Coordinates: 46°40′6.81″N 16°9′27.57″E / 46.6685583°N 16.1576583°E / 46.6685583; 16.1576583

Nogometna šola Mura (English: Mura Football School), commonly referred to as NŠ Mura or simply Mura, is a Slovenian football team, playing in the town of Murska Sobota. Founded in 2012, the team currently plays in the Slovenian PrvaLiga, the top tier of Slovenian football. The club's home ground is Fazanerija City Stadium with a capacity of 4,506 seats.

Mura
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Full nameNogometna šola Mura
Nickname(s)Muraši
Čarno-bejli or Črno-beli
(The Black and Whites)
Founded14 May 2012; 10 years ago (14 May 2012)[1]
GroundFazanerija
Capacity4,506
PresidentRobert Kuzmič
Head CoachDamir Čontala
LeagueSlovenian PrvaLiga
2021–22Slovenian PrvaLiga, 4th of 10
WebsiteClub website

The club started competing in the fourth tier of Slovenian football in 2013, and was promoted to the top flight by 2018. In 2020, Mura won its first major trophy after winning the Slovenian national cup. A year later, they became the champions of the Slovenian top division. Nicknamed the "Black and Whites" (Prekmurje Slovene: Čarno-bejli), they play their home games in black-and-white striped kits.

HistoryEdit

After the 2012–13 season, the old ND Mura 05 experienced financial difficulties and was dissolved.[2] The newly established club used its youth club to register a team for the 2013–14 season under the name NŠ Mura.[3] Their first season of play was in 1. MNL Murska Sobota (fourth tier), where they finished second and earned promotion to the Slovenian Third League. In 2016–17 and 2017–18, Mura earned consecutive promotions to reach the top flight of Slovenian football for the first time. In 2018–19, the club finished fourth in the PrvaLiga and qualified for the UEFA Europa League, their first European competition. The club won its first major honour in 2020, defeating second division side Nafta 1903 in the final of the Slovenian Football Cup on 24 June.[4]

 
Match between Mura and Tottenham Hotspur in 2021

In 2020–21, Mura won its first Slovenian national league title after beating Maribor 3–1 in the final round of the season and finished with the same number of points as Maribor, but with a better head-to-head record.[5]

On 26 August 2021, Mura made history by qualifying for their first ever group stage of European club competition. They played against Sturm Graz in the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League, and lost 5–1 on aggregate.[6] As a result, they dropped into UEFA Europa Conference League, becoming only the second ever Slovenian side, after Maribor, to play in a group stage of European competition.[7] Subsequently, Mura was drawn into a group with Vitesse, Rennes and Tottenham Hotspur.[8] After losing the first four games in the group, Mura caused an upset by beating Tottenham 2–1 at home with a last-minute goal from Amadej Maroša.[9] The result was labelled by the English press as one of the most humiliating defeats in Tottenham's entire history, given that they had played in the UEFA Champions League final as recently as 2019.[10] Mura finished the competition in fourth place, with five defeats in six games.[11]

StadiumEdit

Mura play their home matches at Fazanerija City Stadium in Murska Sobota, Slovenia. The stadium was originally built in 1936 and has been expanded and renovated several times since then. It currently has a capacity of 4,506 covered seats.[12] With the standing area included, the total capacity of the stadium is around 4,700.[13]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 21 October 2022[14]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SVN Klemen Mihelak
2 DF   SVN Kai Cipot
3 DF   SVN Klemen Pucko
4 DF   SVN Gregor Balažic
5 DF   KOS Leard Sadriu
6 DF   BIH Amar Beganović
7 MF   SVN Alen Kozar
8 MF   CRO Luka Bobičanec
9 MF   SVN Matic Maruško
11 MF   SVN Žiga Kous
14 MF   SVN Nik Lorbek
17 FW   CRO Josip Majić
18 DF   SVN Vito Štrakl
19 FW   KOS Mirlind Daku (on loan from Osijek)
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   SVN Niko Kasalo
21 DF   SVN Miha Kompan Breznik
23 DF   SVN Jan Đapo
24 MF   SVN Tio Cipot
27 FW   SRB Mihajlo Baić (on loan from Osijek II)
28 GK   SVN Vid Šumenjak
30 MF   CRO Martin Šroler
31 DF   SVN Srđan Kuzmić
33 MF   LTU Domantas Šimkus
41 GK   SVN Nejc Vidmar
47 FW   CRO Mihael Klepač
70 DF   CRO Darick Kobie Morris
80 FW   SRB Nikola Petković
99 FW   AUT Dardan Shabanhaxhaj (on loan from Sturm Graz)

