2008–09 in Croatian football

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2008–09 in Croatian football
First Division champions
Dinamo Zagreb (11th title)
Second Division champions
Istra 1961
Third Division champions
Grafičar Vodovod (East)
RNK Split (South)
Rudeš (West)
Croatian Cup winners
Dinamo Zagreb (10th title)
Teams in Europe
Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split,
Rijeka, Slaven Belupo
Croatia national team
2010 World Cup qualification

The following article presents a summary of the 2008–09 football (soccer) season in Croatia, which was the 18th season of competitive football in the country.

National team[edit]

The home team is on the left column; the away team is on the right column.

Friendly matches[edit]

20 August 2008
Slovenia  2 – 3  Croatia
Šuler Goal 4'
Šišić Goal 55' (pen)
Report
(in Croatian)
Rakitić Goal 37', Goal 64'
Srna Goal 59' (pen)
Ljudski vrt Maribor
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Claudio Circhetta (Switzerland)

11 February 2009
Romania  1 – 2  Croatia
Marica Goal 22' Report
(in Croatian)
Rakitić Goal 28'
Kranjčar Goal 75'
Steaua Stadium, Bucharest
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Cristian Balaj (Romania)

World Cup qualifiers[edit]

Croatia is currently in Group 6 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification process.[1]

6 September 2008
Croatia  3 – 0  Kazakhstan
N. Kovač Goal 13'
Modrić Goal 36'
Petrić Goal 81'
Report
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 17,424
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)

10 September 2008
Croatia  1 – 4  England
Mandžukić Goal 78' Report Walcott Goal 26'Goal 59'Goal 82'
Rooney Goal 63'
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 35,218
Referee: Lubos Michel (Slovakia)

11 October 2008
Ukraine  0 – 0  Croatia
Report
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Attendance: 38,500
Referee: Eric Braamhaar (Netherlands)

15 October 2008
Croatia  4 – 0  Andorra
Rakitić Goal 16' Goal 87' (pen.)
Olić Goal 32'
Modrić Goal 75'
Report
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 14,441
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)

1 April 2009
Andorra  0 – 2  Croatia
Report Klasnić Goal 15'
Eduardo Goal 35'
Comunal, Andorra la Vella
Attendance: 1,100
Referee: Leontios Trattou (Cyprus)

6 June 2009
Croatia  2 – 2  Ukraine
Petrić Goal 2'
Modrić Goal 68'
Report Shevchenko Goal 13'
Gai Goal 54'
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
Attendance: 32,073
Referee: Terje Hauge (Norway)

League tables[edit]

Prva HNL[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) 33 23 5 5 71 26 +45 74 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Hajduk Split 33 21 5 7 59 25 +34 68 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
3 Rijeka 33 17 5 11 50 44 +6 56 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Slaven Belupo 33 16 7 10 46 39 +7 55 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 NK Zagreb 33 13 8 12 38 39 −1 47
6 Šibenik 33 13 7 13 44 35 +9 46
7 Osijek 33 10 11 12 40 41 −1 41
8 Cibalia 33 10 8 15 33 53 −20 38
9 Inter Zaprešić 33 9 9 15 41 50 −9 36
10 Varteks 33 10 5 18 41 55 −14 35
11 Zadar 33 7 8 18 28 49 −21 29
12 Croatia Sesvete 33 6 8 19 31 66 −35 0252 Relegation play-offs

Source: Sportske Novosti (in Croatian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Because both cup finalists, Dinamo and Hajduk, qualified for Europe through their league position, all three UEFA Europa League spots were given to teams according to their league positions, so the fourth-placed team also earned a spot in Europa League.
2Croatia Sesvete were docked 1 point due to unpaid debts to Imotski over player Darko Vučić.[2]
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Druga HNL[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 Istra 1961 (C) (P) 30 18 6 6 46 20 +26 60 Promotion to 2009–10 Prva HNL
2 Karlovac (P) 30 18 5 7 50 24 +26 59
3 Lokomotiva (P) 30 18 5 7 50 30 +20 59
4 Slavonac CO (R) 30 15 12 3 39 18 +21 0571
5 Međimurje (P) 30 16 2 12 61 34 +27 50 Promotion to 2009–10 Prva HNL
6 Hrvatski Dragovoljac (Q) 30 13 10 7 38 36 +2 49 Qualification to Relegation play-offs
7 Solin 30 14 5 11 37 31 +6 47
8 Vinogradar 30 11 7 12 40 50 −10 40
9 Imotski 30 10 4 16 31 45 −14 34
10 Suhopolje 30 8 9 13 33 37 −4 33
11 Segesta 30 8 9 13 33 47 −14 33
12 Junak 30 9 6 15 35 51 −16 33
13 Pomorac 30 9 5 16 29 45 −16 32
14 Mosor 30 8 6 16 25 44 −19 30
15 Moslavina 30 7 7 16 33 51 −18 28 Relegation to Treća HNL
16 Trogir (R) 30 3 12 15 32 49 −17 21

