2012–13 NK Maribor season

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NK Maribor
2012–13 season
President Drago Cotar
Head Coach Darko Milanič
Home stadium Ljudski vrt
Slovenian League Winners
Slovenian Cup Winners
Slovenian Supercup Winners
Champions League Play-off round
Europa League Group stage
Top goalscorer League:
Marcos Tavares
(17)

All:
Marcos Tavares
(26)
Highest home attendance 12,420 v. Dinamo
(28 August 2012)
Lowest home attendance 900 v. Domžale
(16 March 2013)
Average home league attendance 2,833 (league)
4,746 (all competitions)
Biggest win 6–1 v. Gorica
(17 November 2012)
Biggest defeat 1–4 v. Lazio
(6 December 2012)
Home colours
Away colours
Results summary – all competitions[A]
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home[B] 19 3 5 70,3%
Away 14 5 8 53,5%
Neutral 1 0 0 100%
All 34 8 13 61,8%
Results summary – PrvaLiga
Wins Draws Losses Win %
Home 14 2 2 77,7%
Away 10 4 4 55,5%
All 24 6 6 66,6%

The 2012–13 season was Maribor's 53rd season of football and its 22nd consecutive season in the Slovenian PrvaLiga, Slovenian top division, since the league was created in 1991 with Maribor as one of the league's founding members. Darko Milanič was a head coach of the club.

The 2011–12 season was one of the most successful in history of the club as Maribor won the domestic double, having won the league and cup title. In addition, Maribor became the first Slovenian club that qualified to the UEFA Europa League. They have also finished the season as runners-up of the 2011 Slovenian Supercup.

Competitions[edit]

Supercup[edit]

The 2012 Slovenian Supercup was the eighth edition of the Slovenian Supercup, an annual football match contested by the winners of the previous season's Slovenian PrvaLiga and Slovenian Cup competitions. However, Maribor has won the double during the 2011–12 season, having finished first in the 2011–12 Slovenian PrvaLiga and 2011–12 Slovenian Cup. As a consequence and according to the rules of the Football Association of Slovenia, they played the 2012 Supercup against the runners-up of the PrvaLiga, Olimpija. This was the first major domestic cup final of Olimpija, since the club was established in 2005. Maribor won the match 2–1 and secured their second supercup title.

League[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Maribor (C) 36 24 6 6 80 35 +45 78 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Olimpija 36 21 7 8 73 35 +38 70 2013–14 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
3 Domžale 36 17 9 10 42 34 +8 60 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round
4 Koper 36 14 13 9 52 42 +10 55
5 Celje 36 12 13 11 39 39 0 49 2013–14 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1

Updated to games played on 26 May 2013.
Source: PrvaLiga website
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
Ground A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H
Result W D W W D W W W W W W W L W D L W W W W W W D L L W W W L W W W D W L D
Position 2 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: 26 May 2013, end of 36th round.
Source: PrvaLiga website
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Notes
  • Note 1: The match was postponed to a later date due to bad pitch conditions.[1]
  • Note 2: The match was postponed to a later date due to Maribor's UEFA Europa League campaign.
  • Note 3: All matches of the 25th round were postponed by one week due to snowfall.[2] The match between Celje and Maribor was originally scheduled for 2 April 2013, but was postponed and rescheduled for 17 April 2013, once again due to snowfall.[3]

Cup[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Notes

Quarter-final[edit]

Notes
  • Note 1: The first leg of the quarter-finals match between Olimpija Ljubljana and Maribor was originally scheduled on 23 February 2013. However, after starting on schedule, the match was suspended in the 24th minute due to heavy snowfall. The match was then rescheduled for 27 February 2013, the date originally intended for the second leg match in Maribor.[5]

Semi-final[edit]

Notes
  • Note 1: The first leg of the semi-finals were rescheduled from 10 April 2013 to 1 May 2013, due to rescheduling of the matches in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.[6]
  • Note 2: The second leg of the semi-finals were rescheduled from 17 April 2013 to 8 May 2013, due to rescheduling of the matches in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.[6]

Final[edit]

