Nogometno društvo Gorica, commonly referred to as ND Gorica or simply Gorica, is a Slovenian football club playing in the town of Nova Gorica. They are one of the most successful Slovenian clubs with four Slovenian PrvaLiga and three Slovenian Cup titles. The club plays its matches at the Nova Gorica Sports Park stadium with the capacity of 3,100 seats. As of the 2021–22 season, Gorica plays in the Slovenian Second League, the second-tier league of Slovenian football.
|Full name||Nogometno društvo Gorica|
|Nickname(s)||Vrtnice (The Roses) |
Plavo-beli (The Blue and Whites)
(as FD Gorica)
|Ground||Nova Gorica Sports Park|
|Head Coach||Miran Srebrnič|
|League||Slovenian Second League|
|2020–21||Slovenian PrvaLiga, 10th (relegated)|
October 1947 marks the beginning of the club with the foundation of FD Gorica in Šempeter pri Gorici, where it operated until 1963. They started in the second-level but quickly promoted to the Slovenian Republic League in 1950 under the new name Železničar Nova Gorica. Five years later they became republic champions and qualified for the Yugoslav Second League, which was club's biggest achievement during the time of Yugoslavia. In 1963 the club merged with Branik Solkan and the club's activity was transferred to Nova Gorica, where it remains ever since. They stabilised as a mid-table club in the 1960s, renamed to NK Vozila in 1971 and achieved better results only in the last years before the Slovenian independence. Managed by Pavel Pinni, Vozila finished third in the 1988–89 season of the Slovenian Republic League.
Slovenian independence (1991 to present)Edit
After the independence of Slovenia in 1991, the club played in the 1. SNL under the name HIT Gorica and during the 1995–96 season, Gorica won the Slovenian championship for the first time. In the next season, the club played its first Slovenian Supercup final and won their second trophy with a 3–1 victory over Olimpija. During the league domination of Maribor, the club managed to win two Slovenian cup titles in a row (2000–01 and 2001–02).
On the last day of the 2003–04 season on 30 May 2004, Gorica won its second title after one of the most dramatic rounds in the Slovenian league history. Before the last round, Maribor was leading the table with 54 points, one point ahead of Gorica. In the final round, Maribor played an away match against their rivals Mura and Gorica played at home against Koper. Maribor lost the game 2–1 after a second-half comeback by Mura, meaning that Gorica, who eventually won against Koper 2–0, had secured their second title.
The second title started an impressive run for Gorica as the team won another two league titles in a row (2004–05 and 2005–06). After the last title, Gorica was a runner-up in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons, while finishing third in 2007–08 and 2009–10.
In 2013, Gorica became associated with Parma. On 21 May 2014 they won their first trophy after eight years as they defeated Maribor 2–0 in the cup final. After 28 seasons in the top division, Gorica was relegated for the first time in the 2018–19 season after losing a relegation play-offs against Tabor Sežana.
As of 12 August, 2021
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The following managers have won at least one trophy when in charge of Gorica after the independence of Slovenia in 1991.
|Milan Miklavič||1995–1996||1995–96 Slovenian First Division|
1996 Slovenian Supercup
|Toni Tomažič||2001||2000–01 Slovenian Cup|
|Pavel Pinni||2001–2006||2001–02 Slovenian Cup|
2003–04 Slovenian First Division
2004–05 Slovenian First Division
2005–06 Slovenian First Division
|Luigi Apolloni||2013–2014||2013–14 Slovenian Cup|
Domestic league and cup resultsEdit
|1991–92||1. SNL||4||46||40||15||16||9||63||40||Round of 16|
|1992–93||1. SNL||12||31||34||11||9||14||39||46||First round|
|1993–94||1. SNL||5||35||30||12||11||7||40||38||First round|
|1996–97||1. SNL||3||65||36||18||11||7||52||33||Round of 16|
|1997–98||1. SNL||3||65||36||20||5||11||64||36||Round of 16|
|1998–99||1. SNL||2||62||33||18||8||7||55||31||First round|
|2003–04||1. SNL||1||56||32||15||11||6||55||29||Round of 16|
|2007–08||1. SNL||3||57||36||16||9||11||61||50||Round of 16|
|2015–16||1. SNL||4||52||36||15||7||14||48||49||First round|
|2019–20||2. SNL||2[a]||41||20||13||2||5||40||22||Round of 16|
|2020–21||1. SNL||10||29||36||7||8||21||24||58||Did not qualify|
- The season was not completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- *Best results are highlighted.
All results (home and away) list Gorica's goal tally first.
|1997–98||UEFA Cup||1Q||Oţelul Galaţi||2–0||2–4||4–4 (a)|
|1999–2000||UEFA Cup||Q||Inter Cardiff||2–0||0–1||2–1|
|2000–01||UEFA Cup||Q||Neftchi Baku||3–1||0–1||3–2|
|2001–02||UEFA Cup||Q||Neftchi Baku||1–0||0–0||1–0|
|2002–03||UEFA Cup||Q||Rapid București||1–3||0–2||1–5|
|2004–05||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Flora Tallinn||3–1||4–2||7–3|
|2004–05||UEFA Cup||1R||AEK Athens||1–1||0–1||1–2|
|2005–06||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Tirana||2–0||0–3||2–3|
|2006–07||UEFA Champions League||1Q||Linfield||2–2||3–1||5–3|
|2008||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1R||Hibernians||0–0||3–0||3–0|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Lahti||1–0||0–2||1–2|
|2010–11||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Randers||0–3||1–1||1–4|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||2Q||Molde||1–1||1–4||2–5|
|2016–17||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Maccabi Tel Aviv||0–1||0–3||0–4|
|2017–18||UEFA Europa League||1Q||Shirak||2–2||2–0||4–2|
- PR: Preliminary round
- Q: Qualifying round
- 1Q: First qualifying round
- 2Q: Second qualifying round
- 3Q: Third qualifying round
- 1R: First round
- 2R: Second round
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- "HIT Gorica tretjič zapored prvak" [Third title in a row for Gorica]. Delo (in Slovenian). 4 June 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
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- "Prva ekipa 2019–20" [2019–20 First Team] (in Slovenian). ND Gorica. Retrieved 1 September 2019.