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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.

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Full nameNogometni klub Lokomotiva Zagreb
Short nameLOK
Founded1 May 1914; 105 years ago (1914-05-01)
as ŽŠK Victoria
GroundStadion Kranjčevićeva
ChairmanTin Dolički
ManagerGoran Tomić
LeaguePrva HNL
2018–19Prva HNL, 6th of 10
WebsiteClub website

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.[1] 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.

Name changesEdit

  • ŽŠK Victoria (1914–1919)
  • ŠK Željezničar (1919–1941)
  • HŽŠK (1941–1945)
  • FD Lokomotiva (1945–1946)
  • FD Crvena Lokomotiva (1946–47)
  • NK Lokomotiva (1947–present)


Current squadEdit

As of 26 June 2019[2]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Filip Vasilj
2   DF Luka Hujber
4   DF Toni Datković
5   DF Franklin
6   DF Jan Lecjaks (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
7   FW Nikola Krajinović
8   MF Dino Halilović
9   FW Dejan Radonjić
10   MF Luka Ivanušec
11   FW Domagoj Drožđek
12   GK Krunoslav Hendija
13   GK Ivo Grbić
14   MF Neven Đurasek (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
16   DF Ivan Miličević
No. Position Player
18   DF Frano Mlinar
19   DF Luka Smoljo
20   DF Denis Kolinger
21   FW Myrto Uzuni
22   FW Lirim Kastrati
23   MF Kristijan Jakić
24   FW Ivan Božić (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
26   DF Fran Karačić
27   MF Mario Burić
28   DF Raul Gustavo
  MF Filip Arežina
  FW Vanja Vučićević
  DF Stipo Marković

Recent seasonsEdit

Season League Cup European competitions Top league scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Player Goals
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

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Agg
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
QR2   PAOK 2–1 0–6 2–7
2016–17 UEFA Europa League QR1   UE Santa Coloma 4–1 3–1 7–2
QR2   RoPS Rovaniemi 3–0 1–1 4–1
QR3   FC Vorskla Poltava 0–0 3–2 3–2
PO   KRC Genk 2–2 0–2 2–4


Croatian First League
  • Runners-up: 2012–13
Croatian Second League
  • Third place: 2008–09
Yugoslav First League
  • Third place: 1952
Yugoslav Second League
  • Winners: 1955–56
  • Runners-up: 1957–58, 1958–59
Croatian Football Cup
  • Runners-up: 2012–13

Managerial historyEdit


  1. ^ "povijest" (in Croatian). NK Lokomotiva.
  2. ^ "1. momčad – igrači" (in Croatian). NK Lokomotiva. Retrieved 16 July 2017.

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