Croatian Football Cup

The Croatian Football Cup (Croatian: Hrvatski nogometni kup) is an annually held football tournament for Croatian football clubs and is the second most important competition in Croatian football after the Croatian First Football League championship. It is governed by the Croatian Football Federation (CFF) and usually runs from late August to late May. Cup winners automatically qualify for next season's UEFA Europa League, except when cup winners are also First League champions, in which case cup finalists take their berth in the Europa League.[1]

Croatian Football Cup
Number of teams48
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Current championsRijeka
(6th title)
Most successful club(s)Dinamo Zagreb
(15 titles)
Television broadcastersHNTV
HRT (semi-final and final)
WebsiteOfficial website
2020–21 Croatian Football Cup

The cup was established in 1992,[2] after Croatian clubs had abandoned the Yugoslav First League and Yugoslav Cup competitions following the breakup of Yugoslavia. As of the most recent 2019–20 season a total of 29 cup seasons were held. The competition has historically been dominated by the two Eternal Derby sides - the most successful club is Dinamo Zagreb (formerly known in the 1990s as "HAŠK Građanski" and "Croatia Zagreb") who appeared in 22 finals and won 15 titles, followed by Hajduk Split who won 6 titles out of 11 finals they appeared in.[3]

Either Dinamo or Hajduk appeared in all but three cup finals (in 1999, 2006 and 2020) and only three other clubs have won the cup - Rijeka (6 wins), Inter Zaprešić (1 win) and Osijek (1 win).[3] Although clubs can qualify for the cup via regional county cups, which are usually contested by second-, third- or fourth-level sides, Istra 1961 (formerly known as Uljanik Pula) in 2003 was the only team in the history of the competition to have reached the cup final from outside the top level.


Although in theory any club can take part in the cup, 48 teams enter the competition proper, based on three criteria:[1]

  1. Top sixteen best-ranked teams according to club coefficient calculated by the Croatian Football Federation which take into account their cup records in the previous five seasons
  2. Twenty-one club winners of regional cups organised in each of 21 counties of Croatia
  3. Eleven regional cup finalists, from the top 11 counties with the greatest number of active football clubs registered

Clubs which qualify via regional cups always enter in the preliminary round, which consists of 16 single-legged fixtures.[1] In case of a draw at the end of normal time, thirty minutes of extra time is played, and if scores are still level, a penalty shootout is held to determine the winner of the tie.[1]

Sixteen winners of the preliminary ties go on to the first round proper (round of 32), where they are joined by the sixteen best-ranked clubs according to cup coefficient (this usually means all First League clubs and a handful of best-ranked lower level teams). Round of 32 (R1) and round of 16 (R2) are also played as single-legged fixtures. Until the 2014–15 season, from the quarter-finals onward, the competition employed a two-legged tie format, with winners progressing through on aggregate score. Since 2015–16, quarter-finals are also played as single-legged fixtures and, since 2017–18, the same applies for semi-finals.

In case the score is still level at the end of regular time, extra time is played. If the score remains level after extra time, a penalty shootout takes place to determine tie winners.[1] With the exception of 1997 and 1999 finals, all finals were also played as two-legged fixtures until the rules were most recently changed for the 2014–15 season and a single-match final was made permanent.[4]

List of winnersEdit


(R) Replay
Two-legged tie
* Match went to extra time
  Match decided by a penalty shoot-out (from 2015 after extra time)
  Winning team won The Double
Italics Team from outside the top level of Croatian football

