Kvarnerska Rivijera

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Kvarnerska Rivijera
Founded1953
RegionRijeka, Croatia
Number of teams16
Current championsCroatia Dinamo Zagreb
(9th title)
Most successful club(s)Croatia Rijeka
(20 titles)
WebsiteOfficial 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.[3] 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.[4]

Numerous later notable 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.[4]

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 South Korea.[5]

The hosts, Rijeka, are the most successful side, winning 20 tournaments, followed by Hajduk Split with 12 titles.[3]

Format and participating teams (2019)[edit]

The 67th edition of the tournament was played from 27 May to 2 June 2019. The tournament featured 16 teams divided into 4 groups, played in Kostrena, Labin, Novi Vinodolski and Rovinj.[6] The group fixtures 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 Mavrinci, Rovinj and Kostrena. This was followed by a one-off final and third-place play-off in Krimeja on 2 June 2019.

Winners[edit]

By year[edit]

Note: Parentheses indicates the score after the penalty shoot-out.

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 Croatia Hajduk Split England Notts County 1–0
1991 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade Croatia 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
2017 Croatia Rijeka Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 0–0 (4–2)
2018 Slovenia Maribor Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 2–1
2019 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Rijeka 1–0

By club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Rijeka 20 8 1957, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1973, 1975, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Hajduk Split 12 8 1953, 1958, 1972, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 9 9 1961, 1967, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1999, 2008, 2019
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade 4 3 1959, 1965, 1966, 1991
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 4 2 1954, 1955, 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, 2004
Czech Republic Dukla Prague 1 2 1963
Croatia Orijent Rijeka 1 1 1995
Italy Vicenza 1 1 2005
Slovenia Maribor 1 1 2018
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: Contest Rules" (PDF). HNK Rijeka. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Kvarnerska rivijera" (in Croatian). HNK Rijeka. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Šezdeset Godina Nogometne Mladosti" (in Croatian). Novi List. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Mezzo Secolo Della Kvarnerska Rivijera 1953.–2002" (PDF) (in Italian). Universita Degli Studi di Trieste. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  6. ^ Frančišković, Denis (25 May 2019). "U ponedjeljak počinje 67. Kvarnerska rivijera, Rijeka kreće u Žuknici / Novi list". novilist.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2 June 2019.

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