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Nogometni klub Rudar Trbovlje (English: Rudar Trbovlje Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Rudar Trbovlje or simply Rudar, is a Slovenian football club from Trbovlje, which plays in the Regional Ljubljana League, the fourth level of the Slovenian football system. The club have a long-standing local rivalry with NK Zagorje, which is known as Zasavje derby.[4]

Rudar Trbovlje
Club crest
Full nameNogometni klub Rudar Trbovlje
Nickname(s)Knapi (The Miners)
Zeleno-črni (The Green and Blacks)
Founded1922; 97 years ago (1922)[1]
(as ŠK Zora)
GroundRudar Stadium
PresidentDamjan Flere[2]
Head CoachAntonijo Buovski[3]
LeagueRegional Ljubljana League
2017–183. SNL – Centre, 12th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website


Club historyEdit

History of football in Trbovlje dates back to 1922, which applies to the anniversary of the birth of football in Trbovlje, when it was founded as ŠK Zora. In the same year, the ŠK Zora aroused a lot of interest in this sport among youth working class. In 1924 the club was banned after a political combat with Orjuna. Some former members then founded DSK Svoboda, which renamed to SK Amater in 1927.

On the 50th anniversary of the club, they won the Slovenian championship for the first time. A successful period lasted until 1980, as NK Rudar won the republic league two more times between 1974 and 1979. The team was led by the football expert Zdenko Verdenik.

With the collapse of Yugoslavia and the independence of Slovenia, all Slovenian teams returned from the federal leagues. Some of the key players left the club and Rudar was eliminated from the newly established Slovenian PrvaLiga. They never returned to the first division.


1971–72, 1973–74, 1978–79
  • Slovenian Fourth Division: 1

Notable playersEdit

Club most known former players are Klemen Lavrič and Mišo Brečko. Both were capped in the national team. The best known ex-manager of the club is Edin Osmanović, who began his career in Rudar, and went on to become a high-profile manager in the Slovenian PrvaLiga

Klemen Lavrič - Born in Trbovlje, he started his career at Rudar Trbovlje youth sides. He has had previous spells at NK Rudar Velenje, Hajduk Split, Inter Zaprešić, Dynamo Dresden, Duisburg, Omiya Ardija and Sturm Graz. For the Slovenia national football team he played 25 games and scores 6 goals. He ended his international career.

Mišo Brečko - Born in Trbovlje, he started his career at NK Rudar Trbovlje youth sides. He currently plays as a right back for Fußball Club Köln. He has had previous spells at Factor Ljubljana, Šmartno, Hansa Rostock, Erzgebirge Aue, Hamburger SV II, Hamburger SV. For the Slovenia national football team he played 51 games. He is still playing for Slovenia national football team.

Edin Osmanović - He started his career at NK Rudar Trbovlje, coaching the club for two years, from 1995 to 1997. His success in the club led to his successful career in the Slovenian First Football League, with many clubs such as Celje, Gorica and Rudar Velenje.


  1. ^ "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Predsednik kluba" [President] (in Slovenian). NK Rudar Trbovlje official website. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Strokovno vodstvo" [Coaching staff] (in Slovenian). NK Rudar Trbovlje official website. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  4. ^ Davor Mađerić (15 November 2015). "FOTO: Zasavski derib Zagorju" [Zasavje Derby won by Zagorje] (in Slovenian). Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Regionalna Ljubljanska liga 2011/12" (in Slovenian). MNZ Ljubljana. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

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