club to represent the city on a national level, SD Torpedo, as initially FK Sarajevo was called, needed the best players from the city. Numerous notable players were brought to the club, and they received good salaries for that time. On the other side, FK Željezničar Sarajevo is a club which was formed by a group of railway workers much earlier, in 1921. However, until then, during the pre-war period, they were in the shadow of SAŠK and Slavija and had never menaged to qualify to the Yugoslav Championship. Željezničar won the second-tier Bosnian championship title in 1946, as part of the Yugoslav football league system, and that achievement marked the beginning of their climb. After the war, these two clubs became the most prominent and successful in Sarajevo, and since then, the rivalry between the two has been intense.
FK Sarajevo supporters were considered to be upper-class individuals, mainly from Bosniak dominated old and central parts of town. On the other side, supporters of FK Željezničar were usually working-class with liberal image. Those differences were later partly erased. Both clubs have supporters from all classes and from all ethnic groups, even if FK Sarajevo fan base is still very predominately Bosniak. FK Željezničar have the image of liberal club and they are popular even among other supporters in the region, while FK Sarajevo's support outside Sarajevo comes mostly from the Bosniak dominated areas in the region and diaspora.
Since they played in different levels, first matches between FK Željezničar and FK Sarajevo were friendlies. The first official league match was held in 1954; FK Sarajevo won 6-1. That is still the biggest victory by any team in these matches.
As of 2015, 104 league matches have been played. Željezničar won 30 times, Sarajevo won 31 times, while 43 matches ended in a draw. Goal difference is 123-119 in FK Sarajevo's favour. In all competition Željezničar and Sarajevo have played 124 times, Sarajevo have won 39 times, Željezničar have won 38 times and 47 games end in a draw.
The Sarajevo derby is currently played twice a year in the Premier league, but they may also play against one another in other competitions. There are also friendly matches and games played in various tournaments. Although these games are not included in official statistics, they are just as important as the ones played in the league.
|Games||FKŽ wins||Draws||FKS wins||FKŽ goals||FKS goals|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup||14||4||4||6||19||21|
|Super Cup of Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||1||0||0||4||0|
as of 26 March 2014
Head-to-head ranking in Premier League of Bosnia
- Most appearances: Slobodan Janjuš - 21 (16 for Željezničar, 5 for Sarajevo)
- Best goalscorers: Asim Ferhatović (Sarajevo), Dželaludin Muharemović (Željezničar) - 6 goals
- Record win: Željezničar - Sarajevo 1:6 (October 10, 1954, first ever league derby)
- Biggest attendance: 55,000 (March 10, 1982, Koševo Stadium)
- Double victory (two wins in a season): Željezničar (1968/1969, 1989/90, 2000/2001); Sarajevo (1955/1956, 1966/1967, 1998/1999, 2006/2007);
- Longest unbeaten run: 11 games (Sarajevo: June 6, 1963 - December 1, 1968; Željezničar: October 15, 2000 - April 5, 2006)
- Longest unbeaten run (home): 17 games (Željezničar: April 3, 1977 - October 26, 1997)
- Longest unbeaten run (away): 6 games (Sarajevo: June 2, 1963 - June 29, 1969; Željezničar: April 28, 2001 - April 21, 2007)
- Longest winning run: 3 games (Željezničar: May 14, 1988 - December 10, 1989; Sarajevo: April 5, 2006 - April 21, 2007)
- Longest winning run (home): 3 games (Željezničar two times: August 23, 1981 - March 18, 1984 & October 10, 1999 - May 11, 2002)
- Longest winning run (away): Two games by both teams on several occasions;
- Radmilo Mihajlović is the only player to score a hat-trick. (September 7, 1986, Željezničar won 4-1).
Note that only league matches are included in statistics. Cup, other tournaments and friendly matches are not included.
|FK Željezničar Sarajevo||The Maniacs||South|
|FK Sarajevo||Horde Zla||North|
Probably the best known thing about the Sarajevo derby are the fans. Usually, they are much more exciting to watch than the game itself. Especially in recent times, since the Bosnian championship has at times lacked in quality. Fans create an impressive atmosphere with loud cheering and original choreography. Both sides prepare intensely between the matches, make large flags and special messages that are appropriate for that particular occasion, to be usually directed towards the opposing side.
FK Željezničar's most passionate fans (wearing blue) are called Manijaci because their love for the club is on the edge of insanity, so it is said. They are located on the South side of stadium (the Holy South as they call it). The older fans ones are known affectionately as the Košpicari (which can metaphorically be translated as "seed eaters", although the name itself has different meaning - namely that of "seed sellers").
FK Sarajevo's most passionate fans (crimson) are called the Horde Zla (Evil hordes) after the popular Zagor comic book. In home games at Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, they are located on the North stands, while the older fans are known as the Pitari (similar to the Košpicari etymology except referring to pie and not seeds) and they are mainly on the East side.
When the derby is played on Grbavica Stadium, Horde zla are on the East and NE side of the stadium, The Maniacs are on the South and West side, while the Pitari and Košpicari are on the North. When the games is played on Koševo, The Maniacs are on the South and SW side, Horde zla on the North and the East. Pitari are on the East as well. West stands are mixed with both Pitari and Košpicari sitting there.
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|Derby FK Sarajevo - FK Željezničar in Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1946–1992|
|Total games||N/A||N/A||Total games|
|Goals For||Goals Against|
|Goals Against||Goals For|
|#||Date||Stadium||Home||Score||Away||Report||Watch on YouTube|
|1||29 December 1946||Željezničar||9:1||Torpedo||Report|
|2||November 1978||Željezničar||4:0||Sarajevo||1978–79 Yugoslav Cup|
Results 1992-Present Day
|Derby FK Sarajevo - FK Željezničar in First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992–Present Day|
|Total games||42||42||Total games|
|Goals For||40||40||Goals Against|
|Goals Against||34||34||Goals For|
Third football club from Sarajevo is Olimpic; located in the small neighbourhood of Otoka. It has been part of Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2009–10 season and their support group is very small. Olimpic's games between its rivals of FK Sarajevo and FK Zeljeznicar in town are known as little town derby (Mali gradski derbi). 
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