NK Varaždin is a Croatian football club from the city of Varaždin.
The club was founded in 1932 under the name Slavija Varaždin and in 1945 in Tekstilac ( derivative of " textile ", and the textile industry was at that time prevalent in Varaždin ) renamed. In 1958 another name change to the currently known name VARTEKS Varaždin ( Varaždin VAR stands for, TEKS in turn for the textile industry). Based in Varaždin textile company VARTEKS doo was until recently also the main sponsor of the club.
Since the take-off of this major sponsor of the club is struggling with extreme existence of trouble. For this reason, many regular players had to be sold and replaced by young players from their own offspring in recent years. The youth work of the association is known, however now in Croatia as exemplary.
Varteks it was denied to win a title in the past, we failed in 1961 in the then Yugoslav Cup final at Vardar Skopje. The greatest success was achieved by the club in 1938 under the name Slavija Varaždin with the move into the former first league of Yugoslavia ( Savezna league ).
After the Civil War and the independence of Croatia, the club directly in the first Croatian league newly founded ( 1 HNL) was added. Since that time, the club is no longer descended and reached the best ranking to third place behind the well-known clubs Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split. In addition, it was in the past years, many a time in the cup final, but lost all finals respectively against Dinamo Zagreb. With the advent of the cup final itself Varteks however, the participation ensured each time to a European competition. Here can be the largest success of the victory in the first round of the UEFA Cup in 2001 against Aston Villa, as well as the elimination of the Dutch representative SC Heerenveen in 1998 in the then existing European Cup Winners' Cup and connected to the rise in the quarter-finals of the competition lead.
Well-known former players and coaches
- Croatia Saša Bjelanović
- Bosnia and Herzegovina Miroslav Blažević
- Croatia Luka Bonačić
- Croatia Nikola Pokrivač
- Croatia Srebrenko Posavec
- Croatia Danijel Štefulj
- Croatia Adam Susac
- Croatia Davor Vugrinec
The stadium is located on the Zagreb Str ( Zagrebačka ulica ). It was built there in 1931 against the textile company Varteks doo for the recreation of the company employees purposes.
Over time, changed the stadium and was adapted to the corresponding UEFA criteria to host international matches.
It summarizes the present state of 9,600 seats, of which 4,100 covered in the main stand ( Zapad - west), 4,400 uncovered seats on the opposite stand ( Istok - East), and 1,100 uncovered seats on the Fan Area right ( Jug - south). On the north side ( Sjever ) not providing any bleachers, but one is planned with a reception and restaurant on the ground floor. The stadium lighting is specified at 1400 lux, and is exceptional. The club did not need for the establishment of the lighting reach into their own pockets, rather it was a gift from the company Dalekovod to the club for an outstanding season in which we only just missed the championship, but the third place and the achievement Pokalfinals secured a spot in European competition.
To the stadium includes three training courses, one of which is lighted, and the latest (completed in late 2005 ) is an artificial pitch which are also given in the winter good training opportunities.
The fan base called White Stones. Since it is not yet all too old, there are not very many members. The association was only with the independent Croatian league to the first division, thus the fan base was also only known. For the past 15 years, the team from the South Stand ( Jug ), which has been specifically designated by the Inizialen "WS", cheered. Despite the small community has been a private Fanlied, which sounds to every game from the stadium loud speakers. It is played before and after the game, but also in the half-time interval, respectively.
- Croatian soccer club
- Sport ( Varaždin )