NK Celje

Nogometni klub Celje (English: Celje Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Celje or simply Celje ([ˈtsɛ̀ːljɛ]), is an association football club from Celje, Slovenia. They play in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. Together with Maribor, they are the only club that have participated in every season of the Slovenian PrvaLiga since its formation in 1991.[3] Celje won their first league title in the 2019–20 season. They have also won the 2004–05 edition of the Slovenian Cup.

Celje
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Full nameNogometni klub Celje
Nickname(s)Grofje (The Counts)
Rumeno-modri
(The Yellow and Blues)
Founded28 December 1919; 101 years ago (28 December 1919)[1][2] (as SK Celje)
GroundStadion Z'dežele
Capacity13,059
PresidentMiloš Rovšnik
ManagerAgron Šalja
LeagueSlovenian PrvaLiga
2020–21Slovenian PrvaLiga, 8th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1919 as SK Celje.[1][2] Soon after the World War II, in 1946, the club changed its name to NK Kladivar.[2] In 1964 they qualified for the Yugoslav Second League, where they played for one year.[2]

In 1992, one year after Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia, the club was renamed to Publikum due to sponsorship reasons.[2] They reached the finals of Slovenian Cup in 1993 and 1995, but lost on both occasions, having been beaten by Olimpija and Mura, respectively.[4] In 2003, Celje was in a title race with Maribor until the last two rounds, but in the end finished second and also lost the Slovenian cup final against Olimpija during the same season.[5] Two years later, in 2005, the club reached the final for the fourth time and this time they finally lifted their first trophy, defeating Gorica 1–0 in front of their own fans at the Arena Petrol.[6] Celje were also in the finals the next year, but lost to Koper after the penalty shoot-out.[7]

In 2020, Celje won their first national title after winning the 2019–20 Slovenian PrvaLiga season.[8]

StadiumEdit

For most of its early years, the club played at the Glazija Stadium, but obtained the Skalna Klet after merging with ŽŠD Celje in 1967. Glazija was demolished in 1983 and the club moved permanently to Skalna Klet. Since the stadium was in bad shape and could not meet UEFA stadia criteria, the club officials decided to build a new stadium and in 2003 the main stand of the new Arena Petrol stadium was built. The capacity at the time was 3,600 covered seats. After 2003, three new separate stands were built and when the last one opened in 2008, the stadium was completed. The current capacity of the stadium is 13,059 seats from which around 50% are covered.[9] In July 2017, the stadium was renamed to Stadion Z'dežele.[10]

Current squadEdit

As of 19 July 2021[11]

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 Metod Jurhar
4 DF   SVN Zan Flis
5 DF   SVN Matija Burin
7 FW   SVN Ester Sokler
8 MF   SVN Jon Šporn
9 FW   CRO Ivan Božić
10 FW   SVN Kevin Žižek
11 FW   SVN Luka Kerin
13 MF   SVN Matic Vrbanec
14 FW   BIH Mićo Kuzmanović
15 DF   SVN Amadej Brecl
16 FW   DEN Adam Jakobsen (on loan from Vejle)
19 MF   SVN Gašper Koritnik
20 FW   SVN Nejc Ajhmajer
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   SVN Matjaž Rozman
23 MF   SVN Žan Benedičič
25 DF   MDA Denis Marandici
27 DF   SVN Maj Mittendorfer
30 DF   SVN Žan Zaletel
31 GK   SVN Florijan Raduha
33 MF   BLR Ivan Mayewski
55 FW   SVN Žan Medved
71 MF   SVN Maj Rorič
72 MF   SVN Jure Matjašič
79 MF   SVN Tjaš Begić
88 MF   SVN Tamar Svetlin
97 DF   BIH Advan Kadušić

