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NK Zagreb
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Full name Nogometni klub Zagreb
Nickname(s) Pjesnici (The Poets)
Founded 1903
Ground Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj ulici
(Capacity: 8,850)
Chairman Dražen Medić
Manager Igor Štimac
League Prva HNL
2008–09 Prva HNL, 5th
Home colours
Away colours

NK Zagreb is a Croatian football club, from the Croatian capital of Zagreb.

NK Zagreb's home is the Stadion Kranjčevićeva with capacity of 8,850. The club's fans are known as the White Angels (Bijeli Anđeli in Croatian). They are known for their somewhat unique views in the Croatian football supporters scene in that they are strictly opposed to all forms of discrimination (whether it's religious, national, or any other kind), and have a strong anti-hooliganism standpoint.

The nickname of the club is "The Poets" (Pjesnici in Croatian; first mentioned by a radioreporter Ivo Tomić). Kranjčevićeva street, where their stadium is located, is named after Croatian poet Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević.

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History

The club was founded in 1903 as PNIŠK (Prvi Nogometni i Športski Klub, translated First Football and Sports Club), being one of the first to be formed in Croatia. First secretary was Dragutin Baki, the president was Vilhelm Witte, and the captain of the team and instructor was Chech Jan Todl.

Since there weren't any clubs to play with, the first official match was played between the club's players divided into two groups in 1904. Ticket income from the match was 3 krune and 3 filirs.

The first international match was played in 1905. against Magyar champion FTC on Magyar Athleticai Club's pitch. Home team won with a high 11:1 score. The players who played for Zagreb were: Filipčić, Schwarz, Todl, Mutefelija, Slavnič, Ugrinić, Polivka, Uhrl, Višinger, Koruna, and Torbić.

However, after World War II, NK Zagreb has been overshadowed by several larger, more successful clubs, especially their local rival NK Dinamo Zagreb.

One of the most notable matches Zagreb played was on 19 July 1973 when "Great drama in Maksimir" took place - a match between N.K. Zagreb and N.K. Osijek on a stadium in Maksimir. It was a second of two qualifying matches for entering the first league; the first one in Osijek ended 0:0 with attendance of 25.000. The second match was played in Maksimir because of great demand for tickets - the attendance was 64138 which broke the stadium record and stands to this day. Zagreb won the match after penalty kicks (4:3).

Lineup for this team was: Horvat, Gašparini, Tucak, Antolić, Ivanišević, Lipovac, Markulin, Čopor (Hušidić), Močibob, Rukljač, Smolek (Bakota).

Among NK Zagreb's more notable players was Ivica Olić who led the club to its first championship of the Prva HNL in 2002. Also worth mentioning here is Joško Popović, (who played in the 1990s, and was still active in 2005) 2nd top-goalscorer ever in Prva HNL.

In the championship of 2002., N.K. Zagreb broke the duopoly of N.K. Dinamo and N.K. Hajduk for the first (and until today the only) time - and it was well deserved. N.K. Zagreb had the best coach of the season, the best player, the best assistant, the best scorer. They've won most points, the least losses, the most wins, scored more goals and received the least continually being the top team and in one moment had 11 points more than second best team.

Standard lineup for the champion team was: Vasilj, Stavrevski, Pirić, Ješe, Bulat, Poldrugač, Duro, Hasančić, Franja, Lovrek, Olić.

There are two other football competitions being played in Croatia - cup and winter indoor championship. While N.K. Zagreb never won the cup, it is two time winner of winter indoor championship which was played only two times.

Honours

Current squad

As of January 13, 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 Josip Škorić
2 Croatia DF Vedran Celjak
4 Brazil DF Jefthon
5 Croatia MF Valentino Novosel
6 Croatia MF Goran Tomić
7 Croatia FW Josip Jurendić
8 Croatia FW Davor Piškor
9 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Miroslav Pejić
10 Croatia MF Ivan Parlov (captain)
11 Croatia DF Mateo Pavlović
12 Croatia GK Marin Skender
13 Croatia MF Marin Oršulić
14 Croatia MF Matija Špičić
16 Croatia MF Besart Abdurahimi
17 Croatia MF Igor Jugović
No. Position Player
18 Croatia DF Marko Kartelo
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Damir Šovšić
20 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Vedran Ivanković
21 Croatia DF Ivica Džolan
23 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Josip Mikulić
24 Croatia FW Goran Petković
26 Croatia FW Lovro Medić
28 Croatia DF Dino Štiglec
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Ivan Krstanović
30 Croatia FW Davor Vugrinec
Croatia GK Jakša Herceg
Croatia DF Kazimir Poljak
Croatia DF Mario Tokić
Croatia FW Sven Dedić
Croatia FW Goran Ljubojević

Notable players

 

Notable managers

Results by season

Season League Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
1992 1.HNL 22 14 5 3 34 9 33 2nd DNQ Renato Jurčec 8
1992–93 1.HNL 30 15 10 5 50 27 40 3rd R2 Robert Špehar 9
1993–94 1.HNL 34 20 9 5 58 30 49 2nd SF Joško Popović
Robert Špehar
18
1994–95 1.HNL 30 14 11 5 41 26 53 4th QF
1995–96 1.HNL 32 8 9 15 31 50 6th SF Intertoto Cup Group
1996–97 1.HNL 30 13 6 11 43 39 45 5th RU
1997–98 1.HNL 32 5th SF Cup Winners' Cup R1 Mate Baturina 18
1998–99 1.HNL 32 10th R1 Nino Bule 13
1999–2000 1.HNL 33 9 12 12 42 49 39 8th SF Nino Bule 9
2000–01 1.HNL 32 11 5 16 51 58 38 6th SF Krunoslav Lovrek 11
2001–02 1.HNL 30 20 7 3 71 24 67 1st QF Intertoto Cup R1 Ivica Olić 21
2002–03 1.HNL 32 9 9 14 40 52 36 6th QF Champions League QR2 Radomir Đalović 8
2003–04 1.HNL 32 8 12 12 33 41 36 10th R2 Intertoto Cup R1 Radomir Đalović 9
2004–05 1.HNL 32 15 5 12 50 42 50 3rd QF Mladen Bartolović 9
2005–06 1.HNL 32 11 4 17 26 43 37 10th R1 Mladen Pelaić 5
2006–07 1.HNL 33 18 4 11 57 40 58 3rd QF Krunoslav Lovrek 18
2007–08 1.HNL 33 11 11 11 51 40 44 6th SF Intertoto Cup R1 Krunoslav Lovrek 14
2008–09 1.HNL 33 13 8 12 38 39 47 5th SF Davor Vugrinec 11

European record

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Summary

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Years
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 2 2 2002–03
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 4 3 0 1 9 7 1997–98
UEFA Intertoto Cup 10 2 4 4 8 10 1995, 2001, 2003, 2007
Total 16 6 4 6 19 19

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 Opponent Home Away Agg.
1995–96 Intertoto Cup GS Austria LASK Linz 0–0
GS Iceland Keflavík 0–0
GS France Metz 0–1
GS Scotland Partick Thistle 2–1
1997–98 Cup Winners' Cup QR Republic of Macedonia Sloga Jugomagnat 2–0 2–1 4–1
R1 Norway Tromsø 3–2 2–4 5–6
2001–02 Intertoto Cup R1 Republic of Macedonia Pobeda 1–2 1–1 2–3
2002–03 Champions League QR2 Hungary Zalaegerszeg 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2003–04 Intertoto Cup R1 Slovenia Koper 2–2 0–1 2–3
2007–08 Intertoto Cup R1 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)

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