NK Interblock

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Interblock
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Full nameNogometni klub Interblock
Nickname(s)Kockarji (The Gamblers)
Founded1975; 44 years ago (1975), as Ježica[1][2]
2007; 12 years ago (2007), as Interblock[3]
GroundŠtefan Bele Sports Park
Capacity500
ChairmanTadej Drmaž
ManagerJedinko Perica
LeagueRegional Ljubljana League
2016–17Regional Ljubljana League, 5th
WebsiteClub website

Nogometni klub Interblock (English: Interblock Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Interblock or simply Interblock, is a Slovenian football club, which plays in the city of Ljubljana. The club used the name NK IB Ljubljana in UEFA club competitions as UEFA doesn't allow sponsorship naming of clubs in their competitions. They won the Slovenian Cup twice and the Slovenian Supercup once.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1975 as NK Ježica.[1][2] In the next two decades they competed mostly in Ljubljana League, which was the fifth or sixth level of Yugoslav football. After the independence of Slovenia the league was transformed into intercommunal MNZ League and the club was renamed to NK Factor Ježica. They merged with nearby Črnuče in 1997 and therefore played in Slovenian Second League until 1999. Factor was then relegated to third level, where they stayed until 2004, when they won the centre zone and defeated Korte in promotion play-off. After returning to the second division, the club had to move their home matches to ŽŠD Ljubljana Stadium due to insufficient criteria of their home field.

Factor earned promotion to the Slovenian PrvaLiga in 2006, finishing first in the Slovenian Second League in the 2005–06 season. In 2007, Joc Pečečnik, one of the richest persons in Slovenia, took over NK Factor and renamed them to Interblock Ljubljana.[4] At the end of the 2006–07 season, Interblock came ninth and won a play-off series to remain in the Slovenian PrvaLiga, the first division of Slovenian professional football. In the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons, they won the Slovenian Cup. In 2008, they won the Slovenian Supercup, defeating the Slovenian champions Domžale.

In 2010, the club started to cooperate with NK Bravo and the team was renamed to IB Interblock. In the next year, the senior squads of both teams merged and they competed as Bravo1 Interblock in the Second League. In February 2012, Pečečnik, who has left the club after the 2011–12 season, intended to merge their youth selections with NK Bravo Publikum, but after the revolt from parents of the youth selections, the club has remained its own entity. The senior team withdrew from all competitions in 2012 but was reestablished in 2015–16 season.

Honours[edit]

League

2005–06
2003–04
  • Slovenian Fifth Division: 1
2015–16

Cup

2007–08, 2008–09
2008

Interblock in UEFA competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Land Club Score
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1Q Montenegro Zeta 1–1, 1–0
2Q Germany Hertha BSC 0–2, 0–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 3Q Ukraine Metalurh Donetsk 0–2, 0–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Šučur, Ivan (1986). "Posavski zanesenjaki na dobri poti" (in Slovenian). Zbor občanov Bežigrad. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). NK Interblock official website. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Joc najprej pozdravil svojo ženo" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 1 March 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2016.

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