2008–09 NK Dinamo Zagreb season

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Dinamo Zagreb
2008–09 season
Chairman Croatia Mirko Barišić
Manager Branko Ivanković
(until 24 November 2008)
Marijan Vlak
(until 5 March 2009)
Krunoslav Jurčić
Prva HNL 1st
Croatian Cup Winners
UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
UEFA Cup Group stage
Top goalscorer League: Mario Mandžukić (16)
All: Mario Mandžukić (24)
Highest home attendance 27,000 - v Slaven Belupo, 17 May, Prva HNL
Lowest home attendance 400 - v Zadar, 23 November, Prva HNL

This article shows statistics of individual players for the football club Dinamo Zagreb It also lists all matches that Dinamo Zagreb will play in the 2008-09 season.

Events[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

Team roster[edit]

As of 5 March 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Croatia GK Tomislav Butina
2 Croatia DF Ivan Tomečak
3 Argentina DF Luis Ibáñez
4 Croatia DF Robert Kovač
5 Argentina MF Adrián Calello
6 Croatia DF Dejan Lovren
7 Brazil DF Etto
8 Croatia MF Ante Tomić
10 Brazil MF Sammir
11 Croatia FW Josip Tadić
12 Croatia GK Ivan Kelava
No. Position Player
13 Cameroon MF Mathias Chago
16 Croatia MF Milan Badelj
17 Croatia FW Mario Mandžukić
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Mirko Hrgović
19 Croatia DF Tomislav Barbarić
20 Czech Republic FW Miroslav Slepička
21 Croatia MF Ivica Vrdoljak
22 Croatia DF Igor Bišćan (captain)
24 Croatia FW Ilija Sivonjić
30 Croatia GK Filip Lončarić
77 Chile MF Pedro Morales

Transfers[edit]

Summer[edit]

Midfielder Luka Modrić agreed to a five-year contract with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in a transfer worth €21m in late April, meaning his last game for the Croatian Cup second leg final on 14 May. On 22 May defender Hrvoje Čale signed a four-year contract with the Turkish side Trabzonspor for €2.2m, and four days later defensive midfielder Ognjen Vukojević joined Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev in a €6m transfer. During the summer transfer window, a group of players were released, including 33-year old forward Davor Vugrinec who joins city rivals NK Zagreb, Georg Koch who signs a deal with Rapid Vienna and Tomislav Mikulić who signs a two-year contract with Standard Liège. Marijan Buljat and Dario Jertec were also released after failing to break into the first team squad under Branko Ivanković, and join biggest local rivals, Hajduk Split.

As for the arrivals, goalkeeper Tomislav Butina signed a two-year deal after being released by Olympiacos. Butina signed a two-year deal after being released by the Greek powerhouse, in a transfer which marked his return to the club after spending five years playing abroad, and 15 years after his first top-flight debut for the Blues in 1993. Heart of Hajduk Award winner Mirko Hrgović also joined the club from Japanese side JEF United, in a transfer which stirred some resentment by supporters of both Hajduk and Dinamo. Three South American players also joined the club in the summer transfer window: Luis Ibáñez and Guillermo Suárez came from Argentina's Boca Juniors and Tigre for €650,000 and €1m respectively, while Chilean international Pedro Morales joined from Universidad de Chile in a €1.6m transfer.

Did'dy Guela also left the club in late August amid heavy criticism by Ivanković and a publicized conflict with Ante Tomić in training. Two months after his contract was terminated he joined Greek side Larissa.

In

Date Pos Player From Fee
GK Croatia Tomislav Butina Greece Olympiacos Free
MF Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirko Hrgović Japan JEF United Free
DF Argentina Luis Ibáñez Argentina Boca Juniors 00€650,000
11 June 2008 MF Chile Pedro Morales Chile Universidad de Chile €1,600,000
MF Argentina Guillermo Suárez Argentina Tigre €1,000,000

