Croatian Football Cup
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Croatian Football Cup
Croatian Football Cup
Number of teams48
Qualifier forUEFA Europa League
Current championsRijeka
(6th title)
Most successful club(s)Dinamo Zagreb
(15 titles)
Television broadcastersHNTV
WebsiteOfficial website
2020-21 Croatian Football Cup

The Croatian Football Cup (Croatian: Hrvatski nogometni kup) is an annually held football tournament for Croatian football clubs and is the second most important competition in Croatian football after the Croatian First Football League championship. It is governed by the Croatian Football Federation (CFF) and usually runs from late August to late May. Cup winners automatically qualify for next season's UEFA Europa League, except when cup winners are also First League champions, in which case cup finalists take their berth in the Europa League.[1]

The cup was established in 1992,[2] after Croatian clubs had abandoned the Yugoslav First League and Yugoslav Cup competitions following the breakup of Yugoslavia. As of the most recent 2019-20 season a total of 29 cup seasons were held. The competition has historically been dominated by the two Eternal Derby sides - the most successful club is Dinamo Zagreb (formerly known in the 1990s as "HA?K Gra?anski" and "Croatia Zagreb") who appeared in 22 finals and won 15 titles, followed by Hajduk Split who won 6 titles out of 11 finals they appeared in.[3]

Either Dinamo or Hajduk appeared in all but three cup finals (in 1999, 2006 and 2020) and only three other clubs have won the cup - Rijeka (6 wins), Inter Zapre?i? (1 win) and Osijek (1 win).[3] Although clubs can qualify for the cup via regional county cups, which are usually contested by second-, third- or fourth-level sides, Istra 1961 (formerly known as Uljanik Pula) in 2003 was the only team in the history of the competition to have reached the cup final from outside the top level.


Although in theory any club can take part in the cup, 48 teams enter the competition proper, based on three criteria:[1]

  1. Top sixteen best-ranked teams according to club coefficient calculated by the Croatian Football Federation which take into account their cup records in the previous five seasons
  2. Twenty-one club winners of regional cups organised in each of 21 counties of Croatia
  3. Eleven regional cup finalists, from the top 11 counties with the greatest number of active football clubs registered

Clubs which qualify via regional cups always enter in the preliminary round, which consists of 16 single-legged fixtures.[1] In case of a draw at the end of normal time, thirty minutes of extra time is played, and if scores are still level, a penalty shootout is held to determine the winner of the tie.[1]

Sixteen winners of the preliminary ties go on to the first round proper (round of 32), where they are joined by the sixteen best-ranked clubs according to cup coefficient (this usually means all First League clubs and a handful of best-ranked lower level teams). Round of 32 (R1) and round of 16 (R2) are also played as single-legged fixtures. Until the 2014-15 season, from the quarter-finals onward, the competition employed a two-legged tie format, with winners progressing through on aggregate score. Since 2015-16, quarter-finals are also played as single-legged fixtures and, since 2017-18, the same applies for semi-finals.

In case the score is still level at the end of regular time, extra time is played. If the score remains level after extra time, a penalty shootout takes place to determine tie winners.[1] With the exception of 1997 and 1999 finals, all finals were also played as two-legged fixtures until the rules were most recently changed for the 2014-15 season and a single-match final was made permanent.[4]

List of winners


(R) Replay
Two-legged tie
* Match went to extra time
dagger Match decided by a penalty shoot-out (from 2015 after extra time)
double-dagger Winning team won The Double
Italics Team from outside the top level of Croatian football

