NK Zagreb

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NK Zagreb.svg
Full name Nogometni klub Zagreb
Nickname(s) Pjesnici (The Poets)
Founded 1903; 111 years ago (1903)
(as PNIŠK)
Ground Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj
Ground Capacity 8,850
Chairman Dražen Medić
Manager Željko Kopić
League Prva HNL
2013–14 Druga HNL, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Nogometni klub Zagreb (English: Zagreb Football Club), commonly known as NK Zagreb, is a Croatian football club based in the capital Zagreb, playing in the First Croatian Football League. The club was founded in 1903. Its colours are white and red. NK Zagreb's home since 1945 is the Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj with reduced capacity of 8,850. The nickname of the club is Pjesnici, meaning "The Poets".

So far, NK Zagreb has won the Croatian Football Championship only once, in season 2001–02 which was for the first time (and only time) since its establishment in 1992 that the Croatian champion was not Dinamo Zagreb or Hajduk Split. Also, NK Zagreb participated several times in the European competitions like UEFA Champions League (2), UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (4), UEFA Intertoto Cup (10) and Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (10).



The club was founded in 1903 as PNIŠK (Prvi nogometni i športski klub, translated First Football and Sports Club), being one of the first to be formed in Croatia. First secretary was Dragutin Baki, the president was Vilhelm Witte, and the captain of the team and instructor was Czech Jan Todl.

Since there weren't any clubs to play with, the first official match was played between the club's players divided into two groups in 1904. Ticket income from the match was 3 krone and 3 filirs.

The first international match was played in 1905. against Magyar champions Ferencváros on Magyar Athleticai Club's pitch. Home team won with a high 11:1 score. The players who played for Zagreb were: Filipčić, Schwarz, Todl, Mutefelija, Slavnič, Ugrinić, Polivka, Uhrl, Višinger, Koruna, and Torbić.

After WWII[edit]

Former logo of Fiskulturno društvo Zagreb used after WWII

However, after World War II, NK Zagreb has been overshadowed by several larger, more successful clubs, especially their local rival Dinamo Zagreb.

One of the most notable matches Zagreb played was on 19 July 1973 when "Great drama in Maksimir" took place - a match between NK Zagreb and NK Osijek on Maksimir stadium. It was a second of two qualifying matches for entering the first league; the first one in Osijek ended 0:0 with attendance of 25,000. The second match was played in Maksimir because of great demand for tickets - the attendance was 64,138 which broke the stadium record and stands to this day. Zagreb won the match after penalty kicks (4:3).

Lineup for this team was: Horvat, Gašparini, Tucak, Antolić, Ivanišević, Lipovac, Markulin, Čopor (Hušidić), Močibob, Rukljač, Smolek (Bakota).

Modern era[edit]

Among NK Zagreb's more notable players was Ivica Olić who led the club to its first championship of the Prva HNL in 2002 with 21 goals scored in 29 appearances for NK Zagreb. Also worth mentioning here is Joško Popović (who played in the 1990s), 2nd top-goalscorer ever in Prva HNL.

In the championship of 2002, NK Zagreb broke the duopoly of NK Dinamo and NK Hajduk for the first (and until today the only) time - and it was well deserved. NK Zagreb had the best coach of the season, the best player, the best assistant, the best scorer. They've won most points, the least losses, the most wins, scored more goals and received the least continually being the top team and in one moment had 11 points more than second best team.

Standard lineup for the champion team was: Vasilj, Stavrevski, Pirić, Ješe, Bulat, Poldrugač, Duro, Hasančić, Franja, Lovrek, Olić.

There are two other football competitions being played in Croatia - Cup and Supercup. NK Zagreb were finalist of Cup in 1997 and finalist of Supercup in 2002.


Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj ulici (English: Kranjčevićeva Street Stadium), known as Stadion Concordije between 1921 and 1945, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Trešnjevka neighourhood in Zagreb, Croatia. The stadium at what was then called Tratinska cesta (English: Tratinska road) began construction in the 1910s and was completed in 1921. At the time of its completion it was the biggest stadium in Zagreb and was owned by Concordia. In 1931 the first floodlit match held in Zagreb was played at the stadium, in which Zagreb XI beat Real Madrid 2–1. After World War II, Concordia was disbanded for political reasons and the stadium was handed over to the newly formed Fiskulturno društvo Zagreb (English: Zagreb Sports Society), whose football section later evolved into today's NK Zagreb football club. NK Zagreb's third jersey is green in honour of Concordia, whose old stadium is now their own.

In November 1977 a large fire destroyed the west stand and in the following years the stadium went through several reconstructions and modifications. The most significant of these was an extensive overhaul and the construction of the adjoining facilities in preparation for the 1987 Summer Universiade. Later that year a lightning strike destroyed the floodlights during a match between NK Zagreb and NK Osijek and the stadium was without any floodlight capabilities for almost 20 years until 2008, when new ones were installed by the City of Zagreb.

