World Soccer - - Contents - By Peter­jon Cress­well

Key dates

The Slove­nian Pr­vaLiga runs from July 15 to May 27, with a win­ter break be­tween De­cem­ber 16 and Jan­uary 14. Olimpija host Mari­bor on Au­gust 27 and March 17, with Mari­bor re­turn­ing the favour on Novem­ber 18.

Ma­jor coach­ing changes

Igor Bis­can, who guided Rudes to pro­mo­tion in his na­tive Croatia, earned a con­tract at Olimpija Ljubl­jana.

Cham­pi­onship Chal­lengers

It would take a brave man to bet against Mari­bor re­tain­ing their ti­tle. Igor Bis­can can prob­a­bly keep Olimpija close be­hind, with the most real­is­tic chal­lenges for Euro­pean places com­ing from Gor­ica and Domzale.

rel­e­ga­tion bat­tlers

Hr­va­tini may have gained pro­mo­tion at the ex­pense of lo­cal ri­vals Koper but their joy will be short-lived. Fel­low new­com­ers Triglav could also strug­gle. Ru­dar will do well to stay above the drop zone.

one to watch

Teenage Gha­nian striker Is­sah Abass scored in Olimpija’s first two league games this sea­son af­ter break­ing through to the first team last spring. Paired with for­mer Tot­ten­ham young­ster Nathan Oduwa, he may spring a few sur­prises.

sign­ing of the sum­mer

Bos­nian striker Jas­min Me­sanovic joined Mari­bor af­ter win­ning his do­mes­tic ti­tle with Zrin­jski, while Mitch Apau (right) will stiffen Olimpija’s de­fence.

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