Eternal derby of Slovenian football (2007)

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This article is about the football rivalry first contested in 2007 involving NK Maribor and NK Olimpija, established in 2005 as NK Bežigrad. For the rivalry involving NK Maribor and NK Olimpija, established in 1945 and dissolved in 2004, see Eternal derby of Slovenian football (1962–2004). For other uses, see Eternal derby.
Večni derbi
Slovenski derbi
City or region LjubljanaMaribor, Slovenia
Teams involved Maribor
Olimpija
First contested 24 October 2007
Most wins Maribor (17)
Most recent meeting Maribor 3–3 Olimpija
Next meeting 21 February 2015
Largest victory Olimpija 4–1 Maribor
Maribor 3–0 Olimpija (N)
Olimpija 0–3 Maribor

The Eternal derby of Slovenian football, simply known as the Eternal derby (Slovene: Večni derbi) or Slovenian derby (Slovene: Slovenski derbi) is a major football rivalry between Maribor and Olimpija. The match between the two rivals was first contested on 24 October 2007 in a quarter-final match of the Slovenian Cup, which was won by Maribor 3–1.

Location of both teams

History and rivalry culture[edit]

Olimpija was founded on 2 March 2005 under the name NK Bežigrad.[1][2] They later changed their name twice. First to NK Olimpija Bežigrad and finally to NK Olimpija Ljubljana. Although the board of the newly established club and its fans see the team as the spiritual continuation of the old club, they are not regarded as the legal successors of the old NK Olimpija and are not entitled to claim the honours won by the defunct club.[3][4] Technically the new Olimpija could gain the right for honours and history of the old club if the current club board would follow the example of Italian sides, Fiorentina and Napoli, who after bankruptcy and dissolvement, both found a way and repaid the old debts. Although the crest of the new Olimpija holds a year 1911 in it, the current board of the new Olimpija does not give the impression that they are interested in such a move. When the club launched their new official website in September 2010 they had a written statement where it was clearly stated that NK Olimpija Ljubljana was founded on 2 March 2005, under the name NK Bežigrad,[2] which was eventually removed by the club in early May 2011.

However, because the new Olimpija is supported by most of the fans of the previous Olimpija, including their ultras group the Green Dragons who has a long standing rivalry with Maribor's own ultras group Viole Maribor, many see the matches between Maribor and the new club as the continuation of the rivalry and refer to it by the same name.[5][6] However, there are many fans, either the ones from Maribor or the ones from Ljubljana, that does not share the same view and does not share similar beliefs,[7][8][9] including part of the media.[10][11] The overall statistics are tracked separately by the Football Association of Slovenia and the Association of 1. SNL.[4][12] The first match between NK Maribor and the new NK Olimpija took place on 24 October 2007 on a Slovenian cup quarter-final match that was won by Maribor, 3–1.[13] At the time, Olimpija was still competing under the name NK Olimpija Bežigrad.[13]

Fans[edit]

Besides the city of Maribor itself and the surrounding area NK Maribor also has a large fan base in the whole regions of Štajerska and Koroška. The club also draws significant number of supporters from northern Gorenjska and northeastern Dolenjska as well as the capital city of Ljubljana itself, due to a large number of students and workers from eastern part of the country. Olimpija on the other hand inherited much of the fan base that belong to the dissolved Olimpija Ljubljana and draws much of its fans from the central part of the country, the majority from the city of Ljubljana with the surrounding area of southern Gorenjska and northwestern Dolenjska. A significant fan base is also present in the region of Notranjska. Overall, the two clubs were always the most popular football clubs in the country.

Both, Maribor and Olimpija, always had support on their matches from ultras groups called the Viole Maribor, supporting NK Maribor, and the Green Dragons, who supports NK Olimpija. The two groups are the largest in the country and it is not uncommon that the matches between the two clubs were sometimes interrupted by violent clashes between the two groups or with the police.[14] On many occasions, before or after the matches, the fans of the two clubs would also meet up and fight on the streets. One of the worst incidents, in April 2010 was after the match when a Maribor supporter stabbs a member of the Green Dragons who, with a group of friends, got into a fight with members of the Viole in Ljubljana's railway station.[15] However, to date, there has not been any fatalities in the country related to football violence. Fans of Olimpija traditionally occupy the northern stands of the stadiums, while Maribor fans are present on the southern stands.

