History Of Football In Croatia

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History of Football in Croatia Valeri 2 In the late 19th century football was popularized in Croatia by Franjo Bučar. When the beautiful game first came into play, its Croatian name was ‘Nogomet’. The earliest clubs in Croatia were founded before World War I. Some clubs included HASK and PNISK in 1903, Hajduk and Gradanski in 1911. The Croatian Football Federation was founded in 1912. After World War I, the Croatians played a major part in the founding of the first football federation. Its headquarters were initially in Zagreb before they moved to Belgrade in 1929. The two most popular clubs in the country are rival clubs Hajduk from Split and Dinamo from Zagreb. Hajduk which is commonly referred to as Hajduk Split is a Croatian club that was founded in 1911 who participated in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia National Championship. Dinamo was commonly known as Dinamo Zagreb or referred to by their nickname Modri which meant “The Blues”. This club won fifteen Croatian Championship titles, twelve Croatian Cups and four Croatian Supercups. They have been very successful and have been apart of the Croatian First League since its foundation in 1992. April 2nd, 1940 marks the date of Croatia’s first international football match against Switzerland. Following World War I, the Croatian Football Federation joined FIFA as a representative of the Independent State of Croatia in 1939. The Croatian clubs performed well in the Yugoslav First League and the Yugoslav Cup over previous decades. Hajduk and Dinamo formed one half of the Big Four of Yugoslav football. In 1967, Zlatko Čajkovski of German club Bayern Munich became the only Croatian manager to win the ... ... middle of paper ... ...that I think I am better. We went to Austria [and Switzerland] to win the Euros and we are going [to Poland and Ukraine] with the same ambitions now. -Slaven Bilic Football is Croatia's most popular team sport. By competing in both official and unofficial matches, the national team strengthened the unity of Croatian culture. After Croatia’s success at the 1998 World Cup, Tudman declared that "football victories shape a nation’s identity as much as wars". American politician, Strobe Talbott predicted Croatia’s growth in football to influence the nation. The national team was greeted by 100,000 residents from all around the country following their return from Valeri 5 the World Cup where they placed third. Though the relationship between the team and its nation has weakened since Tudman’s death in 1999, the team and football remain patriotic traditions in Croatia.

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