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HNK Rijeka
HNK Rijeka.svg
Full nameHrvatski nogometni klub Rijeka
(Croatian Football Club Rijeka)
Nickname(s)Riječki bijeli (Rijeka's Whites)
Short nameRIJ, RJK
Founded25 December 1906; 115 years ago (1906-12-25)
(as Club Sportivo Olimpia)
GroundStadion Rujevica
Capacity8,279[1]
OwnerDamir Mišković, via Teanna Limited (70%)
City of Rijeka (30%)
PresidentDamir Mišković
Head coachGoran Tomić
LeaguePrva HNL
2020–21Prva HNL, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Hrvatski nogometni klub Rijeka (English: Croatian Football Club Rijeka), commonly referred to as NK Rijeka or simply Rijeka, is a Croatian professional football club from the city of Rijeka.

HNK Rijeka compete in Croatia's top division, HT Prva liga, of which they have been members since its foundation in 1992. During the reconstruction of Stadion Kantrida, their traditional home ground has been Stadion Rujevica. Rijeka's traditional home colours are all white.

The club was founded in 1906 as Club Sportivo Olimpia,[2] and following the tumultuous political changes that swept the border city of Rijeka in the following decades, it changed its name to U.S. Fiumana in 1926, to S.C.F. Quarnero in 1946, to NK Rijeka in 1954 and finally HNK Rijeka in 1995.[3][4][5] Rijeka is the third-most successful Croatian football club, having won one Croatian First League title, two Yugoslav Cups, six Croatian Cups, one Croatian Super Cup and the 1977–78 Balkans Cup.

History[edit]

1906–1926[edit]

The club was founded in mid April 1904 as Club Sportivo Olimpia, by the Antonio Marchich, Aristodemo Susmel, Agesilao Satti, Carlo Colussi, Romeo and Alessandro Mitrovich, when the city of Rijeka was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire as a Corpus Separatum of the Hungarian Crown. The club was founded as a tennis-lawn, foot-ball, swimming, cycling and athletics club.[6] The first activities of the football section found by historians in the news was held on the 25th of November 1906. This date is at the moment considered the official beginning of HNK Rijeka.[4][2] This also makes it the oldest documented still active association football club in today's Croatia.

While many clubs in town and the region had often specific ethnic leanings, Olimpia had intentionally a very international soul with Italian, Croatian, Hungarian, German players all playing and working along each other.[7] Initially the club played its matches on the football field at Scoglietto, on the local Honved HQ, but moved to Kantrida stadium during the following decade (the stadium was then called Campo Sportivo Olympia). The initial official colours of Olimpia were black and white, but the club will start playing in a white kit in the second half of the 1910s.

One of the first historic derbies between Olimpia and Doria at the Kantrida stadium, during the 1910s.
One of the last Olympia-Gloria matches before their merger, on the 30th of November 1924.

Olimpia will be joined in the following 15 years by several other local football clubs from the city of Rijeka, and will continue the legacy of Club Atletico Fiumano as the main city club after Atletico discontinued its football section somewhere around 1910.[8] Among the many clubs being founded in town during these years, Doria will soon rise as a fierce arch-rival to Olimpia. Doria (later renamd CS Gloria) arose from the proletarian classes and the humble old city dwellers of the industry-rich port town on the Adriatic. While Olympia symbolically represented a wealthier class of citizens, mostly players from working-class families performed in Gloria, so the club found its sympathisers among the poorer part of the population.[9] Olimpia was renamed into Olympia on 9 January 1918 during a meeting of its board and the new president became the Fiuman writer Antonio de Schlemmer. During these years it achieved its first major successes: it became the champion of the Free State of Fiume championship in 1921, and it won several Julian March and North-Eastern Italian tournaments in the following years, becoming the most successful club in the region.

