NK Neretvanac Opuzen

Coordinates: 43°00′56″N 17°33′41″E / 43.01549°N 17.56125°E / 43.01549; 17.56125

NK Neretvanac Opuzen is a Croatian football team from Opuzen founded in 1932 currently playing in the Treća HNL. Neretvanac played four seasons in the Croatian second division in the 1990s. The club is named after the river which runs through Opuzen.

NK Neretvanac Opuzen
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Full nameNogometni Klub Neretvanac Opuzen
Founded1932
GroundStadion Podvornica, Opuzen, Croatia[1]
Capacity3,000
LeagueTreća HNL jug
2017-1815th

HistoryEdit

In 1976, Neretvanac hosted Hajduk Split in a friendly organised after Opuzen fans sent in over 50,000 coupons to match sponsor Slobodna Dalmacija. Hajduk won 6:0 in front of 6,000 spectators, which was noted to be twice the number the population of Opuzen at the time.[2]

Neretvanac played in the Croatian second division from independence to 1995, when they finished last and were relegated.[3][4]

NK Neretvanac most recently qualified for the 2016 Croatian Cup, losing to NK Istra 1961 in the first round.[5]

In 2017, Neretvanac signed a cooperative development agreement with nearby 1.HNL club Hajduk Split.[6]

DerbyEdit

NK Neretvanac share a longstanding rivalry with NK Neretva from Metković, entitled "El Clasico" which dates back to 1946.[7] NK Neretva won the first derby match 3-0.[8] They also have a smaller derby with Jadran Ploče.[9]

Former playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NK Neretvanac Opuzen". soccerway.com. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  2. ^ Zonjić, Nenad (6 February 2016). "40 godina od utakmice Neretvanac-Hajduk". nogometplus.net. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Croatia 1992". rsssf.com.
  4. ^ "Croatia 1995". rsssf.com.
  5. ^ "Neretvanac Opuzen vs Istra 1961". Soccerway.
  6. ^ "Hajduk i Neretvanac u zajedničkom projektu: 150 dječaka sanjaju bili dres!". Slobodna Dalmacija. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Danas neretvanski "El Clasico": U Metkoviću očekujemo dobar nogomet i pune tribine". 5 September 2014. Archived from the original on 28 December 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Narona iz Metkovića Sigurno Pobjeđuje Neretvanca iz Opuzena". Slobodna Dalmacija. 1946.
  9. ^ "Neretva se nada dobroj igri i pozitivnom ishodu". Metkovic News.com. 18 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Odbio sam Hajduk da bih igrao za Neretvanac, a nastup za Hrvatsku bio mi je nestvaran osjećaj". 100posto.hr. 22 December 2017.