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Svoboda Ljubljana
Club crest
Full nameNogometni klub Svoboda Ljubljana
Founded1952; 70 years ago (1952)[1]
GroundSvoboda Sports Park
Capacity800
PresidentHajro Rizvić
Head CoachAmir Agić
League3. SNL – West
2021–223. SNL – West, 13th of 14
WebsiteClub website

Nogometni klub Svoboda Ljubljana (English: Svoboda Ljubljana Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Svoboda Ljubljana or simply Svoboda, is a Slovenian football club from Ljubljana which plays in the Slovenian Third League.

History

The club was formed as ŠD Svoboda in 1952 and was known as one of the best Slovenian clubs during the time of SFR Yugoslavia. It started in lower rangs, but then merged with Grafičar, took its place in Slovenian League and played under that name until 1962. The most successful years came in the seventies, when the club was playing in Yugoslav Second Division under the sponsorship of Mercator, national food market company. In 1971 they have won the Slovenian Republic League for the first time and earned a promotion to the Yugoslav Second Division West, where they played until 1982, with the exception of three triumphal republic seasons.

Year Postiton Year Postiton
1971 1st 1977 17th
1972 13th 1978 1st
1973 8th 1979 16th
1974 18th 1980 1st
1975 1st 1981 8th
1976 12th 1982 16th

During this period they have also won two cup titles in 1976 and 1978. Therefore, they participated in the Yugoslav Cup in the next two seasons, in the latter they were eliminated by Borac Banja Luka in the Round of 16. After the independence of Slovenia in 1991, Svoboda played in the Slovenian PrvaLiga for three seasons, finishing in 11th, 6th, and 13th place. In 1994 the club was replaced by Slavija with many players leaving from them to Vevče. Svoboda then played several seasons in lower divisions, before returning to the scene in 2003, when they were promoted to the Slovenian Second League. They have played there for three seasons, scoring the best result in the 2004–05 season with third place, which was not enough to secure promotion, due to Slovenian First League being decreased to ten teams. In the next two seasons Svoboda was relegated from the second and third division, having serious financial troubles. The club was taken over by NK Interblock in 2008 to become their feeder team for youth selections, but this collaboration lasted only one season. Svoboda started on their own again in 2009. In 2018, Svoboda returned to the Slovenian Third League after they won a promotion play-off against Žiri.

Managers

Manager Period
Slovenia Sanel Konjević 2009–2010
Slovenia Vanja Starčević 2011
Slovenia Suad Beširević 2011–2012
Slovenia Željko Mitraković 2012
Slovenia Zoran Pejović 2012–2016
Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Vrabac 2016–2017
Slovenia Damir Šabotić 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Vrabac 2018
Slovenia Jedinko Perica 2018–2021
Slovenia Željko Filipović 2021
Slovenia Goran Ćurt 2022
Slovenia Amir Agić 2022–present

Honours

League

Cup

Domestic league and cup results

Season League Position Pts P W D L GF GA Cup
1991–92 1. SNL 11 40 40 14 12 14 51 55 Round of 64
1992–93 1. SNL 6 38 34 14 10 10 38 33 Quarter-finals
1993–94 1. SNL 13 23 30 9 5 16 31 59 First round
1994–95 2. MNZ LJ 1 28 18 13 2 3 43 20 First round
1995–96 1. MNZ LJ 3 48 26 15 3 8 48 33 Did not play
1996–97 1. MNZ LJ 3 45 25 14 3 8 54 33 Did not play
1997–98 3. SNL – West 2 42 25 11 9 5 41 21 Did not play
1998–99 3. SNL – Centre 3 47 26 14 5 7 78 50 Did not play
1999–2000 3. SNL – Centre 11 26 26 6 8 12 34 39 Did not play
2000–01 3. SNL – Centre 9 33 26 8 9 9 32 34 Did not play
2001–02 3. SNL – Centre 3 47 26 13 8 5 45 32 Did not play
2002–03 3. SNL – Centre 1 62 25 19 5 1 76 23 Did not play
2003–04 2. SNL 8 34 32 9 7 16 48 47 Did not play
2004–05 2. SNL 3 61 33 18 7 8 52 33 First round
2005–06 2. SNL 9 25 27 7 4 16 26 33 First round
2006–07 3. SNL – West 11 29 26 9 15 2 39 59 Did not play
2007–08 2. MNZ LJ 8 21 20 7 0 13 40 50 Did not play
2008–09 Did not enter any competitions
2009–10 2. MNZ LJ 1 38 16 12 2 2 71 22 Did not play
2010–11 Regional 1 56 26 17 5 4 60 27 Did not play
2011–12 3. SNL – West 14 22 26 5 7 14 23 49 Did not play
2012–13 Regional 2 55 26 17 4 5 64 31 Did not play
2013–14 Regional 8 32 26 9 5 12 44 50 Did not play
2014–15 Regional 6 28 19 9 1 9 33 31 Did not play
2015–16 Regional 2 44 22 14 2 6 52 34 Did not play
2016–17 Regional 4 40 22 12 4 6 42 31 Did not play
2017–18 Regional 1 58 22 18 4 0 65 18 Did not play
2018–19 3. SNL – Centre 6 32 27 7 11 9 44 52 Did not play
2019–20 3. SNL – West[a] 2 31 14 9 4 1 47 19 Did not play
2020–21 3. SNL – West 7 22 19 7 1 11 33 47 Did not play
2021–22 3. SNL – West 13 16 26 4 4 18 20 55 Did not play
  1. ^ The season was not completed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Best results are highlighted.

References

  1. ^ "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Novice: Finale članskega pokala MNZ Ljubljana" (in Slovenian). MNZ Ljubljana. Archived from the original on 11 June 2004. Retrieved 30 October 2016.