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NK Varteks
Varteks' Logo.png
Full name Nogometni klub Varteks
Nickname(s) Krojači (The Tailors)
Bumbari (The Bumblebees)
Founded 3 June, 1931
Ground Stadion Anđelko Herjavec
(Capacity: 12,000)
Chairman Croatia Zlatko Horvat
Manager Croatia Samir Toplak
League Prva HNL
2008–09 Prva HNL, 10th
Home colours
Away colours

NK Varteks is a Croatian football club based in the city of Varaždin in the north of the country. They play their home matches at the Stadion Varteks, which has an all-seating capacity of 10,000. Organised supporters of the team are known as the White Stones.

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History

The club was founded on 3 June 1931 under the name of NK Slavija and existed under this name until 1941. During World War II, the club temporarily ceased to exist and was then reorganised under the name of NK Tekstilac in 1945. The name Varteks was given to the club in 1958 and remained until today. The club is named after the Varaždin-based textile and clothing company, which has been its principal sponsor since it was founded under its current name.

The club's first success happened back in 1938, when they qualified to participate in the premier league of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In SFR Yugoslavia, their biggest success was the advancement to the final of the Yugoslav Cup in 1961, but they lost the final game to Vardar Skopje from Macedonia.

Varteks has been a member of the Prva HNL since its foundation in 1991. They have not managed to win any national titles so far, but are regularly placed near the top of the table and were also the runners-up in the Croatian Cup five times. In the spring of 1999, they had a significant international success when they managed to advance to the quarterfinals of the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but were then defeated by Real Mallorca with 3-1 in the second-leg away match after playing a goalless draw at home in the first leg. They also attracted some attention at the international level back in 2001, when they eliminated Aston Villa from the UEFA Cup on away goals.

Varteks is a small market team and not a very rich club, yet it consistently places in the top 5 in the First Croatian League. The driving force behind Varteks is their youth training. It is consistently one of the best in the country and is solely responsible for their success. Most of Varteks' senior players rose through the ranks of the youth system, earned their spots on the senior squads and were often sold to the bigger market teams in Croatia or to foreign clubs.

Honours

Current squad

As of 26 February 2010.

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

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Saša Dreven
2 Croatia DF Zoran Ivančić
3 Croatia MF Adi Musli
4 Croatia MF Josip Brezovec
5 Croatia MF Luka Jagačić
6 Croatia DF Roberto Punčec
7 Croatia FW Mario Sačer (on loan from Hajduk Split)
8 Croatia MF Dejan Glavica
9 Croatia FW Ivan Jolić
10 Croatia MF Miljenko Mumlek (captain)
11 Croatia FW Gordan Vuk
12 Croatia GK Denis Krklec
13 Croatia FW Nikola Frljužec
No. Position Player
14 Croatia DF Karlo Šimek
15 Croatia DF Nikola Tkalčić
16 Croatia DF Andrija Balajić
17 Croatia FW Matija Smrekar
18 Croatia MF Josip Golubar
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Josip Kvesić
20 Croatia DF Adam Sušac
22 Croatia GK Ante Mrmić
25 Croatia DF Dino Škvorc
26 Croatia FW Andrej Vuk
27 Croatia DF Ivan Conjar
28 Croatia FW Filip Škvorc
30 Croatia MF Saša Hojski

Recent seasons

Season League Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
1992 1.HNL 22 7 6 9 32 25 20 8th DNQ Igor Cvitanović 9
1992–93 1.HNL 30 10 9 11 38 47 29 7th QF Mirza Golubica 8
1993–94 1.HNL 34 16 9 9 51 31 41 5th QF Davor Vugrinec 17
1994–95 1.HNL 30 11 10 9 35 27 43 6th SF
1995–96 1.HNL 32 18 7 7 44 26 3rd RU
1996–97 1.HNL 30 12 6 12 34 35 42 6th QF Cup Winners' Cup R1
1997–98 1.HNL 32 10 8 14 34 44 10th RU
1998–99 1.HNL 32 12 4 16 55 57 5th QF Cup Winners' Cup QF Miljenko Mumlek 13
1999–2000 1.HNL 33 10 10 13 32 44 40 7th QF Intertoto Cup R3 Damir Mužek
Vioresin Sinani
5
2000–01 1.HNL 32 12 9 11 56 56 45 4th QF Saša Bjelanović 12
2001–02 1.HNL 30 17 6 7 58 40 57 4th RU UEFA Cup R2 Saša Bjelanović 16
2002–03 1.HNL 32 18 3 11 52 38 57 3rd SF UEFA Cup R1 Veldin Karić 10
2003–04 1.HNL 32 9 11 12 33 42 38 5th RU UEFA Cup R1 Nikola Šafarić 7
2004–05 1.HNL 32 14 3 15 53 50 45 5th SF Nedim Halilović 9
2005–06 1.HNL 32 15 2 15 51 48 47 3rd RU Intertoto Cup R3 Leon Benko 14
2006–07 1.HNL 33 12 6 15 49 62 42 8th R1 UEFA Cup QR1 Enes Novinić 15
2007–08 1.HNL 33 11 7 15 46 53 40 7th SF Miljenko Mumlek 9
2008–09 1.HNL 33 10 5 18 41 55 35 10th R2 Goran Mujanović 11
Key
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;

European record

Summary

Competition Pld W D L GF GA
UEFA Cup 16 7 3 6 35 27
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 6 1 3 15 10
UEFA Intertoto Cup 12 5 3 4 22 21
Total 38 18 7 13 72 58

Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 9 January 2010
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

By season

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup QUAL Luxembourg Union Luxembourg 2-1 3-0
1R Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 0-1
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1R Slovenia Rudar Velenje 1-0 1-0
2R Netherlands Heerenveen 4-2 (AET) 1-2
QF Spain Mallorca 0-0 1-3
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Belarus Lakamatyu-96 Vitebsk 2-2 2-1
2R Norway Brann 3-0 (p: 5-4) 0-3
3R Russia Rostselmash 1-2 1-0
2001–02 UEFA Cup QUAL Liechtenstein Vaduz 7-1 3-3
1R England Aston Villa 0-1 3-2
2R Denmark Brøndby 3-1 0-5
2002–03 UEFA Cup QUAL Republic of Ireland Dundalk 5-0 4-0
1R Denmark Midtjylland 1-1 0-1
2003–04 UEFA Cup QUAL Estonia Levadia Tallinn 3-2 3-1
1R Hungary Debrecen 1-3 2-3
2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1R Albania Dinamo Tirana 4-1 1-2
2R Finland Inter Turku 4-3 2-2
3R France Lens 1-1 1-4
2006–07 UEFA Cup 1Q Albania KF Tirana 1-1 0-2

Notable players

 

Managerial history

 

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