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The Mostar Derby: Velež vs Zrinjski

Created with Sketch. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
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Duration

4 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Max 12 people

Languages

English

Overview

The city of Mostar is a historical and architectural pearl located in the Herzegovina region. Its charming streets and memorable attractions are along the way that leads to its famous landmark – The Old Bridge, a symbol of reconciliation and coexistence of diverse cultural, ethnic and religious communities. On the other hand, colourful scenery such as the historical bazaar of Kujundžiluk will leave you speechless.

Nevertheless, this magnificent city is still deeply divided between the Croatian community which lives in the western part of the Neretva river, and the (mostly Muslim) Bosnian community which lives in the eastern part. These two sides were never really on the same page, their ideologies heavily diverged during the World War Two, and later in the 90’s their differences and conflicts escalated. Throughout all those decades, this polarisation has been represented by two football clubs FK Zrinjski and FK Velež. The former was founded by Croatian youths in 1905, thus becoming the first football club in Bosnia and Herzegovina and is to this day associated to the Croatian nationalist movement – while the latter is the only club from former Yugoslavia which preserved its left wing orientation.

Velež and Zrinjski took on each other for the first time in 1922 which makes the Mostar Derby the oldest major derby game in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Over the course of many heated clashes, the animosity and tensions have been rising, which is perfectly illustrated by an event from the 90’s during the war of Yugoslavia – the historic ground of Velež called ‘Bijeli Brijeg’ found itself deep inside of the Croatian territory and the club was forced to look for a new home. Nowadays they play at ‘Rođeni’ stadium in the eastern part of Mostar. And guess who plays at ‘Bijeli Brijeg’ stadium? Zrinjski. And that is just a tiny part of this football derby and its history, heavily influenced by politics and ethnicity like no other football rivalry in the world…

Want to explore more and experience the Mostar Derby? Book your trip with Homefans now, get carried away and let our local host show you the magic of Mostar and all the bits of one of the most complex football rivalries in the world.

Fixtures awaited there are no scheduled fixtures for this Derby at this stage – use the enquiry box if you would like to be kept up to date with any developments.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience one of the most complex and heated underground derbies on Earth
  • Get immersed into local lifestyle and football culture
  • Two stadium visits - both arch-rivals
  • Optional trip to Sarajevo or local ancient wineries in Herzegovina

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to Bosnia & Herzegovina
Day 1 - Welcome to Bosnia & Herzegovina

As soon as you arrive safely to Sarajevo international airport, airport transfer will be waiting for you to take you to Mostar. After a 2 hour drive, you will be able to check-in in an excellent 4-star hotel in the heart of Mostar where you will meet you local host, a Homefans football fanatic and an expert in local football. Feel free to refresh a little bit, and then let our local host take you to show you around. As soon as you get your first glimpses of Mostar, get ready for a pub crawl in some of the most authentic pubs in town.

Day 2 - City tour and Stadium visits
Day 2 - City tour and Stadium visits

Time to live experience Mostar like a local and get familiar with its authentic football culture! Our local host will make you feel like at home and help you immerse yourself in the unique vibe of this European marvel. Sneak around and experience the famous Old Bridge, hidden alleys of Kujundžiluk Bazaar, local taverns, magnificent food and people. Learn about the turbulent history of Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and former Yugoslavia through war scars, secret spots, and our local hosts nail-biting stories.

After that, get ready to be fired up by some old-school football grounds! You will visit the stadiums of both arch-rivals. First up - Rođeni stadium, the home of FK Velež. Learn about the club’s history, its ups and downs, its left wing orientation, and also about its loyal supporters - the Red Army. After that, we move on to the Zrinjski experience - learn all the bits about this club from our local storyteller and visit the controversial stadium Pod Bijelim Brijegom, which once belonged to Velež but due to war circumstances is nowadays the home of their bitter rivals.

