|Full name||Rokometni Klub Gorenje Velenje|
|Short name||Ose (The Wasps)|
|Arena||Red Hall, Velenje, Slovenia|
|Head coach||Ivan Vajdl|
|League||Slovenian First League|
Rokometni Klub Gorenje Velenje (English: Gorenje Velenje Handball Club), commonly referred to as RK Gorenje or simply Gorenje, is a team handball club from Velenje, Slovenia. Club honours 50 years of handball tradition in the region. Handball was first played in nearby town of Šoštanj, but later moved to Velenje because majority of players were from Velenje and new arena called Red Hall (Rdeča dvorana) was located there as well. Club has many selections ranging from junior to professional team. Club's greatest achievements were four republic championship titles (1972–73, 1980–81, 1984–85, 1988–89) in former Yugoslavia. Since the Slovenian independence, the club has won one Slovenian handball cup title (2002–03) and three league titles (2008–09, 2011–12 and 2012–13). The club also participated in 14 seasons of EHF competitions, including the EHF Cup, the EHF Cup Winners' Cup and the EHF Champions League. Currently, RK Gorenje Velenje competes in the Slovenian First League of Handball.
- 1 History
- 2 Team
- 3 Notable players
- 4 Coaching history
- 5 Club supporters
- 6 Arena
- 7 Club honours
- 8 Rivalry
- 9 Media
- 10 References
- 11 External links
1958–1972: Beginning of handball in Šoštanj
In 1958, when section of handball was established at TVD Partizan, organized handball started to develop in town of Sostanj, Slovenia. Handball was pioneered by young men in local schools with the help of some basketball players. The first pioneers were; Miligoj Jarnovič, Pavle Bukovac and Jože Pukmajster. At the beginning club participated at Celje regional league in 1964/65 they qualified to styrian regional league and a year later young club from Šoštanj achieved its biggest success and qualified to Yugoslavian republic league an never dropped out! In 70s handball developed and was top event in the region, on average match there were about 1000 spectators.
II. Yugoslavian handball league was too hard to crack
15 years after the club was established it got its first award, the title of republic champions of 1972/73 after finishing first in Slovenian republic league of Yugoslavia.
Competing in II. Yugoslavian handball league (they qualified through republic league) was a great honor and commitment to good and hard work. But lack of experience, resources and maybe some other forces have caused club to drop out of the II. Yugoslavian league and return to republic league after just one season.
Back on the top of Slovenia
In just 20 years of existence RK Sostanj won its second republic title. However there were details with interpretations of results, to mention.
ŠRK Velenje and the biggest accomplishment
After playing in interrepublic league from 1981 to 1984, handball players from Sostanj qualified, for the first time after 1973/74, to II. Yugoslavian handball league. Although they had some financial and HR problems (they replaced 3 coaches), team from Sostanj finished 5th in 1990.
Although the name RK Šoštanj was known across Slovenia and former Yugoslavia, club decided to change their name. The reason to change the name to ŠRK Velenje ( Šaleški rokometni klub Velenje) was because all games in previous years were played in Velenje at Rdeča dvorana and at the same time most of the players were locals from Velenje as well. That season ŠRK Velenje finished 3rd. First two places lead to qualifications to I. Yugoslavian handball league, and in their last match they lost that qualifying position. This was the biggest accomplishment in 30 years of club history.
RK Gorenje Velenje became one of the best Slovenian handball clubs
... after the most successful season, when the club was at the near top of II. Yugoslavian league and Celje even qualified to I. Yugoslavian league, Slovenia declared its independence. Handball clubs of the newly established country played their own superleague. Ambitions of all were large because highest positions lead to Europe, to European Handball Federation competitions. In their first season RK Gorenje Velenje performed under expectations and finished 5th.
First qualification to EHF
After regular part of the competition in 1993/94, RK Gorenje Velenje finished 3rd. In playoffs they won against RK Prevent and then Drava Ptuj in finals, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko was a better opponent twice, however final 2nd place meant EHF.
