|Full name||Rukometni klub Zamet|
|Head coach||Valter Matošević|
|League||Dukat Premier League|
RK Zamet (Rukometni Klub Zamet) is a handball club from Rijeka, Croatia, formed in 1957. The club currently competes in the Croatian Premier Handball League and the Croatian Handball Cup. Although the club has not won any mayor trophies, it has produced four Olympic gold medalists: Valter Matošević, Alvaro Načinović, Valner Franković and Mirza Džomba. Four additional Olympic gold medalists played for the club, including Irfan Smajlagić, Vladimir Šujster, Zlatko Saračević and Božidar Jović, and Jakov Gojun, who has a bronze medal.
The club was founded in September 1957, as RK Partizan Zamet by Prof. Stanko Jerger, Josip Šarić and Vittorio Drog. The players of the first RK Zamet team were Vilim Blažić, Tomislav Blažić, Nelo Stepčić, Vinko Radovčić, Anton Srdoč, Boris Kinkela, Josip Šarić and Stanko Jerger.
Zamet in Yugoslavia (1957-1991)
During the first ten years, real results came in 1966 when Zamet won the Regional League of Primorje and Karlovac. During the 1960s Zamet played at the regional level. In 1969 Zamet's U-14 team won the club's first youth trophy at the Croatian U-14 Championship.
Until 1972, the club played in the Regional League of Primorje and Istra (Primorska regionalna liga), in which they won the championship title in 1966, 1970, and 1972, along with three runner-up titles. In 1972, they started competing in the Third Yugoslav League. In 1977, they were promoted to the Second Yugoslav League and, the following year, Zamet gained promotion to the First Yugoslav League. This decade saw players such as Marijan Seđak, Williams Černeka, Valter Marković, Željko Milanović, Darko Srdoč, Damir Čavlović, Boris Komucki, Renato Sošić and Jurica Lakić who left their marks in Zamet and handball in general. Unfortunately they were relegated after one season in the first league, finishing 14th.
For two seasons the club was renamed Partizan Rijeka from 1977 to 1979, when it was changed to Zamet.
In 1981, Zamet beat long time city rivals RK Kvarner and became Rijeka's top handball club. During the early 1980s, Zamet played in the second division. In 1982 the administration of MRK Zamet (men's team) and ŽRK Zamet (women's team) split up and went their separate ways.
The 1980s saw one of the best generation of players come through the club, such as Darko Dunato, Boris Dragičević, Marin Mišković, Tonči Peribonio, Valter Periša, Vlado Vukoje, Alvaro Načinović, Valner Franković, Mladen Prskalo, Valter Matošević and Drago Žiljak.
In 1987, they once again earned promotion to the first division, where they stayed until the breakup of Yugoslavian league in 1991. Their best position in the league was in 1987-88 when they were 8th.
Zamet in Croatia (1991-2014)
Following the independence of Croatia, from 1992, Zamet competed in the top tier league - Croatian First A League. Their first season in the newly founded league saw a prominent rise of power with them finishing second in the league and reaching the semi-finals of Croatian Cup.
The second place in the league earned Zamet a chance to qualify for their first European competition, in this case the European Champions Cup. Unfortunately Zamet lost in the first round to Pivovarna Laško Celje on aggregate due to one goal, winning the first match and losing the second.
With high expectations from the previous season, the 1992-93 season brought a big shock. Zamet finished 8th with coach Žiljak being replaced mid-season with Darko Dunato, who had retired as a player the previous season. Zamet were also eliminated from the Croatian Cup by Coning Medveščak Zagreb. The next season Žiljak returned as head coach but brought the same results as the season before. Zamet finished 8th.
In the 1994-95 season Zamet were relegated to the First B League, finishing 9th in the league with newly appointed coach Ivan Munitić. Zamet bounced back the next season, finishing first and gaining swift promotion back to the First A League. In this season a new generation of players emerged such as Mirza Džomba, Nikola Blažičko, Renato Sulić, Milan Uzelac, and Igor Saršon. The 1996-97 season saw Zamet in 5th place, a disappointing result due to the fact that they had players such as Valter Matošević and Irfan Smajlagić.
