Maribor (pronounced [ˈmaːɾibɔɾ] German: Marburg an der Drau) is the second-largest city in Slovenia with about 114,487 inhabitants in 2013. Maribor is also the largest city of the traditional region of Lower Styria and the seat of the City Municipality of Maribor. In 2000, Maribor was given the Alpine Town of the Year award. Association football club NK Maribor is based in the city.

In addition to its Slovene and German names, the city is also known as Latin: Marburgum and Italian: Marburgo.

NK Maribor or simply Maribor, is a professional football club based in Maribor, Slovenia. Founded on 12 December 1960, Maribor is one of only three football clubs in the country who have never been relegated from Slovenian top flight SNL since its establishment in 1991. They are regarded as a symbol of Slovenian football, particularly in their home region of Styria (Slovene: Štajerska) in the northeastern Slovenia.

The club’s home ground is the Ljudski vrt stadium, which has a capacity of 12,994. It was originally built in 1952 and later underwent a series of major reconstructions in the 1990s and 2000s. The club’s Academy, which is hailed as the best in the country, is responsible for youth development at the club and has enjoyed a fair amount of success in producing promising young players. Maribor’s nicknames are The Purples (Vijoličasti) andThe Violets (Vijolice), both referring to their primary colour purple. The club’s motto is One club, one honour (En klub, ena čast)

Kit and colours

Throughout the entire history of Maribor the club’s main colour was purple. At the beginning of the club some officials were favouring the red and white colours, while the traditional colours of Branik were black and white. Because of the fact that many football teams in SFR Yugoslavia wore red-white or black-white jerseys, most notablyCrvena Zvezda and Partizan, Maribor officials decided for a new and fresh combination. They decided to follow the example of Fiorentina, which at the time was one of the most successful clubs in Europe, and their purple and white combination. Oto Blaznik, the first captain in history of the club, was the one who proposed the combination after seeing the Italian side play. Eventually they changed the secondary colour to yellow. Today Maribor play their home matches in purple and away matches in yellow kits. The team is nicknamed The Purples (Vijoličasti); another common nickname is The Violets (Vijolice), both referring to their primary colour purple, present on players’ jerseys and in the club crest. The club is also continuously referred to as the Pride of Styria (Štajerski ponos). Maribors’ current kit manufacturer is Adidas.


Maribor’s crest evolution

The badge of the club is one of the most recognizable sport symbols in Slovenia. It is based on the official emblem of the city of Maribor, which is turn based on a 14th-century seal with minor differences. The badge is formed in a shape of a shield, and shows the former Piramida Castle with open doors that used to stand on top of the Pyramid Hill before it was demolished at the end of the 18th century. A violet blossom forms the backdrop. Unlike the coat of arms of the city of Maribor, the current badge of the club does not represent a white dove facing downwards to the castle but an athlete. At the top of the shield the name of the club and the year of its foundation is inscribed. The entire badge uses only two colours, purple and yellow. Previous versions of the crest included the colour white, a traditional third colour of the club, in the form of a white castle in the centre and a white ball that was on top of the shield. Since May 2012, the official badge includes a yellow star above the crest, which indicates the first 10 Slovenian League titles won by the club.
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