The labyrinth of concrete and steel - The Mostar interchange

The famous labyrinth of concrete and steel - The Mostar interchange is one of thegreat projects from the Yugoslav civilengineering kitchen.

Constructions began in year 1967, and back then the construction companies in Yugoslavia could be proud of their professional staff at all levels and also levels of education. Even then, Yugoslav experts were appreciated in both domestic and foreign fields, and they were more than ready to embark on a demanding project like this. At the same time manpower and mechanization, as well as the materials used in the construction, were exclusively “home-made” - Which meant that everything finished without the intervention of any foreign company.

Since it was ceremoniously opened in 1970, all the works were completed in year 1974, and for the next five decades, as much as the river vehicles has been flowing from day to day, the Mostar loop has been able to suffer many times greater loads than expected. The fact that, in spite of that, it has undergone only one reconstruction, it seems, testifies enough to the expertise with which the experts presented the complete project.

Farewell to the “Romantic”

Ilija Petkovic (1945-2020), former midfielder of OFK Belgrade and French Toyes AC, then coach of numerous clubs and selector of Serbian national team, passed away on Saturday, June 27th.

Petkovic spent most of his playing career in OFK Belgrade, and he also started his coaching career right here in the Karaburma neighborhood at the bench of the “romantics”.

In this photo, at the club premises, his childhood friend and former teammate Zdravko Jokic, writes in the Book of Mourning and remembers the time when two of them wore the blue and white jersey in the period during the 60’s and the 70’s.

Drive in Cinema

People watch a movie from their car at the drive-in cinema on Ada Ciganlija lake in Belgrade. In the midst of the novel Coronavirus pandemic, that has been current in the past few weeks, new restrictive measures are active again, such as an obligation to wear protective masks in any enclosed space, while maintaining social distance of 2 meters. On a daily bases Serbia counts hundreds of new people positive for COVID-19. So far 14.288 people had been infected and 274 died with 12.464 cured.

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