NK Varaždin (1931–2015)
Varaždinski športski nogometni klub Varaždin (English: Varaždin Football Club), commonly referred to as VŠNK Varaždin or simply Varaždin, was a Croatian football club based in the city of Varaždin in the north of the country. During its 74 year existence, they played their home matches at the Stadion Varteks, which was renovated through the years and reached an all-seating capacity of 10,800 (further renovated to seat 8,800 by sometime before 2021). For the majority of its life, the 52 years from 1958 to 2010, the club was known as NK Varteks, honouring the name of its principal sponsor during those years.
|Full name||Varaždinski športski nogometni klub Varaždin|
|Founded||3 June 1931as NK Slavija|
The club was founded on 3 June 1931 under the name of NK Slavija and existed under this name until 1941. During World War II, the club temporarily suspended operations and was then reorganised under the name of NK Tekstilac in 1945. The name NK Vartek was given to the club in 1958, to honour its main sponsor, the Varteks clothing factory. In June 2010, when the Varteks factory did not renew its sponsorship, the club changed its name to NK Varaždin.
The club's first significant success came in 1938 when they qualified to participate in the premier league of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In SFR Yugoslavia, their biggest success was the advancement to the final of the Yugoslav Cup in 1961, but they lost the final game to Vardar Skopje from Macedonia.
In 1991, after years of Serbian nationalism had led to ethnic conflict, the breakup of Yugoslavia had started with the declaration of independence of Croatia and of Slovenia. Croatia withdrew from the Football Association of Yugoslavia, and Varaždin was one of the 12 founding members of the new Croatian First Football League (Prva Liga), which operated under the auspices of the also new Croatian Football Federation.
The club did not win any Croatian national titles, but regularly placed near the top of the Prva Liga table and were also the runners-up in the Croatian Football Cup five times. In the spring of 1999, they had a significant international success when they advanced to the quarterfinals of the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, where they held opponent Real Mallorca to a scoreless draw at home before losing the second-leg away match 3–1, and were eliminated from competition. They also attracted some international attention in 2001, when they eliminated Aston Villa from the UEFA Cup on away goals.
Serious financial troubles forced NK Varaždin into a period of bankruptcy, which eventually led to the suspension of the club by Croatian Football Federation before a scheduled 24 February 2012 match of the 2011–12 Prva Liga season. The club returned for its next five matches, but was suspended again before its 31 March 2012 match. Per the rules of the Federation, missing two league games in a season, even those due to suspension, meant that the club was immediately relegated to the lowest football level possible of the Croatian football league system, being the seventh-tier Third League of Varaždin County. The suspension was lifted in August 2013 and the club re-entered in the third-tier Croatian Third Football League.
In May 2011, disgruntled with the club management as financial struggles – including missing salary payments to players who then left the team – started to impact the team's performance, a group of supporters of NK Varaždin founded a new club using its discarded colours and previous name, as a new, unassociated, NK Varteks; up to the end of competition through to 2019–20 in Croatian football, this "new" club has regularly participated in the mid-level leagues (tiers 3–6) of Croatian football.
In 2015, the club went into bankruptcy again, and the management declared a new club VŠNK Varaždin, in an effort break all ties to its former self and to be free of all outstanding debts. Another local football club, founded in 2012 under the name Varaždin ŠN, immediately picked up the discarded name and operates as a new, unassociated, NK Varaždin; this "new" club worked its way through the higher levels of Croatian football, entering the top Prva Liga for the 2019–20 season.
