GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Sevilla’s next rival in the Europa League, is the absolute leader in Croatian football, with a record of 30 league titles and 22 cup titles in Yugoslavia and Croatia, and the club from which they rose to international fame players like former sevillistas Davor Suker and Robert Prosinecki.
“They are a very demanding rival, Sevilla is a team of great quality. But Dinamo has shown in previous seasons that when they are in good condition and with a high level of preparation and energy, they can compete against anyone “, he declared this Monday. the coach of the Croatian team, Zeljko Kopic.
Sevilla and Dinamo already met in the 2016/2017 season in the Champions League group stage, a clash that ended with two victories for the Spanish team, 0-1 and 4-0.
Dinamo is now in third place in the Croatian league, behind Osijek and Rijeka, and their squad includes goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic and striker Mislav Orsic, their top scorer.

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Last season, “the blues” won the championship and the Cup and reached the quarterfinals of the Europa League by defeating Tottenham in Zagreb with three goals from Orsic (3-0).
The Croatian club, which turned 110 last April and has never been relegated from the top division, was one of the best known and most powerful in the former Yugoslavia, part of “the big four” together with the Serbs Red Star and Partizan , and Croatian Hajduk from Split.

Eight leagues and eight cups in the Yugoslav competition

Some of the great names of world football such as Zvonimir Boban, Davor Suker or Robert Prosinecki came out of its ranks in the 1980s.
After the independence of Croatia in 1991, the club was renamed Gradjanski and then Croatia Zagreb, although for the fans it was always Dinamo, the name they continued to chant until it was recovered in 2000.
The period from 1996 to 2000, when Dinamo won five consecutive champion titles and three Cups, and from 2006 to 2018, with 12 Croatian league champion titles, were the golden eras and almost total dominance of Croatian football.

In Croatia, 22 leagues in 30 years

In total, Dinamo has won the Croatian league 22 times in the thirty years of the country’s independence.
That supremacy was not seen in international competitions.
He has played six times in the group stage of the Champions League and eight times in the UEFA Cup and Europa League, and in the 2018/2019 season he qualified for the round of 16 of the Europa League, after 49 years.

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