Belgrade, Serbia’s capital, is a city of tranquillity and noise, of peace and conflict, and of spirit and science. It has a long and storied history, glorious food (we’ve tested and it is delicious!), and a passionate populace. Music, food, art, history, sports, parks, lakes, rivers, capitalism, communism and more – Belgrade has it all.
The two clubs, Red Star and Partizan have a fierce rivalry throughout many sports, including basketball and handball. However, the greatest of these rivalries is in the world of football, worldwide called “Eternal Belgrade”, where the two Serbian clubs have dominated the domestic game.
The two clubs were born out of the ashes of the Second World War, and have battled with each other as well as with Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split (the former Big 4 of Yugoslavia). The games have often been marred by violence between fans, and undercurrents of nationalism have always existed, especially in the early era. Flags, flares, and frustration are a staple of the matchup, with a fever-pitch atmosphere at every game, which often spills over.
In this tour, you will be accompanied by Ivan, one of Homefans’s directors and English Speaking Homefans Local Host. We will begin in Dorcol neighbourhood – Partizan fans district. Home of well-known graffiti of their famous supporters and one of the most fierce fan groups. But also a touristic district with a lot of bars and pubs and a charming place to sit down and drink some beers. After taking some photos in the murals, we will have an exclusive Stadium Tour and finish in the club’s store.
Then, we will make our way to Senjak neighbourhood – Red Star fans district. We will visit the hood of fierce Red Star fans with the oldest graffiti in the city (from the ’90s) guarded by the fans 24/7. Now it is time for a Red Star Stadium & Museum at Marakana Stadium, one of the most fiercely grounds in the world.
As a final stop, we will chill at Red Star Cafe and order some craft beers. The first round is on us!