2003–04 Croatian First Football League

The 2003–04 Croatian First Football League (officially known as the Prva HNL Ožujsko for sponsorship reasons) was the thirteenth 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 2003 and ended on 15 May 2004. Dinamo Zagreb were the defending champions, having won their tenth championship title the previous season. Hajduk Split won the title, after a win against Varteks on 15 May 2004.

Prva HNL Ožujsko
Season2003–04
ChampionsHajduk Split
5th Croatian title
17th domestic title
RelegatedCibalia
Marsonia
Champions LeagueHajduk Split
UEFA CupDinamo Zagreb
Rijeka
Intertoto CupKamen Ingrad
Slaven Belupo
Matches played192
Goals scored531 (2.77 per match)
Best PlayerNiko Kranjčar
Top goalscorerRobert Špehar (18)
Biggest home winDinamo Z. 7–0 Marsonia
Biggest away winZadar 0–3 Osijek
Marsonia 0–3 Inter Z.
Highest scoringDinamo Z. 7–0 Marsonia
Inter Z. 4–3 S. Belupo
Varteks 3–4 Dinamo Z.
Average attendance2,919

TeamsEdit

Stadia and personnelEdit

Locations of teams in 2003–04 Prva HNL
Team Manager1 Location Stadium Capacity
Cibalia   Davor Mladina Vinkovci Stadion HNK Cibalia 9,920
Dinamo Zagreb   Nikola Jurčević Zagreb Stadion Maksimir 37,168
Hajduk Split   Petar Nadoveza Split Stadion Poljud 35,000
Inter Zaprešić   Srećko Bogdan Šibenik Stadion ŠRC Zaprešić 5,000
Kamen Ingrad   Nenad Gračan Velika Stadion Kamen Ingrad 8,000
Marsonia   Vjekoslav Lokica Slavonski Brod Gradski stadion uz Savu 10,000
Osijek   Branko Karačić Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt 19,500
Rijeka   Ivan Katalinić Rijeka Stadion Kantrida 10,275
Slaven Belupo   Milo Nižetić Koprivnica Gradski stadion u Koprivnici 4,000
Varteks   Miroslav Blažević Varaždin Stadion Varteks 10,800
Zadar   Stanko Mršić Zadar Stadion Stanovi 5,860
NK Zagreb   Mile Petković Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva 8,850
  • 1 On final match day of the season, played on 15 May 2004.

First stageEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Hajduk Split 22 18 1 3 46 18 +28 55 Qualification to championship group
2 Dinamo Zagreb 22 15 5 2 47 16 +31 50
3 Rijeka 22 8 7 7 26 25 +1 31
4 Osijek 22 8 5 9 36 40 −4 29[a]
5 Varteks 22 7 8 7 21 25 −4 29[a]
6 Zadar 22 7 7 8 37 44 −7 28[b]
7 Kamen Ingrad 22 8 4 10 32 27 +5 28[b] Qualification to relegation group
8 Inter Zaprešić 22 6 9 7 22 23 −1 27
9 Slaven Belupo 22 6 8 8 22 27 −5 26
10 Cibalia 22 5 5 12 25 35 −10 20
11 NK Zagreb 22 3 10 9 21 32 −11 19
12 Marsonia 22 4 5 13 25 48 −23 17
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head record: Osijek–Varteks 3–1, Varteks–Osijek 1–1.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head record: Zadar–Kamen Ingrad 2–1, Kamen Ingrad–Zadar 2–2.

Rounds 1–22 resultsEdit

Home \ Away CIB DIN HAJ INT KAM MAR OSI RIJ SLA VAR ZAD ZAG
Cibalia 0–1 2–3 1–0 1–1 2–4 3–2 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1
Dinamo Zagreb 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 7–0 4–0 2–0 4–0 3–0 4–2 1–1
Hajduk Split 3–1 3–1 1–4 1–0 5–0 2–0 4–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–0
Inter Zaprešić 1–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 1–1
Kamen Ingrad 3–2 0–1 0–1 3–1 5–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–1
Marsonia 1–3 1–3 0–0 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 4–1 3–0
Osijek 2–1 3–2 2–3 3–2 3–2 2–1 2–3 0–1 3–1 1–2 5–2
Rijeka 0–1 0–0 1–2 0–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 4–2 1–0
Slaven Belupo 0–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–3 1–1 2–1 4–0 1–0
Varteks 1–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–0
Zadar 4–1 2–2 1–3 0–0 2–1 3–2 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–2 1–1
NK Zagreb 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Source: RSSSF.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Championship groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Hajduk Split (C) 32 25 3 4 63 24 +39 78 Qualification to Champions League second qualifying round
2 Dinamo Zagreb 32 23 7 2 77 25 +52 76 Qualification to UEFA Cup second qualifying round
3 Rijeka 32 11 9 12 36 41 −5 42
4 Osijek 32 11 6 15 50 57 −7 39
5 Varteks 32 9 11 12 33 42 −9 38
6 Zadar 32 7 11 14 46 71 −25 32
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion

Rounds 23–32 resultsEdit

Home \ Away DIN HAJ OSI RIJ VAR ZAD
Dinamo Zagreb 3–1 4–1 5–0 4–1 5–0
Hajduk Split 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–1
Osijek 2–3 0–1 2–1 4–1 1–1
Rijeka 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–1
Varteks 3–4 0–0 2–0 1–1 4–1
Zadar 1–1 2–3 0–3 2–2 0–0
Source: RSSSF.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation groupEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
7 Kamen Ingrad 32 13 7 12 45 36 +9 46 Qualification to Intertoto Cup second round
8 Inter Zaprešić 32 11 9 12 40 38 +2 42
9 Slaven Belupo 32 10 10 12 37 39 −2 40 Qualification to Intertoto Cup first round
10 NK Zagreb 32 8 12 12 33 41 −8 36
11 Cibalia (R) 32 8 7 17 39 53 −14 31 Qualification to relegation play-off
12 Marsonia (R) 32 5 10 17 32 64 −32 25 Relegation to Croatian Second Football League
Source: RSSSF.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated

Rounds 23–32 resultsEdit

Home \ Away CIB INT KAM MAR SLA ZAG
Cibalia 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–2
Inter Zaprešić 3–1 3–2 3–0 4–3 0–1
Kamen Ingrad 3–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Marsonia 3–2 0–3 1–1 2–2 0–0
Slaven Belupo 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–1
NK Zagreb 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–2
Source: RSSSF.com
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-offEdit

First legEdit

Međimurje2 – 0Cibalia
Kelemen   27'
Domjanić   65'
Report
(in Croatian)
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Vlado Svilokos (Sisak)

Second legEdit

Cibalia2 – 2Međimurje
Pavličić   19'
Greer   82'
Report
(in Croatian)
Kresinger   32'
Ribić   58'
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Rijeka)

Međimurje win 4–2 on aggregate and are promoted to 2004–05 Prva HNL.

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Robert Špehar Osijek 18
2   Goran Ljubojević Osijek 16
  Dario Zahora Dinamo Zagreb
4   Zoran Zekić Kamen Ingrad 13
5   Mate Brajković Zadar 12
  Petar Krpan Hajduk Split
  Marijan Vuka Marsonia
8   Sandro Klić Rijeka 11
  Goce Sedloski Dinamo Zagreb

Source: 1.hnl.net (in Croatian)

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