Croatian Second Football League

The Croatian Second Football League (Croatian: Druga hrvatska nogometna liga or, more commonly, Druga HNL or 2. HNL) is the second highest football league in Croatia. The league was formed in 1991 with the dissolution of the Yugoslav Second League and it is operated by the Croatian Football Federation.

Croatian Second Football League
Country Croatia
Number of teams14
Level on pyramid2
Promotion to1. HNL
Relegation to3. HNL
Domestic cup(s)Croatian Cup
Current championsVaraždin
Most championshipsCibalia
Inter Zaprešić
RNK Split (3 titles)
TV partnersHNTV
2019–20 season

Between the 2001–02 season and 2005–06 season, the league was split in two divisions, one being the Northern Croatian Second League and the other being the Southern Croatian Second League. Each of these two leagues comprised twelve teams playing under a system pretty much identical to the one in the Prva HNL. However, since the start of the 2006–07 season, the united Croatian Second League comprises twelve teams from the entire country. Relegation from this division is into one of the regional divisions of the Treća HNL.

Members for 2019–20

Winning clubs


Winners that haven't been promoted due to various reasons
Season Divisions Division winners Clubs promoted to Prva HNL Top scorer Goals
1992 Zagreb (6 clubs) Radnik Velika Gorica Radnik Velika Gorica
Dalmatia (8 clubs) Primorac Stobreč
Rijeka & Istra (4 clubs) Pazinka
1992–93 North (16 clubs) Dubrava Zagreb Dubrava Zagreb
Primorac Stobreč
South (16 clubs) Primorac Stobreč
1993–94 North (16 clubs) Marsonia Marsonia
South (16 clubs) Neretva
1994–95 North (16 clubs) Slavonija Požega Slavonija Požega
Mladost 127
Uskok Klis
Hrvatski Dragovoljac
South (17 clubs) Uskok Klis
West (19 clubs) Hrvatski Dragovoljac
1995–96 North (16 clubs) Slaven Belupo Slaven Belupo
Olimpija Osijek
Čakovec Union
Junak Sinj
Zagorec Krapina
Napredak Velika Mlaka
South (16 clubs) Junak Sinj
West (18 clubs) Samobor
1996–97 Center (16 clubs) Lučko None
East (16 clubs) Croatia Đakovo
North (16 clubs) Budućnost Hodošan
South (19 clubs) RNK Split
West (16 clubs) Jadran Poreč
1997–98 Center (17 clubs) Segesta Cibalia
East (16 clubs) Cibalia
North (16 clubs) Čakovec
South (17 clubs) RNK Split
West (16 clubs) Jadran Poreč
1998–99 19 clubs Vukovar '91 Vukovar '91
Istra Pula
Dubravko Zdrilić 29
1999–00 17 clubs Marsonia Marsonia
Miroslav Vukić 26
2000–01 18 clubs Kamen Ingrad Kamen Ingrad
Pomorac Kostrena
TŠK Topolovac
2001–02 North (16 clubs) Vukovar '91 None
South (16 clubs) Istra Pula
2002–03 North (16 clubs) Marsonia Marsonia
Inker Zaprešić
South (16 clubs) Inker Zaprešić
2003–04 North (16 clubs) Međimurje Međimurje
Pula 1856
South (16 clubs) Pula 1856
2004–05 North (16 clubs) Cibalia Cibalia
South (16 clubs) Novalja
2005–06 North (16 clubs) Belišće Šibenik
South (16 clubs) Šibenik
2006–07 16 clubs Inter Zaprešić Inter Zaprešić
Zdravko Popović 30
2007–08 16 clubs Croatia Sesvete Croatia Sesvete Marijan Maruna 19
2008–09 16 clubs Istra 1961 Istra 1961
Marijan Vuka 19
2009–10 14 clubs RNK Split RNK Split
Hrvatski Dragovoljac
Romano Obilinović 17
2010–11 16 clubs Gorica Lučko Hrvoje Tokić 19
2011–12 15 clubs Dugopolje None Alen Guć 16
2012–13 16 clubs Hrvatski Dragovoljac Hrvatski Dragovoljac Dražen Pilčić 18
2013–14 12 clubs NK Zagreb NK Zagreb Ilija Nestorovski 20
2014–15 12 clubs Inter Zaprešić Inter Zaprešić Ilija Nestorovski 24
2015–16 12 clubs Cibalia Cibalia Frane Vitaić 15
2016–17 12 clubs Rudeš Rudeš Benjamin Tatar 13
2017–18 12 clubs Gorica Gorica Domagoj Drožđek 16
2018–19 14 clubs Varaždin Varaždin Leon Benko 21
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