League historyEdit

Season League Position Record Cup
2013–14[15] 1. MNL (level 4) 2nd 15–7–4 Did not qualify
2014–15 3. SNL – East 4th 15–3–8 Did not qualify
2015–16 3. SNL – East 2nd 18–3–5 Round of 16
2016–17 3. SNL – East 2nd 20–3–3 Did not qualify
2017–18 2. SNL 1st 23–3–4 Quarter-finals
2018–19 1. SNL 4th 13–13–10 Semi-finals
2019–20 1. SNL 4th 14–14–8 Winners
2020–21 1. SNL 1st 17–12–7 Round of 16
2021–22 1. SNL 4th 15–12–9 Quarter-finals

TimelineEdit

Slovenian PrvaLigaSlovenian Second LeagueSlovenian Third LeagueSlovenian Regional League

European recordEdit

Summary
As of match played 28 July 2022
Competition Record
G W D L GF GA
UEFA Champions League 4 2 1 1 7 3
UEFA Europa League 9 3 1 5 12 15
UEFA Europa Conference League 10 3 2 5 10 17
Total 23 8 4 11 29 35
Matches

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

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg.
2019–20 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Maccabi Haifa 2–3 0–2 2–5
2020–21[a] UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Nõmme Kalju 4–0[b]
Second qualifying round   AGF 3–0
Third qualifying round   PSV Eindhoven 1–5
2021–22 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round   Shkëndija 5–0 1–0 6–0
Second qualifying round   Ludogorets Razgrad 0–0 1–3 1–3
UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round   Žalgiris 0–0 1–0 1–0
Play-off round   Sturm Graz 1–3 0–2 1–5
UEFA Europa Conference League Group G   Vitesse 0–2 1–3
  Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 1–5
  Rennes 1–2 0–1
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League First qualifying round   Sfîntul Gheorghe 2–1 2–1 4–2
Second qualifying round   St Patrick's Athletic 0–0[c] 1–1 1–1[d]
Notes
  1. ^ Only one match per qualifying round was played due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. ^ Played at Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Budapest (Hungary) due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. ^ After extra time.
  4. ^ Lost 5–6 on penalties.

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

CupEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ ""S takšnim odnosom se vsega tega ne da rešiti"" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ A. V. (10 July 2013). "Muraši od zdaj v "prekmurski" ligi" [Mura from now on in the Prekmurje League] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  4. ^ R. K.; Mitja Lisjak (24 June 2020). "Mura dobila prekmurski derbi za prvi pokal po 25 letih" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Prekmurci osvojili Ljudski vrt: Mura prvič državni prvak!" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 22 May 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  6. ^ R. K.; Toni Gruden (26 August 2021). "Sturm s skupnih 5:1 nadigral Muro, ki jo čaka Konferenčna liga" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Pred tekmo: Mura – Radomlje" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. 13 August 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2021. Mura je po Mariboru šele drugi slovenski klub, ki bo zaigral v skupinskem delu evropskih tekmovanj.
  8. ^ Lisjak, Mitja (27 August 2021). "Mura v skupini s Tottenhamom, Rennesom in Vitesseom" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  9. ^ "NS Mura 2–1 Tottenham: Antonio Conte's 10-man Spurs humbled in Slovenia". Sky Sports. 26 November 2021. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Mura stun Tottenham with late Europa Conference winner after Sessegnon red". The Guardian. 25 November 2021. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Europa Conference League 2021/2022 – Group G". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 9 December 2021.
  12. ^ "Stadion". nkmura.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  13. ^ "(FOTO) Pred Fazanerijo urejajo parkirna mesta". vestnik.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  14. ^ "Igralci" [Players] (in Slovenian). NŠ Mura. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  15. ^ "1. MNL 2013/14" (in Slovenian). MNZ Murska Sobota. Archived from the original on 26 June 2020. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

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