List of Slovenian football champions

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Maribor players celebrating their ninth league title (29 May 2011, after the last round vs Domžale)
PrvaLiga trophy being lifted in celebration of Maribor's ninth league title in 2011

The Slovenian football champions are the winners of the highest league of association football in Slovenia, PrvaLiga. Also known by the abbreviation 1. SNL, PrvaLiga is contested on a round robin basis and the championship awarded to the club that is top of the league at the end of the season.[1] The league was established after the independence of Slovenia in 1991, originally containing 21 clubs.[1][2][3] Before that, top Slovenian teams competed in Yugoslavia with only Ilirija, ASK Primorje and Ljubljana ever reaching the country's highest division, Yugoslav First League.[3] Olimpija, Maribor and Nafta Lendava were the only Slovenian teams who participated in the top division between the end of World War II in 1945 and the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991.[3] While being a part of the Yugoslav football system, most of the Slovenian clubs competed for the title of regional champions in the Slovenian Republic Football League.[2][3] However, the republic league was officially the third tier of football most of the time and the competition was usually without the top Slovenian clubs, who played in the Yugoslav Second League or the country's top division.[3]

Matjaž Kek as head coach of Slovenia national football team during the team's practice at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Matjaž Kek won the PrvaLiga title as a footballer and manager.[4]

Following the independence of Slovenia, the Football Association of Slovenia separated from the Football Association of Yugoslavia and created their own football competitions.[2][3] For the first time in history, top Slovenian clubs competed in the newly formed Slovenian football league for the title of Slovenian champion.[1][3] Of the founding clubs in the PrvaLiga, only Maribor, Gorica and Celje have not been relegated.[5] The format and the number of clubs in the league has changed over time, ranging from 21 clubs in the first season to 10 clubs in its present form.[1][3] The top clubs at the end of the season are awarded a qualifying spot in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, with the bottom one being relegated to the Slovenian Second League, 2. SNL.[6]

Olimpija won the first title.[7] They had a long tradition of playing in the Yugoslav first league and their squad was still composed of players from that era.[3] Olimpija dominated the league and won a further three championships before Gorica won their first in the 1995–96 season.[7] Following Gorica's success, Maribor won their first championship in 1997.[7] This started a record-breaking streak of seven successive league championships which came to an end when Gorica won their second title in the 2003–04 season.[7] The club from Nova Gorica went on to win an additional two titles, becoming the third club to win three consecutive championships.[7] During the 2006–07 season Domžale, a club that played in the Slovenian second division three seasons earlier, won their first title, a feat they repeated the next season.[7] Following the 2008–09 season, Maribor became the major force in Slovenian football for the second time, having won seven out of ten championships since then.[7]

Maribor is the most successful club; they have won the championship 14 times.[7] Seven of Maribor's titles came during the late 1990s and early 2000s when the club was led alternately by managers Bojan Prašnikar, Ivo Šušak and Matjaž Kek.[8][9] From 2008 to this date the club won an additional seven titles. Between 2008 and 2013, Darko Milanič has led the club to four championships.[10] In 2017, during his second spell with the club, Milanič won his fifth title with Maribor.[11] Olimpija has won four titles, all in successive years between 1992 and 1995.[7] In addition, Olimpija is the only Slovenian football champion no longer in existence, having been dissolved by the end of the 2004–05 season when they filed for bankruptcy.[12][13] Tied with four championships is Gorica who won their first title in 1996 and an additional three in successive years between 2004 and 2006.[7] Domžale and Olimpija Ljubljana have won two titles each, followed by Koper, who won their only championship in 2010.[7] Maribor has won the Slovenian version of the double the most; they have won the league and cup four times in the same season.[14] The current champions are Olimpija Ljubljana, who won the 2017–18 edition.[7]

Champions[edit]

