Sportske novosti Yellow Shirt award

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The Sportske novosti Yellow Shirt award or SN Yellow Shirt for short (Croatian: Žuta majica Sportskih novosti) is an annual football award given by the Croatian sports daily Sportske novosti. It is awarded to the best football player playing in the Croatian First League at the end of every season, based on post-match ratings awarded by sports journalists over the course of a season.

Established in 1953, the award was originally sponsored by the defunct Zagreb-based sports newspaper Narodni sport and its sports weekly Sportska panorama, and was awarded to the Player of the Season in the Yugoslav First League. In February 1962 Narodni sport was acquired by the Vjesnik publishing company and renamed Sportske novosti (SN). Since 1991 and the breakup of Yugoslavia the paper gives the award to the best players in the Prva HNL, Croatian top flight.

As of 2010 only three players have won the award on more than occasion, with each of them winning two consecutive awards:

Winners[edit]

Yugoslav league[edit]

Season Player (Wins) Club
1952–53
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vukas, BernardBernard Vukas (1) Hajduk Split
1953–54
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bobek, StjepanStjepan Bobek (1) Partizan
1954–55
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vidošević, JoškoJoško Vidošević (1) Hajduk Split
1955–56
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Horvat, IvicaIvica Horvat (1) Dinamo Zagreb
1956–57
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Veselinović, TodorTodor Veselinović (1) Vojvodina
1957–58
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Crnković, TomislavTomislav Crnković (1) Dinamo Zagreb
1958–59
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Kostić, BoraBora Kostić (1) Red Star
1959–60
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Beara, VladimirVladimir Beara (1) Red Star
1960–61
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Šoškić, MilutinMilutin Šoškić (1) Partizan
1961–62
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jerković, DražanDražan Jerković (1) Dinamo Zagreb
1962–63
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Kovačević, VladicaVladica Kovačević (1) Partizan
1963–64
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belin, RudolfRudolf Belin (1) Dinamo Zagreb
1964–65
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Kovačević, VladicaVladica Kovačević (2) Partizan
1965–66
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Takač, SilvestarSilvestar Takač (1) Vojvodina
1966–67
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Osim, IvicaIvica Osim (1) Željezničar
1967–68
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Holcer, DraganDragan Holcer (1) Hajduk Split
1963–64
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belin, RudolfRudolf Belin (2) Dinamo Zagreb
1969–70
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Blašković, FilipFilip Blašković (1) Dinamo Zagreb
1970–71
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jerković, JureJure Jerković (1) Hajduk Split
1971–72
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Santrač, SlobodanSlobodan Santrač (1) OFK Belgrade
1972–73
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bajević, DušanDušan Bajević (1) Velež
1973–74
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Oblak, BrankoBranko Oblak (1) Hajduk Split
1974–75
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladić, FranjoFranjo Vladić (1) Velež
1975–76
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jerković, JureJure Jerković (2) Hajduk Split
1976–77
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Kovačević, AbidAbid Kovačević (1) Borac Banja Luka
1977–78
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stojković, NenadNenad Stojković (1) Partizan
1978–79
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sušić, SafetSafet Sušić (1) Sarajevo
1979–80
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Petrović, VladimirVladimir Petrović (1) Red Star
1980–81
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vujović, ZlatkoZlatko Vujović (1) Hajduk Split
1981–82
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zajec, VelimirVelimir Zajec (1) Dinamo Zagreb
1983–83
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mance, DraganDragan Mance (1) Partizan
1983–84
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Simović, ZoranZoran Simović (1) Hajduk Split
1984–85
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Pašić, PredragPredrag Pašić (1) Sarajevo
1985–86
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Gračan, NenadNenad Gračan (1) Rijeka
1986–87
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Tuce, SemirSemir Tuce (1) Velež
1987–88
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Stojković, DraganDragan Stojković (1) Red Star
1988–89
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Šestić, MilošMiloš Šestić (1) Vojvodina
1989–90
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Asanović, AljošaAljoša Asanović (1) Hajduk Split
1990–91
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Boban, ZvonimirZvonimir Boban (1) Dinamo Zagreb

Croatian league[edit]

Season Player (Wins) Club
1992
Croatia Vučević, GoranGoran Vučević (1) Hajduk Split
1992–93
Croatia Vlaović, GoranGoran Vlaović (1) Croatia Zagreb
1993–94
Croatia Mladenović, MladenMladen Mladenović (1) Rijeka
1994–95
Croatia SpeharRobert Špehar (1) Osijek
1995–96
Croatia Cvitanović, IgorIgor Cvitanović (1) Croatia Zagreb
1996–97
Croatia Cvitanović, IgorIgor Cvitanović (2) Croatia Zagreb
1997–98
Croatia Bazina, MarioMario Bazina (1) Hrvatski Dragovoljac
1998–99
Croatia Mumlek, MiljenkoMiljenko Mumlek (1) Varteks
1999–2000
Croatia Bošnjak, IvanIvan Bošnjak (1) Cibalia
2000–01
Croatia Balaban, BoškoBoško Balaban (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2001–02
Croatia Olić, IvicaIvica Olić (1) NK Zagreb
2002–03
Croatia Olić, IvicaIvica Olić (2) Dinamo Zagreb
2003–04
Croatia Kranjčar, NikoNiko Kranjčar (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2004–05
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bartolović, MladenMladen Bartolović (1) NK Zagreb
2005–06
Croatia Eduardo (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2006–07
Croatia Eduardo (2) Dinamo Zagreb
2007–08
Croatia Modrić, LukaLuka Modrić (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2008–09
Croatia Mandžukić, MarioMario Mandžukić (1) Dinamo Zagreb
2009–10
Bosnia and Herzegovina Ibričić, SenijadSenijad Ibričić (1) Hajduk Split
2010–11
Bosnia and Herzegovina Krstanović, IvanIvan Krstanović (1) Zagreb
2011–12
Croatia Sharbini, AnasAnas Sharbini (1) Hajduk Split
2012–13
Croatia Benko, LeonLeon Benko (1) Rijeka
2013–14
Croatia CzopDuje Čop (1) Dinamo Zagreb

Source: Nogometni-magazin.com

Notes on club name changes:

  • Dinamo Zagreb changed their name to "HAŠK Građanski" in June 1991 and then again in February 1993 to "Croatia Zagreb". They reverted to "Dinamo Zagreb" in February 2000.
  • The present-day NK Varaždin was called "Varteks" from 1958 until June 2010.

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