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HŠK Zrinjski Mostar
HŠKZ grb.jpg
Full name Hrvatski športski klub Zrinjski Mostar
Croatian sport club Zrinjski Mostar
Nickname(s) Plemići (noblemen)
Founded 1905
Ground Bijeli Brijeg Stadium
(Capacity: 25,000)
Chairman Ivan Beus
Manager Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Jović
League Premier League of BiH
2008-09 Premier League of BiH, 1st
Home colours
Away colours

HŠK Zrinjski Mostar is a Herzegovian Croat founded football team from the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The club plays in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has been one of the top teams in the country over the years.

It was formed in 1905, and is the oldest football club in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After World War II, all clubs that had participated in the wartime Prva HNL were banned in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Zrinjski being one of them. The ban lasted from 1945 to 1992. The club was reformed after the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It played in the Herzeg-Bosnia First League until 2000 when it joined the Premier League. The club is based at Bijeli Brijeg Stadium.

In 2005, Zrinjski celebrated its first championship crown in the BiH Premier League.

Today the football team is part of the Zrinjski Mostar sport society.




The beginning and early years

Zrinjski Mostar:
Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball
Men's Handball
Women's Handball
Bijeli Brijeg Stadium
Mostar derby

In 1896 several distinguished Herzegovians from Mostar had an idea to form a youth sports society named Hrvatski sokol (Croatian Hawk). At the time, this was not allowed, but in 1905 Croatian youth led by Professor Kuštreb succeeded. With the help of the cultural society Hrvoje they formed Đački športski klub (Student Sports Club). In 1912 it evolved to Gimnazijski nogometni klub Zrinjski (Gymnasium Football Club Zrinjski). It was named after the historic Croatian noble family Zrinski. Some of the first games they played were against sports team Osman from Sarajevo: the games ended 0:3 and 2:1. Club activist and player Ivo Ćorić wrote first reports about the club at that time. He named some of the players: Rudolf Brozović, Bruno and Edo Novak, Marko Suton, Željko and Ante Merdžo, Mabid Pehlivanović, Slavko Jukić, Ivan Bošnjak, and Karlo Šmit. In 1914 at the outset of World War I, the club was banned. This ban lasted until 1917 when Zrinjski along with another Croatian sports club from Mostar, Hrvatski radnički omladinski športski klub (HROŠK), formed a new club called “Hercegovac”. Some of the HROŠK players were: Jure Zelenika, Nikola Paladžić Miroslav Prpić, Mirko Vlaho, Ante Pavković, Kažimir Zubac.

In 1922 the original name Zrinjski was brought back and at that time, the team started to compete more seriously. They played against other Mostar teams, like Yugoslavian Sports Club (JŠK), Velež and Vardar, and also teams from all over Herzegovina, Bosnia and Dalmatia. In 1923 Zrinjski won the Mostar Championship with a 1:0 victory over JŠK. The players that played in that game were: Vjekoslav Vrančić, Kazimir Vlaho, Živo Bebek, Rudi Janjušić, Husein H. Omerović, Milivoj Smoljan, Pero Golić, Mijo Miličević, Muhamed Omeragić, August Kučinović and Franjo Štimac. In 1930s Zrinjski played games in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Banja Luka and even Montenegro. In 1936 Yugoslavian authorities didn’t allow Zrinjski to play at a tournament in Dubrovnik because they had Croatian colors on their jersey. In 1938 Zrinjski won a tournament against Velež, ŠK Sloga and ŠK Makabi. Also at that time they played three night games, with the lights they borrowed from the local mine. Some of the club presidents from 1905 to 1945 were Miško Mikulić, Drago Turkelj, Jakša Miljković, and Blaško Slišković.

In 1941 with the beginning of World War II and the creation of the Independent State of Croatia, the Prva HNL was also formed. Zrinjski joined the league along with SAŠK Sarajevo and NK Hrvoje from Banja Luka when Independent State of Croatia was admitted to FIFA. In the league Zrinjski played historic games against Građanski Zagreb and Hajduk Split. In 1943 Zrinjski played against Jedinstvo, winning that match 2:1, which was probably the last before the club was banned.

The Ban

After World War II, in 1945 the Yugoslavian communist government banned use any nationalist names and signs. Also any sort of organization that used them, was shut down. Zrinjski was affected with that and the club was not allowed to operate for 47 years (1945-92).


