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Nogometni klub Čelik Zenica (English: Football Club Čelik Zenica) is a professional football club based in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Čelik means "Steel" in Bosnian and it symbolizes the strength and power of the club and the city since Zenica is an industrial city well known in this part of Europe.

Čelik Zenica
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Full nameNogometni klub Čelik Zenica
Nickname(s)Crno-crveni (The Black-Reds)
Founded16 June 1945; 74 years ago (1945-06-16)
GroundBilino Polje Stadium, Zenica
Capacity15,292
ChairmanAydin Ölgun
ManagerMarko Babić
LeaguePremier League BH
2018–19Premier League BH, 7th
WebsiteClub website

NK Čelik is one of the most prominent and successful football teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina being the only Bosnian club to win the national championship three times in a row – from 1994 to 1997. During the time of the former Yugoslavia, Čelik had played 17 seasons in the Yugoslav First League.

Čelik won the Mitropa Cup two times, and the UEFA Intertoto Cup once. Today, Čelik is in the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is active in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The club has produced many important players including Elvir Bolić, Mirsad Hibić and Mladen Krstajić.

GroundsEdit

Čelik play their home games at the Bilino Polje stadium which is also the biggest stadium in the city. Over the years the club had changed four different stadiums settling at their current ground in 1972.

During the first few years of the club's existence, following World War II, Čelik's stadium was located roughly on the place of the current Bilino Polje stadium, close to the Bosna river. The ground was covered in clay, as was the practice of lower-level football grounds at the time. The stadium itself had one wooden stand which was built over time and the club often played in front of full capacity.

However, due to the increased popularity of the club and the need for a better surface, during the early 1950s the club moved to the nearby Stadion Blatuša which was located in the Blatuša neighborhood of Zenica. It was there that Čelik started its first run of successes when they had reached promotion to the Yugoslav First League in 1966 and won the Mitropa Cup in 1971 (the final was played on neutral ground in Gorizia, Italy[2]).

Shortly after the first Mitropa Cup victory, plans were made for a new, modern stadium, built in place of Čelik's first stadium. The construction took 8 months to complete and it was officially opened on 4 October 1972 for the second leg of the 1972 Mitropa Cup final against Fiorentina which Čelik won 1–0 to claim their second title in a row. The attendance record of 35,000 still stands today due to the introduction of seats on the stadium over the years. The stadium went through a number of renovations and reconstructions, the most recent being in 2012.[3]

From July to August 2012, the stadium went through another renovation process where the pitch had been changed and under-soil heating installed beneath.[4] During the reconstruction, Čelik played two Bosnian Premier League matches as well as one Bosnian Cup match on the Stadion Kamberovića Polje, winning all of them. In the second part of the same season, the club played one more game there which ended in a draw.

The youth squads of Čelik usually play their games at the smaller stadium Kamberovića Polje.

SupportersEdit

It was established in 1988 in Zenica.[5] The home team supporters group is called Robijaši (Convicts in English) because Zenica is famous for its prison.

HonoursEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Season League Cup Europe
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1994–95 First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zenica Group
3 3 0 0 13 3 9 1st Winners
First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Final Play-off
3 3 0 0 7 3 9 1st
1995–96 First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 21 5 4 65 23 68 1st Winners
1996–97 First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 17 7 6 57 23 58 1st SF
1997–98 First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosniaks First League
30 16 8 6 48 30 53 2nd R16
First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Play-off
2 0 0 2 2 7 0 6th
1998–99 First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 13 3 14 47 47 42 9th R16
1999–00 First League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 13 8 9 45 36 55 9th QF
Current format of Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2000–01 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 42 21 10 11 75 40 73 4th QF
2001–02 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 12 7 11 39 30 43 6th SF UEFA Intertoto Cup – R2
2002–03 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 38 16 10 12 61 33 58 5th R32
2003–04 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 9 10 11 42 43 37 12th R16
2004–05 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 13 2 15 29 37 41 13th R16
2005–06 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 10 5 15 33 45 35 14th R32
2006–07 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 12 3 15 29 35 39 14th SF
2007–08 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 16 4 10 38 32 52 3rd R16
2008–09 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 12 5 13 29 32 41 10th R32 UEFA Intertoto Cup – R1
2009–10 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 10 5 10 33 36 50 13th R16
2010–11 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 11 7 12 30 30 40 10th Runners-up
2011–12 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 8 10 12 31 39 34 9th QF
2012–13 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 14 9 7 44 30 51 4th QF
2013–14 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 10 13 7 35 32 43 7th Runners-up
2014–15 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 10 11 9 34 35 66 7th R16
2015–16 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 30 12 10 8 35 28 46 6th R16
2016–17 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 32 8 11 13 28 39 35 10th R32
2017–18 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 32 8 4 20 30 61 28 11th R16
2018–19 Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 33 11 10 12 30 49 43 7th R32

European recordEdit

As of October 2012:
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Denizlispor 1–0 5–3
2R   Gent 1–0 0–2
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R   Grbalj 3–2 1–2

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 15 August 2019

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 Bojan Pavlović
3   DF Enio Zilić
4   DF Slavko Brekalo
5   DF Almir Ćubara
6   DF Vedran Vrhovac
7   MF Ševkija Resić (on loan from Sarajevo)
8   MF Anel Dedić
9   FW Haris Dilaver (3rd captain)
10   MF Fenan Salčinović (captain)
11   FW Ermin Huseinbašić
13   GK Adis Nurković
14   MF Vladimir Grahovac
16   MF Selim Žuna
17   MF Nikola Baban
No. Position Player
18   FW Almir Aganspahić
19   DF Tarik Isić
20   DF Ljubiša Pecelj
21   FW Ante Blažević
22   DF Luka Miletić
23   MF Marko Perišić
24   MF Nermin Jamak (vice-captain)
25   FW Aidin Mahmutović
26   MF Harun Vardo
27   DF Carlos León (on loan from 3 de Febrero)
44   DF Petar Raguž
88   FW Ševko Okić
  GK Haris Jupić
  MF Semir Musić
  MF Armel Bradji Dakouri (on loan from Shkupi)

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Eldar Sivac (at Rudar Kakanj until 30 June 2020)
  MF Marin Jurina (at   Shkupi until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
  FW Nermin Hajdarević (at   Shkupi until 30 June 2020)

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Manager   Marko Babić
Assistant coach   Almir Seferović
Goalkeeping coach   Ibro Hodžić
Physio   Dario Zrnić

Last updated: 5 September 2019
Source: nkcelik.ba

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://nkcelik.ba/klub/stadion/
  2. ^ "Mitropa Cup 1970/71". www.rsssf.com.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "'Za Čelik' campaigns for change at NK Čelik Zenica". supporters-direct.org. 22 August 2015.

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