2008–09 Croatian Second Football League
The 2008–09 Druga HNL (also known as 2. HNL) season was the 18th season of Croatia's second level football since its establishment in 1992. Croatia Sesvete were league champions and were promoted to Prva HNL at the end of the previous season.
|Goals scored||612 (2.55 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Marijan Vuka (19)|
The league featured 16 clubs, playing in a double round robin league system. The season started on 23 August 2008 and ended on 30 May 2009.
Changes from last seasonEdit
The following clubs have been promoted or relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season:
From 2. HNLEdit
Promoted to 1. HNL
Relegated to 3. HNL
To 2. HNLEdit
Relegated from 1. HNL
Promoted from 3. HNL
- 1 Hrvace had won the 3. HNL South but didn't obtain a license for competing in Druga HNL, while second-placed team Zagora didn't even requested one. Because of this, third-placed Junak Sinj qualified automatically for promotion.
- 2 Lokomotiva, as the 3. HNL West runners-up, qualified for the two-legged promotion playoff, which would have taken place between second-placed teams of 3. HNL East and West Division. As the 3. HNL East runners-up Grafičar Vodovod didn't get the license for Druga HNL, third-placed Virovitica qualified for the playoff. However, their board of directors decided to withdrew five days before the first match. Because of this, Lokomotiva were automatically promoted to Druga HNL.
In a two-legged promotion/relegation playoff between Inter Zaprešić (as 11th placed 1. HNL team) and Hrvatski Dragovoljac (as 2. HNL runners-up), the former kept their Prva HNL status by beating Hrvatski Dragovoljac with 2–0 on aggregate (2–0, 0–0).
|Hrvatski Dragovoljac||Zagreb||NŠC Stjepan Spajić||2nd in 2.HNL||5,000|
|Imotski||Imotski||Gospin dolac||10th in 2.HNL||4,000|
|Istra 1961||Pula||Veruda||3rd in 2.HNL||3,500|
|Junak Sinj||Sinj||Gradski stadion Sinj||3rd in 3.HNL South||3,096|
|Karlovac||Karlovac||Branko Čavlović-Čavlek||1st in 3.HNL West||8,000|
|Lokomotiva||Zagreb||ŠRC Hitrec-Kacijan||2nd in 3.HNL West||1,000|
|Međimurje||Čakovec||Stadion SRC Mladost||12th in 1.HNL||8,000|
|Moslavina||Kutina||Gradski stadion u Kutini||9th in 2.HNL||2,000|
|Mosor||Žrnovnica||Stadion Pricviće||11th in 2.HNL||2,000|
|Pomorac||Kostrena||Stadion Žuknica||4th in 2.HNL||3,000|
|Segesta||Sisak||Gradski stadion Sisak||7th in 2.HNL||8,000|
|Slavonac CO||Stari Perkovci||Igralište Slavonca||6th in 2.HNL||1,000|
|Solin||Solin||Stadion pokraj Jadra||12th in 2.HNL||4,000|
|Suhopolje||Suhopolje||Stadion Park||1st in 3.HNL East||8,000|
|Trogir||Trogir||Gradski stadion Sinj||8th in 2.HNL||3,096|
|Vinogradar||Jastrebarsko||Stadion Mladina||5th in 2.HNL||2,000|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Istra 1961 (C, P)||30||18||6||6||46||20||+26||60||Promotion to Croatian First Football League|
|4||Slavonac CO[a] (R)||30||15||12||3||39||18||+21||57|
|6||Hrvatski Dragovoljac||30||13||10||7||38||36||+2||49||Qualification to promotion play-offs|
|15||Moslavina||30||7||7||16||33||51||−18||28||Relegation to Croatian Third Football League|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
- Slavonac CO had to step back from promotion after they were not able to find a satisfiable ground, and were demoted to the 1st county league; therefore Međimurje were promoted directly and Hrvatski Dragovoljac entered the playoff, while Moslavina were not relegated.
The top scorers in the 2008–09 Druga HNL season were:
|4||Zoran Zekić||Segesta, Moslavina||11||24||1729|
|Bojan Golubović||Slavonac CO||11||24||1833|
|Hrvoje Mišić||Slavonac CO||9||28||2396|
- Jurica, Ivana (1 June 2008). "Riješena i posljednja nepoznanica". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 3 May 2011.
- Plevnik, Petar (27 May 2008). "Virovitica odustala od kvalifikacija". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 3 May 2011.
- "Izvješće povjerenika za natjecanje" (PDF) (in Croatian). Druga-HNL.com.