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.
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.
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.