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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 2019–20 season, Gorica plays in the Slovenian Second League, the second highest league in Slovenia.

Gorica
ND Gorica logo.svg
Full nameNogometno društvo Gorica
Nickname(s)Vrtnice (The Roses)
Plavo-beli (The Blue and Whites)
Founded1947; 72 years ago (1947)
(as FD Gorica)[1]
GroundNova Gorica Sports Park
Capacity3,100
PresidentHari Arčon[2]
Head CoachBorivoje Lučić
LeagueSlovenian Second League
2018–19Slovenian PrvaLiga, 9th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Beginnings (1947–1991)Edit

The history of Slovenian association football in the Goriška region goes back to 1907, when the first football club Jugoslavija was formed by the Slovenes of Gorizia.

October 1947 marks the beginning of the club with the foundation of Gorica Physical Culture Club 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. Both matches were played at the same time, and after the first half things did not look good for Gorica. Maribor was leading 1–0, while Gorica finished the first half with the score 0–0. At the start of the second half, Gorica took the lead. In the other match, the score remained 1–0 for Maribor up until the 68th minute, when Mura equalised to 1–1. Later, Maribor was cut down with yet another goal from Mura in the 89th minute for the final score 2–1. That result meant that Gorica, who eventually won against Koper 2–0, had secured their second title.[3]

The second title started an impressive run for Gorica as the team won another two league titles in a row (2004–05, 2005–06).[4] By now Gorica, a four times Slovenian league champions, was recognized as one of the top football clubs in the country. After the last title, Gorica was a runner-up in the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons, while finishing 3rd in 2007–08 and 2009–10.

In 2013, Gorica became associated with Parma.[5] On 21 May 2014 they won their first trophy after eight years as they defeated Maribor 2–0 in the cup final.[6] 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.[7]

Current squadEdit

As of 1 September 2019[8]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Darko Marjanović
4   MF Rok Grudina
8   MF Jaka Kolenc
9   FW Mark Gulič
10   FW Bede Osuji
11   MF Luka Volarič
14   MF Tim Matič
17   FW Lamin Colley
19   DF Matija Kavčič
21   MF Nik Jermol
No. Position Player
22   DF Adis Hodžić
23   DF Tine Kavčič
25   DF Matteo Tomiček
26   MF Goran Trivunovič
30   MF Leon Marinič
31   GK Nick Bičić
35   DF Matic Paljk (on loan from Olimpija Ljubljana)
43   DF Žiga Lipušček
77   FW Žan Leban
97   DF Joseph Asante

HonoursEdit

Notable managersEdit

The following managers have won at least one trophy when in charge of Gorica after the independence of Slovenia in 1991:

Domestic league and cup resultsEdit

Season League Position Pts Played W D L GF GA Cup Supercup
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 Not held
1993–94 1. SNL 5 35 30 12 11 7 40 38 First round Not held
1994–95 1. SNL 3 41 30 18 5 7 66 30 Quarter-finals Not held
1995–96 1. SNL 1 67 36 18 13 5 49 22 Quarter-finals DNP
1996–97 1. SNL 3 65 36 18 11 7 52 33 Round of 16 Winners
1997–98 1. SNL 3 65 36 20 5 11 64 36 Round of 16 Not held
1998–99 1. SNL 2 62 33 18 8 7 55 31 First round Not held
1999–2000 1. SNL 2 62 33 19 5 9 55 34 Semi-finals Not held
2000–01 1. SNL 7 43 33 13 4 16 52 46 Winners Not held
2001–02 1.SNL 4 51 33 14 9 10 38 40 Winners Not held
2002–03 1. SNL 8 34 31 7 13 11 34 43 Quarter-finals Not held
2003–04 1. SNL 1 56 32 15 11 6 55 29 Round of 16 Not held
2004–05 1. SNL 1 65 32 18 11 3 49 23 Runners-up Not held
2005–06 1. SNL 1 73 36 21 10 5 75 30 Semi-finals Not held
2006–07 1. SNL 2 58 36 17 7 12 66 63 Semi-finals Not held
2007–08 1. SNL 3 57 36 16 9 11 61 50 Round of 16 DNP
2008–09 1. SNL 2 56 36 17 5 14 60 55 Semi-finals DNP
2009–10 1. SNL 3 55 36 16 7 13 74 60 Quarter-finals DNP
2010–11 1. SNL 5 48 36 13 9 14 42 53 Quarter-finals DNP
2011–12 1. SNL 5 53 36 14 11 11 49 37 Quarter-finals DNP
2012–13 1. SNL 6 41 36 10 11 15 45 60 Quarter-finals DNP
2013–14 1. SNL 4 58 36 16 10 10 60 32 Winners DNP
2014–15 1. SNL 9 37 36 10 7 19 40 46 Quarter-finals Runners-up
2015–16 1. SNL 4 52 36 15 7 14 48 49 First round DNP
2016–17 1. SNL 2 60 36 16 12 8 48 39 Quarter-finals Not held
2017–18 1. SNL 6 47 36 14 5 17 40 48 Semi-finals Not held
Totals 1. SNL 4 Titles 1418 937 411 241 285 1419 1113 3 Cups 1 Cup
*Best results are highlighted.

European recordEdit

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

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1996–97 UEFA Cup PR   Vardar 0–1 1–2 1–3
1997–98 UEFA Cup 1Q   Oţelul Galaţi 2–0 2–4 4–4 (a)
2Q   Club Brugge 3–5 0–3 3–8
1999–2000 UEFA Cup Q   Inter Cardiff 2–0 0–1 2–1
1R   Panathinaikos 0–1 0–2 0–3
2000–01 UEFA Cup Q   Neftchi Baku 3–1 0–1 3–2
1R   Roma 1–4 0–7 1–11
2001–02 UEFA Cup Q   Neftchi Baku 1–0 0–0 1–0
1R   Osijek 1–2 0–1 1–3
2002–03 UEFA Cup Q   Rapid Bucureşti 1–3 0–2 1–5
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 1Q   Flora Tallinn 3–1 4–2 7–3
2Q   Copenhagen 1–2 5–0 6–2
3Q   Monaco 0–3 0–6 0–9
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
2Q   Steaua Bucureşti 0–2 0–3 0–5
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1Q   Rabotnički 1–2 1–2 2–4
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Hibernians 0–0 3–0 3–0
2R   Chernomorets Burgas 0–2 1–1 1–3
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
2Q   Panionios 2–3 0–2 2–5
Notes
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • Q: Qualifying round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Gorica" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ "V Pokalu Uefa Primorje" [Primorje in the UEFA Cup] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 31 May 2004. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  4. ^ "HIT Gorica tretjič zapored prvak" [Third title in a row for Gorica]. Delo (in Slovenian). 4 June 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  5. ^ Ervin Čurlič (1 August 2013). "Gorica potrdila sodelovanje s Parmo" [Gorica confirmed cooperation with Parma] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
  6. ^ A. V. (21 May 2014). "Ne Maribor, Gorica je pokalni prvak" [Not Maribor, Gorica is the cup winner] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  7. ^ D. S. (2 June 2019). "Sežanci vzeli Goričanom prvoligaški status" (in Slovenian). Nova Gorica: RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Prva ekipa 2019–20" [2019–20 First Team]. www.nd-gorica.com (in Slovenian). ND Gorica. Retrieved 1 September 2019.

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