Stadion Rajko Mitić (Marakana)
|123 (VIP seats)
|374 (Press seats)
|FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star FC)
|01.09.1963 (Crvena Zvezda - NK Rijeka 2-1)
|110 000 (Crvena Zvezda - Ferencvaros 2-2, 23.04.1975)
|Ljutice Bogdana 1a, 11000 Beograd
Stadion Rajko Mitić – stadium description
First ground in this location was built in 1927. The 30,000-capacity venue was home to SK Jugoslavija, club disbanded by authorities after WWII. Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) was formed in return, soon gaining popularity and success. Memorable games include European Cup quarterfinal against Manchester United, after which returning English players' plane crashed in Munich.
Erection of new stadium started in 1960 with last game of Crvena Zvezda played in late December 1959. Capacity was supposed to be at nearly 90,000, forcing authorities do deepen the seating bowl by 12 meters, creating a crater in the ground. First game was played on Sept 1st 1963, though construction wasn't finished until 1964. Inauguration brought 55,000 people, but later the same season app. 108,000 watched derby game against Partizan. New record was broken with the same game in 1975 and 110,000 people in attendance. It was games like these that earned the ground its nickname – Marakana – making comparison to the famous Brazilian stadium.
In 1990's raising safety standard forced capacity to drop significantly. Installation of seats instead of benches and terracing brought number of viewers down to less than 60,000. In 2008 announcement of new stadium construction was made, but due to lack of progress constant renovations are being done to improve the venue until new project goes forward.
In December 2014 the general assembly of Crvena Zvezda decided to rename the stadium to honour Rajko Mitić, the first of Red Star's great legends.
Serbia: Belgrade's Marakana Stadium set for a $205.5 million revamp
The Serbian government proposes a monumental $205.5 million refurbishment for Belgrade's iconic Rajko Mitić Stadium, aiming to elevate its stature in European football and continue its legacy of hosting historic football moments.
Serbia: The legendary “Marakana” will be demolished?!
Rajko Mitić Stadium, also known as the “Marakana”, is the largest venue in Serbia, where both the country's national team and its most successful club, FK Crvena zvezda, play their matches. It appears that within the next few years it may disappear from the map of Belgrade!
Belgrade: A tank outside Red Star stadium
A controversial monument was placed outside Red Star Belgrade stadium. A tank, which is a popular Red Star fans’ symbol, causes heated debate among football fans all around the world.
Serbia: No national stadium in Belgrade
According to Novosti, the vision of a brand new stadium in Belgrade is already dead. Instead, both major clubs from the capital will see investments into their stadia.
Belgrade: National stadium to be built in Zemun
Capacity of the planned stadium in Belgrade will still be 50,000. But its location has changed to Zemun, the north-western district of Serbia’s capital city.
Serbia: Site examinations for new national stadium
On Monday the Serbian football federation will visit two sites considered as potential locations of new national stadium. None of them lies near central Belgrade.
Serbia: State to co-fund national stadium
After poor performance in Euro 2016 qualifiers, Serbia wants to rebuild its position partly with a new national stadium. Up to 60% of the project would be state-funded.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
Belgrade: Serious damages after Eternal Derby
Yesterday’s 148th “Eternal Derby” of Belgrade began with scenes of heavy violence in the east and north stands of Marakana. Hundreds of seats and railings were used as missiles against police forces.
Belgrade: Red Star stadium to change name – no more Marakana?
Today shareholders decided to rename Crvena Zvezda’s stadium name in honor of Ratko Mitić, one of the club’s greatest legends.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
Euro 2020: All you need to know about interested countries
Or, in other words, all we were able to find digging a lot deeper than just the brief info released by UEFA. It took us a while, but this is – according to our knowledge – the most comprehensive analysis of Euro 2020 potential bids.
Belgrade: Half a century of Marakana
Red Star celebrated their stadium's 50th anniversary tonight. Free tickets and festive atmosphere were somewhat spoiled by events on the pitch, where little known rivals refused to lose with a last-gasp attempt.
Euro 2020: Confirmed candidates list
Despite UEFA approving bids of up to two stadia per country, most national federations across Europe only expressed interest to host Euro 2020 at one stadium. Here's the list of all confirmed bids.
Serbia: New national stadium at Marakana?
According to the national football association, there's only one ground eligible for the site of future national stadium. That of course is Marakana. FSS suggests a partnership between Crvena Zvezda and the government to make it happen.
Attendances: Most interesting numbers of 10+ Ranking 2013 (part 1)
Some of you already know them from our facebook account, others may have their very first look at some of Europe's most impressive attendances in football. Part 1 presents clubs that gained/lost most fans last season, as well as clubs that reign their countries in terms of home crowds.
Serbia: National stadium outside of Belgrade?
Sounds almost absurd, but with the city’s stiff opposition to giving land for free, relocating to the outskirts may be the only viable option for Serbian FA (FSS). Or at least those are the hopes of Pećinci, a modest commune west of the capital.