|Full name||Nogometni Klub Celje|
|Nickname(s)||Grofje (The Counts)
Rumeno-modri (The Yellow-Blues)
|Founded||1919 (as SK Celje)|
|Head Coach||Simon Rožman|
|2013–14||1. SNL, 8th|
|Website||Club home page|
Nogometni Klub Celje (English: Celje Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Celje or simply Celje, is an association football club from Slovenia. They are based in Celje, Slovenia's third largest city. They play in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. Together with Maribor and Gorica they are the only club that have participated in every season of the Slovenian PrvaLiga since its formation in 1991.
NK Celje was formed in 1919 as SK Celje. Soon after the World War II, in 1946, the club changed its name to NK Kladivar (expressionistic term in Slovene for a blacksmith). In 1964 they qualified for the Yugoslav Second League, where they played for two years in a row.
In 1992, year after Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia, the club again changed its name, this time to Publikum. They reached the finals of Slovenian Cup in 1993 and 1995, but lost on both occasions, having been beaten by Olimpija and Mura. In 2003, Celje was in a title race with Maribor until the very last, but in the end finished second and also lost Slovenian cup finals against Olimpija in the same year. Two years later in 2005 the club reached Slovenian cup finals for the third time and this time they finally lifted their first trophy, defeating Gorica 1–0 in front of their own fans at the Arena Petrol. Celje were also in the finals the next year, but lost to Koper after the penalty shoot-out.
For most of its early years, the club played at the Glazija Stadium, but moved to the Skalna Klet after merging with ŽŠD Celje in 1967. Since the stadium was in bad shape and could not meet UEFA stadia criteria, the club officials decided to build a new stadium and in 2003 the main stand of the new Arena Petrol stadium was built. The capacity at the time was 3,600 covered seats. After 2003, three new separate stands were build and when the last one opened in 2008, the stadium was completed. The current capacity of the stadium is 13,006 seats from which around 50% are covered. The old stadium is still used as a training facility for the club.
The club also has a smaller third training ground called Olimp, which was renovated in 2005 and is used as a training camp for youth squads of the club.
Domestic league and cup results
|1991–92||1. SNL||9||41||40||14||13||13||43||51||Round of 16|
|1993–94||1. SNL||4||38||30||14||10||6||50||34||Round of 16|
|1998–99||1. SNL||7||42||33||10||12||11||30||35||Round of 16|
|2000–01||1. SNL||5||50||33||15||5||13||59||52||First round|
|2001–02||1. SNL||6||48||33||14||6||13||50||39||Round of 16|
|2008–09||1. SNL||4||53||36||15||8||13||48||39||Round of 16|
|2010–11||1. SNL||8||37||36||9||10||17||41||55||Round of 16|
|Totals||1. SNL||0 Titles||1032||793||295||203||295||1110||1077||1 Cup|
- *Best results are highlighted.
- Runners-up (1): 2002–03
- Winners (1): 1964
|1993–94||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||Preliminary round||Odense||0–1||0–0||0–1|
|1997||UEFA Intertoto Cup||Group stage||Antalyaspor||1–1||–||–|
|Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod||1–2||–||–|
|2001||UEFA Intertoto Cup||First round||Aarhus||7–1||0–1||7–2|
|Third round||Lausanne-Sport||1–1||0–0||1–1 (a)|
|2003–04||UEFA Cup||Qualifying round||Belasica||7–2||5–0||12–2|
|First round||Maccabi Haifa||2–2||1–2||3–4|
|2004||UEFA Intertoto Cup||First round||Sloboda||2–1||0–1||2–2 (a)|
|2005–06||UEFA Cup||Second qualifying round||Levski Sofia||1–0||0–3||1–3|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Dacia||0–1||0–1||0–2|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Tromsø||0–2||2–1||2–3|
- Edin Osmanović (1998–1999)
- Nikola Ilievski (1 July 1998–30 June 2000)
- Marijan Pušnik (1 July 2000–15 May 2004)
- Nikola Ilievski (1 July 2005–30 June 2006)
- Slaviša Stojanovič (18 June 2008–17 June 2009)
- Milan Đuričić (1 July 2009–17 September 2010)
- Stane Bevc (13 October 2010–25 March 2011)
- Damjan Romih (29 March 2011–11 June 2012)
- Marijan Pušnik (11 June 2012–12 December 2012)
- Miloš Rus (2013–27 April 2014)
- Simon Rožman (29 April 2014–)
- "NZS: Klubi" [NZS: Clubs] (in Slovene). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
- NK Celje. "Zgodovina kluba" [Club's history] (in Slovene). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- NK Celje (26 May 2014). "Novi predsednik NK Celje je dr. Stevan Đorđević" [New NK Celje president is dr. Stevan Đorđević] (in Slovene). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- Slavko Jerič, Tjaša Corn (13 May 2013). "Bozgo in Tavares edina vijolična kralja strelcev" [Bozgo and Tavares the only purple kings of the goalscorers] (in Slovene). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
- Official website (Slovene)
- PrvaLiga profile (Slovene)
- Official UEFA profile
- Twitter profile
- YouTube profile
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