1926–1945[edit]

On September 2, 1926, following Mussolini's reforms of the FIGC and the 1924 putsch by fascists which brought to the annexation of the independent Free State of Fiume to fascist Italy, Olympia was forced to merge with its arch-rivals Gloria into the Unione Sportiva Fiumana. Pietro Pasquali was picked as the new president of the club. Two years later, Fiumana was already playing in the Italian Serie A, and some of the biggest Italian clubs such as Ambrosiano (today's Inter, also forced into a brand change by the new regime), Juventus and Napoli played at the Kantrida stadium (renamed first as Stadio Borgomarina). Despite a not so bad performance in Serie A, the club was not in the position of competing financially with the biggest clubs in Italy, saw many of its stars taken by the major Italian clubs and it passed most of the '30s and '40s between the second and third tier of the Italian competitions. At the opening of the refurbished Kantrida (now called Stadio del Littorio) in 1935, Fiumana hosted AS Roma, and in June 1941, it became champion of the recently created Italian Serie C. Serie C's last season before the fall of fascist Italy in 1943 saw Fiumana end in third place. Championships in this part of Europe will be paused until 1946, but Fiumana will keep playing several matches with other local teams and German occupational authorities. Worth mentioning is a last ceremonial game between the old legends of Olympia and Gloria that was held on June the 15th 1944, played while allied planes were bombing the city's surroundings.[7]

1945–1954[edit]

Following the liberation of the city from the Nazi occupation and the subsequent occupation by Yugoslav troops, and due to the uncertain future status of the city at the Paris peace conference, the club will resume its activities under the name Rappresentativa Sindacale Fiumana and playing several games against the most notable teams of the newly constituted Yugoslav state, beating Dinamo Zagreb 4–2, Akademičar Zagreb 7-2 and Metalac Beograd 2–0.[7] In the interim post-war year until the first edition of the Yugoslav First League the R.S. Fiumana plays against some of its future Balkan rivals, and the authorities set also up an unofficial city league among factories named after Fiumana's late captain Giovanni Maras, died heroically in a partisan action on the nearby Mount Risnjak.[10] Despite Maras and most of his colleagues' partisan allegiance and hardships endured by many in Nazi concentration camps, the name Fiumana came soon to be considered too recalling of the Italianness of a city the Yugoslav occupational army was trying to annex before the official peace treaty was signed. As in most other cities in Yugoslavia, in 1946 the communist authorities decided thus to establish a new identity for the city's most representative club[5] and rebranded and restructured the club into the bilingual Società Cultura Fisica QuarneroSportsko Društvo Kvarner (the name was initially only Italian but soon became bilingual Italian-Croatian).[11] The initiative came from Ettore Mazzieri, then the city's sport commissioner for the Jugoslav military administration and previously a Fiumana manager. The first match of the contemporary club was played on 7 August 1946, a victory over Hajduk Split, and the first goal for the club was scored by Petronius.[12] Luigi Sošić was chosen as Quarnero's president, and Fiumana's players and managers simply carried on their plays and work in the renamed club in its first few post/war seasons, before the Italian exodus slowly forced many to leave the city between 1947 and 1960. As all clubs in Jugoslavia had to undergo a transformation into general sport clubs following the stalinist model imposed by Belgrade in 1945,[5] S.C.F. Quarnero incorporated 11 other sections in addition to football. It then developed several excellencies in boxing, fencing, basketball and tennis. In these years the international tennis champion Orlando Sirola started his career in the club.[7]

The authorities in Belgrade decided that the football club should be invited to participate in the first Jugoslav football league in '46-'47 as an external guest, representing the occupied Zone B of the Julian March region, but only after a play-off with the Pula-based club Unione Sportiva Operaia. When Rijeka got finally assigned by allies to Jugoslavia in February 1947 and Tito also broke all ties with Stalin in 1948, most Jugoslav clubs underwent a further re-organization of their sport activities. Thus in 1948 the club became once again an all-football club, and the name was also consequently modified once again into Club Calcio Quarnero – Nogometni Klub Kvarner. During the early period playing in Yugoslavia's competitions, Kvarner had moderate success in various national and local club championships. Still, the club was relegated at the end of their inaugural season in the Yugoslav First League in 1946–47, due to a purely political decision to favour Ponziana over it for the next first league season, because after securing Rijeka for Yugoslavia, the authorities were now trying to gain the hearts of Trieste's residents through sport, in hope of annexing that city as well.[13]

1954–1991[edit]

Losing many of its best players to the exodus, the club lingered between the second and third league for the next few years. Following new Italian-Yugoslav tensions that arose during the Trieste Crisis, and the subsequent de facto abolition of the city's full bilingual rights by the communist authorities in Belgrade,[14] the club changed its name once again, into the now completely monolingual NK Rijeka (Rijeka FC) on the 2nd of July 1954. NK Rijeka started to use a white kit for the second time in history during a match in Šibenik in the 1957–58 second league season, while in the previous years it was constantly changing all types of colours and pattern combinations, according to what was available to the management in any given season.[15] From then on the main home kit stayed white. NK Rijeka returned to the First League in 1958 and remained in the top tier for 11 consecutive seasons until 1969, when it got relegated once again to the Yugoslav Second League.[16] Despite finishing on top in four (out of five) seasons in the second tier, due to three failed play/off attempts, the club only gained promotion back to the top tier in 1974. Rijeka remained in top tier until the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991 with varying results.[16]

