NK Široki Brijeg

Nogometni klub Široki Brijeg (English: Široki Brijeg Football Club) is a professional association football club from the city of Široki Brijeg, that is situated in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Široki Brijeg
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Full nameNogometni klub Široki Brijeg
Nickname(s)Plavi (The Blues)
Founded1948; 74 years ago (1948)
GroundPecara Stadium,
Široki Brijeg
Capacity7,000
ChairmanMiro Kraljević
ManagerIvica Barbarić
LeaguePremier League BH
2021–22Premier League BH, 7th
WebsiteClub website

Currently, Široki Brijeg plays in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina and plays its home matches on Pecara Stadium which a capacity of 7,000 seats. The club also has a fully equipped sports and recreational center outside the town which is used as training grounds for the team.

HistoryEdit

 
Široki Brijeg vs. FC Urartu on 9 July 2009

The club was founded in 1948 as Nogometni klub Borak and competed in local leagues. Until 1991, it competed in the Yugoslav league system under the name of NK Mladost Lištica.[1]

The club was renamed several times until 1995 when it got its present-day name. Široki Brijeg experienced its greatest successes in the 1990s and onwards. The club has won the, now defunct, First League of Herzeg-Bosnia five times and is the most successful club of the competition. Since 2000, Široki Brijeg plays in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the country's top division, which they won two times, as well as three Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cups.[2]

Since 2002, the club has also, almost non stop been present in many UEFA competitions, most notably the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. However, Široki Brijeg still hasn't competed in the group stages of both mentioned competitions.[3]

Colours and badgeEdit

The club wears blue and white striped jerseys at home while away the team has a white kit. The club's crest features a football bordered by the club's name and topped with the Croatian chequy.

FansEdit

Škripari is the organisation of football supporters of the Croat-backed club NK Široki Brijeg. They also support Široki Brijeg's other sport clubs, primarily HKK Široki in basketball.

Some ultras espouse nationalist and right-wing sentiments.[4][5]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 11 August 2022[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   CRO Ivan Pranjić
3 DF   BIH Kristijan Medić
5 DF   CRO Branimir Barišić
6 DF   CRO Moris Valinčić
7 MF   CRO Nicholas Llanos
8 DF   BIH Ilija Mašić
10 MF   BIH Bože Vukoja
11 FW   CRO Ilija Bagarić
12 GK   CRO Tomislav Tomić
14 MF   CRO Ivan Paponja
15 FW   BFA Cyrille Kpan
16 DF   CRO Mate Šuto
18 MF   BRA Alisson Taddei
20 MF   CRO Tomislav Knežević
21 FW   BIH Daniel Lukić
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 GK   BIH Josip Pehar
26 DF   CRO Božo Musa
27 FW   CRO Ilan Pejić
30 DF   BIH Mate Lasić
33 MF   BIH Petar Kolenda
37 MF   CRO Juraj Ljubić
40 GK   CRO Renato Josipović
42 MF   BIH Marijan Ćavar (Captain)
44 DF   CRO Mihael Kuprešak
77 FW   CRO Vinko Rozić (on loan from Dinamo II)
96 DF   BRA Bruno Oliveira
DF   CRO Petar Turković
MF   BIH David Martić
FW   BIH Kristijan Sesar

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Staff Job title
  Ivica Barbarić Manager
  Stanko Bubalo Assistant coach
  Vlado Hrkać Assistant coach
  Nenad Džidić Goalkeeping coach
  Darko Škobić Fitness coach
  Dragan Mijatović Physiotherapist
  Grgo Sesar Physiotherapist
  Alen Brekalo Doctor
  Zoran Bilać Gunsmith
  Igor Lončar Gunsmith

HonoursEdit

Široki Brijeg has so far won two Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina titles as well as five First League of Herzeg-Bosnia championships that served as the top football league for Croat clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina until the merger into the Premier League in 2000. The club has also won three Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Cup titles, the most recent one being in the 2016–17 season.

