Nicks: Purgeri, Modri, Plavi, Zagrebački plavi, Blues, Zagreb's blues
Colours:Blue (Home) Navy (Europe) Gold (Away)
Stadium: Maksimir Stadium (35,000) Maksimirska Cesta 128
(City's stadium first opened its doors on the 5th of May 1912)
Founded:26th of April, 1911 as Hrvatski Gradjanski portski Klub u Zagrebu
In the spring of 1911 Croatia was still a part of Austria-Hungary.
Not happy with its status and position over the years Croats were always looking for ways how to express their wish for independence and its national feelings. Football was just one of them. In the April of 1911 the talk of the town was that a new Hungarian football club (Zagrabi magyar torna klub) is to be formed in Zagreb and was to be a member of Hungarian Football Association, even though all other Zagreb's football clubs were members of Croatian Sports Association which was formed in 1909. As the revolt among Croat sports people grew the feeling was that its time for another football club to be established in Zagreb ahead of the Hungarian one, thus Hrvatski Gradjanski portski Klub u Zagrebu (Croatian Citizen's Sports Club in Zagreb) was founded by Krunoslav Pavić, Andrija Mutafelija and a group of friends at Buđejovačka tavern near Petar Preradović Square. The foundation meeting was held on 26th of April 1911. After Krunoslav Pavić, one of the most meritorious initiators for founding the Club, opened the meeting with the address of welcome and reading of the club rules, which were accepted with small changes, the following first administration of the Club was elected: President Andrija Mutafelija, vice-president Krunoslav Pavić, secretary Hinko Seyfert, treasurer Stjepan Stary, kit manager Rudolf Roić and board members Aleksandar Klakočer, dr Josip Reberski, Hinko Würth and Ivan Todt. On the 2nd of December 1911 at the 1st Annual general meeting a decision was made to add '1st' to the name of the Club so from that day we have 1. Hrvatski Gradjanski portski klub u Zagrebu (First Croatian Citizen's Sports Club in Zagreb). At the beginning the jerseys our players wore were with yellow and red stripes. After the World War I the all blue was choosen to be the Club's main colour. The Club played its first game on 21st of May 1911 and young and inexperienced players lost to HAK Zagreb (reserves), 5:1. Almost two months after the foundation Gradjanski won its first game, on 25th of June 1911, vs Croatia and the score was 6:1. Next year first Croatian and Slavonian Championship was played at HAK Zagreb's newly built stadium in Maksimir and participants from Zagreb were: HAK, 1. HK Gradjanski, HK Concordia, Croatia and Zagreb. In the 1920's and 1930's the Club played in Old Yugoslavia League, participated well in MITROPA CUP and played numerous friendly games (notably a 1:0 away win vs Barcelona in 1923, 0:0 home draw with Brasil NT in 1934, 5:1 home win vs Liverpool FC and away draw with Hearts 4:4, both in 1936). After the end of Old Yugoslavia in 1941 and during World War II Gradjanski played in Croatian League, 1941-1945. The Club had gone through its hardest times immediately after the World War II when its Board was disbanded, by a political decree, on 4th of June 1945, together with other known Zagreb's clubs such as HK Concordia Zagreb and HAK Zagreb. The Club's archives were burned by the new regime and all of the trophies have gone missing. New Club was organized on 9th of June 1945 and named Dinamo (name was suggested by Ivica Medarić an ex-Gradjanski and HAK Zagreb player). Dinamo continued playing at Gradjanski's stadium in Koturaka street, from 23rd of June 1945 until the 19th of September 1948 when they were moved to Maksimir (first game at Maksimir stadium was vs Partizan Belgrade and Dinamo won 2:1). Gradjanski members dr. Jerko imić, Rudolf Sabljak, Otto Hofman and Franjo Staroveki (also a former Gradjanski player in late 1920's) continued their activity in Dinamo management for years to come and Rudolf Sabljak (1946), Otto Hofman (1947-1948) and Franjo Staroveki (1949) were also Dinamo's presidents. At first in June 1945 the coach was Branko 'Grlica' Kunst, an ex-HAK Zagreb player, then legendary Hungarian coach Marton Bukovi took over the coaching again. Most of the Gradjanski's players of that era stayed and continued playing at Dinamo. Players such as Milan Antolković (was also a member of Suprevisory Board), Ivica Beloević, Zvonimir Cimermančić, Ivan Jazbinek (re-joined in early 1947), Mirko Kokotović, August Lenik, Branko Plee, Ivica Reiss, Emil Urch, Franjo Wölfl and juniors (who were coached by ex-Gradjanski goalkeeper Maksimilijan 'Maks' Mihelčič) Zlatko Bučar, Vladimir Čonč, Ivica Oegović, Emil Ferković, Josip Gere, Drago Kukec, Stjepan Martinec and Branko Reek. Players that joined the Club from HAK Zagreb were eljko Čajkovski, Ratko Kacian, Drago Lojen and Svetozar Peričić. Some Gradjanski players were at the time pressured to go and some willingly joined newly formed army club Partizan Belgrade (Stjepan Bobek, Miroslav Brozović, Franjo Glaser, Florijan Matekalo, Franjo otarić), together with players from other Zagreb's clubs and the rest of Croatia (Zlatko Čajkovski, Franjo Rupnik, Vladimir Firm, Ivan valjek and Jozo Krnić).
Since the year of foundation the Club, who due to political instability have undergone a number of name changes throughout its history (started as HK Gradjanski Zagreb, 1. HK Gradjanski Zagreb then FD Dinamo Zagreb, HAK Gradjanski Zagreb, NK Croatia Zagreb , NK Dinamo Zagreb and now GNK Dinamo Zagreb) have won the Domestic Championship 25 times and Domestic Cup 20 times.
Success on the European stage has been hard to come by and the biggest achievement is beign winners of Fairs/UEFA Cup in 1967. Much was expected of the 1970s and 1980s teams but failure to progress beyond the third round of any European competition did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Club. The Club had to wait until the late 1990s (then under the name of NK Croatia Zagreb to begin to do themselves justice on the European stage. In 1997/98 season the Club enjoyed best run in Europe since the year of 1967. Beginning in the UEFA Champions League Qualifying by beating FC Partizan Belgrade 5:1 on aggregate (losing first game 1:0 in Belgrade and winning second game 5:0 in Zagreb) in the first qualifying round and going out on aggregate 3:4 against Newcastle United FC in second qualifying round after first equaling aggregate score in injury time to 3:3 but then conceding a goal in last seconds of extra-time. Then, after that, gaining a place in the UEFA Cup they reached the third round by beating Grasshopper 9:4 on aggregate (drawing at home 4:4, winning away 5:0) and MTK FC (losing away 1:0 and winning 2:0 at home) before losing 2:1 on aggregate to Club Atletico de Madrid (drawing at home 1:1, losing away 1:0). In the next two seasons Dinamo contested the UEFA Champions League, winning against FC Porto 3:1 at home but losing 3:0 away and winning against AFC Ajax 1:0 away but drawing 0:0 at home and drawing 0:0 at Old Trafford with Manchester United FC but losing 1:2 at Maksimir. As patient as Dinamo supporters are the wait has been long enough and everybody feels the time will come in coming years to lift one of the European trophies again...
The history of BBB dates back to mid 1980s when the pioneers of the 'coloured blue' had an image of organisation.
The name Bad Blue Boys was inspired by the movie Bad Boys starring Sean Penn. All over Europe and former Yugoslavia active supporters were becoming a regular part of the football spectacle. It wasn't enough just to stand behind your team on home ground and so the most organised began their away journeys. When said organised it doesn't mean organised by the club (there were those, but they were rare), but small groups of people in Zagreb's suburbs started forming their own ways about making themselves heard, and they were heard allright. Troughout the years other cities all over former Yugoslavia were visited in succession, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Ljubljana, Split, Ni, Subotica, Vinkovci, Mostar, Novi Sad, Banja Luka, Skopje, Osijek, Rijeka... At every opportunity and in every corner of that country Bad Blue Boys made it obvious how much they loved Dinamo, Zagreb and Croatia. Sometimes it had to be shown with fists and real Purgeri always stood their ground.
Generations changed over those ten years. Early 1990's saw the organisation of the first Fan Club BAD BLUE BOYS. Everyone gave what they could for the love of the team, but those years brought the horrible war. A lot of BBB consider that the war started on the 13th of May 1990 when Red Star Belgrade came to 'play'. The match was never played, it was played on the stands and later on the streets of Zagreb. It all started when the supporters from Belgrade, Delije, knocked the fence down and made their way to the part of the south stand which was occupied by regular people, smaller groups who came to watch, not to fight. Bad Blue Boys heard a cry of the nation, and went to defend what was Croatian and for us, that was the beginning of a war. The actual war officially started a few months after. Just like other fans of other Croatian teams, Bad Blue Boys gave lives defending their Homeland, those were young men full of pride and courage. Together with Torcida (Hajduk Split), Kohorta (Osijek), Armada (Rijeka) and others they fought against the Serbian aggression and a large number of these men died. In honour to these people a few years after the war ended a statue was raised under the western stand of Maksimir Stadium. Even though a war was rageing throughout Croatia, the football league continued and Bad Blue Boys followed every game of their beloved team. During the war, out of the blue, with political pressure, NK Dinamo Zagreb was given a name of HAK Gradjanski (a clumsy name combination of two old, rival Zagreb clubs - HAK and Gradjanski, if it was a return of Gradjanski alone would be more acceptable) and then a few years later, NK Croatia. Every fan felt unjustified. Those were hard times for the whole nation, people looked for every possible way to take their minds off the reality, one of these was through sport.
Now the sacred name Dinamo Zagreb stands again. It was returned on the 14th of February in the year of 2000.
From reestablishing of Croatian First League BAD BLUE BOYS continued to support their club from Maksimir, at home and all over Europe. Since the formation of BAD BLUE BOYS Dinamo have not played away games without their backup from the stands, from Auxerre to Tirana, Belgrade, Split, Sarajevo, Newcastle, Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, London...