Correct as of 2017–18 Slovenian PrvaLiga season. For the information on the season in progress see 2018–19 Slovenian PrvaLiga.
Key
Double Champions also won the Slovenian Cup that season
List of year ranges, representing seasons, and displaying the types of accomplishments of awards by the clubs and top players during those timeframes
Year Champions
(number of titles)
Runners-up Third place Leading goalscorer
(top scorer's club(s))
Goals
1991–92 Olimpija Maribor Izola Zoran Ubavič (Olimpija) 29
1992–93 Olimpija (2) Double Maribor Mura Sašo Udovič (Slovan) 25
1993–94 Olimpija (3) Mura Maribor Štefan Škaper (Beltinci) 23
1994–95 Olimpija (4) Maribor Gorica Štefan Škaper (Beltinci) 25
1995–96 Gorica Olimpija Mura Ermin Šiljak (Olimpija) 28
1996–97 Maribor Double Primorje Gorica Faik Kamberović (Celje) 21
1997–98 Maribor (2) Mura Gorica Ismet Ekmečić (Olimpija) 21
1998–99 Maribor (3) Double Gorica Rudar Velenje Novica Nikčević (Gorica) 17
1999–2000 Maribor (4) Gorica Rudar Velenje Kliton Bozgo (Maribor) 24
2000–01 Maribor (5) Olimpija Primorje Damir Pekič (Celje) 23
2001–02 Maribor (6) Primorje Koper Romano Obilinović (Primorje) 16
2002–03 Maribor (7) Celje Olimpija Marko Kmetec (Ljubljana/Olimpija) 21
2003–04 Gorica (2) Olimpija Maribor Dražen Žeželj (Ljubljana/Primorje) 19
2004–05 Gorica (3) Domžale Celje Kliton Bozgo (Maribor) 18
2005–06 Gorica (4) Domžale Koper Miran Burgič (Gorica) 24
2006–07 Domžale Gorica Maribor Nikola Nikezić (Gorica)[B] 22
2007–08 Domžale (2) Koper Gorica Dario Zahora (Domžale) 22
2008–09 Maribor (8) Gorica Rudar Velenje Etien Velikonja (Gorica) 17
2009–10 Koper Maribor Gorica Milan Osterc (Koper) 23
2010–11 Maribor (9) Domžale Koper Marcos Tavares (Maribor) 16
2011–12 Maribor (10) Double Olimpija Ljubljana Mura 05 Dare Vršič (Olimpija Ljubljana) 22
2012–13 Maribor (11) Double Olimpija Ljubljana Domžale Marcos Tavares (Maribor) 17
2013–14 Maribor (12) Koper Rudar Velenje Mate Eterović (Rudar Velenje) 19
2014–15 Maribor (13) Celje Domžale Marcos Tavares (Maribor) 17
2015–16 Olimpija Ljubljana Maribor Domžale Rok Kronaveter (Olimpija Ljubljana)
Jean-Philippe Mendy (Maribor)
Andraž Šporar (Olimpija Ljubljana)
17
2016–17 Maribor (14) Gorica Olimpija Ljubljana John Mary (Rudar Velenje) 17
2017–18 Olimpija Ljubljana (2) Double Maribor Domžale Luka Zahović (Maribor) 18

Total titles won[edit]

Correct as of 2017–18 Slovenian PrvaLiga season. As of 2018, a total of six different clubs have been Slovenian football champions during the 27 PrvaLiga seasons.

List of accomplishments of awards by the clubs and displaying their best seasons
Club
(number of seasons)
Winners Runners-up Winning years
Maribor (27) 14 6 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
Gorica (27) 4 5 1995–96, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
Olimpija (14)[A] 4 3 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95
Domžale (20) 2 3 2006–07, 2007–08
Olimpija Ljubljana (9)[A] 2 2 2015–16, 2017–18
Koper (23) 1 2 2009–10

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Olimpija was declared bankrupt and dissolved following the 2004–05 season.[15] In 2005, a successor club named Bežigrad (later renamed to Olimpija Ljubljana) was established, who regarded themselves as the continuation of the former club. However, legally, the new club was not entitled to claim the history and honours won by the old club.[16][17][18] The Football Association of Slovenia do not recognize the titles and statistics before 2005.[17][18]
  2. ^ Nikola Nikezić began the 2006–07 season with Domžale, making one appearance for the club, before transferring to Gorica. His 22 goals were scored playing for Gorica.[19]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ a b c "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ A.G., M.R. (21 August 2008). "Dobra igra ne šteje, pomemben je le izid" [Good game does not count, only the result does] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Slavko Jerič, Tjaša Corn (13 May 2013). "Bozgo in Tavares edina vijolična kralja strelcev" [Bozgo and Tavares the only purple kings of the goalscorers] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "1. SNL". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l D. S.; M. L. (27 May 2018). "Foto: Kronaveter z bele točke popeljal Olimpijo iz pekla v raj" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 28 May 2018. 
  8. ^ "Zgodovina 1991–2000" [History 1991–2000] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Zgodovina 2001–2010" [History 2001–2010] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nihče se nam ni niti približal" [Nobody got even close to us] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  11. ^ M.J. (8 May 2017). "VIDEO: Milanič po osvojeni domači lovoriki že gleda proti mednarodni areni: 'Ne skrivamo evropskih ambicij'" (in Slovenian). 24ur.com. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Horvat, Marjan (7 June 2011). "Kukavičjih sto let" [One houndred cowardly years]. Večer (in Slovenian). Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "V naslednji sezoni liga 10" [In the next season a league of 10] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Osebna izkaznica" [Personal ID card] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  15. ^ J. K. (10 November 2010). "Simič: "Stefanović pošilja grožnje!"" [Simic: "Stefanovic is threatening me"] (in Slovenian). zurnal24.si. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  17. ^ a b "Competitions". Football Association of Slovenia. Archived from the original on 13 February 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "SNL Statistika: Vse sezone" [SNL Statistics: All seasons] (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  19. ^ "Nikola Nikezič – Statistika sezone 2006–07" [Nikola Nikezic – Season statistics 2006–07] (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. Retrieved 18 June 2018.