Title of Slovenian Cup winners written to history
Season 2002/03 was historic in many ways for RK Gorenje Velenje. The club was at the top of the Slovenian handball competitions all these years and had some respectable achievements in Europe, but team from Velenje never made it quite to the top in both competitions. And that long awaiting moment happened in Slovenian cup finals, where RK Gorenje Velenje won against Prule 67 and won their first title in Slovenia since independence.
This success was a breaking point that lead the club to new paths, because the club finally made its position in Slovenia and in Europe. President of Rk Gorenje, Franc Plaskan retired, and was replaced by Janez Živko.
Injuries prevented the triumph in Europe and Slovenia
For RK Gorenje Velenje this was yet another successful season. Top performance and great playoffs in Cup winners cup, where they won twice with minimum advantage didn't let down ambitions of the club supporters. In national championship they had some slips but in EHF Cup winners Cup they reached to semifinals. On their first match they closely lost to Valladolid but events on second match were amazing to say. Injury of best player Vid Kavtičnik and others prevented an equal match for finals in just moments! However in Slovenian playoffs of 1. A league Slovenian First League of Handball they crawled to finals with injured and downsized team where they were finally defeated by Celje Pivovarna Lasko
Next best thing in Slovenia, premiere in EHF Champions League
Championship was interesting. RK Gorenje Velenje was paying the tax on injuries which was a side effect of premier season in Champions League. They've lost some matches and started playoffs as 3rd. But they had no match in playoffs and went straight to finals. This was a historic finals again. The match against Celje Pivovarna Lasko ended only after four add ons and shooting 7m throws. Celje won by 51:48. The second match they were simply better.
In champions league Velenje experienced new level of the game. Poor start prevented them to fight for 1/8 finals so they continued their season in Cup winners cup where they reached 1/4 finals and lost closely to Izvidač Ljubovski.
Great performance in champions league, under expectations in national championship
Season 2005/06 was very successful and very disappointing at the same time. By qualifying to 1/8 finals in champions league, Rk Gorenje Velenje achieved historic point. In match with Montpellier they were close to 1/4 finals, they've lost practically won game after a set of undesired moments.
In home championship they've made simply too much mistakes and besides they were the unfortunate victim of new system. They were second after regular part of the season and in playoffs they were event first but at the end 3rd, the blame goes to defeat against RK Trimo Trebnje, RK Cimos Koper and RK Gold club. After two years in champions league they were back to EHF Cup Winners' Cup.
Between years 2006–2009 some changes were made in RK Gorenje Velenje. In 2007 Gorenje hired a new promising coach Ivica Obrvan with a 4-year contract and goal to bring home their first champion title before club's 50th anniversary in the coming years. That year they finished second. Season after that they slipped on third place, behind RK Cimos Koper on secoond and RK Celje PL winning, again. However, season that will go down to history is 2008/09, on club's 50th anniversary, team won their first champion title in independent Slovenia. They joined the exclusive club of just 3 handball clubs that managed this in a brief history since '91 to '09 (RK Celje PL 16x, RD Prule 67 1x, RK Gorenje Velenje 1x).
On top of that, Rk Gorenje Velenje qualified on the EHF CUP finals with Gumbersbach that season, they lost but that remains one of only three EHF competition's finals that Slovenian men club qualified to (RD Slovan Ljubljana, RK Celje PL and RK Gorenje Velenje.(see club honors section)
In season 2009/10 RK Gorenje Velenje finished second in Slovenian First League of Handball (just one point behind) to RK Celje on first place and RK Cimos Koper on third (5 points behind).Team from Velenje also participated in EHF Champions league that season( club's 4th participation). After qualifying to top 16 teams of Europe's best, they were defeated by Spanish BM Ciudad Real.
