1996–97 Croatian First Football League

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Croatian First Football League
Season1996–97
ChampionsCroatia Zagreb
3rd Croatian title
7th domestic title
Champions LeagueCroatia Zagreb
UEFA CupHajduk Split
Intertoto CupHrvatski Dragovoljac
Matches played240
Goals scored649 (2.7 per match)
Top goalscorerIgor Cvitanović (20)
Biggest home winCroatia Zagreb 7–0 Istra
Hajduk Split 7–0 Marsonia
Biggest away winNK Zagreb 0–6 Croatia Zagreb
Marsonia 0–6 Croatia Zagreb
Highest scoringRijeka 5–3 Marsonia
Zadarkomerc 3–5 Varteks
Average attendance2,903

The 1996–97 Croatian First Football League was the sixth season of the Croatian top-level football league since its establishment.

Stadia and personnel[edit]

Team Manager1 Location Stadium Capacity
Cibalia Croatia Tomislav Radić Vinkovci
Croatia Zagreb Croatia Otto Barić Zagreb Stadion Maksimir
37,168
Hajduk Split Croatia Ivan Buljan Split Stadion Poljud
35,000
Hrvatski Dragovoljac Bosnia and Herzegovina Blaž Slišković Velika Gorica Stadion Radnik
8,000
Inker Zaprešić Croatia Đuro Bago Zaprešić
Istra Pula Croatia Ivica Šangulin Pula
Marsonia Croatia Miroslav Buljan Slavonski Brod
Mladost 127 Croatia Zlatko Toth Suhopolje Stadion Park
5,000
Orijent Croatia Ilija Lončarević Rijeka Stadion Krimeja
6,000
Osijek Croatia Milan Đuričić Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt
19,500
Rijeka Croatia Branko Ivanković Rijeka Stadion Kantrida
10,275
Segesta Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar Sisak
Šibenik Croatia Vinko Begović Šibenik Stadion Šubićevac
8,000
Varteks Croatia Ivan Marković Varaždin Stadion Anđelko Herjavec
10,800
Zadarkomerc Croatia Ante Čačić Zadar Stadion Stanovi
5,860
NK Zagreb Croatia Krešimir Ganjto Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva
8,850
  • 1 On final match day of the season, played on 1 June 1997.

Prva A HNL[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Croatia Zagreb (C) 30 26 3 1 90 23 +67 81 1997–98 UEFA Champions League First qualifying round
2 Hajduk Split 30 18 6 6 53 22 +31 60 1997–98 UEFA Cup First qualifying round
3 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 30 13 10 7 51 37 +14 49 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group stage
4 Rijeka 30 13 7 10 44 32 +12 46
5 NK Zagreb 30 13 6 11 43 39 +4 45 1997–98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying round
6 Varteks 30 12 6 12 34 35 −1 42
7 Šibenik 30 11 8 11 35 30 +5 41
8 Osijek 30 12 5 13 40 38 +2 41
9 Mladost 127 30 10 10 10 37 36 +1 40
10 Zadarkomerc 30 11 7 12 39 45 −6 40
11 Segesta (R) 30 9 12 9 35 34 +1 39 Relegation play-offs
12 Marsonia (R) 30 11 5 14 38 50 −12 38
13 Cibalia (R) 30 11 0 19 35 56 −21 33
14 Orijent (R) 30 5 11 14 28 53 −25 26 Relegation to 1997–98 Druga HNL
15 Istra Pula (R) 30 6 7 17 25 54 −29 25
16 Inker Zaprešić (R) 30 6 3 21 22 65 −43 21
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd goal difference 4th goals scored
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CIB CZG HAJ HRD INK IST MAR MLA ORI OSI RIJ SEG ŠIB VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 0–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 3–0 0–3 1–2 1–4 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 0–2
Croatia Zagreb 3–0 2–1 2–1 5–1 7–0 4–2 2–3 3–2 3–2 3–0 3–3 4–0 6–1 2–0 4–1
Hajduk Split 4–0 1–2 0–0 4–0 2–3 7–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 5–1 1–0
Hrvatski Dragovoljac 2–1 0–3 0–0 4–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 5–1 4–1 0–0 3–1 4–2
Inker Zaprešić 2–1 1–2 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–4 0–1 1–2
Istra Pula 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–4 1–0 0–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 3–2
Marsonia 1–0 0–6 2–1 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 4–1
Mladost 127 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–4 3–2 3–1 2–0 5–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–0 0–0
Orijent 2–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1
Osijek 1–2 0–4 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 5–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–2
Rijeka 3–0 1–2 1–3 2–2 4–0 2–0 5–3 0–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–0
Segesta 3–1 0–1 0–0 3–0 4–0 3–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–3 2–2 1–1
Šibenik 5–0 0–0 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 2–0 5–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0
Varteks 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Zadarkomerc 2–3 1–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–1 4–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 3–5 1–0
NK Zagreb 6–1 0–6 2–0 4–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 1 June 1997.
Source: RSSSF.com
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Prva B HNL[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Samobor (P) 30 22 6 2 70 21 +49 72 Relegation play-offs
2 Slaven Belupo (P) 30 16 6 8 51 26 +25 54
3 Dubrovnik (R) 30 15 8 7 54 33 +21 53
4 Slavonija Požega 30 16 5 9 44 30 +14 52 Relegation to 1997–98 Druga HNL
5 Mosor 30 15 5 10 42 28 +14 50
6 Ponikve 30 14 3 13 50 47 +3 45
7 Belišće 30 12 8 10 41 35 +6 44
8 Čakovec 30 13 4 13 41 45 −4 43
9 Zagorec Krapina 30 12 6 12 51 42 +9 42
10 Primorac 30 13 2 15 32 49 −17 41
11 Uskok Klis 30 10 5 15 42 54 −12 35
12 Junak 30 9 8 13 29 46 −17 35
13 Graničar Županja 30 10 5 15 34 47 −13 35
14 Neretva 30 9 6 15 25 50 −25 33
15 Napredak Velika Mlaka 30 7 5 18 37 56 −19 26
16 Olimpija Osijek 30 3 6 21 27 61 −34 15
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd goal difference 4th goals scored
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Relegation play-offs[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Samobor 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6 1997–98 Prva HNL
2 Marsonia 2 1 0 1 5 2 +3 3 Relegation to 1997–98 Druga HNL
3 Dubrovnik 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd goal difference 4th goals scored

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Cibalia 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
2 Segesta 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
3 Slaven Belupo 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd goal difference 4th goals scored

Replay[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Slaven Belupo 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4 1997–98 Prva HNL
2 Cibalia 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 Relegation to 1997–98 Druga HNL
3 Segesta 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2 1
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd goal difference 4th goals scored

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