NK Zagreb

NK Zagreb ( Zagreb Nogometni club ), short Zagreb, is a football club from the Croatian capital Zagreb.


The NK Zagreb was founded in the early 20th century. The specific date is unknown, but it is possible that the association with the 1903 and 1909 founded reconstituted club PNIŠK ( Prvi Nogometni i Sportski klub, dt 1 football and sports club ) is connected, as it is written in many books.

After the Second World War, the rise in the first Yugoslav League succeeded to season 1952/53. After several off and climbs and a total of 15 seasons in the first division of the last descent in Yugoslavia took place in 1982.

Since the founding of the first HNL in 1992 the club was continuously is a member and in 2002 succeeded to the Croatian championship of the biggest success in club history. The former champion team consisted of, inter alia, Ivica Olic and Joško Popović. In the subsequent Champions League qualification of NK difference in the second round against Zalaegerszegi TE FC from Hungary.

Only in the 2012/13 season the club for the first time rose from the 2nd HNL, when he finished only the twelfth and last place of the table.

Logo History


Coat of arms since 2008


NK Zagreb in Zagreb plays " stadium Kranjčevićeva " which summarizes 12,000 spectators. The stadium is named after the street on which it is located, which in turn is named after the poet Silvius Strahimir Kranjčević. This helped the club nicknamed " The Poet " a (Croatian pjesnici ). For a long time it is discussed whether the association with Dinamo Zagreb will play together in the Maksimir Stadium. In Europe, there are plenty of examples as in Munich or Milan. However, the followers of NK Zagreb are vehemently against it. Cause problems, it would not actually, but the stadium Maksimir is not owned by Dinamo, but owned by the City of Zagreb. The fans are referred to by the nickname "White Angels".

Known player

  • Bosnian Emir Spahić
  • Bosnians Tomislav Piplica
  • Croat Nikola Jurčević
  • Croat Joško Popović
  • Croatian Ivica Olic
  • Croat Mario Mandzukic