2023–24 Croatian Football League

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Season2023–24
Dates21 July 2023 – 25 May 2024
ChampionsDinamo Zagreb
RelegatedRudeš
Champions LeagueDinamo Zagreb
Europa LeagueRijeka
Conference LeagueHajduk Split
Osijek
Matches played155
Goals scored393 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorerRamón Miérez (14 goals)
Biggest home winRijeka 6–0 Istra 1961
(6 August 2023)
Biggest away winRudeš 1–5 Dinamo Zagreb
(24 September 2023)
Istra 1961 0–4 Lokomotiva
(2 October 2023)
Rudeš 0–4 Istra 1961
(11 November 2023)
Highest scoringIstra 1961 4–4 Osijek
(13 August 2023)
Longest winning run9 matches
Dinamo Zagreb
Longest unbeaten run14 matches
Dinamo Zagreb
Longest winless run24 matches
Rudeš
Longest losing run6 matches
Rudeš
Total attendance828,877
Average attendance5,348
2022–23 2024–25 → All statistics correct as of 22 April 2024.

The 2023–24 Croatian Football League (officially SuperSport Hrvatska nogometna liga for sponsorship reasons) is the 33rd season of the Croatian top division football, the national championship for men's association football teams in Croatia, since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 21 July 2023.

Teams

The league consisted of ten teams; the top nine teams from the previous season, and one team promoted from the Prva NL. 2022–23 Prva NL champions Rudeš were promoted and returned after a four-year absence, replacing the 2022–23 Croatian Football League bottom-placed team, Šibenik (relegated after three seasons in the top flight).

Stadia and locations

Dinamo Zagreb Gorica Hajduk Split Istra 1961
Stadion Maksimir Gradski stadion Velika Gorica Stadion Poljud Stadion Aldo Drosina
Capacity: 24,851 Capacity: 5,200 Capacity: 33,987 Capacity: 9,800
Lokomotiva Osijek
Stadion Kranjčevićeva Opus Arena
Capacity: 5,350 Capacity: 13,005
Rijeka Rudeš Slaven Belupo Varaždin
Stadion Rujevica Stadion Kranjčevićeva Stadion Ivan Kušek-Apaš Stadion Varteks
Capacity: 8,191 Capacity: 5,350 Capacity: 3,054 Capacity: 8,818
Team City Stadium Capacity Ref.
Dinamo Zagreb Zagreb Maksimir 24,851
Gorica Velika Gorica ŠRC Velika Gorica 5,200
Hajduk Split Split Poljud 33,987
Istra 1961 Pula Stadion Aldo Drosina 9,800
Lokomotiva Zagreb Kranjčevićeva1 5,350
Osijek Osijek Opus Arena 13,005
Rijeka Rijeka Rujevica 8,191
Rudeš Zagreb Kranjčevićeva1 5,350
Slaven Belupo Koprivnica Stadion Ivan Kušek-Apaš 3,054
Varaždin Varaždin Stadion Varteks 8,818
Rank Counties of Croatia Number of teams Club(s)
1 Coat of arms of the city of Zagreb City of Zagreb 3 Dinamo Zagreb, Lokomotiva, Rudeš
2 Coat of arms of Istria County Istria 1 Istra 1961
Coat of arms of Koprivnica-Križevci County Koprivnica-Križevci Slaven Belupo
Coat of arms of Osijek-Baranja County Osijek-Baranja Osijek
Coat of arms of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Primorje-Gorski Kotar Rijeka
Coat of arms of Split-Dalmatia County Split-Dalmatia Hajduk Split
Coat of arms of Varaždin County Varaždin Varaždin
Post-1992 coat of arms of Zagreb County Zagreb County Gorica

