The NK Osijek is a Croatian football club based in the Slavonian city Osijek ( dt: Osijek ) and currently plays in the Croatian football league. The term Nogometni club (NK ) corresponds to the German Football Club (FC).
Founded in 1947 under the name NK Osijek Proleter, finally renamed to NK Osijek 1961 in NK Osijek and Slavonia in 1967, the club rose to 1977 in the first Yugoslav league. The greatest successes in the former Yugoslavia were the sixth place in 1984 and reaching the Cup semi-finals in 1989.
In the first season of the newly formed 1 HNL was because of the Croatia war none of the nominal home games held in Osijek itself and yet achieved the third place. The first participation in the UEFA Cup in 1995 succeeded, the biggest success in club history was the Cup victory in Croatia in 1999. In the 2000 /01 season in Osijek reached Uefa Cup after victories against Brondby Copenhagen and Rapid Wien the last sixteen.
The NK Osijek plays in the stadium Gradski Vrt, which offers 19,500 seats. It was built in the early 1980s. The Croatian national team was playing often qualifiers and friendly matches in Gradski Vrt.
The fan club of NK Osijek named Kohorta. The organization of the fans began in the 70s of the 20th century. At that time was called the Fan " Šokci ".
After the " Torcidas " ( Hajduk Split) and the "Bad Blue Boys" (Dinamo Zagreb ) is " Kohorta " the third largest fan club in Croatia.
Osijek is known for its soccer academy. Some of the best strikers in Croatia started their career in Osijek. The most famous and successful of these was Davor Šuker. He was with the national team top scorer and third in the 1998 World Cup in France. Also known are Goran Vlaović Igor Cvitanović, Robert Špehar and currently Danijel Pranjić. Špehar is still with 58 gates the best scorer in the club 's history.