Located in the centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies Zenica, home to NK Čelik which literally translates to steel. Their logo adequately represents the town where it was founded and the time when it was established – 16 June 1945.
The red in the crest stands for the working class, fire and glowing steel whilst the black represents the coal found in the surrounding hills and the heavy industry that came with it.
After the breakup of Yugoslavia some changes to the crest were made. In 1992, the year Bosnia and Herzegovina got its independence and spiralled into a bloody civil war, a rail profile and red star were replaced with a Fleur-de-lis, a symbol taken from the Bosnian coat of arms at the time.
The club, far from its glory days of the 1970s, has been faced with instability and political interference in the recent decades which brought it to the brink of bankruptcy. It was saved however by the people of Zenica who, through protests and a boycott of home games by the supporters group, managed to transform the club’s ownership model on a democratic one fan-one vote principle in 2017, the first of its kind in Bosnia and Herzegovina.