Nogometni Klub Maribor (English: Maribor Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Maribor. 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 1. 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.
Maribor is the most successful club in the country, having won 12 Slovenian PrvaLiga titles, eight Slovenian Cups and four Slovenian Supercups.
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) and The Violets (Vijolice), both referring to their primary colour purple. The club's motto is One club, one honour (En klub, ena čast).
Maribor's Academy is responsible for youth development at the club, with the goal of developing young players for the future. The academy is hailed as the best in Slovenia and has been enjoying a fair amount of success in producing promising young players.