Other namesVječni derbi
Hrvatski derbi LocaleCroatia (Zagreb and Split) TeamsDinamo Zagreb
Hajduk Split Latest meetingHajduk Split 0–1 Dinamo Zagreb
(2016–17 Croatian League)
17 December 2016 Next meeting22 April 2017
(2016–17 Croatian League)
Eternal Derby (Croatian: Vječni derbi) also known as the Croatian Derby (Croatian: Hrvatski derbi), is the name given to matches between the two biggest and most popular Croatian football clubs Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split.
The rivalry can be traced back to 1920s when Zagreb's Građanski and Hajduk often clashed in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia championships. After World War II, Građanski was disbanded by the authorities, and Dinamo Zagreb was formed to take its place, retaining its colours. The two clubs soon became part of the "Big Four" of Yugoslav football (the other two being Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade from Serbia) ever since the Yugoslav championship was established in 1946 (both clubs spent their entire existence playing top-flight football). This lasted until 1991, when Croatia declared independence so clubs started competing in the Prva HNL, which saw its first season being played in 1992. Since 1992 Dinamo and Hajduk won 23 out of 24 Croatian championship titles, as well as 19 out of 24 Croatian Cups, which makes them by far the most successful clubs in Croatia.
Due to various formats that were used in the Croatian championship (which currently employs a four-round robin format) and the cup competition format (which has teams playing two-legged fixtures even in the final game) and in addition to the games played in the Supercup, there can be anywhere from four to seven derbies per season. Since the first official match in 1946, and as of 17 December 2016, there have been 208 official derbies played in total, with Dinamo winning 89 and Hajduk 66 games, while 54 matches ended in a draw.
In September 2009, British Daily Mail ranked the Eternal Croatian derby 20th among the 50 greatest football rivalries of all time.
Bad Blue Boys
Bad Blue Boys (BBB) were founded on 17 March 1986 in Zagreb (Croatia), with members from different areas of Zagreb. The name of the group is said to have been inspired by the 1983 film starring Sean Penn, Bad Boys. They are considered one of the most dangerous supporters' groups in the world and are known for their vocal and physical intimidation at football matches. In 2011, Bad Blue Boys were mentioned in the list of 16 "hardcore hooligan firms, ultras groups we wouldn't want to mess with", compiled by the American sports website Bleacher Report. The group's mascot is a bulldog and the official anthem is "Dinamo ja volim" ("I love Dinamo"), by the Croatian pop rock band Pips, Chips & Videoclips. BBB also publish a fanzine about the club and the ultras subculture. The original fanzine was Ajmo plavi (Go Blues) which was replaced in 2006 by Dinamov sjever (Dinamo's North). At home matches in Dinamo Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium, the Bad Blue Boys usually settle behind the home goal on the stadium's north stand. Dinamo's fans are often unmannerly referred to as "purgeri" (a colloquial moniker for a citizen of Zagreb, originating from German bürger) by members of Torcida Split.
Torcida Split or simply Torcida is the Hajduk Split supporters' group. Founded on 28 October 1950, it's known as one of the oldest supporters' groups in Europe. The name of the group comes from torcida, the Brazilian Portuguese word for "supporters". The group as a whole traditionally maintains good relations with the Portuguese Sport Lisboa e Benfica football club supporters No Name Boys. Torcida members gather in the north stand at the stadium of Poljud. Hajduk's fans are often unmannerly referred to as "tovari" (English: donkeys, similar to magarac) by Bad Blue Boys members, as the said animal is the supporters' group official mascot.
All statistics correct as of March 4, 2017.
1 Match abandoned after 86 minutes due to mass fight between both clubs' supporters and the police.
Note: Home team's score always shown first
1 Match abandoned after 85 minutes due to crowd trouble.
2 Match was postponed and later abandoned following Hajduk Split's players reluctance to enter the stadium. On November 25, 2014, Croatian Football Federation awarded Dinamo Zagreb a 3–0 win, deeming Hajduk Split's players move as "unjustified".