26. min. 1-0 Serafim, 44. min. 1-1 Ribić, 55. min. 1-2 Paić
Dinamo Zagreb - FC Porto0-0
Dinamo Zagreb - Union St. Gilloise2-1
3. min. 1-0 Zambata, 64. min. 2-0 Paić, 75. min. 2-1 Schraepen
Union St. Gilloise - Dinamo Zagreb1-0
43. min. 1-0 van Cauwelaert
Dinamo Zagreb - Union St. Gilloise3-2 (Played in Linz)
15. min. 0-1 Mertens, 25. min. 0-2 Braun (og), 28. min. 1-2 Kobečak 50. min. 2-2 Kobečak, 62. min. 3-2 Paić
Bayern Munchen - Dinamo Zagreb1-4
19. min. 0-1 Zambata, 45. min. 0-2 Zambata, 62. min. 0-3 Jerković, 66. min. 0-4 Kobečak , 84. min. 1-4 Brecht
Dinamo Zagreb - Bayern Munchen0-0
Ferencvaros - Dinamo Zagreb0-1
85. min. 0-1 Lamza
Dinamo Zagreb - Ferencvaros2-1
27. min. 0-1 Fenyvesi, 55. min. 1-1 Zambata, 75. min. 2-1 Kobečak
12. June 1963. at Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb - Valencia CF1-2 (1-0)
13. min. 1-0 Zambata, 64. min. 1-1 Waldo, 67. min. 1-2 Urtiaga
26. Jun 1963. Luis Casanova Stadion, Valencia
Valencia CF - Dinamo Zagreb2-0 (0-0)
68. min. 1-0 Mano, 78. min. 2-0 Nunez
Valencia CF won on aggregate 4-1
Squads in Championship Winning Years
Dragutin Vrdjuka, Vilim Vokaun, Fritz Ferderber, tebl, Viktor Götz, Jaroslav Schiffer, Dragutin Vragović (c), Hugo Kinert, Franz Mantler, Dragutin Baant, Stjepan Pasinek, Gustav Remec, Rudolf Hitrec, Rudolf Rupec, Antun Pavleković, Dragutin Babić, Emil Perka, Duan Pejnović, Bela efer, Vjekoslav Mesić.
Coach: Arthur Gaskell
Maksimilijan Mihelčič, Ivan Ivančić, Dragutin Vragović, Franz Mantler, Slavin Cindrić, Franjo Giller, Gustav Remec, Rudolf Hitrec, Rudolf Rupec, Nikola Babić, Dragutin Babić, Emil Perka, Josip Urbanke, Luka Vidnjević, Jenö 'Sarasz' Abraham, Zvonimir Artl, Miroslav Arnold.
Coach: Imre Pozsonyi
Maksimilijan Mihelčič, Dragutin Bratulić, Zvonimir Stanković, Marko Rajković, Franz Mantler, Anton Gumhalter, Zvonimir Gmajnički, Slavin Cindrić, Franjo Giller, Stjepan Pasinek, Gustav Remec, Rudolf Hitrec, Rudolf Kralj, Hermenegildo Krajnc, Kovačić, Nikola Babić, Dragutin Babić, Emil Perka, Viktor Mihaljević-Pikić, Ivan Ivančić, Mato Mekić.
Coach: Imre Pozsonyi
Emil Urch, Dragutin Bratulić, Miroslav Brozović, Ivan uprina, Franjo Cesarec, Ivan Jazbinek, Bernard Hügl Sr., August Bivec, Josip Kovačević, Svetozar Djanić, Branko Plee, Milan Antolković, Ivica Medarić, Mirko Kokotović, August Lenik, Drago alant, Antun Pogačnik.
Coach: Márton Bukovi
Franjo Glaser, Emil Urch, Cingula, Miroslav Brozović, Ivan uprina, Ivan Jazbinek, August Jutt, Bernard Hügl Sr., Zvonimir Cimermančić, Svetozar Djanić, Ivan Beloević, Florijan Matekalo, Branko Plee, Milan Antolković, Mirko Kokotović, Drago alant, August Lenik, Franjo Wölfl.
Coach: Márton Bukovi
Franjo Glaser, Emil Urch, Franjo otarić, Miroslav Brozović, Zvonimir Cimermančić, Antun Lokoek, Ernest Dubac, Milan Antolković, Ivica Reiss, Ivan Jazbinek, Branko Plee, Gustav Lechner, Mirko Kokotović, August Lenik, Franjo Wölfl.
Coach: Márton Bukovi
Zvonimir Monsider, Slavko Arneri, Josip Babić, Zvonimir Cimermančić, eljko Čajkovski, Ivica Reiss, Ivan Jazbinek, Aleksandar Benko, Marko Jurić, Ratko Kacian, Drago Horvat, Ivan Horvat, Mirko Kokotović, Dragutin Lojen, Kreimir Pukec, Boidar Senčar, Zvonko Strnad, Djuka Strugar, Branko Plee (c), Franjo Wölfl
Coach: Karl Mütsch
Branko Kralj, Vladimir Majerović, Vladimir Čonč, Tomislav Crnković, Stojan Osojnak, Drago Horvat, Ivan Horvat (c), Dionizije Dvornić, Zvonko Strnad, eljko Čajkovski, Ivica Banoić, Aleksandar Benko, Dragutin Cizarić, Zvonimir Cimermančić, Emil Ferković, Dragutin Kukec, Josip ikić, Branko Reek, Lav Mantula, Luka Lipoinović
Coach: Ivan Jazbinek
Gordan Irović, Vladimir Majerović, Branko Reek, Ivica Banoić, Tomislav Crnković (c), Vladimir Čonč, Mladen Kočak, Luka Lipoinović, Josip ikić, Drago Hmelina, Ivan Horvat, Bernard Hügl Jr., Emil Ferković, Franjo Gapert, Marijan Kolonić, Zdravko Prelčec, Branko Reek, Ivan antek, eljko Matu, Aleksandar Benko, Draan Jerković
Coach: Gustav Lechner
Marijan Vlak, Tomislav Ivković, Zoran Marić, Zlatan Arnautović, Dragan Bonjak, Djemal Mustedanagić, Mladen Munjaković, Marin Kurtela, Miro Stipić, Milan Čalasan, Velimir Zajec (c), Zoran Panić, Snjean Cerin, eljko Hohnjec, Zvjezdan Cvetković, Borislav Cvetković, Branko Devčić, Čedomir Jovičević, Eddie Krnčević, Hrvoje Dragičević, Emil Dragičević, Davor Braun, Radimir Bobinac, Milivoj Bračun, Petar Bručić, Drago Dumbović, Ismet Hadić, Zlatko Kranjčar, Marko Mlinarić, Stjepan Deverić
Coach: Miroslav Blaević
Draen Ladić, Tomislav Butina, Miralem Ibrahimović, Goran Borović, Slavko Itvanić, Damir Lesjak, Draen Madunović, Andrej Panadić, Dario imić, Devad Turković, eljko Adić, Josip Gapar, Sead Halilović, Domagoj Kosić, Mario Ku, Silvio Marić, eljko Pakasin, Vjekoslav krinjar, eljko oić, Mario Stanić, Igor Cvitanović, Miro Katić, Alen Peternac, Goran Vlaović
Coach: Miroslav Blaević
Draen Ladić, Miralem Ibrahimović, Damir Krznar, Zoran Mamić, Srdjan Mladinić, Dalibor Poldrugač, Kreimir Radić, Zvonimir Soldo, Dario imić, Danijel tefulj, Stjepan Tomas, Devad Turković, Mario Cvitanović, Josip Gapar, Joko Jeličić, Domagoj Kosić, Silvio Marić, Marko Mlinarić, Edin Mujčin, Alen Petrović, Tomislav Rukavina, Danijel arić, Igor Cvitanović, Mirza Golubica, Miljenko Kovačić, Zoran Sliković, Mark Viduka
Coach: Zlatko Kranjčar
Draen Ladić, Miralem Ibrahimović, Marinko Galić, Goran Jurić, Damir Krznar, Srdjan Mladinić, Dario imić, Danijel tefulj, Stjepan Tomas, Devad Turković, Mario Cvitanović, Josip Gapar, Krunoslav Jurčić, Domagoj Kosić, Silvio Marić, Edin Mujčin, Alen Petrović, Vladimir Petrović, Tomislav Rukavina, Danijel arić, Igor Cvitanović, Renato Jurčec, Miljenko Kovačić, Zoran Sliković, Mark Viduka
Coach: Otto Barić
Draen Ladić, Tomislav Butina, Miralem Ibrahimović, Igor Bićan, Goran Jurić, Damir Krznar, Damir Milinović, Srdjan Mladinić, Dario imić, Danijel tefulj, Stjepan Tomas, Zoran Brlenić, Mario Cvitanović, Josip Gapar, Joko Jeličić, Krunoslav Jurčić, Silvio Marić, Edin Mujčin, Alen Petrović, Vladimir Petrović, Robert Prosinečki, Nermin abić, Danijel arić, Tomo okota, Igor Cvitanović, Renato Jurčec, Mihael Mikić, Juan Carlos Oscar Navarro Munoz, Josip imić, Mark Viduka
Coaches: Marijan Vlak, Zlatko Kranjčar
Draen Ladić, Vladimir Vasilj, Branko Banović, Igor Bićan, Mario Cvitanović, Goran Jurić, Damir Krznar, Srdjan Mladinić, Goce Sedloski, Dario imić, Danijel tefulj, Mario Tokić, Stjepan Tomas, Joko Jeličić, Krunoslav Jurčić, Silvio Marić, Edin Mujčin, Robert Prosinečki, Tomislav Rukavina, Nermin abić, Danijel arić, Tomo okota, Ardian Kozniku, Mihael Mikić, Grazvydas Mikulenas, Kazuyoshi Miura, Josip imić, Mark Viduka
Draen Ladić, Tomislav Butina, Vladimir Vasilj, Igor Bićan (c), Mario Cvitanović, Goran Jurić, Damir Krznar, Goce Sedloski, Mario Tokić, Stjepan Tomas, Joko Jeličić, Krunoslav Jurčić, Edin Mujčin, Miljenko Mumlek, Zoran Pavlović, Renato Pilipović, Robert Prosinečki, Tomislav Rukavina, Nermin abić, Danijel arić, Mario Bazina,
Saa Bjelanović, Igor Cvitanović, Ardian Kozniku, Mihael Mikić, Grazvydas Mikulenas,
Josip imić, Tomo okota
Coaches: Osvaldo Ardiles, Marijan Vlak