Out

Date Pos Player To Fee
MF Croatia Dario Jertec Croatia Hajduk Split Free
DF Croatia Marijan Buljat Croatia Hajduk Split Free
GK Germany Georg Koch Austria Rapid Vienna Free
GK Croatia Tomislav Vranjić Greece Larissa Free
FW Croatia Davor Vugrinec Croatia NK Zagreb Free
DF Croatia Tomislav Mikulić Belgium Standard Liège Undisclosed
MF Croatia Ognjen Vukojević Ukraine Dynamo Kiev 0€6,000,000
DF Croatia Hrvoje Čale Turkey Trabzonspor 0€2,200,000
MF Croatia Luka Modrić England Totenham Hotspur €21,000,000
MF Ivory Coast Did'dy Guela Greece Larissa Free

Winter[edit]

On 15 December 2008, Dinamo executive Zdravko Mamić and sports director Zoran Mamić agreed on a 5 and a half year deal with Adrián Calello signed from Argentina's Independiente. The following two signings were confirmed a few days later, in the form of forwards Miroslav Slepička, who signed from Sparta Prague a 3 and a half year deal worth €1.5m, and the 21-year old Ilija Sivonjić from the local side Inter Zaprešić. In late December it was announced that Mihael Mikić left the club to join the Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima for €800,000. The last player to arrive in the winter transfer window was the 34-year old Croatian international Robert Kovač who signed from Borussia Dortmund for €500,000.

Six youth players also signed their first senior contracts, out of which only Ivan Tomečak joined the first team squad, while the rest were loaned to NK Lokomotiva, Dinamo's feeder club.

Additionally, Dario Zahora, the 26-year old Croatian forward who spent the last couple of seasons on loan spells at Slovenian sides Domžale and Interblock Ljubljana, joined Norwegian powerhouse Rosenborg for €280,000 in March 2009.

Defender Dino Drpić, a product of Dinamo's youth academy and a permanent member of the first team squad since 2000, was abruptly suspended in January 2009, for "poor disciplinary record". He was removed from the first team and soon loaned out to German side Karlsruher SC. It was announced on 21 May 2009 that Karlsruhe bought Drpić's contract for €900,000, with the German side trailing at the bottom of the league table with just one match left to play.

In
Date Pos Player From Fee
15 December 2008 MF Argentina Adrián Calello Argentina Independiente €2,200,000
18 December 2008 FW Czech Republic Miroslav Slepička Czech Republic Sparta Prague €1,500,000
18 December 2008 FW Croatia Ilija Sivonjić Croatia Inter Zaprešić 00€450,000
29 January 2009 DF Croatia Robert Kovač Germany Borussia Dortmund 00€450,000
Out
Date Pos Player To Fee
23 December 2008 MF Croatia Mihael Mikić Japan Sanfrecce Hiroshima 00€800,000
13 March 2009 FW Croatia Dario Zahora Norway Rosenborg 00€280,000
FW Croatia Tomislav Šokota Belgium Lokeren Free transfer
FW Croatia Boško Balaban Greece Panionios Free transfer
21 May 2009 DF Croatia Dino Drpić Germany Karlsruhe 00€900,000

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Croatia Krunoslav Jurčić
Assistant manager Croatia Hrvoje Braović
Assistant manager Croatia Boris Kubla
Goalkeeping coach Croatia Mario Jozić
Fitness coach Croatia Miljenko Rak

Source:[citation needed]

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Diadora
Sponsor(s): INA, Privredna banka Zagreb, Večernji list

Domestic
Home
Domestic
Away
European
Matches

Last updated: 13 April.
Source: Sportnet.hr

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last Match
Prva HNL 1st 27 July 31 May
UEFA Champions League QR1 QR3 16 July 27 August
UEFA Cup R1 Group stage 18 September 3 December
Croatian Cup First round Winners 8 October 28 May

Prva HNL[edit]

Classification[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Dinamo Zagreb (C) (Q) 33 23 5 5 71 26 +45 74 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Hajduk Split (Q) 33 21 5 7 59 25 +34 68 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
3 Rijeka (Q) 33 17 5 11 50 44 +6 56 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
4 Slaven Belupo (Q) 33 16 7 10 46 39 +7 55 2009–10 UEFA Europa League First qualifying round 1
5 NK Zagreb 33 13 8 12 38 39 −1 47

Updated to games played on 31 May 2009.
Source: Sportske Novosti
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
33 23 5 5 71 26 +45 74 14 1 2 38 7 +31 9 4 3 33 19 +14

