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Nogometno društvo Ilirija 1911 is a Slovenian football club from Ljubljana, which plays in the Slovenian Third League. The club was founded in 1911 and is the oldest football club in the country.[1]

Ilirija 1911
ND Ilirija 1911.svg
Full nameNogometno društvo Ilirija 1911
Founded9 June 1911; 108 years ago (1911-06-09)[1]
GroundIlirija Sports Park
PresidentMarjan Dermastija
Head CoachBorut Jermol
LeagueSlovenian Third League
2018–19Slovenian Second League, 15th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website


SK Ilirija (1911–1941)Edit

SK Ilirija squad, which won the inaugural Slovenian regional championship in 1920.

At the beginning of the 20th century football came to Ljubljana from Vienna, and was played mostly by the students. Football club Ilirija was founded on 9 June 1911[2] in a pub called Roža on Židovska cesta in Ljubljana. Albin Kandare was elected as the first president of Ilirija, and their first ground was at Tivoli Park.[3] Ilirija's first match was played on 30 July 1911, and ended in an 18–0 defeat against Hermes, the local students' club which had been founded in 1910.[3] Soon after their first match Ilirija merged with Hermes in 1913. In the first few years Ilirija had no competition in Slovenia and they mainly played friendly matches against Zagreb-based Croatian clubs such as HAŠK, Građanski and Concordia.[3] An important turning point was a friendly with the Czech side Slavia Prague in Ljubljana played on 5 August 1913, which Ilirija lost 10–0. However, Ilirija's players and staff were impressed by Slavia's display of professionally trained football so much that they convinced Slavia's player Jirkovský to stay in Ljubljana and work as Ilirija's first manager after the match.[3] The best and most popular players of Ilirija of that time were Stanko Tavčar, Ernest Turk, Stanko Pelan and Oto Oman.[3]

At the onset of World War I, Ilirija and Slovan (founded in 1913 and still active today) were the only two football clubs in Slovenia, and during the war all football activities were suspended. In 1919 Ilirija was re-activated, and was soon followed by Slovan.[3] Football rapidly gained popularity and a number of other Slovenian clubs came into life around the same time such as Olimp in Celje, I. SSK Maribor in Maribor and AŠK Primorje in Ljubljana, with the latter becoming Ilirija's biggest rivals in the following decade.[3]

Ilirija then became the first regional champions of Slovenia (which was at the time part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia), winning the inaugural Slovenian championship in 1920, and proceeded to win a total of 12 Slovenian titles between 1920 and 1935.[3] By the mid-1930s both Ilirija and Primorje encountered financial difficulties which led to their merger and the formation of SK Ljubljana football club in 1936.[3] Between 1936 and 1941 SK Ljubljana was one of the top sides in Slovenia (winning the 1935–36 and 1940–41 Slovenian championships) and also competed in the Yugoslav First League, Kingdom of Yugoslavia's top national competition formed in 1923. In addition, Ilirija's Stanko Tavčar was the first Slovenian player who was capped for the Kingdom of Yugoslavia national football team in the period between the two world wars.[4] He was member of their 1920 Olympics squad and appeared in matches against Czechoslovakia and Egypt, the first two games in the history of the team.[4] SK Ljubljana operated until 1941 and the outbreak of World War II, when all sports activities in Ljubljana were suspended.[3]

NK Ilirija (1950–1991)Edit

After the World War II, with the help of some pre-war former players, the club was refounded in 1950. They were now located in the outskirts of Ljubljana in Zgornja Šiška, where they built their own modern stadium in 1963. They played mostly in Slovenian Republic League, an amateur third-level league in SFR Yugoslavia. Their biggest success was becoming vice-champions in 1972. The team, composed of Jerebic, Rojina, Šmon, Erjavec, Kolenc, Dermastija, Godler, Ahlin, Filip, Jalšavec, Jesenšek, Daneu and Prelovšek, therefore contested for amateur championship of Yugoslavia that year, but lost against Vrbas in the final. In 1986 Ilirija was relegated from republic league and continued playing in local regional leagues until the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

Since 1991Edit

Since the independence of Slovenia, Ilirija played a couple of seasons in the newly established Slovenian Second League. In the 1992–93 season, Ilirija finished 15th and were subsequently relegated to the Slovenian Third League. Since then, Ilirja competed in leagues outside of the top two divisions until 2017, when they returned to the Slovenian Second League.

