Hamilton Croatia

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Hamilton Croatia
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Full name Sports Club Croatia Hamilton
Founded 1957
League HDSL Premier Division

Hamilton Croatia is a Croatian Canadian amateur soccer team founded in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1957. It is supported by the Croatian Sports and Community Centre of Hamilton Inc. (formerly the Croatian National Sports Club of Hamilton, Inc.).

The team plays in the Hamilton & District Premier Soccer League's Elite Division.

Hamilton Croatia also competes annually in such competitions as the Ontario Cup, various League Cups, the Hamilton Spectator Cup, and the Croatian National Soccer Federation's North American Tournament held every Labour Day weekend at sites across Canada and the United States.

In September 2011, Hamilton Croatia hosted the 48th Annual Croatian National Soccer Federation of Canada & U.S.A’s Men’s Soccer Tournament. It was widely considered the most successful tournament in recent years.

History[edit]

The organization was formed in 1957 as the Sports Club Croatia Hamilton, and competed in the Inter-City League under the guidance of Stjepan Stanković. The club debuted in a match against Hamilton Sparta 2-1, with Pavle Usenica scoring the first-ever goal in club history.[1] Throughout its history Hamilton Croatia hosted international friendly matches with Croatian club teams such as 1967 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup winners Dinamo Zagreb, NK Medjugorje, NK Croatia Brihovo, NK Vukovar '91, NK Karlovac, HSK Zrinjski Mostar, as well as Vasas Budapest SC, one of Hungary's major sports clubs.

Some notable Croatian players to have worn a Hamilton Croatia jersey were Zeljko Adzic, Slavko Cetina, Vlado Crnjak, Berislav Krilic, Stjepan Loparic, Vlado Palijan, Ivica Tankovic, and Nediljko Simic. Notable non-Croat players included 1976 Canadian Olympians Kevin Grant and Olympic team captain Jimmy Douglas, as well as former United Soccer Leagues First Division All-Star Jamie Dodds. During this period Hamilton added several pieces of silverware to their cabinet acquiring titles like the Inter-City League title, the Hamilton Spectator Cup, Croatian National Soccer Federation's North American Tournament.

In 1970, Hamilton Croatia went professional by entering the National Soccer League, where in their debut season they claimed the NSL Championship. Throughout their six tenure in the NSL, Hamilton managed to achieve a successful run within the league finishing in the second, and third positions for three seasons.[2]

During the 1980s and 1990s the team was coached by John Zefkić, and Zvonko Zubrinić, where the club won several championships within the Hamilton & District Premier Soccer League.[3] Hamilton would also compete in the Ontario Soccer League, winning two division titles in 2008, and 2009, and head coach Ron Davidson winning the OSL Coach of the Year award in 2009.[4]

Canadian Soccer League[edit]

On January 22, 2010, Hamilton Croatia was selected as one of the newly expansion franchise to compete in the Canadian Soccer League.[5][6][7] Becoming the second professional Hamilton club to compete in the CSL, with Hamilton Thunder preceding them. The club's home venue would be Brian Timmis Stadium. OSL Coach of the Year Ron Davidson would lead the team. Davidson would sign several USL veterans like Jamie Dodds, Said Ali, and Alvin Hudson. He also brought in Ivan Razumović, Peter Tereanszki-Toth, Rhian Dodds, Preston Corporal, Antonijo Zupan, and Aidan O'Keeffe, players with international experience

Hamilton made their debut in the CSL on May 15, 2010 in a match against TFC Academy, where they won the match by a score of 2-1.[8][9] The Croatian side started off the season with a six-game undefeated streak. Hamilton would finish third in the overall standings with the best offensive record within the league.[10] Croatia qualified for the postseason and faced TFC Academy in the quarterfinals where in the first match Hamilton won the match by a score of 2-1 with goals coming from Corporal, and Razumovic.[11][12] In the second leg Hamilton finished off the series with a 1-0 victory with the lone goal coming from Liberian international Preston Corporal.[13]

In the next round Hamilton faced rivals Toronto Croatia in a well attended match where Hamilton triumphed with a 2-0 victory advancing the club to the CSL Championship finals.[14][15] In the CSL Championship finals Hamilton faced Brantford Galaxy, but lost the match to a score of 3-0.[16][17] At the conclusion of the season Ron Davidson was awarded the CSL Coach of the Year award.[18] On February 11, 2011 after a successful debut season in the CSL the Hamilton Croatia executive board announced a parting of ways with the league, due to a result of philosophical differences with the CSL.[19]

Past Achievements[edit]

