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NK Slaven Belupo, often referred to simply as Slaven and known internationally as NK Slaven Koprivnica, is a Croatian football club based in the city of Koprivnica in the north of the country. They play their home matches at Gradski stadion in Koprivnica.

Slaven Belupo
NK Slaven-Belupo Koprivnica.svg
Full nameNogometni klub Slaven
Nickname(s)Farmaceuti (The Pharmacists)
Short nameSLB
FoundedJune 1907
GroundGradski stadion Ivan Kušek-Apaš
Capacity3,205
ChairmanHrvoje Kolarić
Head coachIvica Sertić
LeaguePrva HNL
2018–19Prva HNL, 7th of 10
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The first football club in Koprivnica was founded in June 1907, when a student team was formed and named Đački nogometni klub, which is Croatian for Students' Football Club. The name Slaven first appeared when a sports club named HŠK Slaven was founded by the members of the Friedrich family on 20 August 1912 and this is considered to be the foundation date of the present-day club. The club won the Croatian regional championship in 1920. Slaven was subsequently renamed HŠK Victorija, but disbanded six years later due to financial difficulties. Subsequently, the city of Koprivnica was without a football club for four years, between 1926 and 1930.

Between 1930 and 1945, the club was known as HŠK Koprivnica, HŠK Danica and RNHŠK Sloga, before the name Slaven returned with the foundation of FD Slaven. From 1953, the club was known as SD Podravka, before being renamed to NK Slaven in 1958. The name Slaven remains until today, with occasional changes to the name of the club's principal sponsors. The club was thus known as NK Slaven Bilokalnik between 1992 and 1994, after which it was changed to its current name following a sponsorship agreement with the Koprivnica-based pharmaceutical company Belupo.

Slaven gained their first promotion to the Prva HNL in 1997 and have never been relegated. In 2000, they finished fifth in the Prva HNL and qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup. In their first Intertoto Cup appearance, they managed to reach the third round of the competition before being eliminated by Czech club Sigma Olomouc after losing 2–0 at home and getting a goalless draw on the road. One year later, they repeated the success and were eliminated by renowned English club Aston Villa with a 3–2 aggregate defeat. In their next two Intertoto Cup appearances, they were even more successful as they reached the semifinals of the competition on both occasions. They were eliminated after losing to renowned clubs Stuttgart from Germany and Lille from France, respectively. Their last Intertoto Cup appearance in 2005 ended in the third round with a 4–0 aggregate defeat to Spanish club Deportivo La Coruña, having lost the first leg by 1–0[1] and the second leg by 0–3.[2]

Slaven Belupo heads the all-time Intertoto Cup table as the most successful team in history of this tournament.[3]

In 2007, the club reached the Croatian Cup final for the first time, after defeating defending Cup holders HNK Rijeka 3–2 on aggregate. In the final, they lost to Dinamo Zagreb 2–1 on aggregate. Despite having lost the final, Slaven qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history, since Dinamo had already qualified for the UEFA Champions League by virtue of having won the Prva HNL.

Slaven reached the second qualifying round of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, defeating Albanian side Teuta Durrës 8–4 on aggregate before being eliminated after a 4–2 aggregate defeat to Turkish club Galatasaray.[4] In 2008, Slaven finished runners-up in the Croatian league, which remains their best domestic result to date.[5]

On 28 August 2008 Slaven Belupo qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup by beating Aris of Greece 2–1 on aggregate, thereby achieving arguably the best result in the history of the club.[6][7]

Slaven finished 3rd in the 2011–12 1. HNL, qualifying for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. After defeating Portadown 10–2 on aggregate they bowed out to Spanish giants Athletic Bilbao 4–3 on aggregate.

In 2016, Slaven defeated HNK Rijeka 4–2 on aggregate in the 2015–16 Croatian Football Cup semi-final, reaching the final for the second time in their history.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 20 July 2019[8]

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 Ivan Filipović
2   DF Matko Zirdum
3   DF Marko Martinaga
4   DF Vinko Međimorec (captain)
5   DF Krystian Nowak
6   DF Tomislav Božić
7   DF Bruno Goda
9   FW Muzafer Ejupi
10   MF Stipe Bačelić-Grgić
11   MF Nemanja Glavčić
12   GK Antonijo Ježina
14   FW Mateas Delić
15   MF Goran Paracki
16   MF Ivan Jajalo
No. Position Player
18   MF Arijan Brković
19   FW Mateus Lima Cruz
20   DF Miloš Radivojević
21   FW Mihael Mladen
22   DF Marko Iharos
23   MF David Puclin
24   DF Marko Karamarko
25   GK David Šugić
26   MF Karlo Lulić (on loan from Waasland-Beveren)
29   DF Božo Mikulić (on loan from Hajduk Split)
30   FW Bruno Bogojević
97   FW Festim Alidema
99   FW Ivan Krstanović
  MF Koh Myong-jin

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
26   DF Ante Vrljičak (at Bravo until 15 June 2020)
  DF Zvonimir Šarlija (at CSKA Moscow until 30 June 2020)

Recent seasonsEdit

European recordEdit

SummaryEdit

Competition Pld W D L GF GA Last season played
UEFA Cup / Europa League 20 10 2 8 48 24 2012–13
Intertoto Cup 34 17 7 10 50 29 2005
Total 54 27 9 18 98 53

Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 9 August 2012
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 27 18 4 5 65 21 +44
Away 27 9 5 13 33 32 +1
Total 54 27 9 18 98 53 +45

Last updated: 9 August 2012

By seasonEdit

Last updated on 9 August 2012

Player recordsEdit

Notable playersEdit

To appear in this section a player must have:

  • Played at least 150 league games for the club;
  • Scored at least 50 league goals for the club; or
  • Played at least one international match for their national team while playing for NK Slaven Belupo.

Years in brackets indicate their spells at the club.

Managerial historyEdit

 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Deportivo de La Coruña – NK Slaven Belupo : 1–0 (Match Report) ScoresPro.com
  2. ^ NK Slaven Belupo – Deportivo de La Coruña : 0–3 (Match Report) ScoresPro.com
  3. ^ "UI-Cup - Ewige Tabelle". sport.de (in German). Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Two Turkish sides through to next round of UEFA Cup". NTV MSNBC. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  5. ^ Final table of the Croatian league in 2007–08
  6. ^ "Second qualifying round – 28 August 2008 18:30 CET (18:30 local time) – Gradski – Koprivnica". 28 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Farmaceuti u kupu Uefe!". 28 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  8. ^ "Ekipa" [The team] (in Croatian). NK Slaven Belupo.
  9. ^ a b "Slaven Koprivnica profile". UEFA.com. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  10. ^ "Roy Ferenčina CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Marijo Dodik CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Petar Bošnjak CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Srebrenko Posavec CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Bojan Vručina CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Silvio Rodić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Mateas Delić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Vedran Purić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Fidan Aliti CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics.

External linksEdit