European campaign[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Qualified as the 2012–13 Slovenian PrvaLiga champions, Maribor started their European campaign in the second qualifying round of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League against Bosnian Premier League champions Željezničar. This was the first meeting in UEFA competitions between Maribor and a team from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first leg was played at the Ljudski vrt stadium, the home of Maribor. The match started poorly for the home side as shortly after the missed scoring opportunity from Ibraimi, Maribor soon found themselves a goal behind when Adilović scored the opener in the 15th minute. Maribor then took control and tried to score an equalizer before half time, however, they were unsuccessful and the score was 1–0, in favour of the Bosnian side, at the 45 minute mark. Maribor dominated during the second half and was able to capitalize on their chances. Berić scored the first goal for the home side in the 47th minute, with Mezga adding the second one in the 67th, from penalty. Berić, who was man of the match, scored his second goal in the 76th minute, giving his side a 3–1 lead. He did not stop there as in the 90th minute he assisted team captain Tavares, who scored his first goal of the season, for the final score 4–1. The second leg was played a week later in Sarajevo and was followed by over 500 Maribor supporters. Željezničar plays their home matches at Grbavica Stadium, however, their stadium did not meet UEFA stadia criteria and they were forced to play at Asim Ferhatović Hase Olympic stadium. The home side needed a three goals victory to progress to the next round and had couple of chances to score early in the match, including a dissaloved goal from Adilović who was in offside position. Their plans for an early lead were shattered, however, when Ibraimi scored from a long range effort in the 20th minute, which was the only goal during the first half. Second half started poorly for the Bosnians when Čolić received his second booking and was subsequently sent off. Željezničar bounced back in the 59th minute when Kvesić scored an equalizer. However, soon afterwards the nervous home players received two red cards in a matter of minutes and had to finish the match with only eight players. Maribor then prevailed, took the ball possession and finished the match with the goal from Tavares, for the final score of the match 2–1, and 6–2 aggregate.

The match between Maribor and Dudelange attracted a crowd of 12,025.

In the third qualifying round, Maribor faced Dudelange from Luxembourg, a team which made a huge upset by eliminating the Austrian champions Salzburg. This was the second year in a row for Maribor to face Dudelange. During the 2011–12 season Maribor played against them in the second qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League and was successful with two victories and the score 5–1 aggregate. The first match against the Luxembourg champions was played on 1 August 2012 at Ljudski vrt. Being fully aware that a two-legged victory over Dudelange secures, at least, the UEFA Europa League group stages, Maribor players started their home match strong and quickly took the lead with a free kick goal by Mezga. Another free kick goal followed in the 38th minute when Mezga left the ball to Tavares who scored with a strong shot to the lower left corner, for the half-time score 2–0. It took only two minutes of the second half for the home players to score the third goal, when Mezga scored another long range effort from outside of the penalty box. In the 77th minute Berić continued his good form, having scored his third goal in as many 2012–13 UEFA qualifying matches. This goal was not the last, however, as Joachim took advantage of a mistake from Rajčević and scored in the 92nd minute for the final score 4–1. One week later Maribor again proved to strong for the Luxembourg champions and won 1–0, with the goal by Mertelj in the 79th minute. Similarly to the 2011–12 season Maribor again secured two victories over Dudelange, with the score 5–1 aggregate.