From 1997 to 2000 Zamet changed their name to Zamet Autotrans, due to a sponsorship deal. During this period, Zamet regularly finished near the top of the table. Ivan Munitić also took Zamet to the quarter-final of EHF City Cup and Round 16 of the EHF Cup Winners' Cup.
In 2000, Zamet signed a new sponsorship deal with Teri-Crotek, changing the club's name to Zamet Crotek for four years. They made it to the Croatian Handball Cup final, where they finished as runners-up in 2000 and 2001. With Damir Čavlović as head coach Zamet played Europe, each season making some of the best results the club saw.
After a successful period, poor results ensued, and during the late 2000s the club often finished in the middle or bottom half of the table. The club was also in financial trouble and often couldn't pay the players their salaries.
In 2011-12 Zamet got to the finals of the Croatian Cup where they lost to Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb. That same season through league results they qualified for the EHF Cup for the first time in ten years. They lost to HK ASA Meso Lovoseice in their first round on aggregate 59-56.
Recent years (2014-present)
On 23 April 2014 Vedran Devčić was appointed as the new president of Zamet. Vedran Babić was appointed as sports director; Damir Balenović, Marinko Blečić, Ivan Krešić, Miljenko Mrakovčić, Igor Načinović, Vjekoslav Sardelić, and Goran Stašek were appointed as board members; and Marin Mišković stayed on as head coach. Zamet had ended their 2013-14 season in 6th place.
Zamet played their 2014-15 season by finishing in 5th place 6 points down from entering the Championship play-offs. During the mid-table play-offs they secured their 7th place. Lovro Jotić was the club's top goal scorer with 147 goals.
Over the summer president Devčić gave out statements that most of the club's debts had been paid, starting the season of on a positive note. Zamet started their season with a six-game winning streak.
On 3 October the club opened up the RK Zamet Hall of Fame, putting up the national team jerseys of Alvaro Načinović, Valter Matošević, Mirza Džomba, Renato Sulić, Nikola Blažičko and Mateo Hrvatin, who were introduced into the Hall of Fame.
Zamet finished their regular season in third place, qualifying for the Championship play-offs for the first time in ten years. Zamet finished in fourth place in the Championship play-offs, qualifying for the EHF Cup qualifiers.
During the summer of 2016 Zamet lost key players Dario Černeka, Dino Slavić, Luka Kovačević, Petar Jelušić and Bojan Lončarić, beginning their season fairly weaker. On 19 May it was announced that Marin Kružić would be returning to Zamet, and they also signed newcomer Tin Lučin.
Zamet started their 2016-17 season with a win against French team Créteil in their first EHF Cup qualifier. The second match was played in Dvorana Zamet, where Zamet, as media outlets said, had "the sweetest loss in history", as they lost 24:27. However, due to the goals scored in the first match, they passed to the next round on aggregate (56:56). Zamet's domestic season didn't start that well, losing their first match to rivals RK Poreč, conceding a draw in their second to RK Dubrava and losing their third to RK Metalac. The first two European matches took a toll on the team. They lost the first match of the second qualifiers to CSM București in București. They equalized in the second match at home and passed through to the third and final stage of the EHF Cup qualification stage. It was revealed on 17 October that Zamet would play their last qualifier against MT Melsungen.
Two days later, on the 19th, Zamet faced Ribola Kaštela at home and entered their first win in the Premier League with a score of 35:28. Their next match was on 22 October where they played against RK Rudar away in Rude, where they won a tight match (25:28).
As of 2009 the club has been playing in Centar Zamet. The capacity of the venue is 2,350 spectators.
Since the beginning of Croatian handball in 1992 Zamet has competed at the highest level in the First A League, later renamed First League and now Premier League. They spent one season in the First B League in 1995–96 after being relegated.
- 1 The season was voided due to COVID-19 pandemic.