Tomislav Butina, Mario Jozić, Spomenko Bonjak, Botjan Cesar, Mario Čutura, Dino Drpić, Dalibor Poldrugač, Kristijan Polovanec, Goce Sedloski, Dario Smoje, Jasmin Agić, Mario Jurić, Danijel Krivić, Damir Krznar, Jerko Leko, Boris Leutar, Silvio Marić, Mihael Mikić, Edin Mujčin, Boko Balaban, Mate Dragičević, Niko Kranjčar (c), Enes Meanović, Dumitru Mitu, Ivica Olić, Vladimir Petrović, Dario Zahora
Coach: Miroslav Blaević
Ivan Turina, Marko arlija, Filip Lončarić, Eddie Bosnar, Carlos, Botjan Cesar, Dino Drpić, Vedran Jee, Dejan Lovren, Mario Lučić, Hrvoje Čale, Marijan Buljat, Etto, Vedran Ćorluka, Ante Tomić, Marko Janjetović, Luka Modrić, Mathias Chago, Miroslav arić, Ognjen Vukojević, Silvio Marić, Zoran Mamić (c), Junior, Teo Kardum, Goran Ljubojević, Dumitru Mitu, Ivan Bonjak, Anderson Costa, Dario Zahora, Eduardo da Silva, Sako Pandev
Coach: Josip Kue
Ivan Turina, Ivan Kelava, Filip Lončarić, Marko arlija, Tomislav Vranjić, Mihael Kovačević, Marijan Buljat, Carlos, Hrvoje Čale, Vedran Ćorluka, Dino Drpić, Zoran Mamić (c), Jens Nowotny, Mario Cvitanović, Jasmin Agić, Etto, Gordon Schildenfeld, Mathias Chago, Tomislav Havojić, Stjepan Babić, Sandi Hudorović, Dario Jertec, Mihael Mikić, Luka Modrić, Nikola Pokrivač, Ante Tomić, Ognjen Vukojević, Davor Vugrinec, Sammir, Anderson Costa, Josip Tadić, Goran Ljubojević, Eduardo da Silva, Sako Pandev
Coaches: Josip Kue, Branko Ivanković
Georg Koch, Ivan Kelava, Filip Lončarić, Tomislav Mikulić, Dino Drpić, Igor Bićan, Ivica Vrdoljak, Tomislav Barbarić, Marijan Buljat, Carlos, Hrvoje Čale, Etto, Gordon Schildenfeld, Dario Jertec, Mathias Chago, Domagoj Antolić, Ante Tomić, Sammir, Mihael Mikić, Luka Modrić (c), Ognjen Vukojević, Davor Vugrinec, Franck Manga Did'dy Guela, Nikola Pokrivač, Boko Balaban, Mario Mandukić, Tomo okota, Josip Tadić, Ivan Peko
Coaches: Branko Ivanković, Zvonimir Soldo
Tomislav Butina, Ivan Kelava, Filip Lončarić, Dino Drpić, Ivan Tomečak, Robert Kovač, Tomislav Barbarić, Dejan Lovren, Mirko Hrgović, Igor Bićan (c), Ivica Vrdoljak, Luis Ibáñez, Etto, Ante Tomić, Adrián Calello, Milan Badelj, Sammir, Mathias Chago, Pedro Morales, Ilija Sivonjić, Miroslav Slepička, Boko Balaban, Mario Mandukić, Tomo okota, Josip Tadić, Andrej Kramarić
Coaches: Branko Ivanković, Marijan Vlak, Krunoslav Jurčić
Tomislav Butina, Filip Lončarić, Ivan Turina, Leandro Cufré, Ivan Tomečak, Robert Kovač, Tomislav Barbarić, Dejan Lovren, Igor Bićan (c), Ivica Vrdoljak, Luis Ibáñez, Carlos, Etto, Ante Tomić, Adrián Calello, Domagoj Antolić, ime Vrsaljko, Milan Badelj, Sammir, Pedro Morales, Karlo Primorac, Luiz Paulo Hilario Dodô, Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Denis Glavina, Ilija Sivonjić, Miroslav Slepička, Mario Mandukić, Andrej Kramarić
Coach: Krunoslav Jurčić
Tomislav Butina, Filip Lončarić, Ivan Kelava, Marin Skender, Igor Vidaković, Oliver Zelenika, Leandro Cufré, Ivan Tomečak, Tomislav Barbarić, Igor Bićan (c), Luis Ibáñez, Etto, Leonard Mesarić, Domagoj Antolić, Dario imić, Tonel, Arijan Ademi, Ante Tomić, Adrián Calello, ime Vrsaljko, Mathias Chago, Milan Badelj, Sammir, Pedro Morales, Karlo Primorac, Mateo Kovačić, Luiz Paulo Hilario Dodô, Ilija Sivonjić, Miroslav Slepička, Andrej Kramarić, Ante Rukavina, Fatos Beqiraj, Jakub Sylvestr, Mario itum, Josip Brezovec, Antun Palić
Coaches: Velimir Zajec, Vahidin Halilhodić
Ivan Kelava, Filip Lončarić, Oliver Zelenika, Romeo Mitrović, Leandro Cufré, Ivan Tomečak, Tomislav Barbarić, Igor Bićan (c), Luis Ibáñez, Tonel, Adrián Calello, Arijan Ademi, ime Vrsaljko, Mathias Chago, Domagoj Vida, Dino kvorc, Walid Atta, Josip imunić, Ante Puljić, Karlo Bručić, Josip Pivarić, Milan Badelj, Jerko Leko, Nikola Pokrivač, Sammir, Pedro Morales, Mehmed Alispahić, Mateo Kovačić, Antun Palić, Ante Rukavina, Fatos Beqiraj, Jakub Sylvestr, Ivan Krstanović, Mario itum, Andrej Kramarić, Dino pehar
Coaches: Krunoslav Jurčić, Ante Čačić
Ivan Kelava, Filip Lončarić, Romeo Mitrović, Ante Mrmić, Marko Mikulić, Jozo imunović, Ivan Tomečak, Luis Ibáñez, Tonel, Adrián Calello, Arijan Ademi, ime Vrsaljko, Domagoj Vida, Josip imunić (c), Ante Puljić, Josip Pivarić, Josip Čaluić, Milan Badelj, Jerko Leko, Nikola Pokrivač, Sammir, Tin Jedvaj, Lee Addy, Mehmed Alispahić, Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Bryan Carrasco, Alen Halilović, Zvonko Pamić, Said Husejinović, Duje Čop, Ante Rukavina, Fatos Beqiraj, Ivan Krstanović, Dino pehar, Ivan Peko, Fran Brodić
'The Flying Glaser', 'Iron Fist'
At his time Franjo Glaser was known as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
There were three: Ricardo Zamora, Frantiek Planicka and Franjo Glaser. 'Old school player', respected by everyone. Renowned for wearing a cap (always) and not wearing gloves, Glaser was never substituted and saved 73 out of 94 penalties. In addition when he took a penalty, he never missed. He got the nickname of 'Iron Fist' by punching the balls sent from a corner all the way over the centre line of the field. Glaser played for Gradjanski in 623 games (1937-45) winning 2 Championships (1939/40, 1943) and 1 Cup (1941). With other clubs, such as BSK Belgrade (1933-37) he won 3 Championships (1932/33, 1934/35, 1935/36) and one in 1947 with FK Partizan Belgrade (1945-47). Also he spent years in Hajduk (Sarajevo) (1927-30), NK Slavija (Osijek) (1930-33) and NK Mornar (Split) (1947-48).
He played 35 games for Old Yugoslavia (1933-40). For Croatia Glaser played 11 games (1940-44) and scored 5 goals. For Zagreb city selection Franjo Glaser played in 41 games and for Belgrade city selection in 13 games. According to his own career records he was a goalkeeper in 1225 games between the years 1933 and 1949.
He also was a coach of Dinamo in 1948, FK Partizan Belgrade (beign their first coach, 1945-46), NK Mornar (1947-48), NK Proleter (today NK Osijek), NK Kvarner (today HNK Rijeka), NK Trenjevka, FK Sartid, FK Vele and Austria FC Klagenfurt (today FC Karnten).
An absolute legend, a goalkeeper a club can have once every 100 years.
Born 01.01.1963 - Čakovec
In his long goalkeeping life Draen Ladić played in over 1,000 games.
A goalkeeper extraordinaire, with a real feeling for the rhytm of play. Safe on goal-line with great insticts and reflexes. Draen Ladić was integral member of Dinamo Zagreb teams for many years, a backbone, the last defence that puts safety in the whole team, having played a record 802 games (1986 - 2000), winning 6 Championships (1992/93, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/00) and 4 Cups (1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98) in a remarkable Dinamo career that lasted 14 years. Last game for Dinamo Draen Ladić played on 16th of May 2000 vs Hajduk Split in Zagreb and it was a great farewell game as Dinamo won 1:0. For Former Yugoslavia Draen Ladić played in 2 games. For Croatia (1990-2000) he played in 59 games, scored 1 goal and was a member of National Teams that reached Quarterfinals at Euro 1996 in England and finished 3rd at the World Cup 1998 in France. At the World Cup 1998 in France he was among the best goalkeepers of the tournament being 4th out of 36 goalkeepers by statistics - with:
Matches Played: 7, Minutes Played: 630, Goals Against: 5, Goals Against Av.%: 0.71, Shots Faced: 41, Shots Saved: 20
Ladić also played for NK Varteks (1978-84) and NK Iskra Bugojno (1984-86).