Dinamo Zagreb and Maribor moments before kick-off on 22 August 2012

For the play-off round of the elite UEFA Champions League, Maribor was drawn together with Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. This was the second time the two clubs have met in the UEFA competitions, having faced each other during the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League qualifying stages, when Dinamo secured a close 2–1 aggregate victory. The first leg was played at Maksimir stadium in front of 20,135 spectators, over 1,000 of which were Maribor supporters, a record for the most fans gathered on Maribor's away matches. Dinamo were the favorites and took an early lead with a goal by Duje Čop. Dinamo continued to play well and had couple of more chances, but it was Maribor who scored the second goal, from an own goal scored by Dinamo's captain Milan Badelj. Both teams had chances to take the lead in the second half and in the 74th minut Badelj scored another goal. This time it was in the right net and Dinamo regained their lead. Shortly afterwards Maribor's Robert Berić had a good chance to equalize, but was unsuccessful. Right at the end, Sammir had a good chance to increase the lead of the home team, however, his free-kick attempt narrowly missed the target. The second leg in Maribor saw a turn out of 12,420 spectators, the most of the 2012–13 season, which were expecting a good result from the home side and the qualification to the Champions league for the first time in almost 10 years. The Croatians, however, proved again to be too strong and after taking another early lead, they comfortably held the positive result right until the very end, with couple of good chances to increase the lead. Dinamo thus won the second leg with an away 1–0 victory, aggregate 3–1, and advanced to the Champions league group stages for the second successive season. Even though, they were defeated, Maribor advanced to the group stages of the UEFA Europa League.

Second qualifying round[edit]
Third qualifying round[edit]
Play-off round[edit]
Notes

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Lazio and Maribor at Stadio Olimpico on 4 October 2012
Tottenham and Maribor at White Hart Lane on 8 November 2012
Group J[edit]
Group J
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Lazio 6 3 3 0 9 2 +7 12
England Tottenham Hotspur 6 2 4 0 8 4 +4 10
Greece Panathinaikos 6 1 2 3 4 11 −8 5
Slovenia Maribor 6 1 1 4 6 10 −4 4

Player statistics[edit]

Key[edit]

Key
MVP The player was selected in the official 2012–13 Slovenian PrvaLiga team of the season and was chosen as the league's MVP
PrvaLigaXI The player was selected in the official 2012–13 Slovenian PrvaLiga team of the season
TopScorer The player was the top scorer in the respective competition

Appearances and goals[edit]

Correct as of 29 May 2013, end of the 2012–13 season. Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The players squad numbers, playing positions, nationalities and statistics are based solely on match reports in Matches sections above and the official website of NK Maribor and the Slovenian PrvaLiga. Only the players, which made at least one appearance for the first team, are listed.

List of Maribor players, who represented the team during the 2012–13 season, and displaying their statistics during that timeframe
No. Pos. Name Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
League Cup Supercup Champions League Europa League Total
4 DF Slovenia Jovan Vidović 9 2 1 0 &
&
&
&
2 0 12 2
5 MF Slovenia Željko Filipović 26 0 6 0 1 1 TopScorer 6 0 6 0 45 1
6 DF Slovenia Martin Milec PrvaLigaXI 25 2 5 0 &
&
1 0 5 0 36 2
7 DF Slovenia Aleš Mejač PrvaLigaXI 18 1 2 0 1 0 6 0 5 0 32 1
8 MF Croatia Dejan Mezga[C] 28 7 6 4 TopScorer 1 0 6 3 5 0 46 14
9 FW Brazil Marcos Tavares PrvaLigaXI 29 17 TopScorer 6 4 TopScorer 1 0 6 3 6 2 48 26
10 MF Republic of Macedonia Agim Ibraimi MVP 25 6 6 1 1 1 TopScorer 6 1 6 1 44 10
11 FW Slovenia Etien Velikonja 2 0 &
&
1 0 1 0 &
&
4 0
11 FW Slovenia Luka Zahovič 1 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
1 0
12 GK Slovenia Marko Pridigar 3 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
3 0
14 FW Slovenia Bian Paul Šauperl 1 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
1 0
17 FW Croatia Matija Smrekar 10 0 4 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
14 0
20 MF Slovenia Goran Cvijanović PrvaLigaXI 32 12 6 0 1 0 6 0 6 0 51 12
21 FW Serbia Nikola Komazec 13 3 1 0 &
&
4 0 3 0 21 3
22 DF Slovenia Nejc Potokar 23 0 4 0 1 0 4 0 3 0 35 0
23 MF Slovenia Dino Hotić 3 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
3 0
24 DF Slovenia Dejan Trajkovski 11 0 &
&
1 0 3 0 1 0 16 0
25 MF Serbia Ranko Moravac 4 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
4 0
26 DF Slovenia Aleksander Rajčević PrvaLigaXI 23 1 3 1 1 0 6 0 6 0 39 2
27 FW Slovenia Alen Ploj 14 6 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
14 6
28 DF Slovenia Mitja Viler 21 0 5 0 &
&
&
&
1 0 27 0
29 MF Slovenia Timotej Dodlek 19 0 2 0 &
&
1 0 4 0 26 0
30 MF Slovenia Petar Stojanović 2 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
2 0
31 MF Croatia Zoran Lesjak 6 0 &
&
&
&
2 0 &
&
8 0
32 FW Slovenia Robert Berić 33 13 5 1 1 0 6 3 6 3 51 20
33 GK Slovenia Jasmin Handanović 33 0 6 0 1 0 6 0 6 0 52 0
35 DF Slovenia Mitja Rešek 1 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
1 0
44 DF Brazil Arghus[D] 14 1 3 0 &
&
6 0 4 0 27 1
45 DF Slovenia Nejc Mevlja 11 0 2 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
13 0
55 FW Slovenia Rajko Rep 4 0 &
&
1 0 &
&
&
&
5 0
70 MF Slovenia Aleš Mertelj 27 1 6 0 1 0 6 1 6 0 46 2
71 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina Nusmir Fajić 8 4 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
8 4
92 MF Slovenia Matic Črnic 12 1 &
&
&
&
&
&
1 0 13 1

