Founded In
Split, Croatia

About Split

Radnički Nogometni Klub Split, usually known as Split or RNK Split, was established in April 1912. The club's name translates to 'Workers Football Club Split' and the team has traditionally had a strong association with the city's workers. However, they have spent most of their existence in the shadow of their more popular and successful local rivals, Hajduk Split.

Prior to Croatia gaining independence from Yugoslavia, Split's existence was relatively modest, although the club gained a certain level of fame during the Second World War, when many of its players died fighting against Axis forces.

Since the establishment of an independent Croatian football league system, Split have spent much of their time in the second and third tiers. However, as recently as 2007–08, the team were playing fourth tier football and their rise since then has been meteoric. In the 2007-08 season, they finished in first place in the Četvrta HNL South and gained promotion. The following year, they won the Treća HNL and entered the second tier, the Druga HNL. Here, they again finished as league champions in order to gain their third consecutive promotion and secure top flight football for the first time. The team's first season in the Prva HNL, 2010–11, was a huge success, with Split achieving an impressive third place finish. As a result, they gained qualification to the following season's UEFA Europa League; their first ever continental competition.

Some of the team's most notable players include Ante Žužul, who was hugely influential in the side gaining promotion to the top division and Croatian youth international Duje Čop, who was their top scorer in the 2011–12 season.

Split play their home games at the Stadion Park Mladeži. The stadium first opened in 1950 and the club have utilised it since 1955. The venue is currently able to hold up to 4,075 spectators.

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