Kvarnerska Rivijera

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Kvarnerska Rivijera
Founded 1953
Region Rijeka, Croatia
Number of teams 16
Current champions Croatia Rijeka
Most successful club(s) Croatia Rijeka
Website Official website

Kvarnerska Rivijera is one of the oldest youth football tournaments in the world, first played in 1953.[1] The tournament is organised by HNK Rijeka, a Croatian football club, and attracts clubs from across Europe and other continents.[2] It is held each year during the May–June period in Rijeka, Croatia, and its surroundings, including towns in the Istria County, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Lika-Senj County. The final is commonly played in Rijeka. Until 2014, the tournament has been contested by under-19 club sides, with occasional national team participation. From 2015, the tournament features under-17 club sides.

History[edit]

The tournament was first played in 1953, becoming Europe's third oldest youth football tournament after Torneo di Viareggio and Bellinzona tournament. Hajduk Split were the first winners and 1860 München the first international side to compete. Each year there were 16 participants, with the exception of 1972 and 1976–80 (32 teams), and 1985 and 2002 (24 teams). Rijeka's Ivan Kocjančić and Marijan Brnčić participated in the tournament five times, making them the record holders for most appearances.[3]

Numerous later famous footballers have played in the tournament during their youth, including Dino Zoff, Pietro Carmignani, Giovanni Galli, Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Joe Jordan, Terry Yorath, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Robert Prosinečki, Alen Bokšić, Zvonimir Boban and Davor Šuker.[3]

Numerous famous international club sides have participated in the tournament, including:

A number of national under-19 sides have also taken part in the tournament, including Albania, Czechoslovakia, Ireland, Macedonia, United States, Tunisia, Oman, Iraq, China, Japan and Korea.[4]

The hosts, HNK Rijeka, are the most successful side, winning 19 tournaments, with Hajduk Split winning 12 titles.

Format and Participating Teams (2016)[edit]

The 64th edition of the tournament was played from 23 May to 29 May 2016. The tournament featured 16 teams divided in 4 groups (the list is below), played in Cres, Labin, Novi Vinodolski and Omišalj.[5] The groups were played in a single round-robin format. The top two teams in each of the four groups qualified for the first knock-out round. Two one-legged knock-out rounds were played in Čavle, Krk and Kostrena. This was be followed by a one-off final and third-place play-off at Stadion Rujevica in Rijeka on 29 May 2016.[6]

Croatian teams

Winners[edit]

By year[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Score
1953 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split Austria Vienna 2–1
1954 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka 3–1
1955 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka 2–2 (8–7)
1956 Hungary Vasas Budapest Italy Ponziana Trieste 3–2
1957 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Budućnost Podgorica 4–1
1958 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka 1–0
1959 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split 1–0
1960 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 (4–3)
1961 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb Italy Marzotto Valdagno 3–3 (7–6)
1962 Hungary Vasas Budapest Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 1–0
1963 Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rudar Labin 6–1
1964 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade 1–0
1965 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 1–0
1966 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1–0
1967 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb Czechoslovakia Dukla Prague 3–0
1968 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 2–1
1969 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade 2–1
1970 Soviet Union Burevestnik Moscow Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 2–0
1971 England Leeds United Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 2–1
1972 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 6–1
1973 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade 3–0
1974 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež Mostar Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 2–1
1975 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka Italy Fiorentina 2–0
1976 Soviet Union Burevestnik Moscow Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split 1–0
1977 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split 0–0 (4–3)
1978 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vojvodina Novi Sad 3–3 (6–4)
1979 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka 4–0
1980 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split Italy Juventus 3–2
1981 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split 2–1
1982 Japan Japan Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Istra Pula 0–0 (4–3)
1983 England Leeds United Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split 1–0
1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb Korea Korea 3–1
1985 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sutjeska Nikšić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vardar Skopje 5–2
1986 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 1–0
1987 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Istra Pula 2–0
1988 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sarajevo 1–1 (6–5)
1989 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Rijeka Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Istra Pula 0–0 (7–6)
1990 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split England Notts County 1–0
1991 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zadar 3–0
1992 Croatia Rijeka Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–1
1993 Croatia Rijeka Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 1–0
1994 Croatia Hajduk Split Croatia Orijent Rijeka 2–0
1995 Croatia Orijent Rijeka Italy Bari 1–0
1996 Croatia Rijeka Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2–1
1997 Croatia Hajduk Split Croatia Osijek 3–0
1998 Croatia Hajduk Split Croatia Rijeka 0–0 (5–4)
1999 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Osijek 1–0
2000 Croatia Hajduk Split Italy Perugia 2–2 (3–2)
2001 Croatia Rijeka Croatia Hajduk Split 1–0
2002 Croatia Varteks Varaždin Croatia Rijeka 3–1
2003 Brazil Atlético Mineiro Croatia Hajduk Split 0–0 (4–3)
2004 Brazil Atlético Mineiro Croatia Rijeka 4–2
2005 Italy Vicenza Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0–0 (4–2)
2006 Croatia Rijeka Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar Sarajevo 1–0
2007 Croatia Hajduk Split Slovenia Maribor 2–2 (4–3)
2008 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam 3–1
2009 Croatia Rijeka Croatia Hajduk Split 2–1
2010 Croatia Rijeka Croatia Istra 1961 Pula 1–0
2011 Croatia Rijeka Croatia Slaven Belupo 3–1
2012 Croatia Rijeka Italy Vicenza 4–1
2013 Nigeria Abuja Academy Croatia Osijek 1–0
2014 Croatia Rijeka Italy Verona 3–0
2015 Nigeria Abuja Academy Slovenia Domžale 2–0
2016 Croatia Rijeka Nigeria Abuja Academy 1–0

By club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Rijeka 19 7 1957, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1987, 1989, 1992–93, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2009–12, 2014, 2016
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Hajduk Split 12 8 1953, 1958, 1972, 1979–80, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1997–98, 2000, 2007
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 8 9 1961, 1967, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1999, 2008
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade 4 3 1959, 1965–66, 1991
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 4 2 1954–55, 1969, 1978
Nigeria Abuja Academy 2 1 2013, 2015
Hungary Vasas Budapest 2 1956, 1962
Soviet Union Burevestnik Moscow 2 1970, 1976
England Leeds United 2 1971, 1983
Brazil Atlético Mineiro 2 2003–04
Czech Republic Dukla Prague 1 2 1963
Croatia Orijent Rijeka 1 1 1995
Italy Vicenza 1 1 2005
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež Mostar 1 1974
Japan Japan 1 1982
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sutjeska Nikšić 1 1985
Croatia Varteks Varaždin 1 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kvarnerska Rivijera". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kvarnerska Rivijera Rules". HNK Rijeka. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Šezdeset Godina Nogometne Mladosti" (in Croatian). Novi List. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mezzo Secolo Della Kvarnerska Rivijera 1953.–2002." (PDF) (in Italian). Universita Degli Studi di Trieste. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Schedule: Group Stage" (PDF). HNK Rijeka. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Schedule: Knock-out Rounds" (PDF). HNK Rijeka. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 

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