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Lokomotiva Zagreb

Lokomotiva Zagreb is a football (soccer) club from Croatia.

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About Lokomotiva Zagreb

NK Lokomotiva is a Croatian association football club based in Zagreb, currently competing in the Prva HNL, the country's top division. Founded originally as ŽŠK Victoria in 1914, the club's only period of success came in the late 1940s and early 1950s before spending most of the following five decades as lower-level minnows.

In the mid-2000s Lokomotiva was turned into NK Dinamo Zagreb's farm team and between 2007 and 2009 they won three consecutive promotions which saw them rise from fourth level to first level in the Croatian football league system. They host their home matches at Dinamo's Stadion Maksimir, as their own ground in the Novi Zagreb's Kajzerica neighbourhood is unsuitable for top level football.

History

Founded in 1914, Lokomotiva was mostly in the shadow of the city's bigger clubs Građanski Zagreb, HŠK Concordia and HAŠK. The club's most productive years came after World War II when they continuously played for 8 season (1947.-1955.) in the Yugoslav First League with best league result in Yugoslav First League 1952, when they finished third, behind Hajduk Split and Red Star Belgrade. They were relegated again from the First League in the summer of 1957 and never returned to the top flight again.

After Croatian independence and formation of HNL in 1991, Lokomotiva played in lower croatian leagues, mostly spending their time in Treća HNL. In 2006 after they were relegated to Četvrta HNL, Lokomotiva became Feeder team for Dinamo Zagreb. That will result Lokomotiva gaining promotion in the each of the next three seasons, finshing 1st in 4.HNL 2006/2007, 2nd in 3.HNL 2007/2008, and 3rd 2.HNL 2008/2009, respectively.

In 2009/2010 season Lokomotiva played first league football after 52 years. To meet the critera for 1.HNL they moved to Dinamo's Maksimir Stadium.
After a bad start and three loses, Lokosi performed above expectations and at the end finished 8th in Prva HNL, with notable victories 4:2 away against NK Zagreb, home 3:0 vs NK Rijeka and 2:1 vs HNK Hajduk Split. Squad was one of the youngest in the league with only two players above the age of 30.

Name changes

- ŽŠK Victoria (1914–1919)
- ŠK Željezničar (1919–1941)
- HŽŠK (1941–1945)
- FD Lokomotiva (1945–1946)
- FD Crvena Lokomotiva (1946–47)
- NK Lokomotiva (1947–present)




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Notable players

- Edin Mujčin
- Otto Barić
- Zvonimir Cimermančić
- Tvrtko Kale
- Silvio Marić
- Ante Mladinić

Managers

- Roy Ferenčina (2009–10)
- Tomislav Ivković (2011–)




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