NK Varaždin (2012)

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NK Varaždin
NK Varazdin (2012).svg
Full nameNogometni klub Varaždin
Short nameVAR
Founded1 July 2012; 8 years ago (2012-07-01)
GroundStadion Varteks
Capacity10,800
PresidentDražen Vitez
Head coachZoran Kastel
LeaguePrva HNL
2019–20Prva HNL, 8th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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

History[edit]

Varaždin ŠN was established by the management of NK Varaždin (1931–2015) in 2012. after the suspension of its predecessor, a club which 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 declared bankruptcy in 2015, and changed its name to VŠNK Varaždin. That allow the follower club Varaždin ŠN to change its own name to the newly available NK Varaždin.[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.

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 R2
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 1 March 2021

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
2 DF Croatia CRO Fran Cerovcec
4 MF Croatia CRO Jurica Grgec
5 DF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Kerim Memija
6 DF Croatia CRO Maks Čelić
7 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH Demir Peco
8 MF Croatia CRO Igor Postonjski
9 FW Colombia COL Jorge Obregón
10 MF Croatia CRO Ivan Posavec
11 FW Croatia CRO Leon Benko
12 GK Croatia CRO Matija Kovačić
13 MF Croatia CRO Leonard Vuk
14 DF Japan JPN Itsuki Urata
16 DF Croatia CRO Matej Senić
17 FW Croatia CRO Dominik Glavina
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF Croatia CRO Matija Kolarić
19 FW Venezuela VEN Andris Herrera
20 MF Croatia CRO Neven Đurasek (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
22 FW Croatia CRO Borna Petrović
23 DF Croatia CRO Ivan Novoselec
24 DF Croatia CRO Marko Stolnik
25 FW Croatia CRO Vinko Petković
30 DF Croatia CRO Nikola Tkalčić
32 DF Albania ALB Jorgo Pëllumbi
44 MF Cameroon CMR Jessie Guera Djou
55 FW Croatia CRO Gabrijel Boban
78 MF North Macedonia MKD Agon Elezi
99 GK Croatia CRO Dinko Horkaš (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
MF Croatia CRO Luka Mezga

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
FW Croatia CRO Dejan Glavica (on loan at NK Polet SMnM until 30 June 2021)

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.