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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.

Rudar Velenje
NK Rudar Velenje.svg
Full nameNogometni klub Rudar Velenje
Nickname(s)Knapi (The Miners)
Founded1948; 71 years ago (1948)[1]
GroundOb Jezeru
Capacity2,341
PresidentPeter Dermol
Head CoachJani Žilnik
LeagueSlovenian PrvaLiga
2018–19Slovenian PrvaLiga, 7th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

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.[2]

Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2019[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Marko Pridigar
3   DF David Hrubik
4   DF David Kašnik
6   MF Anže Pišek
7   FW Matic Mlakar
8   MF Damjan Trifković
9   FW Djair Parfitt-Williams
10   MF Leon Črnčič
11   MF Tim Vodeb
12   GK Tomaž Stopajnik
14   FW Abu Kamara
15   DF Haris Dedić
16   DF Andraž Vrabič
17   FW Dominik Radić
No. Position Player
18   FW Žiga Škoflek
19   MF Klemen Bolha
20   DF Sandi Ćoralić
22   DF Ivan Vasiljević
23   DF Josip Tomašević
24   MF Nejc Pušnik
26   MF Cene Kitek
27   MF David Arap
29   MF Li Haoran
33   FW Milan Tučić
37   GK Anže Malnar
43   MF Aljaž Krefl
44   DF Marko Ćosić
45   DF Robert Pušaver

HonoursEdit

Domestic league and cup resultsEdit

 
Former crest
Season League Position Pts P W D L GF GA Cup
1991–92 1. SNL 12 38 40 13 12 15 59 65 Quarter-finals
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
1994–95 1. SNL 7 38 30 16 6 8 55 33 Quarter-finals
1995–96 1. SNL 7 49 36 13 10 13 46 37 Semi-finals
1996–97 1. SNL 8 42 36 10 12 14 43 53 Round of 16
1997–98 1. SNL 7 43 36 10 13 13 39 38 Winners
1998–99 1. SNL 3 56 33 16 8 9 43 33 Quarter-finals
1999–00 1. SNL 3 58 33 17 7 9 49 35 First round
2000–01 1. SNL 8 43 33 12 7 14 43 44 Semi-finals
2001–02 1. SNL 8 42 33 11 9 13 46 52 Quarter-finals
2002–03 1. SNL 11 25 31 6 7 18 32 51 First round
2003–04 2. SNL 1[a] 69 32 21 6 5 84 37 Quarter-finals
2004–05 2. SNL 1 72 33 23 3 7 76 40 Second round
2005–06 1. SNL 10 15 36 2 9 25 28 83 Quarter-finals
2006–07 2. SNL 8 45 36 12 9 15 45 59 Quarter-finals
2007–08 2. SNL 1 50 27 15 4 7 70 31 x
2008–09 1. SNL 3 55 36 16 7 13 44 39 Quarter-finals
2009–10 1. SNL 7 49 36 15 4 17 46 52 Quarter-finals
2010–11 1. SNL 6 46 36 12 10 14 58 50 Second round
2011–12 1. SNL 6 43 36 11 10 15 55 54 Semi-final
2012–13 1. SNL 7 40 36 11 7 18 42 59 Round of 16
2013–14 1. SNL 3 63 36 18 9 9 55 33 Semi-finals
2014–15 1. SNL 6 46 36 12 10 14 44 43 Round of 16
2015–16 1. SNL 7 41 36 11 8 17 34 52 Quarter-finals
2016–17 1. SNL 7 41 36 10 11 15 49 53 Quarter-finals
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.
  1. ^ Rudar Velenje declined promotion.

UEFA competitionsEdit

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

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup GR2   Tottenham Hotspur 1–2  – 5th place
  Öster  – 1–3
  1. FC Köln 0–1  –
  Lucerne  – 1–1
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QR   Constructorul Chișinău 2–0 0–0 2–0
R1   Varteks Varaždin 0–1 0–1 0–2
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup R1   Halmstads BK 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
R2   Austria Lustenau 1–2 1–2 2–4
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
QR2   FCSB 0–2 0–4 0–6

GR2 = Group 2; QR = Qualifying round; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; QR1 = First qualifying round; QR2 = Second qualifying round.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). NK Rudar Velenje. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ "First team" (in Slovenian). NK Rudar Velenje. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ "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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Rudar drugič zapored prvak (page 16)" (in Slovenian). Naš čas. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2016.

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