Honours[edit]

Official statistics of honours won by NK Maribor and NK Olimpija, established in 2005 under the name NK Bežigrad, as treated by the Football Association of Slovenia and the Association of 1. SNL.
Major honours won
Competition Maribor Olimpija
1. SNL 12 0
Cup 8 0
Supercup 4 0
Total 24 0

Head-to-head[edit]

Matches[edit]

Slovenian First League[edit]

Maribor – Olimpija Olimpija – Maribor
Season Round Date Venue Attendance Score Report Round Date Venue Attendance Score Report
2009–10 4 08–08–2009 Ljudski vrt 6,000 1–0 Rep. 13 17–10–2009 ŽAK 2,000 0–1 Rep.
22 09–12–2009 Ljudski vrt 2,500 2–1 Rep. 31 16–04–2010 ŽAK 2,000 1–1 Rep.
2010–11 13 16–10–2010 Ljudski vrt 8,000 0–0 Rep. 4 29–09–2010 Stožice 10,000 0–1 Rep.
31 04–05–2011 Ljudski vrt 9,500 2–2 Rep. 22 12–03–2011 Stožice 5,000 0–0 Rep.
2011–12 16 30–10–2011 Ljudski vrt 12,500 2–2 Rep. 7 28–08–2011 Stožice 8,000 4–1 Rep.
34 12–05–2012 Ljudski vrt 10,000 3–2 Rep. 25 21–03–2012 Stožice 8,000 1–2 Rep.
2012–13 14 20–10–2012 Ljudski vrt 9,000 1–0 Rep. 5 11–08–2012 Stožice 5,500 0–0 Rep.
32 11–05–2013 Ljudski vrt 9,000 2–1 Rep. 23 10–03–2013 Stožice 2,000 1–1 Rep.
2013–14 13 06–10–2013 Ljudski vrt 6,500 2–0 Rep. 4 02–03–2014 Stožice 5,000 0–3 Rep.
31 03–05–2014 Ljudski vrt 5,500 2–0 Rep. 22 15–03–2014 Stožice 100[A] 2–0 Rep.
2014–15 12 04–10–2014 Ljudski vrt 10,000 3–3 Rep. 3 TBD Stožice
30 29–04–2015 Ljudski vrt 21 21–02–2015 Stožice

Total: Maribor 11 wins (52%), 8 draw (38%), Olimpija 2 wins (10%).

Slovenian Cup[edit]

Season Round Leg Date Venue Attendance Match Score Winner Report
2007–08 Quarter-final &
24–10–2007 Ljudski vrt 3,500 Maribor – Olimpija 3–1 Maribor Rep.
2009–10 Round of 16 &
21–10–2009 ŽAK 1,700 Olimpija – Maribor 0–1 Maribor Rep.
2012–13 Quarter-final First 27–02–2013 Stožice 4,000 Olimpija – Maribor 1–3 Maribor Rep.
Second 07–03–2013 Ljudski vrt 5,000 Maribor – Olimpija 0–1 Rep.
2013–14 Semi-final First 26–03–2014 Ljudski vrt 7,000 Maribor – Olimpija 1–0 Maribor Rep.
Second 02–04–2014 Stožice 4,000 Olimpija – Maribor 1–1 Rep.

Series won: Maribor 4 (100%), Olimpija 0 (0%).

Slovenian Supercup[edit]

Season Round Leg Date Venue Attendance Match Score Winner Report
2012 Final &
08–07–2012 Ljudski vrt 4,157 Olimpija – Maribor 1–2 Maribor Rep.
2013 Final &
07–07–2013 Arena Petrol (N) 1,800 Maribor – Olimpija 3–0 Maribor Rep.

Series won: Maribor 2 (100%), Olimpija 0 (0%).

Statistics[edit]

The table below is accurate as of 4 October 2014.

Maribor
wins
Draws Olimpija
wins
1.SNL
At Maribor home 7 4 0
At Olimpija home 4 4 2
Neutral field 0 0 0
Total 11 8 2
Slovenian Cup
At Maribor home 2 0 1
At Olimpija home 2 1 0
Neutral field 0 0 0
Total 4 1 1
Slovenian Supercup
At Maribor home[B] 1 0 0
At Olimpija home 0 0 0
Neutral field 1 0 0
Total 2 0 0
Total
28 17 9 3

Ranking[edit]

Position 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
1 1 1 1 1
2 2 2 2
3
4 4 4
5
6
7 7
8
9
10

Total: Maribor 5 times higher (100%), Olimpija 0 times higher (0%).

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

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