Nogometni klub Mura (English: Mura Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Mura or simply Mura, was a Slovenian association football club based in Murska Sobota. The club was founded on 16 August 1924 as one of the first clubs in the Prekmurje region. The club had its golden years in the 1990s when they won the Slovenian Football Cup. During this period they were also the runners-up of the Slovenian PrvaLiga on two occasions.
|Full name||Nogometni klub Mura Murska Sobota|
Črno-beli (The Black and Whites)
|Founded||16 August 1924|
NK Mura was dissolved during the 2004–05 season after the club failed to obtain competition licences issued by the Football Association of Slovenia. The football association had allowed the club to finish the 2004–05 season, which was already in progress, and after finishing eighth in the national championship NK Mura effectively ceased all operations.
NK Mura was founded in Murska Sobota on 16 August 1924 in the congress hall of Hotel Dobraj. Their first match came on 31 August 1924 at home against SK Maribor, which was won by the visiting team 9–6. In the first year of the club the team played one more match. This was against SK Merkur from Maribor, which ended with another loss for Mura (3–1).
The best period in the history of the club was after 1991 when Slovenia gained independence. The best result for the club in the Slovenian PrvaLiga was finishing as the runners-up in the 1993–94 and 1997–98 seasons. In the 1993–94 season the club also finished as the runners-up in the Slovenian Cup. On May 1995 the club won the 1994–95 Slovenian Cup with a 2–1 aggregate victory over Celje. With this title the club secured an invitation to play in the newly established Slovenian Supercup at the start of the next season. The match was played in Ljubljana and was won by Olimpija 2–1. The decisive goal for Olimpija was scored by Branislav Kojičić in the 87th minute.
Mura had a string of mixed results for the remainder of their final seasons, despite acquiring highly regarded coaches such as Miroslav Blažević. The club became financially unstable; in their last season, the club had struggled on the pitch and failed to obtain competition licences issued by the Football Association of Slovenia, which led to its dissolution in 2005. The club finished the last competitive season (2004–05) in eight place in a league with twelve teams. A successor club, which claims rights to Mura's honours and records was established in 2005 under the name ND Mura 05. In spite of inheriting old Mura's supporters and colours, they are not legally considered to be successors to the original NK Mura and the two clubs' track records and honours was kept separate by the Football Association of Slovenia. Mura 05 was later disbanded in 2013.
Fazanerija City Stadium (Slovene: Mestni stadion Fazanerija) is a multi-use stadium in Murska Sobota, Slovenia. The stadium was built in 1983 and has a capacity of 3,782 covered seats. With the standing area included the total capacity of the stadium is around 5,500.
League history since 1991Edit
|1993–94||1. SNL||2nd||Qualified for UEFA Cup|
|1994–95||1. SNL||4th||Won Slovenian Cup. Qualified for UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.|
|1995–96||1. SNL||3rd||Qualified for UEFA Cup|
|1997–98||1. SNL||2nd||Qualified for UEFA Cup|
|2004–05||1. SNL||8th||Club dissolved during the season but played until the end.|
All results (home and away) list Mura's goal tally first.
|1995–96||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||QR||Žalgiris Vilnius||2–1||0–2||2–3|
|1998–99||UEFA Cup||1Q||Daugava Riga||6–1||2–1||8–2|
- PR: Preliminary round
- QR: Qualifying round
- 1Q: First qualifying round
- 2Q: Second qualifying round
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