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|Relegated||Šibenik, Radnik Sesvete, Mosor, Junak Sinj, Imotski, Primorac 1929, HAŠK|
|Goals scored||602 (2.51 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Dražen Pilčić (18)|
|Biggest home win||Radnik Sesvete 7–1 Vinogradar|
Rudeš 7–1 Lučko
|Biggest away win||Radnik Sesvete 1–4 Rudeš|
|Highest scoring||Mosor 5–4 Rudeš|
Radnik Sesvete 6–3 Dugopolje
The 2012–13 Druga HNL (also known as 2. HNL) is the 22nd season of Croatia's second level football competition since its establishment in 1992. The season started on 18 August 2012 and is expected to end on 1 June 2013.
NK Dugopolje were league champions and earned a place in Croatia's first division, but were unable to complete all the requirement necessary for top league license. None of the teams from 2011–12 season were promoted to 1. HNL.
The league is contested by 16 teams (one more than in the previous season). Only three teams from Treća HNL were granted license for competing in the Druga HNL, but only Primorac 1929 and Zelina were promoted.
Lučko, Šibenik and Karlovac were relegated from 2011–12 Prva HNL and were supposed to participate in the 2012–13 Druga HNL season. But only Lučko and Šibenik fulfilled all the requirements necessary for the second level license, while Karlovac was relegated to Treća HNL. A fourth team, the financially troubled Varaždin, was suspended from the 2011–12 Prva HNL mid-season for not paying its players, and was immediately relegated to the lowest football level possible of the Croatian football league system, being the seventh-tier Third County League.
The following clubs have been promoted or relegated at the end of the 2011–12 season:
From 2. HNL
Promoted to 1. HNL
Relegated to 3. HNL
To 2. HNL
Relegated from 1. HNL
Promoted from 3. HNL
|Club||City / Town||Stadium||2011-12 result||Capacity|
|Dugopolje||Dugopolje||Stadion Hrvatski vitezovi||1st in 2. HNL||5,200|
|Gorica||Velika Gorica||Stadion Radnika||7th in 2. HNL||8,000|
|HAŠK||Zagreb||Stadion na Peščenici||14th in 2. HNL||800|
|Hrvatski Dragovoljac||Zagreb||Stadion NŠC Stjepan Spajić||8th in 2. HNL||5,000|
|Imotski||Imotski||Stadion Gospin dolac||5th in 2. HNL||4,000|
|Junak Sinj||Sinj||Gradski stadion Sinj||10th in 2.HNL||3,000|
|Lučko||Zagreb||Stadion Lučko||13th in 1. HNL||1,500|
|Mosor||Žrnovnica||Stadion Pricvić||3rd in 2. HNL||2,000|
|Pomorac||Kostrena||Stadion Žuknica||2nd in 2. HNL||3,000|
|Primorac 1929||Stobreč||Stadion Poljud||2nd in 3. HNL South||35,000|
|Radnik Sesvete||Zagreb||Sv. Josip Radnik||9th in 2. HNL||1,200|
|Rudeš||Zagreb||ŠC Rudeš||6th in 2. HNL||1,000|
|Solin||Solin||Stadion pokraj Jadra||11th in 2. HNL||4,000|
|Šibenik||Šibenik||Stadion Šubićevac||14th in 1. HNL||8,000|
|Vinogradar||Jastrebarsko||Stadion Mladina||4th in 2. HNL||2,000|
|Zelina||Sv. Ivan Zelina||SRC Sveti Ivan Zelina||1st in 3. HNL West||1,000|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Promotion or relegation|
|1||Hrvatski Dragovoljac (C, P)||30||16||5||9||39||25||+14||53||Promotion to Croatian First Football League|
|4||Šibenik[b] (R)||30||13||10||7||42||31||+11||48||Relegation to Croatian Third Football League[c]|
|5||Vinogradar (R)||30||14||6||10||43||39||+4||48||Relegation to County Football League[d]|
|12||Mosor (R)||30||9||11||10||31||40||−9||38||Relegation to Croatian Third Football League|
|15||Primorac 1929 (R)||30||6||10||14||25||43||−18||28|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd goals scored
For deciding champion, promotion and relegation: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head away goals scored
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated
- Rudeš were deducted 2 points after fielding an ineligible player in the penultimate round match against Gorica.
- Šibenik were deducted 1 point after they fielded an ineligible player, 15-year-old Duje Ćaleta-Car, in the first round match against Radnik Sesvete. According to the competition rulebook, only players over age of 16 can play in a senior match.
- Šibenik were denied a license for competing in Druga HNL for the following season and were demoted to the third level.
- Vinogradar withdrew from competing in Druga HNL for the following season and were demoted to the fifth level.
The top scorers in the 2012–13 Druga HNL season were:
|2||Željko Sablić||Mosor, Lučko||14||28||2429|
|Elvis Sarić||Vinogradar, Lučko||11||23||2017|
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