The club's greatest success during this period are 2 Yugoslav Cup titles in 1978 and 1979. Rijeka were also a Cup runner-up in 1987, when they lost the final after a penalty shoot-out.[17] Rijeka never finished higher than the fourth place in the Yugoslav First League. In 1984, the club came closest to their first championship title, finishing only two points behind Red Star Belgrade. Rijeka were also the best placed Croatian club in the Yugoslav First League in 1965, 1984 and 1987.[18]

1991–present[edit]

Players and staff celebrating their 2006 Croatian Cup win

Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, in 1992 Rijeka joined the Croatian First Football League in its inaugural season. In 1995 the club changes one final time its name to HNK Rijeka, adding the prefix "Croatian" to its name, following the example of most clubs in the new Republic of Croatia during the Croatian War for Independence. Today Rijeka remains one of only four founding member clubs of the HNL to never have been relegated and is considering one of the top-3 clubs in the country. In the Croatian time the club won its first-ever league title in 2017, ending Dinamo Zagreb's run of 11 consequtive titles, and was a runner-up twice.[19] In the final round of the 1998–99 season, a refereeing error denied Rijeka their first championship title. With one match to play, Rijeka were one point ahead of Croatia Zagreb, needing a home win against Osijek to secure the title. With the match tied at 1–1, in the 89th minute, Rijeka forward Admir Hasančić converted a cross by Barnabás Sztipánovics. However, moments later, assistant referee Krečak raised his flag and referee Šupraha disallowed Rijeka's winning goal for an alleged offside.[20] Following an investigation, 3D analysis revealed Hasančić was not, in fact, in an offside position, and that Rijeka were wrongfully denied their first championship title.[21][22] An investigation by Nacional revealed Franjo Tuđman, the president of the Republic of Croatia and an ardent Croatia Zagreb supporter, earlier in 1999 ordered the country's intelligence agencies to spy on football referees, officials and journalists, with the aim of ensuring the Zagreb club wins the league title.[22]

Rijeka has also won six Croatian Cups, including back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006 and most recently in 2019 and 2020. It won the cup also in 2014 and in 2017, which helped them secure a historic Double in that year.[23]

HNK Rijeka in the European competitions[edit]

The first international game and win of CS Olimpia was against FC Brescia. Rijeka participated in UEFA competitions on 21 occasions, including nine consecutive appearances since 2013–14. The greatest success was the quarter-final of the 1979–80 European Cup Winners' Cup, where they lost to Italian giants Juventus 2–0 on aggregate.[24] The most memorable result in Europe was the home win (3–1) against eventual winners Real Madrid in the 1984–85 UEFA Cup.[25] Controversially, in the return leg at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, which Rijeka lost 3–0, three of their players were sent off. Madrid scored their first goal from a doubtful penalty in the 67th minute with Rijeka already down to ten men. Over the next ten minutes, two additional Rijeka players were sent off, most notably Damir Desnica. While Desnica received the first yellow card because he did not stop play after Schoeters blew his whistle, the second yellow was issued because he allegedly insulted the referee. However, unbeknownst to the referee, Desnica had been a deaf-mute since birth.[18] With Rijeka reduced to eight players, Madrid scored two additional goals, progressed to the next round and eventually won the trophy.

In 2013, after winning 4–3 on aggregate against VfB Stuttgart, Rijeka qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League group stage.[26][27] Rijeka also participated in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage, where they defeated Feyenoord and Standard Liège and drew with title-holders and eventual winners Sevilla.[28][29][30] In 2017, Rijeka reached the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League play-off, where they lost 3–1 on aggregate to Greek champions Olympiacos, and automatically qualified for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage. In the group stage they recorded a famous home win (2–0) against AC Milan but once again failed to progress to the knockout stages.[31]

Private ownership[edit]

In February 2012, Gabriele Volpi – an Italian businessman and the founder of Orlean Invest, as well as the owner of football club Spezia and water polo club Pro Recco – injected much needed capital into the club. With the privatization process complete by September 2013, Volpi, through Dutch-based Stichting Social Sport Foundation, became the owner of 70% of the club, with the City of Rijeka in control of the remaining 30%.[32][33] On 29 December 2017 it was announced that chairman Damir Mišković, through London-based Teanna Limited, acquired the majority stake in the club from Stichting Social Sport Foundation.[34][35]

Record transfers[edit]

In January 2015, Rijeka sold their star striker Andrej Kramarić to Leicester City for a club-record £9.7 million transfer fee.[36]

Stadium[edit]

The Kantrida stadium in season 1921–22.
Rujevica stadium, NK Rijeka's current home.

