List of NK Maribor players

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A group of individuals, some with arms round each other's shoulders, standing in a row, with two of them holding a silver trophy in the air (29 May 2011, after the match vs Domžale).
Maribor players celebrating the club's ninth league title in 2011.

NK Maribor is an association football club from Maribor, Slovenia. The club was founded in 1960 and joined the Football Association of Yugoslavia the same year.[1] It remained a member until Slovenia gained its independence in 1991, when the club joined the Football Association of Slovenia. Maribor are one of only three Slovenian teams who participated in the Yugoslav highest division, the Yugoslav First League, between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991.[2] Apart from winning the Yugoslav second division once and the third division five times, they had no success during the Yugoslav period;[3] the closest they came to winning a major trophy was in the 1967–68 season, when they reached the semi-finals of the Yugoslav Cup.[4] Since 1991, Maribor have competed in the Slovenian PrvaLiga, the highest level of football in the country.[5] They were one of that league's founding members, and are one of only three clubs never to have been relegated from the top division.[6] Maribor are the most successful club in the country, having won eleven PrvaLiga titles, eight Slovenian Cups and three Slovenian Supercups.[7]

Aside from winning the Slovenian title as Maribor's manager, Matjaž Kek won several championships with the club as a player.[8] Tomislav Prosen joined the club two years after its foundation and went on to become the all-time appearance record holder, with 377 games in 16 seasons. The leading all-time goalscorer is Branko Horjak, who represented Maribor for nine successive seasons during the 1970s; he scored 117 goals in 268 matches. Aleš Križan holds the club record for most appearances in the Slovenian top division, with 240.[9] The record for most goals in the Slovenian top division is held jointly by Ante Šimundža and Kliton Bozgo, who each scored 78 goals.[9] Among Maribor's current players, the team's captain, Marcos Tavares, has the most appearances and has scored the most goals. Tavares also holds the club record for most goals scored in Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) competitions, with 16.[10] He also holds the record for the most appearances in UEFA competitions, with 46.[10]

Since NK Maribor was founded in 1960, more than 500 players have made a competitive first-team appearance for the club. All players who have featured in 100 or more such matches are listed below. Eleven of the club's current players – Marcos Tavares, Dejan Mezga, Marko Pridigar, Aleš Mertelj, Aleš Mejač, Goran Cvijanović, Aleksander Rajčević, Željko Filipović, Mitja Viler, Jasmin Handanović and Martin Milec – have made at least 100 competitive appearances. The list also includes all current or former Maribor players who have been capped for their respective national teams.

Key[edit]

Key
International_Club The player has been capped at full international level while a member of the club
International The player has been capped at full international level
Record Club record

Players[edit]

A laughing middle-aged white man wearing a lightweight outdoor jacket.
Matjaž Kek won the Slovenian PrvaLiga title with Maribor both as player and manager.[8]
An Afro-Brazilian man smiling and posing for the camera.
Marcos Tavares has made the most appearances and scored the most goals among Maribor's current players.
A white footballer in his early twenties, wearing a Krylia Sovetov light blue kit, on a football pitch during a match.
Dragan Jelić made the most appearances for the club between 2001 and 2010.[11]
A white blond male seating on a stand with a black and red FC Khimki scarf around his neck.
Nastja Čeh has made over 100 appearances for the club in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.[12]
Two white footballers during an international football match between Macedonia and Russia. The footballer in yellow is dribbling past the footballer in red.
Agim Ibraimi (left) in a yellow Macedonia jersey in 2011.
A young footballer, with long hair and in a red jersey, standing in front of his opponent during a football match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United.
Etien Velikonja spent three seasons in Maribor before moving to Cardiff City. His transfer, reportedly worth €3.6 million, is a record high for Maribor.[13][14][15][16]
A white male leaving the bus wearing a Bulgaria national team tracksuit and pulling a suitcase behind him.
Dimitar Makriev was the club's leading goalscorer in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons.[17]

The list below includes all NK Maribor players who have made at least 100 official appearances for the club or who have been capped at full international level by their countries. The list is ordered by the number of appearances, then by goals scored. If the players are still tied, they are listed alphabetically. The first and last columns contain the year of the player's first and last senior appearance for Maribor. The seasons column counts those seasons in which the player made at least one official appearance. For the list of Maribor's active players, see current members of the club. The table that follows is accurate as of the end of the 2012–13 season. For the information on the season in progress, see 2013–14 NK Maribor season.

