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Season review: Serbia

Published: Wednesday 8 July 2015, 9.22CET
FK Partizan won the Serbian title for the seventh time in eight seasons but were denied the double by FK Čukarički, who celebrated the first trophy in their 89-year existence.
by Aleksandar Bošković
from Belgrade
Season review: Serbia
Partizan finished seven points clear at the top of the Serbian Super League ©AFP/Getty Images

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Published: Wednesday 8 July 2015, 9.22CET

Season review: Serbia

FK Partizan won the Serbian title for the seventh time in eight seasons but were denied the double by FK Čukarički, who celebrated the first trophy in their 89-year existence.

Champions: FK Partizan
Partizan lost just once in capturing their 26th Yugoslav/Serbian title, the same number Belgrade rivals and deposed champions FK Crvena zvezda have to their name. A spring coaching change, Zoran Milinković replaced Marko Nikolić, did little to disrupt the Black-and-Whites as they were crowned for the seventh time in eight campaigns. "We kept our level up all season and were the best when it mattered," said Partizan's 37-year-old captain Saša Ilić. "That quality made the difference."

Cup final: FK Čukarički 1-0 FK Partizan
Čukarički became the fifth different Serbian Cup winner in as many seasons. Slavoljub Srnić's 39th-minute goal secured the first trophy in Čukarički's 89-year history, denying Partizan the domestic double. "We are an organised club with lot of quality players and great motivation," said coach Vladan Milojević.

European places
FK Partizan – UEFA Champions League from second qualifying round
FK Crvena zvezda – UEFA Europa League from first qualifying round
FK Čukarički – UEFA Europa League from first qualifying round
FK Vojvodina – UEFA Europa League from first qualifying round

Player of the year: Predrag Rajković (FK Crvena zvezda)
Crvena zvezda captain and keeper Predrag Rajković rounded off an impressive season with success on the international stage. The 19-year-old conceded the fewest goals in the Super League, 20, and last month was awarded the golden glove for his ever-present role in Serbia's FIFA U-20 World Cup triumph in New Zealand.

One to watch: Andrija Živković (FK Partizan)
The 18-year-old excelled in the spring, when he scored four of his five league goals and two more in the cup. A winger capable of playing on either flank, Živković, already capped at senior international level, was one of the stars of Serbia's U-20 World Cup victory.

Leading scorer: Eze Friday (FK Mladost Lučani) – 15

Relegated: FK Radnički 1923, FK Donji Srem, FK Napredak

Promoted: FK Radnik Surdulica, FK Javor, FK Metalac

Last updated: 08/07/15 9.27CET

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