The Hrvatski Nogometni Liga (HNL), known in English as the Croatian Football League, is the top-tier professional football league in Croatia. Established in 1992 following the country's independence, the HNL has grown to become a significant part of Croatia's sports culture, showcasing the nation's football talent and contributing to the global football community.

The HNL was initially launched with twelve founding clubs, but the league structure has evolved over the years. Today, it consists of ten teams competing in a round-robin format. Each team plays every other team four times during the season, twice at home and twice away, totaling 36 matches. The team with the most points at the end of the season is crowned the champion, while the bottom-placed team is relegated to the second-tier league, the Druga HNL.

Dinamo Zagreb is the most successful club in the HNL's history, having won the majority of the league titles since its inception. Other prominent clubs include Hajduk Split, Rijeka, and Osijek. These clubs have not only dominated domestically but have also represented Croatia in European competitions, with Dinamo Zagreb regularly participating in the UEFA Champions League.

The HNL has been instrumental in the development of Croatian football talent. Many players who began their careers in the HNL have gone on to achieve international success. Luka Modrić, a product of Dinamo Zagreb's youth academy, is a notable example. After establishing himself in the HNL, Modrić moved to the English Premier League and later to Real Madrid, where he won the Ballon d'Or in 2018. Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Rakitić, and Ivan Perišić are other notable players who started their careers in the HNL.

Despite being a relatively young league, the HNL has faced challenges, including financial instability and match-fixing allegations. However, it has managed to overcome these issues and continues to grow in popularity and competitiveness. The league's quality has improved significantly, as evidenced by the success of Croatian clubs in European competitions and the national team's performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where they finished as runners-up.

The HNL's influence extends beyond the football pitch. It plays a significant role in Croatian society, fostering a sense of national pride and unity. The league's matches are major social events, drawing large crowds and generating significant media attention. The HNL also contributes to the local economy through ticket sales, broadcasting rights, and sponsorship deals.

In conclusion, the Hrvatski Nogometni Liga is more than just a football league; it is a symbol of Croatian identity and a testament to the country's passion for the beautiful game. Despite its challenges, the HNL continues to evolve and grow, promising an exciting future for Croatian football.

HNL Top Scorers

The current top scorer list for HNL in 2023

Player Team Goals
dinamo-zagreb 8
nk-slaven-belupo 8
nk-osijek 8
hnk-rijeka 7
nk-varazdin 7
nk-osijek 7
hnk-hajduk-split 7
istra-1961 6
nk-lokomotiva-zagreb 6
nk-varazdin 6

HNL standings

Rank Team MP W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 HNK Rijeka players, news and schedule HNK Rijeka 23 15 5 3 47 19 28 50
2 HNK Hajduk Split players, news and schedule HNK Hajduk Split 23 15 3 5 33 13 20 48
3 Dinamo Zagreb players, news and schedule Dinamo Zagreb 22 13 5 4 37 19 18 44
4 NK Osijek players, news and schedule NK Osijek 24 9 8 7 44 31 13 35
5 NK Lokomotiva Zagreb players, news and schedule NK Lokomotiva Zagreb 24 6 12 6 30 27 3 30
6 HNK Gorica players, news and schedule HNK Gorica 23 7 6 10 22 27 -5 27
7 NK Slaven Belupo players, news and schedule NK Slaven Belupo 23 7 6 10 29 42 -13 27
8 NK Varazdin players, news and schedule NK Varazdin 22 5 10 7 25 28 -3 25
9 Istra 1961 players, news and schedule Istra 1961 23 5 7 11 20 39 -19 22
10 Rudes players, news and schedule Rudes 23 0 4 19 7 49 -42 4

Prediction Stats

Correct Strike rate
Winner 78/107 73%
Over/Under 25/30 83%
League Correct %
Primera División - Apertura logo Primera División - Apertura 20/23 87%
Pro League logo Pro League 44/53 83%
Cup logo Cup 9/11 82%
Premier League logo Premier League 44/55 80%
First League logo First League 105/133 79%
Super League 1 logo Super League 1 104/134 78%
Liga 1 logo Liga 1 57/74 77%
Liga Pro logo Liga Pro 121/157 77%
Süper Lig logo Süper Lig 177/234 76%
NPFL logo NPFL 90/119 76%