Chasing Champions league


    Hello and welcome to my home at cro-manager. Another year of football manager starts and im again going with my favorite club Dinamo Zagreb as always.

    Let’s talk about Dinamo for a bit. Some things about the history of the club.

    Biggest achievement in history was wining of Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (today Europa league) in 1967.

    Also Dinamo played couple of times in Champions League I recent years. Dinamo started 2015/16 season with few main goals: to defend the Double and to qualify for the UEFA competition group stage. And – the club succeeded! Dinamo qualified for the Champions League group stage after beating Fola Esch, Molde and Skenderbeu. Except this great achieved success for the club’s history, Dinamo brought some well-known clubs to Zagreb again. The beginning of the UCL group stage couldn’t been greater – Dinamo won 2:1 over Arsenal at Maksimir stadium in the first round. Unfortunately, Modri couldn’t repeat this kind of story against Olympiacos and Bayern so they finished the group stage as the last placed team.

    After much speculation, Nenad Bjelica, who was recently released from his previous club Lech Poznań, took over as manager of the club. Dinamo won the 2017–18 Croatian First Football League title, and won the 2017–18 Croatian Football Cup, beating Hajduk in the final.

    In the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, Dinamo qualified for the knockout phase, making it the first time in 49 years that the club will play in European competitions in the winter. In the Round of 32, Dinamo drew Czech side FC Viktoria Plzeň, losing 2–1 in the first leg but roaring back to an aggregate win with a 3–0 home victory. In the Round of 16, Dinamo drew Portuguese side S.L. Benfica, win 1–0 at home in front of 29.704 people. In the 2nd leg game against S.L. Benfica, Dinamo conceded 1 goal before going to Extra Time. In ET, S.L. Benfica managed to score 2 more goals, winning the game 3-0; on aggregate 3-1 and proceeding to the quarter-finals. Because of Dinamo’s success in the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, the Croatian First Football League reached the 15th place on the UEFA country coefficient table, which brings 2 places in the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign, thus meaning that a half of the Croatian First Football League will play in European competitions.

    Goals for the save:

    • Develop young talent
    • Play attacking Total Football
    • Establish domestic dominance
    • Win a Champions league

    Next time im going to talk about staff and some young prospects.

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