Hrvatski nogometni klub Cibalia, commonly known as Cibalia Vinkovci or simply Cibalia, is a Croatian football club from the town of Vinkovci in eastern Croatia. Cibalia currently play in the Prva NL, Croatia's second tier league. Their stadium is located in the south part of their home town and can hold 10,000 spectators. The name Cibalia comes from the Roman settlement called Colonia Aurelia Cibalae which was the precursor of the present-day town of Vinkovci. In the period from 1945 to 1990 the club was called NK Dinamo Vinkovci.

Cibalia
HNK Cibalia Vinkovci.svg
Full nameHrvatski nogometni klub Cibalia Vinkovci
Nickname(s)Nebesko plavi (The Sky-blues)
Founded7 May 1919; 103 years ago (7 May 1919) (as HGŽK Cibalia)
1945; 77 years ago (1945) (as Dinamo Vinkovci)
GroundStadion HNK Cibalia
Capacity10,000
ChairmanDea Lasić
ManagerTomislav Radotić
LeagueFirst League (II)
2022–23TBA
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1919 as HGŽK Cibalia Vinkovci, and in 1925 the team merged with local rivals RŠK Sloga. In the 1930s the club was coached by Bane Sekulić, Károly Nemes and Rajmond Breznik.[1] After World War II the club was banned by the new Communist regime. After the war re-established clubs Sloga and OFD Graničar merged and formed NK Dinamo Vinkovci which began competing within the Yugoslav football system. The club would see several humble decades before finally making it to the Yugoslav First League in 1982. They played in the top-tier league for five seasons until they were relegated to the Yugoslav Second League in 1987.

In 1990 the team returned its traditional name of Cibalia. The club spent much of the 1990s in the Prva HNL, Croatian top level. It remained in the Prva HNL until the 2003–04 season when it was relegated to the Druga HNL. The club was also penalized by UEFA in the same season with a deduction of six points for failure to fulfill financial obligations related to past player transfers. Nevertheless, in the 2004–05 season, Cibalia outdid all of its opponents in the second league by a large margin, won the promotion playoffs and returned to Prva HNL. It was in this season that they also had Croatian mixed martial arts legend Mirko Filipović play the final 8 minutes of a match vs HNK Vukovar.[2]

Cibalia also had some success playing in the Croatian Cup, where it reached the final in 1999 (lost to Osijek) and semi-final in 2000, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The 2009–10 season was Cibalia's best ever season in the top division of Croatian football. They finished third after giants Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split, having spent most of the season in second position. They qualified for the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League but eventually lost to Northern Irish side Cliftonville and exited the tournament.

Cibalia were relegated from the 1. HNL in 2018 and also faced bankruptcy.[3] They ended up being relegated directly to the third division, where they finished the season in first place and were promoted after receiving a second division license in May 2019.[4][5]

HonoursEdit

Supporters and RivalriesEdit

The club has a relatively large but local following. Their main supporter group are called Ultrasi.[6] Their main rivals are the group Kohorta Osijek from NK Osijek.[7]

Current squadEdit

As of 23 October 2022

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   CRO Ivan Križanović
2 DF   CRO Karlo Išasegi
4 DF   CRO Josip Gačić
5 DF   CRO Patrick Stanić
6 DF   CRO Miro Bakula
7 FW   CRO Karlo Miljanić
8 MF   NGA Gerald Diyoke
10 MF   CRO Andrija Bubnjar
11 MF   BIH Edis Smajić
12 GK   CRO Filip Kovačević
13 FW   CRO Jurica Bajić
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 FW   CRO Filip Jazvić
16 DF   CRO Dario Rugašević
17   CRO Luka Kalaica
20 MF   CRO Dominik Dogan
22 FW   BIH Robert Perić-Komšić
23 DF   CRO Bruno Unušić
26 DF   CRO Marijan Oršolić
30 MF   CRO Rene Šarić
40 MF   CRO Šimun Mikolčić
45 MF   CRO Ivan Mihaljević
66 MF   CRO Adam Nikolić