After Bosnia and Herzegovina became independent state, Zrinjski was reestablished. This happened in 1992 in Međugorje. Because of the ongoing war, for the first two years Zrinjski played only friendly games, mostly in Herzegovina and Croatia, but also in Canada and Germany. In 1994 Zrinjski, along with other Croatian clubs from Bosnia and Herzegovina helped create the Herzeg-Bosnia Football Federation. The club participated in its league for seven seasons, and was one best teams over the years. Some of the notable players at that time were Blaž Slišković and Slaven Musa, both FK Velez Mostar players before that. In 1998 Zrinjski participated in first playoffs with Bosnian teams. In 2000 the Premier League for the first time included Bosnian and Croatian clubs together and Zrinjski was one of the clubs competing in the league and still is today. Serbian clubs joined in 2002.

Also in the summer of 2000 Zrinjski participated for the first time in a UEFA competition. They played in the Intertoto Cup against Swedish team Västra Frölunda IF. Zrinjski lost the first game in Sweden 1:0 and in Mostar led 1:0 after 90 minutes. At the beginning of overtime Zrinjski scored another goal and had the result that would send them to the next round, but the game ultimately ended with 3:2 Zrinjski victory and Vastra Frolunda went through because of away goals.

The new era

Title celebration

Before the 2003-04 season, some new board members entered the club, bringing better sponsors. Their primary goal was to make Zrinjski one of the top clubs in the country by its 100th anniversary in 2005. Zrinjski then took four players on loan from Dinamo Zagreb: Luka Modrić, Mario Janjetović, Ivica Džidić and Davor Landeka. After the season Džidić and Landeka stayed permanently. Although Zrinjski was nowhere near the top, the base for the next season was created. In summer of 2004, the club signed some of the best players in the league, such as Zoran Rajović, Dušan Kerkez, Velimir Vidić, and Sulejman Smajić. The team, led by coach Franjo Džidić won the title easily, with a significant point advantage over runner up Željezničar. Zoran Rajović was the league's leading scorer.

Many of Zrinjski’s star players were on one year contracts and left the team after the season. As a result, the team did not play well at the beginning of the season and was surprisingly knocked out of the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round by Luxembourg team F91 Dudelange. Zrinjski won the first game away 1:0, but lost at home after overtime 4:0, something beeng historically bad result. Not long after the beginning of the season Blaž Slišković was appointed as a head coach.

Zrinjski finished the 2005-06 season in third place, earning a place in the Intertoto Cup where Zrinjski knocked out Maltese team Marsaxlokk F.C. (3:0 home, 1:1 away) in the first round and lost to Israel team Maccabi Petah Tikva FC (1:1 away, 1:3 home) in the second round.

In 2006-07 season Zrinjski earned second place, earning a UEFA Cup berth. During the winter break team lost one of its best players Lamine Diarra, who transferred to S.C. Beira-Mar, but it signed former star player Zoran Rajović on a free transfer. Zrinjski also signed experienced midfielder Mario Ivanković from NK Brotnjo.

In 2007-08, Zrinjski lost in the first qualifying round to FK Partizan of Serbia, 11-1 on aggregate. However, Partizan was expelled from the competition due to crowd trouble, so Zrinjski progressed to the second round where they lost 2-1 on aggregate to FK Rabotnički of Macedonia. The domestic campaign saw them finish fourth, but a victory in the Bosnian Cup earned them a place in the UEFA Cup once again.



See Mostar derby. Zrinjski Mostar's main rival is Velež Mostar,the other football team in Mostar. The highly contested game between both teams is called the Mostar derby. Zrinjski first played against Velež Mostar in the 1920s and 1930s, but when Zrinjski was banned (1945.-1992), no games between the rival teams were played. During that period, Velež became a successful club in former Yugoslavia, and it was supported a majority of Mostarian inhabitants. After Zrinjski's league ban was lifted, the team became one of the important symbols of the Croatian entity in Mostar, and it was mainly supported by Croats. The rival team,Velež, is mostly supported by Bosniaks. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile mentioning that both teams still have a varied fan base, with football fans supporting their teams regardless of ethnic divisions. The Mostar derby is highly contested , just as the Sarajevo-Željezničar derby. On 1. march 2000, Zrinjski and Velež played a friendly game, for the first time in over 55 years. The game took place in Sarajevo, and ended in a 2:2 draw. The first official game between both teams was played in Premier League of BiH at the Bijeli Brijeg Stadium on 13. August 2000., and was won by Zrinjski with 2:0.

The two fan groups which support each team are:

Both fanbases still represent a division among ethnic lines, as the Ultras are almost exclusively Croats and the Red Army are mostly Bosniaks. The ethnic connection of both fanbases leads to vigorous clashes at the Mostar derby. Furthermore, some extreme groups of the Red Army are left-wing-inspired, while extreme Ultras are right-wing-inspired, which further exacerbates their rivalry.