Last updated: 31 May.
Source: Sportnet.hr

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33
Ground H H A H A H A H A H A A A H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H A H H A
Result W W W W W W D L L W D L W W D W W W L W W W D W W W W W W W W L D

Last updated: 31 May.
Source: Competitive matches
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results by opponent[edit]

Team Results Points
1 2 3
Cibalia 6–0 1–1 4–3 7
Croatia Sesvete 1–0 6–1 4–0 9
Hajduk Split 0–2 0–2 2–2 1
Inter Zaprešić 3–1 3–1 1–0 9
Osijek 1–0 2–0 0–0 7
Rijeka 2–0 0–1 4–0 6
Slaven Belupo 0–2 1–0 2–0 6
Šibenik 2–2 3–0 2–0 7
Varteks 2–1 1–0 6–1 9
Zadar 3–2 2–0 2–0 9
NK Zagreb 2–2 3–1 0–1 4

Source: Prva HNL 2008–09 article

UEFA Cup[edit]

Classification[edit]

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Udinese 4 3 0 1 6 4 +2 9
England Tottenham Hotspur 4 2 1 1 7 4 +3 7
Netherlands NEC 4 2 0 2 6 5 +1 6
Russia Spartak Moscow 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 4
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 4 1 0 3 4 9 −5 3

Last updated: 18 December 2008
Source: Competition Article

Matches[edit]

Competitive[edit]