List of winnersEdit

Season Winners Score Runners–up Venue(s)
1992 Inker Zaprešić (1) 2–1 HAŠK Građanski Stadion ŠRC Zaprešić; Stadion Maksimir
1992–93 Hajduk Split (1) 5–3 Croatia Zagreb Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
1993–94 Croatia Zagreb (1) 2–1 Rijeka Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Kantrida
1994–95 Hajduk Split   (2) 4–2 Croatia Zagreb Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
1995–96 Croatia Zagreb   (2) 3–0 Varteks Stadion Varteksa; Stadion Maksimir
1996–97 Croatia Zagreb   (3) 2–1 NK Zagreb Stadion Maksimir
1997–98 Croatia Zagreb   (4) 3–1 Varteks Stadion Varteksa; Stadion Maksimir
1998–99 Osijek (1) 2–1 * Cibalia Stadion Maksimir
1999–2000 Hajduk Split (3) 2–1 Dinamo Zagreb Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
2000–01 Dinamo Zagreb (5) 3–0 Hajduk Split Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
2001–02 Dinamo Zagreb (6) 2–1 Varteks Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Varteksa
2002–03 Hajduk Split (4) 5–0 Uljanik Pula Stadion Aldo Drosina; Stadion Poljud
2003–04 Dinamo Zagreb (7) 1–1 (a) Varteks Stadion Varteksa; Stadion Maksimir
2004–05 Rijeka (1) 3–1 Hajduk Split Stadion Kantrida; Stadion Poljud
2005–06 Rijeka (2) 5–5 (a) Varteks Stadion Kantrida; Stadion Varteksa
2006–07 Dinamo Zagreb   (8) 2–1 Slaven Belupo Stadion Maksimir; Gradski stadion (Koprivnica)
2007–08 Dinamo Zagreb   (9) 3–0 Hajduk Split Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Poljud
2008–09 Dinamo Zagreb   (10) 3–3 (4–3 p)   Hajduk Split Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Poljud
2009–10 Hajduk Split (5) 4–1 Šibenik Stadion Poljud; Stadion Šubićevac
2010–11 Dinamo Zagreb   (11) 8–2 Varaždin Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Anđelko Herjavec
2011–12 Dinamo Zagreb   (12) 3–1 Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt; Stadion Maksimir
2012–13 Hajduk Split (6) 5–4 Lokomotiva Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
2013–14 Rijeka (3) 3–0 Dinamo Zagreb Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Kantrida
2014−15 Dinamo Zagreb   (13) 0–0 (4–2 p)   RNK Split Stadion Maksimir
2015–16 Dinamo Zagreb   (14) 2–1 Slaven Belupo Stadion Gradski vrt
2016–17 Rijeka   (4) 3–1 Dinamo Zagreb Stadion Anđelko Herjavec
2017–18 Dinamo Zagreb   (15) 1–0 Hajduk Split Stadion HNK Cibalia
2018–19 Rijeka (5) 3–1 Dinamo Zagreb Stadion Aldo Drosina
2019–20 Rijeka (6) 1–0 Lokomotiva Stadion Šubićevac

Results by teamEdit

Club Winners Last final won Runners-up Last final lost
Dinamo Zagreb[A] 15 2018 7 2019
Hajduk Split 6 2013 5 2018
Rijeka 6 2020 1 1994
Osijek 1 1999 1 2012
Inter Zaprešić[B] 1 1992 0
Varaždin[C] 0 6 2011
Slaven Belupo[E] 0 2 2016
Lokomotiva 0 2 2020
NK Zagreb 0 1 1997
Cibalia 0 1 1999
Istra 1961[D] 0 1 2003
Šibenik 0 1 2010
RNK Split 0 1 2015

