Maribor clinch Slovenian title

NK Maribor have clinched their first Slovenian title in six years after overcoming closest rivals NK Celje 1-0 to build a nine-point lead with a better head-to-head record three games from the end of the season.

Maribor clinch Slovenian title
Maribor clinch Slovenian title ©Miha Vidrih/SiOL Sportal

NK Maribor have clinched their first Slovenian title in six years after overcoming closest rivals NK Celje 1-0.

Volaš goal
Striker Dalibor Volaš delivered the crucial blow from close range with an hour gone in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash to send Darko Milanič's charges nine points clear of Celje with three matches left. Having beaten Celje twice at home and drawn their two away encounters, Maribor enjoy an unassailable advantage courtesy of their head-to-head record.

Title celebrations
The 2008/09 title represents their eighth since independence, having won their previous seven in consecutive years between 1996/97 and 2002/03, and they succeed NK Domžale, champions for the last two seasons. Maribor have scheduled celebrations to toast their triumph on 23 May.