List of Maribor players, and displaying the types of accomplishments and statistics by the players during their time with the club[A]
Name Country represented First Last Seasons Apps Goals
Prosen, TomislavTomislav Prosen 1962 1979 16 Record 377 Record 74
Križan, AlešAleš Križan Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1989 2001 10 365 6
Vabič, HerbertHerbert Vabič 1961 1975 15 317 0
Kranjc, MladenMladen Kranjc 1963 1977 12 311 104
Zidan, GregorGregor Židan Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1993 2001 9 308 35
Simundza, AnteAnte Šimundža Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1991 2000 10 296 103
Arnejčič, MilanMilan Arnejčič 1961 1977 15 283 73
Kek, MatjažMatjaž Kek Slovenia Slovenia International 1980 1999 11 280 61
Zurman, MilanMilan Žurman 1981 1997 9 276 82
Horjak, BrankoBranko Horjak 1970 1979 9 268 117 Record
Klančnik, HerbertHerbert Klančnik 1963 1973 10 266 29
Sterbal, EmilEmil Šterbal 1991 1999 8 263 3
Poznič, IgorIgor Poznič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1985 1996 10 256 88
Bolfek, VladimirVladimir Bolfek 1962 1974 11 254 1
Tavares, MarcosMarcos Tavares 2008 6 242 102
Breber, ZvonkoZvonko Breber 1972 1980 8 240 37
Binkovski, PeterPeter Binkovski Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1989 1999 8 236 18
Karić, AmirAmir Karić Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1993 2003 10 234 36
Balajić, StipeStipe Balajić 1998 2005 8 229 37
Sarenac, BrankoBranko Šarenac 1975 1989 8 226 14
Krempl, BojanBojan Krempl 1975 1984 10 224 78
Grbavac, DraganDragan Grbavac 1970 1978 8 221 11
Sizgoreo, JosipJosip Sizgoreo 1963 1970 7 221 11
Lukič, SašoSašo Lukič 1989 1996 8 218 7
Mezga, DejanDejan Mezga 2007 7 207 52
Grubišič, KajoKajo Grubišič 1963 1972 7 204 2
Jelić, DraganDragan Jelić 2003 2011 9 200 51
Fileković, SuadSuad Fileković Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1999 2010 8 200 6
Simeunović, VojislavVojislav Simeunović 1965 1972 8 188 0
Binkovski, BorisBoris Binkovski 1965 1973 7 182 30
Simeunovič, MarkoMarko Simeunovič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1984 2002 8 182 0
Kotnik, RenatoRenato Kotnik 1990 1995 6 181 27
Bozgo, KlitonKliton Bozgo Albania Albania[18] International_Club 1993 2005 5 179 110
Pekič, DamirDamir Pekič 1997 2007 10 177 78
Sarkezi, MarinkoMarinko Šarkezi 1997 2004 7 176 13
Djuranovič, DejanDejan Djuranovič Slovenia Slovenia International 1994 2003 7 175 26
Mihelič, ReneRene Mihelič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2005 2010 5 173 25
Marković, VitoVito Marković 1961 1969 9 172 62
Hafner, OliverOliver Hafner 1984 1989 5 172 36
Petrič, MiroMiro Petrič 1970 1977 8 170 3
Fatur, VladoVlado Fatur 1974 1985 10 169 3
Popović, MarkoMarko Popović 2005 2009 5 168 12
Lukačevič, JosipJosip Lukačevič 1985 1991 7 165 9
Mertelj, AlešAleš Mertelj Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2009 4 163 9
Fricelj, AlojzAlojz Fricelj 1982 1997 6 162 18
Džinić, ElvedinElvedin Džinić 2005 2010 7 161 16
Murko, TomažTomaž Murko 1997 2006 9 161 0
Potočnik, VladoVlado Potočnik 1975 1989 9 159 5
Dabanovič, MladenMladen Dabanovič Slovenia Slovenia International 1990 1995 6 157 0
Vuksanovic, ZikicaŽikica Vuksanović 1997 2007 9 152 6
Cvijanović, GoranGoran Cvijanović Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2010 3 149 25
Pridigar, MarkoMarko Pridigar 2005 8 149 0
Skerjanec, BojanBojan Škerjanec 1982 1989 9 147 4
Vugdalič, MuamerMuamer Vugdalič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1998 2002 5 143 9
Pirc, BogdanBogdan Pirc 1961 1969 8 142 70
Karmel, JožeJože Karmel 1972 1978 6 142 2
Ceh, NastjaNastja Čeh Slovenia Slovenia International 1997 2001 5 141 21
Ljubič, BorisBoris Ljubič 1982 1989 7 141 19
Galič, MarinkoMarinko Galič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1994 2001 6 140 22
Mejač, AlešAleš Mejač Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2008 5 140 2
Pirc, EsadEsad Pirc 1973 1979 6 139 41
Vuksanovič, MiloradMilorad Vuksanovič 1978 1982 6 136 4
Volaš, DaliborDalibor Volaš 2008 2012 5 135 50
Berić, RobertRobert Berić Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2010 2013 3 130 37
Rajčević, AleksanderAleksander Rajčević Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2010 3 129 4
Rašević, RajkoRajko Rašević 1967 1972 5 128 9
Filipović, SlobodanSlobodan Filipović 1969 1975 7 124 1
Milinovic, ZeljkoŽeljko Milinovič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1995 1998 3 118 4
Fridl, FrancFranc Fridl 1991 1998 7 118 3
Golob, MihaMiha Golob 2001 2005 4 117 3
Cipot, FabijanFabijan Cipot Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2000 2007 6 116 9
