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. Celje won their first league title in the 2019–20 season. They have also won the 2004–05 edition of the Slovenian Cup.
|Full name||Nogometni klub Celje|
|Nickname(s)||Grofje (The Counts)|
(The Yellow and Blues)
|Founded||28 December 1919 (as SK Celje)|
|2020–21||Slovenian PrvaLiga, 8th|
The club was formed in 1919 as SK Celje. Soon after the World War II, in 1946, the club changed its name to NK Kladivar. In 1964 they qualified for the Yugoslav Second League, where they played for one year.
In 1992, one year after Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia, the club was renamed to Publikum due to sponsorship reasons. They reached the finals of Slovenian Cup in 1993 and 1995, but lost on both occasions, having been beaten by Olimpija and Mura, respectively. 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. 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. Celje were also in the finals the next year, but lost to Koper after the penalty shoot-out.
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. In July 2017, the stadium was renamed to Stadion Z'dežele.
- As of 19 July 2021
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- Slovenian Republic League (prior 1991)
- Slovenian Cup (since 1991)
- Slovenian Republic Cup (1953–1991)
- Winners: 1964
- MNZ Celje Cup
- Runners-up: 1991–92
Domestic league and cup resultsEdit
|1991–92||1. SNL||9||41||40||14||13||13||43||51||Round of 16|
|1993–94||1. SNL||4||38||30||14||10||6||50||34||Round of 16|
|1998–99||1. SNL||7||42||33||10||12||11||30||35||Round of 16|
|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|
|2008–09||1. SNL||4||53||36||15||8||13||48||39||Round of 16|
|2010–11||1. SNL||8||37||36||9||10||17||41||55||Round of 16|
|2016–17||1. SNL||5||55||36||15||10||11||48||39||Round of 16|
|2018–19||1. SNL||5||49||36||12||13||11||45||51||Round of 16|
|Totals||1. SNL||1 Title||1370||1009||386||268||355||1423||1331||1 Cup|
- *Best results are highlighted.
All results (home and away) list Celje's goal tally first.
List of managersEdit
- "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). NK Celje. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
- Gordana Possnig (10 September 2019). "V Celju že sto let organizirano igrajo nogomet". Večer (in Slovenian). Retrieved 9 August 2020.
- "Slovenia – List of Cup Finals". rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
- "Slovenia 2002/03". rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
- "Publikum dočakal prvo lovoriko" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
- "Slovenia 2005/06". rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
- A. V. (22 July 2020). "Celjani prvič slovenski nogometni prvaki" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
- "Stadion" [Stadium] (in Slovenian). NK Celje. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- "Celjski stadion z novim imenom, odslej bo Arena Z'dežele". Ekipa24 (in Slovenian). 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
- "Seznam igralcev" [List of players] (in Slovenian). NK Celje. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
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