Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Badge of the Day #2 (Velež Mostar)

Presenting the second in the series of recently-acquired European football lapel badges, on this occasion featuring another of the clubs encountered during that initiatory-revelatory season of 1974-75, Velež Mostar, then of Yugoslavia (for which we, here at TOoT, inevitably suffer pangs of 'Ostalgie') but latterly & now more locally of Bosnia-Hercegovina.

Velež obviously registered on the radar courtesy of their UEFA Cup Third Round clash with Derby County, from which they emerged triumphant on an aggregate of 5 - 4, overturning a 1 - 3 first, away, leg deficit in the process, which one assumes would have been a stirring comeback, albeit in apparently controversial circumstances, having reached that stage of the competition after eliminating two other favourite-to-be European teams in the form of Spartak Moscow & Rapid Vienna before succumbing in the Quarter Finals to eventual losing finalists Twente Enschede.
Subsequent seasons have failed to replicate a similar level of European club football success, & Velež have thus far not been able to achieve a level of eminence in Bosnian domestic soccer that they, for a period during the 1970s - 80s, managed in Yugoslavia, but still the very name exerts a powerful attraction.

In terms of the details of badge itself, the logo is a rather groovy one & the legend 'Fudbalski Klub' is another obvious attraction, adding that touch of East European exoticism, with 'fudbalski' being rather more poetic than mere 'football'.

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