NK Celje

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Celje
Club crest
Full name Nogometni Klub Celje
Nickname(s) Grofje (The Counts)
Rumeno-modri
(The Yellow and Blues)
Founded 1919; 97 years ago (1919)[1][2] (as SK Celje)
Ground Arena Petrol,
Celje
Ground Capacity 13,059
President Stevan Đorđević[3]
Head Coach Robert Pevnik
League Slovenian PrvaLiga
2015–16 Slovenian PrvaLiga, 5th
Website Club home page
Current season

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.[4]

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1919 as SK Celje.[1][2] 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 one year.

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 fourth 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.

Stadium[edit]

For most of its early years, the club played at the Glazija Stadium, but obtained also the Skalna Klet after merging with ŽŠD Celje in 1967. Glazija was demolished in 1983 and the club moved permanently to Skalna Klet. 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 built and when the last one opened in 2008, the stadium was completed. The current capacity of the stadium is 13,059 seats from which around 50% are covered.[5] 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.

Honours[edit]

League

Winners (1): 1963–64
Runners-up (6): 1936–37, 1950, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1970–71, 1973–74
Runners-up (2): 2002–03, 2014–15

Cup

Winners (1): 1964
Winners (1): 2004–05
Runners-up (8): 1992–93, 1994–95, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 September 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Slovenia DF Žiga Kous
3 Slovenia DF Elvedin Džinić
4 Slovenia MF Anej Lovrečič
6 Slovenia DF Tilen Klemenčič
7 Croatia MF Marin Glavaš
8 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Amar Rahmanović
9 Slovenia FW Dalibor Volaš
10 Slovenia MF Rudi Požeg Vancaš
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Irfan Hadžić
12 Slovenia GK Matic Kotnik
13 Slovenia MF Jon Šporn
14 Slovenia FW Matej Podlogar
15 Slovenia DF Amadej Brecl
No. Position Player
16 Slovenia DF Jure Travner
17 Slovenia FW Matic Marcius
19 Slovenia FW Mitja Križan
20 Slovenia MF Tim Obrez
21 Slovenia MF Goran Cvijanović
23 Slovenia MF Nino Pungaršek
25 Croatia DF Lovre Čirjak
27 Slovenia DF Damir Hadžić
28 Slovenia FW Tilen Pečnik
30 Slovenia DF Tadej Vidmajer
31 Slovenia GK Metod Jurhar
32 Slovenia MF Janez Pišek
33 Slovenia GK Matjaž Rozman

Domestic league and cup results[edit]

Season League Position Pts P W D L GF GA Cup
1991–92 1. SNL 9 41 40 14 13 13 43 51 Round of 16
1992–93 1. SNL 10 32 34 12 8 14 37 47 Runners-up
1993–94 1. SNL 4 38 30 14 10 6 50 34 Round of 16
1994–95 1. SNL 6 38 30 16 6 8 50 27 Runners-up
1995–96 1. SNL 5 51 36 13 12 11 62 47 Semi-finals
1996–97 1. SNL 4 47 36 12 11 13 55 61 Quarter-finals
1997–98 1.SNL 6 49 36 14 7 15 57 57 Quarter-finals
1998–99 1. SNL 7 42 33 10 12 11 30 35 Round of 16
1999–2000 1. SNL 6 47 33 11 14 8 53 45 Quarter-finals
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
2002–03 1. SNL 2 55 31 15 10 6 57 38 Runners-up
2003–04 1. SNL 10 39 32 11 6 15 61 52 Quarter-finals
2004–05 1. SNL 3 52 32 16 4 12 47 28 Winners
2005–06 1.SNL 6 49 36 15 4 17 48 59 Runners-up
2006–07 1. SNL 7 45 36 11 12 13 54 51 Semi-finals
2007–08 1. SNL 8 45 36 13 6 17 42 51 Quarter-finals
2008–09 1. SNL 4 53 36 15 8 13 48 39 Round of 16
2009–10 1. SNL 5 51 36 14 9 13 53 56 Semi-finals
2010–11 1. SNL 8 37 36 9 10 17 41 55 Round of 16
2011–12 1. SNL 8 37 36 9 10 17 44 56 Runners-up
2012–13 1. SNL 5 49 36 12 13 11 39 39 Runners-up
2013–14 1. SNL 8 37 36 10 7 19 30 58 Quarter-finals
2014–15 1. SNL 2 70 36 20 10 6 58 31 Runners-up
2015–16 1. SNL 5 45 36 11 12 13 32 46 Runners-up
Totals 1. SNL 0 Titles 1147 865 326 225 314 1200 1154 1 Cup
*Best results are highlighted.

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary round Denmark Odense 0–1 0–0 0–1
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group stage Turkey Antalyaspor 1–1
Israel Maccabi Haifa 1–0
Russia Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 1–2
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Proleter Zrenjanin 0–0
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round Denmark Aarhus 7–1 0–1 7–2
Second round Slovakia Petržalka 5–0 1–1 6–1
Third round Switzerland Lausanne-Sport 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round Republic of Macedonia Belasica 7–2 5–0 12–2
First round Israel Maccabi Haifa 2–2 1–2 3–4
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round Bosnia and Herzegovina Sloboda Tuzla 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2005–06 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Bulgaria Levski Sofia 1–0 0–3 1–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Moldova Dacia 0–1 0–1 0–2
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Norway Tromsø 0–2 2–1 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round Poland Śląsk Wrocław 0–1 1–3 1–4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  3. ^ NK Celje (26 May 2014). "Novi predsednik NK Celje je dr. Stevan Đorđević" [New NK Celje president is dr. Stevan Đorđević] (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. ^ 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 Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Arena Petrol" (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 

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