FK Čelik Nikšić

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Čelik Nikšić
ФК Челик Никшић
Club crest
Full name Fudbalski Klub Čelik Nikšić
Nickname(s) Metalurzi
Founded 1957; 57 years ago (1957)
Dissolved 2014; 0 years ago (2014)
Ground Stadion Željezare,
Nikšić, Montenegro
Ground Capacity 2,000
Owner Ranko Radulović
President Slobodan Koprivica
Head Coach Željko Ćeh
2013–14 First League, 3rd

Fudbalski Klub Čelik Nikšić (Serbian: Фудбалски клуб «Челик» Никшић/Fudbalski klub Čelik Nikšić) was a football club based in Nikšić, Montenegro, founded in 1957.

Foundation[edit]

FK Čelik was established in 1957 after Nikšić-based club FK Javorak went bankrupt. While Čelik was not the official successor of Javorak, the initiative to create a club was taken by former Javorak player Savo Pejović. Eventually, a potential leader was found in Marko Orović who had a long history of business in football within Nikšić. The name "Čelik" was given in memory of Petar Saveljić, who had worked at the local steel mill before playing football with Savo Pejović.[1]

History[edit]

In their first season, Čelik played in the Titogradski podsavez - South, which was fourth level in former SFR Yugoslavia. Very soon, Čelik became regular participant of Montenegrin Republic Football League (third level). First biggest success for Čelik came at the 1961, when the club from Nikšić won the Montenegrin Cup. During the '80s, Čelik became one of the most successful clubs in Montenegrin Republic Football League, but their first appearances in Yugoslav Second League came during the 90's. At the August 2012, Čelik played their first match at the First Football League.

The club's biggest success happened when they won the 2011–12 Montenegrin Cup thanks to a 2-1 victory against FK Rudar Pljevlja despite still playing in the Montenegrin Second League that season.[2] Winning the cup allowed the club to enter the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase, where they beat Bosnian powerhouse Borac Banja Luka on away goals. Facing Ukrainian club Metalurh Donetsk in the second qualifying round, the team garnered even more attention from the local media as the players and staff traveled from Nikšić to Donetsk (2,143 kilometers) by bus, which, after being denied entry to Moldova,[3] lasted approximately 70 hours on the road.[4] The team, having arrived in Donetsk on the same day of the match, lost the first leg 7-0, giving Metalurh its most historic win in UEFA competition.[5] While Čelik played with much more resistance in the second leg, the team was eliminated from the UEFA Europa League after the game ended 2-4 for Metalurh.[6]

After failing in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League qualifying, the club informed the league that because of financial problems it would not be able to play the 2014–15 season.[7]

Fans[edit]

The Čelik supporters group was called Fap mašina. Their main rival was FK Sutjeska Nikšić with whom they contested the Nikšić derby.[8]

League results[edit]

Country Season League Position
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1992–93 Third League
11th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1993–94 Third League
8th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1994–95 Third League
11th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1995–96 Third League
2nd
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1996–97 Second League
3rd
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1997–98 Second League
2nd
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1998–99 Second League
15th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1999–2000 Second League
13th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
2000–01 Second League
5th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
2001–02 Second League
6th
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
2002–03 Second League
7th
Serbia and Montenegro
2003–04 Second League
10th
Serbia and Montenegro
2004–05 Third League
9th
Serbia and Montenegro
2005–06 Third League
6th
Montenegro
2006–07 Second League
10th
Montenegro
2007–08 Second League
2nd
Montenegro
2008–09 Second League
10th
Montenegro
2009–10 Second League
8th
Montenegro
2010–11 Second League
8th
Montenegro
2011–12 Second League
1st
Montenegro
2012–13 First League
3rd
Montenegro
2013–14 First League
3rd

In Europe[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2012–13 UEFA Europa League 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina Borac Banja Luka
1–1
2–2
3–3 (a)
2Q Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk
2–4
0–7
2–11
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q Hungary Budapest Honvéd
1–4
0–9
1–13
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 1Q Slovenia Koper
0–5
0–4
0–9

Honours[edit]

  • Republic Cup of Montenegro (1)
    • 1961, 1997, 1999

References[edit]