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FC Koper
Full name Football Club Koper
Nickname(s) The Canaries (Kanarčki)
Founded 1955
Ground SRC Bonifika Stadion,
(Capacity: 4,500)
Chairman Slovenia Aldo Babič
Manager Slovenia Nedžad Okčič
League 1.SNL
2008-09 8th
Home colours
Away colours

FC Koper is a Slovenian (soccer) club, playing in the town of Koper.



From the records, it appears that football in Koper was played as early as in the 1920s, but officially, the club took the name NK Koper in the year 1955, when it was formed by the merger of two football teams: Aurora and Meduza. The club played under this name in different Yugoslavian leagues until 1991 and was one of the most successful Slovenian clubs. After Slovenia became independent, the club started to play in the 1.SNL and 2.SNL. At the beginning of the 1990s, the club was achieving mid-table success. By the end of the 1990s, the club had been relegated to the second division twice, had serious financial problems and renamed itself to FC Koper, thereby avoiding the necessity of paying off its debts. With the advent of the new millennium, FC Koper consistently achieved positions in the upper half of the table (achieving third place in the 2001–2002 season, its highest since Slovenian independence). In the 2003–2004 season, they were playing in a European competition for the first time since 1991: the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Two years of mid-table anonymity and significant financial difficulties followed, in part because the former owner, Georg Suban, left substantial debts to the club and took half the team with him when he moved to the other 1.SNL team NK Mura.

The fans took control of the club and tried to improve its finances to save it from going bankrupt and disappearing like three other major Slovenian clubs (NK Olimpija, NK Mura and NK Ljubljana), with reasonable success. In the 2005–2006 season, Mladen Rudonja returned to the club and brought with him the Serbian-American businessman Milan Mandarić, who paid off all the remaining debts. After the first half of the season, before the arrival of the new patron, Koper was battling against relegation, but in the second part of the season, with a new coach, Milivoj Braćun, the club started an unbeaten run that led them to reach the 3rd place in the 1.SNL and to win the Slovenian Cup for the first time, FC Koper's first trophy since the Slovenian independence from Yugoslavia. This also qualified the team to play in the UEFA Cup qualifying rounds in the 2006–2007 season.

  • 1955: Fusion from Aurora Koper and Meduza Koper to NK Koper
  • 1990: Renaming to FC Koper Capodistria
  • 2002: Renaming to FC Koper
  • 2003: Renaming to FC Anet Koper
  • 2008: Renaming to FC Luka Koper


See main article SRC Bonifika Stadion

The Bonifika is the team's home stadium, which is named after the area where it is situated in the town of Koper. It has a capacity of 4,500 spectators.

Fan base

There are two main supporting groups for FC Koper. The first one, the elder, is an ultras group formed in 1987 and it goes by the name of Tifozi Koper. It is the oldest ultras group in Slovenia and it is known for its unconditional loyalty to FC Koper. The second group, formed in March 2002, is a fan group called 12. Kopra.

Current squad

As of 15 March 2010 (2010 -03-15)

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

No. Position Player
1 Slovenia GK Ermin Hasić (Captain)
4 Slovenia DF Dejan Kern
5 Croatia DF Kristijan Polovanec
6 Slovenia DF Enes Handanagić
7 Slovenia MF Ivica Guberac
8 Slovenia MF Nebojša Kovačevič
10 Slovenia MF Dare Vršič
11 Slovenia MF Miran Pavlin
14 Slovenia MF Luka Pavlin
15 Slovenia FW Darijo Biščan
16 Slovenia FW Miloš Sučevič
17 Slovenia DF Aljaš Struna
18 Slovenia FW Danijel Bešič
No. Position Player
19 Slovenia MF Etien Huskič
20 Slovenia DF Amir Karič
21 Croatia MF Ivan Sesar
22 Slovenia GK Igor Nenezič
23 Slovenia MF Dalibor Radujko
24 Slovenia MF Andraž Struna
25 Slovenia FW Mitja Brulc
26 Slovenia DF Aleksander Rajčević
27 Slovenia DF Damir Hadžič
28 Slovenia MF Mitja Viler
30 Slovenia GK Admir Suhonjić
32 Slovenia FW Davor Bubanja
33 Slovenia MF Saša Božičič

For recent transfers, see List of Slovenian football transfers summer 2009.


Manager Period
Lučo Pertič 1982 - 1985
Dragan Popadić 1985 - 1987
Milan Miklavič 1987 - 1990
Branko Zupan 1990 - 1992
Vlado Klinčarovski 1992 - 1994
Marijan Jantoljak 1994 - 1995
Predrag Stilinović 1995 - 1996
Vladan Mladenović, Edi Pobega 1996 - 1997
Branko Zupan, Vlado Badžim 1997 - 1998
Marin Kovačić, Tone Hrovatič 1998 - 1999
Branko Zupan 1999 - 2000
Branko Oblak 2000 - 2001
Nenad Gračan 2001 - 2002
Milivoj Bračun 2002 - 2003
Igor Benedejčič 2003 - 2004
Borut Jarc, Ivan Marjon 2004 - 2005
Samir Zulić, Milivoj Bračun/Borut Jarc 2005 - 2006
Milivoj Bračun/Borut Jarc 2006
Vlado Badžim 2007 - 2008
Nedžad Okčič 2008-


Total titles: 2


Winners (2): 2006, 2007

League Positions

  • 1984/85: 1. place (Slovenian League)
  • 1985/86: 2. place (Yugoslav Amateur League)
  • 1986/87: ?
  • 1987/88: 1. place (Slovenian League)
  • 1988/89: 1. place (Yugoslav inter-republic League)
  • 1989/90: 1. place (Yugoslav inter-republic League)
  • 1990/91: ?
  • 1991/92: 8. place (1.SNL)
  • 1992/93: 8. place (1.SNL)
  • 1993/94: 7. place (1.SNL)
  • 1994/95: 11. place (1.SNL)
  • 1995/96: 6. place (2.SNL)
  • 1996/97: 10. place (1.SNL)
  • 1997/98: 2. place (2.SNL)
  • 1998/99: 11. place (1.SNL)
  • 1999/00: 1. place (2.SNL)
  • 2000/01: 6. place (1.SNL)
  • 2001/02: 3. place (1.SNL)
  • 2002/03: 5. place (1.SNL)
  • 2003/04: 4. place (1.SNL)
  • 2004/05: 11. place (1.SNL)
  • 2005/06: 3. place (1.SNL)
  • 2006/07: 6. place (1.SNL)
  • 2007/08: 2. place (1.SNL)
  • 2008/09: 8. place (1.SNL)

Koper in European Cups

Season Competition Round Land Club Score
2002 Intertoto Cup 1R Sweden Helsingborgs IF 0-1, 0-0
2003 Intertoto Cup 1R Croatia NK Zagreb 1-0, 2-2
2R Slovakia ZTS Dubnica 1-0, 2-3
3R Greece Egaleo FC Athene 3-2, 2-2
1/2 Netherlands SC Heerenveen 0-2, 0-1
2006-07 UEFA Cup 1Q Bulgaria PFC Litex Lovech 0-1, 0-5
2007-08 UEFA Cup 1Q Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Siroki Brijeg 1-3, 2-3
2008-09 UEFA Cup 1Q Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 1-2, 0-0

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