Croatian Footballer of the Year

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The Croatian Footballer of the Year (Croatian: Nogometaš godine) is the most prestigious annual association football award in Croatia. It is awarded by the newspaper Večernji list to the best Croatian football player in the preceding year, regardless of the league they play in, based on a points system which measures their performances for both club and country. The award is usually presented in a ceremony hosted by the Croatian Football Federation.

The award was established in 1972 and, until 1990, the award was given to the best Yugoslav player in the preceding year. Since the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, the award is given to the best Croatian player. Davor Šuker and Luka Modrić hold the record for most wins, with six awards.[1][2][3][4] They are followed by Dado Pršo with three wins from 2003 to 2005.[1]

In 1995, a separate award, the Hope of the Year (Croatian: Nada godine), was introduced. It is awarded to the best young Croatian player.[5] As of 2016, only Ivica Olić and Luka Modrić have won both the Hope of the Year and Footballer of the Year awards.

List of winners[edit]

Yugoslav Footballer of the Year (1972–90)[edit]

† denotes shared wins

Year Yugoslav Footballer of the Year
Player (Wins) Age Pos. Club
1972 Dušan Bajević (1) 24 FW Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež
1973 Enver Marić (1) 25 GK Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež
1974 Josip Katalinski (1) 26 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Željezničar
1975 Ivan Buljan (1) 26 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1976 Ivica Šurjak (1) 23 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1977 Dražen Mužinić (1) 24 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1978 Vilson Džoni (1) 28 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb
Nenad Stojković (1) 22 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan
1979 Safet Sušić (1) 24 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Sarajevo
Velimir Zajec (1) 23 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb
1980 Vladimir Petrović (1) 25 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star
1981 Zlatko Vujović (1) 23 FW Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1982 Ivan Gudelj (1) 22 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1983 Zoran Simović (1) 29 GK Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1984 Velimir Zajec (2) 28 MF Greece Panathinaikos
1985 Blaž Slišković (1) 26 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split
1986 Semir Tuce (1) 22 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež
1987 Marko Mlinarić (1) 27 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb
1988 Dragan Stojković (1) 23 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star
1989 Dragan Stojković (2) 24 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star
1990 Robert Prosinečki (1) 21 MF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star

Croatian Footballer of the Year (1991–present)[edit]

Year Croatian Footballer of the Year Hope of the Year
Player (Wins) Age Pos. Club Player Age Pos. Club
1991 Zvonimir Boban (1) 23 MF Italy Milan &
1992 Davor Šuker (1) 25 FW Spain Sevilla &
1993 Alen Bokšić (1) 23 FW Italy Lazio &
1994 Davor Šuker (2) 27 FW Spain Sevilla &
1995 Davor Šuker (3) 28 FW Spain Sevilla Dario Šimić 20 DF Croatia Croatia Zagreb
1996 Davor Šuker (4) 29 FW Spain Real Madrid Jurica Vučko 20 FW Croatia Hajduk Split
1997 Robert Prosinečki (2) 28 MF Croatia Croatia Zagreb Silvio Marić 22 MF Croatia Croatia Zagreb
Davor Šuker (5) 30 FW Spain Real Madrid
1998 Davor Šuker (6) 31 FW Spain Real Madrid Jurica Vranješ 18 MF Croatia Osijek
1999 Zvonimir Boban (2) 31 MF Italy Milan Tomo Šokota 22 FW Croatia Croatia Zagreb
2000 Nenad Bjelica (1) 29 MF Croatia Osijek Krunoslav Lovrek 21 FW Croatia NK Zagreb
2001 Igor Tudor (1) 23 DF Italy Juventus Ivica Olić 22 FW Croatia NK Zagreb
2002 Stipe Pletikosa (1) 23 GK Croatia Hajduk Split Niko Kranjčar 18 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2003 Dado Pršo (1) 29 FW France Monaco Goran Ljubojević 20 FW Croatia Osijek
2004 Dado Pršo (2) 30 FW Scotland Rangers Luka Modrić 19 MF Croatia Inter Zaprešić
2005 Dado Pršo (3) 31 FW Scotland Rangers Leon Benko 22 FW Croatia Varteks
2006 Eduardo (1) 23 FW Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Ante Rukavina 20 FW Croatia Šibenik
2007 Luka Modrić (1) 22 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb Nikola Kalinić 19 FW Croatia Hajduk Split
2008 Luka Modrić (2) 23 MF England Tottenham Hotspur Marin Tomasov 21 MF Croatia Zadar
2009 Ivica Olić (1) 30 FW Germany Bayern Munich Milan Badelj 20 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2010 Ivica Olić (2) 31 FW Germany Bayern Munich Šime Vrsaljko 18 DF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2011 Luka Modrić (3) 26 MF England Tottenham Hotspur Mateo Kovačić 17 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2012 Mario Mandžukić (1) 26 FW Germany Bayern Munich Franko Andrijašević 21 MF Croatia Hajduk Split
2013 Mario Mandžukić (2) 27 FW Germany Bayern Munich Ante Rebić 20 FW Italy Fiorentina
2014 Luka Modrić (4) 29 MF Spain Real Madrid Tin Jedvaj 19 DF Germany Bayer Leverkusen
2015 Ivan Rakitić (1) 27 MF Spain Barcelona Ante Ćorić 18 MF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2016 Luka Modrić (5) 31 MF Spain Real Madrid Filip Benković 19 DF Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2017 Luka Modrić (6) 32 MF Spain Real Madrid

Notes on club name changes:

  • Dinamo Zagreb changed their name to "HAŠK Građanski" in June 1991 and then again in February 1993 to "Croatia Zagreb". They reverted to "Dinamo Zagreb" in February 2000.
  • Present-day NK Varaždin was called "Varteks" from 1958 until June 2010.

Multiple winners[edit]

Players in bold are still active. Wins marked with asterisk (*) denote wins in Yugoslav competition before 1991.

Wins Player Winning years Clubs
6 Davor Šuker 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 Sevilla, Real Madrid
6 Luka Modrić 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017 Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid
3 Dado Pršo 2003, 2004, 2005 AS Monaco, Rangers
2 Velimir Zajec 1979*, 1984* Dinamo Zagreb, Panathinaikos
2 Dragan Stojković 1988*, 1989* Red Star
2 Robert Prosinečki 1990*, 1997 Red Star, Dinamo Zagreb
2 Zvonimir Boban 1991, 1999 Milan
2 Ivica Olić 2009, 2010 Bayern Munich
2 Mario Mandžukić 2012, 2013 Bayern Munich

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Puric, Bojan (2 January 2005). ""Vecernji list" Player of the Year". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "VL Player of the Year 2014". Vecernji List. 27 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Luka Modrić dobio još jednu renomiranu nagradu: 'O ovome sam maštao!'". Vecernji List. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Modric equals Suker with Croatian Footballer of the Year award – FourFourTwo". 1 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  5. ^ Flak, Igor; Jurišić, Predrag (31 December 2010). "U Bayernu će se još jednom klanjati Ivici Oliću" (in Croatian). Večernji list. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 

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