After finishing his football career Draen Ladić was involved with Croatian National Team as a goalkeeping coach (2001-2004) and was a coach of Croatian U-21 team.
Miroslav 'Meho' Brozović
Born 26.08.1917. Mostar (B&H) - Died 04.10.2006. Mostar (B&H)
Miroslav 'Meho' Brozović came to Gradjanski from Mostar in 1935 as a winger but later that year the genius of coach Marton Bukovi recognised a fullback in a man that was a real field fighter, tough and uncompromising.
A no-nonsense player Brozović spend 10 years playing for Gradjanski (1935-45) and won 3 Championships (1937, 1940, 1943) and one Cup (1941). For Dinamo Brozović played one game in 1945, before going to FK Partizan Belgrade. In addition to his Gradjanski titles he won 2 Championships (1947, 1949) and one Cup (1947) with FK Partizan, where he spend five years (1945-50), and was their first captain.
A player who played more than 1,000 games in his footballing career that started in JSK Mostar then HK Zrinjski, 1. HK Gradjanski, FK Partizan and FK Sarajevo.
He spend his last playing years in FK Sarajevo, lead them to promotion from 2nd Division and later as a coach to their first and only Former Yugoslavia title (1967). Miroslav 'Meho' Brozović also coached FK Borac (Banja Luka), NK Odred (Ljubljana), NK eljezničar, FK Rudar (Kakanj) and NK GOK Dubrovnik.
For Croatia Brozović played 17 games (1941-44) and for Old and Former Yugoslavia 17 games (1940-41), (1946-48).
He captained 1948 Yugoslavia Olympic team and won a Silver medal at 1948 Olympic Games held in London.
Meho received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Federation, FK Sarajevo Golden plaque and until 2004 was regularly attending football matches and was coaching the Bosnia and Herzegovina veterans team.
Velimir 'Zeko' Zajec
Born 12.02.1956. Zagreb
Legendary Dinamo captain. Heart and soul of Generation '82 that took the 1982 Former Yugoslavia Championship by storm.
In his playing days Velimir Zajec was respected by everyone involved in the game. Always calm, cool and confident, controlled the ball with skill and ellegance. Zajec had a great vision and ball delivery. His 'slaloms' through opposing teams are legendary.
The fans just loved 'Zeko' and he kept good relations with them at all times.
Velimir 'Zeko' Zajec was Dinamo player from 1973 to 1984 playing in 485 games and scoring 41 goals. With Dinamo Zajec won one Championship (1982) and 2 Cups (1980, 1983). In addition he won one Championship (1986) and 2 Greek Cups with Panathinaikos FC (1985/86, 1987/88) for whom he played from 1984 to 1989 in over 100 games scoring 11 league goals.
For Former Yugoslavia Zajec played in 36 games (1977-85), scored one goal and was a captain of Yugoslavia's 1982 World Cup and 1984 EURO Championship sides. His first game for Yugoslavia was vs Soviet Union in Belgrade (2:4, 23.03.1977.) and his last was vs Austria in Linz (0:3, 16.10.1985.)
Zajec was twice pronounced player of the year (1979, 1984) in traditional 'Večernji List' Player of The Year.
Coached Dinamo Zagreb (1998-99 and in 2010 when he won Croatian Super Cup by beating HNK Hajduk 1:0 in Zagreb), Panathinaikos and Portsmouth FC and was Director of Football and General Manager in Dinamo Zagreb (1989-91) & (2000-02), Panathinaikos FC (1992-00) & (2002-04) and Portsmouth FC (2004/05).
eljko 'Zagorec' Matu
Born 09.08.1935. Donja Stubica
eljko Matu is considered as one of the best Croatian players ever. A versatile and skilled player who could play at almost every position in the team. His first game for Dinamo was on 26.06.1955. vs Slavonski Brod Selection. Dinamo won 2:1 with eljko Matu scoring both goals. During his days with Dinamo (1955-1965) he was an integral part of the team and a member of Generation '63 which is remembered for a great run in 1963 playing in Fairs/UEFA Cup final against Valencia.
Alltogether for Dinamo Matu played 428 games, scored 152 goals and won a Former Yugoslavia Championship (1958) and 3 Cups (1960, 1963, 1965). In addition, later when abroad, he won a Swiss Cup with FC Zurich (1970). For Former Yugoslavia team he played 16 games, scored 6 goals and won a Gold medal at Olympic Games in Rome 1960. Also he was a member of Former Yugoslavia teams that played in 1960 European Championship final against Soviet Union and finished 4th at World Cup 1962 in Chile.
For Croatia he played in one game, which was a friendly vs Indonesia 5:2, 1956 in Zagreb, and scored a goal in the 9th minute of the game.
eljko Matu also played for NK Stubica (1949), NK Zagorec (1949-50), NK Orotex (1950-54), FC Young Fellows (1965-68) and FC Zurich (1968-70).
After footballing years worked as Stomatologist in Switzerland.
Marko 'Mlinka' Mlinarić
Born 01.09.1960. Zagreb
Our 'Mlinka'. A fans favourite and a midfield wizard of extraordinary skills. Strong legs, control of the ball, vision and feel for the game made him one of the best ever midfielders in Dinamo history.
It was often said: 'You can't take the ball off Mlinka. Only if he lets you.' Mlinarić started in Dinamo youth in the mid 1970s and progressed to be a regular Dinamo first team member and Yugoslavia Cup (1980, 1983) and Championship (1982) winner in the early 1980s. First game for Dinamo Mlinka played in Osijek (Osijek - Dinamo 1:0, 08.04.1978.) and his last game was in Moscow, in UEFA Cup (Spartak - Dinamo 2:0, 20.08.1996.).
As a youngster Marko Mlinarić was a member of Yugoslavia U-21 Squad at World Youth Championship in Japan 1979, playing in all 3 games scoring one goal (in 73rd minute vs Indonesia, 5:0). Often overlooked for senior Yugoslavia team Mlinarić collected only 17 matches in his 6 years span (1983-88), scoring 1 goal. Mlinka missed out on Yugoslavia's 1982 Spain World Cup Squad even after beign named 1982 Yugoslavian League Player of the Year. In 1984 he was not selected for Yugoslavia Euro 1984 Squad even after playing well in a crucial winning qualifier vs Bulgaria in Split (3:2, 21.12.1983.).
After spending 9 years in Dinamo (1978-87) and playing in well over 500 of total 613 games, Mlinka went to France to play for AJ Auxerre (1987-89, 47 games, 6 goals) and AS Cannes (1989-91, 48 games, 5 goals). Upon returning from France to Croatia he played for HNK Segesta Sisak (1991-95). Later Milnka came back to his beloved Dinamo. His second spell at the Club was a great one too, coming back to Maksimir stadium in 1995/96 season to lead 'Blue Boys' to a League and Cup double. A brilliant farewell for Dinamo legend at the age of 36, after 613 games played and 186 goals scored.
In 1987 Mlinarić was pronounced 'Večernji List Player of the year'
For Croatia Mlinka played in 1 game vs USA (2:1, 17.10.1990.).
Now involved as a coach in Dinamo set up.
Zvonimir 'Zvone' Boban
Born 08.10.1968. Imotski
Legendary captain of Dinamo Zagreb and Croatian National Team.
Skilled and tactical playmaker. The heart of every team he ever played for. A team leader and Dinamo captain at just 18. In his playing days he was known for tremendous close control of the ball and vision.
Gained legendary status among Dinamo supporters after coming to do rescue of a supporter and kicking a policeman during riots at Maksimir Stadium (13.05.1990. Dinamo vs C.zvezda) for which he was banned nine months (later cut to four) and missed World Cup 1990 in Italy.
He debuted for Dinamo at 17 playing in friendly vs NK Radnik (VG) (12.12.1985) and scored 2 goals. After that there was no stopping for Zvonimir Boban who played in 277 games for Dinamo and scored 119 goals (1985-91). His last game for Dinamo beign 12.11.1991. vs Verona.
In addition Boban played in over 200 games for AC Milan (1992-01) winning 4 Scudettos (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999), 2 Italian Super Cups (1993, 1994), Champions Cup (1994) and Euro Super Cup (1995).
For Croatia Boban played in 51 games, scored 12 goals and finnished 3rd at 1998 WC in France.
For Former Yugoslavia he played 7 games, scored 1 goal and won Junior World Cup 1987 in Chile (played all 6 games and scored 3 goals).
Zvonimir Boban also played for AS Bari (1991-92) and Celta Vigo (2001) and was Croatian Player of the year for years: 1991 & 1999.
League Appearances & Goals:
1985/86 NK Dinamo 2-0 1986/87 NK Dinamo 28-3 1987/88 NK Dinamo 30-13 1988/89 NK Dinamo 0-0 (military service) 1989/90 NK Dinamo 23-9 1990/91 NK Dinamo 26-15 1991/92 AS Bari 17-2 1992/93 AC Milan 13-0 1993/94 AC Milan 20-4 1994/95 AC Milan 21-1 1995/96 AC Milan 13-3 1996/97 AC Milan 28-1 1997/98 AC Milan 23-2 1998/99 AC Milan 27-2 1999/00 AC Milan 17-6 2000/01 AC Milan 16-2 2001/02 Celta Vigo 4-0
Legendary Dinamo winger. Mythical dribler with absolutely irreproachable technique. Left foot, right foot, smoothness, speed, heading, goalscoring... you name it. Drago could do everything with the ball.
Drago Vabec was wearing blue Dinamo Zagreb jersey for 12 years (1968-79, 1984). Debuted for Dinamo Zagreb at the age of 18 (27.07.1968. vs Kapfenberg, 1:1) and went on to play in 529 games for the Club, scoring a total of 194 goals. Drago Vabec scored his last goal for Dinamo Zagreb on 26 of February 1984 in a Yugoslavia League game, away to Sloboda Tuzla and his last game for Dinamo was on 11th of April 1984 in Zagreb, at Maksimir stadium, vs Radnički (Ni). It was a Cup game which Dinamo won 2:0.
