NK Istra 1961
|Full name||Nogometni Klub Istra 1961|
Zeleno-žuti (The Green-Yellows)
|Ground||Stadion Aldo Drosina|
|2017–18||Prva HNL, 9th|
Nogometni Klub Istra 1961 (English: Istra 1961 Football Club), commonly referred to as NK Istra 1961 or simply Istra 1961, is a football club from Pula, Istria, Croatia, currently playing in the Croatian First Division.
The football club NK Uljanik from which the club originates was founded in 1948. In 1961, it merged with another local club, NK Pula, to form NK Istra. For this reason, 1961 is occasionally considered as the club's founding year. The greatest club success was in the 2002–03 season when they finished runners-up in the Croatian Cup, losing to Hajduk Split 4–1 on aggregate. In the 2004–05 season, the club changed its name into NK Pula 1856, because 1856 was the year that the Austro-Hungarian Empire made Pula the port of its arsenal and the shipyard Uljanik was opened. Also in the same year, it competed in the Prva Liga for the first time. In 2005, it was renamed again to NK Pula Staro Češko due to a sponsorship contract with the brewery Daruvarska pivovara (Staro Češko is a beer brand). Just one year later, the name was once again changed, this time to NK Pula. Again, just a year later in the middle of 2007, the name was changed for the fifth time in as many years, to NK Istra 1961. The change of name came after an ultimatum from the local fans Demons who said the club would have their support only if the club changed its name and club colours to the traditional city colours (yellow and green). After renaming club was sold in 2011 to a Russian who achieved promotion for the club and sold it in 2015.
Its crest features the city's Roman Arena in Pula, as well as the old team crest.
Istra 1961 play their home matches at the recently renovated Stadion Aldo Drosina, which has a capacity of approximately 10,000 spectators.
Nk Istra 1961  was bought by an American Investment group in 2015. The NK Istra academy system is very strong and consistently competes for top spots in the rankings. Nk Istra 1961 has a rich fan history. The group of die hard fans are referred to as the Demoni, and are known for their explosive chants and celebrations as well as their extreme pride for the club.
|1992||3. HNL West B||14||4||8||2||21||9||16||3rd|
|1992-93||3. HNL West||30||16||7||7||56||32||39||1st||R1|
|1993-94||2. HNL South||30||7||7||16||21||43||21||14th|
|1994-95||2. HNL West||36||12||8||16||40||48||44||13th|
|1995-96||2. HNL West||34||18||8||8||58||36||62||5th|
|1996-97||2. HNL West||30||19||6||5||65||21||63||3rd|
|1997-98||2. HNL West||30||12||7||11||42||31||43||6th|
|1998-99||3. HNL West||30||13||7||10||33||35||46||3rd|
|1999-00||3. HNL West||30||17||6||7||56||30||57||3rd||R1|
|2000-01||3. HNL West||30||17||11||2||73||26||62||1st ↑|
|2001-02||2. HNL South||30||17||8||5||57||26||59||2nd||PR|
|2002-03||2. HNL South||32||20||7||5||63||31||67||2nd||RU|
|2003-04||2. HNL South||32||18||8||6||59||33||62||1st ↑||QF|
|2004-05||1. HNL||32||7||14||11||28||31||35||10th||QF||Josip Jerneić, Vedran Stošić||6|
|2005-06||1. HNL||32||13||6||13||44||36||45||7th||R1||Stiven Rivić||12|
|2006-07||1. HNL||33||6||11||16||28||40||29||11th ↓||R1||Marko Radas, Almir Halilović||5|
|2007-08||2. HNL||30||17||7||6||42||14||58||3rd||R1||Saša Šest||8|
|2008-09||2. HNL||30||18||6||6||46||20||60||1st ↑||R1||Mohamed Kalilou Traoré||9|
|2009-10||1. HNL||30||9||8||13||31||40||35||11th||R2||Asim Šehić||15|
|2010-11||1. HNL||30||9||4||17||24||44||31||15th||QF||Siniša Linić||5|
|2011-12||1. HNL||30||11||9||10||35||33||42||9th||QF||Sandi Križman||7|
|2012-13||1. HNL||33||11||11||11||35||32||44||6th||R2||Goran Roce||11|
|2013-14||1. HNL||36||12||8||16||45||56||44||6th||SF||Dejan Radonjić||9|
|2014-15||1. HNL||36||7||14||15||36||59||35||9th||QF||Dejan Radonjić||16|
|2015-16||1. HNL||36||4||12||20||23||58||24||9th||R2||Stefan Nikolić||5|
|2016-17||1. HNL||36||10||9||17||33||49||39||6th||R2||Goran Roce||8|
|2017-18||1. HNL||36||6||9||21||28||60||27||9th||QF||Five players||3|
Top scorer shown in bold when he was also top scorer for the division.
- As of 14 August 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Bold denotes players still playing for Istra 1961.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
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- Winners (2): 2003–04, 2008–09
- Winners (1): 2000–01
- Igor Pamić (2004–05)
- Milivoj Bračun (2005–06)
- Krunoslav Jurčić (2006–07)
- Nenad Gračan (2007)
- Elvis Scoria (30 October 2007 – 2 November 2009)
- Valdi Šumberac (2 November 2009 – 27 February 2010)
- Zoran Vulić (28 February 2010 – 22 May 2010)
- Ante Miše (22 May 2010 – 2 August 2010)
- Robert Jarni (4 August 2010 – 19 September 2010)
- Davor Lasić (interim) (19 September 2010 – 5 October 2010)
- Zoran Vulić (6 October 2010 – 21 March 2011)
- Igor Pamić (29 March 2011 – 5 October 2015)
- Robert Rubčić (interim) (5 October 2015– January 2016)
- Andrej Panadić (January 2016– 18 July 2016)
- Goran Tomić (26 July 2016 – 1 December 2016)
- Darko Raić-Sudar (interim) (1 December 2016 – 30 December 2016)
- Marijo Tot (30 December 2016 – 19 May 2017)
- Darko Raić-Sudar (interim) (19 May 2017 – 31 May 2017)
- Darko Raić-Sudar (1 June 2017 - 1 June 2018)
- Manolo Márquez (1 June 2018 - 18 September 2018)
- Curro Torres (19 September 2018 - 27 October 2018)
- Goran Roce
- Vanja Iveša
- Fausto Budicin
- Dalibor Pauletić
- Stiven Rivić
- Sandi Križman
- Alen Pamić
- Manuel Pamić
- Andrea Ottochian
- Darko Raić-Sudar
- Aljoša Vojnović
- Zoran Zekić
- Hrvoje Milić
- Mislav Anđelković
- Josip Jerneić
- Slavko Blagojević
- Dejan Radonjić
- Tomislav Havojić
- Antonijo Ježina
- Nikola Kalinić
- Siniša Linić
- Nikola Prelčec
- Nikola Žižić
- Asim Šehić
- Mateo Sušić
- Mahir Iftić
- Henri Belle
- Marcel Heister
- Mohamed Kalilou Traoré
- Chung Woon
- Marjan Marković
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Nk Istra Fanpage: http://nkistrafan.weebly.com/about.html
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- "About". bryant spaces. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
- "Igrači - NK Istra 1961". www.nkistra1961.hr. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Igrači". hrnogomet.com. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Coach Marijo Tot's contract terminated, temporary coach Darko Raić-Sudar". nkistra1961.hr. NK Istra 1961 (published 19 May 2017). 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
- "Darko Raić-Sudar novi trener prve momčadi Istre 1961, pomoćni Nenad Basta" (in Croatian). 1 June 2017.
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