NK Istra 1961

NK Istra 1961 is a Croatian football club from the city of Pula in Istria, not to be confused with NK Istra Pula.


The club was founded in 1948 under the name NK Uljanik Pula as a work club of the same shipyard in Pula. After the merger in 1961 with the city rivals NK Pula to NK Istra Pula the reestablishment took place in 1964 under the old name Uljanik. Under this name, the club reached in 2003 as the first non - top-flight club since consist of HNL Croatian Cup final and the 2004 first ascent in the first HNL. Ironically, the city rivals NK Istra rose from the same year from the 2nd HNL. After several name changes, including in NK Pula 1856, the club received its present name after relegation from the first division in 2007. Succeeded in 2009 as Master of the 2nd HNL return to the first division.


Since the beginning of the 2011/2012 season, the club plays its home matches at the stadium Aldo Drosina. The stadium holds 9,000 spectators. Previously the home games were in the stadium ŠRC Uljanik Veruda, which offered 3,500 spectators discharged. But because it was not the licensing conditions of the Croatian Football Federation for the first league meet, the club moved to the stadium Aldo Drosina.

Record this season

Current squad 2012

Well-known former players

  • Stiven Rivic Croat
  • Croatian Igor Barukcic
  • Croatian Nikola Kalinic

Dinamo Zagreb | Hajduk Split | NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac | NK Istra 1961 | Lokomotiva Zagreb | NK Osijek | HNK Rijeka | NK Slaven Belupo | RNK Split | Zadar NK

  • Croatian soccer club
  • Pula
  • Founded in 1948