With Dinamo Zagreb Drago Vabec won 1 Yugoslavia Cup (1969) and was a Top scorer of 1975/76 Cup with 5 goals. The 1979 team:
elimir Stinčić, Vilson Ðoni, Branko Tucak, Djemal Mustedanagić, Velimir Zajec, Srećko Bogdan, Zlatko Kranjčar, Pero Bručić, Snjeko Cerin, Rajko Janjanin and Drago Vabec.
He also played for NK Sloga Čakovec (1966-68, 1983, 1984-86) and Stade Brestois (1979-83). While playing for Stade Brestois, where he is regarded as legend too (L'idole de Brest), he scored 61 goals (1979-83). During Yugoslavian League off season, in 1977, Drago Vabec played in NASL for Toronto Metros-Croatia for four months. In 15 games he scored 11 goals and made 4 assists, helping them reach Quarter-finals of the NASL.
For Yugoslavia Drago Vabec played in 7 games (1973-77) and scored 1 goal (vs Sweden, 3:0, 15.10.1975.). First game for Yugoslavia Drago played vs Hungary in Belgrade (1:1, 26.09.1973.) and his last game was vs Wales in Zagreb (2:0, 24.04.1976.).
On 20th of May 1987 Drago Vabec was farewelled from active football playing in a game played by Selection of Medjimurje vs Yugoslavia Student-Olympic Team combination. After 10 minutes Drago left the field...
As a coach Drago Vabec coached NK Nafta Lendava, NK Sloga Čakovec, NK Omladinac (Novo Selo Rok), NK Stubica 1926, NK Polet, NK Daruvar, NK Krievci, NK Vrbovec, NK Slunj, NK Jaska (2003 & 2008), NK Medjimurje ( whith which in the year 2004 won promotion to Croatian 1st Division), NK Čakovec and NK Zagorec Krapina.
Snjean 'Snjeko' Cerin
Born 19.01.1955. Zagreb
Legendary Snjeko. Likable personality and one of the most popular players in Dinamo's history. Snjeko Cerin was irreplaceable in Dinamo's 1982 Yugoslavian League Championship run. Skilled and technical player who on the field looked uninterested but scored many important goals in his years with the club. Snjeko spent 10 years (1976-86) in blue colour jerseys of Dinamo Zagreb, played in 474 games and scored a total of 304 goals of which 103 were League goals, 9 Domestic Cup goals, 35 international club games goals and 157 friendly games goals.
Snjeko Cerin scored his first goal for Dinamo Zagreb in a friendly game in Dubrovnik, Dinamo vs GOK (3:1, 10.11.1976.) In his first League game for Dinamo vs FK Budućnost Cerin announced his arrival with two goals (6:1, Zagreb, 17.11.1976.). First international goal for Dinamo Cerin scored in a game vs Ajax Amsterdam at Trofej Marjan Tournament 17.02.1977., a game which Dinamo won 4:0 (also scored: Vabec 2 goals & Zajec 1 goal). The goal was a scissor kick into the 90! That goal was pronounced the best goal of the tournament and Cerin was awarded with a Cup by the 'Večernji list' daily.
A profilic scorer as he was, unbelievably was never selected for Former Yugoslavia Team.
In 1982 Snjeko Cerin was Yugoslavian League's Top Scorer with 19 goals and he scored three league hat-tricks for Dinamo, vs Vele Mostar in 1981, vs Pritina in 1984 and vs Rijeka in 1984.
An interesting trivia is that of all League games in which Snjeko Cerin scored Dinamo has lost only two (12.06.1977. eljezničar vs Dinamo, 3:2 and 16.05.1984. Crvena zvezda vs Dinamo, 3:2). Breakdown of games when Cerin scored is: 52-wins 18-draws and 2 losses.
With Dinamo Cerin has won one Yugoslavia Championship (1982) and 2 Cups (1980, 1983)
Cerin also played for NK Trnje (1972-1975) and NK Zagrebački Plavi (1976). After Dinamo Snjeko Cerin played for FC Klagenfurt (1986/87) and currently runs retirement homes near Zadar at the Adriatic coast.
Dinamo's Centreforwards are known as 'Plavi 9'
These are the legendary 'Blue No. 9':
1. August 'Beli' Lenik
2. Franjo 'Mara' Wölfl
3. Draan 'Suhi' Jerković
4. Slaven 'Zambi' Zambata
5. Zlatko 'Cico' Kranjčar
6. Igor 'Cvita' Cvitanović
August 'Beli' Lenik
Born 16.07.1914. Zagreb. Died 24.02.1992. Zagreb.
Attacker. Blue No. 9
Born to score.
What to say about a player who on loan from lower division club scores a hattrick against the mighty Liverpool FC (5:1, 17.05.1936), then a hattrick in 8 minutes (2nd, 3rd, 8th) against BSK away in Belgrade (0:4, 25.04.1937.), a hattrick vs Ferencvarosi TC in Gradjanski's 4:0 win (19.03.1940.) and then a hattrick vs Hungarian Champions and powerhouse team of that time Nagyvarad AC away in Budapest (0:4, 02.07.1944.) In that game vs Nagyvarad AC Beli came in as a 24th minute substitute for injured Franjo Wölfl and scored his goals in 32nd, 57th and 68th minute. Not to forget mentioning Beli scoring all four goals in 4:1 trashing of St. Gallen and then 2 goals in a 3:2 loss to Basel in two days of November 1936 when the Club was on the Switzerland - England - Scotland tour... A true class.
Born into a footballing family (his uncle was, one of the 'old guards', the famous Gradjanski goalkeeper Dragutin Vrdjuka), Beli didn't wait long to pick up his boots, starring in HK Derby as a 15 year old kid. August Lenik started his football in HK Derby Zagreb in 1929 where he played until 1934, then he played for HK parta Zagreb from 1934 untill 1936. Gradjanski coach Marton Bukovi followed young Lenik for some time while he was playing for lower division parta. It was a May 1936, the mighty Liverpool FC was in town to play Gradjanski in a friendly. And it was in that game that Beli came to prominence as Bukovi asked him to play on loan and strengthen the side for a game versus Liverpool FC, a team that was not defeated on the continent yet. As in a fairy tale the young Lenik shone brightest and scored a hattrick in a great 5:1 Gradjanski's win, on 17.05.1936. What a start in blue jersey!
Distinctly right footed player who joked that he uses his left foot only for walking. A real 'slyboots'. Coach Bukovi once described his ability to score as: 'Beli could score four goals from three chances!'. One of the first classic six yard box poachers the Club had who will years later be followed by Jerković and Cerin, two of our greats with similar coups.
In the years to follow Beli would go on to be one of the best and most profilic scorers the Club has ever had, being a League Topscorer in 4 consecutive years (YU - 1937/38 with 17 goals from 18 games, YU - 1938/39 with 22 goals from 22 games, YU - 1939/40 joint with S. Gliović (BSK) with 10 goals and CRO - 1940/41 with 27 goals in 18 games). In addition to being second on the League Top Scorers list in 1937 with 14 goals. Sadly we don't have his full goal tally as it's not known how many, alltogether, he scored in his Gradjanski years. There were 63 League goals in Old Yugoslavia (1936-40) and 42 League goals in Croatia (1940-45, with: 27 League goals in 1940/41., 7 League goals in 1943., 6 League goals in 1944 and missing data for years: 1941 and in 1942 so far known only 1 game vs Bata Borovo 6:1, 11.05.1942 - 2 goals). In Mitropa Cup vs Újpesti TE 1:0, 22.06.1940 - 1 goal. In two Croatian Cup final games vs HK Concordia Lenik scored 2 goals (2:2, 01.09.1941 - 1 goal and 6:2, 14.09.1941 - 1 goal). Counting in 19 friendlies: vs Rapid Wien 4:1, 19.04.1936. - 2 goals, vs Liverpool FC 5:1, 17.05.1936. - 3 goals, vs Sliema Wanderers 4:1, 06.09.1936. - 2 goals, vs St. Gallen 4:1, in 1936 - 4 goals, vs Basel 2:3, in 1936 - 2 goals, vs Hearts 4:4, 18.11.1936 - 2 goals, vs Juventus 3:0, 04.07.1937 - 1 goal, vs Austrian NT 2:1, 27.02.1938 - 1 goal, vs VfB Stuttgart 3:1, 21.05.1939 - 1 goal, vs Ferencvarosi TC 5:1, 19.03.1940 - 3 goals, vs HK Concordia 2:2, 27.04.1941. - 1 goal, vs HK Concordia 3:0, 14.07.1941. - 1 goal, vs HAK 2:1, 03.08.1941. - 1 goal, vs HAK 3:3, 29.03.1942. - 1 goal, vs Vienna 3:0, 26.12.1943 - 1 goal, vs Austria Wien 5:0, 16.04.1944 - 2 goals, vs Vienna 1:0, May 1944 - 1 goal, vs Nagyvarad AC 2:0, 15.02.1944 - 1 goal, vs Nagyvarad AC 4:0, 02.07.1944 - 3 goals for another 33 goals and 11 goals scored for Dinamo in 19 friendly games (1945-46, 1948-49) gives a total of, so far known, 152 goals. Also missing are his goals for Gradjanski in Zagreb Championship gamas and many other friendlies that Gradjanski played between 1936-45.
With the Club Lenik won: 2 Championships in Old Yugoslavia (1937 and 1940), 1 Championship in 1943 in Croatia and one Croatian Cup in 1941.
All in all a Club legend August 'Beli' Lenik was wearing blue colours of Gradjanski (1936-45) and Dinamo (1945-46, 1948-49) for 11 years.
Also he played for NK Dubrava from 1946-48.