|Season||League||Cup||European competitions||Top league scorer|
|1992||1. HNL||22||7||6||9||32||25||20||8th||DNQ||Igor Cvitanović||9|
|1992–93||1. HNL||30||10||9||11||38||47||29||7th||QF||Mirza Golubica||8|
|1993–94||1. HNL||34||16||9||9||51||31||41||5th||QF||Davor Vugrinec||17|
|1994–95||1. HNL||30||11||10||9||35||27||43||6th||SF||Davor Vugrinec||8|
|1995–96||1. HNL||32||18||7||7||44||26||61||3rd||RU||Davor Vugrinec||17|
|1996–97||1. HNL||30||12||6||12||34||35||42||6th||QF||Cup Winners' Cup||R1||Davor Vugrinec||13|
|1997–98||1. HNL||32||10||8||14||34||44||38||10th||RU||Marko Topić||7|
|1998–99||1. HNL||32||12||4||16||55||57||40||5th||QF||Cup Winners' Cup||QF||Miljenko Mumlek||13|
|1999–2000||1. HNL||33||10||10||13||32||44||40||7th||QF||Intertoto Cup||R3||Damir Mužek, Vioresin Sinani||5|
|2000–01||1. HNL||32||12||9||11||56||56||45||4th||QF||Saša Bjelanović, Veldin Karić||12|
|2001–02||1. HNL||30||17||6||7||58||40||57||4th||RU||UEFA Cup||R2||Saša Bjelanović||17|
|2002–03||1. HNL||32||18||3||11||52||38||57||3rd||SF||UEFA Cup||R1||Veldin Karić||10|
|2003–04||1. HNL||32||9||11||12||33||42||38||5th||RU||UEFA Cup||R1||Nikola Šafarić||7|
|2004–05||1. HNL||32||14||3||15||53||50||45||5th||SF||Nedim Halilović||9|
|2005–06||1. HNL||32||15||2||15||51||48||47||3rd||RU||Intertoto Cup||R3||Leon Benko||14|
|2006–07||1. HNL||33||12||6||15||49||62||42||8th||R1||UEFA Cup||QR1||Enes Novinić||15|
|2007–08||1. HNL||33||11||7||15||46||53||40||7th||SF||Miljenko Mumlek||9|
|2008–09||1. HNL||33||10||5||18||41||55||35||10th||R2||Goran Mujanović||11|
|2009–10||1. HNL||30||9||9||12||36||43||36||10th||SF||Miljenko Mumlek||11|
|2010–11||1. HNL||30||9||9||12||32||38||36||11th||RU||Filip Škvorc||7|
|2011–12||1. HNL||24||2||3||19||16||52||8||16th||R2||UEFA Europa League||QR3||Dominik Glavina||5|
|2012–13||Club was suspended by Croatian Football Federation|
|2013–14||3. HNL North||30||15||5||10||66||32||49||7th||PR||Marko Rog||17|
|2014–15||3. HNL East||30||10||9||11||42||39||39||11th||R2||Luka Ivanović||11|
- League: P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points won; Pos = Final position;
- Cup / Europe: PR = Preliminary round; QR = Qualifying round; R1 = First round; R2 = Second round; Group = Group stage; QF = Quarter-final; SF = Semi-final; RU = Runner-up; W = Competition won;
|Competition||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||Last season played|
UEFA Europa League
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||10||6||1||3||15||10||1998–99|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||12||5||3||4||22||21||2005|
Source: uefa.com, Last updated on 4 August 2011
Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against. Defunct competitions indicated in italics.
|1996–97||Cup Winners' Cup||QR||Union Luxembourg||2–1||3–0||5–1|
|R1||Lokomotiv Moscow||2–1||0–1||2–2 (a)|
|1998–99||Cup Winners' Cup||R1||Rudar Velenje||1–0||1–0||2–0|
|1999–2000||Intertoto Cup||R1||Lokomotiv-96 Vitebsk||2–2||2–1||4–3|
|R2||Brann||3–0||0–3||3–3 (5–4 p)|
|R1||Aston Villa||0–1||3–2||3–3 (a)|
|2003–04||UEFA Cup||QR||Levadia Tallinn||3–2||3–1||6–3|
|2005–06||Intertoto Cup||R1||Dinamo Tirana||4–1||1–2||5–3|
|2006–07||UEFA Cup||QR1||KF Tirana||1–1||0–2||1–3|
- Runners up (1): 1960–61
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 Varaždin.
Years in brackets indicate their spells at the club.
- "KLUBOVI: VARAŽDIN" (in Croatian). Retrieved 1 January 2021.
Stadion: Varteks (8.818)
- Lukavečki, Lovro (2019). "Politički i društveni aspekti promjene imena NK Varteks" [Political and Social Aspects of Changing the Name of NK Varteks] (PDF). Mali Levijatan (in Croatian). Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb. 6 (1): 48–73. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
- "Pokrenuto osnivanje NK Varteksa".
- "Promjenom imena do kluba neopterećenog s dugovima". Regionalni tjednik. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
- "Varaždin profile". UEFA.com. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- "Zlatko Dalić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Davor Vugrinec CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Samir Toplak CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Marijan Mrmić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Miljenko Mumlek CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Andrija Balajić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Krunoslav Gregorić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Dražen Madunović Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Silvester Sabolčki CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Mladen Posavec CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Robert Težački CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Danijel Hrman CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Veldin Karić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Nikola Šafarić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Zoran Kastel CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Leon Benko CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Ivan Režić CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
- "Vladimir Vasilj CFS Profile". Croatian Football Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
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