DomesticEdit

LeagueEdit

CupsEdit

European recordEdit

SummaryEdit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
Champions League 6 3 1 2 4 5 2006–07
UEFA Cup / Europa League 48 15 10 23 57 74 2019–20
UEFA Europa Conference League 2 1 0 1 3 4 2021–22
Total 56 19 13 26 64 83

Source:,[7] Last updated on 15 July 2021.
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against

By resultEdit

Overall Pld W D L GF GA GD
Home 28 11 7 10 37 30 +7
Away 28 8 4 16 27 53 −26
Total 55 20 11 25 64 83 −19

Last updated: 15 July 2021.

By seasonEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   Senec 3–0 2–1 5–1
R1   Sparta Prague 0–1 0–3 0–4
2004–05 Champions League QR1   Neftçi 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2005–06 UEFA Cup QR1   Teuta 3–0 1–3 4–3
QR2   Zeta 4–2 1–0 5–2
R1   Basel 0–1 0–5 0–6
2006–07 Champions League QR1   Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1–0 1–0 2–0
QR2   Heart of Midlothian 0–0 0–3 0–3
2007–08 UEFA Cup QR1   Koper 3–1 3–2 6–3
QR2   Hapoel Tel Aviv 0–3 0–3 0–6
2008–09 UEFA Cup QR1   Partizani 0–0 3–1 3–1
QR2   Beşiktaş 1–2 0–4 1–6
2009–10 Europa League QR1   Urartu 0–1 2–0 2–1
QR2   Sturm Graz 1–1 1–2 2–3
2010–11 Europa League QR1   Olimpija Ljubljana 3–0 2–0 5–0
QR2   Austria Wien 0–1 2–2 2–3
2011–12 Europa League QR1   Olimpija Ljubljana 0–0 0–3 0–3
2012–13 Europa League QR2   St Patrick's Athletic 1–1 1–2 (a.e.t.) 2–3
2013–14 Europa League QR2   Irtysh Pavlodar 2–0 2–3 4–3
QR3   Udinese 1–3 0–4 1–7
2014–15 Europa League QR1   Gabala 3–0 2–0 5–0
QR2   Mladá Boleslav 0–4 1–2 1–6
2016–17 Europa League QR1   Birkirkara 1–1 0–2 1–3
2017–18 Europa League QR1   Ordabasy 2–0 0–0 2–0
QR2   Aberdeen 0–2 1–1 1–3
2018–19 Europa League QR1   Domžale 2−2 1–1 3–3 (a)
2019–20 Europa League QR1   Kairat 1–2 1–2 2–4
2021–22 Conference League QR1   Vllaznia 3–1 0–3 3–4

Club rankingEdit

UEFA coefficientEdit

2020–21 seasonEdit

Rank Team Points
340   Coleraine 2.750
341   Tre Penne 2.750
342   Levadia Tallinn 2.750
343   Široki Brijeg 2.750
344   Víkingur Gøta 2.750
345   Žilina 2.725
346   Spartak Myjava 2.725

As of 17 December 2020. Source

Notable managersEdit

 
Slaven Musa won the 2012–13 Bosnian Cup with Široki Brijeg.
Dates Name Honours
2002–2004   Ivo Ištuk 2003–04 Bosnian Championship
2004–2006   Ivica Barbarić 2005–06 Bosnian Championship
2006–2007   Ivica Kalinić 2006−07 Bosnian Cup
2012–2015   Slaven Musa 2012–13 Bosnian Cup
2017–2018   Goran Sablić 2016–17 Bosnian Cup

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Book: "Rođeni – Prvoligaške generacije 1952 – 1991" by Zoran Mrđenović, pag. 27
  2. ^ "Široki Brijeg storm to title". uefa.com. 9 June 2004. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  3. ^ Krvavac, Fuad (11 July 2006). "Siroki Brijeg set the standard". uefa.com. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
  4. ^ Dautbegović, M. (8 November 2010). "Nacizam ne smijemo tolerisati" [We must not tolerate Nazism]. BH FUDBAL (in Bosnian). Archived from the original on 11 November 2010.
  5. ^ FOTO/ Zbog neprimjerenog materijala na tribinama stadiona privremeno prekinut današnji prvenstveni susret osamnaestog kola Premijer lige BiH između Širokog Brijega i Zvijezde 09 Brgule, gostujući igrači se povukli u svlačionice! at sportskevijesti.com, 12-1-2019, retrieved 24-1-2021
  6. ^ "Prvi tim". nk-sirokibrijeg.com (in Croatian). Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  7. ^ uefa.com

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