Dinamo Zagreb wins Croatian league title for 24th time
- by croatiaweek
- in Sport
SPLIT, 30 April 2023 – Dinamo Zagreb clinched the Croatian league title on Sunday night after a 0-0 draw away to Hajduk Split.
The Zagreb-based club claimed the HNL 2022-23 title four rounds before the end of the season after picking up a point today in front of a full house in Split at Poljud Stadium and around 1400 of their own fans.
The title is the 24th for the club since Croatia gained independence and the 34th in total in the club’s history.
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With four rounds remaining, Dinamo has 71 points, 12 ahead of Hajduk Split who have 59 points in second place. Osijek is third with 45 points. Dinamo have lost just three times in 32 matches this season in the HNL.
Dinamo was led for most of the season by Ante Čačić before former Croatia international and Liverpool midfielder Igor Bišćan took over last month when Čačić was sacked.
Speaking about the win, Bišćan expressed his gratitude and congratulations to everyone who contributed to the success of the team.
“I congratulate everyone in the cube who contributed. My staff and I have been here for about a month, there was a lot that had already been done. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the success of the new championship title. To everyone in the club and the administration. To all fans and everyone who loves Dinamo,” he said.
While acknowledging the efforts of everyone involved in the club’s success, Bišćan also gave special recognition to the players, who he believes were the most important contributors to the win.
“And to those who are most important, who won it, namely the players. This period since I’ve been here, they’ve been phenomenal. They showed that they are rightfully and deservedly champions. And a match like this today is also an indicator that they played seriously, as we agreed,” he said.
For Bišćan, the win was a testament to the team’s hard work and dedication. “At the end of the day, we are very happy because we are going home to Zagreb with a new title,” he said.