NK Osijek

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Osijek
NK Osijek.svg
Full name Nogometni klub Osijek
Nickname(s) Bijelo-plavi
(The White-blues)
Founded 27 February 1947; 68 years ago (1947-02-27)
Ground Stadion Gradski vrt
Ground Capacity 22,050
Chairman Slobodan Tolj
Manager Dražen Besek
League Croatian First League
2014–15 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

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.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[1]

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.

The club's most famous former player is Croatia's Davor Šuker, who won the Golden Boot at the 1998 World Cup.

First-team squad[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Zvonimir Mikulić
3 Croatia DF Antonio Pavić
4 Croatia MF Hrvoje Kurtović
5 Croatia DF Luka Mihaljević
6 Croatia DF Ivica Džolan
7 Croatia DF Davor Špehar
8 Croatia MF Josip Špoljarić
9 Croatia FW Nikola Mandić
10 Croatia MF Antonio Perošević
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Almir Aganspahić
12 Croatia GK Borna Žitnjak
13 Croatia GK Filip Lončarić
14 Australia MF Steven Ugarković
15 Croatia DF Zoran Arsenić
16 Croatia MF Tomislav Radotić
No. Position Player
17 Serbia DF Mario Maslać
18 Croatia FW Mihael Pongračić
19 Croatia MF Zoran Lesjak
20 Croatia MF Lovro Anić
21 Croatia MF Mile Škorić
22 Croatia MF Tomislav Šorša
23 Croatia MF Tomislav Šarić
26 Croatia DF Nikola Matas
27 Croatia MF Tomislav Čuljak
28 Croatia DF Andrej Lukić
30 Bulgaria MF Daniel Peev
33 Croatia GK Marko Malenica
TBA Croatia FW Dominik Mihaljević
TBA Croatia FW Tomislav Štrkalj
TBA Croatia FW Matija Čakalić

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 DF Matej Bekavac (on loan at Višnjevac)
Croatia MF Benedik Mioč (on loan at Višnjevac)
Croatia DF Andrej Šimunec (on loan at Višnjevac)

Youth academy[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Stadion Gradski vrt

NK Osijek host domestic matches at Stadion Gradski vrt which has a capacity of 22,050.

Supporters[edit]

Main article: Kohorta Osijek

The team's fans are known as Kohorta.

Rivalries[edit]

Main article: Slavonian derby

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.

Kit manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer
1997–06 Macron
2006–08 Kappa
2008–10 Legea
2010–11 Kappa
2011–present Jako

Honours[edit]

In the following table, defunct competitions are listed in italics.

Honours No. Years
League
Yugoslav Second League Winners 5 1952–53, 1969–70, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1980–81
Domestic cups
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

Recent seasons[edit]

Further information: List of NK Osijek seasons
Season League Cup European competitions Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
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

Key

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;

European competitions[edit]

Summary[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
UEFA Cup
UEFA Europa League
22 10 1 11 26 37 2012–13
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 0 2 0 2 2 2006
Total 24 10 3 11 28 39

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.

By season[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
1995–96 UEFA Cup QR Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 0–2 0–4 0–6
1998–99 UEFA Cup QR2 Belgium Anderlecht 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
1999–00 UEFA Cup R1 England West Ham United 1–3 0–3 1–6
2000–01 UEFA Cup R1 Denmark Brøndby 0–0 2–1 2–1
R2 Austria Rapid Wien 2–1 2–0 4–1
R3 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 2–0 1–5 3–5
2001–02 UEFA Cup QR Latvia Dinaburg 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
R1 Slovenia ND Gorica 1–0 2–1 3–1
R2 Greece AEK Athens 1–2 2–3 3–5
2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup R2 Cyprus Ethnikos Achna 2–2 0–0 2–2 (a)
2012–13 UEFA Europa League QR1 Andorra FC Santa Coloma 3–1 1–0 4–1
QR2 Sweden Kalmar FF 1–3 0–3 1–6

Last updated on 26 July 2012

Player records[edit]

Notable players[edit]

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.

 

Former managers[edit]

incomplete list

   

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesj/joeghist.html
  2. ^ a b "Osijek profile". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Robert Špehar CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Miroslav Bičanić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bakir Beširević CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Davor Rupnik CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Damir Vuica CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Petar Krpan CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mario Galinović CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Ivo Ergović CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ronald Grnja CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ivica Beljan CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Igor Pamić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dumitru Mitu CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Jurica Vranješ CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Josip Balatinac CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Stanko Bubalo CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Mato Neretljak CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "Marin Skender CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Valentin Babić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ivo Smoje CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Josip Barišić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "Domagoj Vida CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 

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