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NK Čelik Zenica

Čelik Zenica
Full name Nogometni Klub Čelik Zenica
Nickname(s) Crno-Crveni (The Black-Reds)
Founded 16 June 1945 (1945-06-16)
Ground Bilino Polje, Zenica
Ground Capacity 13,632
Chairman Senad Sarajlić
Manager Boris Pavić
League Premier League
2013–14 Premier League, 7th
Website Club home page

Nogometni Klub Čelik (English: Football Club Čelik) is a professional football club based in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Čelik means "Steel" in Bosnian and it symbolizes the strength and power of the club and the city since Zenica is an industrial city well known in this part of Europe.

NK Čelik is one of the most prominent and successful football teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina being the only Bosnian club to win the national championship three times in a row – from 1994 to 1997. During the time of the former Yugoslavia, Čelik had played 17 seasons in the Yugoslav First League.

Čelik won the Mitropa Cup two times, and the Intertoto Cup once. Today, Čelik is in the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is active in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The club has produced many important players including Elvir Bolić, Mirsad Hibić and Mladen Krstajić.

Contents

  • Grounds 1
  • Honours 2
    • Domestic 2.1
    • International 2.2
  • European record 3
  • Current squad 4
    • First team squad 4.1
    • Former players 4.2
  • Supporters 5
  • Coaching staff 6
  • External links 7
  • References 8

Grounds

Bilino Polje
Location Bulevar Kulina Bana bb,
Zenica,
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Owner City of Zenica
Capacity 13,362 seated[1]
Construction
Broke ground 1972
Opened 4 October 1972
Tenants

NK Čelik Zenica (1972–present)

NK Đerzelez Zenica (1999–01)

Čelik play their home games at the Bilino Polje stadium which is also the biggest stadium in the city. Over the years the club had changed four different stadiums settling at their current ground in 1972.

During the first few years of the club's existence, following World War II, Čelik's stadium was located roughly on the place of the current Bilino Polje stadium, close to the Bosna river. The ground was covered in clay, as was the practice of lower-level football grounds at the time. The stadium itself had one wooden stand which was built over time and the club often played in front of full capacity.

However, due to the increased popularity of the club and the need for a better surface, during the early 1950s the club moved to the nearby Stadion Blatuša which was located in the Blatuša neighborhood of Zenica. It was there that Čelik started its first run of successes when they had reached promotion to the Yugoslav First League in 1966 and won the Mitropa Cup in 1971 (the final was played on neutral ground in Gorizia, Italy[2]).

Shortly after the first Mitropa Cup victory, plans were made for a new, modern stadium, built in place of Čelik's first stadium. The construction took 8 months to complete and it was officially opened on 4 October 1972 for the second leg of the 1972 Mitropa Cup final against Fiorentina which Čelik won 1–0 to claim their second title in a row. The attendance record of 35,000 still stands today due to the introduction of seats on the stadium over the years. The stadium went through a number of renovations and reconstructions, the most recent being in 2012.[3]

From July to August 2012, the stadium went through another renovation process where the pitch had been changed and under-soil heating installed beneath.[4] During the reconstruction, Čelik played two Bosnian Premier League matches as well as one Bosnian Cup match on the Stadion Kamberovića Polje, winning all of them. In the second part of the same season, the club played one more game there which ended in a draw.

The youth squads of Čelik usually play their games at the smaller stadium Kamberovića Polje.

Honours

Domestic

Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup:


International

European record

As of October 2012:
Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Denizlispor 1–0 5–3
2R Gent 1–0 0–2
2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Grbalj 3–2 1–2

Current squad

As of August 2015

First team squad

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 Semir Bukvić
3 MF Vladimir Grahovac
4 DF Zlatko Kazazić
6 MF Semir Bajraktarević
7 FW Mahir Karić
8 MF Anel Dedić
11 FW Vernes Selimović
13 DF Jovo Kojić
14 DF Goran Popović
15 FW Marin Popović
16 MF Dženan Bureković
19 FW Semir Pezer
20 MF Haris Hećo
21 DF Emir Jusić
No. Position Player
22 DF Anes Duraković
25 GK Adi Adilović
26 MF Sead Bučan
27 DF Benjamin Čolić
TBD FW Amir Mašić
TBD GK Aid Vehabović
TBD MF Fenan Salčinović
TBD MF Ahmed Džafić
TBD MF Stipe Barać
TBD MF Nedim Oglečevac
TBD DF Emrad Šabanović
TBD FW Igor Radovanović
TBD MF Dženis Huseinspahić

Former players

For details of former players, see Category:NK Čelik Zenica players.

Supporters

The home team supporters group is called Robijaši (Convicts in English). It was established in 1988 in Zenica. [5]

Coaching staff

Position Staff
Manager Boris Pavić
Assistant manager Elvedin Beganović
Goalkeeping coach Nijaz Hrustanović
Physio Dario Zrnić

Last updated: 15 August 2015
Source: [6]

External links

References

  1. ^ [7]
  2. ^ [8]
  3. ^ [9]
  4. ^ [10]
  5. ^ "‘Za Čelik’ campaigns for change at NK Čelik Zenica". supporters-direct.org. 22 August 2015. 
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