|Full name||Nogometni klub Celje|
Grofje (The Counts)|
(The Yellow and Blues)
|Founded||28 December 1919 (as SK Celje)|
|2017–18||Slovenian PrvaLiga, 5th|
Nogometni klub Celje (English: Celje Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Celje or simply Celje, is an association football club from Celje, Slovenia. 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.
The club 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 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.
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. In July 2017, the stadium was renamed to Stadion Z'dežele.
The old stadium, Skalna Klet, 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.
As of 24 August 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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|
|2016–17||1. SNL||5||55||36||15||10||11||48||39||Round of 16|
|Totals||1. SNL||0 Titles||1252||937||355||243||339||1304||1244||1 Cup|
- *Best results are highlighted.
All results (home and away) list Celje's goal tally first.
|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 Tuzla||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|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Śląsk Wrocław||0–1||1–3||1–4|
- "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- 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.
- "Arena Petrol" (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- "Celjski stadion z novim imenom, odslej bo Arena Z'dežele" (in Slovenian). Ekipa. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
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