Red Star Belgrade fans packed into an open-top armored troop carrier with some players to mark their Champions League qualification, after parking a battle tank at the gates of their stadium,
👀 Look who’s back in the group stage…
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 27, 2019
The Serbian team reached the group stage of the European soccer competition for the second straight season following a 1-1 draw with Swiss champion BSC Young Boys on Tuesday.
After the match, Red Star fans and players joined the late-night victory parade on the streets of the Serbian capital by riding on a large armored personnel carrier.
It was not clear who provided both the troop carrier and the T-55 battle tank which triggered angry reaction in Croatia because they say it symbolizes the Serb-led army intervention during the bloody breakup of the Yugoslav federation in the 1990s.
Typically discreet celebration from the Red Star Belgrade players as they toasted qualification to the Champions League last night by riding through the streets on a tank. pic.twitter.com/4hCEOtZbC8
— MUNDIAL (@MundialMag) August 28, 2019
The decommissioned Yugoslav army tank once used during the bloody breakup of former Yugoslavia in 1990s, was parked in front of the Red Star stadium before Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League qualifier against Swiss champion Young Boys.
In a tit-for-tat move, Dinamo Zagreb fans responded by parking a rusty tractor in front of their stadium in the Croatian capital.
The tractor symbolizes the exodus of tens of thousands of Serbs from Croatia in 1995 during a Croatian army offensive to retake the rebel Serb enclaves at the end of the war for independence. The Croatian Serbs fled mostly on tractor-trailers.
Red Star Belgrade supporters have put a tank outside their stadium ahead of their UCL qualifier against Young Boys!
Weird flex but OK 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/Z5MWfyNCnk
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 28, 2019
Uefa on the tank outside Red Star Belgrade’s stadium:
— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) August 27, 2019
Dinamo also qualified for the group stage of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw against Rosenborg on Tuesday.
Red Star Belgrade had qualified last year, but was knocked out from the group stages after being placed in the same group as Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, and Napoli.
What an atmosphere tonight credit to Legia and their displays best I’ve seen away in Europe since Red Star Belgrade in 2007. pic.twitter.com/iilUCiWHPw
— Stuart (@BlueHeaven1872) August 22, 2019
The Serbian side would look to better their chances this year and qualify for the knockout stages. The UEFA Champions League draw is on August 29.