NK Orijent

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NK Orijent 1919
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Full name Nogometni klub Orijent 1919 Sušak
Nickname(s) Sušačani
Founded 1919; 96 years ago (1919)
Ground SC Krimeja
Ground Capacity 4.000
Chairman Emilio Margan
Manager Denis Lopac
League 1. ŽNL
2013–14 3. HNL West, 6th
Website Club home page

NK Orijent 1919 is a football club from Sušak, the north-east part of the city of Rijeka, Croatia.

History[edit]

NK Orijent was founded in 1919 in Sušak, at that time predominantly Croatian, eastern part of the current city of Rijeka, as opposed to Fiume, western part of the city of Rijeka with a notable Italian minority.

According to the legend, during his time on journey to the United States, one of the club's founders saw a ship named Orient in the New York Harbor. After he came back, he suggested new club to be named Orient, which was adopted. As regimes changed, Orijent was often forced to change its name, so during its history it was known as Jedinstvo, Primorac, Primorje and Budućnost. Finally, from 1953 onwards, club carries the original name Orijent.

Although Orijent spend most of its history in lower tiers of Yugoslav and Croatian football, it was and still is popular among Sušak's population.

Club's greatest success came in 1969 when they were champions of Yugoslav Second League's Division West but were unable to win promotion through playoff. Orijent and city rivals Rijeka contested numerous derbies during the early 1970s.[1] Other notable successes were quarterfinals of Yugoslav Cup in 1980-81 and 1982-83. Orijent played top tier football only once, during the season 1996–97 when they finished 14th and were relegated.

In June 2014, the club was liquidated due to its inability to service mounting debts.[2] Shortly thereafter, the club was re-established as NK Orijent 1919, and admitted to the fifth tier of the Croatian league system in time for the start of the 2014–15 campaign.

Seasons[edit]

Season League Cup
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
1966–67 Croatian League 26 13 5 8 57 29 31 4th
1967–68 Croatian League 30 22 6 2 95 26 50 1st ↑
1968–69 Second Div. 30 23 3 4 70 27 49 1st
1969–70 Second Div. 30 16 3 11 48 30 35 4th R2
1970–71 Second Div. 30 9 10 11 36 38 28 7th
1971–72 Second Div. 34 15 8 11 63 47 38 5th
1972–73 Second Div. 34 10 12 12 45 57 31 12th ↓
1973–74 Croatian League 32 7 14 11 30 41 28 15th ↓
1974–75 4th Division 1st ↑
1975–76 Croatian League 22 4 8 10 25 26 16 11th
1976–77 Croatian League 26 12 8 6 36 25 32 3rd
1977–78 Croatian League 26 13 7 6 30 18 33 3rd
1978–79 Croatian League 26 14 6 6 33 18 34 2nd
1979–80 Croatian League 30 13 6 11 42 30 32 6th
1980–81 Croatian League 30 12 9 9 36 22 33 3rd QF
1981–82 Croatian League 30 15 7 8 44 26 37 3rd
1982–83 Croatian League 30 12 9 9 47 35 33 5th QF
1983–84 Croatian League 26 21 5 0 55 8 47 1st
1984–85 Croatian League 26 20 5 1 74 9 45 1st
1985–86 Croatian League 1st
1986–87 Croatian League 2nd
1987–88 Croatian League 30 13 6 11 44 32 32 4th
1988–89 3. Yugoslav Div. 34 11 9 (5) 14 34 33 27 13th
1989–90 3. Yugoslav Div. 34 10 9 (7) 15 37 43 27 15th R1
1990–91 3. Yugoslav Div. 34 13 5 (4) 16 31 45 30 11th
1992 2. HNL West 12 4 3 5 14 13 11 3rd
1992–93 2. HNL South 29 13 6 10 44 34 32 7th R1
1993–94 2. HNL South 30 21 8 1 62 15 50 2nd R1
1994–95 2. HNL West 36 24 8 4 86 19 80 2nd ↑
1995–96 1. B HNL 28 15 4 9 45 34 49 2nd ↑
1996–97 1. A HNL 30 5 11 14 28 53 26 14th ↓ R1
1997–98 2. HNL West 30 21 5 4 63 15 68 3rd QF
1998–99 2. HNL 36 13 9 14 39 48 48 13th
1999–2000 2. HNL 32 10 11 11 37 41 41 9th
2000–01 2. HNL 34 13 8 13 40 40 47 10th R2
2001–02 2. HNL South 30 14 4 12 35 37 46 6th
2002–03 2. HNL South 32 12 6 14 36 48 42 8th R1
2003–04 2. HNL South 32 2 7 23 23 62 13 12th ↓
2004–05 3. HNL West 30 8 10 12 26 47 34 14th
2005–06 3. HNL West 30 15 9 6 60 35 54 4th
2006–07 3. HNL West 34 13 7 14 44 53 46 13th
2007–08 3. HNL West 34 10 11 13 39 36 41 13th
2008–09 3. HNL West 34 12 8 14 45 41 42 13th R1
2009–10 3. HNL West 34 10 14 10 47 44 44 11th R1
2010–11 3. HNL West 34 12 6 16 40 47 42 11th
2011–12 3. HNL West 34 9 12 13 38 48 39 14th
2012–13 3. HNL West 30 13 4 13 46 45 43 8th
2013–14 3. HNL West 28 13 4 11 35 43 43 6th
2014–15* 1. ŽNL PGŽ 13 9 4 0 26 8 31 1st
  • Result at the end of half season.

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