1958 Tournament of Canadian-Croatian Soccer Clubs at London Champions
1958 Southern Ontario Soccer Association Champions
1963 Tournament of Southern Ontario Soccer Clubs Champions
1963 Tournament of Canadian-Croatian Soccer Clubs Champions
1963 Inter-City League Champions
1964 Hamilton Spectator Cup Champions
1965 2nd CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Chicago Hrvat Champions
1965 Ontario Cup Semi-Finals
1965 Hamilton Spectator Cup Champions
1965 Inter-City League Champions
1967 4th CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Milwaukee Orlovi Runners-up
1969 6th CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Toronto Croatia Champions
1970 National Soccer League Playoffs Champions
1970 National Soccer League Runners-up
1971 8th CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Chicago CBP Runners-up
1971 National Soccer League Third Place
1972 National Soccer League Third Place
1975 12th CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Cleveland Croatia Runners-up
1977 14th CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Chicago Hrvat Third Place
1986 23rd CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Toronto Zagreb Third Place
1989 Hamilton & District Soccer League Cup Champions
1990 Hamilton Spectator Cup Runners-up
1991 Hamilton & District Soccer League Cup Champions
1992 Hamilton & District Soccer League Cup Champions
1993 30th CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Hamilton Croatia Runners-up
1997 Hamilton & District-Peninsula Challenge Cup Champions
1997 South Region Cup Champions
1997 Hamilton & District Soccer League First Division Champions
1997 34th CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Oakville Velebit Third Place
2002 Hamilton & District Soccer League Playoffs Champions
2002 Hamilton & District Soccer League First Division Champions
2003 Hamilton & District Soccer League Premier Division Runners-up
2004 Hamilton Spectator Cup Champions
2004 Hamilton & District Soccer League Premier Division Runners-up
2004 Hamilton & District Soccer League Playoffs Champions
2005 Ontario Soccer League South Region Runners-up
2005 42nd CNSF of Canada & USA Tournament, host Sudbury Adria Third Place
2005 Hamilton Spectator Cup Champions
2006 Ontario Soccer League South Region Runners-up
2007 Hamilton Spectator Cup Champions
2007 Ontario Soccer League South Region Runners-up
2007 Ontario Cup Semi-Finals
2008 Hamilton Spectator Cup Runners-up
2008 Ontario Soccer League Frank Docherty Cup Runners-up
2008 Ontario Soccer League South Region Champions
2009 Ontario Cup Semi-Finals
2009 Hamilton Spectator Cup Champions
2009 Ontario Soccer League Alf Beese Cup Champions
2009 Ontario Soccer League Provincial West Division Champions
2010 Canadian Soccer League Regular Season Third Place
2010 Canadian Soccer League Playoffs Runners-up
2011 Hamilton & District Soccer League Premier Division Runners-up
2012 Hamilton & District Soccer League Premier Division Runners-up
2013 Hamilton & District Soccer League Premier Division Champions
2013 Hamilton & District Soccer League Premier Division Playoffs Champions
2013 Hamilton & District Soccer League Cup Champions
2014 Hamilton & District Soccer League Premier Division Champions
2014 Hamilton & District Soccer League Cup Champions

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Hamilton Croatia". hamiltoncroatia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Hamilton Croatia". hamiltoncroatia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Academy Coach Ron Davidson chosen Coach of the Year in the OSL". hamiltoncroatia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Archives: 2010 January". hamiltoncroatia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  6. ^ Glover, Robin. "February 4, 2010 Hamilton Croatia selected for 2010 CSL expansion (from CSL news release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  7. ^ "February 24, 2010 CSL launches teams in Hamilton, Brantford and Milton (from CSL news release)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-10. 
  8. ^ Glover, Robin. "May 15, 2010 CSL TFC Academy vs Hamilton Croatia (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  9. ^ "Archives: 2010 May". hamiltoncroatia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  10. ^ "October 13th, 2010--Canadian Soccer League First Division Week 23". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  11. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 17, 2010 CSL--TFC Academy vs Hamilton Croatia (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  12. ^ "October 13, 2010 CSL--FC Hamilton Croatia vs TFC Academy (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  13. ^ "October 17, 2010 CSL--details of Sunday games (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  14. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 24, 2010 CSL--Hamilton Croatia vs Toronto Croatia (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  15. ^ "Archives: 2010 October". hamiltoncroatia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  16. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 31, 2010 CSL--Hamilton Croatia vs Brantford Galaxy (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  17. ^ "October 31, 2010 CSL Final--Hamilton Croatia vs Brantford Galaxy (from CSL website)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  18. ^ Glover, Robin. "October 31, 2010 CSL Finals--Award Winners (by Rocket Robin)". www.rocketrobinsoccerintoronto.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  19. ^ "Archives: 2011 February". hamiltoncroatia.com. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 

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