NK Lokomotiva is a Croatianfootball club based in Zagreb, currently competing in the Prva HNL, the country's top division. Founded in 1914, the club's only period of success came in the late 1940s and early 1950s before spending most of the following five decades as lower-level minnows.
NK Lokomotiva was founded originally as ŽŠK Victoria (Željezničarski nogometni klub "Victoria") in 1914. After World War I name of the club was changed to Željezničar, under which they compeated between the two wars. At that time they were mostly in the shadow of the city's bigger clubs Građanski, Concordia and HAŠK. In 1945. the club was renamed Lokomotiva and soon their most productive years followed. They continuously played for 8 season (1947.-1955.) in the Yugoslav First League with best league result in 1952, when they finished third, behind Hajduk and Red Star Belgrade. Some of the players at that time were Vladimir Čonč, Vladimir Firm, Drago Hmelina, Franjo Beserdi and Oto Bobek, younger brother of legendary Stjepan Bobek. They were relegated again from the First League in the summer of 1957 and never returned to the top flight again.
After Croatian independence and formation of HNL in 1991, Lokomotiva played in lower Croatian leagues, mostly spending their time in Treća HNL. In 2006 after they were relegated to Četvrta HNL, Lokomotiva became Feeder team for Dinamo Zagreb. That will result Lokomotiva gaining promotion in the each of the next three seasons, finishing 1st in 4.HNL 2006/2007, 2nd in 3.HNL 2007/2008, and 3rd 2.HNL 2008/2009, respectively.
In 2009/2010 season Lokomotiva played first league football after 52 years. After a bad start and three loses, Lokosi performed above expectations and at the end finished 8th in Prva HNL, with notable victories 4:2 away against NK Zagreb, home 3:0 vs Rijeka and 2:1 vs Hajduk Split. Squad was one of the youngest in the league with only two players above the age of 30. They legally split their connection to Dinamo, but the clubs continue good relations with number of Dinamo's players coming to Lokomotiva on loan every season. To meet the criteria for 1.HNL they play their games at Maksimir Stadium, although the club's base and youth teams area at Kajzerica.