Heart of Hajduk Award
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Heart of Hajduk Award

Heart of Hajduk (Croatian: Hajdu?ko srce) is an annual football award established in 1994 and officially awarded by the Hajduk Split supporters' association Torcida Split to the Hajduk player of the year.

The inaugural winner of the award was the midfielder Ante Mi?e, a key player in the squad which won the Croatian championship in the 1993-94 season. Two players have won the award twice, the striker Nenad Pralija in 1995 and 1996, and the goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa in 2000 and 2002. Up to 2012, only three foreign players had received the award (Josip Skoko in 1998, Mirko Hrgovi? in 2007 and Senijad Ibri?i? in 2010), although they all hold Croatian citizenship.

In 2006, the title was not awarded because, according to supporters' judgment, none of the players deserved it following a string of bad results in both domestic competitions which saw Hajduk, widely considered a powerhouse in Croatian football, finishing fifth in the national championship and exiting the 2005-06 Croatian Cup in the semi-finals.

In 2009, the club had initially struggled to find its form, but improved later in the season and eventually finished second in the championship and runners-up in the 2008-09 Croatian Cup (after coming back from a 3-0 defeat to their biggest rivals Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg and then losing the final in a penalty shootout). The supporters' frustration with yet another trophiless season was further increased when Hajduk went through much turmoil related to the transformation of the debt-ridden club into a public limited company in summer 2009.[1] In addition, the team experienced a series of humiliating results at the beginning of the 2009-10 season, and this all led to the cancellation of the award for the second time.[2] On 11 August 2011, the award was posthumously awarded to the legendary Hajduk manager Tomislav Ivi?, who died in June 2011.[3] In August 2012, Heart of Hajduk was awarded to the youth academy.[4]

Winners

Nenad Pralija, the only player to have won the award in consecutive years (1995 and 1996)
The 2009 winner, Drago Gabri?, pictured here posing with a Trabzonspor shirt after being transferred out from Hajduk in August 2009.
Names in bold indicate multiple winners.
International caps correct as of 16 November 2014.


See also

References

  1. ^ Ili?, Igor (16 July 2009). "Hajduk Split to offer shares for sale". Reuters. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ a b Pavli?, Antonija (13 August 2009). "Torcida odustala od Hajdu?kog srca". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b Pavkovi?, Bo?o (11 August 2011). "Jo? jedno priznanje: Tomislavu Ivi?u dodijeljeno Hajdu?ko srce!". dalmacijanews.com (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 22 September 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b Pavkovi?, Bo?o (7 August 2012). "Hajdu?ko srce omladinskoj ?koli Hajduka!". dalmacijanews.com (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 10 August 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Duplan?i?, Bla? (12 July 2004). "Ovacije Ra?unici". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Senijad Ibri?i? Hajdu?ko srce". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ Dadi?, Jo?ko (9 August 2013). "Hajdu?ko srce Goranu Jozinovi?u!". dalmacijanews.com (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 11 August 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ Propadalo, Karlo (10 August 2017). "Ante Erceg dobitnik nagrade Hajdu?ko srce". nogometplus.net (in Croatian). Retrieved 2017.

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