Played for two countries, scored in debut games for both. For Old Yugoslavia Lenik played in 10 games (1937-40) and scored 4 goals. Interestingly he scored them in his first four games. For Croatia he played in 9 games (1942-44) scoring 6 goals of which first one was on his debut vs Switzerland, 02.04.1940. (4:0). Lenik also played 26 games for Selection of Zagreb city (1931-41) and scored 1 goal on his debut vs Graz (Zagreb - Graz 4:5, 17.12.1931.).
After footballing years worked as Stomatologist in Zagreb.
Franjo 'Mara' Wölfl
Born 18.05.1918. Zagreb. Died 08.07.1987. Zagreb.
Attacker. Blue No. 9
Franjo 'Mara' Wölfl. A Club legend nicknamed 'Mara' was a player of excellent technique who knew it all about football. Had a great heading, effective strong shot executed equally with both legs and was a free kick specialist. Franjo Wölfl scored so many goals for the Club and was very popular with supporters, especially with kids. Mara wasnt a runner, but a scorer. And a great one. Mara: 'Let the ball run, not the player.' Franjo 'Mara' Wölfl was born in Zagreb where he grew up and learned his football skills on the fields around town, like many youngsters of that era. His first football club was HK Concordia where he started in subjuniors in 1929 and later appeared in first team from 1933 to 1934. His first game for HK Concordia was in 1933 vs Hajduk Split (1:2). Before that game Mara played in reserves and was just asked to continue with the first team. After getting an apprenticeship with koda factory in 1934 he moved to Plzeň in Czechia where he played for SK Viktoria Plzeň (1934-37). His first game for SK Viktoria was vs SK idenice (6:3) and Mara was an instant hit, scoring a hattrick! After his apprenticeship Wölfl was signed for Gradjanski by Jozo Jakopić in the year of 1937 and would go on to score many, many goals in blue jersey. His first apperance for Gradjanski was in a 0:0 draw vs Austria Wien on 28.11.1937., in Zagreb, in front of 8,000 spectators. Gradjanski: Glaser, Hügl, Cesarec, Cimermančić, Jazbinek, Kokotović, Plee, Wölfl, Lenik, Pogačnik, Antolković. Austria Wien: Zohrer, Andritz, Sesta, Nausch, Mock, Joksch, Riegler, Neumer, Sindelar, Jerusalem, Wiertel.
Franjo 'Mara' Wölfl played for his beloved Club from 1937 to 1953 in about 319 games and scored a total of, so far known, 322 goals (120 League goals, 21 Domestic Cup goals, 42 International club games goals and 124 friendly games goals + counting in 12 friendly club games in which he scored 15 goals: vs Austrian NT 2:1, 27.02.1938 - 1 goal, vs Ferencvarosi TC 3:1, 22.12.1940 - 2 goals, vs HK Concordia 2:2, 27.04.1941. - 1 goal, vs HAK 2:1, 03.08.1941. - 1 goal, vs Bata Borovo 3:0, 2?.08.1941. - 2 goals, vs FC Luzern 1:0, 09.03.1942 - 1 goal, vs Vienna 3:0, 26.12.1943 - 1 goal, vs Nagyvarad AC 2:0, 15.02.1944 - 1 goal, vs Nagyvarad AC 1:0, 18.02.1944 - 1 goal, vs Austria Vienna 5:0, 16.04.1944 2 goals, vs Nagyvarad AC 1:1, June 1944 - 1 goal and vs eljezničar (Z) 1:1, 09.04.1945 - 1 goal). The breakdown of, so far known, 120 league goals Mara scored: 17 goals in Old Yugoslavia league (1937-40), 24 goals in Croatia league (1940-45, of which: 1943 - 12 goals, 1944 - 9 goals and missing data for years: 1940/41, 1941 and in 1942 so far known only 1 game vs Bata Borovo 6:1, 11.05.1942 - 3 goals) and 79 goals in Former Yugoslavia league (1946-53). Counted in 21 Domestic Cup goals are 2 goals scored in 1941 Croatian Cup final games vs HK Concordia (2:2, 01.09.1941 - 1 goal and 6:2, 14.09.1941 - 1 goal) and 19 goals scored in YU Cup games (1946-53).
Unfortunately full records of his goals for SK Viktoria Plzeň are unknown to us and also missing are his goals for Gradjanski in Zagreb Championship games and many other friendlies that Gradjanski played between 1937-45. In those days clubs played many games and we could say that if there were stats available for all of them he would be Club's best scorer, ever. Such was his rate of scoring that that is the believing. (In a book by dr. Jerko imić, "Velemajstori naega nogometa", Zagreb, 1973, on page 237, it says that for Dinamo he scored 402 goals in 333 games).
Lets 'see' some of his goals
- League Top Scorer 3 times, in years: 1943 with 12 goals, 1946/47 with 28 goals in 22 games, 1947/48 with 22 goals in 17 games.
- Scored 4 golas in a league game 4 times: vs eljezničar (S) 1946, vs Split 1946, vs Spartak (Su) 1947 and vs Vardar (Sk) 1948). One of his 4 goals vs Vardar was from 45 metres, executed from a free kick!
- Scored 3 goals in a league game 8 times: (vs Bata Borovo 1942, vs Proleter (Be) 1946, vs elezničar (N) 1946, vs Pobeda (Sk) 1947, vs Metalac (Bg) 1947, vs Sarajevo 1947, vs Crvena zvezda (Bg) 1948 and vs Lokomotiva (Zg) 1949)
- Scored 2 goals on his debut for Old Yugoslavia team, in 4:4 draw with Poland (Warshaw, 25.09.1938.) and his second goal in the 70th minute of the game Mara scored from the centre of the field!
- Scored a 35 metre screamer for Selection of Zagreb city vs Selection of Belgrade city (1:3, 12.12.1948.)
- Scored another 35 metre screamer in 1950 while playing for Selection of Zagreb city in a 4:1 win vs Selection of Oslo city.
- In a game Dinamo vs Rot-Weiss (Essen) (3:0, 01.05.1951.) Mara unleashed a thunderbolt and the ball stayed, rammed in, where the crossbars that support the net meet!!
- In two of Dinamo's games vs Austrian opposition Mara scored 4 goals. Two vs Austrian NT in a 5:2 win in Wien, 09.03.1949. and two vs Rapid Wien in a 6:2 win in Zagreb, 03.10.1951.
Franjo Wölfl has won 3 Championships: 2 during Gradjanski years (Old YU 1940, Cro 1943) and 1 with Dinamo (1948). Also Mara has won one Croatian Cup in 1941 a Former Yugoslavia Cup in 1951 and a silver medal at the 1948 London Olympics.
As stated before Mara was not a 'runner' and as such selectors were not 'in love' with him. Wölfl played for Selection of Zagreb city 1938-1952 (22 games ), Croatia 1940-44 (18 games, 12 goals) and both Old and Former Yugoslavia 1938-40, 1946-51 (12 games, 6 goals). There was a game also for B Selection of Old Yugoslavia vs Romania and naturally Mara scored the only goal of the game (1:0, in 1940.).
Franjo 'Mara' Wölfl scored his last goals for Dinamo in a game in Celje vs Kladivar on 29.11.1952. (a hattrick in 6:0 win) and played his last game for Dinamo on 07.02. 1953., vs Penarol (1:2) at the 1st Copa Montevideo, which was a friendly International club tournament.
After his playing days Mara stayed in Dinamo where he held a position of Technical Director for years and during his time Dinamo won 2 Championships (1954, 1958), 3 YU Cups (1960, 1963, 1965) and reached a final of Fairs/Uefa Cup in 1963.
Also was a member of Selection Commission of Former Yugoslavia team at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland and was a member of three-man group of Selectors (B. Kneević, L. Lemeić, F. Wölfl) for a friendly game Croatia vs Indonesia (5:2, Zagreb, 12.09.1956.).
Franjo 'Mara' Wölfl retired in the year of 1973 after spending 36 years at the Club (1937-1973).
Received a Special Golden Plaque from Football Federation of Yugoslavia.
Draan 'Suhi' Jerković
Born 06.08.1936. ibenik. - Died 09.12.2008. Zagreb
Attacker. Blue No. 9
Although born in Adriatic coast's town of ibenik, Jerković started his 'football scurry' at the tender year of 10 with Dinamo Zagreb a few years after his parents moved due to his fathers job at the railways. He was named Draan after a doctor (dr. Draančić) who saved his mother's and his life at birth in ibenik hospital.
At his about 315 games with senior Dinamo team, where Jerković played almost eleven years (1954-65), in 315 games he scored 324 goals (96 league goals, 24 Domestic Cup goals, 149 friendly games goals and 55 international club games goals). The first game Jerković played for senior Dinamo Zagreb team was vs Slaven Borovo (0:1) in Borovo on 20th of September 1954 and his last was on 10th of June 1965 vs Sarajevo (1:2) in Zagreb.
Member of Generation '63 which reached Fairs/UEFA Cup final and lost to Valencia. Characteristic centreforward. Gifted ballplayer of powerful athletic build and lots of suddenness of movements, coupled with his sniff for goal and a 'killer instict' in the six yard box made him a truly remarkable player. Jerković was especially renowned for his perfect execution of scissor kick with which he scored many goals.
Draan Jerković scored 5 goals in one game in Former Yugoslavia League vs Beograd in 1962., League hattrick five times vs Lokomotiva in 1956, vs Vardar in 1957, vs Sloboda in 1959, vs Partizan in 1960, vs Sloboda 1962 and was a Top Scorer of Former Yugoslavia League for Dinamo in 1962 with 17 goals. Jerković also scored 2 goals in 19 League games.
With Dinamo Zagreb, Jerković won 1 Former Yugoslavia Championship (1958) and 3 Cups (1960, 1963 and 1965).
After Dinamo he only played for Belgian club FC Gantoise in 1965 where he finished his playing career after getting injured.
For Former Yugoslavia team he played in only 21 games (1960-64), scored 11 goals and was a member of a team at Euro Championship in France in 1960 where he was a joint Top Scorer with 2 goals. Former YU team lost 2:1 in final to Soviet Union after a memorable semifinal win over France (4:3) where Jerković scored his 2 goals. Two years later in Chile at the 1962 World Cup he was a Top Scorer with 5 goals as Former Yugoslavia team finished 4th. For Croatia Jerković played in 1 game vs Indonesia in 1956 which was a friendly in Zagreb (Croatia won 5:2).
