- Address: Maksimirska cesta 128, Zagreb
- Country: Croatia
- Capacity: 35,000
- Opened: 5 May 1912
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Dinamo Zagreb (football)
Extra stadium info – Stadion Maksimir
The stadium, which became the largest sports venue by capacity in Croatia, is named after one of the districts of Zagreb. Several world famous artists performed at the stadium. In 1973, the stadium’s record attendance of 64,000 was set in a football match between NK Zagreb and NK Osijek. GNK Dinamo Zagreb use the stadium for home games. In 2019, they became the first Croatian football club with 20 top division titles. Dinamo Zagreb and their rivals Hajduk Split became the first sports clubs from Croatia with 100,000 followers on their main social media page.
Luka Modrić and the national football team of Croatia
The Croatian football star Luka Modrić started his professional football career with Dinamo Zagreb. He won several world championship titles with the world famous Spanish side Real Madrid. Modrić was the captain of the national football team of Croatia during their first-ever FIFA World Cup final. The national football team of Croatia played numerous home games at the venue named Stadion Maksimir.
The FIFA World Cup
In 2018, the national football team of Croatia reached the final of the prestigious FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history. The French won the final, which was played in front of 78,000 spectators in the Russian city of Moscow. They won their second world championship title after beating the Croatians. The national football team of Croatia faced the Argentine Republic, Iceland and Nigeria in the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They defeated Denmark in the first round of the knockout phase. In the quarter-finals of the tournament, Croatia eliminated the Russians after penalties. The national football team of Croatia reached the FIFA World Cup final after beating England in the semi-finals.