Croatian Footballer of the Year

  (Redirected from Yugoslav Footballer of the Year)

The Croatian Footballer of the Year (Croatian: Nogometaš godine) is the most prestigious annual association football award in Croatia. It is awarded by the newspaper Večernji list to the best Croatian football player in the preceding year, regardless of the league they play in, based on a points system which measures their performances for both club and country. The award is usually presented in a ceremony hosted by the Croatian Football Federation.

The award was established in 1972 and, until 1990, the award was given to the best Yugoslav player in the preceding year. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, the award is given to the best Croatian player. Luka Modrić holds the record for most wins, with nine awards.[1][2] Davor Šuker is second with six awards.[3][4][5][6] They are followed by Dado Pršo with three wins from 2003 to 2005.[3]

In 1995, a separate award, the Hope of the Year (Croatian: Nada godine), was introduced. It is awarded to the best young Croatian player.[7] As of 2020, only Ivica Olić and Luka Modrić have won both the Hope of the Year and Footballer of the Year awards.

List of winnersEdit

Yugoslav Footballer of the Year (1972–90)Edit

† denotes shared wins

Year Yugoslav Footballer of the Year
Player (Wins) Age Pos. Club
1972 Dušan Bajević (1) 24 FW   Velež
1973 Enver Marić (1) 25 GK   Velež
1974 Josip Katalinski (1) 26 DF   Željezničar
1975 Ivan Buljan (1) 26 DF   Hajduk Split
1976 Ivica Šurjak (1) 23 MF   Hajduk Split
1977 Dražen Mužinić (1) 24 MF   Hajduk Split
1978 Vilson Džoni (1) 28 DF   Dinamo Zagreb
Nenad Stojković (1) 22 DF   Partizan
1979 Safet Sušić (1) 24 MF   FK Sarajevo
Velimir Zajec (1) 23 MF   Dinamo Zagreb
1980 Vladimir Petrović (1) 25 MF   Red Star
1981 Zlatko Vujović (1) 23 FW   Hajduk Split
1982 Ivan Gudelj (1) 22 MF   Hajduk Split
1983 Zoran Simović (1) 29 GK   Hajduk Split
1984 Velimir Zajec (2) 28 MF   Panathinaikos
1985 Blaž Slišković (1) 26 MF   Hajduk Split
1986 Semir Tuce (1) 22 MF   Velež
1987 Marko Mlinarić (1) 27 MF   Dinamo Zagreb
1988 Dragan Stojković (1) 23 MF   Red Star
1989 Dragan Stojković (2) 24 MF   Red Star
1990 Robert Prosinečki (1) 21 MF   Red Star