After the season 2006–07 and prior to the game against Vllaznia in the Intertoto Cup stadium's capacity was reduced due to UEFA standards from 12,000 to 8,850 people by placing numbered plastic chairs in the west stand and reducing the space for visiting supporters at the eastern stand. The stadium consists of two stands. The west stand is fully seated and can hold 3,850 spectators. It houses the press box and the VIP area. The east stand has 5,000 standing places and is mainly used for travelling fans. The stadium also has a cycling track around the pitch which is used for track cycling events. In June 2008 UEFA inspection had visited the stadium and gave it a 3-star rating, but criticised the lack of floodlights (which have been installed two months later) and press box provisions.[1] The stadium can hold 8,850 people, which makes it the second biggest stadium in Zagreb, behind Stadion Maksimir. Currently within the stadium, there are two restaurants and a driving school. Today, the stadium is in function only on the day when the official match occur while friendlies and training sessions are conducted in a training camp "Zagrebello", where the headquarters and offices of NK Zagreb are also located.

Colours, logo, and nicknames[edit]

Zagreb's home colour white have been traditional colour since its foundation. It is little known that second color was red. It came from first coat of arms of Zagreb which contained the symbol of the city, the walls of the tower, and later three towers which was also the symbol of the city, its three forts and was red as well as the official coat of arms of the city at the beginning of the 20th century. The coat of arms was divided in two parts. In the upper part of the coat of arms was icon who symbolized the city of Zagreb while the lower part was filled with white and red lines. Over the years that followed, especially during the second world war, when Zagreb was banned many links with the "old" Zagreb were lost and abandoned. After the second world war, at one point, in combination was white and black jersey. In the end it was blue that was accepted for Zagreb's second colour. White with tiny blue combinations was used for home jersey while various shades of blue, dark, royal, light, sky, navy blue were used for away appearances. The coat of arms also changed for several times in that period, but always contained a city silhouette or city emblem, the fortress, the walls of the three-ture, with the gates opened. Colors varied in shades of blue with yellow, gold, white and black detailing until 2008. In the season 2007/2008 Zagreb started to use full red jersey for away games and in April 2008 there was a change in the coat of arms, explained from club management as redesign that will allow a progress and new momentum in markentig and clubs position on the market, which in the end was not achieved by the administration. On the contrary, they achieved the opposite effect. The interest of the media, sponsors, spectators and fans every season is getting smaller. The club market is not working, financial dubiousness are getting bigger and bigger, while sport results are getting worse in each new season. The last four seasons club spent saving their first league status in the last round. Since then, the fans and club management are in constant conflict that is still ongoing.

A popular nickname for the club is "The Poets" (Pjesnici in Croatian; first mentioned by a radioreporter Ivo Tomić). Kranjčevićeva street, where their stadium is located, is named after Croatian poet Silvije Strahimir Kranjčević.


Pjevaj grade sad
slavi pobjedu
nek od pjesme
Sljeme odjekuje.

Zagreb igra sad
i pobjeđuje
slavi grade pobjedu.

Na dresu ime grada
srce kuca za te
tebe grade volim
i za tebe živim
budi uvijek prvi
slavi svoje ime
tisućljeta ponosni smo njime.

Neka bog te čuva
i pobijede te prate
nek se u te svi purgeri vrate.

Its English translation is:

Sing it now city
celebrate the victory
let mountain echoes
from the song.

Zagreb playing now
reaching victory
celebrate the win city.

On the jersey city name
heart beats for you
you're the one I love city
and you're the reason to live
be always first
glory your name
as we are proud of it for thousands of years.

May God take care of you
and victories to follow
let all the citizens reunify with you.



Current squad[edit]

As of 29 July 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 Dominik Livaković
4 Croatia DF Dominik Kovačić
5 Australia FW Roko Strika
6 Croatia FW Leopold Novak
7 Croatia MF Josip Jurendić
8 Croatia FW Mario Ćubel
9 Croatia FW Lovro Medić
10 Croatia MF Filip Krovinović
11 Croatia FW Miroslav Konopek
12 Croatia GK Josip Čondrić
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Dino Bevab
15 Croatia GK Jakša Herceg
16 Croatia MF Robert Mudražija
No. Position Player
18 Croatia MF Marijo Dučkić
19 Croatia MF Matias Šulc
20 Croatia DF Denis Kolinger
21 Croatia MF Valentino Stepčić
22 Croatia DF Dino Štiglec
23 Croatia DF Božo Musa
24 Croatia MF Ivan Ljubičić
26 Croatia MF Vedran Jurjević
27 Croatia DF Bernardo Matić
29 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Edin Šehić
30 Croatia FW Gabrijel Boban
99 Croatia FW Bruno Boban

Source: nkzagreb.hr, Last updated unknown

Managerial history[edit]


Results by season[edit]