List of winners

Season Winners Score Runners-up Venue(s)
1992 Inker Zapre?i? (1) 2-1 HA?K Gra?anski Stadion ?RC Zapre?i?; Stadion Maksimir
1992-93 Hajduk Split (1) 5-3 Croatia Zagreb Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
1993-94 Croatia Zagreb (1) 2-1 Rijeka Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Kantrida
1994-95 Hajduk Split double-dagger(2) 4-2 Croatia Zagreb Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
1995-96 Croatia Zagreb double-dagger(2) 3-0 Varteks Stadion Varteksa; Stadion Maksimir
1996-97 Croatia Zagreb double-dagger(3) 2-1 NK Zagreb Stadion Maksimir
1997-98 Croatia Zagreb double-dagger(4) 3-1 Varteks Stadion Varteksa; Stadion Maksimir
1998-99 Osijek (1) 2-1 * Cibalia Stadion Maksimir
1999-2000 Hajduk Split (3) 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
2000-01 Dinamo Zagreb (5) 3-0 Hajduk Split Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
2001-02 Dinamo Zagreb (6) 2-1 Varteks Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Varteksa
2002-03 Hajduk Split (4) 5-0 Uljanik Pula Stadion Aldo Drosina; Stadion Poljud
2003-04 Dinamo Zagreb (7) 1-1 (a) Varteks Stadion Varteksa; Stadion Maksimir
2004-05 Rijeka (1) 3-1 Hajduk Split Stadion Kantrida; Stadion Poljud
2005-06 Rijeka (2) 5-5 (a) Varteks Stadion Kantrida; Stadion Varteksa
2006-07 Dinamo Zagreb double-dagger(8) 2-1 Slaven Belupo Stadion Maksimir; Gradski stadion (Koprivnica)
2007-08 Dinamo Zagreb double-dagger(9) 3-0 Hajduk Split Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Poljud
2008-09 Dinamo Zagreb double-dagger(10) 3-3 (4-3 p) dagger Hajduk Split Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Poljud
2009-10 Hajduk Split (5) 4-1 ?ibenik Stadion Poljud; Stadion ?ubi?evac
2010-11 Dinamo Zagreb double-dagger(11) 8-2 Vara?din Stadion Maksimir; Stadion An?elko Herjavec
2011-12 Dinamo Zagreb double-dagger(12) 3-1 Osijek Stadion Gradski vrt; Stadion Maksimir
2012-13 Hajduk Split (6) 5-4 Lokomotiva Stadion Poljud; Stadion Maksimir
2013-14 Rijeka (3) 3-0 Dinamo Zagreb Stadion Maksimir; Stadion Kantrida
2014-15 Dinamo Zagreb double-dagger(13) 0-0 (4-2 p) dagger RNK Split Stadion Maksimir
2015-16 Dinamo Zagreb double-dagger(14) 2-1 Slaven Belupo Stadion Gradski vrt
2016-17 Rijeka double-dagger(4) 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb Stadion An?elko Herjavec
2017-18 Dinamo Zagreb double-dagger(15) 1-0 Hajduk Split Stadion HNK Cibalia
2018-19 Rijeka (5) 3-1 Dinamo Zagreb Stadion Aldo Drosina
2019-20 Rijeka (6) 1-0 Lokomotiva Stadion ?ubi?evac

Results by team

Club Winners Last final won Runners-up Last final lost
Dinamo Zagreb[A] 15 2018 7 2019
Hajduk Split 6 2013 5 2018
Rijeka 6 2020 1 1994
Osijek 1 1999 1 2012
Inter Zapre?i?[B] 1 1992 0 --
Vara?din[C] 0 -- 6 2011
Slaven Belupo[E] 0 -- 2 2016
Lokomotiva 0 -- 2 2020
NK Zagreb 0 -- 1 1997
Cibalia 0 -- 1 1999
Istra 1961[D] 0 -- 1 2003
?ibenik 0 -- 1 2010
RNK Split 0 -- 1 2015

