Slovenian Football Cup

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Slovenian Football Cup
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Founded 1991; 23 years ago (1991)
Region Slovenia
Number of teams 28
Current champions Gorica (3rd title)
Most successful club(s) Maribor
(8 titles)
Website nzs.si
2014–15 Slovenian Football Cup

The Slovenian Football Cup (Slovene: Pokal Nogometne zveze Slovenije [pɔkáːl nɔgɔméːtnɛ zvéːzɛ slɔvèːnijɛ]), is the top knockout tournament of Slovenian football and the second most important football competition in Slovenia after the Slovenian PrvaLiga championship. The cup was established in 1991 after local clubs had abandoned the Yugoslav First League and Yugoslav Cup competitions following the breakup of Yugoslavia.

The cup is contested by a total of 28 clubs: 18 lower level sides qualify via regional cups organised by the Intercommunal football associations. They are joined by the 6 lower placed top flight clubs and are reduced to 12 clubs through the first round proper. They are then joined by the best 4 top flight clubs who automatically enter the second round proper. The games are played in a single leg knock-out format until the quarter-finals and semi-finals when home and away matches are played and aggregate scores are taken into account. Since 2005 the final is also held as a single-legged match, although it was a two-legged affair in the period between 1994 and 2004.

As of 2014, a total of 13 clubs have reached the cup finals and the most successful side in the history of the competition is Maribor, who have triumphed 8 times in their 12 cup final appearances. They are followed by Olimpija, who won 4 titles before folding in 2004. Primorje hold the record for most appearances in the final without winning the title, finishing as runners-up in three consecutive finals between 1996 and 1998. Aluminij is the only side from outside the top flight which managed to reach the cup final, having finished as runners-up in 2002 after a 6–1 aggregate defeat to Gorica.

Finals[edit]

Key[edit]

Match went to extra time
Match decided by a penalty shootout after extra time
Match decided on aggregate score in two-legged fixtures
Italic Team from outside the top flight
Season Winners Score(s) Runners–up Venue(s) Attendance
1991–92 Maribor 0–0 (aet), (4–3 p) Olimpija Bežigrad 2,500
1992–93 Olimpija 2–1 Celje Skalna Klet 2,500
1993–94 Maribor 0–1, 3–1 Mura
1994–95 Mura 1–1, 1–0 Celje
1995–96 Olimpija 1–0, 1–1 Primorje
1996–97 Maribor 0–0, 3–0 Primorje
1997–98 Rudar Velenje 1–2, 3–0 Primorje
1998–99 Maribor 3–2, 2–0 Olimpija
1999–2000 Olimpija 1–2, 2–0 Korotan Prevalje
2000–01 Gorica 0–1, 4–2 Olimpija
2001–02 Gorica 4–0, 2–1 Aluminij
2002–03 Olimpija 1–1, 2–2 (a) Celje
2003–04 Maribor 4–0, 3–4 Dravograd
2004–05 Celje 1–0 Gorica Arena Petrol 3,800
2005–06 Koper 1–1 (aet), (5–3 p) Celje Arena Petrol 3,200
2006–07 Koper 1–0 Maribor Arena Petrol 3,500
2007–08 Interblock 2–1 Maribor Arena Petrol 5,400
2008–09 Interblock 2–1 Koper Ljudski vrt 2,500
2009–10 Maribor 3–2 (aet) Domžale Ljudski vrt 6,000
2010–11 Domžale 4–3 Maribor Stožice 6,015
2011–12 Maribor 2–2 (aet), (3–2 p) Celje Stožice 3,000
2012–13 Maribor 1–0 Celje Bonifika 1,500
2013–14 Gorica 2–0 Maribor Bonifika 3,500

List of winners[edit]

Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence.

Club Winners Last final won Runners-up Last final lost
Maribor 8 2013 4 2014
Olimpija[A] 4 2003 3 2001
Gorica 3 2014 1 2005
Koper 2 2007 1 2009
Interblock 2 2009 0
Celje 1 2005 6 2013
Mura[B] 1 1995 1 1994
Domžale 1 2011 1 2010
Rudar Velenje 1 1998 0
Primorje 0 3 1998
Korotan Prevalje 0 1 2000
Aluminij 0 1 2002
Dravograd 0 1 2004

Notes[edit]

A. ^ The original Olimpija, which traced its roots back to 1945 went bankrupt and ended in 2004. In 2005, a successor club called NK Bežigrad was founded which started competing in the fifth league. The club won consecutive promotions and at the start of the 2008–09 season, it was renamed to Olimpija, before being promoted to top flight for the 2009–10 season. However, despite club officials and fans claims that the new Olimpija is the defunct club's successor, neither the Football Asoociation of Slovenia, the Slovenian First League nor UEFA recognize Olimpija's titles and statistics before 2005 as being part of the 2005 founded Olimpija's track record.
B. ^ The original Mura, which was traced its roots back to 1924 went bankrupt and folded in 2004. In 2005, a successor club called ND Mura 05 was founded which started competing in the 3rd league. Despite club officials and fans claims that the new Mura is the defunct club's successor, neither the Football Asoociation of Slovenia, the Slovenian First League nor UEFA recognize Mura's titles and statistics before 2005 as being part of the 2005-founded Mura's track record.

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