HonoursEdit

League

Cup

Domestic league and cup resultsEdit

Season League Position Pts P W D L GF GA Cup
1991–92 1. SNL 9 41 40 14 13 13 43 51 Round of 16
1992–93 1. SNL 10 32 34 12 8 14 37 47 Runners-up
1993–94 1. SNL 4 38 30 14 10 6 50 34 Round of 16
1994–95 1. SNL 6 38 30 16 6 8 50 27 Runners-up
1995–96 1. SNL 5 51 36 13 12 11 62 47 Semi-finals
1996–97 1. SNL 4 47 36 12 11 13 55 61 Quarter-finals
1997–98 1. SNL 6 49 36 14 7 15 57 57 Quarter-finals
1998–99 1. SNL 7 42 33 10 12 11 30 35 Round of 16
1999–00 1. SNL 6 47 33 11 14 8 53 45 Quarter-finals
2000–01 1. SNL 5 50 33 15 5 13 59 52 First round
2001–02 1. SNL 6 48 33 14 6 13 50 39 Round of 16
2002–03 1. SNL 2 55 31 15 10 6 57 38 Runners-up
2003–04 1. SNL 10 39 32 11 6 15 61 52 Quarter-finals
2004–05 1. SNL 3 52 32 16 4 12 47 28 Winners
2005–06 1. SNL 6 49 36 15 4 17 48 59 Runners-up
2006–07 1. SNL 7 45 36 11 12 13 54 51 Semi-finals
2007–08 1. SNL 8 45 36 13 6 17 42 51 Quarter-finals
2008–09 1. SNL 4 53 36 15 8 13 48 39 Round of 16
2009–10 1. SNL 5 51 36 14 9 13 53 56 Semi-finals
2010–11 1. SNL 8 37 36 9 10 17 41 55 Round of 16
2011–12 1. SNL 8 37 36 9 10 17 44 56 Runners-up
2012–13 1. SNL 5 49 36 12 13 11 39 39 Runners-up
2013–14 1. SNL 8 37 36 10 7 19 30 58 Quarter-finals
2014–15 1. SNL 2 70 36 20 10 6 58 31 Runners-up
2015–16 1. SNL 5 45 36 11 12 13 32 46 Runners-up
2016–17 1. SNL 5 55 36 15 10 11 48 39 Round of 16
2017–18 1. SNL 5 50 36 14 8 14 56 51 Semi-finals
2018–19 1. SNL 5 49 36 12 13 11 45 51 Round of 16
2019–20 1. SNL 1 69 36 19 12 5 74 36 Quarter-finals
Totals 1. SNL 1 Title 1370 1009 386 268 355 1423 1331 1 Cup
*Best results are highlighted.

European recordEdit

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

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round   Odense BK 0–1 0–0 0–1
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group stage   Antalyaspor 1–1 2nd
  Maccabi Haifa 1–0
  Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 1–2
  Proleter Zrenjanin 0–0
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round   Aarhus 7–1 0–1 7–2
Second round   Petržalka 5–0 1–1 6–1
Third round   Lausanne-Sport 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   Belasica 7–2 5–0 12–2
First round   Maccabi Haifa 2–2 1–2 3–4
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round   Sloboda Tuzla 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2005–06 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round   Levski Sofia 1–0 0–3 1–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Dacia Chișinău 0–1 0–1 0–2
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Tromsø 0–2 2–1 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Śląsk Wrocław 0–1 1–3 1–4
2020–21[a] UEFA Champions League First qualifying round   Dundalk 3–0[b]
Second qualifying round   Molde 1–2
UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round   Ararat-Armenia 0–1[c]
  1. ^ Only one match per qualifying round was played due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. ^ Celje played their home match at Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Budapest (Hungary) due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic between Slovenia and Ireland.
  3. ^ After extra time.

List of managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). NK Celje. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  3. ^ Gordana Possnig (10 September 2019). "V Celju že sto let organizirano igrajo nogomet". Večer (in Slovenian). Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Slovenia – List of Cup Finals". rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Slovenia 2002/03". rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Publikum dočakal prvo lovoriko" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Slovenia 2005/06". rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  8. ^ A. V. (22 July 2020). "Celjani prvič slovenski nogometni prvaki" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Stadion" [Stadium] (in Slovenian). NK Celje. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Celjski stadion z novim imenom, odslej bo Arena Z'dežele". Ekipa24 (in Slovenian). 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Seznam igralcev" [List of players] (in Slovenian). NK Celje. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

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