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Full nameHrvatski nogometni klub Gorica
(Football Club Gorica)
Nickname(s)Goričani, Turopoljci
Short nameGOR
Founded16 July 2009; 14 years ago (2009-07-16) (as merger of NK Radnik and NK Polet Buševec)
GroundGradski stadion Velika Gorica
PresidentNenad Črnko
Head coachDinko Jeličić
LeagueSuperSport HNL
2022–23SuperSport HNL, 9th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Hrvatski nogometni klub Gorica (English: Croatian Football Club Gorica), commonly referred to as HNK Gorica or simply Gorica, is a Croatian football club based in the town of Velika Gorica, located just south of the Croatian capital Zagreb. They play their home matches at the Gradski stadion Velika Gorica, which has a capacity of 5,200.[2] They won the 2010–11 Croatian Second Football League title and were initially promoted to Croatian First Football League, but their top license was revoked.[3] The club regard themselves as the spiritual continuation of the former Prva HNL members NK Radnik, who went bankrupt and were dissolved in 2009. However, legally HNK Gorica is a distinct and separate club, and is not entitled to claim the history of the old NK Radnik.[4]

History Edit

There is a long lasting tradition of football in Velika Gorica and region of Turopolje. First organized clubs were founded during the 1930s but the most prominent football club, NK Radnik, was created in 1945, just after the end of World War II.

Radnik enjoyed average success during Yugoslavia, and its most impressive results came with independence of Croatia. With a newly built stadium for 1987 Summer Universiade Radnik were champions of the first ever Croatian second division. In doing so they were promoted to the highest level Croatian league. Radnik competed there for two seasons, 1992–93 and 1993–94. After being relegated, Radnik started a downfall, obtaining mediocre results which resulted in them playing in the fourth tier of Croatian league football for four seasons (from 2002 till 2006).

During 2009 Radnik got into serious financial troubles and only solution for preserving Velika Gorica's top and most popular football team was a merger with one of financially stable local football clubs. A perfect partner was found in NK Polet from nearby village Buševec. NK Polet had a long lasting football tradition and was a competitive member of Treća HNL. In summer of 2009, merging between NK Radnik and Polet was agreed and HNK Gorica was formed.[5] As a primal mission club stated winning the league title and reaching Croatian Second Football League after many years of absence. The goal was reached during the first season, Gorica won the Treća HNL West and achieved promotion to the Druga HNL for the 2010–11 season.

Before 2010–11 season it was stated that club's ambitions are not high and that everybody would be satisfied with top half finish. But as the season progressed, Gorica proved to be the best club in the league, this culminating with securing the title two rounds before the end of the season. As 2. HNL champion, Gorica earned a place in Croatia's first division, which was later denied after getting their top level license revoked.[6]

Gorica won the 2017-18 Croatian Second Football League after which they were finally granted licence to play in the top tier after many years of being denied. Their league debut (as HNK Gorica) in the 2018–19 season was one of the most surprising and impressing parts of the league, becoming the best league-debutants in history by winning 59 points, as well as beating European contenders Hajduk Split and Osijek twice and the vice-champions Rijeka three times, although still finishing 5th, just 3 points away from reaching the Europa League qualifying rounds. Many foreign players out of contract were bought for free before the season, which turned out to be remarkable signings, most notably Łukasz Zwoliński, Kristijan Lovrić and Iyayi Atiemwen, who was ranked third in the 2018 Prva HNL Player of the year rankings and sold to Dinamo Zagreb over the 2019 transfer window for a record fee.[7]

Current squad Edit

As of 1 September 2023[8]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
5 DF   CRO Mateo Leš
6 MF   CRO Marko Soldo (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
7 FW   CRO Ante Matej Jurić
8 MF   CGO Merveil Ndockyt
9 FW   NED Sven Blummel
10 MF   CRO Jurica Pršir (2nd Captain)
11 FW   CRO Lenny Ilečić
12 GK   CRO Jan Paolo Debijađi
13 DF   DEN Alexander Munksgaard
14 MF   CRO Josip Mitrović
15 MF   CRO Filip Mrzljak (Captain)
20 DF   MNE Momčilo Raspopović
22 DF   CRO Mario Maloča
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 MF   CRO Luka Kapulica
24 MF   CRO Martin Šroler
25 DF   CRO Krešimir Krizmanić
30 MF   CRO Luka Brlek
31 GK   CRO Ivan Banić
34 DF   CRO Mario Matković
44 GK   CRO Božidar Radošević
46 FW   MNE Nikola Vujnović
77 MF   CRO Valentino Majstorović
89 FW   SVN Tim Matavž
90 DF   CRO Dino Štiglec
99 MF   IRQ Abdullah Hameed

