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Medjimurje

Medjimurje is a football (soccer) club from Croatia.

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About Medjimurje

NK Međimurje is a Croatian football (soccer) club based in Čakovec. The club is named after Međimurje County, the region in northern Croatia where Čakovec is located. They were relegated to the Druga HNL after finishing 15th in the Prva HNL at the end of the 2009–10 season.

The club play their home games at the Stadion SRC Mladost, which has a total capacity of approximately 8,000 and is also the home ground of local rivals NK Čakovec. The club's supporters group is called the Angels.

History

The club was founded in June 2003 and started to compete in the Druga HNL, where they replaced NK Omladinac, a club based in the Čakovec suburb of Novo Selo Rok. They finished top of the league at the end of the 2003–04 season, clinching promotion to the Prva HNL.

They started their first season in the top flight with three defeats in their opening three matches, before beating NK Zagreb 1–0 on the road on Day 4 to clinch their first win of the Prva HNL 2004–05. However, they continued to experience very little success after that, only grabbing two further wins in the following 18 matches and being bottom of the table as the league split in two groups in March 2005. Their performance improved in the bottom-6 group, the Relegation League, where they had a streak of seven games undefeated and finished 5th, overtaking NK Zadar on the final day of the season.

In their second top-flight season in Prva HNL 2005–06, they once again found themselves bottom of the table in March, although with 5 wins and only one point fewer than both NK Inter Zaprešić and NK Slaven Belupo. After three defeats in their opening three matches in the Relegation League, they managed a streak of seven games undefeated and overtook Inter Zaprešić after beating them on the penultimate day of the season.

In Prva HNL 2006–07, they experienced mixed fortunes in their opening seven games, but then managed four consecutive wins and even found themselves in 4th place after Day 11. They eventually finished the season in 9th place, their best result in the top flight, with 11 wins in 33 matches. The Prva HNL 2007–08 season, however, brought very little success and they found themselves bottom of the table for majority of the season. They eventually finished rock-bottom, with only 15 points and mere three wins from 33 matches, 18 points behind the 11th-place Inter Zaprešić, and were effectively relegated to the Croatian Second League.

In 2008–09, they finished fifth in the Croatian Second League, but were nevertheless directly promoted back to the Croatian First League for the Prva HNL 2009–10 as the league was expanded to 16 teams and NK Slavonac CO, who finished above them, decided to withdraw from the top flight after failing to secure a proper stadium as their home ground.

In the first half of the 2009–10 season, they performed well at home, recording 5 wins and 2 draws in 9 matches, but poor performance on the road (they lost all 8 away matches) saw them start the second half of the season in 13th place, just above the relegation zone. Despite winning two away matches in the second half of the season, a series of draws and defeats (including a crushing 5–1 defeat at home to NK Rijeka) saw them dropping into the relegation zone with 6 matches left. A 4–1 defeat at HNK Hajduk Split on the penultimate day of the season confirmed their 15th-place finish and relegation back to the second division.

In June 2010, the aforementioned match against Hajduk was confirmed to have been one of the match fixing in the Croatian top flight during the 2009–10 season. Three of the club's players from the 2009–10 season, Mario Darmopil, Danijel Mađarić and Neven Vuljanko, were arrested under allegations of being involved in match fixing. Darmopil was the team's captain during the 2009–10 season, while Mađarić and Vuljanko were the two goalkeepers who made league appearances for the club in the second half of the season. In February 2011, Darmopil and Mađarić were sentenced to 8 and 7 months in prison respectively for their involvement in match fixing.

Club honours

- Druga HNL
- - Winners (1): 2003-04







Seasons



Notable players

- Samir Duro
- Mario Grgurović
- Dino Kresinger
- Igor Mostarlić
- Saško Pandev
- Kristijan Polovanec
- Edin Šaranović
- Danijel Štefulj
- Tomislav Dujmović




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