NK Rudar Velenje
Nogometni klub Rudar Velenje (English: Rudar Velenje Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Rudar Velenje or simply Rudar Velenje, is a Slovenian football club from Velenje, currently playing in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.
|Full name||Nogometni klub Rudar Velenje|
|Nickname(s)||Knapi (The Miners)|
|Head Coach||Almir Sulejmanović|
|2018–19||Slovenian PrvaLiga, 7th|
The club was founded in August 1948. At first they played in local MNZ Celje league, until they qualified for the Slovenian Republic League in 1953. Two years later, on 3 July 1955, Rudar's home stadium Ob Jezeru was opened and the club moved to its current home. After the short crisis the club returned to the Slovenian league in 1962. For the 1974–75 season the club hired a professional coach Živko Stakič and became Slovenian champions in 1977. Rudar therefore qualified for the Yugoslav Second League, where they played until 1982. Just before the breakup of Yugoslavia, Rudar became the Slovenian champion for the second time in 1991.
After the Slovenian independence, Rudar became a regular participant in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. They were relegated to the Slovenian Second League in 2003 and returned for the 2005–06 season, but were instantly relegated back to second level. In the 2007–08 season they finished first and thus achieved a promotion back to the first league. The club's highest finish was third place on four occasions, the last time in 2014, when Mate Eterović, Rudar's striker, also became league's topscorer. Their biggest success was winning the Slovenian Cup in 1998, when they lost first game away to Primorje, but then won 3–0 in front of home crowd in the second leg. Rudar therefore played in the last edition of UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where it was eliminated by Varteks Varaždin in the first round.
As of 31 January 2019
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- MNZ Celje Cup: 3
Domestic league and cup resultsEdit
|1992–93||1. SNL||9||33||34||13||7||14||45||52||First round|
|1993–94||1. SNL||9||27||30||10||7||13||37||49||Round of 16|
|1996–97||1. SNL||8||42||36||10||12||14||43||53||Round of 16|
|1999–00||1. SNL||3||58||33||17||7||9||49||35||First round|
|2002–03||1. SNL||11||25||31||6||7||18||32||51||First round|
|2004–05||2. SNL||1||72||33||23||3||7||76||40||Second round|
|2010–11||1. SNL||6||46||36||12||10||14||58||50||Second round|
|2012–13||1. SNL||7||40||36||11||7||18||42||59||Round of 16|
|2014–15||1. SNL||6||46||36||12||10||14||44||43||Round of 16|
|2017–18||1. SNL||4||50||36||15||5||16||50||49||First round|
|Totals||1. SNL||0 Titles||983||801||280||195||326||1042||1109||1 Cup|
- *Best results are highlighted.
- Rudar Velenje declined promotion.
All results (home and away) list Rudar's goal tally first.
|1995||UEFA Intertoto Cup||GR2||Tottenham Hotspur||1–2||–||5th place|
|1. FC Köln||0–1||–|
|1998–99||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||QR||Constructorul Chișinău||2–0||0–0||2–0|
|1999||UEFA Intertoto Cup||R1||Halmstads BK||0–0||2–2||2–2 (a)|
|2009–10||UEFA Europa League||QR1||Narva Trans||3–1||3–0||6–1|
|QR2||Red Star Belgrade||0–1||0–4||0–5|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa league||QR1||Laçi||1–1||1–1||2–2 (2–3 pen.)|
|2018–19||UEFA Europa League||QR1||Tre Fiori||7–0||3–0||10–0|
GR2 = Group 2; QR = Qualifying round; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; QR1 = First qualifying round; QR2 = Second qualifying round.
- ŽNK Rudar Škale, women's team
- "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). NK Rudar Velenje. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
- "First team" (in Slovenian). NK Rudar Velenje. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
- "Članski Pokal - Rudar končal prevlado Krškega" (in Slovenian). MNZ Celje. 29 April 2004. Archived from the original on 14 May 2004. Retrieved 23 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Rudar drugič zapored prvak (page 16)" (in Slovenian). Naš čas. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2016.