|Full name||Nogometni klub Osijek|
|Founded||27 February 1947|
|Ground||Stadion Gradski vrt|
|League||Croatian First League|
|Website||Club home page|
NK Osijek is a football club from Osijek in eastern Croatia. Founded in 1947, it was the club from Slavonia with most seasons in the Yugoslav First League, and, after the independence of Croatia in 1992, it is part of the four clubs that were never relegated from the Croatian First League, the others being Dinamo Zagreb, Hajduk Split and Rijeka.
NK Osijek's early roots are found in club called NK Udarnik that was formed in 1945 under FPR Yugoslavia's new communist authorities after the dissolution of HŠK Slavija. Slavija was founded in 1916 and competed in the national league of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia between 1923 and 1940.
In 1946, NK Udarnik and another local club NK Jedinstvo, merged to form a new entity – NK Slavonija. On 2 February 1947, NK Slavonija merged with NK Bratstvo, again creating a new club, NK Proleter, a date that marks the formation of the present club NK Osijek. The club's colours were red and blue, which in the 1970s were changed to white and blue.
The club entered the First Division for the first time in 1953. On 1 September 1962, NK Proleter merged with the Boxing and Athletic Club Mladost and formed a multi-sport organisation called Sportsko društvo Slavonija (Slavonija Sporting Society). The football club started competing under the name NK Slavonija.
Until the 1980s, the club was in the Second Division. In 1973, Osijek played Zagreb in a play-off for promotion to the First Division. In the second leg in Zagreb, Osijek lost on penalties in front of a record 64,000 attendance. In 1977, the club were promoted to the top division, where with the exception of one season, they remained until the collapse of Yugoslavia. Their best league position was sixth place in 1984.
In 1992, in the first season of the new Croatian league, Prva HNL, Osijek finished third. The next two seasons saw weaker results, but in 1994–95, Osijek's Robert Spehar was the league's top scorer as the club finished third and qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time. They were eliminated in the first round by Slovan Bratislava, and failed to qualify for Europe again for the next two seasons, before they again finished third, in the 1997–98 season. They were eliminated from the UEFA Cup on away goals by Anderlecht, after winning 3–1 at home and losing 2–0 in Brussels. The same season, led by Jurica Vranjes, Osijek won their first national trophy, the Croatian Cup, beating Cibalia in the final after extra time. Cibalia led 1–0 until Mitu equalized in injury time, and in extra-time Davor Lasić scored a golden goal to win the cup for Osijek. The following season, Osijek lost 6–1 on aggregate to West Ham United in the UEFA Cup and finished in the third place in the league.
In the 2000–01 UEFA Cup, Osijek beat the Danish club Brøndby (2–1 on aggregate) and Rapid Wien (4–1 on aggregate) but were eliminated by Slavia Prague in the third round, when they won 2–0 but were beaten 5–1 in Prague. In 2000, Osijek were the Croatian league's autumn champions, but finished the championship in third place. They equaled their best league finish in the 2007–08 season, finishing third for the sixth time.
- As of 24 June 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
NK Osijek Academy are the youth team of NK Osijek. There are a total of six age categories within the academy, the oldest being the Junior Team and youngest being the Limači Team. Among notable academy graduates are Dino Špehar and Domagoj Vida.
NK Osijek host domestic matches at Stadion Gradski vrt which has a capacity of 22,050.
The team's fans are known as Kohorta.
Slavonian derby match between the two largest Croatia Football Club from eastern Croatia, Osijek and Cibalia. Each new match these two great rivals, means a great match on the field, but also in the stands where the overruling of Kohorta from Osijek and Ultrasi from Vinkovci.
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In the following table, defunct competitions are listed in italics.