Out on loan Edit

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 Karlo Žiger (at   Sesvete until 30 June 2024)
17 MF   CRO Vinko Skrbin (at   Tolmin until 30 June 2024)
18 MF   CRO Patrik Jug (at   Ilirija 1911 until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   BRA Caio Da Cruz (at   Radomlje until 30 June 2024)
45 DF   FRA Nathan Cruce-Corcy (at   Mladost Ždralovi until 30 May 2024)

Youth academy Edit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
21 GK   CRO Josip Cundeković
29 FW   CRO Lovro Nezirović
35 DF   CRO Zvonimir Josić
No. Pos. Nation Player
38 DF   CRO Ino Vuko
40 DF   SRB Đuro Giulio Đekić

Personnel Edit

Position Staff
Head coach   Dinko Jeličić
Assistant coach   Mensur Mujdža
Assistant coach   Marko Krnjić
Goalkeeping coach   Siniša Klafurić
Goalkeeping coach   Tihomir Pereković
Fitness coach   Krešimir Šoš
Fitness coach   Matija Špičić
Analyst   Josip Paušić
Physiotherapist   Domagoj Prnjak
Physiotherapist   Ivan Katić
Physiotherapist   Luka Puškić
Physiotherapist   Sonja Pasarić
Sport director   Mario Brkljača
Head scout   Grads Fühler
Scout   Filip Šelendić
Scout   Igor Krlić
Team manager   Matija Dvorneković
Technical director   Darko Blažinčić
Kit manager   Franjo Kovačić

Academy personnel Edit

Position Staff
Director of the football academy   Slavko Perković
Head of academy and coach   Marko Radenić
Academy coach   Igor Čagalj
Academy coach   Ivan Parlov
Goalkeeping coach   Leonard Kovačić
Fitness coach   Ivan Zagorec

Honours Edit

Recent seasons Edit

Season League Cup Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
2009–10 3. HNL 34 25 4 5 63 20 79 1st ↑ Igor Hajduk 20
2010–11 2. HNL 30 20 4 6 54 21 64 1st Boris Bajto 11
2011–12 2. HNL 28 10 10 8 27 24 40 7th Tomislav Pek 6
2012–13 2. HNL 30 10 10 10 40 35 40 10th R2 Domagoj Abramović 12
2013–14 2. HNL 33 13 6 14 32 33 45 7th R1 Ivan Antolek, Robert Peričić 5
2014–15 2. HNL 30 13 12 5 46 26 51 3rd Tomislav Kiš 12
2015–16 2. HNL 33 13 8 12 40 40 47 4th R1 Benjamin Tatar 7
2016–17 2. HNL 33 15 12 6 53 31 57 2nd PR Benjamin Tatar 13
2017–18 2. HNL 33 18 8 7 44 29 62 1st ↑ R2 Henrik Ojamaa, Victoraș Astafei 6
2018–19 1. HNL 36 17 8 11 57 46 59 5th Łukasz Zwoliński 14
2019–20 1. HNL 36 12 13 11 44 48 49 6th QF Kristijan Lovrić 14
2020–21 1. HNL 36 17 8 11 60 47 59 5th SF Kristijan Lovrić 15
2021–22 1. HNL 36 12 9 15 43 50 45 6th SF Kristijan Lovrić, Anthony Kalik 7
2022–23 1. HNL 36 7 11 18 36 50 32 9th R2 Toni Fruk 7

References Edit

  1. ^ "HNK Gorica - Club history". www.hnk-gorica.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  2. ^ "HNK Gorica - Club history". www.hnk-gorica.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ "NK Gorica morao igrati MAXtv Prvu ligu!". Sportcom.hr. 30 March 2012.
  4. ^ Paviša, Mato (28 December 2016). "HNK Gorica je na sceni a NK Radnik se ne zaboravlja". cityportal.hr.
  5. ^ Škrlec, Silvijo (25 August 2018). "Tko stoji iza turopoljskog nogometnog čuda, koje je potopilo Hajduk usred Poljuda". tportal.hr. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  6. ^ Halar, Ivan (13 February 2017). "'Spremni smo za ulazak u Prvu HNL! Nemamo dugova, trenera plaćamo više od Intera i imamo bolje uvjete od prvoligaša'". Vecernji.hr.
  7. ^ "Iyayi Atiemwen iz Gorice prešao u Dinamo". Hrvatska Radiotelevizia. 22 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Momčad". Retrieved 23 May 2021.

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