VK Primorje Erste Bank (Croatian: Vaterpolski klub Primorje Erste Bank, commonly referred to as VK Primorje EB) is a professional water polo club based in Rijeka, Croatia. As of 2021–22 season, the club competes in the Croatian League and Regional League A2.

VK Primorje EB
Founded1908; 115 years ago (1908)
LeagueCroatian League
Regional League A2
Based inRijeka, Croatia
(Capacity: 1,200)
PresidentSamir Barać
Head coachIgor Hinić
Local mediaFacebook

History edit

The club was founded in 1908, as HŠK Victoria (Croatian Sports Club Victoria), and is the oldest swimming club in Croatia. Under that name, the club was active until World War II. After the war, the club was re-established in 1948 as Primorje. Since 1991 and the breakup of Yugoslavia the club has been competing in Croatian First League, as well as the regional Adriatic League and LEN Champions League.

VK Primorje EB has won three national championships, the first in 1938 (as HŠK Victoria), and the second and third in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons. Primorje has won three Adriatic League titles, in 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15. Primorje has also won five national cup competitions.

The club has produced many players that have had a significant impact for the Croatia men's national water polo team, including Igor Hinić, Damir Glavan, Damir Burić, and Samir Barać, all of whom have won medals at major international competitions. In addition, the club also produced Danijel Premuš and Vladimir Vujasinović, who went on to win olympic medals for Italy and Serbia respectively.

Venue edit

The club's home games are held at the newly built Bazeni Kantrida, the venue which hosted the 2008 European Short Course Swimming Championships. The capacity of the new swimming complex is approximately 1,200 and is located within walking distance from HNK Rijeka's football stadium.

Team edit

Current squad edit

Season 2019–2020

No. Nat. Player Pos.
1   Fran Čubranić GK
13   Nikola Milošević GK
19   Noa Olić GK
3   Tin Brubnjak
4   Iv Marić
5   Duje Peroš (c)
6   Marko Blažić
7   Maroš Tkač
8   Dario Rakovac
9   Sven Augusti
10   Mislav Vrlić
11   Ian Petrić
12   Lovro Paparić
2   Antonio Čunko
14   Ian Petrić

Technical staff edit

  • Head coach: Igor Hinić
  • Assistant coach: /
  • Assistant coach: Ivan Matković, prof

Honours edit

European competitions edit

LEN Champions League

LEN Cup Winners' Cup

  • Runners-up (1): 1976–77
  • Third placed (2): 1979–80, 1995–96


  • Winners (1): 1996

Adriatic League

  • Winners (3): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Runners-up (2): 2011–12, 2015–16

Domestic competitions edit

Croatian League

  • Winners (2): 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Runners-up (5): 2003–04, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16

Croatian Cup

  • Winners (4): 1995–96, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
  • Runners-up (3): 2002–03, 2010–11, 2015–16

Yugoslav League

  • Winners (1): 1938
  • Runners-up (2): 1978–79, 1982–83

Yugoslav Cup

  • Winners (1): 1979
  • Runners-up (1): 1976

External links edit