Slovenian Football Cup
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Slovenian Football Cup

Slovenian Football Cup
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Founded1991; 29 years ago (1991)
RegionSlovenia
Number of teams28
Qualifier forUEFA Europa Conference League
Current championsMura (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Maribor (9 titles)
Websitenzs.si
2020-21 Slovenian Football Cup

The Slovenian Football Cup (Slovene: Pokal Nogometne zveze Slovenije, pronounced [p?'ká:l n'mé:tn? 'z?é:z? sl?'?è:nij?]) 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 six lower placed top flight clubs and are reduced to twelve clubs through the first round proper. They are then joined by the best four 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 2020, a total of 16 clubs have reached the cup finals; the most successful side in the history of the competition is Maribor, who have triumphed 9 times in their 14 cup final appearances. They are followed by Olimpija, who won four titles before folding in 2005. 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 and Nafta 1903 are the only sides from outside the top flight which managed to reach the cup final, having finished as runners-up in 2002 and 2020, respectively.

List of finals

Key

Match ended after extra time
Match decided by a penalty shoot-out after the extra time
Match decided on aggregate score in a two-legged tie
Italic Team from outside the top flight

List of winners

Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence.

Club Winners Last final won Runners-up Last final lost
Maribor 9 2016 5 2019
Olimpija[a] 4 2003 3 2001
Gorica 3 2014 1 2005
Koper 3 2015 1 2009
Dom?ale 2 2017 1 2010
Olimpija Ljubljana[a] 2 2019 1 2017
Interblock 2 2009 0 --
Celje 1 2005 8 2016
NK Mura[b] 1 1995 1 1994
Rudar Velenje 1 1998 0 --
N? Mura[b] 1 2020 0 --
Primorje 0 -- 3 1998
Aluminij 0 -- 2 2018
Korotan Prevalje 0 -- 1 2000
Dravograd 0 -- 1 2004
Nafta 1903 0 -- 1 2020

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b The original Olimpija went bankrupt and folded in 2005. In the same year, NK Be?igrad was founded. The club was later renamed to Olimpija Ljubljana in 2008. Legally, the original and the new club are two separate entities.
  2. ^ a b The original Mura went bankrupt and folded in 2005. Legally, the original and the new club are two separate entities.

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