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Stadion Varteks
Full nameStadion Varteks
Former namesStadion NK Varteks
LocationVaraždin, Croatia
Coordinates46°17′36″N 16°20′39″E / 46.2933°N 16.3443°E / 46.2933; 16.3443Coordinates: 46°17′36″N 16°20′39″E / 46.2933°N 16.3443°E / 46.2933; 16.3443
OperatorNK Varaždin
Capacity10,800[contradictory]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built1931
Tenants
NK Varaždin (1931–2015)
NK Varteks (2011–)
NK Varaždin (2012–)

Stadion Varteks[1] is a football stadium in Varaždin, Croatia, and the home ground of Croatian First Football League (Prva HNL) club NK Varaždin and lower leagues (tiers 3–6) club NK Varteks.

The stadium was built in 1931, as home field for a different NK Varaždin team, which overlapped with the similar-named current tenant until folding in 2015. Stadion Varteks has undergone several renovations since 1931, and currently has an all-seating capacity of 10,800 (as of January 2021, Prva HNL website says 8,818).[1][contradictory] It consists of three stands, with the main stand being the only one with a roof.

Since 1993, the Croatian national football team and the Croatia national under-21 football team have occasionally (see table below) played against a visiting national team at Stadion Varteks. For some of these games, and for some club-level UEFA competitions, rules against advertising of stadium sponsors has seen the generic name Gradski Stadion ("City Stadium") used.

The stadium is located near the Varteks clothing factory, and also features a Varteks fan shop and a café. From 1958 to 2010, the clothing factory was the main sponsor of the original NK Varaždin team, which changed its name to NK Varteks (no relation to the club founded in 2011) during those 52 seasons. Varteks clothing factory general manager Anđelko Herjavec (hired 1994 from Levi's Croatia), who by coincidence was born the same year that the club was renamed Varteks, also served as the president of the original NK Varteks, and was a member of the Executive Board of the Croatian Football Federation. After his death in a car accident, in 2001, Stadion Varteks was unofficially renamed Stadion Anđelko Herjavec by fans of NK Varteks; this name still occasionally appears in media coverage.

On 31 May 2017, the stadium hosted the 2017 Croatian Football Cup Final between HNK Rijeka and GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

International matches

The stadium also hosted several international matches of the Croatian national football team as well as the Croatian national under-21 football team.

Date Competition Teams Score
17 March 1993 Friendly Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Slovenia Slovenia U-21 1–1
2 September 1995 U-21 Euro qualifiers Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Estonia Estonia U-21 1–0
5 October 1995 U-21 Euro qualifiers Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Italy Italy U-21 2–2
26 March 1996 Friendly Croatia Croatia vs. Israel Israel 2–0
28 March 2000 Friendly Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Germany Germany U-21 2–0
25 April 2001 Friendly Croatia Croatia vs. Greece Greece 2–2
2 June 2001 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Croatia Croatia vs. San Marino San Marino 4–0
21 August 2002 Friendly Croatia Croatia vs. Wales Wales 1–1
2 April 2003 Euro qualifiers Croatia Croatia vs. Andorra Andorra 2–0
16 November 2003 U-21 Euro play-offs Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Scotland Scotland U-21 2–0
18 August 2004 Friendly Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Israel Israel U-21 0–2
18 August 2004 Friendly Croatia Croatia vs. Israel Israel 1–0
2 June 2007 U-21 Euro qualifiers Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Faroe Islands Faroe Islands U-21 2–0
5 September 2008 U-21 Euro qualifiers Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Albania Albania U-21 4–0
9 September 2008 U-21 Euro qualifiers Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Italy Italy U-21 1–1
27 March 2009 Friendly Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Montenegro Montenegro U-21 1–1
13 October 2009 U-21 Euro qualifiers Croatia Croatia U-21 vs. Serbia Serbia U-21 3–1
7 June 2015 Friendly Croatia Croatia vs. Gibraltar Gibraltar 4–0
11 June 2019 Friendly Croatia Croatia vs. Tunisia Tunisia 1–2

References

  1. ^ a b "KLUBOVI: VARAŽDIN" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2021-01-01. Stadion: Varteks (8.818)


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