This is a season people tied to the club won't easily forget. After a supreme display of the game throughout the regular part of the Slovenian First League of Handball (19 victories in a row) RK Gorenje Velenje was leading by 5 points and just 10 rounds to go. However things down slided here on and their biggest competitor this season RK Cimos Koper caught on. RK Celje did not play well that season and was already out of the game for the title,finishing third. Trough the season RK Gorenje Velenje and RK Cimos Koper played 3 matches. RK Gorenje Velenje won first match (27:24) and Koper won the other two (28:25 and 26:21) that meant RK Gorenje Velenje had to won the last 4th match with minimum of 5 goals in order to win the championship. Last match of the season was then played in Velenje, where home team crushed under pressure and lost against RK Cimos Koper with a stunning result 23:34. Koper claimed their first title and Gorenje lost its last chance. They did poorly in EHF Cup as well where Frisch Auf Göppingen knocked them out in 1/4 finals. Germans won 33:20 at first match, even though Gorenje won second match with 26:22, goal difference played its part.
- 1 Emir Taletović
- 3 Nejc Cehte
- 5 Niko Medved
- 8 Senjamin Burić
- 12 Benjamin Burić
- 13 Darko Cingesar
- 16 Nejc Brglez
- 17 Klemen Cehte
- 20 Staš Skube
- 23 Rok Golčar
- 24 Mario Šoštarič
- 25 Jernej Papež
- 28 Matic Vrečar
- 30 Luka Dobelšek
- 31 Janez Gams
- 44 Mitja Nosan
- 52 Marko Oštir
- 77 Marko Dujmovič
- 80 Kristian Bećiri
Team manager: Borut Plaskan
Head coach: Obrvan Ivica
Assistant coach: Tamše Branko
Goalkeepers coach: Bojič Ante
Medical: Kumar Dejan
Team manager: Gorazd Hostnik
Head coach: Tamše Branko
Assistant coach: Tomaž Jurčič
Goalkeepers coach: ?
Medical: Siniša Nesladek
Earlier teams and officials
Throughout club's history many people have been involved on different levels of club activities. Below you will find information about previous teams, officials that have worked in the club, starting with the list of club's earlier names.
Club's previous names:
- RK Šoštanj
- ŠRK Velenje
- RK Gorenje Velenje
Club's most noted members:
- Iztok Puc
- Borut Plaskan
- Vid Kavtičnik
- Primož Prošt
- Matevž Skok
- Dušan Podpečan
- Vedran Zrnić
- Drago Vuković
- Siarhei Rutenka
- Momir Ilić
- Ivan Čupić
- Jure Natek
- Boštjan Kavaš
- Adnan Harmandić
- Nikola Manojlović
- Mirko Oštir
- Tomáš Řezníček
- Fahrudin Melić
- Peter Pucelj
- Miro Požun
- Ivan Vajdl
- Tone Tiselj
- Ivica Obrvan
Club supporters or fans are called Šaleški graščaki. Fan club was formed in 1994. They follow the team on their matches at home and abroad. Their biggest rivals are Florijani, supporters of Celje Pivovarna Laško. Prevent, which are now defunct, were also Gorenje's rivals.
Major sponsor is Gorenje.
RK Gorenje Velenje home matches are played at sports facility called Rdeča Dvorana, that could be translated as Red Hall. It was built in 1974. In 1989 and 1994 it was renewed and once again in 2004 for European handball championships. Its capacity is approximately 2000 seats
Capacity: 2500 seats
- Winners (3): 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Runners-up (7): 1993–94, 1995–96, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2010–11
- 3rd place (4): 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2007–08
Since Slovenian independence in 1991, RK Gorenje Velenje competes in Slovenian First League of Handball. Only Celje PL managed to achieve this in Slovenian handball history. Clubs's largest success in the competition is champion title in season 2008–09.
- Winners (1): 2002–03
- Runners-up (7): 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2010–11, 2012–13
RK Gorenje Velenje qualified to final tournament 12 times out of 18 (including 5 finals), only title was won in season 2002/03, when they defeated Prule 67, semifinalist of EHF Champion league that season.
- Slovenian Supercup:
- Winners (3): 2009, 2011, 2012
- Runners-up (1): 2007
Slovenian supercup is a competition organized under Handball federation of Slovenia, since 2006–07 season. RK Gorenje Velenje qualified to four supercups since, and played finals 2007,2009,2011, they won 2009 and 2011 tournament.
Under Yugoslavian Handball Federation there were many levels of competition in handball. There was I. and II. Yugoslavian league, interrepublic and republic league and regional competitions.
