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2002–03 Croatian First Football League

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The 2002–03 Croatian Madar Jende League was the twelfth season of the Croatian First Football League, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 24 July 2002 and ended on 31 May 2003. NK Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their first championship title the previous season. Dinamo Zagreb won the title, after a win against Varteks on 17 May 2003.

Croatian First Football League
Season2002–03
ChampionsDinamo Zagreb
7th Croatian title
11th domestic title
RelegatedŠibenik
Pomorac
Champions LeagueDinamo Zagreb
UEFA CupHajduk Split
Varteks
Kamen Ingrad
Intertoto CupCibalia
NK Zagreb
Matches played192
Goals scored521 (2.71 per match)
Top goalscorerIvica Olić (16)
Biggest home winRijeka 7–0 Zadar
Biggest away winOsijek 1–5 Dinamo Z.
Zadar 1–5 Varteks
Highest scoringŠibenik 6–3 Zadar
Average attendance3,326

TeamsEdit

The league format was changed from the previous 2001–02 season and the number of teams were reduced from sixteen to twelve for the 2002–03 Prva HNL. Because of this, the four bottom-placed teams were automatically relegated to Croatian Second Football League at the end of the season, while the 11th placed Šibenik and 12th placed Kamen Ingrad qualified for the Relegation play-offs. Both clubs then went on to win the two-legged play-off ties against second level sides Vukovar '91 and Istra Pula. Therefore, no team was promoted from the 2001–02 Croatian Second Football League and all twelve teams which contested the 2002–03 Prva HNL were also top flight members in the previous season.

Changes from last seasonEdit

Teams relegated to the 2002–03 Croatian Second Football League

SummariesEdit

The following is an overview of teams which competed in the 2002–03 Prva HNL. Manager list is correct as of 24 July 2002, first day of the season.

Locations of teams in 2002–03 Prva HNL
Team Manager Home city Stadium Capacity
Cibalia   Mile Petković Vinkovci Stadion HNK Cibalia 9,920
Dinamo Zagreb   Miroslav Blažević Zagreb Stadion Maksimir 37,168
Hajduk Split   Zoran Vulić Split Stadion Poljud 35,000
Kamen Ingrad   Vjeran Simunić Velika Stadion Kamen Ingrad 8,000
Osijek   Milan Đuričić Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt 19,500
Pomorac   Predrag Stilinović Kostrena Stadion Žuknica 3,000
Rijeka   Zlatko Kranjčar Rijeka Stadion Kantrida 10,275
Slaven Belupo   Rajko Magić Koprivnica Gradski stadion 4,000
Šibenik   Franko Bogdan Šibenik Stadion Šubićevac 8,000
Varteks   Dražen Besek Varaždin Stadion NK Varteks 10,800
Zadar   Stanko Mršić Zadar Stadion Stanovi 5,860
NK Zagreb   Ivan Katalinić Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva 8,850

First stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Dinamo Zagreb 22 18 3 1 51 17 +34 57 Championship group
2 Hajduk Split 22 16 2 4 42 14 +28 50
3 Varteks 22 15 0 7 40 21 +19 45
4 Cibalia 22 9 5 8 28 28 0 32
5 Kamen Ingrad 22 7 9 6 23 22 +1 30
6 NK Zagreb 22 8 6 8 28 30 −2 30
7 Slaven Belupo 22 9 2 11 24 26 −2 29 Relegation group
8 Osijek 22 6 5 11 21 39 −18 23
9 Zadar 22 5 6 11 21 40 −19 21
10 Rijeka 22 5 3 14 23 33 −10 18
11 Pomorac 22 3 8 11 26 41 −15 17
12 Šibenik 22 4 5 13 23 39 −16 17
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Rounds 1–22 resultsEdit

Home \ Away CIB DIN HAJ KAM OSI POM RIJ SLA ŠIB VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 1–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–1
Dinamo Zagreb 4–1 2–1 1–1 6–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1
Hajduk Split 4–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 5–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 4–0 3–0
Kamen Ingrad 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–1 1–1
Osijek 1–0 1–5 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–2
Pomorac 0–0 2–3 0–3 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–2
Rijeka 2–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 5–1 0–2 3–1 3–2
Slaven Belupo 2–3 1–3 1–0 1–2 4–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 0–0
Šibenik 2–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–3 3–3 3–0
Varteks 3–0 0–2 0–1 3–0 2–0 4–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 2–0
Zadar 0–2 1–3 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–3 1–0 1–2 0–0 1–5 2–1
NK Zagreb 0–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 4–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 22 March 2003. Source: RSSSF.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) 32 25 3 4 76 27 +49 78 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Hajduk Split 32 22 4 6 56 22 +34 70 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
3 Varteks 32 18 3 11 52 38 +14 57
4 Kamen Ingrad 32 11 11 10 34 34 0 44
5 Cibalia 32 12 7 13 39 44 −5 43 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
6 NK Zagreb 32 9 9 14 40 52 −12 36 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.

Rounds 23–32 resultsEdit

Home \ Away CIB DIN HAJ KAM VAR ZAG
Cibalia 3–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 2–1
Dinamo Zagreb 3–0 0–1 1–0 5–1 5–0
Hajduk Split 1–0 4–1 2–0 1–0 1–0
Kamen Ingrad 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0
Varteks 1–0 0–3 2–2 1–1 3–1
NK Zagreb 1–1 1–3 3–1 3–3 2–2
Updated to match(es) played on 31 May 2003. Source: RSSSF.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
7 Slaven Belupo 32 12 4 16 37 36 +1 40
8 Osijek 32 10 9 13 32 51 −19 39
9 Rijeka 32 9 6 17 40 41 −1 33
10 Zadar 32 9 6 17 36 71 −35 33
11 Pomorac (R) 32 7 11 14 42 52 −10 32 Relegation play-off
12 Šibenik (R) 32 8 7 17 37 53 −16 31 Relegation to 2003–04 Druga HNL
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.

Rounds 23–32 resultsEdit

Home \ Away OSI POM RIJ SLA ŠIB ZAD
Osijek 0–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–1
Pomorac 5–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 4–1
Rijeka 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 7–0
Slaven Belupo 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 5–0
Šibenik 0–2 2–0 0–0 2–0 6–3
Zadar 3–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–3
Updated to match(es) played on 31 May 2003. Source: RSSSF.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offEdit

Pomorac0 – 0Inker Zaprešić
Report
(in Croatian)
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Vlado Svilokos (Sisak)

Inker Zaprešić3 – 1Pomorac
Lalić   38'
Eduardo   45'80'
Report
(in Croatian)
Karabogdan   12'
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Željko Širić (Osijek)

Top goalscorersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit