One of the biggest footballing names in Slovenia comes in the form of NK Maribor.

The club are fourteen-time winners of the Slovenian Prva Liga, more than any other team in the country. Of the fourteen, Maribor’s tenth league title (which came in 2012) was arguably the most special. In commemoration of winning the league that year for an unprecedented tenth time, a special star was introduced to the club badge. They are now just six wins away from another star being added, and, given their illustrious history, few would bet against them reaching that target quickly.

The purple-and-yellow dominated badge of NK Maribor shows a mysterious building surrounded by a violet blossom. This building at its centre is the former castle of Maribor, which once stood on top of Pyramid Hill, before its demolition at the end of the eighteenth century.

Another intriguing aspect of the NK Maribor club is an impressive-sounding award that is given each season to the team’s most distinguished player. This award is called ‘Vijoličasti bojevnik or Vijol’čni bojevnik’ in Slovenian, but its epic English translation is ‘The Purple Warrior’. The greatest Purple Warrior of them all at NK Maribor is Brazilian striker Marcos Tavares, who has won the award a record six times and currently leads the all-time scoring list in the Slovenian PrvaLiga with 140 goals.