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Nogometni klub Celje (English: Celje Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Celje or simply Celje, is an association football club from Celje, Slovenia. They play in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. Together with Maribor and Gorica, they are the only club that have participated in every season of the Slovenian PrvaLiga since its formation in 1991.[3]

Celje
NK Celje logo.svg
Full nameNogometni klub Celje
Nickname(s)Grofje (The Counts)
Rumeno-modri
(The Yellow and Blues)
Founded28 December 1919; 99 years ago (28 December 1919)[1][2] (as SK Celje)
GroundStadion Z'dežele
Capacity13,059
PresidentMiloš Rovšnik
ManagerDušan Kosič
LeagueSlovenian PrvaLiga
2018–19Slovenian PrvaLiga, 5th
WebsiteClub website

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HistoryEdit

The club was formed in 1919 as SK Celje.[1][2] Soon after the World War II, in 1946, the club changed its name to NK Kladivar (expressionistic term in Slovene for a blacksmith). In 1964 they qualified for the Yugoslav Second League, where they played for one year.

In 1992, year after Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia, the club again changed its name, this time to Publikum. They reached the finals of Slovenian Cup in 1993 and 1995, but lost on both occasions, having been beaten by Olimpija and Mura. In 2003, Celje was in a title race with Maribor until the very last, but in the end finished second and also lost Slovenian cup finals against Olimpija in the same year. Two years later in 2005 the club reached Slovenian cup finals 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.

StadiumEdit

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.[4] In July 2017, the stadium was renamed to Stadion Z'dežele.[5]

Current squadEdit

As of 24 August 2018

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Jan Andrejašič
3   DF Elvedin Džinić
4   MF Lovro Cvek
5   DF Jure Travner (captain)
6   MF Nino Pungaršek
7   DF Denis Štraus
8   MF Janez Pišek
9   FW Mitja Lotrič
10   MF Rudi Požeg Vancaš
11   FW Luka Kerin
14   MF Juš Štusej
15   DF Amadej Brecl
17   MF Lan Štravs
18   FW Elvir Ibišević
No. Position Player
19   FW Bian Paul Šauperl
20   DF Žan Flis
22   GK Matjaž Rozman
23   MF Žan Benedičič
24   DF Gal Zorko
25   DF Dušan Stojinovič
28   FW Tilen Pečnik
29   MF Dario Vizinger
30   DF Žan Zaletel
31   GK Metod Jurhar
33   GK Filip Lojen
40   DF Tadej Vidmajer
50   MF Rok Štraus

HonoursEdit

Domestic league and cup resultsEdit

Season League Position Pts P W D L GF GA Cup
1991–92 1. SNL 9 41 40 14 13 13 43 51 Round of 16
1992–93 1. SNL 10 32 34 12 8 14 37 47 Runners-up
1993–94 1. SNL 4 38 30 14 10 6 50 34 Round of 16
1994–95 1. SNL 6 38 30 16 6 8 50 27 Runners-up
1995–96 1. SNL 5 51 36 13 12 11 62 47 Semi-finals
1996–97 1. SNL 4 47 36 12 11 13 55 61 Quarter-finals
1997–98 1. SNL 6 49 36 14 7 15 57 57 Quarter-finals
1998–99 1. SNL 7 42 33 10 12 11 30 35 Round of 16
1999–2000 1. SNL 6 47 33 11 14 8 53 45 Quarter-finals
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
2002–03 1. SNL 2 55 31 15 10 6 57 38 Runners-up
2003–04 1. SNL 10 39 32 11 6 15 61 52 Quarter-finals
2004–05 1. SNL 3 52 32 16 4 12 47 28 Winners
2005–06 1. SNL 6 49 36 15 4 17 48 59 Runners-up
2006–07 1. SNL 7 45 36 11 12 13 54 51 Semi-finals
2007–08 1. SNL 8 45 36 13 6 17 42 51 Quarter-finals
2008–09 1. SNL 4 53 36 15 8 13 48 39 Round of 16
2009–10 1. SNL 5 51 36 14 9 13 53 56 Semi-finals
2010–11 1. SNL 8 37 36 9 10 17 41 55 Round of 16
2011–12 1. SNL 8 37 36 9 10 17 44 56 Runners-up
2012–13 1. SNL 5 49 36 12 13 11 39 39 Runners-up
2013–14 1. SNL 8 37 36 10 7 19 30 58 Quarter-finals
2014–15 1. SNL 2 70 36 20 10 6 58 31 Runners-up
2015–16 1. SNL 5 45 36 11 12 13 32 46 Runners-up
2016–17 1. SNL 5 55 36 15 10 11 48 39 Round of 16
2017–18 1. SNL 5 50 36 14 8 14 56 51 Semi-finals
Totals 1. SNL 0 Titles 1252 937 355 243 339 1304 1244 1 Cup
*Best results are highlighted.

European recordEdit

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

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary round   Odense 0–1 0–0 0–1
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group stage   Antalyaspor 1–1
  Maccabi Haifa 1–0
  Lokomotiv Nizhny Novgorod 1–2
  Proleter Zrenjanin 0–0
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round   Aarhus 7–1 0–1 7–2
Second round   Petržalka 5–0 1–1 6–1
Third round   Lausanne-Sport 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round   Belasica 7–2 5–0 12–2
First round   Maccabi Haifa 2–2 1–2 3–4
2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round   Sloboda Tuzla 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2005–06 UEFA Cup Second qualifying round   Levski Sofia 1–0 0–3 1–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Dacia 0–1 0–1 0–2
2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Tromsø 0–2 2–1 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round   Śląsk Wrocław 0–1 1–3 1–4

List of managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  3. ^ Slavko Jerič, Tjaša Corn (13 May 2013). "Bozgo in Tavares edina vijolična kralja strelcev" [Bozgo and Tavares the only purple kings of the goalscorers] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Arena Petrol" (in Slovenian). NK Celje official website. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Celjski stadion z novim imenom, odslej bo Arena Z'dežele" (in Slovenian). Ekipa. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.

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