NK Lokomotiva

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Full nameNogometni klub Lokomotiva Zagreb
Short nameLOK
Founded1 May 1914; 104 years ago (1914-05-01)
as ŽŠK Victoria
ChairmanTin Dolički
ManagerGoran Tomić
LeaguePrva HNL
2017–18Prva HNL, 5th
WebsiteClub website

NK Lokomotiva Zagreb is a professional Croatian football club based in Zagreb. It competes in the Prva HNL, the country's top division. Founded in 1914, the club's only period of success came in the late 1940s and early 1950s before spending most of the following five decades as lower-level minnows.

In the mid-2000s Lokomotiva was turned into Dinamo Zagreb's farm team. Between 2007 and 2009 they won three consecutive promotions to rise from fourth level to first level in the Croatian football league system. They hosted their home matches at Dinamo's Stadion Maksimir for a couple of years before moving to NK Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva, as their own ground in the Novi Zagreb's Kajzerica neighbourhood is unsuitable for top level football. They remain Dinamo's unofficial feeder club even when playing against them in 1. HNL, thus sparking numerous controversies.


NK Lokomotiva was founded as ŽŠK Victoria (Željezničarski športski klub "Victoria") in 1914.

After World War I the name of the club was changed to Željezničar, under which they competed between the two wars. At that time they were mostly in the shadow of the city's bigger clubs Građanski, Concordia and HAŠK. They played in first level only in 1940–41.

In 1945. the club was renamed Lokomotiva and soon their most productive years followed. They continuously played for 8 season (1947.-1955.) in the Yugoslav First League with best league result in 1952, when they finished third, behind Hajduk and Red Star Belgrade.[1] Some of the players at that time were Vladimir Čonč, Vladimir Firm, Drago Hmelina, Franjo Beserdi and Oto Bobek, younger brother of legendary Stjepan Bobek. They won Yugoslav Second League in 1956, but were relegated again from the First League in the summer of 1957 and never returned to the yugoslav top flight again. They played in Yugoslav Second League until 1970 and then also in Yugoslav Inter-Republic League in the last years before the dissoluton of Yugoslavia.

After Croatian independence and the formation of the 1. HNL in 1991, Lokomotiva played in the lower leagues of Croatian football, mostly spending their time in the Treća HNL. In 2006, before relegation to the fourth division, Lokomotiva became the Feeder team for Dinamo Zagreb. This sparked a story of one of the most incredible rises through the leagues ever in Croatian football. Lokomotiva gained promotion in each of the next three season, finishing 1st in the 4. HNL in 2006/2007, 2nd in the 3. HNL in 2007/2008, and 3rd in the 2. HNL in 2008/2009.

The promotion from the second to the first division of Croatian football in 2009 meant that in the 2009/10 season, Lokomotiva would be back in the top flight for the first time in 52 years. The side recovered from a poor start in the league and finished in a respectable 8th position out of 16 teams, with notable victories 4:2 away against NK Zagreb, home 3:0 vs Rijeka and 2:1 vs Hajduk Split. Their top scorer, Nino Bule, finished with 14 goals.

In the 2010/11 season, Lokomotiva endured a tough run, eventually finishing third last and qualifying for relegation back to the second division. That did not, however, eventuate, as not enough sides in the second division were handed a first division licence and so Lokomotiva kept their place in the first division. The next season was set to be a big one for the side as a restructuring of football in Croatia meant the number of sides in the first division was being reduced and so five sides were set to be relegated from the sixteen side competition. With their poor performance last season, many pundits said that Lokomotiva would be one of the first sides relegated. However, Lokomotiva instead gave great performances and ended up in 7th place, just eight points off a European place.

The next season, the 2012/13 season, was the best in recent history for Lokomotiva. They finished in second place ahead of clubs such as HNK Rijeka, HNK Hajduk Split and RNK Split. Young star Andrej Kramarić, on loan from Dinamo, finished second in the scoring charts with 15 goals. This qualified them for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

In their first European encounter, the side faced FC Dinamo Minsk, unfortunately losing on the away goals rule after winning 2–1 away from home but losing 3–2 at home. The side enjoyed another strong showing in the 1. HNL, which was reduced to 10 teams for the 13/14 season. The Zagreb-based side finished in fifth place.

In the 2014/15 season, Lokomotiva finished in fourth place, behind Dinamo, Rijeka and Hajduk, but still qualified for the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. In the 15/16 Europa League qualifying, the Lokosi beat Airbus UK Broughton F.C. 5–3 on aggregate, but then lost to PAOK FC, winning the first leg 2–1, but were thoroughly beat 6–0 away from home.