Personnel and kits

Club Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Sponsors
Dinamo Zagreb Bosnia and Herzegovina Sergej Jakirović North Macedonia Arijan Ademi Adidas PSK
Gorica Croatia Rajko Vidović Croatia Filip Mrzljak Alpas Kömmerling
Hajduk Split Bosnia and Herzegovina Jure Ivanković (caretaker) Croatia Lovre Kalinić Macron Tommy
Istra 1961 Italy Paolo Tramezzani Croatia Slavko Blagojević Joma Germania
Lokomotiva Croatia Silvijo Čabraja Bosnia and Herzegovina Mateo Marić Macron Favbet
Osijek Croatia Ivo Smoje (caretaker) Croatia Marko Malenica 2Rule Mészáros és Mészáros Kft.
Rijeka Croatia Željko Sopić Croatia Nediljko Labrović Joma Favbet
Rudeš Croatia Davor Mladina Croatia Mateo Pavlović Adidas Sava Osiguranje
Slaven Belupo Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivan Radeljić Croatia Tomislav Božić Jako Belupo
Varaždin Croatia Mario Kovačević Croatia Igor Postonjski Capelli Sport BURAI

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Slaven Belupo Croatia Zoran Zekić Contract expired 27 May 2023 Netherlands Ricardo Moniz 7 May 2023 Pre-season
Rudeš Croatia Davor Mladina 5 June 2023 Croatia Robert Prosinečki 7 June 2023 Pre-season
Istra 1961 Spain Gonzalo Garcia Mutual consent 7 June 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mislav Karoglan 11 June 2023 Pre-season
Istra 1961 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mislav Karoglan Sacked 9 August 2023 Spain David Català 13 August 2023 9th
Dinamo Zagreb Croatia Igor Bišćan 21 August 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sergej Jakirović 21 August 2023 7th
Rijeka Bosnia and Herzegovina Sergej Jakirović Signed by Dinamo Zagreb 21 August 2023 Croatia Darko Raić-Sudar (caretaker) 22 August 2023 3rd
Gorica Croatia Željko Sopić Signed by Rijeka 23 August 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mensur Mujdža (caretaker) 23 August 2023 5th
Rijeka Croatia Darko Raić-Sudar (caretaker) End of caretaker tenure 25 August 2023 Croatia Željko Sopić 25 August 2023 3rd
Gorica Bosnia and Herzegovina Mensur Mujdža (caretaker) Signing of Jeličić 30 August 2023 Croatia Dinko Jeličić 30 August 2023 6th
Rudeš Croatia Robert Prosinečki Sacked 3 September 2023 Croatia Toni Golem 5 September 2023 10th
Slaven Belupo Netherlands Ricardo Moniz 4 September 2023 Croatia Roy Ferenčina 5 September 2023 9th
Osijek Croatia Stjepan Tomas 3 October 2023 Croatia Ivo Smoje (caretaker) 3 October 2023 6th
Osijek Croatia Ivo Smoje (caretaker) Signing of Zekić 13 October 2023 Croatia Zoran Zekić 13 October 2023 5th
Hajduk Split Croatia Ivan Leko Mutual consent 23 October 2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mislav Karoglan 23 October 2023 2nd
Rudeš Croatia Toni Golem 12 November 2023 Croatia Ivan Mijač (caretaker) 17 November 2023 10th
Rudeš Croatia Ivan Mijač (caretaker) Signing of Mladina 6 December 2023 Croatia Davor Mladina 6 December 2023 10th
Istra 1961 Spain David Català Sacked 7 February 2024 Italy Paolo Tramezzani 8 February 2024 8th
Gorica Croatia Dinko Jeličić 11 March 2024 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mensur Mujdža (caretaker) 11 March 2024 6th
Gorica Bosnia and Herzegovina Mensur Mujdža (caretaker) Signing of Vidović 18 March 2024 Croatia Rajko Vidović 18 March 2024 6th
Hajduk Split Bosnia and Herzegovina Mislav Karoglan Mutual consent 8 April 2024 Bosnia and Herzegovina Jure Ivanković (caretaker) 8 April 2024 3rd
Slaven Belupo Croatia Roy Ferenčina Sacked 9 April 2024 Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivan Radeljić 9 April 2024 9th
Osijek Croatia Zoran Zekić 20 May 2024 Croatia Ivo Smoje (caretaker) 20 May 2024 4th

