Slovenian Football Cup
The Slovenian Football Cup (Slovene: Pokal Nogometne zveze Slovenije, pronounced [pɔˈkáːl nɔɡɔˈméːtnɛ ˈzʋéːzɛ slɔˈʋèːnijɛ]) 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.
|Number of teams||28|
|Qualifier for||UEFA Europa League|
|Current champions||Mura (1st title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Maribor (9 titles)|
|2020–21 Slovenian Football Cup|
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 finalsEdit
|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 winnersEdit
Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence.
|Club||Winners||Last final won||Runners-up||Last final lost|
- The original Olimpija went bankrupt and folded in 2005. In the same year, NK Bežigrad was founded. The club was later renamed to Olimpija Ljubljana in 2008. Legally, the original and the new club are two separate entities.
- The original Mura went bankrupt and folded in 2005. Legally, the original and the new club are two separate entities.