- Squad for the 2017-18 season
- President: Vedran Devčić
- Sports director: Vedran Babić
- Head Coach: Drago Žiljak
- Assistant Coach: Marin Mišković
- Fitness Coach: Emil Baltić
- Fitness Coach: Dragan Marijanović
- Team Manager : Boris Konjuh
- Director: Damir Bogdanović
- Coaching staff: Saša Sardelić, Matko Novaković, Nikola Mrđen & Ivan Marenčić
- First-team liaison officer: Nikola Mrđen
- Head of goalkeeping: Valter Matošević
- Goalkeeper coach: Igor Saršon
- U-19 coach: Marin Mišković
- U-16 coach: Alen Kurbanović
- U-14 coach: Mateo Hrvatin
- U-10 coach: Milan Uzelac
Notable former players
|Competition||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||Last season played|
|European Champions Cup
EHF Champions League
|EHF Cup Winners' Cup||10||3||0||7||231||246||2001-02|
|EHF City Cup
EHF Challenge Cup
Source: eurohandball.com Last updated on 26 November 2016.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.
Summary by ground
|Season||Competition||Round||Date of game||Club||First game||Combined score||Second game||Club||Date of game|
|1992-1993||European Champions Cup||R1||9 September 1992||Pivovarna Laško Celje||25-17||36-35||11 - 18||Zamet||23 September 1992|
|1998-1999||EHF City Cup||1/16||3 October 1998||HC Berchem||18-23||36- 50||18 - 27||Zamet Autotrans||10 October 1998|
|EHF City Cup||1/8||7 November 1998||US Dunkerque HBGL||23-20||49-44||21 - 23||Zamet Autotrans||14 November 1998|
|1999-2000||EHF City Cup||1/16||3 October 1999||Pfadi Winterthur||29-23||59-49||30-26||Zamet Autotrans||9 October 1999|
|2000-2001||EHF Cup Winners' Cup||R3||11 November 2000||HCE Tongeren||15-16||31-41||16-25||Zamet Crotek||12 November 2000|
|EHF Cup Winners' Cup||R4||10 December 2000||Zamet Crotek||20-21||41-53||21-32||FC Porto Vitalis||17 December 2000|
|2001-2002||EHF Cup Winners' Cup||R3||9 November 2001||Zamet Crotek||31-34||63-55||32-21||Siauliai Universitetas||11 November 2001|
|EHF Cup Winners' Cup||R4||8 December 2001||Zamet Crotek||23-24||37-48||14-24||Montpellier HB||16 December 2001|
|2002-2003||EHF Cup||R2||12 October 2002||SKA Minsk||20-28||44-49||24-21||Zamet Crotek||13 October 2002|
|EHF Cup||R3||12 October 2002||Zamet Crotek||27-24||47-42||20-18||Wealer Geleen HB||16 November 2002|
|EHF Cup||R4||8 December 2002||Dinamo Viktor Stavropol||29-18||39-18||10-0||Zamet Crotek||14 December 2002|
|2012-2013||EHF Cup||QR 1||8 September 2012||HK ASA Meso Lovoseice||27-23||59-56||32-33||Zamet||15 September 2012|
|2016-2017||EHF Cup||QR 1||2 September 2016||Créteil||29-32||56-56||27-24||Zamet||10 September 2016|
|EHF Cup||QR 2||8 October 2016||CSM București||29-23||50-50||27-21||Zamet||15 October 2016|
|EHF Cup||QR 3||19 November 2016||Zamet||23-34||43:66||32:20||MT Melsungen||26 November 2016|
- Most appearances in EHF club competitions: 27 appearances
- Top scorer in EHF club competitions:
EHF club coefficient ranking
(As of 30 April 2018), source: Eurotopteam website
|155||KV Sasja HC||46|
|158||Dinamo Viktor Stavropol||44|
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- "Alvaro Načinović". SportCom.hr (in Croatian).
- Official website of RK Zamet (Croatian)
- Zamet Sport TV (Croatian)
- Rukometni Klub Zamet Rijeka (Croatian)
- European record  (English)