NK Mura

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This article is about the dissolved association football club. For the currently active club, see NŠ Mura.
Mura
Club crest
Full name Nogometni Klub Mura Murska Sobota
Nickname(s) Muraši
Črno-beli (The Black and Whites)
Founded 16 August 1924; 90 years ago (16 August 1924)
Dissolved 2004; 10 years ago (2004)[1][2]
Ground Fazanerija,
Murska Sobota
Ground Capacity 3,782

Nogometni Klub Mura (English: Mura Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Mura or simply Mura, was a Slovenian association football club based in Murska Sobota. The club was founded on 16 August 1924 as one of the first clubs in the Prekmurje region. Through its history Mura was widely considered one of the giants of Slovenian football and had one of the biggest fan bases in the country. The club had its golden years in the 1990s when they managed to win the Slovenian Cup. During this period they were also runners-up in the Slovenian first division twice and finalists in the Slovenian cup and Slovenian Supercup on one occasion.

NK Mura was dissolved in 2004, after the club failed to obtain competition licences issued by the Football Association of Slovenia.[1][2] However, the football association had allowed the club to finish the 2004–05 season, which was already in progress, and after finishing 8th in the national championship NK Mura effectively ceased all operations. A successor club, which claims rights to Mura's honours and records was established in 2005 under the name ND Mura 05.[3] In spite of inheriting old Mura's supporters and colours, they are not legally considered to be successors to the original NK Mura and the two clubs' track records and honours are kept separate by the Football Association of Slovenia and the Slovenian First League Association.[4]

History[edit]

NK Mura was founded in Murska Sobota on 16 August 1924 in the congress hall of Hotel Dobraj. Their first match came on 31 August 1924 at home against SK Maribor, which was won by the visiting team 9–6. In the first year of the club the team played one more match. This was against SK Mercur from Maribor, which ended with another loss for Mura (3–1).

The best period in the history of the club was after 1991 when Slovenia gained independence. The best results for the club in the Slovenian league came finishing as runners-up in seasons 1993–94 and 1997–98 and third place on two occasions. The 1993–94 season was especially harsh for the club as they were runners-up in Slovenian cup as well. Things changed for the better as the club secured its first trophy only a season later. On May 1995 the club won the Slovenian cup with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Celje. With this title the club secured an invitation to play in the newly established Slovenian Supercup at the start of the next season. The match was played in Ljubljana and was won by Olimpija 2–1. The decisive goal for Olimpija was scored by Branislav Kojičić in the 87th minute. NK Mura always had great support from their fans and during the nineties a long standing rivalry with Maribor was established, which is considered one of the biggest in Slovenian football.

Mura had a string of mixed results for the remainder of their final seasons, despite acquiring top Slovenian players and highly regarded coaches such as Croatian legend Miroslav Blažević. At the end the club became financially unstable. In their last season the club had struggled on the pitch and failed to obtain competition licences issued by the Football Association of Slovenia, which led to its dissolution in 2004.[1][2] The club finished the last competitive season (2004–05) on eight place in a league with 12 teams.

Stadium[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Fazanerija City Stadium.

Fazanerija City Stadium (Slovene: Mestni stadion Fazanerija) is a multi-use stadium in Murska Sobota, Slovenia. It is currently used mostly for football matches and was the home ground of ND Mura 05. The stadium was built in 1983 and has a capacity of 3,782 covered seats. With the standing area included the total capacity of the stadium is around 5,500.

In the past, the stadium was used for friendly matches of the Slovenia national football team, which played a total of two matches at the ground. Currently the stadium is used by the Football Association of Slovenia as one of the main venues in Slovenia for hosting the youth tournaments for U17 and U19 national teams.[5]

Supporters[edit]

The club had a supporters group, called the Black Gringos.

Colours[edit]

Black and white combination was the club's main colour.

Honours[edit]

League

Winners (1): 1969–70
Runners-up (5): 1966–67, 1967–68, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1977–78
Runners-up (2): 1993–94, 1997–98

Cup

Winners (1): 1974–75
Runners-up (1): 1972–73
Winners (1): 1994–95
Runners-up (1): 1993–94
Runners-up (1) 1995

European campaigns[edit]

  • PR = Preliminary round
  • Q = Qualifying round
Season Competition Round Country Club Score
1994–95 UEFA Cup PR Switzerland FC Aarau 0–1, 0–2
1995–96 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Q Lithuania FK Žalgiris Vilnius 0–2, 2–1
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1Q Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Bečej 0–0, 2–0
2Q Denmark Lyngby FC 0–0, 0–2
1998–99 UEFA Cup 1Q Latvia Daugava Riga 6–1, 2–1
2Q Denmark Silkeborg IF 0–0, 0–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Simič: "Stefanović pošilja grožnje!"" (in Slovene). Žurnal24. 11 November 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Competitions". Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Klubi -> Murska Sobota". Football Association of Slovenia official website (in Slovene). Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "SNL Statistika: Vse sezone" (in Slovene). Official Slovenian PrvaLiga website. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Začetek kvalifikacij U19" (in Slovene). Nogomania. Retrieved 6 February 2011.