Football is loved right across the world. With Croatia producing some of the finest talents in Europe, there’s been an increasing number of football tourists traveling over to enjoy the beautiful game in the country over more recent years.
Across the country there are a number of teams that are well worth watching. With some recognizable clubs thanks to their exploits in Europe. And some less known clubs outside of Croatia that offer plenty for fans.
If you’re thinking of visiting the country and want to take in some of the football on offer in Croatia, here are the three clubs you should be considering…
Dinamo Zagreb are certainly the most well-known club in Croatia. They play their home games at the 35,000-seater Stadion Maksimir in the heart of the capital.
They are top of the league as it stands and are also playing in the Europa League. Many fans will know them well, as well as probably bet on them too. If you do want to get to know them better, you can stream the Croatian league with many bookmakers in the UK. 888sport are always a good option and you’ll also receive a free welcome bonus when registering for the first time with 888sport which is well worth taking advantage of if you do want to get familiar with Dinamo Zagreb before going.
They are heavy favourites to win the league in the country and have done so for the past three seasons.
Split is a few hours away from Dubrovnik. And Splits leading football club is Hajduk
That said, it’s still a three hour drive. But well worth it to not only explore the city but watch one of Croatia’s most successful clubs.
Known as Bili to the locals, which translates as The Whites. Hajduk plays at Stadion Poljud, a 34,000 capacity stadium, with Boro Primorac currently in charge of the club.
It’s one of the most stunning stadiums in the country and Hajduk are regulars in European football too. It’s not been the best start to the season for them, winning just three from their opening nine games, but it’s still an exciting experience with some lively fans and a fantastic atmosphere.
HNK Rijeka will perhaps be less well known to fans, although they are playing in the Europa League currently, in a group with Napoli, AZ Alkmaar and Real Sociedad.
The club is 74 years old and 30% of the club is actually owned by the City of Rijeka. They’re a massive part of the city and its community. You’ll find plenty of the fans are friendly and very welcoming.
The city itself is the third largest in Croatia. And it lies on the coast of the Adriatic in the very north of the country. It’s not a huge spot for tourists but a city that is worth exploring, with it well known for its charm and excellent nightlife.