Season League Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L GF GA Pts Pos Player Goals
1992 1. HNL 22 14 5 3 34 9 33 2nd DNQ Renato Jurčec 8
1992–93 1. HNL 30 15 10 5 50 27 40 3rd R2 Joško Popović
Robert Špehar
1993–94 1. HNL 34 20 9 5 58 30 49 2nd SF Robert Špehar 19
1994–95 1. HNL 30 14 11 5 41 26 53 4th QF Joško Popović 9
1995–96 1. HNL 32 8 9 15 31 50 6th SF Intertoto Cup GS Joško Popović 10
1996–97 1. HNL 30 13 6 11 43 39 45 5th RU Vjekoslav Škrinjar 5
1997–98 1. HNL 32 5th SF Cup Winners' Cup R1 Mate Baturina 18
1998–99 1. HNL 32 10th R1 Nino Bule 13
1999–2000 1. HNL 33 9 12 12 42 49 39 8th SF Nino Bule 9
2000–01 1. HNL 32 11 5 16 51 58 38 6th SF Krunoslav Lovrek 11
2001–02 1. HNL 30 20 7 3 71 24 67 1st QF Intertoto Cup R1 Ivica Olić 21
2002–03 1. HNL 32 9 9 14 40 52 36 6th QF Champions League QR2 Radomir Đalović 8
2003–04 1. HNL 32 8 12 12 33 41 36 10th R2 Intertoto Cup R1 Radomir Đalović 9
2004–05 1. HNL 32 15 5 12 50 42 50 3rd QF Mladen Bartolović 9
2005–06 1. HNL 32 11 4 17 26 43 37 10th R1 Mladen Pelaić 5
2006–07 1. HNL 33 18 4 11 57 40 58 3rd QF Krunoslav Lovrek 18
2007–08 1. HNL 33 11 11 11 51 40 44 6th SF Intertoto Cup R1 Krunoslav Lovrek 14
2008–09 1. HNL 33 13 8 12 38 39 47 5th SF Davor Vugrinec 11
2009–10 1. HNL 30 9 6 15 43 49 33 14th QF Davor Vugrinec 18
2010–11 1. HNL 30 9 8 13 32 39 35 13th QF Ivan Krstanović 19
2011–12 1. HNL 30 13 6 11 36 42 45 6th SF Damir Šovšić 5
2012–13 1. HNL 33 7 6 20 28 60 27 12th R2 Besart Abdurahimi 12
2013–14 2. HNL 33 20 7 6 59 26 67 1st R2 Gabrijel Boban 18

European record[edit]


Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
UEFA Champions League 2 1 0 1 2 2 2002–03
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 4 3 0 1 9 7 1997–98
UEFA Intertoto Cup 10 2 4 4 8 10 2007
Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 10 3 2 5 16 13 1969–70
Total 26 9 6 11 35 32

Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 9 January 2010
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.
Note: This summary includes matches played in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which was not endorsed by UEFA and is not counted in UEFA's official European statistics.

By season[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup R1 Austria GAK 3–2 6–0 9–2
R2 Italy Roma 1–1 0–1 1–2
1965–66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup R1 Belgium RFC Liège 2–0 0–1 2–1
R2 Romania Steagul Roşu Braşov 2–2 0–1 2–3
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup R1 Belgium Charleroi 1–3 1–2 2–5
1995–96 Intertoto Cup Group
Austria LASK Linz 0–0
Iceland Keflavík 0–0
France Metz 0–1
Scotland Partick Thistle 2–1
1997–98 Cup Winners' Cup QR Republic of Macedonia Sloga Jugomagnat 2–0 2–1 4–1
R1 Norway Tromsø 3–2 2–4 5–6
2001–02 Intertoto Cup R1 Republic of Macedonia Pobeda 1–2 1–1 2–3
2002–03 Champions League QR2 Hungary Zalaegerszeg 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2003–04 Intertoto Cup R1 Slovenia Koper 2–2 0–1 2–3
2007–08 Intertoto Cup R1 Albania Vllaznia Shkodër 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)

Record by country of opposition[edit]

  • Correct as of 14 June 2011
Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
Albania Albania 2 1 0 1 2 2 +0 50.00
Austria Austria 3 2 1 0 9 2 +7 66.67
Belgium Belgium 4 1 0 3 4 6 -2 25.00
France France 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 00.00
Iceland Iceland 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00
Italy Italy 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 00.00
Hungary Hungary 2 1 0 1 2 2 +0 50.00
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 4 2 1 1 6 4 +2 50.00
Norway Norway 2 1 0 1 5 6 -1 50.00
Romania Romania 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 00.00
Scotland Scotland 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 100.000
Slovenia Slovenia 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 00.00
Totals 26 9 6 11 35 32 +3 36.84

Pld – Matches played; W – Matches won; D – Matches drawn; L – Matches lost; GF – Goals for; GA – Goals against

Player Records[edit]

Club management[edit]


  • President: Dražen Medić
  • Vice President: Tomislav Čilić
  • General Director: Vincenzo Cavaliere
  • Sports Director:
  • Technical Director: Igor Šestić
  • Head of Accounting and Finance: Anđelka Matić
  • Secretary: Iva Silla
  • Spokesman: Zlatko Abramović

Source: nkzagreb.hr, Last updated unknown

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Coach: Željko Kopić
  • Asst. Coach: Zlatko Bašic
  • Fitness coach: Vedran Naglić
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Željko Nježić
  • Youth Team Coach: Dražen Madunović, Ivo Milić

Source: nkzagreb.hr, Last updated unknown


  1. ^ "Pripreme počinju u srijedu" (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Zagreb profile". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 

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