VK Primorje

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VK Primorje EB
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Founded 1908
League Croatian First League
Adriatic League
Based in Rijeka, Croatia
Arena Kantrida
Capacity: 1,200
Colors          
President Zoran Jukica
Head coach Igor Pezelj
Website vaterpolo-primorje.hr

VK Primorje (Croatian: Vaterpolski klub Primorje, commonly referred to as Primorje) is a Croatian water polo club based in Rijeka.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1908, as HŠK Victoria (Croatian Sports Club Victoria), and is the oldest swimming club in Croatia. Under that name, the club was active until World War II. After the war, the club was re-established in 1948 as Primorje. Since 1991 and the breakup of Yugoslavia the club has been competing in Croatian First League, as well as the regional Adriatic League and LEN Champions League.

VK Primorje has won three national championships, the first in 1938 (as HŠK Victoria), and the second and third in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. Primorje has won three Adriatic League titles, in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. Primorje has also won five national cup competitions.

The club has produced many players that have had a significant impact for the Croatia men's national water polo team, including Igor Hinić, Damir Glavan, Damir Burić, and Samir Barać, all of whom have won medals at major international competitions. In addition, the club also produced Danijel Premuš and Vladimir Vujasinović, who went on to win olympic medals for Italy and Serbia respectively.

Venue[edit]

The club's home games are held at the newly built Bazeni Kantrida, the venue which hosted the 2008 European Short Course Swimming Championships. The capacity of the new swimming complex is approximately 1,200 and is located within walking distance from HNK Rijeka's football stadium.

Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Season 2016–2017

Nat. Player Pos.
1 Croatia Duje Jelovina GK
13 Croatia Fran Čubranić GK
19 Croatia Petar Božić GK
3 Croatia Karlo Kovačević D
4 Australia Nathan Power D
10 Croatia Mislav Vrlić D
14 Croatia Ivan Buljubašić Captain sports.svg D
18 Croatia Marko Blažić D
2 Romania Cosmin Radu C
12 Croatia Lovro Papalić C
15 Croatia Mateo Saftić W
16 Croatia Ian Petrić W
20 Croatia Silvio Alberto Poropat W
21 Croatia Antonio Čunko W
5 Croatia Duje Peroš CF
6 Croatia Marko Radulović CF
7 Slovakia Maroš Tkač CF
9 Croatia Nino Mudražija CF
11 Croatia Ante Vukičević CF
15 Croatia Dario Rakovac CF
17 Croatia Sven Augusti CF
22 Croatia Tin Brubnjak CF

Bold: senior national team possess

Technical staff[edit]

  • Head Coach: Igor Pezelj
  • Sport Director: Zoran Roje
  • Technical Director: Damir Radonić
  • Club Doctor: Andrija Zubović

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Honours[edit]

European competitions[edit]

LEN Champions League

LEN Cup Winners' Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 1976–77
  • Third placed (2): 1979–80, 1995–96

COMEN Cup

  • Winners (1): 1996

Adriatic League

  • Winners (3): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Runners-up (2): 2011–12, 2015–16

Domestic competitions[edit]

Croatian League

  • Winners (2): 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Runners-up (5): 2003–04, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16

Croatian Cup

  • Winners (4): 1995–96, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Runners-up (3): 2002–03, 2010–11, 2015–16

Yugoslav League

  • Winners (1): 1938
  • Runners-up (2): 1978–79, 1982–83

Yugoslav Cup

  • Winners (1): 1979
  • Runners-up (1): 1976

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