Winning managersEdit

Final Winning manager Winning club Losing manager Losing club
1992 Ilija Lončarević Inker Zaprešić Vlatko Marković HAŠK Građanski
1993 Ivan Katalinić Hajduk Split Miroslav Blažević Croatia Zagreb
1994 Miroslav Blažević Croatia Zagreb Srećko Juričić Rijeka
1995 Ivan Katalinić Hajduk Split Zlatko Kranjčar Croatia Zagreb
1996 Zlatko Kranjčar Croatia Zagreb Luka Bonačić Varteks
1997 Otto Barić Croatia Zagreb Krešimir Ganjto NK Zagreb
1998 Zlatko Kranjčar Croatia Zagreb Dražen Besek Varteks
1999 Stanko Poklepović Osijek Srećko Lušić Cibalia
2000 Petar Nadoveza Hajduk Split Marijan Vlak Dinamo Zagreb
2001 Ilija Lončarević Dinamo Zagreb Zoran Vulić Hajduk Split
2002 Marijan Vlak Dinamo Zagreb Branko Janžek Varteks
2003 Zoran Vulić Hajduk Split Elvis Scoria Uljanik Pula
2004 Nikola Jurčević Dinamo Zagreb Miroslav Blažević Varteks
2005 Elvis Scoria Rijeka Igor Štimac Hajduk Split
2006 Dragan Skočić Rijeka Zlatko Dalić Varteks
2007 Branko Ivanković Dinamo Zagreb Elvis Scoria Slaven Belupo
2008 Zvonimir Soldo Dinamo Zagreb Robert Jarni Hajduk Split
2009 Krunoslav Jurčić Dinamo Zagreb Ante Miše Hajduk Split
2010 Stanko Poklepović Hajduk Split Branko Karačić Šibenik
2011 Marijo Tot[F] Dinamo Zagreb Samir Toplak Varaždin
2012 Ante Čačić Dinamo Zagreb Stanko Mršić Osijek
2013 Igor Tudor Hajduk Split Tomislav Ivković Lokomotiva
2014 Matjaž Kek Rijeka Zoran Mamić Dinamo Zagreb
2015 Zoran Mamić Dinamo Zagreb Zoran Vulić RNK Split
2016 Zoran Mamić Dinamo Zagreb Željko Kopić Slaven Belupo
2017 Matjaž Kek Rijeka Ivaylo Petev Dinamo Zagreb
2018 Nenad Bjelica Dinamo Zagreb Željko Kopić Hajduk Split
2019 Igor Bišćan Rijeka Nenad Bjelica Dinamo Zagreb
2020 Simon Rožman Rijeka Goran Tomić Lokomotiva

By individualEdit

Rank Name Winners Club(s) Winning Years
  Ivan Katalinić
Hajduk Split 1993, 1995
  Zlatko Kranjčar
Croatia Zagreb 1996, 1998
  Ilija Lončarević
Inker Zaprešić, Dinamo Zagreb 1992, 2001
  Stanko Poklepović
Osijek, Hajduk Split 1999, 2010
  Zoran Mamić
Dinamo Zagreb 2015, 2016
  Matjaž Kek
Rijeka 2014, 2017


A. ^ Originally called Dinamo Zagreb, the club was renamed "HAŠK Građanski" in 1992, and then again "Croatia Zagreb" in the winter break of the 1992–93 season. The club reverted to its original name in February 2000.
B. ^ Inter Zaprešić was known by its sponsored name "Inker Zaprešić" (sometimes spelled "INKER") from 1991 to 2003.
C. ^ Varaždin were known as "Varteks" from 1958 to 2010.
D. ^ Istra 1961 was formerly known as "Uljanik Pula" (before 2003), "Pula 1856" (2003–05), "Pula Staro Češko" (2005–06), and "NK Pula" (2006–07) before adopting their current name in 2007. They are not to be confused with their cross-city rivals NK Istra.
E. ^ Slaven Belupo based in Koprivnica were formerly known as "Slaven" until 1992. From 1992 to 1994 they were called "Slaven Bilokalnik" before adopting their current name for sponsorship reasons. Since UEFA does not approve sponsored club names, the club is listed as "Slaven Koprivnica" in European competitions and on UEFA's website.
F. ^ Vahid Halilhodžić was in charge of Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of 2011 Croatian Football Cup Final.


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  2. ^ "Varteks target cup triumph". UEFA. 1 May 2002. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Stokkermans, Karel (7 May 2010). "Croatia - Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  4. ^ Puric, Bojan (7 February 2000). "Croatian Cup 1992–1999 - All Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 August 2010.

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