Match Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score
Attendance
Dinamo Scorers Report
1 16 July Champions League QR1 A Northern Ireland Linfield Northern Ireland 2 – 0 4,000 Mandžukić, Drpić uefa.com
2 23 July Champions League QR1 H Linfield Northern Ireland 1 – 1 2,000 Mandžukić uefa.com
3 27 July Prva HNL 1 H Rijeka 2 – 0 6,000 Badelj, Balaban sportnet.hr
4 30 July Champions League QR2 A Slovenia Domžale Slovenia 3 – 0 2,500 Vrdoljak, Sammir, Tadić uefa.com
5 3 August Prva HNL 2 H Inter Zaprešić 3 – 1 2,000 Sammir, Tadić, Tomić sportnet.hr
6 6 August Champions League QR2 H Domžale Slovenia 3 – 2 8,000 Bišćan, Hrgović, Drpić uefa.com
7 9 August Prva HNL 3 AR Croatia Sesvete 1 – 0 7,500 Morales sportnet.hr
8 13 August Champions League QR3 A Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 0 – 2 uefa.com
9 17 August Prva HNL 4 H Cibalia 6 – 0 2,000 Mandžukić (3), Tadić,
Sammir, Badelj
sportnet.hr
10 23 August Prva HNL 5 A Zadar 3 – 2 4,000 Balaban (2), Mandžukić sportnet.hr
11 27 August Champions League QR3 H Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 1 – 3 18,000 Balaban uefa.com
12 31 August Prva HNL 6 H Varteks 2 – 1 1,000 Morales (2)
13 14 September Prva HNL 7 A NK Zagreb 2 – 2 2,000 Balaban, Mandžukić
14 18 September UEFA Cup R1 H Sparta Prague Czech Republic 0 – 0
15 21 September Prva HNL 8 H Hajduk Split 0 – 2 8,000
16 26 September Prva HNL 9 A Slaven Belupo 0 – 2 3,000
17 2 October UEFA Cup R1 A Czech Republic Sparta Prague Czech Republic 3 – 3 Morales, Lovren, Badelj
18 5 October Prva HNL 10 H Osijek 1 – 0 1,500 Lovren
19 8 October Croatian Cup 1st round A NK Gaj Mače 5 – 1 Balaban, Sammir, Badelj,
Šokota, Bišćan
20 19 October Prva HNL 11 A Šibenik 2 – 2 5,000 Tadić, Ibáñez
21 23 October UEFA Cup Group stage H NEC Nijmegen Netherlands 3 – 2 15,000 Mandžukić, Balaban, Vrdoljak
22 29 October Croatian Cup 2nd round A Hrvatski Dragovoljac 6 – 0 2,000 Balaban (3), Ibáñez, Sammir, Tadić
23 2 November Prva HNL 13 A Inter Zaprešić 3 – 1 2,500 Mandžukić, Vrdoljak, Morales
24 6 November UEFA Cup Group stage A England Tottenham Hotspur England 0 – 4 16,295
25 9 November Prva HNL 14 H Croatia Sesvete 6 – 1 1,000 Morales (3), Tadić,
Mandžukić, Etto
26 12 November Croatian Cup Quarterfinal A Zagora Unešić 2 – 1 6,000 Šokota, Mikić
27 16 November Prva HNL 15 A Cibalia 1 – 1 5,000 Sammir
28 19 November Prva HNL 12* A Rijeka 0 – 1 3,500
29 23 November Prva HNL 16 H Zadar 2 – 0 400 Hrgović, Šokota
30 27 November UEFA Cup Group stage H Spartak Moscow Russia 0 – 1 15,000
31 30 November Prva HNL 17 A Varteks 1 – 0 2,000 Balaban
32 3 December UEFA Cup Group stage A Italy Udinese Italy 1 – 2 15,000 Bišćan
33 7 December Prva HNL 18 H NK Zagreb 3 – 1 758 Balaban, Sammir, Mandžukić
34 10 December Croatian Cup Quarterfinal H Zagora Unešić 5 – 1 1,000 Tomić, Lovren, Tadić (2), Šokota
35 22 February Prva HNL 19 A Hajduk Split 0 – 2 35,000
36 1 March Prva HNL 20 H Slaven Belupo 1 – 0 2,500 Sammir
37 4 March Croatian Cup Semifinal A NK Zagreb 2 – 0 2,500 Sivonjić, Morales
38 8 March Prva HNL 21 A Osijek 2 – 0 8,000 Sammir, Vrdoljak
39 15 March Prva HNL 22 H Šibenik 3 – 0 5,000 Sivonjić, Vrdoljak, Mandžukić
40 18 March Croatian Cup Semifinal H NK Zagreb 4 – 1 1,000 Mandžukić (3), Morales
41 22 March Prva HNL 23 H Osijek 0 – 0 7,000
42 5 April Prva HNL 24 A Cibalia 4 – 3 6,000 Tomečak (2), Sivonjić (2)
43 11 April Prva HNL 25 H Inter Zaprešić 1 – 0 9,000 Mandžukić
44 19 April Prva HNL 26 AR Croatia Sesvete 4 – 0 3,000 Slepička (3), Tomečak
45 22 April Prva HNL 27 H Zadar 2 – 0 6,000 Bišćan, Mandžukić
46 26 April Prva HNL 28 A Varteks 6 – 1 6,000 Mandžukić (2), Slepička (3), Hrgović
47 3 May Prva HNL 29 H Rijeka 4 – 0 9,000 Badelj (2), Sammir, Chago
48 10 May Prva HNL 30 A Šibenik 2 – 0 5,000 Mandžukić, Tomečak
49 13 May Croatian Cup Final H Hajduk Split 3 – 0 20,000 Mandžukić (2), Sammir
50 17 May Prva HNL 31 H Slaven Belupo 2 – 0 27,000 Sammir, Mandžukić sportnet.hr
51 24 May Prva HNL 32 H NK Zagreb 0 – 1 12,000 sportnet.hr
52 28 May Croatian Cup Final A Hajduk Split 0 – 3
(4 – 3 p)
18,000
53 31 May Prva HNL 33 A Hajduk Split 2 – 2 10,000 Chago, Mandžukić sportnet.hr

Last updated 31 May 2009
Sources: Sportske novosti, Sportnet.hr

Friendlies[edit]

