ZAGREB, 26 April 2022 – The most successful club in Croatian football history – Dinamo Zagreb – celebrates its 111th birthday today.
The first Croatian Citizens’ Sports Club, HŠK Građanski, where the club’s lineage stems from, was formed on 26 April 1911.
In 1945 HŠK Građanski dissolved and Dinamo Zagreb was established. Until the early 1990s, its foundation year was considered to be 1945 but during the breakup of Yugoslavia, the club began claiming direct lineage to Građanski Zagreb and HAŠK.
Dinamo Zagreb has won 22 Croatian first division titles, 16 Croatian Football Cups and 6 Croatian Super Cups. The club has spent its entire existence in the top flight.
Dinamo Zagreb is also the only Croatian club with European silverware, having won the 1966–67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup by defeating Leeds United in the final. They also finished runners-up in the same competition in 1963 when they lost to Valencia.
1️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ godina najvećeg i najuspješnijeg hrvatskog kluba 🎂🎉💙 pic.twitter.com/75sNko458e— GNK Dinamo (@gnkdinamo) April 25, 2022
Some big-name players to play for the Maksimir club over the years include Drazen Jerković, Zlatko and Niko Kranjčar, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinećki, Davor Šuker, Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić, Eduardo da Silva, Dejan Lovren and Mario Mandžukić.