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During my visits to Croatia I spent some weeks on the Kvarner Islands and visited a few games of the local clubs. Although very amateurish, I somehow liked it enough to clearly remember the visits and I was wondering how the clubs were doing now. Surprisingly only NK Pag has a webpage which doesn't seem up-to-date however.

Can anyone tell me the current status of
NK Losinj
HNK Novalja
NK Pag

what league are they in? How is their position and outlook (promotion/relegation/etc)?

PS: in Novalja I was invited to the game by the owner of the hotel sponsoring the team :) Apparently they had 1 fulltime pro while the others were non-professional. They were in division 3 back then (the sponsor guy told me promotion would not have been possible due to lack of decent stadium) and their average was about 200 fans during home games.
 

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NK Novalja were in the headlines a few year back because they had a large number of Brazlians playing for them. They actually started a trend with clubs mainly 2nd division signing up lots of value for money Brazilians players.
Several years ago they were playing in the 2nd division and earned a spot for the play-off to win promotion into the 1st division but they ended up losing.
That season they had something like 4 Brazilians, and some other foreigners even a Japanese player, they even beat Hajduk Split 3:0 in a friendly game.
Now they are in the 3rd-West division. Last year they had 2 Brazilians deported because they were illegals ie. weren't registered to work.

As for Losinj and Pag I don't know which leagues they are in.
 

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With 5 rounds left in the season Novalja are stuck in the middle.


Poz Klub Uta Pob Ner Por Razlika pog. Bod
1Karlovac 29 24 2 3 83 : 19 +64 74
2 Lokomotiva 29 23 2 4 90 : 29 +61 71
3 Vrapče 29 14 9 6 42 : 35 +7 51
4 Rudeš 29 13 7 9 36 : 33 +3 46
5 Lučko 29 13 6 10 47 : 42 +5 45
6 Polet B 29 13 6 10 45 : 41 +4 45
7 Vrbovec 29 13 5 11 37 : 35 +2 44
8 Nehaj 29 13 4 12 36 : 37 -1 43
9 Novalja 29 12 6 11 43 : 37 +6 42
10 Rudar 29 11 8 10 37 : 36 +1 41
11 Rovinj 29 10 7 12 40 : 46 -6 37
12 Jadran 29 10 6 13 35 : 41 -6 36
13 Orijent 29 8 9 12 30 : 28 +2 33
14 Radnik 29 9 5 15 36 : 43 -7 32
15 HAŠK 29 8 5 16 36 : 53 -17 29
16 Istra 29 5 10 14 17 : 39 -22 25
17 Draga 29 6 6 17 32 : 60 -28 24
18 Žminj 29 4 1 24 23 : 91 -68 13
 

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NK Novalja were in the headlines a few year back because they had a large number of Brazlians playing for them. They actually started a trend with clubs mainly 2nd division signing up lots of value for money Brazilians players.
Several years ago they were playing in the 2nd division and earned a spot for the play-off to win promotion into the 1st division but they ended up losing.
That season they had something like 4 Brazilians, and some other foreigners even a Japanese player, they even beat Hajduk Split 3:0 in a friendly game.
Now they are in the 3rd-West division. Last year they had 2 Brazilians deported because they were illegals ie. weren't registered to work.

As for Losinj and Pag I don't know which leagues they are in.
Yeh i remember when Novalja was in second div.. they would have to play somewhere else tho if they got promoted. They played playoff at Poljud if i'm not wrong.
 

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The stadium of Novalja is nowhere near second division standards, so I am surprised to hear they were allowed into the second division. When I visited the club it was 2000 and they had 1 Brazilian in the team already then, that was that one professional player I was talking about. Apparently he didn't earn a lot though, but he was given free accomodation in the hotel from the sponsor.
 

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They built new stand in 2003 or when so i guess it might get second league licence. Those brazilians at third div and such leagues usualy play for something like 500, 600 euros + normal daily job provided by club sponsor or something like that :)
 

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I found that the year after playing in the 2nd div. in 2004 or 2005 Novalja was thrown back into the 3rd div. because the club didn't meet its standards, ie. it had no junior structure or reserve ground.
 

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they basically had one hot season in the 2.HNL where they were close to promotion, but then as mentioned before the HNS (Croatian football federation) got more strict with licenses and they were kicked down to the 3.HNL.

They even prevented a club (NK Belisce) from being promoted one season because of liscense problems and one club currently in the 2.HNL was saved because another team who finished ahead of them didn't have a license.

About NK Pag and NK Losinj...NK Pag play in the 4.HNL, which is one league above the regional leagues, NK Losinj play in the top regional/county league called 'Prva Primorsko-goranska Zupanska Liga' which is the 5th division in the Croatian football ladder. About their results, don't know, these leagues are rarely written about

I have also watched lower league Croatian soccer myself, I have a cousin who plays in the 4.HNL and the matches are certainly interesting (so many mistakes!) and the crowds are pretty funny as well :D
 

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Is there no site listing those results? I would be keen on knowing how NK Pag and NK Losinj are doing as I have very nice memories on my visits to those clubs (and towns)

If I would need to name a favourite Croat team, it'd be NK Losinj, that one I liked most of all really. Both the visit to the club and the 2 weeks I spent in Veli Losinj were very nice and I still think back of those moments with great joy.
 

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Is there no site listing those results? I would be keen on knowing how NK Pag and NK Losinj are doing as I have very nice memories on my visits to those clubs (and towns)

If I would need to name a favourite Croat team, it'd be NK Losinj, that one I liked most of all really. Both the visit to the club and the 2 weeks I spent in Veli Losinj were very nice and I still think back of those moments with great joy.
I have a cousin that lives in Mali Losinj, I will be there is an few months time and will get the 'word on the street' in regards to the comings and goings at NK Losinj :smileani:

Losinj is a lovely island. So is Pag as well, part of my family tree hails from southern Pag island.
 

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This is the formate of the league structure in Croatia.

HNL Structure 07/08

1 HNL - 12 clubs x3 rounds

2 HNL - 16 clubs x2

3 HNL - East 18 clubs x2
------- West 18 clubs x2
------- South 18 clubs x2

4 HNL - East 16 clubs x2
------- West 14 clubs x2
------- South-A 11 clubs x3
------- South-B 10 clubs x3
------- North-A 14 clubs x2
------- North-B 16 clubs x2
------- Center-A 16 clubs x2
------- Center-B 18 clubs x2

5 HNL 21 regional Zupanija leagues which breaks down further depending on the number of clubs/leagues.


Here's a link of the structure but for 05/06 season which has changed.
Then there was two 2nd div. North-South now there's only one.
Also x5 3rd div. now 3 etc.
What was called the 4th was already the Županija leagues.
http://www.nk-maksimir.hr/cro_nogomet.htm
 
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