Whether you agree with the tactics or not, protests are abound in Croatian soccer.
We all saw the display put on by fans during the most recent match featuring Croatia and Italy, where fans stopped the match by throwing flares onto the field, almost handing Italy an automatic 3-0 lead.
The actions are not exclusive to international matches. Fan behavior like this is common in domestic matches as well, that is, until many of said fans have been banned from stadiums across Croatia.
But are these ornate and disruptive displays of anger going to get the job done? I don’t want to answer that myself, as there are arguments for each side and they are certainly drumming up attention, good and bad, but hey, any publicity is good publicity, right?
If these actions are not what fans should be doing, we should turn to a group of fans that are doing something constructive to the sport’s reputation, more specifically, Dinamo and the BBB’s reputation.
Many disgruntled fans have banned together and have done something that fans in England have famously done as well; break away from their beloved club and start one of their own.
This is exactly what members of the BBB have done, but it’s similar.
MNK Dinamo, or mali nogomet klub Dinamo, is a futsal club that was established in 2012, and competed in the second league north, finishing in second place, and then took a year-long break in 2013.
In 2014, when the BBB, wanted to establish their own club, they decided to instead take control of MNK Dinamo and make it their own, with the help of the group, Zajedno za Dinamo.
In the ultimate protest, the BBB comes out in full force at matches and supports them with the passion and vigor that used to be found inside Maksimir Stadium.
Mali Dinamo and the fans took to the city of Vukovar today, on Nov. 18, to pay homage to the city and citizens that were affected by the war over a decade ago.
Together with Aurelia Futsal club, Dinamo played a friendly match at the Marino Cvetković Sports Hall in Vukovar.
Though Dinamo won the match 2-1, the score is not what was important. Fans came together and in protest and in respect and gave life to a team that honored a very important day in Croatia.
Without the help of Zdravko Mamić, Davor Šukar, or the HNS, MNK Dinamo and its fans plan on becoming an example of what can be done with solidarity.
MNK Dinamo play league-leading Rugvica on Saturday, Nov. 22.