NK Varaždin (2012)

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NK Varaždin
NK Varazdin (2012).svg
Full nameNogometni klub Varaždin
Short nameVAR
Founded1 July 2012; 10 years ago (2012-07-01)
GroundStadion Varteks
Capacity10,800
PresidentDražen Vitez
Head coachMario Kovačević
LeagueCroatian First League
2021–22Croatian Second League, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Nogometni klub Varaždin, commonly referred to as NK Varaždin or simply Varaždin, is a professional Croatian football club, based in the town of Varaždin. It currently competes in the Croatian First Football League.

History[edit]

The club was founded as FC Varaždin Football School (Croatian: NK Varaždin Škola Nogometa, Varaždin ŠN) as a phoenix club of NK Varaždin (1931–2015) in 2012 after the latter's suspension; the club was suspended during the second part of the 2011–12 Prva Liga season, due to a high financial debt. Legally, the two clubs' track records and honours are kept separate by the Croatian Football Federation, but the 2012 club is a continuation of the older club, which did return to competition in 2013, overlapping with the life of Varaždin ŠN. However, the older club finally declared bankruptcy and dissolved in 2015 making the name NK Varaždin available once again.[1]

After steadily progressing through the levels of the Croatian football league system, NK Varaždin competed in the Prva Liga for the first time in the 2019–20 season, a league that predecessor NK Varaždin had competed in for 21 seasons. They ultimately finished 8th overall. They were relegated the following season.

Seasons[edit]

Season League Cup European competitions Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
2012–13 2. ŽNL Varaždin County East 22 14 3 5 71 24 45 3rd DNQ
2013–14 2. ŽNL Varaždin County East 22 14 4 4 62 24 46 3rd ↑[1] DNQ
2014–15 1. ŽNL Varaždin County 30 21 5 4 81 38 68 1st ↑ DNQ
2015–16 3. HNL East 30 10 4 16 40 47 34 11th DNQ
2016–17 3. HNL East 30 18 6 6 53 27 60 2nd ↑[2] R1
2017–18 2. HNL 33 18 7 8 50 32 61 2nd R1
2018–19 2. HNL 26 16 3 7 40 30 51 1st ↑ R2 Leon Benko 22
2019–20 1. HNL 36 9 9 18 29 50 36 8th R2 Domagoj Drožđek,
Dejan Glavica
6
2020–21 1. HNL 36 6 10 20 30 61 28 10th ↓ R2 Jorge Obregón 7
2021–22 2. HNL 30 19 6 5 56 29 63 1st ↑ R2 Igor Postonjski,
Michele Šego
7
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; Group = Group stage; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final; RU = Runner-up; W = Competition won

Top scorer shown in bold when he was also top scorer for the division.

Notes[edit]

1. a : Although NK Varaždin finished 3rd in the 2013–14 2. ŽNL Varaždin County East, it appears that teams above them did not apply for promotion, so Varaždin gained promotion to 1. ŽNL
2. b : Although NK Međimurje finished top of the 2016–17 3. HNL East, they did not apply for promotion, so runners-up NK Varaždin gained promotion to 2. HNL

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 September 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Croatia CRO Oliver Zelenika
3 DF Croatia CRO Filip Brekalo (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
4 DF Albania ALB Jorgo Pëllumbi
5 DF Croatia CRO Jozo Stanić (on loan from Augsburg)
6 MF Croatia CRO David Puclin (on loan from Vorskla Poltava)
7 FW Croatia CRO Fran Brodić
8 MF Croatia CRO Igor Postonjski
9 MF Croatia CRO Tonio Teklić
10 MF Croatia CRO Ivan Posavec
11 FW Croatia CRO Michele Šego
13 MF Croatia CRO Leonard Vuk
14 MF Croatia CRO Karlo Lusavec
15 FW Croatia CRO Lovro Banovec
16 FW Croatia CRO Noa Vugrinec
17 FW Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Demir Peco
18 MF Croatia CRO Matija Kolarić
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF Croatia CRO Leon Belcar
20 DF Mauritania MTN Lamine Ba
21 GK Croatia CRO Božidar Radošević
22 MF North Macedonia MKD Agon Elezi
23 MF Croatia CRO Marin Pilj
24 DF Croatia CRO Marko Stolnik
25 DF Japan JPN Itsuki Urata
26 DF Croatia CRO Luka Jelenić
27 FW Croatia CRO Karlo Perić
28 DF Croatia CRO Luka Škaričić (on loan from Hajduk Split)
29 FW Croatia CRO Niko Domjanić
30 FW Venezuela VEN Andris Herrera
31 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Mato Stanić (on loan from Rijeka)
32 DF Croatia CRO Matija Katanec
33 MF Croatia CRO Ivan Ćubelić (on loan from Hajduk Split)
99 GK Croatia CRO Marino Bulat

On loan[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
23 DF Croatia CRO Filip Mekić (on loan at Dugopolje until 30 June 2023)
55 DF Croatia CRO Hrvoje Crnčec (on loan at Aluminij until 30 June 2023)
MF Croatia CRO Tomislav Jagić (on loan at Aluminij until 30 June 2023)
DF Croatia CRO Ivan Težački (on loan at Međimurje until 30 June 2023)
26 MF Croatia CRO Mateo Topić (on loan at Sesvete until 30 June 2023)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Promjenom imena do kluba neopterećenog s dugovima" [Bankrupt club changes its name to avoid its debts] (in Croatian). Regionalni tjednik. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.