Updated to games played on 30 May 2009.
Source: Sportnet.hr (in Croatian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Slavonac CO had to step back from promotion after they were not able to find a satisfiable ground.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Treća HNL[edit]

Division East[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Grafičar Vodovod 33 19 9 5 66 28 +38 66
  2 Graničar 33 20 6 7 69 47 +22 66
  3 Križevci 33 18 7 8 54 32 +22 61
P 4 Vukovar '91 33 17 7 9 52 39 +13 58
  5 NK Đakovo 33 17 6 10 46 33 +13 57
  6 Slavija Pleternica 33 16 5 12 57 42 +15 53
  7 Virovitica 33 15 8 10 51 39 +12 53
  8 Bjelovar 33 15 7 11 54 49 +5 52
  9 Nedelišće 33 13 5 15 48 61 -13 44
  10 Višnjevac 33 14 1 18 47 57 -10 43
  11 Mladost Cernik 33 12 5 16 41 45 -4 41
  12 Mladost Prelog 33 11 8 14 54 61 -7 41
  13 Olimpija Osijek 33 11 8 14 53 60 -7 41
  14 NAŠK 33 10 7 16 47 52 -5 37
R 15 Croatia Đakovo 33 10 3 20 37 61 -24 33
R 16 Koprivnica 33 8 8 17 48 58 -10 32
R 17 Belišće 33 10 2 21 48 66 -18 32
R 18 Marsonia 17 1 2 14 12 54 -42 5

Division South[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 RNK Split 34 23 8 3 79 20 +59 77
  2 Raštane 34 20 8 6 70 35 +35 68
  3 Zmaj 34 19 7 8 44 28 +16 64
  4 Velebit 34 17 8 9 54 35 +19 59
  5 Primorac (BnM) 34 17 5 12 59 42 +17 56
  6 GOŠK (D) 34 15 7 12 38 42 -4 52
  7 Zagora 34 14 8 12 47 44 +3 50
  8 Konavljanin 34 15 3 16 47 55 -8 48
  9 Hrvace 34 13 8 13 56 46 +10 47
  10 Primorac 1929 34 15 2 17 52 62 -10 47
  11 Jadran (KS) 34 10 10 14 50 54 -4 40
  12 Jadran LP 34 12 4 18 31 49 -18 40
  13 Dugopolje 34 12 3 19 44 45 -1 39
  14 Neretva 34 9 11 14 39 54 -15 38
R 15 Neretvanac 34 10 7 17 38 57 -19 37
R 16 Omiš 34 9 8 17 28 41 -13 35
R 17 Val 34 11 1 22 35 66 -31 34
R 18 GOŠK (KG) 34 8 6 20 30 66 -36 30

Division West[edit]

P W D L F A GD Pts
C 1 Rudeš 34 22 10 2 63 24 +39 76
P 2 Lučko 34 19 7 8 75 45 +30 64
  3 Vrapče 34 16 8 10 58 45 +13 56
  4 Jadran Poreč 34 17 5 12 46 34 +12 56
  5 Polet Buševec 34 14 6 14 59 51 +8 48
  6 HAŠK 34 15 3 16 56 53 +3 48
  7 Novalja 34 13 9 12 40 39 +1 48
  8 Rovinj 34 10 14 10 59 48 +11 44
  9 Rudar Labin 34 12 8 14 48 51 -3 44
  10 Nehaj 34 12 8 14 37 41 -4 44
  11 Vrbovec 34 12 8 14 39 45 -6 44
  12 Grobničan 34 13 4 17 40 58 -18 43
  13 Orijent 34 12 8 14 45 41 +4 42
  14 Medulin 1921 34 11 9 14 43 49 -6 42
R 15 Radnik 34 11 7 16 38 46 -8 40
R 16 Maksimir 34 10 10 14 34 52 -18 40
R 17 Istra Pula 34 10 7 17 36 67 -31 35
R 18 Samobor 34 6 11 17 35 62 -27 29

