Croatian Footballer of the Year

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The Croatian Footballer of the Year (Croatian: Nogometaš godine) is the most prestigious annual association football award in Croatia. It is awarded by the newspaper Večernji list to the best Croatian football player in the preceding year regardless of the league they play in, based on a points system which measures their performances for club and country. The award is usually presented in a ceremony hosted by the Croatian Football Federation.

The award was established in 1972 and until 1990 the award was given to the best Yugoslav player in the preceding year. Since 1991 and the breakup of Yugoslavia the award is given to best Croatian players. Davor Šuker holds the record for most wins with six awards won between 1992 and 1998, followed by Dado Pršo with three consecutive wins from 2003 to 2005 and Luka Modrić with three wins in 2007, 2008 and 2011.[1]

In 1995 a separate award named Hope of the Year (Nada godine) was introduced, given to the best Croatian young player.[2] As of 2014 only Ivica Olić and Luka Modrić have won both the Hope of the Year and Footballer of the Year awards.

List of winners[edit]

Yugoslav Footballer of the Year (1972–90)[edit]

† denotes shared wins

Year Yugoslav Footballer of the Year
Player (Wins) Age Pos. Club
1972 Bajević, DušanDušan Bajević (1) 24 FW Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež
1973 Marić, EnverEnver Marić (1) 25 GK Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež
1974 Katalinski, JosipJosip Katalinski (1) 26 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željezničar
1975 Buljan, IvanIvan Buljan (1) 26 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1976 SurjakIvica Šurjak (1) 23 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1977 Mužinić, DraženDražen Mužinić (1) 24 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1978 Džoni, VilsonVilson Džoni (1) 28 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb
Stojković, NenadNenad Stojković (1) 22 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
1979 Sušić, SafetSafet Sušić (1) 24 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Sarajevo
Zajec, VelimirVelimir Zajec (1) 23 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb
1980 Petrović, VladimirVladimir Petrović (1) 25 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star
1981 Vujović, ZlatkoZlatko Vujović (1) 23 FW Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1982 Gudelj, IvanIvan Gudelj (1) 22 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1983 Simović, ZoranZoran Simović (1) 29 GK Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1984 Zajec, VelimirVelimir Zajec (2) 28 MF Greece Panathinaikos
1985 Slišković, BlažBlaž Slišković (1) 26 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1986 Tuce, SemirSemir Tuce (1) 22 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež
1987 Mlinarić, MarkoMarko Mlinarić (1) 27 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb
1988 Stojković, DraganDragan Stojković (1) 23 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star
1989 Stojković, DraganDragan Stojković (2) 24 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star
1990 Prosinečki, RobertRobert Prosinečki (1) 21 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star

Croatian Footballer of the Year (1991–present)[edit]

Year Croatian Footballer of the Year Hope of the Year
Player (Wins) Age Pos. Club Player Age Pos. Club
1991 Boban, ZvonimirZvonimir Boban (1) 23 MF Italy Milan &
1992 SukerDavor Šuker (1) 25 FW Spain Sevilla &
1993 Bokšić, AlenAlen Bokšić (1) 23 FW Italy Lazio &
1994 SukerDavor Šuker (2) 27 FW Spain Sevilla &
1995 SukerDavor Šuker (3) 28 FW Spain Sevilla SimicDario Šimić 20 DF Croatia Croatia Zagreb
1996 SukerDavor Šuker (4) 29 FW Spain Real Madrid Vučko, JuricaJurica Vučko 20 FW Croatia Hajduk Split
1997 Prosinečki, RobertRobert Prosinečki (2) 28 MF Croatia Croatia Zagreb Marić, SilvioSilvio Marić 22 MF Croatia Croatia Zagreb
SukerDavor Šuker (5) 30 FW Spain Real Madrid
1998 SukerDavor Šuker (6) 31 FW Spain Real Madrid Vranješ, JuricaJurica Vranješ 18 MF Croatia Osijek
1999 Boban, ZvonimirZvonimir Boban (2) 31 MF Italy Milan SokotaTomo Šokota 22 FW Croatia Croatia Zagreb
2000 Bjelica, NenadNenad Bjelica (1) 29 MF Croatia Osijek Lovrek, KrunoslavKrunoslav Lovrek 21 FW Croatia NK Zagreb
2001 Tudor, IgorIgor Tudor (1) 23 DF Italy Juventus Olić, IvicaIvica Olić 22 FW Croatia NK Zagreb
2002 Pletikosa, StipeStipe Pletikosa (1) 23 GK Croatia Hajduk Split Kranjčar, NikoNiko Kranjčar 18 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2003 Pršo, DadoDado Pršo (1) 29 FW France Monaco Ljubojević, GoranGoran Ljubojević 20 FW Croatia Osijek
2004 Pršo, DadoDado Pršo (2) 30 FW Scotland Rangers Modrić, LukaLuka Modrić 19 MF Croatia Inter Zaprešić
2005 Pršo, DadoDado Pršo (3) 31 FW Scotland Rangers Benko, LeonLeon Benko 22 FW Croatia Varteks
2006 Eduardo (1) 23 FW Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Rukavina, AnteAnte Rukavina 20 FW Croatia Šibenik
2007 Modrić, LukaLuka Modrić (1) 22 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Kalinić, NikolaNikola Kalinić 19 FW Croatia Hajduk Split
2008 Modrić, LukaLuka Modrić (2) 23 MF England Tottenham Hotspur Tomasov, MarinMarin Tomasov 21 MF Croatia Zadar
2009 Olić, IvicaIvica Olić (1) 30 FW Germany Bayern Munich Badelj, MilanMilan Badelj 20 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2010 Olić, IvicaIvica Olić (2) 31 FW Germany Bayern Munich Vrsaljko, ŠimeŠime Vrsaljko 18 DF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2011 Modrić, LukaLuka Modrić (3) 26 MF England Tottenham Hotspur Kovačić, MateoMateo Kovačić 17 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2012 Mandžukić, MarioMario Mandžukić (1) 26 FW Germany Bayern Munich Andrijašević, FrankoFranko Andrijašević 21 MF Croatia Hajduk Split
2013 Mandžukić, MarioMario Mandžukić (2) 27 FW Germany Bayern Munich Rebić, AnteAnte Rebić 20 FW Italy Fiorentina

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.
  • Present-day NK Varaždin was called "Varteks" from 1958 until June 2010.

Multiple winners[edit]

Players in bold are still active. Wins marked with asterisk (*) denote wins in Yugoslav competition before 1991.

Wins Player Winning years Clubs
6 Davor Šuker 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Sevilla, Real Madrid
3 Dado Pršo 2003, 2004, 2005 AS Monaco, Rangers
3 Luka Modrić 2007, 2008, 2011 Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur
2 Velimir Zajec 1979*, 1984* Dinamo Zagreb, Panathinaikos
2 Dragan Stojković 1988*, 1989* Red Star
2 Robert Prosinečki 1990*, 1997 Red Star, Dinamo Zagreb
2 Zvonimir Boban 1991, 1999 Milan
2 Ivica Olić 2009, 2010 Bayern Munich
2 Mario Mandžukić 2012, 2013 Bayern Munich

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Puric, Bojan (2 January 2005). ""Vecernji list" Player of the Year". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Flak, Igor; Jurišić, Predrag (31 December 2010). "U Bayernu će se još jednom klanjati Ivici Oliću" (in Croatian). Večernji list. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 

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