Recent seasonsEdit

Season League Cup Europe / Other Top league scorer(s)
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1992 1. HNL 22 3 9 10 13 24 15  9th  DNQ Josip Markovinović 3
1992–93 1. HNL 30 11 9 10 31 30 31 5th R2 Davor Čop 8
1993–94 1. HNL 34 11 13 10 37 27 35 7th R2 Josip Markovinović 8
1994–95 1. HNL 30 9 10 11 26 33 37 10th QF Josip Markovinović 5
1995–96 1. HNL 36 11 12 13 43 55 45 9th R2 Goran Meštrović 6
1996–97 1. HNL 30 11 0 19 35 56 33 13th ↓ R1 Antun Andričević & Ivica Marinčić 5
1997–98 2. HNL 30 22 5 3 80 19 71 1st ↑ R1
1998–99 1. HNL 32 10 7 15 34 44 26 9th RU Ivan Bošnjak 7
1999–2000 1. HNL 33 11 12 10 42 39 45 6th SF Ivan Bošnjak 14
2000–01 1. HNL 32 5 18 9 31 45 33 9th R2 Intertoto Cup R2 Mario Meštrović 7
2001–02 1. HNL 30 9 9 12 34 37 36 10th R1 Mladen Bartolović 6
2002–03 1. HNL 32 12 7 13 39 44 43 5th QF Mladen Bartolović 9
2003–04 1. HNL 32 8 7 17 39 53 31 11th ↓ SF Intertoto Cup SF Zoran Ratković 10
2004–05 2. HNL 32 21 8 3 65 23 65 1st ↑ R1 Danijel Kuzmanović 14
2005–06 1. HNL 32 9 10 13 33 47 37 9th R2 Mladen Križanović
Aleksandar Stojanovski
Ivan Žgela
4
2006–07 1. HNL 33 9 5 19 33 53 32 10th QF Zoran Zekić 12
2007–08 1. HNL 33 11 7 15 40 48 40 8th QF Željko Malčić 12
2008–09 1. HNL 33 10 8 15 33 53 38 8th SF Željko Malčić 9
2009–10 1. HNL 30 16 9 5 46 20 57 3rd R1 Dino Kresinger 9
2010–11 1. HNL 30 12 8 10 33 24 44 4th SF Europa League QR2 Dino Kresinger 11
2011–12 1. HNL 30 13 6 11 35 35 45 5th SF Mladen Bartolović 8
2012–13 1. HNL 33 9 5 19 29 44 32 11th ↓ SF Tomislav Mazalović 7
2013–14 2. HNL 33 18 5 10 41 39 59 2nd R2 Hrvoje Tokić 16
2014–15 2. HNL 30 10 8 12 36 44 38 6th R2 Jakov Puljić 16
2015–16 2. HNL 33 20 10 3 54 20 70 1st ↑ R2 Frane Vitaić 15
2016–17 1. HNL 36 4 9 23 26 79 21 9th R2 Frane Vitaić 7
2017–18 1. HNL 36 6 8 22 36 75 26 10th ↓↓ R2 Ivan Galić 7
2018–19 3. HNL 30 21 5 4 67 24 68 1st ↑ R1 Dominik Dogan 16
2019–20 2. HNL 19 2 7 10 13 34 13 16th R1 Mate Bajić 5
2020–21 2. HNL 34 15 6 13 50 43 51 4th R1 Gerald Diyoke, Filip Jazvić 7

European recordEdit

SummaryEdit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
UEFA Europa League 2 0 1 1 0 1 2010–11
UEFA Intertoto Cup 10 3 3 4 13 16 2003
Total 12 3 4 5 13 17

Source:,[8] Last updated on 10 September 2010
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.

By seasonEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2000–01 Intertoto Cup R1   FK Obilić 3–1 1–1 4–2
R2   FC Tatabánya 0–0 2–3 2–3
2003–04 Intertoto Cup R2   FC Shakhtyor 4–2 1–1 5–3
R3   Tampere United 0–1 2–0 2–1
SF   VfL Wolfsburg 1–4 0–4 1–8
2010–11 Europa League QR2   Cliftonville 0–0 0–1 0–1

Player recordsEdit

  • Most appearances in UEFA club competitions: 10 appearances[9]
    • Jure Jurić
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 3 goals[9]

All-time total in the Prva HNLEdit

Points Games Wins Draws Losses GF GA
HNK Cibalia 515 438 129 128 181 470 587

Historical list of coachesEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. Nogomet 85, Slaven Zambata
  2. Nogomet 86, Slaven Zambata
  3. Nogometno YU prvenstvo 85
  4. Nogometni godišnjak Hrvatska 92
  5. Arena – "Hrvatska na Europskom prvenstvu" 1996.
  6. YU fudbal 87–88 VIII/88
  7. Nogomet – Croatian football news; number 17, May 1999, p58

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "FK Bačka Mol", page 92 (in Serbian)
  2. ^ "2. HNL: Mirko Filipović zaigrao za Cibaliju". hrsport.net. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ "NIJE KRAJ! HNS još može spasiti Cibaliju od stečaja".
  4. ^ "CIBALIA IZBAČENA U TREĆU LIGU Druga HNL srezana na 14 klubova, premalo ih je dobilo licence".
  5. ^ "Cibalia, Dubrava i Orijent slave: Ovako će izgledati 2. HNL sljedeće sezone". index.hr. 21 May 2019.
  6. ^ "To My Kibice Plus" nr 36 (June 2012)
  7. ^ "Uoči slavonskog derbija potukli se pripadnici Kohorte i Ultrasa". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2012-10-25.
  8. ^ uefa.com
  9. ^ a b "Cibalia profile". UEFA.com. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  10. ^ Darko Jozinović novi je trener Cibalije - Novosti (in Croatian)
  11. ^ Darko Jozinović napustio klupu Cibalije! - VKTV (in Croatian)

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