by igor tešić
"Football is fun, football is game, football is passion, football is love. All of that is in a football club with a witty name – Rekreativo from Banja Luka.
Unique in the world! Have players, don’t have board, don’t have coach, compete in the lowest active league because they can’t be relegated, and have members which in their showcases have trophies that would make even Real Madrid envy them.
"People is that possible“, screamed deceased commentator Mladen Delić on Yugoslavia – Bulgaria (3:2) game in Split when Ljuba Radanović in last seconds led blues on big competition.
The readers of this text are wondering themselves the same thing now.
Well, it’s possible indeed. Football Club Rekreativo from Banja Luka in just one year of existence became one of the most famous clubs in Republic of Srpska thanks to enthusiasm of 20 football players.
After decay of FC Sinđelić, which was closed due to financial – administrative problems they decided to register club on 4th August 2009 because of pure love to football, and from very own pockets which was named by physical (un)readiness, and not by better known spanish team from Huelva.
Idea was simple – to have fun on football pitch and hang out after games with box of beer, and soon on the so-called ‘Third Half’ were many more fans than on the game. Spontaneously ‘fell’ first fan song ‘Pivo, pivo, Rekreativo’ (Beer, beer, Rekreativo) which later became slogan… And as drinking large amounts of barley-hops juice is growing confidence fans named themselves ‘Gromada’ (Large Rock).
Players wanted to prevent fans in order to chant ‘Board out’, so they named management from their own ranks with same rights and duties like musketeers. So, all for one, one for all!
On one of third half was decided also that the stadium carries the name of greatest thinker of Ex Yugoslavia Dr Nele Karajlić and when frontmen from Zabranjeno Pušenje (No smoking) heard about this he was delighted. “I thought i would die laughing“ was the first reaction of Nenad Janković which was named honorary president.
Besides him fans and members of the club became celebrated serbian director Emir Kusturica and whole ‘No Smoking orchestra’. On their concerts around the world, you can always see members of the band in Rekreativo T-shirts.”