Day 3 - Match day
Day 3 - Match day

Finally, the match day! After a high-quality warm-up during the previous days, you will by now be familiar with the foreknowledge and ‘heaviness’ of this derby, so you can enjoy its intense experience to the fullest. In the morning you’ll have some free time to do your own thing. Later, around noon, you will meet the rest of the group and you will have access to a perfect local pre-game with local fans. Rest assured you’ll feel like a real local fan, including all the authentic football rituals characteristic for the Mostar Derby. When the time comes, our local host will guide you safely to your seats as the party in the stands is already kicking off. Energy, insults, chants, flares, everything is included!

Enjoy your (for most people) once-in-a-lifetime Mostar Derby experience, a game to remember. While the quality of football itself is not quite excellent, what happens in the stands and the passion and animosity between the opposing supporter groups will blow you away!

After the game the group will decide whether to go for some night life and pubs, or back to the hotel to relax after an intense experience.

Day 4 - Time to say Goodbye
Day 4 - Time to say Goodbye

From this day on, when all your intense Mostar memories settle, you will be richer for on hell of and experience and a totally new football perspective. On your last day, make sure you say goodbye to this mythical place in style, and keep in touch with your new friends. Mostar and Homefans will be happy and excited to see you again on another football adventure!

Included/Excluded

  • Match ticket (Long Side)
  • 3 nights in a 4* hotel in Mostar (Twin Room)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Velež experience and stadium visit
  • Zrinjski experience and stadium visit
  • City tour
  • Local host
  • Group activities and warm ups
  • Airport transfer
  • Optional trip to Sarajevo or local ancient wineries in Herzegovina
  • Insurance
  • Return Flights
  • Single room (available for surcharge)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

FAQs

Will the stadiums be open in 2021/22? At what capacity?

Homefans believe that stadiums will be open to fans, however we cannot at this stage confirm what the capacity will be.  However our flexible booking policies mean that if the stadium will only accept 50% fans and you decide you only want to travel with 100% attendance you can swap to another venue or another date.

Will I need to prove I am vaccinated? Or show a negative test?

This will vary destination to destination and based on your nationality and age. Therefore Homefans are not able to advise on this.  Please check the foreign ministry of your destination and home country and the stadium requirements.  Again, if you find the requirements too much you can defer to later in the season/year when they relax further.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away- should I still book?

We believe so, we all need something to look forward to.  But we understand that people may be apprehensive which is why we have created a flexible cancellation policy which means in the event that the event does not happen the amount paid simply becomes Homefans credit. 

 

You can transfer this to a later date (with no time limit), transfer to another tour, or even give it to a friend. This flexibility also applies if you decide to cancel for any reason (as long as you give us 45 days notice)

Do I have to pay the full amount when I book?

No, you can secure your place with a deposit of just 30%, then pay the balance at least 4 weeks before your trip date depending on your destination.

Where in the stadiums will we be sitting?

If we know where you will be sitting we always mention this is in the inclusions section.

 

Unfortunately we are not always able to tell you that at the time of booking, however our destination managers work tirelessly to make sure you get the best seats. We always aim for the long side of the home supporters section.

How many people will be on the tour?

The maximum number of people the host will allow is stated above. However this number may not always be met and it may even be possible that your party is on the tour on your own. Higher numbers make for a more sociable experience, lower numbers make for more personalised attention from your host. Look at it as a win/win!

Can children / young adults join the tour?

If we can accept children there will be an option in the booking flow. However for many trips our local hosts take the decision, based on the content of the tour, to open this up to adults only. If you are looking to travel with under 18’s, please feel free to contact us and we can discuss your options.

Can you cater to dietary needs or requirements?

Our local hosts will do everything they can to cater to travellers’ needs. It’s a good idea to share your requirements at the time of booking so that our host is able to make the required preparations

Will I have to share a room?

In order to keep the costs low we always offer prices based on 2 sharing. If you make a booking for an odd number of people you or another member of your party may be paired with another traveller of the same sex. If you wish you may pay a supplement for a guaranteed single room. Simply make your booking as normal and get in touch with us to arrange this.

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