The club initially played at the Honved training field, in front of today's Popular University of Rijeka in the central Scoglietto suburb of Rijeka. During the second decade of the XX. century the club was allowed to build a new and very modern for the time facility in Scoglietto, and toward the end of the decade it started using Stadium Kantrida as its main field, naming it Campo Sportivo Olympia. Kantrida was the club's traditional home ground for over 95 years (with a small hiatus between 1947 and 1951, due to refurbishing), until July 2015. With a new project for a refurbished and bigger Kantrida Stadium being presented, and the field awaiting demolition and reconstruction, in August 2015, Rijeka have been based at the newly built Stadion Rujevica, a modern all-seater with a capacity of 8,279. Stadion Rujevica is part of Rijeka's new training centre and serves as the club's temporary home ground. Following the demolition of old Kantrida, a new, state-of-the art, 14,600-capacity all-seater stadium should be built on the same location. In addition to the stadium, investors are planning to build a commercial complex that will include a shopping mall and a hotel.[37] The project is on halt at the momemnt due to the covid crisis and the club is looking for further funding and co-investors to make the project fully viable.[38]

Support[edit]

Rijeka's ultras group are called Armada Rijeka, or simply Armada. The group has been active since 1987, but some forms of organised (albeit not registered as associations) support were present and following the club already in the decades before, and the earliest we know reach well into the '20s of the XX. century.

During most home matches, the majority of the seats are occupied by season ticket holders. For the 2017–18 season the club had 5,922 season ticket holders and 8,403 members.

Rivalries[edit]

Rijeka's greatest rivalry nowadays is with Hajduk Split. Since 1946, the Adriatic derby is contested between the two most popular Croatian football clubs from the Adriatic coast, Rijeka and Hajduk. Other rivalries exist with other major clubs in Croatia Dinamo Zagreb and a milder with Osijek. The main regional derby is that with Istra Pula. The origins of the Rijeka–Pula rivalry date back to the clashes between Fiumana and Grion Pola since the late 1920s. The city derby with Orijent is probably the most ancient, with its roots in the clashes between CS Olimpia and CS Gloria against Orijent and the other more successful in those early years Sušak based club, Victoria.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
1998–1999 Adidas INA
1999–2002 Kronos
2002–2003 Torpedo
2003–2004 Lero
2004–2005 Legea
2005–2006 INA
2006–2008 Kappa Croatia Osiguranje
2008–2012 Jako
2012–2014 Lotto  –
2014–2016 Jako
2017–2018 Sava Osiguranje
2018– Joma

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 January 2022[39]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Croatia CRO Nediljko Labrović
2 DF Croatia CRO Filip Braut
3 DF Russia RUS Mikhail Merkulov
4 DF Croatia CRO Nino Galović
6 DF Serbia SRB Sava-Arangel Čestić
7 MF Croatia CRO Robert Murić
8 MF Croatia CRO Adrian Liber
9 FW Colombia COL Jorge Obregón
10 MF Croatia CRO Domagoj Pavičić
11 MF Ghana GHA Prince Ampem
12 DF Montenegro MNE Andrija Vukčević
13 MF Croatia CRO Ivan Lepinjica
14 DF North Macedonia MKD Darko Velkovski
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF Croatia CRO Anton Krešić (on loan from Atalanta)
16 MF Slovenia SVN Adam Gnezda Čerin (on loan from Nürnberg)
17 MF Croatia CRO Matej Vuk
18 FW Switzerland  SUI Josip Drmić (on loan from Norwich City)
19 FW Slovenia SVN Haris Vučkić (on loan from Real Zaragoza)
23 MF Croatia CRO Denis Bušnja
26 DF Portugal POR João Escoval
27 DF Croatia CRO Ivan Tomečak
30 MF Albania ALB Lindon Selahi
32 GK Croatia CRO Andrej Prskalo
33 FW Ghana GHA Abass Issah (on loan from Mainz 05)
36 DF Croatia CRO Hrvoje Smolčić (captain)
98 GK Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Martin Zlomislić

