The charity “Zajedno za život” continued the trend of organizing major humanitarian football matches, and this time football aces gathered on the field wearing the OFK Belgrade jersey. On Wednesday, September 4th, at 6 pm, a large number of well-known football players who wore blue and white jersey for the last 30 years, came to the ground of the Youth Stadium, all with the sole purpose of helping to cure the sick children.
This charity match also marked the 108th birthday of OFK Belgrade. Every visitor who attended the Karaburma stadium that day bought his ticket by sending a message to 8495, thus becoming a donor to the Together for Life charity and its Children’s Aid Fund.
This great football charity event exuded positive energy and a reminder of some of the more beautiful days of “Romantics” from Karaburma, which will surely return if judging by the reactions of the audience who came to greet the aces of OFK Belgrade in large numbers and to support the seriously ill children in the healing process.
The football players were divided into two teams, namely the “White” and “Blue” teams. It is interesting that for this match there are specially designed jerseys that are modeled on jerseys from the history of the club from Karaburma.
The Blue played in 1955 replica jerseys when OFK Belgrade won the second of four Yugoslav Cups, with the team led by basketball coach Vlade Djurović. The Whites played in the 1973 jerseys when OFK Belgrade played the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup. The coach of that team was Dejan Savić, the coach of Serbia’s water polo player.
Also honored as guests of honor were basketball player Nataša Kovačević and legendary OFK Belgrade player Ilija Petković.
For the white team were:
Stevanović, Milić (goalkeepers), Nuhi, Žeravica, Mirković, Nikolić, Stanić, Vučićević, Begović, Jevtić, Sljivić, Bajalica, Jokić, Grncarov, Stevanović, Pantić.
For the blue team they performed:
Topalović, Knežević (goalkeepers), Djokaj, Matić, Lazarević, Brkić, Trišović, Jelić, Planić, Damjanović, Mirković, Manojlović, Dragelević, Lakušić, Janković, Popadić, Ristović.
The final result of the match was 3:3, although it did not matter in the end, it was important that significant funds were raised for the Children’s Aid Fund, which was launched by the “Together for Life” charity, as every visitor who He came to the match to buy his ticket by sending a humanitarian SMS to 8495, and thus became a donor.
The founder of the “Together for Life” charity, Jovan Simić, expressed his gratitude to OFK Belgrade for its hospitality, as well as all the football players who were present at this match.
- I heartily thank all the players who came and took the time to participate in this Humanitarian game. Thank you OFK Belgrade for putting our humane mission in celebration of its 108th birthday and helping us spread awareness about helping the families of sick children. This was another great football afternoon, as always our actions exude positive, healthy energy, although the goal we gather is sad, but only so can we help parents and children through a smile and a healthy story, and then everything is easier. We always love when our events are full of kids at our events, which means we bring the sport back to the people, and use it for the best of our purposes – to help someone.
The Chairman of the Board of OFK Belgrade, Nino Došen Majkić, was also pleased with the work done.
- We sent a strong message of community today. The message is that the children who are struggling with their parents are not alone, and that there are people who are ready to help during difficult times and I am glad that today there are many people in the stands to accompany this magnificent game. Also, we sent a message that OFK Belgrade is still alive, fighting, and that we will not surrender until we return it to a place that belongs to it, which is the Superliga.