NK Široki Brijeg

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Široki Brijeg
Logo NKSB final.png
Full name Nogometni klub Široki Brijeg
Nickname(s) Plavi (The Blues)
Founded 1948
Ground Pecara Stadium
Široki Brijeg
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Zlatan Mijo Jelić
Manager Branko Karačić
League Premier League
2016–17 Premier League, 3th
Široki Brijeg vs. FC Banants on 9 July 2009

Nogometni klub Široki Brijeg (English: Football Club Široki Brijeg) is a Bosnian Croat professional football club based in Široki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina that currently plays in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Considering the size of the town, NK Široki Brijeg has had a great deal of success and has started to expand that success to European Cups as well in recent years as is demonstrated by the club being a regular competitor in European Cups for the past 8 years.

The club was established in spring 1948, but due to many circumstances, some of them including unfavourable conditions towards the town of Široki Brijeg during the communist rule and relative size of it then, NK Široki Brijeg has experienced its greatest successes in the 1990s and onwards, and has become one of the most successful and organized clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina today. They play on Pecara Stadium, a modern stadium with a capacity of about 8,000. The stadium itself meets all UEFA criteria. The club also has a fully equipped sports and recreational center just outside town which is used as training grounds for the team.

History[edit]

Until 1991 the club competed in the Yugoslav league system under the name of NK Mladost Lištica.[1]

Colours and badge[edit]

The club wears blue and white striped jerseys at home while away the team has a white kit. The club's crest features a football bordered by the club's name and topped with the Croatian chequy.

Fans[edit]

Main article: Škripari

Škripari is the organisation of football supporters of the Croat-backed club NK Široki Brijeg. They also support Široki Brijeg's other sport clubs, primarily HKK Široki in basketball.

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Nikola Marić
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Luka Bilobrk
23 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Antonio Soldo

3 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Jozo Špikić
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Boris Pandža
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Josip Barišić
7 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Dino Ćorić
21 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Slavko Brekalo
28 Croatia DF Slavko Bralić
33 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Stipo Marković

4 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Danijel Kožul
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Jure Ivanković
15 Brazil MF Wagner Captain sports.svg
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Josip Ćorluka
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Ivan Sesar
24 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Stjepan Lončar
30 Croatia MF Ivan Crnov
TBD Croatia MF Stefan Barić

9 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Ivan Krstanović
11 Croatia FW Ivan Baraban
17 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Luka Menalo
20 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Antonio Repić

Coaching staff[edit]

Staff Job title
Croatia Branko Karačić Manager
Croatia Mario Bazina Assistant Manager
Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola Marić Goalkeeping Coach
Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Crnjac Condition coach
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dalibor Šilić Sports director
Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Kutle Technical director
Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Mijatović Physiotherapist
Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Bilać Gunsmith
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vlatko Krešić Doctor

Honours[edit]

Široki won two Bosnia and Herzegovina championships as well as five First League of Herzeg-Bosnia championships that served as the top football league for Croat clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina until merger into Premier League in 2000. The club also won one Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup title in 2007. In the following table defunct competitions are indicated in italics.

Honours No. Years
League
Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina Champions 2 2003–04, 2005–06
Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina Runners-up 5 2001–02, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14
First League of Herzeg-Bosnia Champions 5 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98
First League of Herzeg-Bosnia Runners-up 1 1998-99
Domestic cups
Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup Winners 2 2006-07, 2012-13
Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup Runners-up 4 2004-05, 2005-06, 2011-12, 2014-15
Football Cup of Herzeg-Bosnia Runners-up 3 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99

European record[edit]

Summary[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
Champions League 6 3 1 2 4 5 2006–07
UEFA Cup / Europa League 40 14 6 20 49 64 2016–17
Total 46 17 7 22 53 69

Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 5 July 2016
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

By result[edit]

Overall Pld W D L GF GA GD
Home 23 9 6 8 29 23 +6
Away 23 8 1 14 24 46 −22
Total 46 17 7 22 53 69 −16

Last updated: 6 July 2016

By season[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Slovakia Senec 3–0 2–1 5–1
R1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–1 0–3 0–4
2004–05 UEFA Champions League QR1 Azerbaijan Neftchi Baku 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2005–06 UEFA Cup QR1 Albania Teuta 3–0 1–3 4–3
QR2 Serbia and Montenegro Zeta 4–2 1–0 5–2
R1 Switzerland Basel 0–1 0–5 0–6
2006–07 UEFA Champions League QR1 Belarus Shakhtyor 1–0 1–0 2–0
QR2 Scotland Hearts 0–0 0–3 0–3
2007–08 UEFA Cup QR1 Slovenia Koper 3–1 3–2 6–3
QR2 Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–3 0–3 0–6
2008–09 UEFA Cup QR1 Albania Partizani Tirana 0–0 3–1 3–1
QR2 Turkey Beşiktaş 1–2 0–4 1–6
2009–10 UEFA Europa League QR1 Armenia Banants 0–1 2–0 2–1
QR2 Austria Sturm Graz 1–1 1–2 2–3
2010–11 UEFA Europa League QR1 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 3–0 2–0 5–0
QR2 Austria Austria Wien 0–1 2–2 2–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League QR1 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 0–0 0–3 0–3
2012–13 UEFA Europa League QR2 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 1–2 (aet) 2–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League QR2 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar 2–0 2–3 4–3
QR3 Italy Udinese 1–3 0–4 1–7
2014–15 UEFA Europa League QR1 Azerbaijan Gabala 3–0 2–0 5–0
QR2 Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 0–4 1–2 1–6
2016-17 UEFA Europa League QR1 Malta Birkirkara 1–1 0–2 1-3

UEFA Team Ranking 2015/2016[edit]

Rank Team Points
312 Kazakhstan Irtysh Pavlodar 3.825
313 Kazakhstan Tobol 3.825
314 Iceland Breiðablik 3.750
315 Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 3.675
316 Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora 3.625
317 Slovenia Domžale 3.625
318 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Sofia 3.625

As of 6 Juny 2016. Source

Managers[edit]

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Bubalo (July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006)
  • Croatia Miroslav Buljan
  • Croatia Ivica Kalinić (2006–2007)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Toni Karačić (Aug 27, 2007 – June 30, 2009)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Mario Ćutuk (Sept 4, 2007 – May 13, 2008)
  • Croatia Ivan Katalinić (July 1, 2008 – June 1, 2009)
  • Croatia Ivica Barbarić (June 4, 2009 – Aug 29, 2009)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Toni Karačić (Aug 30, 2009 – May 26, 2010)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivo Ištuk (May 27, 2010 – March 13, 2011)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Blaž Slišković (March 24, 2011 – June 4, 2011)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Mario Ćutuk (June 4, 2011 – July 9, 2011)
  • Croatia Branko Karačić (July 9, 2011 – March 19, 2012)
  • Slovenia Marijan Bloudek (March 20, 2012 – Aug 6, 2012)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Anto Kokić (interim) (Aug 6, 2012 – Aug 13, 2012)
  • Croatia Davor Mladina
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Slaven Musa (Aug 13, 2012 – April 19, 2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Book: "Rođeni – Prvoligaške generacije 1952 – 1991" by Zoran Mrđenović, pag. 27

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