NK Celje

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Celje
NK Celje logo.svg
Full name Nogometni klub Celje
Nickname(s) Grofje (The Counts)
Rumeno-modri
(The Yellow and Blues)
Founded 28 December 1919; 98 years ago (28 December 1919)[1][2] (as SK Celje)
Ground Stadion Z'dežele,
Celje
Capacity 13,059
President Miloš Rovšnik
Manager Dušan Kosič
League Slovenian PrvaLiga
2017–18 Slovenian PrvaLiga, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

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.[3]

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.[4] In July 2017, the stadium was renamed to Stadion Z'dežele.[5]

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.

Honours[edit]

League

1963–64

Cup

1964
2004–05

Current squad[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
2 Slovenia DF Jan Andrejašič
3 Slovenia DF Elvedin Džinić
4 Croatia MF Lovro Cvek
5 Slovenia DF Jure Travner (captain)
6 Slovenia MF Nino Pungaršek
7 Slovenia DF Denis Štraus
8 Slovenia MF Janez Pišek
9 Slovenia FW Mitja Lotrič
10 Slovenia MF Rudi Požeg Vancaš
11 Slovenia FW Luka Kerin
14 Slovenia MF Juš Štusej
15 Slovenia DF Amadej Brecl
17 Slovenia MF Lan Štravs
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Elvir Ibišević
No. Position Player
19 Slovenia FW Bian Paul Šauperl
20 Slovenia DF Žan Flis
22 Slovenia GK Matjaž Rozman
23 Slovenia MF Žan Benedičič
24 Slovenia DF Gal Zorko
25 Slovenia DF Dušan Stojinovič
28 Slovenia FW Tilen Pečnik
29 Croatia MF Dario Vizinger
30 Slovenia DF Žan Zaletel
31 Slovenia GK Metod Jurhar
33 Slovenia GK Filip Lojen
40 Slovenia DF Tadej Vidmajer
50 Slovenia MF Rok Štraus

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
2016–17 1. SNL 5 55 36 15 10 11 48 39 Round of 16
2017–18 1. SNL 5 50 36 14 8 14 56 51 Semi-finals
Totals 1. SNL 0 Titles 1252 937 355 243 339 1304 1244 1 Cup
*Best results are highlighted.

European record[edit]

All results (home and away) list Celje's goal tally first.

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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Arena Petrol" (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Celjski stadion z novim imenom, odslej bo Arena Z'dežele" (in Slovenian). Ekipa. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.

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