NK Varaždin

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Varaždin
Club crest
Full name Nogometni Klub Varteks Varaždin
Nickname(s) Krojači (Tailors), Bumbari (Bumblebees)
Founded 3 June 1931; 83 years ago (3 June 1931) as NK Slavija
Ground Stadion Anđelko Herjavec
Ground Capacity 10,800
Chairman Zoran Vidović
Manager Ivica Solomun
League 3. HNL - North

Nogometni Klub Varaždin (English: Varaždin Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Varaždin or simply Varaždin, is a Croatian football club based in the city of Varaždin in the north of the country. They play their home matches at the Stadion Anđelko Herjavec, which has an all-seating capacity of 10,800. Organised supporters of the team were known as the White Stones before they unsatisfied with club leadership founded their own club.

History[edit]

The club was founded on 3 June 1931 under the name of NK Slavija and existed under this name until 1941. During World War II, the club temporarily ceased to exist and was then reorganised under the name of NK Tekstilac in 1945. The name Varteks was given to the club in 1958 and remained until 21 June 2010, when the club changed its name to Varaždin due to constant lack of sponsorship income from its principal sponsor.

The club's first success happened back in 1938, when they qualified to participate in the premier league of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In SFR Yugoslavia, their biggest success was the advancement to the final of the Yugoslav Cup in 1961, but they lost the final game to Vardar Skopje from Macedonia.

Varaždin has been a member of the Prva HNL since its foundation in 1991. They have not managed to win any national titles so far, but are regularly placed near the top of the table and were also the runners-up in the Croatian Cup five times. In the spring of 1999, they had a significant international success when they managed to advance to the quarterfinals of the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, but were then defeated by Real Mallorca with 3–1 in the second-leg away match after playing a goalless draw at home in the first leg. They also attracted some attention at the international level back in 2001, when they eliminated Aston Villa from the UEFA Cup on away goals.

Serious financial troubles forced NK Varaždin into bankruptcy which eventually led to suspension of the club by Croatian Football Federation. After failing to play two league games during 2011–12 season because of suspension, according to rulebook of Croatian Football Federation Varaždin was relegated to the lowest football level possible, the second county league (seventh tier). The suspension was lifted in August 2013 and club continued to participate in Treća HNL, Croatian third tier.

Seasons[edit]

Logo as NK Varteks
Season League Cup European competitions Top league scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
1992 1. HNL 22 7 6 9 32 25 20 8th DNQ Igor Cvitanović 9
1992–93 1. HNL 30 10 9 11 38 47 29 7th QF Mirza Golubica 8
1993–94 1. HNL 34 16 9 9 51 31 41 5th QF Davor Vugrinec 17
1994–95 1. HNL 30 11 10 9 35 27 43 6th SF Davor Vugrinec 8
1995–96 1. HNL 32 18 7 7 44 26 3rd RU Davor Vugrinec 17
1996–97 1. HNL 30 12 6 12 34 35 42 6th QF Cup Winners' Cup R1 Davor Vugrinec 13
1997–98 1. HNL 32 10 8 14 34 44 10th RU Marko Topić 7
1998–99 1. HNL 32 12 4 16 55 57 5th QF Cup Winners' Cup QF Miljenko Mumlek 13
1999–2000 1. HNL 33 10 10 13 32 44 40 7th QF Intertoto Cup R3 Damir Mužek, Vioresin Sinani 5
2000–01 1. HNL 32 12 9 11 56 56 45 4th QF Saša Bjelanović, Veldin Karić 12
2001–02 1. HNL 30 17 6 7 58 40 57 4th RU UEFA Cup R2 Saša Bjelanović 17
2002–03 1. HNL 32 18 3 11 52 38 57 3rd SF UEFA Cup R1 Veldin Karić 10
2003–04 1. HNL 32 9 11 12 33 42 38 5th RU UEFA Cup R1 Nikola Šafarić 7
2004–05 1. HNL 32 14 3 15 53 50 45 5th SF Nedim Halilović 9
2005–06 1. HNL 32 15 2 15 51 48 47 3rd RU Intertoto Cup R3 Leon Benko 14
2006–07 1. HNL 33 12 6 15 49 62 42 8th R1 UEFA Cup QR1 Enes Novinić 15
2007–08 1. HNL 33 11 7 15 46 53 40 7th SF Miljenko Mumlek 9
2008–09 1. HNL 33 10 5 18 41 55 35 10th R2 Goran Mujanović 11
2009–10 1. HNL 30 9 9 12 36 43 36 10th SF Miljenko Mumlek 11
2010–11 1. HNL 30 9 9 12 32 38 36 11th RU Filip Škvorc 7
2011–12 1. HNL 24 2 3 19 16 52 8 16th R2 Europa League QR3 Dominik Glavina 5
2012–13 Club was suspended by Croatian Football Federation
2013–14 3. HNL PR
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: PR = Preliminary round; QR = Qualifying round; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; Group = Group stage; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final; RU = Runner-up; W = Competition won;

European record[edit]

Summary[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
UEFA Cup
UEFA Europa League
22 10 5 7 48 34 2011–12
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 6 1 3 15 10 1998–99
UEFA Intertoto Cup 12 5 3 4 22 21 2005
Total 44 21 9 14 85 65

Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 4 August 2011
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.

By season[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1996–97 Cup Winners' Cup QR Luxembourg Union Luxembourg 2–1 3–0 5–1
R1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
1998–99 Cup Winners' Cup R1 Slovenia Rudar Velenje 1–0 1–0 2–0
R2 Netherlands Heerenveen 4–2 (aet) 1–2 5–4
QF Spain Mallorca 0–0 1–3 1–3
1999–2000 Intertoto Cup R1 Belarus Lakamatyu-96 Vitebsk 2–2 2–1 4–3
R2 Norway Brann 3–0 0–3 3–3 (5–4 p)
R3 Russia Rostselmash 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a)
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Liechtenstein Vaduz 6–1 3–3 9–4
R1 England Aston Villa 0–1 3–2 3–3 (a)
R2 Denmark Brøndby 3–1 0–5 3–6
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Republic of Ireland Dundalk 5–0 4–0 9–0
R1 Denmark Midtjylland 1–1 0–1 1–2
2003–04 UEFA Cup QR Estonia Levadia Tallinn 3–2 3–1 6–3
R1 Hungary Debrecen 1–3 2–3 3–6
2005–06 Intertoto Cup R1 Albania Dinamo Tirana 4–1 1–2 5–3
R2 Finland Inter Turku 4–3 2–2 6–5
R3 France Lens 1–1 1–4 2–5
2006–07 UEFA Cup QR1 Albania KF Tirana 1–1 0–2 1–3
2011–12 Europa League QR1 Andorra Lusitanos 5–1 1–0 6–1
QR2 Moldova Iskra-Stal 3–1 1–1 4–2
QR3 Romania Dinamo Bucureşti 1–2 2–2 3–4

Honours[edit]

Croatia Croatian Cup:

Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslav Cup:

Player records[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

 
  • Croatia Zlatko Dalić (May 2005 – May 2007)
  • Croatia Josip Kuže (June 2007 – August 2007)
  • Croatia Dražen Besek (August 2007 – December 2009)
  • Croatia Damir Jagačić (January 2010 – March 2010)
  • Croatia Samir Toplak (March 2010 – August 2011)
  • Austria Tomica Kocijan (August 2011 – October 2011)
  • Croatia Branko Janžek (October 2011 – July 2012)
  • Croatia Ivica Solomun (July 2012 – present)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Varaždin profile". UEFA.com. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 

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