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NK Lokomotiva Zagreb is a professional Croatian football club based in Zagreb. It competes in the Prva HNL, the country's top division. Founded in 1914, the club's only period of success came in the late 1940s and early 1950s before spending most of the following five decades as lower-level minnows.
|Full name||Nogometni klub Lokomotiva Zagreb|
|Founded||1 May 1914|
as ŽŠK Victoria
|2018–19||Prva HNL, 6th of 10|
Between 2007 and 2009 they won three consecutive promotions to rise from fourth level to first level in the Croatian football league system. They hosted their home matches at Dinamo's Stadion Maksimir for a couple of years before moving to NK Zagreb Stadion Kranjčevićeva, as their own ground in the Novi Zagreb's Kajzerica neighbourhood is unsuitable for top level football.
NK Lokomotiva was founded as ŽŠK Victoria (Željezničarski športski klub "Victoria") in 1914.
After World War I the name of the club was changed to Željezničar, under which they competed between the two wars. At that time they were mostly in the shadow of the city's bigger clubs Građanski, Concordia and HAŠK. They played in first level only in 1940–41.
In 1945. the club was renamed Lokomotiva and soon their most productive years followed. They continuously played for 8 season (1947.-1955.) in the Yugoslav First League with best league result in 1952, when they finished third, behind Hajduk and Red Star Belgrade. Some of the players at that time were Vladimir Čonč, Vladimir Firm, Drago Hmelina, Franjo Beserdi and Oto Bobek, younger brother of legendary Stjepan Bobek. They won Yugoslav Second League in 1956, but were relegated again from the First League in the summer of 1957 and never returned to the yugoslav top flight again. They played in Yugoslav Second League until 1970 and then also in Yugoslav Inter-Republic League in the last years before the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
After Croatian independence and the formation of the 1. HNL in 1991, Lokomotiva played in the lower leagues of Croatian football, mostly spending their time in the Treća HNL. Lokomotiva gained promotion in each of the next three season, finishing 1st in the 4. HNL in 2006/2007, 2nd in the 3. HNL in 2007/2008, and 3rd in the 2. HNL in 2008/2009.
The promotion from the second to the first division of Croatian football in 2009 meant that in the 2009/10 season, Lokomotiva would be back in the top flight for the first time in 52 years. The side recovered from a poor start in the league and finished in a respectable 8th position out of 16 teams, with notable victories 4:2 away against NK Zagreb, home 3:0 vs Rijeka and 2:1 vs Hajduk Split. Their top scorer, Nino Bule, finished with 14 goals.
In the 2010/11 season, Lokomotiva endured a tough run, eventually finishing third last and qualifying for relegation back to the second division. That did not, however, eventuate, as not enough sides in the second division were handed a first division licence and so Lokomotiva kept their place in the first division. The next season was set to be a big one for the side as a restructuring of football in Croatia meant the number of sides in the first division was being reduced and so five sides were set to be relegated from the sixteen side competition. With their poor performance last season, many pundits said that Lokomotiva would be one of the first sides relegated. However, Lokomotiva instead gave great performances and ended up in 7th place, just eight points off a European place.
The next season, the 2012/13 season, was the best in recent history for Lokomotiva. They finished in second place ahead of clubs such as HNK Rijeka, HNK Hajduk Split and RNK Split. Young star Andrej Kramarić, on loan from Dinamo, finished second in the scoring charts with 15 goals. This qualified them for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.
In their first European encounter, the side faced FC Dinamo Minsk, unfortunately losing on the away goals rule after winning 2–1 away from home but losing 3–2 at home. The side enjoyed another strong showing in the 1. HNL, which was reduced to 10 teams for the 13/14 season. The Zagreb-based side finished in fifth place.
In the 2014/15 season, Lokomotiva finished in fourth place, behind Dinamo, Rijeka and Hajduk, but still qualified for the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds. In the 15/16 Europa League qualifying, the Lokosi beat Airbus UK Broughton F.C. 5–3 on aggregate, but then lost to PAOK FC, winning the first leg 2–1, but were thoroughly beat 6–0 away from home.