Winning managers

Final Winning manager Winning club Losing manager Losing club
1992 Ilija Lon?arevi? Inker Zapre?i? Vlatko Markovi? HA?K Gra?anski
1993 Ivan Katalini? Hajduk Split Miroslav Bla?evi? Croatia Zagreb
1994 Miroslav Bla?evi? Croatia Zagreb Sre?ko Juri?i? Rijeka
1995 Ivan Katalini? Hajduk Split Zlatko Kranj?ar Croatia Zagreb
1996 Zlatko Kranj?ar Croatia Zagreb Luka Bona?i? Varteks
1997 Otto Bari? Croatia Zagreb Kre?imir Ganjto NK Zagreb
1998 Zlatko Kranj?ar Croatia Zagreb Dra?en Besek Varteks
1999 Stanko Poklepovi? Osijek Sre?ko Lu?i? Cibalia
2000 Petar Nadoveza Hajduk Split Marijan Vlak Dinamo Zagreb
2001 Ilija Lon?arevi? Dinamo Zagreb Zoran Vuli? Hajduk Split
2002 Marijan Vlak Dinamo Zagreb Branko Jan?ek Varteks
2003 Zoran Vuli? Hajduk Split Elvis Scoria Uljanik Pula
2004 Nikola Jur?evi? Dinamo Zagreb Miroslav Bla?evi? Varteks
2005 Elvis Scoria Rijeka Igor ?timac Hajduk Split
2006 Dragan Sko?i? Rijeka Zlatko Dali? Varteks
2007 Branko Ivankovi? Dinamo Zagreb Elvis Scoria Slaven Belupo
2008 Zvonimir Soldo Dinamo Zagreb Robert Jarni Hajduk Split
2009 Krunoslav Jur?i? Dinamo Zagreb Ante Mi?e Hajduk Split
2010 Stanko Poklepovi? Hajduk Split Branko Kara?i? ?ibenik
2011 Marijo Tot[F] Dinamo Zagreb Samir Toplak Vara?din
2012 Ante ?a?i? Dinamo Zagreb Stanko Mr?i? Osijek
2013 Igor Tudor Hajduk Split Tomislav Ivkovi? Lokomotiva
2014 Matja? Kek Rijeka Zoran Mami? Dinamo Zagreb
2015 Zoran Mami? Dinamo Zagreb Zoran Vuli? RNK Split
2016 Zoran Mami? Dinamo Zagreb ?eljko Kopi? Slaven Belupo
2017 Matja? Kek Rijeka Ivaylo Petev Dinamo Zagreb
2018 Nenad Bjelica Dinamo Zagreb ?eljko Kopi? Hajduk Split
2019 Igor Bian Rijeka Nenad Bjelica Dinamo Zagreb
2020 Simon Ro?man Rijeka Goran Tomi? Lokomotiva

By individual

Rank Name Winners Club(s) Winning Years
Croatia Ivan Katalini?
Hajduk Split 1993, 1995
Croatia Zlatko Kranj?ar
Croatia Zagreb 1996, 1998
Croatia Ilija Lon?arevi?
Inker Zapre?i?, Dinamo Zagreb 1992, 2001
Croatia Stanko Poklepovi?
Osijek, Hajduk Split 1999, 2010
Croatia Zoran Mami?
Dinamo Zagreb 2015, 2016
Slovenia Matja? Kek
Rijeka 2014, 2017


A. ^ Originally called Dinamo Zagreb, the club was renamed "HA?K Gra?anski" in 1992, and then again "Croatia Zagreb" in the winter break of the 1992-93 season. The club reverted to its original name in February 2000.
B. ^ Inter Zapre?i? was known by its sponsored name "Inker Zapre?i?" (sometimes spelled "INKER") from 1991 to 2003.
C. ^ Vara?din were known as "Varteks" from 1958 to 2010.
D. ^ Istra 1961 was formerly known as "Uljanik Pula" (before 2003), "Pula 1856" (2003-05), "Pula Staro ?e?ko" (2005-06), and "NK Pula" (2006-07) before adopting their current name in 2007. They are not to be confused with their cross-city rivals NK Istra.
E. ^ Slaven Belupo based in Koprivnica were formerly known as "Slaven" until 1992. From 1992 to 1994 they were called "Slaven Bilokalnik" before adopting their current name for sponsorship reasons. Since UEFA does not approve sponsored club names, the club is listed as "Slaven Koprivnica" in European competitions and on UEFA's website.
F. ^ Vahid Halilhod?i? was in charge of Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg of 2011 Croatian Football Cup Final.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Propozicije zavr?nog dijela natjecanja za hrvatski nogometni kup" (PDF). Glasnik HNS-a (in Croatian). Croatian Football Federation. 5 August 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Varteks target cup triumph". UEFA. 1 May 2002. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Stokkermans, Karel (7 May 2010). "Croatia - Cup Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Puric, Bojan (7 February 2000). "Croatian Cup 1992-1999 - All Finals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2010.

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