Other notable rivals of Zrinjski are Sarajevo clubs FK Sarajevo and NK Željezničar. Those clubs with famous history, along with Zrinjski are favorites for the top of the table almost every season. One of the other reasons for this rivalry is that Mostar is the center of Herzegovina, while Sarajevo is the center of Bosnia, and the capital of the entire country. Also there is a rivalry with NK Široki Brijeg, the other top team from Herzegovina. This rivalry started during Herzeg-Bosnia league (1994 - 2000), and continued in Premier League.



Zrinjski’s fans are called Ultras. Ultras group from Mostar was founded in 1994.


Zrinjski plays its games on Bijeli Brijeg Stadium, (English: White Hill Stadium). The stadium was build in 1971 and was used by Velež until 1991. Stadium capacity today is 25,000, but in the 1970s and 1980s some games attracted over 35,000 spectators. It is the second largest stadium in Bosnia and Herzegovina after Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium.


Winners (2): 2004-05, 2008-09
Runner-Up (1): 2006-07
Winners (1): 2007-08
COMMON USED SQUAD by Dragan Jović (2009/2010) - Important Subs: Hadžić, Džidić, M.Sušić, Bobby, Afedzie, Zadro, P.Sušić, Dragičević

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Adnan Hadžić
2 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Toni Šunjić
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Stanko Cvitković
4 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Ivan Rezdeušek
5 Ghana MF Stanley Afedzie
6 Croatia DF Damir Džidić
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Ivan Šarac
8 Croatia FW Mate Dragičević
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Vernes Selimović
10 Croatia MF Igor Musa
11 Serbia DF Igor Žuržinov
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Igor Melher
13 Serbia MF Pavle Sušić
14 Croatia MF Mario Ivanković (captain)
No. Position Player
15 Serbia DF Goran Marković
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Mateo Sušić
17 Croatia FW Danijel Stojanović
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Mladen Žižović
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Krešimir Kordić
20 Ghana MF Prince Bobby
21 Croatia FW Josip Turić
22 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Igor Budimir
23 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Vlado Zadro
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Semir Čilić
26 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Ivo Zlatić
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Marin Aničić
-- Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Josip Aničić
-- Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Mile Pehar

Tranfers 2009/2010 (Winter)



Notable players

Notable managers

European record

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Sweden Västra Frölunda IF 2-1 0-1
2005/06 UEFA Champions League 1Q Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 0-4 (AET) 1-0
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Malta Marsaxlokk F.C. 3-0 1-1
2R Israel Maccabi Petah Tikva F.C. 1-3 1-1
2007/08 UEFA Cup 1Q Serbia FK Partizan 1-61 0-5
2Q Republic of Macedonia FK Rabotnički 1-2 0-0
2008/09 UEFA Cup 1Q Liechtenstein FC Vaduz 3-0 2-1
2Q Portugal S.C. Braga 0-2 0-1
2009/10 UEFA Champions League 2Q Slovakia ŠK Slovan Bratislava 1-0 0-4

1 UEFA expelled Partizan from the 2007–08 UEFA Cup due to crowd trouble at their away tie in Mostar, which forced the match to be interrupted for 10 minutes. UEFA ajudged travelling Partizan fans to have been the culprits of the trouble.[1], but Partizan were allowed to play the return leg while the appeal was being processed.[2] However, Partizan's appeal was rejected so Zrinjski Mostar qualified.[3]


Season League Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
2002–03 BiH PL 38 17 2 19 46 65 53 11th SF
2003–04 BiH PL 30 11 5 14 40 47 38 11th 1/16
2004–05 BiH PL 30 19 4 7 56 30 61 1st SF Zoran Rajović 17
2005–06 BiH PL 30 17 3 10 47 29 54 3rd 1/8 Champions League QR1
2006–07 BiH PL 30 17 4 9 67 40 54 2nd 1/16 Intertoto Cup R2
2007–08 BiH PL 30 15 4 11 46 27 49 4th W UEFA Cup QR2
2008–09 BiH PL 30 18 3 9 50 37 57 1st SF UEFA Cup QR2 Krešimir Kordić 13
League: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points won; Pos = Final position;
Cup / Europe: PR = Preliminary round; QR = Qualifying round; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; Group = Group stage; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final; RU = Runner-up; W = Competition won;


  1. ^ "Partizan disqualified from UEFA Cup". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. 26 July 2007. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/keytopics/kind=512/newsid=564584.html.  
  2. ^ "Partizan decision deferred". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. 31 July 2007. http://www.uefa.com/uefa/keytopics/kind=512/newsid=566068.html.  
  3. ^ "Partizan disqualified from UEFA Cup". uefa.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 August 2007. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/uefacup/news/kind=1/newsid=568390.html. Retrieved 8 August 2007.  

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