Discipline[edit]

Correct as of 29 May 2013, end of the 2012–13 season. Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. The players squad numbers, playing positions, nationalities and statistics are based solely on match reports in Matches sections above and the official website of NK Maribor and the Slovenian PrvaLiga. If a player received two yellow cards in a match and was subsequently sent off the numbers count as two yellow cards, one red card.

List of Maribor players, who represented the team during the 2012–13 season, and displaying their statistics during that timeframe
No. Pos. Name YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
League Cup Supercup Champions League Europa League Total
4 DF Slovenia Jovan Vidović 0 0 0 0 &
&
0 0 0 1 0 1
5 MF Slovenia Željko Filipović 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 9 0
6 DF Slovenia Martin Milec PrvaLigaXI 5 0 1 0 &
&
0 0 0 0 6 0
7 DF Slovenia Aleš Mejač PrvaLigaXI 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 6 1
8 MF Croatia Dejan Mezga[C] 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0
9 FW Brazil Marcos Tavares PrvaLigaXI 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
10 MF Republic of Macedonia Agim Ibraimi MVP 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
11 FW Slovenia Etien Velikonja 0 0 &
&
0 0 0 0 &
&
0 0
11 FW Slovenia Luka Zahovič 0 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
0 0
12 GK Slovenia Marko Pridigar 0 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
0 0
14 FW Slovenia Bian Paul Šauperl 0 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
0 0
17 FW Croatia Matija Smrekar 1 0 0 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
1 0
20 MF Slovenia Goran Cvijanović 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 FW Serbia Nikola Komazec 3 1 0 0 &
&
0 0 0 0 3 1
22 DF Slovenia Nejc Potokar 6 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 9 1
23 MF Slovenia Dino Hotić 1 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
1 0
24 DF Slovenia Dejan Trajkovski 2 0 &
&
0 0 0 0 &
&
2 0
25 MF Serbia Ranko Moravac 0 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
0 0
26 DF Slovenia Aleksander Rajčević PrvaLigaXI 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
27 FW Slovenia Alen Ploj 1 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
1 0
28 DF Slovenia Mitja Viler 1 0 1 0 &
&
&
&
0 0 2 0
31 MF Croatia Zoran Lesjak 2 0 &
&
&
&
0 0 &
&
2 0
32 FW Slovenia Robert Berić 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
33 GK Slovenia Jasmin Handanović 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1
44 DF Brazil Arghus[D] 3 2 &
&
&
&
0 1 1 0 4 3
45 DF Slovenia Nejc Mevlja 0 0 0 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
0 0
55 FW Slovenia Rajko Rep 0 0 &
&
0 0 &
&
&
&
0 0
70 MF Slovenia Aleš Mertelj 3 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 0 8 1
71 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina Nusmir Fajić 3 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
&
&
3 0
92 MF Slovenia Matic Črnic 0 0 &
&
&
&
&
&
0 0 0 0