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner Details
Croatian Cup Dinamo Zagreb Croatian Cup 2008–09
Beat Hajduk Split 4–3 on penalties (3–3 on aggregate)
1.HNL Dinamo Zagreb Prva HNL 2008–09
2.HNL Istra 1961 Druga HNL 2008–09
3.HNL East Division Grafičar Vodovod
3.HNL South Division RNK Split
3.HNL West Division Rudeš

Croatian clubs in Europe[edit]

Summary[edit]

Club Competition Final round
Dinamo Zagreb UEFA Champions League
UEFA Cup
Third qualifying round
Group stage
Slaven Belupo UEFA Cup First round
Hajduk Split UEFA Cup Second qualifying round
Rijeka UEFA Intertoto Cup First round

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[3] Dinamo scorer(s) Report
Champions League - First qualifying round
16 July Windsor Park, Belfast (A) Northern Ireland Linfield 2–0 Mario Mandžukić, Dino Drpić uefa.com
23 July Maksimir, Zagreb (H) Northern Ireland Linfield 1–1 Mario Mandžukić uefa.com
Champions League - Second qualifying round
30 July Sports Park, Domžale (A) Slovenia Domžale 3–0 Ivica Vrdoljak, Sammir, Josip Tadić uefa.com
6 August Maksimir, Zagreb (H) Slovenia Domžale 3–2 Igor Bišćan, Mirko Hrgović, Dino Drpić uefa.com
Champions League - Third qualifying round
13 August RSC Olimpiyskiy, Donetsk (A) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2 uefa.com
27 August Maksimir, Zagreb (H) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–3 Boško Balaban uefa.com
UEFA Cup - First round
18 September Maksimir, Zagreb (H) Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–0 uefa.com
2 October AXA Arena, Prague (A) Czech Republic Sparta Prague 3–3 Pedro Morales, Dejan Lovren, Milan Badelj uefa.com
UEFA Cup - Group stage
23 October Maksimir, Zagreb (H) Netherlands NEC 3–2 Mario Mandžukić, Boško Balaban, Ivica Vrdoljak uefa.com
6 November White Hart Lane, London (A) England Tottenham Hotspur 0–4 uefa.com
27 November Maksimir, Zagreb (H) Russia Spartak Moscow 0–1 uefa.com
3 December Stadio Friuli, Udine (A) Italy Udinese 1–2 Igor Bišćan uefa.com

Slaven Belupo[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[3] Slaven scorer(s) Report
UEFA Cup - First qualifying round
17 July Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali (A) Malta Marsaxlokk 4–0 Matija Kristić, Dalibor Poldrugač, Franjo Tepurić, Bojan Vručina uefa.com
31 July Gradski stadion, Koprivnica (H) Malta Marsaxlokk 4–0 Mario Bilen, Kristijan Čaval, Bojan Vručina (2) uefa.com
UEFA Cup - Second qualifying round
14 August Kleanthis Vikelidis, (A) Greece Aris 0–1 uefa.com
28 August Gradski stadion, Koprivnica (H) Greece Aris 2–0 Bojan Vručina (2) uefa.com
UEFA Cup - First round
18 September Gradski stadion, Koprivnica (H) Russia CSKA Moscow 1–2 Mario Jurić uefa.com
30 September Luzhniki, Moscow (A) Russia CSKA Moscow 0–1 uefa.com

Hajduk Split[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[3] Hajduk scorer(s) Report
UEFA Cup - First qualifying round
17 July Poljud, Split (H) Malta Birkirkara 4–0 Senijad Ibričić, Nikola Kalinić, Tomislav Bušić, Mario Tičinović uefa.com
31 July Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali (A) Malta Birkirkara 3–0 Ivan Strinić, Mladen Bartolović, Senijad Ibričić uefa.com
UEFA Cup - Second qualifying round
14 August Riazor, La Coruña (A) Spain Deportivo La Coruña 0–0 uefa.com
28 August Poljud, Split (H) Spain Deportivo La Coruña 0–2 uefa.com

Rijeka[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score[3] Rijeka scorer(s) Report
Intertoto Cup - First round
21 June Kantrida, Rijeka (H) Republic of Macedonia Renova 0–0
28 June Gradski stadion, Skopje (A) Republic of Macedonia Renova 0–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Groups and standings FIFA Retrieved 2008-05-31
  2. ^ Sesvećanima ipak oduzet bod (in Croatian). Accessed 2009-08-15. Archived 2009-08-17.
  3. ^ a b c d The score of the Croatian team is shown first.