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, AŠK Primorje and after a forced merger of the two teams in 1936,[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Olimpija won the first title.[1] 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.[1] Following Gorica's success, Maribor won their first championship in 1997.[1] 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.[1] The club from Nova Gorica went on to win an additional two titles, becoming the third club to win three consecutive championships.[1] 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.[1] Following the 2008–09 season, Maribor became the dominant force in Slovenian football for the second time, having won six out of eight championships since then.[1]

Maribor is the most successful club; they have won the championship 14 times.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] Domžale has won two titles between 2007 and 2008, followed by Koper and Olimpija Ljubljana who won their only championship in 2010 and 2016 respectively.[1] 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] In addition, they are the only club who has won the Slovenian version of the treble; they have won the league, cup and supercup in the 2012–13 season. The current champions are Maribor, who won the 2016–17 edition.[1]


Correct as of 2016–17 Slovenian PrvaLiga season. For the information on the season in progress see 2017–18 Slovenian PrvaLiga.
Treble Champions also won the Slovenian Cup and the Slovenian Supercup that season
Double Champions also won the Slovenian Cup that season
MinorDouble Champions also won the Slovenian Supercup 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))
1991–92 Olimpija Maribor Izola Ubavič, ZoranZoran Ubavič (Olimpija) 29
1992–93 Olimpija (2) Double Maribor Mura Udovič, SašoSašo Udovič (Slovan) 25
1993–94 Olimpija (3) Mura Maribor Skaper, StefanŠtefan Škaper (Beltinci) 23
1994–95 Olimpija (4) Maribor Gorica Skaper, StefanŠtefan Škaper (Beltinci) 25
1995–96 Gorica Olimpija Mura Siljak, ErminErmin Šiljak (Olimpija) 28
1996–97 Maribor Double Primorje Gorica Kamberović, FaikFaik Kamberović (Celje) 21
1997–98 Maribor (2) Mura Gorica Ekmečić, IsmetIsmet Ekmečić (Olimpija) 21
1998–99 Maribor (3) Double Gorica Rudar Velenje Nikčević, NovicaNovica Nikčević (Gorica) 17
1999–2000 Maribor (4) Gorica Rudar Velenje Bozgo, KlitonKliton Bozgo (Maribor) 24
2000–01 Maribor (5) Olimpija Primorje Pekič, DamirDamir Pekič (Celje) 23
2001–02 Maribor (6) Primorje Koper Obilinović, RomanoRomano Obilinović (Primorje) 16
2002–03 Maribor (7) Celje Olimpija Kmetec, MarkoMarko Kmetec (Ljubljana/Olimpija) 21
2003–04 Gorica (2) Olimpija Maribor Zezelj, DrazenDražen Žeželj (Ljubljana/Primorje) 19
2004–05[A] Gorica (3) Domžale Celje Bozgo, KlitonKliton Bozgo (Maribor) 18
2005–06 Gorica (4) Domžale Koper Burgič, MiranMiran Burgič (Gorica) 24
2006–07 Domžale Gorica Maribor Nikezić, NikolaNikola Nikezić (Gorica)[B] 22
2007–08 Domžale (2) MinorDouble Koper Gorica Zahora, DarioDario Zahora (Domžale) 22
2008–09 Maribor (8) Gorica Rudar Velenje Velikonja, EtienEtien Velikonja (Gorica) 17
2009–10 Koper Maribor Gorica Osterc, MilanMilan Osterc (Koper) 23
2010–11 Maribor (9) Domžale Koper Tavares, MarcosMarcos Tavares (Maribor) 16
2011–12 Maribor (10) Double Olimpija Ljubljana Mura 05 Vršič, DareDare Vršič (Olimpija Ljubljana) 22
2012–13 Maribor (11) Treble Olimpija Ljubljana Domžale Tavares, MarcosMarcos Tavares (Maribor) 17
2013–14 Maribor (12) MinorDouble Koper Rudar Velenje Eterović, MateMate Eterović (Rudar Velenje) 19
2014–15 Maribor (13) MinorDouble Celje Domžale Tavares, MarcosMarcos Tavares (Maribor) 17
2015–16 Olimpija Ljubljana (1) Maribor Domžale Kronaveter, RokRok Kronaveter (Olimpija Ljubljana)
Mendy, Jean-PhilippeJean-Philippe Mendy (Maribor)
Sporar AndrazAndraž Šporar (Olimpija Ljubljana)
2016–17 Maribor (14) Gorica Olimpija Ljubljana Mary, JohnJohn Mary (Rudar Velenje) 17

Total titles won

Correct as of 2016–17 Slovenian PrvaLiga season. As of 2017, a total of six different clubs have been Slovenian football champions during the first twenty-six PrvaLiga seasons.[15]

List of accomplishments of awards by the clubs and displaying their best seasons
(number of seasons)
Winners Runners-up Winning years
Maribor (26) 14 5 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 (26) 4 5 1995–96, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06
Olimpija (14) 4 3 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95
Domžale (19) 2 3 2006–07, 2007–08
Koper (23) 1 2 2009–10
Olimpija Ljubljana (8) 1 2 2015–16


  1. ^ Olimpija, Mura and Ljubljana were declared bankrupt and dissolved following the 2004–05 season.[16] In 2005, "successor" clubs named Bežigrad (later renamed to Olimpija Ljubljana), Mura 05 and Ljubljana were established, who regarded themselves as the continuation of the former clubs.[17] However, legally the new Olimpija Ljubljana, Mura 05 and Ljubljana are distinct and separate clubs, and were not entitled to claim the history and honours won by their "predecessors".[18][19] The Football Association of Slovenia and the Association of 1. SNL do not recognize the titles and statistics before 2005.[18][19] As of March 2014 the new Olimpija Ljubljana remains the only, of the three clubs, that is still operational and is the current member of the top division.[20] The new Ljubljana was declared bankrupt following their 2010–11 season in the Slovenian Third League,[21] while the new Mura 05 declared bankruptcy and was dissolved following the 2012–13 season, after they have spent two successive seasons in the top division.[22]
  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.[23]


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