It took until November, but Shakhtar have finally lost their first competitive match of the season; to reigning Champions League holders Chelsea FC at the death. Captain Darijo Srna led his undefeated Ukrainian champions into Stamford Bridge Wednesday night knowing that another victory against Chelsea would put them into the knockout stages of Europe's elite club competition. … [Read more...] about Srna assist not enough vs. Chelsea
Photo: Reuters Is this team for real? Shakhtar Donetsk have already won the Ukrainian Super Cup this season, kicked hated rivals Dynamo Kiev out of the Ukrainian Cup and have won their first 12 matches of the domestic season; scoring an astounding 38 goals while only conceding six. Some may say this is anything but impressive in a water-downed Ukrainian Premier … [Read more...] about Srna’s Shakhtar remain hot
ESPNFC.com has reported that 100 PSG hooligans are expected to make the trip to Zagreb this Wednesday for Dinamo Zagreb's Champions League match vs. Zlatan Ibrahimović and Paris St-Germain. The French club confirmed in a statement Sunday it has made authorities in Croatia aware of "persistent rumors that 100 individuals recognized as dangerous will travel independently to … [Read more...] about The Parisians are coming!
Wednesday night showed how over their heads Dinamo Zagreb are in the Champions League competition. After losing all six games last campaign and being downed by FC Porto 2-0 in their opening match this year, Dinamo Zagreb once again lost, this time 2-0 to Dynamo Kiev. It was supposed to be a battle of Dinamos for third spot in this group but Kiev showed their superiority over … [Read more...] about Dinamo fall in Kiev 2-0
Photo: gnkdinamo.hr An all too familiar start to the Champions League campaign for Dinamo Zagreb today as they fell 2-0 to Porto at Maksimir in front of a crowd that did not break 5,000. The loss was not all bad. In fact, it gave me some hope for Dinamo in a sense that though they may not be a Champions League team, they did not get embarrassed either...yet. Sound … [Read more...] about New Campaign, Same Results: Dinamo Falls to Porto in Opening Match
The Champions League group stage draw will begin Thursday, August 30th at 11:45AM (ET). It is then we will find out who Dinamo Zagreb and company will play over the next three months during six matches. Last year, the Croatian champions were given a difficult road as they had to face Real Madrid, Lyon and Ajax. Dinamo lost every match and scored only three goals while conceding … [Read more...] about Champions League Draw, Badelj makes Hamburg switch
Photo: Ronald Gorsic/Cropix Dinamo Starting XI: Kelava-Ibanez, Šimunić, Ademi, Vida-Sammir, Tonel, Badelj(c), Pivarić-Beqiraj, Čop Dinamo Zagreb have done it again. For the second straight season, the Croatian champions have earned their spot into Europe's elite competition: the UEFA Champions League. Dinamo had an easy road through three qualifying rounds with … [Read more...] about Dinamo back to Champions League!
Photo: Real Madrid Croatian star midfielder Luka Modrić has finally completely his much anticipated transfer to Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur. Modrić passed his physical at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on Monday, inking a five-year deal. Madrid paid £33 million ($52.2 million) for Modrić, who will wear #19. Real Madrid will once again take part in the … [Read more...] about Luka Modrić completes Real Madrid move (Updated)
Photo: Goran Mehkek/Cropix In possibly his last match for Dinamo Zagreb, 23 year-old captain Milan Badelj redeemed himself after a first half own goal with a 74' strike to give the Croatian champions a 2-1 win over NK Maribor in the first leg of their Champions League playoff round tie. Dinamo went up early in the 10th minute of play after defender Domagoj Vida found an … [Read more...] about Badelj sends Dinamo to victory