Due to rules against second sides being in the same division, they legally split their connection to Dinamo, but the clubs continue good relations with number of Dinamo's players coming to Lokomotiva on loan every season. To meet the criteria for 1. HNL they play their games at Maksimir Stadium, although the club's base and youth teams area at Kajzerica.

Name changes[edit]

  • ŽŠK Victoria (1914–1919)
  • ŠK Željezničar (1919–1941)
  • HŽŠK (1941–1945)
  • FD Lokomotiva (1945–1946)
  • FD Crvena Lokomotiva (1946–47)
  • NK Lokomotiva (1947–present)


Current squad[edit]

As of 17 September 2018[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Filip Vasilj
2 Croatia DF Luka Hujber
4 Croatia DF Toni Datković
6 Czech Republic DF Jan Lecjaks (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
7 Croatia FW Nikola Krajinović
8 Croatia MF Dino Halilović
9 Croatia FW Dejan Radonjić
10 Croatia MF Luka Ivanušec
11 Croatia MF Domagoj Drožđek
12 Croatia GK Krunoslav Hendija
13 Croatia GK Ivo Grbić
14 Croatia MF Neven Đurasek (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
No. Position Player
16 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Ivan Miličević
17 Croatia FW Matko Babić
18 Croatia DF Frano Mlinar
19 Croatia DF Luka Smoljo
20 Croatia DF Denis Kolinger
21 Albania FW Myrto Uzuni
22 Kosovo FW Lirim Kastrati
23 Croatia MF Kristijan Jakić
24 Croatia FW Ivan Božić (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
26 Australia DF Fran Karačić
27 Croatia MF Mario Burić
44 Croatia DF Ante Majstorović (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Ivan Krstanović

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Croatia MF Kristijan Jakić (on loan to NK Istra 1961 until 15 June 2018)
Croatia MF Luka Begonja (on loan to NK Široki Brijeg until 30 June 2018)
No. Position Player
Croatia FW Ivan Antunović (on loan to NK Istra 1961 until 15 June 2018)

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Cup European competitions Top league scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
2006–07 4. HNL 30 25 2 3 94 31 77 1st ↑ Jurica Jeleć 16
2007–08 3. HNL 34 28 2 4 105 32 86 2nd ↑ Robert Mesić 34
2008–09 2. HNL 30 18 5 7 50 30 59 3rd ↑ Mateo Poljak 8
2009–10 1. HNL 30 12 6 12 35 38 42 8th Nino Bule 14
2010–11 1. HNL 30 8 9 13 24 37 33 14th R1 Nino Bule 11
2011–12 1. HNL 30 12 8 10 33 33 44 7th Andrej Kramarić 5
2012–13 1. HNL 33 16 9 8 54 38 57 2nd RU Andrej Kramarić 15
2013–14 1. HNL 36 15 7 14 57 59 42 5th Europa League QR2 Ante Budimir 14
2014–15 1. HNL 36 13 7 16 59 68 46 4th QF Domagoj Pavičić 8
2015–16 1. HNL 36 16 4 16 56 53 52 4th QF Europa League QR2 Franko Andrijašević 12
2016–17 1. HNL 36 12 8 16 41 38 44 5th QF Europa League PO Josip Ćorić 6
2017–18 1. HNL 36 14 9 13 47 48 51 5th SF Lovro Majer 11

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg
2013–14 UEFA Europa League QR2 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 2–3 2–1 4–4 (a)
2015–16 UEFA Europa League QR1 Wales Airbus UK Broughton 2–2 3–1 5–3
QR2 Greece PAOK 2–1 0–6 2–7
2016–17 UEFA Europa League QR1 Andorra UE Santa Coloma 4–1 3–1 7–2
QR2 Finland RoPS Rovaniemi 3–0 1–1 4–1
QR3 Ukraine FC Vorskla Poltava 0–0 3–2 3–2
PO Belgium KRC Genk 2–2 0–2 2–4


Croatian First League
  • Runners-up: 2012–13
Croatian Second League
  • Third place: 2008–09
Yugoslav First League
  • Third place: 1952
Yugoslav Second League
  • Winners: 1955–56
  • Runners-up: 1957–58, 1958–59
Croatian Football Cup
  • Runners-up: 2012–13

Managerial history[edit]


  1. ^ "povijest" (in Croatian). NK Lokomotiva.
  2. ^ "1. momčad – igrači" (in Croatian). NK Lokomotiva. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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