Out on loan[edit]

As of 17 January 2022

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
5 DF Croatia CRO Niko Galešić (at Croatia Hrvatski Dragovoljac)
22 DF Croatia CRO Roko Jurišić (at Croatia Hrvatski Dragovoljac)
24 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Mato Stanić (at Croatia Hrvatski Dragovoljac)
31 GK Nigeria NGA David Nwolokor (at Slovenia Aluminij)
53 GK Croatia CRO Antonio Frigan (at Croatia Novigrad)
80 MF Albania ALB Bernard Karrica (at Croatia Hrvatski Dragovoljac)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Croatia CRO Marko Putnik (at Croatia Orijent 1919)
MF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Silvio Ilinković (at Bosnia and Herzegovina Posušje)
MF Croatia CRO Veldin Hodža (at Croatia Orijent 1919)
FW Croatia CRO Matija Frigan (at Croatia Hrvatski Dragovoljac)
FW Croatia CRO Filip Zrilić (at Croatia Orijent 1919)

Youth system[edit]

Club officials and technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
President Croatia Damir Mišković
Vice-president Croatia Dean Šćulac
Croatia Zlatan Hreljac
Managing director Croatia Luka Ivančić
Administrative director Croatia Marina Vela
Director of finance Croatia Marina Cesarac Dorčić
Director of communications Croatia Alen Fućak
Director of football Croatia Srećko Juričić
Director of football (assistant) Croatia Robert Palikuća
Academy director Croatia Edo Flego
Club secretary Croatia Milica Alavanja
Press secretary Croatia Sandra Nešić
Power of attorney Croatia Vlatko Vrkić
Head coach Croatia Goran Tomić
Assistant coach Croatia Danko Matrljan
Croatia Vjekoslav Miletić
Team manager Croatia Alen Rivetti
Performance analyst Croatia Rade Ljepojević
Chief scout Croatia Ranko Buketa
Fitness coach Croatia Antonio Cinotti
Goalkeeping coach Croatia Gojko Mrčela
Team doctor Croatia Nataša Bakarčić
Croatia Boban Dangubić
Physiotherapist Croatia Marin Polonijo
Croatia Matija Čargonja
Croatia Matej Lulić
Kit manager Croatia Denis Miškulin

Last updated: 8 June 2021
Source: Club officials

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must have satisfied all of the following three criteria:

Source: Appearances and Goals. Last updated 11 July 2020.

All-time Best 11[edit]

According to a 2005–07 survey of former players (older than 40 years of age) and respected journalists, Marinko Lazzarich found that the best all-time team of Rijeka is as follows:

1. Jantoljak, 2. Milevoj, 3. Hrstić, 4. Radaković, 5. Radin, 6. Juričić, 7. Lukarić, 8. Gračan, 9. Osojnak, 10. Naumović, 11. Desnica.[40]

Rijeka's daily, Novi list, in 2011 declared the following 11 players as Rijeka's best all time team:

1. Jantoljak, 2. Šarić, 3. Radin, 4. Juričić, 5. Hrstić, 6. Loik, 7. Radaković, 8. Mladenović, 9. Naumović, 10. Skoblar, 11. Desnica.[41]

Best 11 (2010–20)[edit]

In 2020, the club's fans voted to select the best squad over the past decade to fit in a 4–2–3–1 formation:

PrskaloRistovski, Župarić, Mitrović, ZutaKreilach, MoisésVešović, Andrijašević, SharbiniKramarić. Manager: Kek.[42]

Managers[edit]

Source:[43][44]

Winning managers[edit]

Name Nationality Honours Total
Matjaž Kek 2013–14 Croatian Cup, 2014 Croatian Super Cup, 2016–17 Croatian First League, 2016–17 Croatian Cup
4
Dragutin Spasojević 1977–78 Yugoslav Cup, 1977–78 Balkans Cup
2
Marijan Brnčić 1978–79 Yugoslav Cup
1
Elvis Scoria 2004–05 Croatian Cup
1
Dragan Skočić 2005–06 Croatian Cup
1
Igor Bišćan 2018–19 Croatian Cup
1
Simon Rožman 2019–20 Croatian Cup
1

Presidents[edit]