Match Date
Tournament
Round
Ground
Opponent
Score
Dinamo Scorers
1 29 June Friendly N/A N Slovenia Interblock Ljubljana Slovenia 0 – 0
2 2 July Friendly N/A A Slovenia Mura 05 Slovenia 0 – 1
3 8 July Friendly N/A HR Olimpija Ljubljana Slovenia 4 – 1 Morales, Chago,
Tadić, Tomić
4 3 September Friendly N/A A Zagorec 4 – 2 Balaban, Šokota,
Krpić, Ibáñez
5 8 September Friendly N/A A Hrvatski Dragovoljac 3 – 1 Šokota (2), Tadić
6 18 January Friendly N/A A Junak Sinj 3 – 0 Vrdoljak, Balaban, Sivonjić
7 23 January Gabela Tournament Semifinal A Bosnia and Herzegovina GOŠK Gabela Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 – 1 Šokota, Sivonjić, Tadić
8 24 January Gabela Tournament Final N Bosnia and Herzegovina NK Osijek 0 – 0
9 27 January Friendly N/A HR Fehérvár Hungary 1 – 0 Šokota
10 1 February Friendly N/A N Turkey Bełchatów Poland 2 – 2 Bišćan, Tomić
11 4 February Friendly N/A N Turkey Teplice Czech Republic 1 – 0 Tadić
12 7 February Friendly N/A N Turkey Sanfrecce Hiroshima Japan 4 – 3 Morales (2), Mandžukić (2)
13 9 February Friendly N/A N Turkey Litex Lovech Bulgaria 0 – 0
14 14 February Friendly N/A A Austria Red Bull Salzburg Austria 4 – 3 Sammir (2), Slepička
Mandžukić
15 17 February Friendly N/A A NK Lučko 5 – 2 Šokota (2), Badelj
Tadić, Morales
16 25 March Friendly N/A A NK Ivančica 15 – 0 Slepička (5), Vrdoljak, Etto,
Chago, Ibáñez, Tomić (2),
Tadić (2), Tomečak (2)
17 7 April Friendly N/A A NK Križevci 8 – 2 Slepička (4), Mandžukić, Tomečak, Bišćan, Sivonjić

HNL Indoor Tournament[edit]

(All games played at Krešimir Ćosić Arena in Zadar.)

Match Date
Round
Opponent
Score
1 7 January 1 Inter Zaprešić 4 – 3
2 7 January 2 Zadar 2 – 3
3 9 January 3 NK Zagreb 1 – 2
4 9 January 4 Osijek 4 – 2
5 9 January 5 Varteks 5 – 4
6 10 January 6 Hajduk Split 3 – 4
7 10 January 7 Šibenik 4 – 1
8 10 January 8 Zadar 2 – 3
9 10 January 9 Rijeka 8 – 5
10 10 January 10 NK Zagreb 1 – 2
11 10 January Semifinal Hajduk Split 2 – 5
12 10 January 3rd place NK Zagreb 8 – 6

Player seasonal records[edit]

Competitive matches only. Updated to games played 31 May 2009.

Key

Player left the club in mid-season
Player joined the club in mid-season

Goalscorers[edit]

Rank Name League Cup Europe Total
1 Croatia Mario Mandžukić 16 5 3 24
2 Croatia Boško Balaban[1] 6 4 2 12
Brazil Sammir 8 3 1 12
4 Chile Pedro Morales 7 2 1 10
5 Croatia Josip Tadić 4 3 1 8
6 Czech Republic Miroslav Slepička 6 6
Croatia Milan Badelj 4 1 1 6
8 Croatia Ivica Vrdoljak 3 2 5
9 Croatia Ilija Sivonjić[3] 3 1 4
Croatia Tomislav Šokota[1] 1 3 4
Croatia Igor Bišćan 1 1 2 4
Croatia Ivan Tomečak 4 4
13 Croatia Dejan Lovren 1 1 1 3
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mirko Hrgović 2 1 3
15 Croatia Dino Drpić[2] 2 2
Argentina Luis Ibáñez 1 1 2
Croatia Ante Tomić 1 1 2
Cameroon Mathias Chago 2 2
19 Croatia Mihael Mikić[4] 1 1
Brazil Etto 1 1

Source: Competitive matches

Notes[edit]

1. a b : On 5 March 2009 the managing board decided to release both Boško Balaban and Tomo Šokota citing "poor performance".
2. a : On 13 January the club's management announced that Dino Drpić was to be suspended due to "poor disciplinary record". His contract was terminated and was put on transfer list, and was subsequently loaned to Karlsruher SC.
3. a : Ilija Sivonjić signed for Dinamo in the winter transfer window from Inter Zaprešić; he scored 8 goals for Inter in the first 18 rounds of the Prva HNL 2008–09 season.
4. a : Mihael Mikić was released and joined Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the winter transfer window in January 2009.

References[edit]

External links[edit]