After 93 Years, Historic Croatian Football Club Going Bankrupt? Inter Zaprešić in Trouble

Daniela Rogulj

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Once upon a time, the famous Pele held the plaque of the then Inker, the Croatia national team played in Zaprešić, and the yellow jersey was worn by Luka Modrić, Eduardo da Silva, and Vedran Ćorluka.

Inter Zaprešić today has no coach, no players, and only a month is left until the start of the second league championship.

Now, the club from the Zagreb suburbs is going into bankruptcy due to a debt to the players of 235 thousand euros, reports

It all started with the coronavirus pandemic. After that, the Zaprešić club lost court cases with two former players, Russian Serder Serderov and Bulgarian Borislav Tsonev. 

Due to debt of 235,000 euros, Inter’s transfer window has been blocked, which in turn means that they cannot bring in players, neither seniors nor juniors.

Unfortunately, this is not the only debt of the Croatian club, but as Branko Laljak told Dnevnik Nova TV a few days ago, these are debts that can be lived with.

A glimmer of hope was offered by possibly communicating with Dinamo. Damir Krznar would sit on the bench, and young talents would replace Maksimir with Zaprešić, but Dinamo did not hold their end of the bargain and ultimately gave up on the idea. 

At the last moment, the possibility of a new potential investor appeared, but that also didn’t work out. A club assembly was called for Thursday, where the new investor was supposed to be presented, but nothing will come of it.

Zaprešić announced that this week they would withdraw from the First Football League, i.e., the second tier of Croatian football, and, by all accounts, will leave their place to NK Croatia Zmijavci.

In the next few days, the club will be liquidated:

“I don’t know what to tell you; it’s over. We need to keep our dignity and be serious; this week, we will withdraw from the second league competition. We tried everything, but so many things have come together against us, and there is no way out,” Laljak told 24 Sata and added that the football school would continue with its work:

“We have to see what will happen with the football school; for sure, we will continue to work with them, but the only question is under what name. There will be no more Inter,” he said and sadly concluded:

“We were supposed to have the Assembly, but nothing will come of it. All potential investors withdrew from this story”.

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