|Full name||Fudbalski klub Zeta|
|Nickname(s)||Vukovi (The Wolves)|
|League||Montenegrin First League|
|2018–19||Montenegrin First League, 3rd|
The club was formed in 1927 under the name FK Danica. During the first decades, they played only non-league matches. From 194g, the club played under the name FK Napredak, and since 1955, the team is playing under the name FK Zeta.
Until the start of seventies, FK Zeta played at lowest-rank competitions. First significant success, team from Golubovci made at season 1971-72 with promotion to Montenegrin Republic League. In that, third-level competition in SFR Yugoslavia, FK Zeta spent most of their seasons in following two decades, with greatest result as a second-places team at the end of seasons 1974-75, 1975–76, 1982–83 and 1983–84, but without success to gain a promotion to Yugoslav Second League. At season 1982-83, championship derby FK Berane - FK Zeta attended 10,000 spectators, which was a record attendance in Montenegrin Republic League until the 1999 game FK Jezero - FK Gusinje.
Until the middle of nineties, except in Republic League, FK Zeta also played few seasons in Fourth League - Center.
Successful era in FK Zeta history started at season 1997-98. The team won their first champion title in Montenegrin Republic League and secured first promotion to Yugoslav Second League. On their debut in Second League, FK Zeta won fourth place, but historical success come one season later (1999-2000). After hard struggle with Mladost Lučani, team from Golubovci won the title and gained promotion to First Yugoslav League.
Historical first game in the First League, Zeta played at 12 August 2000 against Milicionar (4:0) in Golubovci. That game at Trešnica stadium was attended by 5,000 supporters. FK Zeta spent six consecutive seasons in Yugoslav First League, often placed at the upper-half of championship table. With FK Zeta promotion to First League, new local rivalry was born - against Budućnost from neighbouring Podgorica.
Zeta made many successful results in the First League, and among them were often victories against two strongest sides - Partizan and Red Star. Except that, FK Zeta became the strongest Montenegrin team in First League at most of the seasons in period 2000-2006.
Highest final placement in top-division of Serbia and Montenegro, Zeta made on season 2004-05. They finished third and qualified for first performance in European competitions. On debut, Zeta was defeated at 2005–06 UEFA Cup second leg, against Bosnian side Široki Brijeg.
Additionally, at the same time, Zeta started producing notable young talent like Miloš Marić who transferred to Greek club Olympiacos in the summer of 2004, as well as brothers Bojan and Nenad Brnović, and Branimir Petrović who were all signed by Partizan, and more recently Milanko Rašković and Nikola Trajković who transferred to Red Star Belgrade.
Following Montenegrin independence, FK Zeta became a member of Montenegrin First League and won historical, first champions title in independent state. Namely, on season 2006-07, after hard struggle with FK Budućnost, which lasted until the last week, Zeta finished at first place. Game between Budućnost and Zeta, played at 8 April 2007 in Podgorica, in front of 10,000 spectators, is recorded by record-high attendance on one First Montenegrin League match.
As a first champion of Montenegro, FK Zeta became the country's first representatives in the UEFA Champions League for 2007–08. After beating FBK Kaunas in the First Qualifying Round (3-1; 2-3), they lost against Rangers (0-1; 0-2) in the Second Qualifying Round.
During the following years, FK Zeta was a runner-up on season 2007-08, and third-placed team after the season 2011-12.
Among numerous performances in European competitions, FK Zeta made greatest result omn Europa League 2012-13. In the first round, Zeta eliminated Armenian side FC Pyunik (1-2; 3-0), with aggregate victory against Finlandian team JJK Jyväskylä (1-0; 2-3) in the second round. Opponent of FK Zeta in third round was FK Sarajevo from Bosnia and Herzegovina (1-0; 1-2). After that, FK Zeta played in Europa League play-off round, with elimination against PSV Eindhoven (0-5; 0-9).
First League RecordEdit
For the first time, FK Zeta played in Yugoslav First League on season 2000–01. Below is a list of FK Zeta scores in First League by every single season.
FK Zeta in European competitionsEdit
For the first time, FK Zeta played in European competitions on season 2005–06. Until now, they played eight seasons in European cups, their most successful campaign being in 2012–13, when Zeta reached the play-off round of Europa League.
|2005–06||UEFA Cup||Second qualifying round||Široki Brijeg||0–1||1–4|
|2006–07||Intertoto Cup||Second qualifying round||Maribor||1–2||0–2|
|2007–08||UEFA Champions League||First qualifying round||FBK Kaunas||3–1||2–3|
|Second qualifying round||Rangers||0–1||0–2|
|2008–09||UEFA Cup||First qualifying round||Interblock Ljubljana||1–1||0–1|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Dacia Chişinău||1–1||0–0|
|2011–12||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Spartak Trnava||2–1||0–3|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Pyunik Yerevan||1–2||3–0|
|Second qualifying round||JJK Jyväskylä||1–0||2–3|
|Third qualifying round||FK Sarajevo||1–0||1–2|
|Play-off round||PSV Eindhoven||0–5||0–9|
|2017–18||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Željezničar Sarajevo||2–2||0–1|
|2019–20||UEFA Europa League||First qualifying round||Fehérvár||1–5||0–0|
Honours and achievementsEdit
- As of 1 September 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For the list of former and current players with Wikipedia article, please see Category:FK Zeta players.
Below is the list of FK Zeta players which made international careers or played for national teams of their countries.
FK Zeta home ground is Stadion Trešnjica, built during the 1996. Until now, stadium is renovated several times (last time 2016) and near the main ground is built another pitch with artificial turf.
FK Zeta is playing First League games at Trešnjica stadium from 2000. Biggest crowd on games was 5,000 in numerous occasions, especially during the matches against Budućnost and, earlier, against Partizan and Red Star Belgrade.
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