Due to rules against second sides being in the same division, they legally split their connection to Dinamo, but the clubs continue good relations with number of Dinamo's players coming to Lokomotiva on loan every season. To meet the criteria for 1. HNL they play their games at Maksimir Stadium, although the club's base and youth teams area at Kajzerica.
- ŽŠK Victoria (1914–1919)
- ŠK Željezničar (1919–1941)
- HŽŠK (1941–1945)
- FD Lokomotiva (1945–1946)
- FD Crvena Lokomotiva (1946–47)
- NK Lokomotiva (1947–present)
- As of 26 June 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Season||League||Cup||European competitions||Top league scorer|
|2006–07||4. HNL||30||25||2||3||94||31||77||1st ↑||Jurica Jeleć||16|
|2007–08||3. HNL||34||28||2||4||105||32||86||2nd ↑||Robert Mesić||34|
|2008–09||2. HNL||30||18||5||7||50||30||59||3rd ↑||Mateo Poljak||8|
|2009–10||1. HNL||30||12||6||12||35||38||42||8th||Nino Bule||14|
|2010–11||1. HNL||30||8||9||13||24||37||33||14th||R1||Nino Bule||11|
|2011–12||1. HNL||30||12||8||10||33||33||44||7th||Andrej Kramarić||5|
|2012–13||1. HNL||33||16||9||8||54||38||57||2nd||RU||Andrej Kramarić||15|
|2013–14||1. HNL||36||15||7||14||57||59||52||5th||Europa League||QR2||Ante Budimir||14|
|2014–15||1. HNL||36||13||7||16||59||68||46||4th||QF||Domagoj Pavičić||8|
|2015–16||1. HNL||36||16||4||16||56||53||52||4th||QF||Europa League||QR2||Franko Andrijašević||12|
|2016–17||1. HNL||36||12||8||16||41||38||44||5th||QF||Europa League||PO||Josip Ćorić||6|
|2017–18||1. HNL||36||14||9||13||47||48||51||5th||SF||Lovro Majer||11|
|2018–19||1. HNL||36||13||10||13||51||43||49||6th||QF||Dejan Radonjić||8|
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||QR2||Dinamo Minsk||2–3||2–1||4–4 (a)|
|2015–16||UEFA Europa League||QR1||Airbus UK Broughton||2–2||3–1||5–3|
|2016–17||UEFA Europa League||QR1||UE Santa Coloma||4–1||3–1||7–2|
|QR3||FC Vorskla Poltava||0–0||3–2||3–2|
- Runners-up: 2012–13
- Third place: 2008–09
- Third place: 1952
- Winners: 1955–56
- Runners-up: 1957–58, 1958–59
- Runners-up: 2012–13
- Bogdan Cuvaj
- Hermenegildo Kranjc
- Sreten Ćuk (2007 – December 30, 2008)
- Ilija Lončarević (Jan 1, 2009 – March 6, 2009)
- Željko Pakasin (C) (March 7, 2009 – April 29, 2009)
- Roy Ferenčina (April 29, 2009 – Oct 3, 2010)
- Ljupko Petrović (Oct 3, 2010 – March 14, 2011)
- Krunoslav Jurčić (March 14, 2011 – May 26, 2011)
- Marijo Tot (June 1, 2011 – Oct 29, 2011)
- Ante Čačić (Oct 31, 2011 – Dec 23, 2011)
- Tomislav Ivković (Dec 23, 2011 – May 11, 2015)
- Marko Pinčić (C) (May 11, 2015 – June 3, 2015)
- Ante Čačić (June 3, 2015 – Sep 21, 2015)
- Sreten Ćuk (Sep 21, 2015 – May 30, 2016)
- Valentin Barišić (May 30, 2016 – Jul 6, 2016)
- Mario Tokić (C) (Jul 6, 2016 – Jul 25, 2016)
- Tomislav Ivković (Jul 25, 2016 – Nov 14, 2016)
- Mario Tokić (Nov 14, 2016 – Dec 5, 2017)
- Draženko Prskalo (C) (Dec 5, 2017 – Dec 27, 2017)
- Goran Tomić (Dec 27, 2017 – Present)