Croatian Footballer of the Year (1991–present)Edit

 
Luka Modrić holds the record for most wins with nine awards
 
Davor Šuker won the title six times
 
Ivica Olić, along with Luka Modrić, is the only player to win both the Croatian Footballer of the Year and the Hope of the Year awards
Year Croatian Footballer of the Year Hope of the Year
Player (Wins) Age Pos. Club Player Age Pos. Club
1991 Zvonimir Boban (1) 23 MF   Milan
1992 Davor Šuker (1) 25 FW   Sevilla
1993 Alen Bokšić (1) 23 FW   Lazio
1994 Davor Šuker (2) 27 FW   Sevilla
1995 Davor Šuker (3) 28 FW   Sevilla Dario Šimić 20 DF   Croatia Zagreb
1996 Davor Šuker (4) 29 FW   Real Madrid Jurica Vučko 20 FW   Hajduk Split
1997 Robert Prosinečki (2) 28 MF   Croatia Zagreb Silvio Marić 22 MF   Croatia Zagreb
Davor Šuker (5) 30 FW   Real Madrid
1998 Davor Šuker (6) 31 FW   Real Madrid Jurica Vranješ 18 MF   Osijek
1999 Zvonimir Boban (2) 31 MF   Milan Tomo Šokota 22 FW   Croatia Zagreb
2000 Nenad Bjelica (1) 29 MF   Osijek Krunoslav Lovrek 21 FW   NK Zagreb
2001 Igor Tudor (1) 23 DF   Juventus Ivica Olić 22 FW   NK Zagreb
2002 Stipe Pletikosa (1) 23 GK   Hajduk Split Niko Kranjčar 18 MF   Dinamo Zagreb
2003 Dado Pršo (1) 29 FW   Monaco Goran Ljubojević 20 FW   Osijek
2004 Dado Pršo (2) 30 FW   Rangers Luka Modrić 19 MF   Inter Zaprešić
2005 Dado Pršo (3) 31 FW   Rangers Leon Benko 22 FW   Varteks
2006 Eduardo (1) 23 FW   Dinamo Zagreb Ante Rukavina 20 FW   Šibenik
2007 Luka Modrić (1) 22 MF   Dinamo Zagreb Nikola Kalinić 19 FW   Hajduk Split
2008 Luka Modrić (2) 23 MF   Tottenham Hotspur Marin Tomasov 21 MF   Zadar
2009 Ivica Olić (1) 30 FW   Bayern Munich Milan Badelj 20 MF   Dinamo Zagreb
2010 Ivica Olić (2) 31 FW   Bayern Munich Šime Vrsaljko 18 DF   Dinamo Zagreb
2011 Luka Modrić (3) 26 MF   Tottenham Hotspur Mateo Kovačić 17 MF   Dinamo Zagreb
2012 Mario Mandžukić (1) 26 FW   Bayern Munich Franko Andrijašević 21 MF   Hajduk Split
2013 Mario Mandžukić (2) 27 FW   Bayern Munich Ante Rebić 20 FW   Fiorentina
2014 Luka Modrić (4) 29 MF   Real Madrid Tin Jedvaj 19 DF   Bayer Leverkusen
2015 Ivan Rakitić (1) 27 MF   Barcelona Ante Ćorić 18 MF   Dinamo Zagreb
2016 Luka Modrić (5) 31 MF   Real Madrid Filip Benković 19 DF   Dinamo Zagreb
2017 Luka Modrić (6) 32 MF   Real Madrid Lovro Majer 19 MF   Lokomotiva
2018 Luka Modrić (7) 33 MF   Real Madrid
2019 Luka Modrić (8) 34 MF   Real Madrid
2020 Luka Modrić (9) 35 MF   Real Madrid

Notes on club name changes:

  • Dinamo Zagreb changed their name to "HAŠK Građanski" in June 1991 and then again in February 1993 to "Croatia Zagreb". They reverted to "Dinamo Zagreb" in February 2000.
  • The NK Varteks changed their 52-year-old name to "NK Varaždin" in June 2010, then folded in 2015. Two newer clubs, both unassociated with the defunct team, use the defunct club's names: NK Varteks (founded 2011) and NK Varaždin (founded 2012 as "Varaždin ŠN", picked up the "NK Varaždin" name when the older club folded).

Multiple winnersEdit

Players in bold are still active. Wins in italics denote wins in Yugoslav competition before 1991.

Wins Player Winning years Clubs
9 Luka Modrić 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid
6 Davor Šuker 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Sevilla, Real Madrid
3 Dado Pršo 2003, 2004, 2005 AS Monaco, Rangers
2 Velimir Zajec 1979, 1984 Dinamo Zagreb, Panathinaikos
Dragan Stojković 1988, 1989 Red Star Belgrade
Robert Prosinečki 1990, 1997 Red Star Belgrade, Croatia Zagreb
Zvonimir Boban 1991, 1999 Milan
Ivica Olić 2009, 2010 Bayern Munich
Mario Mandžukić 2012, 2013 Bayern Munich

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Za njega ništa nije nemoguće, nadmašio je čak i Šukera!". vecernji.hr (in Croatian). 24 December 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Modrića nisu uljuljale silne nagrade, samo su ga motivirale da opet bude - najbolji!". vecernji.hr (in Croatian). 29 December 2019. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Puric, Bojan (2 January 2005). ""Vecernji list" Player of the Year". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
  4. ^ "VL Player of the Year 2014". Vecernji List. 27 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Luka Modrić dobio još jednu renomiranu nagradu: 'O ovome sam maštao!'". Vecernji List. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Modric equals Suker with Croatian Footballer of the Year award – FourFourTwo". 1 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  7. ^ Flak, Igor; Jurišić, Predrag (31 December 2010). "U Bayernu će se još jednom klanjati Ivici Oliću" (in Croatian). Večernji list. Retrieved 4 May 2011.

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