  • Antonio Carlo de Schlemmer 1918–1920
  • Antonio Marcich 1920–1921
  • Pietro Pasquali 1921–1923
  • Clemente Marassi 1923–1925
  • Nino Host-Venturi 1925–1926
  • Giovanni Stiglich 1926–1928
  • Ramiro Antonini 1928–1929
  • Oscar Sperber 1929–1931
  • Costanzo Delfino 1931–1936
  • Alessandro Szemere 1936–1937
  • Eugenio Zoncada 1937–1938
  • Alessandro Andreanelli 1938–1939
  • Giuseppe Ianetti 1939–1940
  • Alesandro Andreanelli 1940–1941
  • Carlo Descovich 1941–1942
  • Andrea Gastaldi 1942–1945
  • Luigi Sošić, 1946
  • Giovanni Cucera, 1946–1948
  • Ambrosio Stečić, 1948–1952
  • Dr. Zdravko Kučić, 1953–1954
  • Milorad Doričić, 1955–1956
  • Milan Blažević, 1957–1959
  • Stjepan Koren, 1960–1963
  • Milorad Doričić, 1964–1969
  • Vilim Mulc, 1969–1971
  • Davor Sušanj, 1971
  • Ljubo Španjol, 1972–1978
  • Zvonko Poščić, 1978–1979
  • Nikola Jurčević, 1980
  • Marijan Glavan, 1981
  • Davor Sušanj, 1981–1984
  • Stjepko Gugić, 1985–1986
  • Dragan Krčelić, 1986–1989
  • Želimir Gruičić, 1989–1991
  • Darko Čargonja, 1991–1992
  • Josip Lokmer, 1993–1994
  • Krsto Pavić, 1994–1995
  • Hrvoje Šarinić, 1995–1996
  • Franjo Šoda, 1996–1997
  • Prof. Žarko Tomljanović, 1997–2000
  • Hrvoje Šarinić, Dr. Ivan Vanja Frančišković, Robert Ježić, 2000
  • Robert Ježić, 2000
  • Sanjin Kirigin, 2000–2002
  • Duško Grabovac, 2002–2003
  • Robert Ježić, 2003–2008
  • Dr. Ivan Vanja Frančišković, 2008–2009
  • Ivan Turčić, 2009–2011
  • Robert Komen, 2011–2012
  • Damir Mišković, 2012–

Source:[43][44]

Seasons, statistics and records[edit]

Honours[edit]

Rijeka has won one Croatian First Football League title, two Yugoslav Cups and six Croatian Cups. In European competitions, the club has reached the quarter-final of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1979–80, UEFA Cup Round of 32 in 1984–85, and group stages of the UEFA Europa League in 2013–14, 2014–15, 2017–18 and 2020–21. The club has also won the 1977–78 Balkans Cup.[45]

Domestic[edit]

Croatia

Yugoslavia

Italy

  • Italian Coppa Federale
    • Winners (1): 1927–28
  • Italian North-East league
    • Winners (1): 1923–24
    • Runners-up: 1924–25
  • Italian Third League
  • Julian March Championship
    • Winners (2): 1921–22, 1922–23
  • Friuli and Julian March Cup
    • Winners (1): 1922–23

Free State of Fiume

  • Fiuman championship
    • Winners (1): 1920–21
  • Fiuman-Julian Cup
    • Winners (1): 1921

Austria-Hungary

  • Grazioli Cup
    • Runners-up: 1919

International[edit]

Source:,[46] Last updated 31 July 2020.

Rankings[edit]

UEFA club coefficient ranking[edit]

All time UEFA ranking:[49] 271

European record[edit]

By competition[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
UEFA Champions League 8 2 2 4 10 11 2017–18
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 68 26 17 25 98 86 2020–21
UEFA Europa Conference League 6 3 2 1 9 5 2021–22
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 3 3 4 8 9 1979–80
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 1 1 2 3 5 2008
Total 96 35 25 36 128 116

Source:,[50] Last updated on 26 August 2021.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.

By ground[edit]

Ground Pld W D L GF GA GD
Home 48 25 11 12 76 46 +30
Away 48 10 14 24 52 70 −18
Total 96 35 25 36 128 116 +12

Source:,[50] Last updated on 26 August 2021.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against.

By season[edit]

Non-UEFA competitions are listed in italics.

Last updated on 26 August 2021.
Note: List includes matches played in competitions not endorsed by UEFA.
Matches played at neutral ground in Ascoli and Pisa, Italy.

Player records[edit]

References[edit]

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