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FC Ljubljana is a Slovenianmarker football club, based in the capital, Ljubljanamarker. The team currently plays in Legea league, fourth tier of Slovenian football.

History

Foundation

The club was formed in 1909 as students club SK Hermes and is one of the oldest football clubs in Slovenia. They played the first football match in the country, scoring a victory 18:0 against Ilirijamarker, with which they merged in 1913. Hermes was officially refounded in Kingdom of Yugoslaviamarker in 1919 and played in republic competitions from 1921 on, scoring best result with forth place in Slovenian Republic League on four occasions. In 1925 club added a prefix Železničarski (Railway's) to its name. ŽSK Hermes was from then on clearly defined as a workers club.

Time of SFR Yugoslavia

After the Second World War club was reestablished as NK Železničar Ljubljana, which is sometimes still commonly used name, due to club playing in the framework of Railway Sports Society ( ) on the ŽŠD Ljubljana stadium. Železničar won its first Slovenian Republic League title in 1949 and played in one-off Slovene-Coatian league 1952/53, which was at the time second level of yugoslav football system. They finished ninth and were relegated due to dissolution of the league. The club was then renamed to ŽNK Ljubljana and played in third level inter-republic league. They finished second in 1954, but lost the qualifying match for second league. After the reorganization of yugoslav football, they played in newly established Yugoslav Second League A Zone from 1955 until 1958, finishing on 5th, 8th and 10th place. This league system was then changed again and Ljubljana was relegated back to Slovenian Republic League. They have won it three times, in 1963, 1967 and 1968, before finally returning to Yugoslav Second League, where they played until 1972. After three solid seasons, finishing 11th, 10th and 6th, Ljubljana was unexpectedly relegated with 17th place in its forth appearance. Their status of city's second club was taken over by finantially much stronger Svoboda. Ljubljana then managed to win Slovenian Republic League again only in 1989.

Slovenian league era

Former logo
the indepedence, they have played in Slovenian First League for four seasons. In 1991/92 they played as Eurospekter Ljubljana and Finished fifth, before renaming to AM Cosmos Ljubljana. 1992/93 was their best season, as they were in serious competition for the title after the fall season, but finished forth due to poor finish. In 1993/94 they finished 11th, but then renamed back to Železničar Ljubljana, having new president and bigger ambitions for 1994/95 season. They started quite well, but fell again in the spring period, specially with three defeats in last three rounds, which pushed them to final 10th place. Due to reduction of Slovenian First League to 10 teams, they had to play additional relegation play-off, in which they went as clear favourites, but failed in second round against Izola after 1:1 and 0:0, due to away goal rule. Železničar then won the Slovenian Second League easily in 1996, but was refused a licence for top flight football, so they stayed in second league, but withdrew during the next season. They were later passed a second league licence from feeder club Viator&Vektor Komenda, which has won the 3.SNL Centre and the team renamed to Viator&Vektor Ljubljana in 2000. In next two seasons Ljubljana has played in Slovenian Second League, finishing seventh in 2001 and second in 2002, which was enough for comeback to Slovenian First League after seven years. This time they stayed there for three seasons, finishing on solid 10th, 7th and 9th place. After the 2004/05 season they were refused a licence again, so the club was excluded from the competition, together with another two Slovenian giants, Olimpijamarker and Mura.

New foundation

The club was then reestablished as FC Ljubljana and started allover again in fifth league. In 2006 they have finished second after Olimpija, scoring 15 wins and 66 goals in 17 matches. Next season they finished second again, but were promoted, due to forced relegation of Svoboda.

Stadium

Ljubljana plays home matches at ŽŠD Ljubljana Stadiummarker, located in the lower part of Šiška district. The ground was given to the club by the Railway administration and is therefore placed in a corner of railway tracks connection. It is named after Železničarsko Športno Društvo, railway sports society, which has maintained it for the most of the club's history. Among other railway clubs forming the society, it has been used particularly by the athletics club ŽAK, which was taken as a nickname for the stadium. It was built in 1930 and renovated for regional athletics championship in 1990. The stadium can hold up to 5,000 spectators, of which are around 2,000 covered seats. It is currently the only football venue in Ljubljana, that fulfills all infrastructure licence criteria. The main stand was renovated in 2009, with the seats forming name of the club.

Club logo and colours

Former logo
the first kits used by Hermes were red and white, the club then adopted typical railway image, using blue color through most of its history. Traditional Železničar's kits were striped in blue and white, but also other combinations of those colours were used in later years. Although sometimes playing in all-blue, the team is still nicknamed as Modro-beli (Blue-whites) and the club's logo still uses stripes as the railway symbol. Former logos also featured various similar images, especially railway wings and modified Slovenian Railways sign. During the first league era from 2002 on, the unpopular green logo with a dragon was used, resembling too much the one, that is used by rival Olimpija. However, it was only actaully used in blue on the kits. The fairly distinctive sky blue-white combination, used in those first league years, was replaced by all-blue in the recent times, so Ljubljana now plays its home matches in complete dark blue kits.

Supporters

Although being the second club in the city for most of its history, FC Ljubljana has a relatively small support. In the traditional city derby, from the times of Hermes and Ilirija until today, most of the crowds have been on the side of latter, popular citizens club Olimpijamarker. Rather neglected in the industrial Šiška, Ljubljana had some support in residents from other yugoslav republics. First organized fan groups of Ljubljana were formed in the early nineties, when the club was playing a major role in slovenian league. Despite having lost almost all of its support in the last years, a small group of Špediterji stays loyal to the club.

Domestic league and cup results

Season League Position Pts P W D L GF GA Cup
1991/92 1.SNL 5 46 40 17 12 11 59 41 1/32
1992/93 1.SNL 4 40 34 16 8 10 44 34 1/2
1993/94 1.SNL 11 25 30 8 9 13 29 44 1/16
1994/95 1.SNL 10 30 30 13 4 13 49 43 1/16
1995/96 2.SNL 1 67 29 20 7 2 62 20 1/4
1996/97 2.SNL 16 8 15 1 5 9 10 26 1/16
1997/98 x x x x x x x x x x
1998/99 5.level 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? x
1999/00 4.level 8 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? x
2000/01 2.SNL 7 40 29 11 7 11 50 40 x
2001/02 2.SNL 2 72 30 22 6 2 89 12 1/4
2002/03 1.SNL 10 30 (-3) 31 9 6 16 41 66 1/8
2003/04 1.SNL 7 42 32 12 6 14 38 53 1/2
2004/05 1.SNL 9 42 32 10 12 10 38 43 1/8
2005/06 5.level 2 45 17 15 0 2 66 10 x
2006/07 5.level 2 40 16 13 1 2 60 21 x
2007/08 4.level 4 48 26 15 3 8 47 29 x
2008/09 4.level 3 49 26 14 7 5 55 29 x
Totals 1.SNL 0 Titles 255 229 85 57 87 298 324 0 Cups


Achievements

: 1949, 1963, 1967, 1968, 1989


Notable former players





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