Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the 25th February, 1983, Eduardo Alves da Silva moved to the cold and unfamiliar streets of Croatia at the age of just 15, hoping to forge a career for himself in European football. His dreams became reality in 1998 when “Dudu” was signed up by Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. After joining the “plavi,” Eduardo returned to his homeland to play for Bango Atlético Clube on loan, hoping to develop his skills close to home. His stay in Brazil lasted for two seasons before he returned to Dinamo. In his first season, Eduardo failed to break into the Zagreb side, instead leaving on loan again, this time to Inter Zapreðiã. While on loan there, da Silva’s already glowing reputation grew as he scored 10 goals in 15 games.
In 2006, current national coach Slaven Biliã outlined his intentions with Croatia, seeing Eduardo as the final piece in his puzzle. Eduardo has duly obliged, scoring 7 goals in 12 games for his adopted country.
Out of nowhere, Arsene Wenger has done it again. Apparently Arsenal had been watching Eduardo for some time, before they finally came in for him on Sunday night. A shock considering the players the media reckoned Wenger had lined up to fill the gap left by Thierry Henry. According to Dinamo, Arsenal broke the Croatian record fee by signing the marksman for £16 million, although Arsenal sources claim the price was closer to £8 million.
I visited the Maksimir Stadium just a couple of hours before an official match, which I unfortuntaly couldn't attend.
Before the match the stadium was protected by security guards, so it wasn't easy to get in. I asked one of the guards if I could have a look around.
The friendly croatian guard asked his boss and eventually guided me into the stadium and showed me around.
The Maksimir Stadium is an all-seater arena with a capacity of 38.900. It was inaugurated in 1912 and is the home of NK Dinamo Zagreb.
Right opposite the Maksimir park's entrance there is a huge football stadium which is home to the local club Dynamo Zagreb. The architecture looks a bit strange but there is indeed a stadium inside. The location is very good too.
We travelled to Zagreb to watch a UEFA cup match in Zagreb. Dinamo played against Auxerre.
Dinamo's home ground is Maksimir Stadium, where it was fantastic atmosphere thanks to the Bad Blue Boys. It's very pity that we (Hungarians) have to travel 200Km to see a real football match...
Irish Pub near Hotel Dubrovnik seems to be the only pub in the centre where you can see football matches. Since Croatia was not playing when we were there, it was easy to find places in front of large plasmas....no matter it was UEFA semifinals.
we've been told there are other pubs where we could see the match, but they seemed far away.
This stadium, which is just being rebuilt at some parts, is the home of the local football club NK Dinamo Zagreb.
When I wanted to have a look through the gates two nice men working there asked Nikša where I am from and when he told them that I was not from Stuttgart (the UEFA Cup match against VFB Stuttgart was just around the corner when I was there) they let us into the building site so that we could walk upstairs to take some pictures.
The stadium holds space for 38,900 visitors.
Equipment: Whatever you bring - it should be blue I guess ;-)
Zagreb can be proud on two sports club: Football Club "Dinamo" and Basketball Club "Cibona". Both of them are very good positioned in European football and basketball. Try to schedule your trip to be present on some of their matches. There are more sport clubs but these two are the most popular.
Zagreb's soccer team is called Dinamo and their supporters are known as the Bad Blue Boys. I didn't even realize that Maksimir Stadium, where the team plays, was located really close to my hostel until my last evening in the city when I noticed the lights on inside and a game taking place. Check out the website below for more details, the team's schedule and ticket information.
Thanks for the photo Niksa!
Dinamo Zagreb F.C. supporters were organised for first time in early 70-ies and didn't had some spectacular name as they do have today,but rival supporters knew them as "Purgers"(this name is in use today as well). However,they made flags,scarves,etc.,followed club and caused trouble home and away and became idols to us youngsters who started visiting our home ground. In the following years,youngsters became older,got more experience and influence from English(in first place) and Italian supporters and in middle 80-ies became a Dinamo Zagreb supporters known as Bad Blue Boys.
The main football team in the town is Dinamo Zagreb. They play at the Maksimir Stadium opposite Maksimir Park.
Three girls are playin against other three girls and trying to stay alive! Very funny if you are just watching!