GNK Dinamo Zagreb Academy

GNK Dinamo Zagreb Academy (also known as Hitrec-Kacian) are the youth team of Dinamo Zagreb. The academy was founded on 27 December 1967. There are a total of ten age categories within the meow, the oldest being the Junior Team (under-19) and youngest being the Zagići II Team (under-8). They have produced many of the Croatia national team stars including Luka Modrić, Vedran Ćorluka, Eduardo, Robert Prosinečki and Zvonimir Boban.[1]

GNK Dinamo Zagreb Academy
Full nameGrađanski nogometni klub
Dinamo Zagreb II
Founded27 December 1967 (27 December 1967)
GroundStadion Hitrec-Kacian
Capacity5,000
ChairmanMirko Barišić
ManagerIgor Jovićević
LeagueDruga HNL
2018–19Druga HNL, 7th
WebsiteClub website

History

The first junior team was formed in 1945 and the coach was the famous Građanski Zagreb goalkeeper Maks Mihelčić. Soon after that, Márton Bukovi joined the youth squad as an expert coach, but left after two years following his disappointment with the disbanding of Građanski. The junior team won a treble in 1950 (Zagreb's, Croatian and Yugoslav championships) under the leadership of Mirko Kokotović.[2]

In 1952 Branko Horvatek started training one of the best junior generations the club ever had. Some of the famous players that played in that generation were Dražan Jerković, Mladen Košćak, Marijan Kolonić and Mladen Klobučar. The decision to form the youth academy Hitrec-Kacian was brought on 27 December 1967 with Horvatek being elected as its first director.[2] Apart from him, many other famous Croatian coaches worked with the generation that was very successful in the period of 1972-1974 in Yugoslav junior competitions. Some of them include: Zorislav Srebrić, Marko Jurić, Pero Dujmović, Vladimir Čonč, Ivan Đalma Marković, Mirko Belić, Rudolf Cvek and Zdenko Kobešćak.[2]

Honours

Domestics

Croatian football league system
  • Croatian Cup U-19
    • Winner (7): 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013
  • Croatian Cup U-17
    • Winner (4): 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Croatian Cup U-15
    • Winner (3): 2015, 2016, 2018
Yugoslav football league system
  • Yugoslav Championship U-19
    • Winner (5): 1950, 1955, 1972, 1973, 1974
  • Croatian Championship U-19
    • Winner (17): 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986
  • Croatian Championship U-17
    • Winner (2): 1959, 1985
  • Yugoslav Cup U-19
    • Winner (2): 1967, 1973
  • Croatian Cup U-19
    • Winner (5): 1963, 1967, 1968, 1973, 1978

Internationals

Modern times

After the formation of HNL in 1991. Dinamo youth teams play important role with 6 U19 and 9 U17 titles (as of 2010).[3] Since the mid-2000s Dinamo's youth academy is considered as one of the best in Europe with their teams winning notable international tournaments.[4] Some of the former Dinamo youth players include Croatian internationals Vedran Ćorluka, Luka Modrić, Eduardo da Silva, Niko Kranjčar, Dejan Lovren, Milan Badelj, Ivan Kelava, Mateo Kovačić and Šime Vrsaljko.

Notable academy graduates

GNK Dinamo Zagreb in UEFA Youth League

Season Stage Round Opponent Home Away Agg.
2015-16 Champions League Path Group stage Arsenal 0–2 2–1 1st / 4
Bayern Munich 0–1 2–1
Olympiacos CFP 2–2 3–1
Knockout stage Round of 16 RSC Anderlecht 2–0 0–3
2016-17 Champions League Path Group stage Juventus 2–1 1–0 4th / 4
Lyon 1–2 0–2
Sevilla FC 2–4 1–1
2018-19 Domestic Champions Path First round Viitorul Constanta 2–0 1–0 3–0
Second round Astana FC 3–1 1–1 4–2
Knockout stage Play-off Lokomotiv Moscow 1–1 1–1 (5–4p)
Round of 16 Liverpool 1–1 1–1 (4–3p)
Quarter-finals Chelsea 2–2 2–2 (2–4p)
2019-20 Champions League Path Group stage Atalanta 1–0 0–2 2nd / 4
Manchester City 1–0 2–2
Shakhtar Donetsk 1–0 1–1
Knockout stage Play-off Dynamo Kyiv

Players

GNK Dinamo Zagreb II

As of 8 November 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Renato Josipović
GK Lovro Juric
DF Filip Antovski
DF Kim Hyuwoo
DF Petar Čuić
DF Luka Jelinić
DF Jakov Gogić
DF Joško Gvardiol
DF Tin Hrvoj
DF Josip Šutalo
MF Marko Đira
MF Bartol Franjić
No. Position Player
MF Dino Kapitanović
MF Tomislav Krizmanić
MF Trojan Maloku
MF Kim Gyu Hyeong
MF Carlos Olmo
MF Samsindin Ouro
MF Tom Alen Tolić
MF Ilija Bagarić
FW Roko Baturina
FW Filip Jovićevič
FW Leon Šipoš
FW Dominik Rešetar

References

  1. "Natjecanja po uzrastima" (in Croatian). Dinamo Zagreb. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  2. "Football school info". Dinamo Zagreb. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  3. "prvaci" (in Croatian). HNL. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  4. "news" (in Croatian). Dinamo Zagreb. Retrieved 3 February 2011.

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