Jovanović, VeroljubVeroljub Jovanović 1961 1965 5 116 1
Znuderl, BostjanBoštjan Žnuderl 1998 2005 6 115 6
Tarana, ZarkoŽarko Tarana 1990 1993 3 115 3
Ceh, AntonAnton Čeh 1961 1965 5 113 16
Djuricic, MilanMilan Djuričić 1971 1974 4 112 5
Rakič, MilanMilan Rakič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2003 2007 4 111 16
Tolič, StefanŠtefan Tolič 1961 1966 6 110 14
Bakula, MarijanMarijan Bakula 1990 1993 3 109 18
Pregelj, MartinMartin Pregelj 1999 2007 5 109 16
Irgolič, JankoJanko Irgolič 1979 1986 7 107 0
Teinović, DaliborDalibor Teinović 2002 2005 3 104 4
Bačinović, ArminArmin Bačinović Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2007 2010 4 103 6
Filipovic, ZeljkoŽeljko Filipović 2010 3 103 3
Sober, MilanMilan Šober 1961 1967 9 101 19
Viler, MitjaMitja Viler 2010 3 100 2
Sešlar, SimonSimon Sešlar Slovenia Slovenia International 1999 2001 3 97 11
Brezič, DanijelDanijel Brezič Slovenia Slovenia International 2002 2005 3 95 5
Handanović, JasminJasmin Handanović Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2011 2 90 0
Ibraimi, AgimAgim Ibraimi Republic of Macedonia Macedonia[19] International_Club 2011 2 87 24
Ošlaj, DamjanDamjan Ošlaj Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2003 2006 4 86 3
Bulajič, SpasojeSpasoje Bulajič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1996 1998 3 85 4
Duro, SamirSamir Duro Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[20] International_Club 2001 2002 3 71 28
Milevski, BlagojaBlagoja Milevski Republic of Macedonia Macedonia[21] International 1993 1995 2 69 3
Pavlović, ZoranZoran Pavlović Slovenia Slovenia International 2008 2009 3 67 11
Velikonja, EtienEtien Velikonja Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2011 2012 3 65 28
Ceh, AlesAleš Čeh Slovenia Slovenia International 2003 2004 2 63 0
Cipi, GeriGeri Çipi Albania Albania[22] International_Club 1998 2000 2 59 2
Makriev, DimitarDimitar Makriev Bulgaria Bulgaria[23] International 2006 2007 2 58 33
Gajser, DamjanDamjan Gajser Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 1997 1999 3 58 16
Janković, SlobodanSlobodan Janković Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia[24] International 1969 1979 2 57 14
Zeba, ZajkoZajko Zeba Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[25] International_Club 2005 2006 2 54 13
Lungu, VladislavVladislav Lungu Moldova Moldova[26] International 2006 2007 2 54 0
Sztipánovics, BarnabásBarnabás Sztipánovics Hungary Hungary[27] International 2000 2002 2 48 22
Rakovič, ErminErmin Rakovič Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2002 2003 3 47 22
Pečnik, AndrejAndrej Pečnik Slovenia Slovenia International 2006 2007 2 47 1
Anđelković, SinišaSiniša Anđelković Slovenia Slovenia International 2010 2010 2 45 4
Snofl, MatejMatej Šnofl Slovenia Slovenia International 1996 2001 4 42 1
Bogićević, VladislavVladislav Bogićević Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia[28] International 1969 1970 1 37 0
Paço, ViktorViktor Paço Albania Albania[29] International_Club 1997 1997 2 32 15
Janković, MilanMilan Janković Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia[30] International 1979 1980 1 30 8
Mešanović, EnesEnes Mešanović Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[B] International 2003 2004 1 30 6
Aljančič, JanezJanez Aljančič Slovenia Slovenia International 2009 2010 1 27 0
Kokol, VladimirVladimir Kokol Slovenia Slovenia International 2000 2001 1 25 1
Gjurovski, MilkoMilko Gjurovski Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia/Republic of Macedonia Macedonia[C] International_Club 1994 1994 2 23 13
Cvikl, MatjažMatjaž Cvikl Slovenia Slovenia International 1991 1997 2 23 10
Gajser, SašaSaša Gajser Slovenia Slovenia International 1992 1993 3 22 1
Dragusha, MehmetMehmet Dragusha Albania Albania[31] International 1998 1999 2 18 2
Siberie, RockyRocky Siberie Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles/Curaçao Curaçao[D] International 2005 2005 1 17 7
Cadikovski, DraganDragan Čadikovski Republic of Macedonia Macedonia[32] International 2007 2007 1 14 4
Iličić, JosipJosip Iličić Slovenia Slovenia International_Club 2010 2010 1 11 4
Saraba, ZdravkoZdravko Šaraba Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[33] International 2008 2008 1 10 0
Ihtijarević, FarukFaruk Ihtijarević Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[34] International 2001 2001 2 8 0
Ružnić, AmirAmir Ružnić Slovenia Slovenia International 1995 1995 1 5 0
Silic, DaliborDalibor Šilić Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina[35] International 2001 2001 1 3 0

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