Arsenal face Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, but how much do you know about our Croatian opposition? Take a look below for ten facts on our European opponents...

  • Dinamo Zagreb were formed on April 26, 1911 as simply 'Dinamo'. Their name changed to HAÅ K-Gradanski in 1991, then to Croatia Zagreb in 1993, before finally becoming Dinamo Zagreb in February 2000.
  • Dinamo Zagreb are also referred to as 'Plavi' or 'Modri' by their supporters, both meaning 'The Blues' or 'Sky Blues'.
  • Dinamo play their home games at the 40,000 capacity Maksimir Stadium. The stadium is situated in the north-east borough of the city of Zagreb called Maksimir next to the famous Maksimir Park and Zagreb Zoo.
  • Dinamo Zagreb are the current Croatian champions and have won 4 Yugoslav titles, 8 Croatian titles and the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (in 1967). They have won 7 of the last eleven Croatian titles.
  • Dinamo Zagreb's 1967 Fairs Cup triumph was at the expense of Leeds United. In a two-legged final Dinamo Zagreb won the first leg 2-0 at home before holding Leeds to a 0-0 draw at Elland Road.
  • Four years earlier Dinamo Zagreb reached their first Fairs Cup final, against Valencia. They played the first leg away in Spain losing 2-0. Zagreb were unable to turn the tie around in the return leg, losing 2-1 at home.
  • Former Dinamo Zagreb players include Mark Viduka, Robert Prosinecki, Zvonimir Boban, Branko Strupar, Mario Stanic, Dario Å imic and former Gunner Davor Å uker.
  • Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Osvaldo Ardiles managed Dinamo Zagreb for a brief period in 1999.
  • In a transfer coup, international defender Jens Nowotny signed for Dinamo Zagreb on July 23, 2006. Nowotny, who has 47 caps for Germany, moved to the Croatian champions following 10 years at Bayer Leverkusen.
  • Dinamo Zagreb play in blue shirts and blue shorts and their official website is www.nk-dinamo.hr.
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