Stadion Kranjčevićeva

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Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj
Kranjča
Stadion Kranjceviceva air.jpg
Aerial view of the stadium
Full name Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj ulici
Former names Stadion Concordije (1921–1945)
Location Zagreb, Croatia
Coordinates 45°48′17″N 15°57′39″E / 45.80472°N 15.96083°E / 45.80472; 15.96083Coordinates: 45°48′17″N 15°57′39″E / 45.80472°N 15.96083°E / 45.80472; 15.96083
Owner City of Zagreb
Operator NK Zagreb
Capacity 8,850
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1921
Tenants
HŠK Concordia (1921–1945)
NK Zagreb (1945–present)
NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac (2010)
NK Lučko (2011–2012)
Lokomotiva (2014–present)

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. It is mainly used for football matches and is the home ground of Prva HNL side NK Zagreb. The stadium can hold 8,850 people, which makes it the second biggest stadium in Zagreb, behind Stadion Maksimir.

History[edit]

The stadium at what was then called Tratinska cesta (English: Tratinska road) began construction in 1910s and was completed in 1921. At the time of its completion it was the biggest stadium in Zagreb and was owned by Concordia, one of the three prominent Zagreb-based football clubs in the interwar period (the other two being Građanski and HAŠK). In 1931 the first floodlit match held in Zagreb was played at the stadium, in which Zagreb XI beat Real Madrid 2–1, with two goals from Ico Hitrec and a consolation goal for Madrid scored by Eugenio.

Plaque commemorating the 1991 Croatian National Guard parade.

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.

At the onset of the Croatian War of Independence on 28 May 1991 the stadium was also the site of the first public showing of the Croatian National Guard (Croatian: Zbor narodne Garde), formed in April that year, which was the first Croatia's professional military unit and which later evolved into the Croatian Ground Army (Croatian: Hrvatska kopnena vojska). A commemorative plaque honouring the event can be seen at the stadium entrance.

Structure[edit]

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. Furthermore, the stadium has a wheelchair area. In June 2008 UEFA inspection had visited the stadium and gave it a 3-star rating, but criticised the lack of floodlights (which were installed two months later) and press box provisions.[1]

Average attendances[edit]

The average season attendances from league matches held at the Stadion u Kranjčevićevoj for NK Zagreb[2]

Season NK Zagreb
1992 3,773
1992–93 5,467
1993–94 2,706
1994–95 3,100
1995–96 2,767
1996–97 1,633
1997–98 1,820
1998–99 1,547
1999–2000 1,106
2000–01 1,831
2001–02 2,800
2002–03 1,830
2003–04 1,569
2004–05 1,831
2005–06 1,469
2006–07 1,965
2007–08 1,200
2008–09 867
2009–10 1,240
2010–11 1,121
2011–12 933
2012–13 1,263

International matches[edit]

The first international match at the stadium was held in June 1922, a friendly between Kingdom of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. The Yugoslavia team consisted almost entirely of players called up from Zagreb clubs (only the goalkeeper Rodoljub Malenčić was called up from Belgrade's SK Jugoslavija) and Yugoslavia went on to win the game 4–3, with some 6,000 people in attendance. Between 1922 and 1940 the stadium hosted a total of 11 Kingdom of Yugoslavia matches, most of them friendlies. During World War II, the fascist puppet state Independent State of Croatia formed a national team which used the stadium for six games, all of them friendlies played with other Axis powers' puppet states.

In 1947 Kranjčevićeva hosted their single international game in the SFR Yugoslavia period, a 2–1 Balkan Cup win against Bulgaria, with both Yugoslavia's goals scored by Prvoslav Mihajlović. Following Croatia's independence in 1991, the Croatia national football team played at Kranjčevićeva only once, in a 1996 friendly against South Korea which Croatia won 3–0 through a hat-trick from Goran Vlaović.

List of matches[edit]

# Date Competition Opponent Score Att. Ref
Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1920–41)
1. 28-06-1922 Friendly  Czechoslovakia 4–3 6,000 [3]
2. 10-02-1924 Friendly  Austria 1–4 10,000 [4]
3. 28-09-1924 Friendly  Czechoslovakia 0–2 8,000 [5]
4. 28-06-1926 Friendly  Czechoslovakia 2–6 10,000 [6]
5. 03-10-1926 Friendship Cup  Romania 2–3 5,000 [7]
6. 08-04-1928 Friendly  Turkey 2–1 5,000 [8]
7. 28-06-1929 Friendly  Czechoslovakia 3–3 8,000 [9]
8. 06-08-1933 Friendly  Czechoslovakia 2–1 3,000 [10]
9. 28-05-1938 Friendship Cup  Czechoslovakia 1–3 10,000 [11]
10. 15-10-1939 Friendly  Germany 1–5 18,000 [12]
11. 03-11-1940 Friendly  Germany 2–0 15,000 [13]
Independent State of Croatia (1941–45)
12. 28-09-1941 Friendly  Slovakia 5–2 12,000 [14]
13. 18-01-1942 Friendly  Germany 0–2 12,000 [15]
14. 12-04-1942 Friendly  Bulgaria 6–0 15,000 [16]
15. 06-09-1942 Friendly  Slovakia 6–1 9,000 [17]
16. 10-04-1943 Friendly  Slovakia 1–0 10,000 [18]
17. 09-04-1944 Friendly  Slovakia 7–3 8,000 [19]
SFR Yugoslavia (1946–92)
18. 12-10-1947 Balkan Cup  Bulgaria 2–1 15,000 [20]
Croatia (1992–present)
19. 13-03-1996 Friendly  South Korea 3–0 3,000 [21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Prikaz stadiona po prvenstvima i klubu" (in Croatian). www.hrnogomet.com. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
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  14. ^ "Hrvatska-Slovačka 28.09.1941" (in Croatian). Sve o sportu. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  15. ^ "Hrvatska-Njemačka 18.01.1942" (in Croatian). Sve o sportu. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  16. ^ "Hrvatska-Bugarska 12.04.1942" (in Croatian). Sve o sportu. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
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  18. ^ "Hrvatska-Slovačka 10.04.1943" (in Croatian). Sve o sportu. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  19. ^ "Hrvatska-Slovačka 09.04.1944" (in Croatian). Sve o sportu. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  20. ^ "Statistika utakmica reprezentacije; Jugoslavija-Bugarska, 12.10.1947" (in Serbian). Reprezentacija.rs. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  21. ^ "Hrvatska-Republika Koreja 13.03.1996" (in Croatian). Sve o sportu. Retrieved 2010-01-24.