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) 36 25 7 4 67 30 +37 82 Qualification to Champions League play-off round
2 Rijeka 36 23 5 8 69 30 +39 74 Qualification to Europa League second qualifying round
3 Hajduk Split 36 21 5 10 54 26 +28 68 Qualification to Conference League second qualifying round
4 Osijek 36 16 9 11 62 43 +19 57
5 Lokomotiva 36 12 15 9 52 45 +7 51
6 Varaždin 36 10 12 14 39 47 −8 42
7 Gorica 36 11 8 17 35 50 −15 41
8 Istra 1961 36 10 11 15 36 54 −18 41
9 Slaven Belupo 36 9 6 21 43 69 −26 33
10 Rudeš (R) 36 1 6 29 22 85 −63 9 Relegation to First Football League
Source: SuperSport HNL
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goals scored (at home if two teams tied); 5) Goal difference; 6) Goals scored; 7) Play-off
(Note: Criteria 2-4 and 7 is only used if deciding champion, teams to international competition or teams for relegation and in that case criteria 6 will not be used).
(C) Champions; (R) Relegated
Notes:
  1. ^ The 2023–24 Croatian Football Cup winners qualified for the Europa League second qualifying round. Since the cup winners (Dinamo Zagreb) qualified based on league position, the Europa League spot was passed to the second-placed team, and the second Conference League second qualifying round spot was passed to the fourth-placed team.

Results

Each team plays home-and-away against every other team in the league twice, for a total of 36 matches each played.

Home \ Away DIN GOR HAJ IST LOK OSI RIJ RUD SLA VAR DIN GOR HAJ IST LOK OSI RIJ RUD SLA VAR
Dinamo Zagreb 0–0 1–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 4–1 0–3 1–0 1–0 3–3 5–2 1–0
Gorica 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–3 3–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 2–0 1–2 0–3 0–2 2–1 1–0 1–3
Hajduk Split 1–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–2 1–2 5–1 4–0 0–1
Istra 1961 0–3 0–1 0–2 0–4 4–4 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–0
Lokomotiva 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–3 0–1 1–1 2–5 3–0 1–1 3–1 3–0 2–1 0–0
Osijek 2–3 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–0 3–0 6–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–1 0–1
Rijeka 2–2 1–0 1–0 6–0 2–1 2–1 4–0 2–4 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 3–0 3–0 4–0 2–0
Rudeš 1–5 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–0 3–4 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–1 0–2 1–3 3–3 2–3 0–3 1–3 0–2
Slaven Belupo 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 3–2 2–3 4–1 0–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 0–1 4–0 0–1
Varaždin 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–4 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–0 1–2
Source: SuperSport HNL (in Croatian)
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistics

Top scorers

As of 26 May 2024
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Argentina Ramón Miérez Osijek 18
2 Croatia Fran Brodić Varaždin (7), Dinamo Zagreb (6) 13
3 Croatia Duje Čop Lokomotiva 12
4 Croatia Niko Janković Rijeka 11
Croatia Bruno Petković Dinamo Zagreb
6 Croatia Marko Livaja Hajduk Split 10
Croatia Benedik Mioč Slaven Belupo
8 Croatia Marin Šotiček Lokomotiva 8

Annual awards

Award Winner Club
Player of the Season Croatia Bruno Petković Dinamo Zagreb
Manager of the Season Bosnia and Herzegovina Sergej Jakirović Dinamo Zagreb
Young Player of the Season Croatia Martin Baturina Dinamo Zagreb
Team of the Year
Goalkeeper Croatia Nediljko Labrović (Rijeka)
Defence North Macedonia Stefan Ristovski (Dinamo Zagreb) Bosnia and Herzegovina Stjepan Radeljić (Rijeka) Croatia Niko Galešić (Rijeka) Croatia Bruno Goda (Rijeka)
Midfield Croatia Toni Fruk (Rijeka) Croatia Josip Mišić (Dinamo Zagreb) Croatia Martin Baturina (Dinamo Zagreb)
Attack Croatia Bruno Petković (Dinamo Zagreb) Argentina Ramón Miérez (Osijek) Croatia Marko Pjaca (Rijeka)

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