NK Lokomotiva

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Lokomotiva
Lokomotiva's Logo
Full name Nogometni klub Lokomotiva
Nickname(s) Lokosi
Founded 1 May 1914; 100 years ago (1914-05-01)
as ŽŠK Victoria
Ground Stadion Kranjčevićeva
Ground Capacity 8,850
Chairman Tin Dolički
Manager Tomislav Ivković
League 1. HNL
2013–14 5th
Website Club home page

NK Lokomotiva is a Croatian football 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.

In the mid-2000s Lokomotiva was turned into Dinamo Zagreb's farm team and between 2007 and 2009 they won three consecutive promotions which saw them rise from fourth level to first level in the Croatian football league system. They host their home matches at NK Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva, as their own ground in the Novi Zagreb's Kajzerica neighbourhood is unsuitable for top level football.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Honours[edit]

Croatia Prva HNL:

  • Runner-up: 2012–13

Croatia Druga HNL:

  • Third place: 2008–09

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav First League:

  • Third place: 1952

Croatia Croatian Cup:

  • Runner-up: 2012–13

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Agg
2013/14 UEFA Europa League 2Q Belarus FC Dinamo Minsk 2-3 2-1 4-4(a)

Name changes[edit]

  • ŽŠK Victoria (1914–1919)
  • ŠK Željezničar (1919–1941)
  • HŽŠK (1941–1945)
  • FD Lokomotiva (1945–1946)
  • FD Crvena Lokomotiva (1946–47)
  • NK Lokomotiva (1947–present)

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 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 Oliver Zelenika
2 Croatia DF Karlo Bartolec
3 Croatia DF Mario Musa
5 Croatia DF Leonard Mesarić
6 Croatia DF Josip Čalušić
7 Croatia MF Damir Šovšić
8 Croatia MF Luka Begonja
9 Croatia FW Ante Budimir
11 Croatia DF Karlo Bručić
13 Croatia MF Filip Mrzljak
15 Croatia MF Domagoj Pavičić
No. Position Player
18 Croatia FW Mario Šitum
19 Croatia DF Herdi Prenga
20 Croatia MF Petar Mišić
24 Croatia MF Marko Pajač
26 Croatia DF Toni Gorupec
27 Croatia GK Marko Šarlija
30 Croatia MF Šime Gržan
TBA Croatia DF Tomislav Mrcela
TBA Croatia FW Jan Doležal

Manager history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "povijest" (in Croatian). NK Lokomotiva. 

External links[edit]