Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Hajduk Split Celebrates 108 Years: How it All Began

February 13, 2019 - On this day 108 years ago, the beloved football club of Dalmatia, Hajduk Split, was found. 

Hajduk was born in a Prague pub by four Split students, Fabian Kaliterna, Lucijan Stella, Ivan Šakić and Vjekoslav Ivanišević. Delighted by the football played in the world's top clubs, like Sparta and Slavia, they came to the idea of establishing a football club in Split. Despite the Split people's initial lack of understanding, the idea quickly captivated the city. 

Only the name of the club had yet to be chosen. Professor Josip Barač suggested "the club should be called Hajduk", which was accepted with enthusiasm. Hajduk was officially registered on February 13, 1911. 

The first president of the club was Dr. Kruno Kolombatović, and the first coach Čeh Oldrich Just. In their first official match, Hajduk lost 0:9 to Calcio Spalato. 

Hajduk has made it to the Champions League quarter-final three times

Through its rich history, Hajduk has won 18 Championships in five countries, 15 National Cups and 5 Super Cups, and its biggest European achievements are the three Champions League quarter-finals and one semi-final of the UEFA Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup.

Hajduk boasts the oldest fan group in Europe

As soon as the World Cup in Brazil ended, marked by fantastic and fanatical Brazilians, a group of Split students in Zagreb decided to form a fan group based on the Brazilian Torcida. Hajduk’s Torcida was thus founded on October 28, 1950, by engineering student Vjenceslav Žuvela. Thanks to their loud chants and cheering, Torcida became the twelfth player of Hajduk and helped them win their first post-war title. On October 29, 1950, Hajduk played against Red Star to become the champion of Yugoslavia.

According to the 2005 GfK survey, 24% of the total Croatian population supports Hajduk. Hajduk has fans all over Croatia and even in the world, and there are fans clubs in Australia, America, and across Europe. 

Hajduk is one of the few clubs that has never been relegated from the First League

The Poljud club has never dropped out of the First League, which is rare even in the world. Hajduk's last title, however, was won in 2005, when Niko Kranjčar, Nenad Pralija, Vladimir Balić, Dragan Blatnjak, Hrvoje Vejić, and others were part of the club. 

Who has played for Hajduk?

Many famous Croatian footballers have gone through the Poljud dressing room, and some left an incredibly deep mark in the history of the club like Vladimir Beara, Frane and Jozo Matošić, and Bajdo Vukas.

In addition to them, the Hajduk jersey has been worn by Ivica Šurjak, Stipe Pletikosa, Darijo Srna, Aljoša Asanović, Niko Kranjčar, Milan Rapaić, Slaven Bilić, Ivan Strinić, Danijel Subašić, Blaž Slišković, Zlatko Vujović, Alen Bokšić, Vlade Kragić, Ante Žanetić and many others.

In its 108 years, Hajduk has been led by numerous coaches, and the most significant achievements were achieved by Luka Kaliterna (two championships), Ljubo Benčić (three championships), Tomislav Ivić (three cups and three championships), Stanko Poklepović (championship and super cup) and Ivan Katalinić (two championships, two cups and two super cups).

To the club that lives forever, Happy 108th Birthday, Hajduk!

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Three Hajduk Players Moved to B Team, Supervisory Board Announces New Elections

The drama at Hajduk continues. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Igor Štimac's Harsh Words on Hajduk Model: "Turn Poljud Into a Disco, Maybe It'd be Successful in That"

Igor Štimac has claimed from day one that the Hajduk model is wrong. However, more and more fans are convinced that it’s right.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Hajduk Supporters Released from Serbian Prison and Deported

ZAGREB, August 18, 2018 - Thirteen fans of Croatia's Hajduk football club convicted in Serbia for rioting were released from prison and banished from Serbia for one year on Saturday, Belgrade media said.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Serbian Court Dismisses Appeals by Imprisoned Croatian Football Fans

ZAGREB, August 16, 2018 - The magistrate's appellate court in Belgrade said on Wednesday it had dismissed appeals lodged by Croatian Hajduk football club fans, upholding a verdict sentencing them to 15 days in prison and subsequent banishment from Serbia.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Embassy Representatives Visit Croatian Football Fans in Serbian Jail

ZAGREB, August 9, 2018 - Officials of the Croatian Embassy in Serbia on Wednesday visited 13 Croatian citizens, supporters of the Hajduk Split football team, who were arrested for rampaging at a gas station outside of Belgrade, in a Belgrade district prison, the Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said in a press release.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Croatian Football “Fans” Given 30-Day Detention by Serbia

ZAGREB, August 6, 2018 - A court in Belgrade set a 30-day detention against 13 Croatian football fans who are suspected of robbing a gas station near Belgrade, according to the media in Belgrade.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Hajduk Fans Receive 15-Day Prison Terms for Rampaging in Serbia

ZAGREB, August 4, 2018 - Fourteen fans of the Hajduk football club from the southern Croatian coastal city of Split have each been sentenced to 15 days in prison and banned from entering Serbia for a year, a court in Belgrade has ruled, according to local media reports on Saturday.

Friday, 3 August 2018

32 Football “Fans” from Croatia Arrested in Serbia

ZAGREB, August 3, 2018 - Serbian police on Friday arrested a group of fans of Croatia's Hajduk Split football club who rampaged at a gas station outside Belgrade, on their way from Split to Sofia where Hajduk is scheduled to play Slavia, according to media in Belgrade whose claims have been confirmed by Serbian Interior Minister Nebojša Stefanović.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Hajduk “Fans” Pillage Gas Station in Serbia

ZAGREB, August 2, 2018 - A group of about 30 fans of Croatia's Hajduk Split football club have rampaged at a gas station outside Belgrade, on their way from Split to Sofia where Hajduk is scheduled to play Slavia, according to media in Belgrade whose claims have been confirmed by the police.

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