HNK Vukovar 1991: A Success Story into the ‘New’ Croatian First League Next Season

Daniela Rogulj

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The scorers were Josip Barišić (11th) and Ivan Aleksić (60th). The host of the final playoff match was Mladost Ždralovi and was played at the City Stadium in Bjelovar, reports

Vukovar took the lead in the 11th minute with a goal by Josip Barišić, assisted by Dino Vuksan. Mladost then tried to equalize and had several good chances, even hitting the crossbar at the end of the first half, but Vukovar led 1-0 at the half. 

The second half started with fierce motivation from the home side, while Vukovar waited for a chance from the counter. The match was decided in the 60th minute when Ivan Aleksić was assisted by Robin Gonzalez to increase Vukovar’s lead to 2-0. After that, Mladost’s enthusiasm subsided and it was clear that they would have a tough time reversing the result. 

HNK Vukovar 1991 coach, Miroslav Bojko, strengthened his defense with changes and calmly brought the game to an end. HNK Vukovar 1991 entered the playoffs as the champion of the Third HNL – East and was one of the favorites to be promoted. 

HNK Vukovar 1991 was built on the ruins of Vukovar ’91, which was closed in 2012 due to debts. The new club started from the 4th rank of the competition, the Inter-County Football League Osijek-Vinkovci.

After ten years of gradual growth, they managed to win Second League status, and as the club’s leaders point out, the goal is to be placed in the elite ranks of Croatian football, which they will have a chance to achieve next season.

Hrvatski Dragovoljac, Rudeš, Inter-Zaprešić, Jarun, Kustošija, Dugopolje, Solin, Cibalia, Orijent 1919, Dubrava Tim Kabel, BSK and HNK Vukovar 1991 will compete in the First NL, the former Second HNL, next season.

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