2001–02 Prva HNL

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Prva HNL
Season 2001–02
Champions NK Zagreb
1st Croatian title
Relegated Čakovec
Hrvatski Dragovoljac
Marsonia
TŠK Topolovac
Champions League NK Zagreb
UEFA Cup Hajduk Split
Dinamo Zagreb
Varteks
Intertoto Cup Rijeka
Slaven Belupo
Matches played 240
Goals scored 680 (2.83 per match)
Top goalscorer Ivica Olić (21)
Biggest home win Zagreb 8–0 TŠK
Šibenik 8–0 TŠK
Biggest away win Osijek 1–6 Dinamo Z.
Highest scoring Zagreb 8–0 TŠK
Šibenik 8–0 TŠK
Average attendance 2,400

The 2001–02 Prva HNL was the eleventh season of the Prva HNL since its establishment in 1992. NK Zagreb became champions for the first time, and were the first and to date only league winners from outside the Eternal Derby rivalry. The campaign began on 28 July 2001 and ended on 4 May 2002. The league expanded to 16 teams (from 12 in the previous season), and was contested by all the 12 teams who competed in the previous season plus four newly promoted ones from Druga HNL.

The first goal of the season was scored by Dinamo Zagreb's Dario Zahora against newly promoted TŠK Topolovac in the 13th minute of the game on the opening day of the season on 28 July.[1] Miljenko Mumlek of Varteks scored the first hat-trick of the season against Hajduk Split, two of them from penalty kicks, at Poljud on 17 August 2001.[2]

NK Zagreb clinched their first ever title after they drew 0–0 against Čakovec and their last competitor for the title Hajduk Split lost 1–0 to Hrvatski Dragovoljac in the penultimate 29th round of the season which took place on 27 April 2002. It was the third Prva HNL title for NK Zagreb manager Zlatko Kranjčar, who thus became the first manager to have won the Prva HNL in charge of two different clubs (in 1996 and 1998 he clinched two championship titles with Croatia Zagreb, renamed Dinamo Zagreb in 2000). The top goalscorer of the season was Ivica Olić with 21 goals scored in 29 appearances for NK Zagreb.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Since it had been decided that the league would expand to 16 teams for the 2001–02 season, only Marsonia were in danger of relegation, having finished last the previous season. Marsonia then played second level side Solin in a two-legged promotion/relegation playoff on 3 and 10 June 2001. The aggregate score was 5–5, but Marsonia won the tie on away goals rule, so no team were relegated.

Teams promoted from 2000–01 Druga HNL:

Summaries[edit]

The following is an overview of teams which competed in the 2001–02 Prva HNL. The list of managers is correct as of 27 July 2001, the first day of the season.

Locations of teams in 2001–02 Prva HNL
Team Manager Home city Stadium Capacity
Cibalia Croatia Davor Čop Vinkovci Stadion HNK Cibalia
9,920
Čakovec Croatia Rajko Magić Čakovec Stadion SRC Mladost
8,000
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Ilija Lončarević Zagreb Stadion Maksimir
37,168
Hajduk Split Croatia Nenad Gračan Split Stadion Poljud
35,000
Hrvatski Dragovoljac Croatia Luka Bonačić Zagreb Stadion NŠC Stjepan Spajić
5,000
Kamen Ingrad Croatia Tomislav Radić Velika Stadion Kamen Ingrad
8,000
Marsonia Croatia Milo Nižetić Slavonski Brod Gradski stadion uz Savu
10,000
Osijek Croatia Vlado Bilić Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt
19,500
Pomorac Croatia Predrag Stilinović Kostrena Stadion Žuknica
3,000
Rijeka Croatia Ivan Katalinić Rijeka Stadion Kantrida
10,275
Slaven Belupo Croatia Dražen Besek Koprivnica Gradski stadion
4,000
Šibenik Croatia Vjekoslav Lokica Šibenik Stadion Šubićevac
8,000
TŠK Topolovac Croatia Ivica Vidović Topolovac Gradski stadion
8,000
Varteks Croatia Branko Janžek Varaždin Stadion NK Varteks
10,800
Zadar Croatia Stanko Mršić Zadar Stadion Stanovi
5,860
NK Zagreb Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva
8,850

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Čakovec Croatia Rajko Magić
Sacked
13 October 2001[3]
Croatia Miljenko Dovečer
13 October 2001[3]
Kamen Ingrad Croatia Tomislav Radić
Removed from position
23 December 2001[4]
Croatia Rajko Magić
23 December 2001[4]
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Ilija Lončarević
Sacked
14 April 2002[5]
Croatia Marijan Vlak (c)
14 April 2002[5]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 NK Zagreb (C) 30 20 7 3 71 24 +47 67 2002–03 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Hajduk Split 30 20 5 5 61 28 +33 65 2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
3 Dinamo Zagreb 30 18 5 7 58 30 +28 59 2002–03 UEFA Cup First round
4 Varteks 30 17 6 7 58 40 +18 57 2002–03 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
5 Rijeka 30 15 6 9 46 37 +9 51 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
6 Slaven Belupo 30 11 9 10 34 36 −2 42
7 Pomorac 30 12 4 14 36 41 −5 40
8 Osijek 30 11 4 15 45 48 −3 37
9 Zadar 30 9 9 12 43 47 −4 36
10 Cibalia 30 9 9 12 34 37 −3 36
11 Šibenik (O) 30 10 6 14 33 36 −3 36 0 Relegation play-offs0
12 Kamen Ingrad (O) 30 9 8 13 28 46 −18 35
13 Hrvatski Dragovoljac (R) 30 9 7 14 34 45 −11 34 Relegation to 2002–03 Druga HNL
14 Čakovec (R) 30 9 5 16 31 44 −13 32
15 Marsonia (R) 30 8 6 16 37 46 −9 30
16 TŠK Topolovac (R) 30 4 2 24 31 95 −64 14

Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

First legs were held on 15 May and second legs on 19 May, 2002.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Vukovar '91 3–4 Šibenik 0–0 3–4
Istra Pula 1–3 Kamen Ingrad 0–1 1–2

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] CIB ČAK DIN HAJ HRD KAM MAR OSI POM RIJ SLA ŠIB TŠK VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–0 3–2 1–0 4–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–1 1–1 2–1
Čakovec 2–2 0–2 0–3 2–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–0 0–0
Dinamo Zagreb 2–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 4–0 3–1 2–1 4–0 2–3 4–1 2–0 3–2 5–0 0–0 3–3
Hajduk Split 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 5–0 0–0 2–2 3–0 4–1 4–1 1–0 4–0 1–5 1–0 0–2
Hrvatski Dragovoljac 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 5–1 3–0 1–1 0–4 3–2 1–3 1–0 0–1
Kamen Ingrad 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–4 2–4 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0
Marsonia 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–4 1–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 2–3 1–2
Osijek 0–0 1–2 0–3 1–2 6–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 4–1 1–2 2–0 1–6
Pomorac 2–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Rijeka 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 3–2 4–1 1–0 4–0 2–2 1–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–1
Slaven Belupo 0–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 2–1 4–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 2–1 2–2
Šibenik 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 3–0 8–0 1–0 2–0 2–3
TŠK Topolovac 0–3 1–3 2–4 2–5 0–4 1–1 0–5 1–3 1–3 2–3 4–1 1–1 4–1 2–1 0–2
Varteks 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 3–0 4–0 5–1 1–4
Zadar 1–0 4–1 1–2 1–5 2–0 0–0 2–2 4–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 7–1 3–4 0–0
NK Zagreb 3–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–3 3–0 2–0 3–0 8–0 5–2 1–1

Updated to games played on 4 May 2002.
Source: Sportnet.hr (Croatian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Croatia Ivica Olić NK Zagreb 21
2 Croatia Saša Bjelanović Varteks 16
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Admir Hasančić NK Zagreb 14
Croatia Dario Zahora Dinamo Zagreb 14
5 Croatia Tomislav Erceg Hajduk Split 13
Croatia Marin Lalić Hrvatski Dragovoljac 13
Croatia Natko Rački Rijeka 13
Croatia Zoran Zekić Zadar 13
9 Croatia Mate Dragičević Šibenik 12
10 Croatia Zvonimir Deranja Hajduk Split 11
Croatia Petar Krpan NK Zagreb 11

Source: 1.hnl.net (Croatian)

European competitions[edit]

2001–02 UEFA Champions League
Hungary Ferencváros - Hajduk Split W (0:0, 0:0) 0:0 on aggregate, Hajduk win on penalties
Spain Mallorca - Hajduk Split L (0:1, 2:0) 2:1 on aggregate
2001–02 UEFA Cup
Estonia Flora Tallinn - Dinamo Zagreb W (0:1, 0:1) 0:2 on aggregate
Latvia Dinaburg - Osijek W (2:1, 0:1) 2:2 on aggregate, , Osijek win on away goals rule
Liechtenstein Vaduz - Varteks W (3:3, 1:6) 4:9 on aggregate
Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv - Dinamo Zagreb L (2:2, 1:1) 3:3 on aggregate, Maccabi win on away goals rule
Slovenia ND Gorica - Osijek W (1:2, 0:1) 1:3 on aggregate
England Aston Villa - Varteks W (2:3, 1:0) 3:3 on aggregate, Varteks win on away goals rule
Poland Wisła Kraków - Hajduk Split L (2:2, 1:0) 3:2 on aggregate
Greece AEK Athens - Osijek L (2:1, 3:2) 5:3 on aggregate
Denmark Brøndby - Varteks L (1:3, 5:0) 6:3 on aggregate
2001 Intertoto Cup
Cyprus Anorthosis - Slaven Belupo W (0:2, 0:7) 0:9 on aggregate
Republic of Macedonia Pobeda Prilep - NK Zagreb L (2:1, 1:1) 3:2 on aggregate
France Bastia - Slaven Belupo W (0:1, 0:1) 0:2 on aggregate
England Aston Villa - Slaven Belupo L (1:2, 2:0) 3:2 on aggregate

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Čop, Goran (30 July 2001). "Ilijini mladi lavovi" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. Archived from the original on 2009-10-02. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Cibilić, Ante (18 August 2001). "Petarda uzdrmala Poljud prije Mallorce" (in Croatian). Vjesnik. Archived from the original on 2009-10-02. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Šantl, Dejan (16 October 2001). "Čakovec: Dovečer "do daljnjeg"!" (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Pilon, Bruno (23 December 2001). "Rajko Magić novi trener Kamen Ingrada" (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Trenerska kronologija od Mamićevog povratka u Dinamo" (in Croatian). Nogometni magazin. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 

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