Regional, republic and interrepublic league
1988–89 I. republic league 1. place
1984–85 I. republic league 1. place
1983–84 interrepublic league 3. place
1980–81 I. republic league 1. place
1972–73 I. republic league 1. place
1968–69 II. republic league (styria) 1. place
1964–65 regional league – Celje 1. place
1968–69 II. republic league (styria division) 1. place
1964–65 regional league – Celje 1. place
II. Yugoslavian handball league
1990–91 3rd place
TOTAL STATISTICS: 4 seasons,38 MATCHES: 15 WINS,1 DRAW, 22 LOSSES
|Chehovski Medvedi (RUS)||6||5||0||1||197||179||+18||10|
|GOG Gudme (DEN)||6||4||0||2||178||151||+27||8|
|RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)||6||2||0||4||166||170||−4||4|
|Brestskiy HC Meshkovo (BLR)||6||1||0||5||143||184||−41||2|
TOTAL: (2 wins 4 LOSSES)
1/8 finals (5 wins 3 losses)
|Arhus GF (DEN)||6||5||0||1||183||165||+18||10|
|RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)||6||4||0||2||202||149||+53||8|
|Torggler Group Meran (ITA)||6||2||0||4||166||204||−38||4|
|Haukar Hafnarfjördur (ISL)||6||1||0||5||160||193||−33||2|
|BM Ciudad Real (ESP)||6||6||0||0||167||148||+19||12|
|VfL Gummersbach (GER)||6||4||0||2||179||170||+9||8|
|Montpellier HB (FRA)||6||3||0||3||175||179||−4||6|
|RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)||6||1||0||5||156||180||−24||2|
|Pick Szeged (HUN)||6||6||0||0||192||134||+58||12|
|RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)||6||4||0||2||173||169||+4||8|
|HC Bosna Sarajevo (BIH)||6||1||0||5||152||186||−34||2|
|HC Meshkov Bres (BLR)||6||1||0||5||154||182||−28||2|
TOTAL: (5 wins 7 losses)
1/8 finals (3 wins 1 draw 8 losses)
|MKB Veszprém KC (HUN)||10||9||0||1||305||252||+53||18|
|Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)||10||7||2||1||325||286||+39||16|
|KS Vive Targi Kielce (POL)||10||4||1||5||291||287||+4||9|
|RK Gorenje Velenje (SLO)||10||3||1||6||281||298||−17||7|
|Chambery Savoie HB (FRA)||10||2||1||7||248||282||−34||5|
|HC Bosna BH Gas (BIH)||10||2||1||7||249||294||−45||5|
TOTAL STATISTICS: 6 seasons, 36 MATCHES, 20 WINS, 3 DRAWS, 13 LOSSES
Polyot Cheljabinsk:RK Gorenje Velenje 29:21
Gorenje Velenje:Polyot Cheljabinsk 24:29
1/4 finals 1996–97
EHF Cup Winners' Cup
TOTAL STATISTICS: 7 seasons, 30 MATCHES, 16 WINS, 14 LOSSES
1/2 finals 2003–04
RK Gorenje Velenje:CBM Valladolid 26:30
CBM Valladolid:RK Gorenje Velenje 34:32
1/4 finals 2004–05
1/8 finals 1997–98
Gorenje Velenje:Polyot Cheljabinsk 26:22
Polyot Cheljabinsk:Gorenje Velenje 32:15
1/8 finals 1998–99
RK Gorenje Velenje:Vardar Vatrost. Skopje 28:24
Vardar Vatrost. Skopje:Gorenje Velenje 29:23
Clubs greatest league competitors were; RK Prevent, Celje Pivovarna Lasko, RK Gold Club (Jadran), RK Cimos Koper. RK Gorenje Velenje won its first Slovenian championship title in 2009. Due to the supremacy of Celje Pivovarna Lasko in the past (16 titles in 17 years), they have been runners up several times and according to statistics of Slovenian clubs their ranking in Slovenian First League of Handball is 2nd, First is Celje Pivovarna Lasko and third is RK Prevent.
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