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HNK Orijent 1919 is a football club from Sušak, the eastern part of the city of Rijeka, Croatia. They compete in the Croatian Second Football League.

HNK Orijent 1919
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Full nameHrvatski nogometni klub Orijent 1919
Nickname(s)Sušačani, Crveni s Krimeje
Founded14 June 1919 (as NK Orijent)
2014 (as HNK Orijent 1919)
GroundStadion Krimeja
Capacity3,500
ChairmanSaša Matijaš
ManagerFausto Budicin
League2. HNL
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

OrijentEdit

NK Orijent was founded in 1919 in Sušak, eastern part of the present day city of Rijeka. At the time, Sušak was predominantly Croatian, while Fiume, the western part of the city, was predominantly Italian. According to the legend, during his time on journey to the United States, one of the club's founders saw a ship named Orient in the New York Harbor. After he came back, he suggested the new club to be named Orient, a suggestion which was later accepted. As regimes changed, Orijent was often forced to change its name. At various stages of its history the club was known as Jedinstvo, Primorac, Primorje and Budućnost. Finally, from 1953 onwards, the club carries the original name: Orijent. Although Orijent spent most of its history in lower tiers of Yugoslav and Croatian football, it was and still is popular among Sušak's population.

The club's greatest success came in 1969 when they were the champions of Yugoslav Second League's Division West but were unable to win promotion through playoff. Orijent and city rivals Rijeka contested numerous derbies during the early 1970s.[1] Other notable successes were quarter-finals of Yugoslav Cup in 1980–81 and 1982–83. Orijent played top tier football only once, during the season 1996–97 when they finished 14th and were relegated.

Orijent 1919Edit

In June 2014, the club was liquidated due to its inability to service mounting debts.[2] Shortly thereafter, the club was re-established as HNK Orijent 1919, and admitted to the fifth tier of the Croatian football league system for the start of the 2014–15 campaign. Over the following five seasons, they gained promotion on three occasions, reaching the Croatian Second Football League for the 2019–20 campaign.

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SeasonsEdit

Season League Cup
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos
NK ORIJENT
1966–67 3. Div 26 13 5 8 57 29 31 4th
1967–68 3. Div 30 22 6 2 95 26 50 1st ↑
1968–69 2. Div 30 23 3 4 70 27 49 1st
1969–70 2. Div 30 16 3 11 48 30 35 4th R2
1970–71 2. Div 30 9 10 11 36 38 28 7th
1971–72 2. Div 34 15 8 11 63 47 38 5th
1972–73 2. Div 34 10 12 12 45 57 31 12th ↓
1973–74 3. Div 32 7 14 11 30 41 28 15th ↓
1974–75 4. Div 1st ↑
1975–76 3. Div 22 4 8 10 25 26 16 11th
1976–77 3. Div 26 12 8 6 36 25 32 3rd
1977–78 3. Div 26 13 7 6 30 18 33 3rd
1978–79 3. Div 26 14 6 6 33 18 34 2nd
1979–80 3. Div 30 13 6 11 42 30 32 6th
1980–81 3. Div 30 12 9 9 36 22 33 3rd QF
1981–82 3. Div 30 15 7 8 44 26 37 3rd
1982–83 3. Div 30 12 9 9 47 35 33 5th QF
1983–84 3. Div 26 21 5 0 55 8 47 1st
1984–85 3. Div 26 20 5 1 74 9 45 1st
1985–86 3. Div 26 20 4 2 73 10 44 1st
1986–87 3. Div 26 16 6 4 49 16 38 2nd
1987–88 3. Div 30 13 6 11 44 32 32 4th
1988–89 3. Div 34 11 9 (5) 14 34 33 27 13th
1989–90 3. Div 34 10 9 (7) 15 37 43 27 15th R1
1990–91 3. Div 34 13 5 (4) 16 31 45 30 11th
1992 2. HNL West 12 4 3 5 14 13 11 3rd
1992–93 2. HNL South 29 13 6 10 44 34 32 7th R1
1993–94 2. HNL South 30 21 8 1 62 15 50 2nd R1
1994–95 2. HNL West 36 24 8 4 86 19 80 2nd ↑
1995–96 1.B HNL 28 15 4 9 45 34 49 2nd ↑
1996–97 1. HNL 30 5 11 14 28 53 26 14th ↓ R1
1997–98 2. HNL West 30 21 5 4 63 15 68 3rd QF
1998–99 2. HNL 36 13 9 14 39 48 48 13th
1999–2000 2. HNL 32 10 11 11 37 41 41 9th
2000–01 2. HNL 34 13 8 13 40 40 47 10th R2
2001–02 2. HNL South 30 14 4 12 35 37 46 6th
2002–03 2. HNL South 32 12 6 14 36 48 42 8th R1
2003–04 2. HNL South 32 2 7 23 23 62 13 12th ↓
2004–05 3. HNL West 30 8 10 12 26 47 34 14th
2005–06 3. HNL West 30 15 9 6 60 35 54 4th
2006–07 3. HNL West 34 13 7 14 44 53 46 13th
2007–08 3. HNL West 34 10 11 13 39 36 41 13th
2008–09 3. HNL West 34 12 8 14 45 41 42 13th R1
2009–10 3. HNL West 34 10 14 10 47 44 44 11th R1
2010–11 3. HNL West 34 12 6 16 40 47 42 11th
2011–12 3. HNL West 34 9 12 13 38 48 39 14th
2012–13 3. HNL West 30 13 4 13 46 45 43 8th
2013–14 3. HNL West 28 13 4 11 35 43 43 6th
HNK ORIJENT 1919
2014–15 1. ŽNL 28 18 5 1 65 18 59 1st ↑
2015–16 4. HNL Rijeka 30 11 7 12 42 45 40 8th
2016–17 4. HNL Rijeka 30 10 12 8 49 36 42 8th
2017–18 4. HNL Rijeka 29 20 4 5 58 24 64 2nd ↑
2018–19 3. HNL West 34 21 5 8 72 47 68 3rd ↑

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