As a coach Draan Jerković was in charge of Dinamo in 1971/72 (reaching the final of Former YU Cup in 1972 only to lose 2:1 to HNK Hajduk), NK Zagreb and was a coach of newly reestablished Croatian National Team (1990/91) in first 3 games with 100% record, beating USA 2:1, Romania 2:0 and Slovenia 1:0.
Sadly as a coach at Dinamo Zagreb Jerković, a Club legend, was never given more time to prove his qualities.
In 1970 he coached Former Yugoslavia team at the Mediteranean Games in Izmir (Turkey) where they won a first place. Also he was a 'Coach for the day' of Former Yugoslavia Team. Jerković was in charge of Former Yugoslavia Team for one game vs Greece on 15.11.1978. in Skopje when he boldly choose a young side (with 5 debutants) which came from behind (0:1) to win 4:1 in emphatic style. Fearless centreforward of the past knew how to recognize one for the future as young Vahid Halilhodić in his only 6th and 3rd full game scored a hattrick.
Draan Jerković a Dinamo Zagreb legend and one of the best Croatian attackers in the history of the game.
Slaven 'Zambi' Zambata
Born 24.09.1940. Sinj. - Died 29.10.2020. Zagreb
Attacker. Blue No. 9
When Zambata goes, all obstacles fall!
Tall, strong and brave, a real centre-forward. There was no hindrance for Zambata, a true class finisher and scorer of many important goals for Dinamo.
When Jerković left to play abroad there was only one person who could step in to take the coveted No. 9. Zambi!
Slaven Zambata came from NK Junak Sinj as a 19 year old in 1959 and played in blue untill 1969 in 393 games scoring 267 goals (93 were League goals, 41 Domestic cup goals, 44 international club games goals and 89 friendly games goals). Zambata was a captain of the 1967 Fairs/Uefa Cup winning side and a member of generation '63 which reached a final of Fairs/Uefa Cup for that year.
Zambata has won 4 Former Yugoslavia Cups with Dinamo (1960, 1963, 1965 and 1969) scoring 41 goals in process, (8 of them in final games - 6 vs Hajduk and 2 vs Budućnost) and is tied with Stjepan Bobek as the best Cup scorer of Former Yugoslavia. Zambi also holds a somewhat record of being the only player of Former Yugoslavia's big four clubs to have scored a hattrick vs their main rivals (vs Hajduk 26.05.1963. - 4:1, vs Partizan 20.05.1964. - 7:2 and vs Crvena zvezda 02.04.1966. - 6:0). Slaven Zambata also scored 2 goals in 21 League games.
After 10 years in blue colours of Dinamo, Slaven Zambata went on to play in Belgium for KSV Waregem (1969-71) and Crossing Schaerbeek (1971-72), then after a short stint in Austria with FC Villach (1973) Zambata returned to Dinamo to end his football career that year.
For Former Yugoslavia team Zambata played from 1962 untill 1968 in 33 games and scored 21 goals. He scored 3 goals in his frist two games (one vs Germany DR - 2:2, 16.09.1962. and two vs Ethiopia - 5:2, 19.09.1962.).
Also Zambi scored 4 goals in a win vs Japan in Osaka (1:6, 20.10.1964.) and a hattrick vs Finland in Belgrade (9:1, 25.09.1968.)
It is a sad truth that a Club Legend a lawyer and author of three Football Year Books who has a coaching and hospitality diplomas and experience in being Players Agent had no involvement in day to day running of our Dinamo.
Zlatko 'Cico' Kranjčar
Born 15.11.1956. Zagreb - Died 01.03.2021. Zagreb
Attacker. Blue No. 9
Zlatko'Cico' Kranjčar is a true-blue and a Dinamo Zagreb legend, wearing the blue jersey in the mid 1970s untill the mid 1980s. He stepped up after a few years of 'vacuum' that was left behind after Slaven Zambata retired. Cico spent 17 years in blue colours going through all the ranks. A goalgetter with class and a free kick specialist with a thunderbolt shot. Member of the Generation '82 that brought League title to Maksimir after 24 'dry years'. In 1979 season of Former Yugoslavia League Cico Kranjčar scored a hattrick two times - vs FK Budućnost and vs HNK Rijeka.
While playing for NK Dinamo Zagreb in 556 games Zlatko 'Cico' Kranjčar scored 276 goals (98 League goals, 20 Domestic Cup goals, 32 international club games goals and 126 friendly games goals) and has won one Yugoslavia Championship (1982) and two Yugoslavia Cups (1980, 1983).
Later with SK Rapid Wien he won two Austrian Championships (1987, 1988), 3 Austrian Cups (1984, 1985 and 1987) and in 1985 played in Cup Winners Cup final. For SK Rapid Wien Kranjčar played 201 league games and scored 106 goals, 33 Cup games with 14 goals and 32 Euro Cups games with 10 goals scored. In Austria he also played for St. Polten (1990/91).
Often overlooked for the spot in Former Yugoslavia Team he managed to play in 11 games (1977-83), scoring 3 goals.
For Croatia Zlatko Kranjčar played in first two games of newly reestablished National Team and scored one goal.
As a coach with Dinamo Zagreb he won two Croatian Championships (1996, 1998) and two Croatian Cups (1996, 1998) having achieved a rare double double.
Also, Zlatko Kranjčar coached HNK Segesta, Linz FC (Austria), NK Slaven Belupo, NK Samobor, El Masry (Egypt), NK Mura (Slovenia), NK Marsonia, NK Zagreb, HNK Rijeka, Al-Shaab (U.A.E.), NK Croatia Sesvete, DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda (Slovakia), Persepolis FC (Iran), Montenegro National Team and is the first coach to win Croatian Championship with two different teams (NK Dinamo and NK Zagreb). While coaching Sepahan Isfahan FC Zlatko Kranjčar won Persian Gulf Cup (Iran Pro League) in 2011/12 season, Hazfi Cup in 2012/13 season and was pronnounced Iranian Manager of the Year in 2012. Zlatko Kranjčar was also a coach of Croatian National Team (2004-06) with which he qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany without losing a game.
Igor 'Cvita' Cvitanović is another great attacker who came to Dinamo Zagreb from NK Osijek (others being Josip Gutzmirtl, Davor uker and Goran Vlaović). Igor Cvitanović came to Zagreb in the year of 1989 as an 18 year old talented youngster and grew to become one of Dinamo's best scorers. In Dinamo Zagreb's blue jersey Igor Cvitanović scored 304 goals and played in 503 games. In League games Igor Cvitanović scored 122 goals for Dinamo (5 in Yugoslavian First League and 117 in Croatian First League) and is a Club's All Time League Scorer.
With his excellent goalscoring record he is also All Time Croatian League Scorer with 126 goals (117 for Dinamo and 9 for NK Varteks Varadin).
Renowned for his speed and 'lethal execution' in front of the goal Igor Cvitanović has managed to score: 4 goals in one league game (1995/96) and
3 goals in one league game 6 times (three times in 1993/94 season and once in 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97 seasons).
With Dinamo Cvitanović spend 10 years in two spells (1989-1997 and 1999-2001) winning 5 Croatian Championships (1992/93, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1999/00) and 3 Croatian Cups (1993/94, 1995/96, 1996/97), twice beign League Top Scorer (1995/96 with 19 goals and 1996/97 with 20 goals).
For Croatian National Team Igor Cvitanović played in 29 games (1992-2000) and scored 4 goals.
He also played for NK Osijek (1987-88, 20003-04), NK Varteks Varadin (loan in 1992), Real Sociedad (1998-1999) and Japanese team Shimizu S-Pulse (2001-02).
