Široki Brijeg

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Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina

About Široki Brijeg

Nogometni Klub Siroki Brijeg, usually known more simply as Siroki Brijeg, was first established in 1948. Despite being from a relatively small town, the club have emerged as one of the biggest and most successful teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina and regularly compete for the major trophies on offer within the country. They are nicknamed Plavi, which translates to 'The Blues'; a reference to the club's traditional home colours.

For the first few decades of the club's existence, they failed to make a significant impact. During the 1990s, the club competed in the First League of Herzeg-Bosnia, which was, at that time, the top league for Croats clubs playing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This period marked the beginning of Siroki Brijeg's successful modern era, as they finished top of the division five years in a row, with those league wins coming in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.

In 2000, the league merged with the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina and since joining the division, Siroki Brijeg have continued to experience high levels of success. The club won its first Premier League title in 2004 and added a second league win in 2006. They have also achieved success in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup, which they lifted in both 2007 and 2013, after beating Slavija and Zeljeznicar, respectively, in those finals. In recent times, the club have competed in both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Cup/Europa League on multiple occasions, marking their first appearances on the European stage. Their best performance in a continental competition came in the 2005-06 UEFA Cup, where they defeated Teuta Durrës and FK Zeta before being knocked out by FC Basel.

Siroki Brijeg play their home matches at the Stadion Pecara. The venue is currently able to hold up to 10,000 spectators.

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