NK Međimurje

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Međimurje Čakovec
NK Medjimurje
Full name Nogometni klub Međimurje Čakovec
Nickname(s) Crveno-Crni (The Red and Blacks)
Founded June 2003
Ground Stadion SRC Mladost, Čakovec
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Marijan Uršanić
Manager Mario Kovačević
League Treća HNL East
2013–14 Treća HNL North, 1st

NK Međimurje is a Croatian football club based in Čakovec. The club is named after Međimurje, the region in northern Croatia where Čakovec is located. They were relegated to the Croatian Second League after finishing 15th in the Croatian First League at the end of the 2009–10 season.

The club play their home games at the Stadion SRC Mladost, Čakovec, which has a total capacity of approximately 8,000 and is also the home ground of local rivals NK Čakovec. The club's supporters group is called the Angels.

History[edit]

The club was founded in June 2003 and started to compete in the Croatian Second League, where they replaced NK Omladinac, a club based in the Čakovec suburb of Novo Selo Rok. They finished top of the league at the end of the 2003–04 season, clinching promotion to the Croatian First League.

They started their first season in the top flight with three defeats in their opening three matches, before beating Zagreb 1–0 on the road on Day 4 to clinch their first win of the season. However, they continued to experience very little success after that, only grabbing two further wins in the following 18 matches and being bottom of the table as the league split in two groups in March 2005. Their performance improved in the bottom-6 group, the Relegation League, where they had a streak of seven games undefeated and finished 5th, overtaking Zadar on the final day of the season.

In their second top-flight season in 2005–06, they once again found themselves bottom of the table in March, although with 5 wins and only one point fewer than both Inter Zaprešić and Slaven Belupo. After three defeats in their opening three matches in the Relegation League, they managed a streak of seven games undefeated and overtook Inter Zaprešić after beating them on the penultimate day of the season.

In 2006–07, they experienced mixed fortunes in their opening seven games, but then managed four consecutive wins and even found themselves in 4th place after Day 11. They eventually finished the season in 9th place, their best result in the top flight, with 11 wins in 33 matches. The 2007–08 season, however, brought very little success and they found themselves bottom of the table for majority of the season. They eventually finished rock-bottom, with only 15 points and mere three wins from 33 matches, 18 points behind the 11th-place Inter Zaprešić, and were effectively relegated to the Croatian Second League.

In 2008–09, they finished fifth in the Croatian Second League, but were nevertheless directly promoted back to the Croatian First League for the 2009–10 season as the league was expanded to 16 teams and Slavonac CO, who finished above them, decided to withdraw from the top flight after failing to secure a proper stadium as their home ground.[1]

In the first half of the 2009–10 season, they performed well at home, recording 5 wins and 2 draws in 9 matches, but poor performance on the road (they lost all 8 away matches) saw them start the second half of the season in 13th place, just above the relegation zone. Despite winning two away matches in the second half of the season, a series of draws and defeats (including a crushing 5–1 defeat at home to Rijeka) saw them dropping into the relegation zone with 6 matches left. A 4–1 defeat at Hajduk Split on the penultimate day of the season confirmed their 15th-place finish and relegation back to the second division.

In June 2010, the aforementioned match against Hajduk was confirmed to have been one of the fixed matches in the Croatian top flight during the 2009–10 season.[2] Three of the club's players from the 2009–10 season, Mario Darmopil, Danijel Mađarić and Neven Vuljanko, were arrested under allegations of being involved in match fixing.[3] Darmopil was the team's captain during the 2009–10 season, while Mađarić and Vuljanko were the two goalkeepers who made league appearances for the club in the second half of the season. In February 2011, Darmopil and Mađarić were sentenced to 8 and 7 months in prison respectively for their involvement in match fixing.[4]

Club honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 July 2011

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

No. Position Player
Croatia GK Luka Bešenić
Croatia GK Luka Tizaj
Croatia GK Zvonimir Božak
Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Mustafa Menzil
Croatia DF Marcel Novko
Croatia DF Antonio Dodlek
Croatia DF Ante Zore
Croatia DF Matija Antonović
Croatia DF Ivan Ćosić
Croatia DF Josip Zeba
Croatia MF Jurica Marčinković
Croatia MF Dino Bukal
No. Position Player
Croatia MF Dario Vadlja
Croatia MF Ivan Habuš
Croatia MF Deni Kovačić
Croatia MF Tomislav Levačić
Croatia MF Filip Petak
Croatia MF Franjo Pintarić
Croatia MF Nikola Barat
Croatia MF Ivan Begović
Croatia FW Goran Međumurac
Brazil FW Cícerio Lima
Croatia FW David Puclin
Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Nikša Dimitrijević

Seasons[edit]

Season League Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
 2003–04  2. HNL 32 21 6 5 70 28 69 1st DNQ
2004–05 1. HNL 32 9 6 17 29 52 33 11th R2 Ivica Žuljević 12
2005–06 1. HNL 32 9 9 14 40 51 36 11th R2 Igor Mostarlić 11
2006–07 1. HNL 33 11 4 18 40 60 37 9th R1 Davor Piškor 10
2007–08 1. HNL 33 3 6 24 37 81 15 12th R1 Edin Šaranović 7
2008–09 2. HNL 30 16 2 12 61 34 50 5th R1 Marijan Vuka 19
2009–10 1. HNL 30 8 5 17 37 61 29 15th R1 Bojan Golubović 13
2010–11 2. HNL 30 12 6 12 53 49 42 7th R2 Mario Garba 12
2011–12 2. HNL 28 5 7 16 31 60 22 13th PR
2012–13 3. HNL North 30 21 4 5 58 21 67 2nd DNQ
2013–14 3. HNL North 30 20 6 4 90 25 65 1st R2
Key
League: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points won; Pos = Final position;
Cup / Europe: DNQ = Did not qualify; PR = Preliminary round; R1 = First round; R2 = Round of 16; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final; RU = Runner-up; W = Competition won;

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Međimurci direktno, Slavonac odustao" (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Lista srama: Ove su utakmice HNL-a bile namještene" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  3. ^ "Offside: Utakmica koštala 300 tisuća eura" (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Pala nagodba: Mađariću i Darmopilu zatvorske kazne, a moraju vratiti i 26.500 eura" (in Croatian). Sportske novosti. 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 

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