|Yugoslav Second League Winners||5||1952–53, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1980–81|
|Croatian Cup Winners||1||1998–99|
|Croatian Cup Runners-up||1||2011–12|
|Best European results|
|UEFA Cup Third round||1||2000–01|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round||1||2006|
|Mitropa Cup Third place||1||1981–82|
|Season||League||Cup||European competitions||Top goalscorer|
|1992||1. HNL||22||12||3||7||33||28||27||3rd||QF||Robert Špehar||9|
|1992–93||1. HNL||30||11||7||12||40||42||29||6th||QF||Alen Petrović||10|
|1993–94||1. HNL||34||12||11||11||56||58||35||8th||R2||Antun Labak||16|
|1994–95||1. HNL||30||16||11||3||65||30||59||3rd||SF||Robert Špehar||23|
|1995–96||1. A HNL||32||16||4||12||51||32||52||4th||QF||UEFA Cup||QR||Igor Pamić||17|
|1996–97||1. A HNL||30||12||5||13||40||38||41||8th||SF||Dumitru Mitu||10|
|1997–98||1. HNL||32||14||6||12||42||38||48||3rd||R1||Petar Krpan||10|
|1998–99||1. HNL||32||14||6||12||51||39||48||4th||W||UEFA Cup||QR2||Stanko Bubalo||10|
|1999–00||1. HNL||33||15||8||10||55||49||53||3rd||QF||UEFA Cup||R1||Stanko Bubalo||13|
|2000–01||1. HNL||32||17||6||9||61||47||57||3rd||SF||UEFA Cup||R3||Nenad Bjelica, Marijan Vuka||9|
|2001–02||1. HNL||30||11||4||15||45||48||37||8th||SF||UEFA Cup||R2||Milan Pavličić||9|
|2002–03||1. HNL||32||10||9||13||32||51||39||8th||QF||Milan Pavličić||11|
|2003–04||1. HNL||32||11||6||15||50||57||39||4th||QF||Robert Špehar||18|
|2004–05||1. HNL||32||9||14||9||41||45||41||8th||SF||Karlo Primorac||11|
|2005–06||1. HNL||32||13||5||14||31||48||44||4th||QF||Josip Balatinac||6|
|2006–07||1. HNL||33||11||10||12||42||45||43||6th||R2||Intertoto Cup||R2||Stjepan Jukić||9|
|2007–08||1. HNL||33||16||6||11||43||34||54||3rd||R2||Vedran Nikšić||8|
|2008–09||1. HNL||33||10||11||12||40||41||41||7th||R1||Josip Barišić||8|
|2009–10||1. HNL||30||13||8||9||49||36||47||5th||QF||Josip Barišić, Ivan Miličević, Vedran Nikšić||8|
|2010–11||1. HNL||30||9||12||9||31||29||39||8th||QF||Ivan Miličević||5|
|2011–12||1. HNL||30||11||10||9||45||38||43||8th||RU||Antonio Perošević||7|
|2012–13||1. HNL||33||9||12||12||25||33||39||7th||QF||Europa League||QR2||Antonio Perošević, Zoran Kvržić||4|
|2013–14||1. HNL||36||8||9||19||38||64||33||8th||QF||Josip Barišić||6|
|2014–15||1. HNL||36||10||6||20||42||59||36||8th||R2||Antonio Perošević, Aljoša Vojnović||6|
- League: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points won; Pos = Final position;
- Cup / Europe: PR = Preliminary round; QR = Qualifying round; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final; RU = Runner-up; W = Competition won;
|Competition||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||Last season played|
UEFA Europa League
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||2||0||2||0||2||2||2006|
Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 26 July 2012
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.
|1995–96||UEFA Cup||QR||Slovan Bratislava||0–2||0–4||0–6|
|1998–99||UEFA Cup||QR2||Anderlecht||3–1||0–2||3–3 (a)|
|1999–00||UEFA Cup||R1||West Ham United||1–3||0–3||1–6|
|2001–02||UEFA Cup||QR||Dinaburg||1–0||1–2||2–2 (a)|
|2006||UEFA Intertoto Cup||R2||Ethnikos Achna||2–2||0–0||2–2 (a)|
|2012–13||UEFA Europa League||QR1||FC Santa Coloma||3–1||1–0||4–1|
Last updated on 26 July 2012
- Most appearances in UEFA club competitions: 17 appearances
- Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 3 goals
To appear in this section a player must have:
- Played at least 150 league games for the club;
- Scored at least 50 league goals for the club; or
- Played at least one international match for their national or olympic team while playing for NK Osijek.
Years in brackets indicate their spells at the club.
|This article needs additional citations for verification. (May 2012)|
- "Osijek profile". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
- "Robert Špehar CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Miroslav Bičanić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Bakir Beširević CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Davor Rupnik CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Damir Vuica CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Petar Krpan CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Mario Galinović CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Ivo Ergović CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Ronald Grnja CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Ivica Beljan CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Igor Pamić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Dumitru Mitu CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Jurica Vranješ CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Josip Balatinac CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Stanko Bubalo CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Mato Neretljak CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Marin Skender CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Valentin Babić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Ivo Smoje CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Josip Barišić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Domagoj Vida CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to NK Osijek.|
- Official website (Croatian)
- NK Osijek profile at UEFA.com
- NK Osijek profile at Sportnet.hr (Croatian)
- NK Osijek profile at Nogometni magazin (Croatian)
- Bijelo-plavi.com unofficial website (Croatian)
- Kohorta.net official supporters' website (Croatian)