Transfers and loans[edit]

Summer transfer window[edit]

Transfer Position Name From / last To Note
Loan out DF Slovenia Aleš Majer Maribor Mura 05 Loaned out until 1 June 2013[7]
Transfer in FW Serbia Nikola Komazec Petrolul Ploiești Maribor Free agent[8]
Transfer out MF Brazil Gabriel Maribor Valletta Free agent[9]
Transfer out FW Slovenia Etien Velikonja Maribor Cardiff City Undisclosed transfer fee, alleged to be around 2 million[10]
Loan out DF Slovenia Mitja Rešek Maribor Aluminij Loaned out until 1 June 2013[9]
Transfer out DF Slovenia Dejan Kurbus Maribor Mura 05 Free transfer[9]
Transfer out MF Slovenia Aleks Pihler Maribor Domžale Free transfer[9]
Loan out DF Slovenia Matjaž Kek Maribor Šenčur Loaned out until January 2013[11]
Loan out GK Slovenia Dragan Topić Maribor Šenčur Loaned out[11]
Transfer in DF Slovenia Nejc Mevlja Gorica Maribor Free transfer[12]

Winter transfer window[edit]

Transfer Position Name From / last To Note
Transfer in FW Bosnia and Herzegovina Nusmir Fajić Mura 05 Maribor Undisclosed transfer fee, alleged to be around 30,000[13][14]
Transfer in FW Croatia Matija Smrekar Charleroi Maribor Free agent[14]
Loan out MF Slovenia Matic Črnic Maribor Aluminij Loaned out until June 2013[15]
Loan out DF Slovenia Matjaž Kek Maribor Dravinja Loaned out until June 2013[16]
Loan out FW Slovenia Alen Ploj Maribor Mura 05 Loaned out until June 2013[16]
Loan out MF Slovenia Rajko Rep Maribor Mura 05 Loaned out until June 2013[16]
Loan out GK Slovenia Matej Radan Maribor Dravinja Loaned out until June 2013[16]
Transfer out FW Serbia Nikola Komazec Maribor Suphanburi Transferred out[17]

Season friendlies[edit]

June–December[edit]

January–March[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ T.G. (26 March 2013). "Sneg prestavil 25. krog Prve lige za en teden" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ R.K. (2 April 2013). "Padavine vnovič preprečile obračune slovenske nogometne lige" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pokalni boji med tednom". nzs.si (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  5. ^ A.V. (23 February 2013). "Po 24 minutah v Stožicah zmagalo sneženje". rtvslo.si (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "25. krog prestavljen, prestavljeni tudi pokalni dvoboji" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. 2 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ ND Mura 05 (14 June 2012). "Aleš Majer nov član Mure" (in Slovenian). ND Mura 05 official website. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  8. ^ NK Maribor (22 June 2012). "Nikola Komazec 3 leta v vijoličastem" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Prestopi v 1.SNL za sezono 2012/2013" (in Slovenian). Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Matej Rijavec, A.V. (12 July 2012). "Velikonja iz Maribora odhaja v Cardiff City" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "PrvaLiga 2012/13 summer transfer window" (in Slovenian). Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  12. ^ NK Maribor (24 September 2012). "Nejc Mevlja v vijoličastem do 2015" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Smiljan Kuhar (7 December 2012). "Fajić okrepil Maribor, bo naslednji Bohar?" (in Slovenian). www.pomurje.si. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  14. ^ a b NK Maribor (7 December 2012). "Fajić in Smrekar v Ljudskem vrtu" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  15. ^ NK Maribor (24 January 2013). "Matic Črnic k Aluminiju" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c d NK Maribor (31 January 2013). "Še pet posojenih igralcev" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  17. ^ NK Maribor (15 February 2013). "Komazec se seli na Tajsko" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Mezga brez statusa tujca" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Tretji Brazilec v LV" (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. Retrieved 6 July 2011.