Sunday, 18 July 2010

ND Mura 05 (Slovenia)

ND Mura 05 are the successors of the now-bankrupt NK Mura from the town of small town of Murska Sobota in the north east of Slovenia, right near the border with Hungary. The region is most famous for having a dialect, Prekmurian, so different from either Slovenian or Hungarian that it is considered its own language, although it is only thought to now be spoken by a mere 80,000 people. So getting involved in the chants of the local crowd may prove to be a tricky affair.

They formed out of the ashes of the sadly skint NK, who played in the Slovenian PrvaLiga for many years, winning the national cup in 1995 after being the losing finalists the year before. And despite being the same club in all but name, when Mura 05 reformed in 2005, they had to start down the leagues, and current play in the second flight of Slovenian football, the 2. Slovenska Nogometna Liga.

They play at the smashing little Fazanerija ground, which can squeeze 5500 of their bonkers fans into its leafy surrounds. Their historically biggest game is what they call the Prekmurje Derby against their nearby rivals NK Nafta Lendava. sadly though Nafta play in the top flight of Slovenian football at the moment, so they've not had the chance to pit themselves against each other in a while. but you can be sure that when they finally do it'll be a fiercely fought affair.

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