Dinamo Zagreb are West Ham’s opponents this week!
The Hammers will kick off their Europa League adventure against the Croatian side on Thursday, prior to playing both Rapid Wien and Genk in the group stages.
Here’s all you need to know about Dinamo!
WHERE ARE THEY FROM?
Croatia. Their stadium, Stadion Maksimir, is in the centre of Zagreb.
HOW MANY TROPHIES HAVE THEY WON?
Dinamo are easily the most decorated team in Croatia.
They have won the league title no fewer than 22 times – a record – and also hold the records for the most Croatian Cup wins with 16, and the Croatian Super Cup, with six.
They have won the league title in the last four seasons.
When Croatia were part of Yugoslavia, they won that league title nine times, and the Yugoslav Cup eight times.
They also won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup back in the 1960s, reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in the same decade, and won the Balkans Cup in the 70s.
HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?
Dinamo won the league, the cup, and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, beating Spurs along the way, thrashing them 3-0 in the second leg. They were ultimately beaten by eventual winners Villarreal in the quarters.
WHO ARE THEIR BEST PLAYERS?
Dominik Livakovic is an excellent goalkeeper who has the highest market value of their squad, per Transfermarkt.
Bruno Petkovic is a Croatia international striker who scored 14 goals last season in all competitions, while Luka Ivanusec is a tricky winger with excellent technical skills.
HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS SEASON?
Dinamo are currently, unsurprisingly, top of the league, winning five, drawing one and losing one of their seven games. They are level on points with Hajduk Split and Rijeka.
HOW DID THEY GET HERE?
Dinamo started their European season in the Champions League play-offs but lost 3-0 on aggregate to Sheriff and dropped into the Europa League group stages.