Currently in Dinamo coaching set-up
1. Karl Heinlein (1919-1921)
2. Arthur Gaskell (1921-1924)
3. Richard 'Little Dombi' Kohn (1924/25)
4. Josef Brandstätter (1925/26)
5. Imre Pozsonyi (1926-1928)
6. James Donnelly (1929-1931)
7. Giury Molnar (1932)
8. Robert Haftl (1932-1935)
9. Hans Ringer (1935)
10. Márton 'Marcibaći' Bukovi (1935-1945),(1945-1947), (1960/61)
11. Branko 'Grlica' Kunst (1945)
12. Mirko 'Koka' Kokotović (1947)
13. Karl Mütsch (1947/48)
14. Franjo Glaser (1948)
15. Bruno Kneević (1949)
16. Bernard 'Benda' Hügl Sr. (1949-1952)
17. Milan Antolković (1952/53), (1956), (1959/60), (1961-1964)
18. Ivan 'Oskar' Jazbinek (1953-1955)
19. Bogdan Cuvaj (1956)
20. Gustav 'Lembika' Lechner (1957-59)
21. Vlatko Konjevod (1964/65)
22. Branko Zebec (1966/67), (1984)
23. Ivica 'Čamp' Horvat (1967-1970)
24. Zlatko 'Čik' Čajkovski (1970/71)
25. Draan 'Suhi' Jerković (1971/72)
26. Stjepan 'tef' Bobek (1972)
27. Domagoj Kapetanović (1973)
28. Ivan 'Djalma' Marković (1973/74), (1980)
29. Mirko Bazić (1974-1977)
30. Rudolf 'Rudač' Belin (1977/78), (1983)
31. Vlatko 'Marko' Marković(1978-1980), (1983), (1990/91), (1992)
32. Miroslav 'Ćiro' Blaević (1981-1983), (1986-1988), (1992-1994), (06.05.2002.-13.06.2003.)
33. Tomislav Ivić (1984)
34. Zdenko Kobečak (1985), (1991/92)
35. Josip 'Joko' Skoblar (1988/89)
36. Josip Kue (1989/90), (01.06.2005.-06.11.2006.)
37. Ivan Bedi (1994) & with Hrvoje Braović (1998)
38. Zlatko 'Cico' Kranjčar (1994-1996), (1998) (01.07.2016. 24.09. 2016.)
39. Otto Barić (1996/97)
40. Marijan 'Majo' Vlak (1997/98), (??.11.1999.-19.11.2000.), (14.04.2002.-04.05.2002.), (24.11.2008.-05.03.2009.)
41. Hrvoje Braović with Ivan Bedi (1998) & (20.11.2000.-01.04.2001.)
42. Velimir 'Zeko' Zajec (??.??.1998.-21.04.1999.), (25.05.2010.-09.08.2010.)
43. Ilija Lončarević (22.04.1999.-30.06.1999.), (03.04.2001.-14.04.2002.), (22.11.2004.-23.03.2005.)
44. Osvaldo 'Ossie' Ardiles (01.07.1999.-??.??.1999.)
45. Nikola 'Jura' Jurčević (13.06.2003.-16.08.2004.) (12.03.2018. - 15.05.2018.)
46. Djuro Bago (Ad Interim, 17.08.2004.-31.08.2004.)
47. Nenad 'Doktor' Gračan (31.08.2004.-21.11.2004.)
48. Zvjezdan Cvetković (Ad Interim, 24.03.2005.-31.05.2005.)
49. Branko 'Tanac' Ivanković (06.11.2006.-14.01.2008.), (20.05.2008.-24.11.2008.), (02.09.2013.-22.10.2013.)
50. Zvonimir Soldo (14.01.2008.-14.05.2008.)
51. Krunoslav 'Kruno' Jurčić (05.03.2009.-19.05.2010.), (26.05.2011.-07.12.2011.), (26.11.2012.-22.08.2013.)
52. Sreten Ćuk (Ad Interim, 09.08.2010.-16.08.2010.)
53. Vahidin 'Vaha' Halilhodić (16.08.2010.-24.05.2011.)
54. Ante Čačić (23.12.2011.-26.11.2012.)
55. Zoran Mamić, Damir Krznar & Igor Cvitanović (Ad Interim, 22.10.2013. - 16.12.2013.)
56. Zoran Mamić (16.12.2013. - 01.07.2016.) (07.07.2020. - 15.03.2021.)
57. eljko Sopić (Ad Interim) (25.09.2016. - 28.09.2016.)
59. Ivaylo Petev (29.09. 2016. - 13.07.2017.)
60. Mario Cvitanović (13.07.2017. - 10.03.2018.)
61. Nenad Bjelica (15.05.2018 - 16.04.2020.)
62. Igor Jovićević (22.04.2020. - 06.07.2020.)
63. Damir Krznar (15.03.2021. -
Márton 'Marcibaći' Bukovi
Born 10.12.1903. Budapest (Hungary) - Died 01.02.1985. Budapest (Hungary)
A teacher of Football.
Little is written about this great man and ambassador of The Beautifull Game. Arguably one of the best and innovative coaches Europe has had in Twentieth Century and certainly one of the best coaches Hungary has ever produced who as a youngster worked as a jeweller. Memorable personality and great with fans he had a nickname Marcibači (Hungarian: Marci bacsi), meaning uncle Marci. Wherever he played or coached he left a lasting legacy. As a football player he was a centrehalf with good technique and played with distinction for Ékszerészek (1920-25), Alba Roma (1925-26), Ferencvárosi TC (1926-33, won 4 Hungarian Championships 1925/26, 1926/27, 1927/28, 1931/32, 3 Hungarian Cups 1927, 1928, 1933 and Mitropa Cup 1928) and FC Sète (1933-35, won French Championship in 1933/34 and French Cup in 1934). For Hungarian National Team Bukovi played 12 times (1926-30). Bukovi is renowned for revolutionizing the game with 4-2-4 system and encouraging his players to swap roles from which later 'total football' was born.
During his three stints with the Club (1935-45), (1945-47), (1960-61) Bukovi won 3 Championships (Old Yugoslavia 1936/37, 1939/40 and Croatia 1943) and 1 Croatian Cup (1941).
Márton Bukovi also coached MTK FC** (1947-54, 1957-59, with which he won 3 Hungarian Championships 1951, 1953, 1957/58 and one Hungarian Cup 1952), Újpest FC (1955/56), Hungarian National Team (1956-57, P=8, W=6, D=1, L=1, GF=17, GA=6, Pts=13, per.=81.2%), DVTK (Diósgyőr-Vasgyári Testgyakorlók Köre) (1962-64) and Olympiakos FC (1965-67, with which he won 2 Greek Championships 1965/66 and 1966/67).
'Marton Bukovi, coach with MTK, began to experiment with formations, and soon realised that dropping the centre-forward deeper allowed the inside forwards to push on. By then dropping one of the centre-halves back into defence, Bukovi's teams, against teams operating a traditional 2-3-5 or W-M, found that their midfield and forward lines had far greater fluidity and licence to attack - he had created the 4-2-4 that served the Brazilians so well in the 60s and 70s (they, in fact, were taught the system by the Hungarian coach Bela Guttman who went to South America after the 1956 Uprising).
Bukovi further encouraged players to swap roles, and thus was born what the Dutch would later christen 'total football'.' -- Puskas on Puskas: The Life and Times of a Footballing Legend by Rogan Taylor and Klara Jamrich (London, Robson, 1998.)
He truly is a Legend of The Beautiful Game.
Miroslav 'Ćiro' Blaević
Born 10.02.1935. Travnik (B&H)
Croatian Football Legend and one of the best motivators in the game.
A personality hard to match and a real publicity magnet, often controversial. As a player mostly described as a 'good club player'.
Played for Bratstvo Travnik, Dinamo Zagreb (1954-55), Lokomotiva Zagreb (1955), Sarajevo (1956-58), Rijeka (1958-61), FC Sion (1961-62) and Vevey.
First started coaching FC Vevey Sports 05 (1963-67) with which sailed from fourth to first Swiss Division in four years. Later coached FC Sion (1967-72) with which wins Swiss Cup and after FC Lausanne-Sport (1973-74) takes over Swiss National Team (1975-76) and in early 1980s coaches HNK Rijeka (1979-80).
In the year 1981 Ćiro Blaević comes to Dinamo Zagreb (1981-83) to take the club from near bottom of the table to Championship winners in memorable 1982 league run. In 1983 Ćiro left Dinamo Zagreb in controversial circumstances and with lack of explanation, after winning Cup and beign 3rd on the Yugoslavia League ladder. FC Grasshopper-Club Zürich (1983-85) was the next stop, to win Swiss Chahampionship (1984) and on his way to take over Croatian National Team, in the year of 1994, Ćiro coached PAOK FC (1985), KF Pritina (1986), NK Dinamo Zagreb (1986-88), FC Nantes (1988-91) and again NK Dinamo Zagreb (1992-94). After EURO '96 where Croatian National Team finished fifth and third place glory of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France he also coached Iranian National Team (2001) and briefly NK Osijek (2002).
In his four stints with Dinamo Zagreb (1981-83, 1986-88, 1992-94, 2002-03) Miroslav 'Ćiro' Blaević has won 3 Championships (1981/82, 1992/93, 2002/03) and two Cups (1982/83, 1993/94).
In the year 2003 Ćiro briefly coached Slovenian side NK Mura then took over coaching job at NK Varteks (2003-05). Also in 2005 Ćiro spent a short time at HNK Hajduk with which he won Croatian Super Cup. After Hajduk Ćiro coached Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax FC (2005/06) and NK Zagreb (2006-2008) then Bosnia and Herzegovina NT (2008/09), Chinese football club Shanghai Shenhua (2009/10), China U-23 team, in 2012 Iranian football club Mes Kerman, NK Zagreb (2012/13), Sloboda Tuzla (2014) and Zadar (2014).
Ćiro was pronounced best coach of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France by the assembly of world coaches.
Awarded Franjo Bučar National Sports Award for the year 1998 and Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
Zlatko 'Cico' Kranjčar
Born 15.11.1956. Zagreb - Died 01.03.2021. Zagreb
Legendary Dinamo player.
A regular starter in the Dinamo's 1982 Championship winning team. Goalgetter and free kick specialist with a thunderbolt shot. A true-blue player who spent seventeen years in the club going through all the ranks. As a player with Dinamo Zagreb, Zlatko 'Cico' Kranjčar has won one Yugoslavia Championship (1981/82) and two Yugoslavia Cups (1979/80, 1982/83). In addition to his titles and Cup wins with Dinamo Zagreb Cico has won two Austrian Championships (1987, 1988) and three Austrian Cups (1984, 1985, 1987) while playing for SK Rapid Wien.
As a coach of Dinamo Zagreb Cico Kranjčar has won two Croatian Championships (1995/96, 1997/98,) and two Croatian Cups (1995/96, 1997/98) achieving a rare feat of double double and he is the first (and only) coach to win Croatian Championship with two different teams (with NK Dinamo Zagreb and with NK Zagreb)
He also coached HNK Segesta Sisak, Linz FC (Austria), NK Slaven Belupo, NK Samobor, El Masry (Egypt), NK Mura (Slovenia), NK Marsonia, NK Zagreb, HNK Rijeka, Al-Shaab (U.A.E.), NK Croatia Sesvete (with which he won a promotion to First Croatian League, 2007/08), Croatian National Team (2004 - 2006, with which he qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany), FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda (Slovakia), Persepolis FC (Iran) and Montenegro National Team. While coaching Sepahan Isfahan FC Zlatko Kranjčar won Persian Gulf Cup (Iran Pro League) in 2011/12 season, Hazfi Cup in 2012/13 season and was pronnounced Iranian Manager of the Year in 2012.
With Croatian National Team Cico have a total score of 25 11 8 6 42:24 of which 13 7 5 1 23:8 were World Cup Qualifiers and World Cup games.
* Balkan Cup was a competition for clubs from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Yugoslavia and was played between 1960-1993.
** Today's MTK FC in 1951-52 went under the name of Bp. Bastya and in 1953 under the name of Bp. Voros Lobogo.