HNK Gorica

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This article is about the Croatian football club. For the Slovene football club, see ND Gorica.
Gorica
club crest
Full name Hrvatski Nogometni Klub Gorica
Founded 2009 (as merger of NK Radnik and NK Polet Buševec)
Ground Stadion Radnik
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Nenad Črnko
Manager Dražen Biškup
League 2. HNL
2013–14 2. HNL, 7th
Website Club home page

Hrvatski Nogometni Klub Gorica (English: Croatian Football Club Gorica), commonly referred to as HNK Gorica or simply Gorica, is a Croatian football club based in the town of Velika Gorica, located just south of the Croatian capital Zagreb. They play their home matches at the Stadion Radnik, which has a capacity of 8,000.[1] They won the 2010–11 Druga HNL title and were initially promoted to Prva HNL, but their top license was revoked. The club regard themselves as the spiritual continuation of the former Prva HNL members NK Radnik, who went bankrupt and was dissolved in 2009. However, legally HNK Gorica is a distinct and separate club, and is not entitled to claim the history of the old NK Radnik.

History[edit]

There is a long lasting tradition of football in Velika Gorica and region of Turopolje. First organized clubs were founded during the 1930s but the most prominent football club, NK Radnik, was created in 1945, just after the end of World War II.

Radnik enjoyed average success during Yugoslavia, and its most impressive results came with a birth of free Croatia. With a newly built stadium for 1987 Summer Universiade Radnik was included into premier season of highest level Croatian league. It competed there for two seasons, 1992–93 and 1993–94. After being relegated in 1995, Radnik started with his downfall and mediocre results, even playing in the fourth tier of Croatian league football for four seasons (from 2002 till 2006).

During 2009 Radnik got into serious financial troubles and only solution for preserving Velika Gorica's top and most popular football team was a merger with one of financially stable local football clubs. A perfect partner was found in NK Polet from nearby village Buševec. NK Polet had a long lasting football tradition and was a competitive member of Treća HNL. In summer of 2009, merging between Radnik and Polet was agreed and HNK Gorica was formed. As a primal mission club stated winning the league title and reaching Druga HNL after many years of absence. The goal was reached during the first season, Gorica won the Treća HNL West and achieved promotion to the Druga HNL for the 2010–11 season.

Before 2010–11 season it was stated that club's ambitions are not high and that everybody would be satisfied with top half finish. But as the season progressed, Gorica proved to be the best club in the league, this culminating with securing the title two rounds before the end of the season. As 2. HNL champion, Gorica earned a place in Croatia's first division, which was later denied after getting their top level license revoked.

Honours[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Cup Other Competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
2009–10 3. HNL 34 25 4 5 63 20 79 1st ↑ Igor Hajduk 20
2010–11 2. HNL 30 20 4 6 54 21 64 1st Boris Bajto 11
2011–12 2. HNL 28 10 10 8 27 24 40 7th Tomislav Pek 6
2012–13 2. HNL 30 10 10 10 40 35 40 10th 1/8 Domagoj Abramović 12
2013–14 2. HNL 33 13 6 14 32 33 45 7th R1 Ivan Antolek and Robert Peričić 5

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 February 2014

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

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Miroslav Koprić
2 Croatia DF Saša Sabljak (captain)
3 Croatia DF Hrvoje Jančetić
4 Croatia DF Dado Žutić
6 Croatia FW Ivan Antolek
8 Croatia MF Kristijan Mandić
9 Croatia MF Ivan Budimir
10 Croatia FW Robert Peričić
14 Croatia MF Luka Hadžić
15 Croatia MF Jurica Kovačić
19 Croatia DF Matija Mihalj
20 Croatia FW Dalibor Mandarić
21 Croatia DF Perica Šare
Croatia DF Ivan Tokić
22 Croatia MF Nikola Lovrić
23 Croatia DF Denis Cerovec
24 Croatia GK Toni Šušković
No. Position Player
Croatia GK Ante Peko
Croatia DF Filip Petanjek
Senegal DF Nabila Samba
Croatia MF Zvonimir Milić
Croatia MF Josip Majić
Croatia MF Marijo Pejak
Croatia MF Marijan Jurac
Croatia DF Marin Romić
Croatia MF Roko Strika
Croatia FW Omar Abuselyani
Croatia MF Vedran Jerković
Croatia MF Filip Cvrk
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Tarik Okanović
Uzbekistan MF Ilyas Zeytulaev (on loan from Torino)
Australia FW Roko Strika
Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Dalibor Mandarić
Libya FW Omar Abuselyana

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HNK Gorica". Nogometni magazin (in Croatian). Retrieved 1 September 2010. 

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