OUR HISTORY - OUR BEGINNINGS - OUR FUTURE
On the 23rd of the November 1970, Hurstville Zagreb FC was formed to bring together young Croatian families in and around the St. George district of Sydney, NSW to play football. At first there wasn't any juniors, but they were to come in the future.
Club legend Nikola Prusac, Zagreb's first elected President Franjo Šprem and 9 other men (Kruno Medanić, Jozo Prusac, Vicento Kalebić, Tonče Kalebić, Nino Šarić, Ante Maleš, Grozdo Tičić, Andrija Stupičić and Ivica Jurković) were elected to form the first ever Zagreb Committee in 1970.
In 1971, Zagreb applied and entered into the St. George Football Association.
In its first game in March 1971, Zagreb played against St. George West in which Zagreb won 1-0.
Zagreb played at Bexley Oval, Bexley in the heart of the St. George District.
In 1974, Zagreb entered the NSW Inter Suburban 3rd Division, where it finished 8th out of 12 teams.
Better was to come in 1988, where Zagreb (still in NSW Inter Urban 3rd Division) finished 1st above
Colo Colo and local rivals Arncliffe Scots. They repeated that success in 1989 when they were crowned
champions of NSW Division 5.
In last 40 years, the club has moved up through the divisions playing as high as the State Super League in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. By now Hurstville Zagreb FC would become the 2nd largest Croatian soccer club in Sydney, behind Sydney United 58 FC. In 2013, the club proudly plays its soccer in NSW Division Two.
In 2013, the club, led by coach Steve Zoric, won the NSW
Division 2 Premership. This honour, along with other honours in
2013 such as NSW Division 2 Player of the year Denis Cutura
and Steve achieving Coach of the year, keep HZFC in high regard
all around the footballing fraternity.
Over the years, the club has also become a bit of an academy.
Their development of players has enriched not only Zagreb, but also
the likes of NSL clubs Sydney United, St. George Saints,
APIA-Leichhardt, Sydney Olympic and Marconi, A-League clubs
such as Adelaide United and Western Sydney Wanderers
and also the Socceroos/Olyroos.
Those who have been a part of Zagreb include Ante Miličić, Ante Čović, Richard Pleša, Mark Babić ,Ante and Denis Alliović, Eddy Bosnar, Ante and Joe Morić, Joe Vrkić, Mark Rudan, Tomi Jurić and Luka Glavaš.
The club also participates in the annual Australia-Croatian Soccer Tournament. Although never
winning the 1st Division tournament, the club has finished runners-up in 1979 and
a respectable 3rd numerous times and even hosted the event in 1999. We won the
Masters Divsion in Canberra in 2017.
Each Feburary, the Martin Knežević Cup is a 1 day, 6 a side tournament held at Carss Park (Zagreb's
current home for its juniors and seniors) in honour of one of its hard working players, coach and
friend Martin Knežević who passed away in 1996. 2013 saw 28 teams participate in this tournament,
its largest ever. It's a great day just watching football, eating čevapi, being with friends and family.
HZFC is not just a football club, but a footballing family.
Hurstville ZFC is proudly sponsored by
Handy Crete, MirkoM Electrical, Dalika Meats, GVK Steelfixing, Purple Cow Bins, Taren Point Hotel,
345 Construction, 369 Creations, Foreva Concrete and The Croatian Club Punchbowl