GNK Dinamo Zagreb Academy

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NK 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 Zvonomir Boban.[1]


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]



  • Yugoslav Championship U-18 (5): 1950, 1954, 1972, 1973, 1974
  • Yugoslav Cup U-18 (2): 1967, 1973.[2]
  • Croatian Championship U-18 (26): 1947, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1951, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Croatian championship U-17 (11): 1959, 1985, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011


Modern times[edit]

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[edit]


GNK Dinamo Zagreb B[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Croatia GK Tomislav Čavar
Republic of Ireland GK Darren Ross
Croatia GK Domink Lončarić
Croatia GK Dario Miškić
Republic of Ireland DF Alexander Walker
Croatia DF Ivan Čolić
Croatia DF Hrvoje Džijan
Croatia DF Marko Iharoš
Croatia DF Tin Kulenović
Croatia DF Petar Mamić
Croatia DF Derrick-Kobi Morris
Croatia DF Marko Pejić
Croatia DF Marko Stolnik
Australia DF Ivan Vujica
Croatia DF David Žabec
Iran Ali Karimi [5]
Croatia MF Petar Bočkaj
Croatia MF Jakov Biljan
Croatia MF Ante Buljan
Croatia MF Nikola Burić
Croatia MF Mate Crnčević
Croatia MF Marijan Čabraja
Croatia MF Ante Čirjak
No. Position Player
Albania MF Endri Çekiçi
Croatia MF Ante Ćorić
Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Adem Hodžić
Croatia MF Tibor Halilović
Croatia MF Bojan Knežević
Croatia MF Marko Kolak
Croatia MF Bruno Mamić
United States MF Saalih Muhammad
Republic of Macedonia MF Mumin Nurishi
Croatia MF Mihovil Rašić
Croatia MF Ivan Šunjić
Croatia MF Tin Andre Tolić
Croatia MF Mateo Topić
Croatia MF Domagoj Vlak
Croatia FW Adrian Blečić
Turkey FW Bertuğ Bayar
Croatia FW Filip Hodak
Croatia FW Marko Kolar
Croatia FW Borna Miklić
Croatia FW Roko Prša
Australia FW Jacob Tarasenko
Croatia FW Luka Višić


  1. ^ "Natjecanja po uzrastima" (in Croatian). Dinamo Zagreb. Retrieved 2010-07-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d "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. 
  5. ^

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