HNK Rijeka Reserves and Academy

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HNK Rijeka Academy are the youth team of HNK Rijeka. There are a total of eleven age categories within the academy, the oldest being the Reserves Team (Rijeka II) and youngest being the Morčići (under-8).

From the 2014–15 season, HNK Rijeka Reserves (or Rijeka II) was formed and replaced the U-19 team. The reserve team competes in Croatia’s reorganised Third Division. The newly formed reserve teams in Croatian football have replaced the U-19 teams, with the national U-19 competition dissolved. The reserve teams are unable to play in the same division as their senior teams. Therefore, Rijeka II is ineligible for promotion to the Prva HNL and may progress only up to Druga HNL as long as the senior team is in Prva HNL. Reserve team is also not permitted to enter the Croatian Cup. The reserve team is intended to be the final step between the Academy and the first team, and is made up of promising youngsters between the age of 18 and 21, with up to five players over the age of 21 eligible to play each week.[1]


Current squad (Rijeka II)[edit]

As of 16 February 2015.[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Nigeria GK David Nwolokor
2 Croatia DF Fausto Budicin
3 Croatia DF Luka Cvetković
4 Nigeria MF Gerald Chibueze Diyoke
6 Croatia FW Mate Bajić
7 Croatia DF Matija Vidas
9 Croatia FW Filip Dangubić
10 Croatia MF Mihovil Jerolim Klapan
11 Croatia MF Roko Nakić
12 Croatia GK Borna Magaš
13 Croatia FW Matko Budan
14 Croatia MF Mateo Furijan
No. Position Player
15 Nigeria DF Yusuf Musa
17 Croatia MF Mihael Rebernik
18 Croatia MF Ed Kevin Kokorović
19 Croatia MF Florian Fumić
20 Croatia FW Miroslav Iličić
21 Nigeria DF Jamilu Collins
22 Croatia GK Carlo Berkovic
23 Croatia MF Matej Mršić
24 Croatia DF Mario Batinić
Croatia DF Ivan Lucić
Croatia FW Duje Mrdeša

The Academy[edit]

Current staff[edit]

As of 13 January 2015.[3]
  • Head of Academy: Croatia Predrag Stilinović
  • Academy Head of development analysis: Croatia Boris Milanović
  • Academy Physiotherapist: Croatia Marin Polonijo
  • Academy Doctor: Croatia Boban Dangubić
  • Academy Sports Scientist: Croatia Mario Jovanović
  • Academy Goalkeeping Coach (U14 & U15): Croatia Marijan Jantoljak
  • Academy Goalkeeping Coach (U16, U17 & U18): Croatia Velimir Radman
  • Rijeka II Manager: Croatia Ivica Kulešević
  • Rijeka II Assistant Manager: Croatia Danko Matrljan & Croatia Dino Skender
  • Under 17 Manager: Croatia Daniel Šarić
  • Under 16 Manager: Croatia Danko Matrljan
  • Under 15 Manager: Croatia Danilo Butorović
  • Under 14 Manager: Croatia Tomislav Čizmarević
  • Under 13 Manager: Croatia Zdravko Šimić
  • Under 12 Manager: Croatia Igor Tkalčević
  • Under 11 Manager: Croatia Vanja Gregorović
  • Under 10 Manager: Croatia Željko Damjanović
  • Under 9 Manager: Croatia Amir Hadžibeganović
  • Under 8 Manager: Croatia Kristijan Čaval
  • Abuja Academy (Nigeria) Coaches: Croatia Boris Pučić, Croatia Božo Matijević & Italy Renzo Gobbo


  • Croatian Championship U-19 (5): 1981, 1987, 1992, 1996, 2014 [4][5]
  • Yugoslav Cup U-18 (1): 1982 [6]
  • Croatian Cup U-19 (4): 1992, 1993, 1997, 2007
  • Croatian Cup U-17 (1): 1994
  • Kvarnerska Rivijera U-20 (Rijeka, Croatia) (18): 1957, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 [7]
  • Bellinzona U-18 (Bellinzona, Switzerland) (3): 1955, 1956, 1965 [8]


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