When Sarajevo was an Olympic City in 1984 I was 11 so they were the first Olympics I really followed. Actually I was glued to the television. This hasn't changed until today, I still watch lots of telly when the Olympics are on and I am dreaming of going to the Games one day.
Vucko, a little wolf, was the mascot of the Olympics and he was my first love ;) I absolutely loved the cartoons including him and the way he howled "Sarajevooooooo" everytime I switched on the telly. I started drawing him and that's what I did all the time during and after the Olympics which lasted from 8-19 February 1984. They were the first and only Winter Olympics which were hosted by a communist country.
You can read more about these Olympic Games here: http://www.olympic.org/uk/games/past/index_uk.asp?OLGT=2&OLGY=1984
When we were in Sarajevo in 2007 a lot has changed in the city since its Olympics days. The war in the 1990s destroyed a lot of buildings in the city including most Olympic sites. I started my quest for Olympic memorabilia and came home with a Vucko T-Shirt and a little Vucko statue and was so happy about it.
Vantage point: Yellow Bastion
One of the very best vantage points from where you can enjoy excellent views of Sarajevo can be found at the so called Yellow Bastion (Zuta Tabija).
It is situated in the district Vratnik, just east of the historic old town (Bascarsija).
From the right side of the river Miljacka it takes a 20 minutes uphill walk along the street Jekovak to get to the Yellow Bastion.
The views of the old town and the surrounding hills are spectacular from here.
The International Festival...
The International Festival Sarajevo 'Sarajevo Winter' is a traditional meeting place for artists and citizens of the world, here in Sarajevo.
The first Festival was held from December 21, 1984 to April 6, 1985. During the sixteen years of its existence, Festival has become an inseparable part of life of city and its inhabitants. Those sixteen years and 770 days of 'Sarajevo Winter' have seen some 1904 different performances and exhibitions, with over 2.346.320 visitors and 17.386 participants. Artists come from all over the world to participate in the Festival 'Sarajevo Winter'. The Festival Sarajevo 'Sarajevo Winter' has been held without interruption every year since inception, and has become a symbol of freedom of creativity and familiarization with different world cultures and civilizations.
Together with the International Peace Center, the 'Sarajevo Winter' Festival was the initiator and organizer of the project 'Sarajevo, Cultural Center of Europe' , from December 21, 1993 to March 21, 1994 (The period between two Cultural Centers of Europe , Antwerp’93 and Lisbon’94). The idea was supported by the City Assembly of Sarajevo, and by 11000 famous personalities and many distinguished institutions, from all over the world. The International Peace Center and the International Festival Sarajevo 'Sarajevo Winter' intend to reopen this initiative for the beginning of the next century..
FUDBALSKI KLUB SARAJEVO
During my childhood time( 80's) in turkish football teams most foreigner players comes from former Yugoslavia and most of them were from Bosnia or Bosniak.
I can tell you their names and where they were play.Saffet Susic (he never played in Turkey)
Tarizk Hodzic,Repcic etc.When I was in Sarajevo I remembered those days.
FK. Sarajevo is Muslims Football club.
Football Club Sarajevo is a professional football club based in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Formed on October 24, 1946, the club was one of the most successful Bosnian sides in the former Yugoslavia, winning two First League titles. Today it is one of the most prominent members of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Premier League, where it has won two championships and four Cups.
Sarajevo plays its home games at Asim Ferhatoviæ Hase Stadium, a 35,630 seat venue located in the city's Koševo neighborhood. Horde Zla, the team's supporters organization since 1986, traditionally occupies the stadium's north side. The club is strongly associated with its bordo colors, the Koševo stadium, and former stars such as Asim Ferhatovic and Safet Sušic, as well as with the city of Sarajevo and Bosnia in general.
FK Sarajevo was established less than a year after the liberation of Sarajevo from Nazi rule by Partisan forces. The result of a combination between football teams Udarnik (roughly translated: one in the forefront) and Sloboda (Liberty), the club first appeared on the Yugoslav sports scene in 1946 under the name S.D. Torpedo. It played its first match on November 3rd 1946. By 1947, the name was changed to S.D. Metalaca Sarajevo, before being simplified to FK Sarajevo in 1949.
FK Sarajevo first entered the renowned First League of Yugoslavia after eliminating Sloga from Novi Sad. FK Sarajevo drew the first match 3-3 in Novi Sad, but then dominated the second match in Sarajevo 5-1. FK Sarajevo lasted only one season in the First League before falling out, but made it back in 1950. From there, FK Sarajevo remained a stable component of the First League every year except the 1957-1958 season.
Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Olympics and left over of from that is the Skenderija now a rather run down and sorry looking building which is used as a shopping centre. It is however an important part of the history of this city’s happier history.