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Dominant Maribor claim 12th Slovenian crown

Published: Tuesday 13 May 2014, 23.05CET
NK Maribor are celebrating their fourth successive Slovene First League title and the 12th in the club's history after a 2-1 defeat of strugglers NK Triglav gave them an unassailable ten-point lead.
by Rok Šinkovc
from Maribor
Dominant Maribor claim 12th Slovenian crown
Maribor's supporters are celebrating another league title win ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 13 May 2014, 23.05CET

Dominant Maribor claim 12th Slovenian crown

NK Maribor are celebrating their fourth successive Slovene First League title and the 12th in the club's history after a 2-1 defeat of strugglers NK Triglav gave them an unassailable ten-point lead.

NK Maribor completed the first part of a prospective domestic double by defeating lowly NK Triglav 2-1 to win the Slovenian title for the fourth successive season.

Ante Šimundža's team wrapped up the championship with two games to spare thanks to two first-half goals from Nusmir Fajić, his second coming after the visitors had quietened the 4,000-strong crowd inside Stadion Ljudski vrt through Ajdin Redžić's equaliser. Maribor played all but five minutes of the second period with ten men following the dismissal of defender Arghus.

The Violets will aim to add the Slovenian Cup to their ever-expanding trophy cabinet when they play ND Gorica in the final on 21 May. Double winners in the last two campaigns and four times overall, Maribor have now topped the end-of-season table on 12 occasions, five of them since former national team playmaker Zlatko Zahovič was appointed sporting director.

Šimundža, enjoying the first title of his coaching career, said: "It is very difficult to get to the top, but even harder to stay there. Many people seem to take our titles for granted and assume that we will dominate in all competitions, but we can see that our opponents want to approach every season stronger.

"The quality of NK Maribor lies not only with players but also in the club structure, management, fans and people who live for the club. We are almost at the end of a fantastic season in which we were the first Slovenian club to survive the winter in the Europa League [losing in the round of 32 to eventual finalists Sevilla FC]."

Last updated: 14/05/14 12.00CET

Results

Slovene First League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 13/05/2014 22:10 CET

13/05/2014

KoperKoper1-1DomžaleDomžale

Pučko 6

Janža 31 (P)

Venue: Koper

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MariborMaribor2-1TriglavTriglav

Fajić 17, 42

Redzic 31

Venue: Maribor

13/05/2014

Olimpija LjubljanaOlimpija Ljubljana0-2GoricaGorica

Coda 19, 60

Venue: Ljubljana

13/05/2014

Rudar VelenjeRudar Velenje2-3ZavrčZavrč

Eterović 67 (P), 90

Golubar 10, Sambolec 32, Kelenc 84 (P)

Venue: Velenje

Standings

Slovene First League 2013/14

ClubsPPts
1NK Maribor3473
2FC Koper3463
3NK Rudar Velenje3460
4ND Gorica3455
5NK Zavrč3453
6NK Domžale3444
7NK Olimpija Ljubljana3436
8NK Celje3333
9NK Krka3327
10NK Triglav3426
Last updated: 13/05/2014 22:10 CET

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