DINAMO HELD TO GOALLESS DRAW IN FIRST LEG AGAINST PYUNIK. I DID NOT WATCH THE GAME BUT CSR’S ELITE CLAIM THAT DINAMO PLAYED AWFUL WITH A SHAMEFUL DISPLAY OF SOCCER.
Dinamo Zagreb start their UEFA Champions League campaign tomorrow (July 14th) as they travel to Armenia to take on Pyunik in the second qualifying round. It shouldn’t be too tough for Dinamo to get past the Armenian champions as the ‘Modri’ would then have a guaranteed ‘seeded’ spot for the third qualifying round.
Dinamo Zagreb was ousted out of Champions League last year in the third qualifying round by eventual UEFA Cup champions Shakhtar Donetsk. Dinamo were then put into the UEFA Cup tournament where they had a dramatic 3-3 away draw with Sparta Prague; clinching the next round with the ‘away goals rule’. The boys from Zagreb finally ran out of gas in Group Play when they could only earn three points against Udinese, Tottenham, NEC and Spartak Moscow.
Will Dinamo do better this season?
HERE’S A LOOK AT DINAMO’S NEW GEAR FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON
The inaugural Europa League tournament, formerly UEFA Cup, also continues this week as the second qualifying round gets started. Slaven Belupo will take on Macedonian side Milano away on July 16th with the return leg in Koprovnica exactly one week later. Slaven Belupo got here by barely squeaking by Maltese side Birkirkara 1-0 on aggregate in the first qualifying round. Remember that Hajduk crushed Birkirkara 7-0 last year over two legs. Did Denis share confidential Croatian soccer information to the Birkirkara Ultras while he was in Malta last summer? Hmmm…
NK Rijeka also join in on the Europa League fun as they travel to Luxembourg to take on Differdange on July 16th. Anas Sharbini should put a few goals away for Rijeka in what should be an easy test.
Hajduk will have to wait to open up their Europa League campaign as they have bypassed the first two qualifying rounds. They will be an unseeded team in the third round where they have the possibility of playing AS Roma, PSV Eindhoven, Hamburg, Fenerbahçe or Fulham. The draw for the third round will take place on July 17th but games won’t be played until the 30th.
It should be another fun season watching these small Croatian clubs do some damage around Europe!