Colours and crestEdit

Ilirija's original kit

The traditional colours of Ilirija are green and white, the colours strongly associated with the city of Ljubljana. Although green and white were club colours from the very beginning,[5] Ilirija usually wore red-white kits with a star in the early years, a hommage to Slavia Prague.

The club crest depicts a name, foundation year and a column in doric order. The name itself is a reference to the historical region of Illyria.


In the interwar period, Ilirija played on Celovška Road stadium, which was built in 1919. It was located near today's Union Brewery and demolished in the mid-1930s. After the World War II, the club moved to Ilirija Sports Park, where the club's current home ground was built in 1963. It has a capacity of 1,440 and is the third largest stadium in Ljubljana. Apart from football, it also hosts speedway events.

Current squadEdit

As of 17 February 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Mateo Barukčič
2   DF Dino Mahić
3   DF Tadej Rems
4   MF France Frelih
6   DF Nejc Strajnar
7   FW Žiga Vidic
8   MF Marko Đoković
9   MF Žiga Urtelj
10   FW Mustafa Nukić
11   MF Matic Povh
12   GK Jakob Ambrožič
13   DF Domen Potočnik
14   MF Matevž Fortin
No. Position Player
15   MF Gašper Hrovat
16   MF Blaž Božič
16   FW Erazem Zajc
17   FW Dejan Zadnikar
18   FW Erwin Tiganj
19   MF Jaka Corn
21   MF Enes Rujović
21   MF Miha Vidmar (on loan from Radomlje)
  GK Dino Gromilič
  GK Toni Šušković (on loan from Ivančna Gorica)
  DF Medin Bajrami (on loan from Maribor)
  MF Žiga Anželj
  MF Lenart Lesar


Manager Period Trophies
  Vlado Miloševič 2011–2012 /
  Goran Markovič 2012–2015 MNZ League
  Žiga Starič 2015–2017 Third League
  Stanko Božičevič 2017–2018 /
  Željko Mitraković 2018 /
  Zoran Zeljković 2018–2019 /
  Krištof Kastelec 2019 /
  Borut Jermol 2019–present /



1920, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1934–35


  • Slovenian Fourth Division: 1
  • Slovenian Fifth Division: 2
2003–04, 2012–13[6]
  • MNZ Ljubljana Cup: 1

League history since 1991Edit

Season League Position Notes
1991–92 2. SNL – West 3rd /
1992–93 2. SNL 15th Relegated to Slovenian Third League
1993–94 3. SNL – West 13th Relegated to Ljubljana League
1994–95 Ljubljana League (level 4) 2nd /
1995–96 Ljubljana League (level 4) 1st Promoted to Slovenian Third League
1996–97 3. SNL – West 14th Relegated
1997–2002 / / no competitions entered
2002–03 MNZ Ljubljana (level 5) 2nd /
2003–04 MNZ Ljubljana (level 5) 1st Promoted to Ljubljana Regional League
2004–05 Ljubljana Regional League (level 4) 10th /
2005–06 Ljubljana Regional League (level 4) 9th /
2006–07 Ljubljana Regional League (level 4) 11th
2007–08 Ljubljana Regional League (level 4) 14th Relegated
2008–11 / / no competitions entered
2011–12 MNZ Ljubljana (level 5) 4th /
2012–13 MNZ Ljubljana (level 5) 1st Promoted to Ljubljana Regional League
2013–14 Ljubljana Regional League (level 4) 2nd Promoted to Slovenian Third League
2014–15 3. SNL – Centre 2nd /
2015–16 3. SNL – Centre 1st Lost promotion play-offs for 2. SNL
2016–17 3. SNL – Centre 2nd Promoted to Slovenian Second League
2017–18 2. SNL 8th
2018–19 2. SNL 15th Relegated to Slovenian Third League


  1. ^ a b "Klubi" [Clubs] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Slovenski Narod, št. 133 (page 8)" (in Slovenian). Slovenski Narod. 10 June 1911. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). ND Ilirija 1911 official website. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Tavčar Stanko". Serbia national football team official website (in Serbian). Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Slovenski Narod, št. 133 (page 8)" (in Slovenian). Slovenski Narod. 10 June 1911. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  6. ^ "MNZ liga 2012/13" (in Slovenian). MNZ Ljubljana. Retrieved 18 April 2016.

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