NK Svoboda

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Svoboda
Club crest
Full name Nogometni Klub Svoboda Ljubljana
Founded 1952; 65 years ago (1952)[1]
Ground Svoboda Sports Park,
Ljubljana
Ground Capacity 800
President Esad Alićaić
Head Coach Damir Vrabac
League Regional Ljubljana League
2015–16 2nd
Website Club home page

Nogometni Klub Svoboda Ljubljana (English: Svoboda Ljubljana Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Svoboda or simply Svoboda, is a Slovenian football club from Ljubljana.

History[edit]

The club was formed as ŠD Svoboda in 1952 and was known as one of the best Slovenian clubs during the time of SFR Yugoslavia. It started in lower rangs, but then merged with Grafičar, took its place in Slovenian League and played under that name until 1962. The most successful years came in the seventies, when the club was playing in Yugoslav Second Division under the sponsorship of Mercator, national food market company. In 1971 they have won the Slovenian Republic League for the first time and earned a promotion to the Yugoslav Second Division West, where they played until 1982, with the exception of three triumphal republic seasons.

Year Postiton Year Postiton
1971 1st 1977 17th
1972 13th 1978 1st
1973 8th 1979 16th
1974 18th 1980 1st
1975 1st 1981 8th
1976 12th 1982 16th

During this period they have also won two cup titles in 1976 and 1978. Therefore, they participated in Yugoslav Cup next two seasons, in the latter they were eliminated by Borac Banja Luka in the round of 16. After the independence of Slovenia in 1991, Svoboda played in the Slovenian PrvaLiga for three seasons, finishing in 11th, 6th, and 13th place. In 1994 the club was replaced by Slavija with many players leaving from them to Vevče. Svoboda then played several seasons in lover divisions, before returning to the scene in 2003, when they were promoted to the Slovenian Second League. They have played there for three seasons, scoring the best result in the 2004–05 season with third place, which was not enough to secure promotion, due to Slovenian First League being decreased to 10 teams. In the next two seasons Svoboda was relegated from second and third division, having serious financial troubles. The club was taken over by NK Interblock in 2008 to become their feeder team for youth selections, but this collaboration lasted only one season. Svoboda started on their own again in 2009.

Stadium[edit]

The team play their home matches at Svoboda Sports Park, a 800 capacity stadium in Ljubljana.

Honours[edit]

League

Winners (4): 1970–71, 1974–75, 1977–78, 1979–80
Runners-up (1): 1963–64
Winners (1): 2002–03
Runners-up (1): 1997–98
Winners (1): 2010–11[2]
Runners-up (2): 2012–13,[3] 2015–16
Winners (2): 1994–95, 2009–10[4]

Cup

Winners (2): 1975–76, 1977–78
Runners-up (2): 1976–77, 1978–79
Winners (1): 2003–04[5]

Domestic league and cup results[edit]

Season League Position Pts P W D L GF GA Cup
1991–92 1. SNL 11 40 40 14 12 14 51 55 Round of 64
1992–93 1. SNL 6 38 34 14 10 10 38 33 Quarter-finals
1993–94 1. SNL 13 23 30 9 5 16 31 59 First round
1994–95 2. MNZ LJ 1 28 18 13 2 3 43 20 First round
1995–96 1. MNZ LJ 3 48 26 15 3 8 48 33 x
1996–97 1. MNZ LJ 3 45 25 14 3 8 54 33 x
1997–98 3. SNL 2 42 25 11 9 5 41 21 x
1998–99 3. SNL 3 47 26 14 5 7 78 50 x
1999–2000 3. SNL 11 26 26 6 8 12 34 39 x
2000–01 3. SNL 9 33 26 8 9 9 32 34 x
2001–02 3. SNL 3 47 26 13 8 5 45 32 x
2002–03 3. SNL 1 62 25 19 5 1 76 23 x
2003–04 2. SNL 8 34 32 9 7 16 48 47 x
2004–05 2. SNL 3 61 33 18 7 8 52 33 First round
2005–06 2. SNL 9 25 27 7 4 16 26 33 First round
2006–07 3. SNL 11 29 26 9 15 2 39 59 x
2007–08 2. MNZ LJ 8 21 20 7 0 13 40 50 x
2008–09 x x x x x x x x x x
2009–10 2. MNZ LJ 1 38 16 12 2 2 71 22 x
2010–11 Regional 1 56 26 17 5 4 60 27 x
2011–12 3. SNL – West 14 22 26 5 7 14 23 49 x
2012–13 Regional 2 55 26 17 4 5 64 31 x
2013–14 Regional 8 32 26 9 5 12 44 50 x
2014–15 Regional 6 28 19 9 1 9 33 31 x
2015–16 Regional 2 44 22 14 2 6 52 34 x
Totals 1. SNL 0 Titles 101 104 37 27 40 120 147 0 Cups
*Best results are highlighted.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Regionalna Ljubljanska liga 2010/11" (in Slovenian). MNZ Ljubljana. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Regionalna Ljubljanska liga 2012/13" (in Slovenian). MNZ Ljubljana. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "MNZ liga 2009/10" (in Slovenian). MNZ Ljubljana. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Novice: Finale članskega pokala MNZ Ljubljana" (in Slovenian). MNZ Ljubljana official website. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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