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BE PART OFZAGREBSPORT STORY

BE PART OF ZAGREB SPORT STORY

Zagreb is full of locations where you can turn your worries into strength, doubt into self-confidence, and that yummy cake into pure muscle. Find your inner motivation, combine physical activity and beautiful views, and go for a run on the Sava bank, Jarun or Bundek. It is amazing how the perks of nature can be found in the heart of the city.

Sporting events not to miss

Sport has always been a great passion in the city, and Zagreb hosts many sporting events throughout the year. Discover and visit some of them...

Zagreb as your playground

It is no secret that athletes often find quality pre-season preparations to be crucial for good performance in the upcoming season. In that regard, the city of Zagreb offers perfect conditions for preparations of individuals and teams from the widest range of sports.

ZAGREB – A PERFECT PLACE FOR PRE-SEASON PREPARATIONS

It is no secret that athletes often find quality pre-season preparations to be crucial for good performance in the upcoming season. In that regard, the city of Zagreb offers perfect conditions for preparations of individuals and teams from the widest range of sports.
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It is a fact well known that swimming is one of the healthiest and most useful recreational sports. It provides low-intensity aerobic exercise, full-body training, lifts mood and reduces stress, builds endurance and contributes to better sleep.

FREESTYLE, BREASTSTROKE, BACKSTROKE AND BUTTERFLY IN ZAGREB

It is a fact well known that swimming is one of the healthiest and most useful recreational sports. It provides low-intensity aerobic exercise, full-body training, lifts mood and reduces stress, builds endurance and contributes to better sleep.
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Zagreb has a long tradition of ice skating that continues to this day. Citizens and visitors to the city can enjoy two indoor and one outdoor ice rink and the special Advent Ice Park. Therefore, if you like to have fun on ice, you have many options available to choose from in Zagreb, regardless of whether you brought skates with you or not (they can be rented at all skating rinks).

FUN ON ZAGREB ICE

Zagreb has a long tradition of ice skating that continues to this day. Citizens and visitors to the city can enjoy two indoor and one outdoor ice rink and the special Advent Ice Park. Therefore, if you like to have fun on ice, you have many options available to choose from in Zagreb, regardless of whether you brought skates with you or not (they can be rented at all skating rinks).
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As many as 70 associations of persons with disabilities that work for their benefit are registered in the City of Zagreb. In addition, there are several national sports federations for people with disabilities, including specialized ones, such as the Blind Sports Association. The list of sports of these federations includes, for example, athletics, swimming, tennis, basketball, skiing, bocce, archery, table tennis, taekwondo, and even arm wrestling.

SPIRIT IN MOTION

As many as 70 associations of persons with disabilities that work for their benefit are registered in the City of Zagreb. In addition, there are several national sports federations for people with disabilities, including specialized ones, such as the Blind Sports Association. The list of sports of these federations includes, for example, athletics, swimming, tennis, basketball, skiing, bocce, archery, table tennis, taekwondo, and even arm wrestling.
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In Zagreb there are entire adrenaline parks with many facilities – Adrenaline Center Sveta Nedjelja, near the excursion town of Samobor (programs for families, individuals and children) and, if you do not want to leave the city center, a small one near Miramarska cesta, which can be reached via bridge from the Botanical Garden. Enjoy the excitement!

ADRENALINE EXCITEMENT AND EXPERIENCE

In Zagreb there are entire adrenaline parks with many facilities – Adrenaline Center Sveta Nedjelja, near the excursion town of Samobor (programs for families, individuals and children) and, if you do not want to leave the city center, a small one near Miramarska cesta, which can be reached via bridge from the Botanical Garden. Enjoy the excitement!
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If you enjoy playing the fascinating sport of golf in nature, Zagreb has multiple options, both for experienced players and beginners.

GOLF - SWING AND GREEN IN ZAGREB

If you enjoy playing the fascinating sport of golf in nature, Zagreb has multiple options, both for experienced players and beginners.
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Did you know that Zagreb has its very own "Zagreb Sea"? This sea is in actuality Lake Jarun, located in the western part of the city. Jarun is also the name of the city's neighborhood next to the lake, best known for its rowing course. It is difficult to imagine today that Jarun was once a swamp and that it was not developed until the 1980s when it was turned into a modern sports and recreation center for the needs of the Universiade.

JARUN - SPORTS GROUND AT THE “ZAGREB SEA”

Did you know that Zagreb has its very own "Zagreb Sea"? This sea is in actuality Lake Jarun, located in the western part of the city. Jarun is also the name of the city's neighborhood next to the lake, best known for its rowing course. It is difficult to imagine today that Jarun was once a swamp and that it was not developed until the 1980s when it was turned into a modern sports and recreation center for the needs of the Universiade.
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“Na Sljeme” (On to Sljeme) is a popular song that celebrates the peak of Medvednica, the mountain above Zagreb, which has long been the most popular local resort. Every visitor to Zagreb will surely find this fact enticing, and those who like sports will be delighted by the fact that Sljeme and the whole of Medvednica are a great place for various types of physical activities.

NA SLJEME, NA SLJEME, NA SLJEME

“Na Sljeme” (On to Sljeme) is a popular song that celebrates the peak of Medvednica, the mountain above Zagreb, which has long been the most popular local resort. Every visitor to Zagreb will surely find this fact enticing, and those who like sports will be delighted by the fact that Sljeme and the whole of Medvednica are a great place for various types of physical activities.
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If you have a yoga mat or a pair of running shoes with you, you can stay in shape wherever you are. All you need is motivation. In this respect, a visitor in Zagreb who is inclined to running is pretty fortunate, because the city offers every jogger an unlimited incentive to conquer all those kilometers.

ZAGREB IN SNEAKERS

If you have a yoga mat or a pair of running shoes with you, you can stay in shape wherever you are. All you need is motivation. In this respect, a visitor in Zagreb who is inclined to running is pretty fortunate, because the city offers every jogger an unlimited incentive to conquer all those kilometers.
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If you enjoyed watching beach soccer in Rio de Janeiro, and basketball in the city center in New York and Los Angeles, you will be able to see in Zagreb why Croats won the silver medal at the World Cup and why they have given the world so many excellent basketball players.

STREET IN MOTION

If you enjoyed watching beach soccer in Rio de Janeiro, and basketball in the city center in New York and Los Angeles, you will be able to see in Zagreb why Croats won the silver medal at the World Cup and why they have given the world so many excellent basketball players.
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“Three bold 'Zagreb boys' decided to travel the world in a two-wheeler and thus promote the sport of our country”, the Zagreb press wrote in 1926 about the cycling feat of a Zagreb trio. It was long after cycling reached its peak, the time when there were three professional racetracks in Zagreb. However, in the meantime, cycling has increasingly crossed to roads and become part of the recreation of citizens, and then, in recent times, an interesting way of sightseeing in Zagreb and its surroundings.

ZAGREB ON TWO WHEELS

“Three bold 'Zagreb boys' decided to travel the world in a two-wheeler and thus promote the sport of our country”, the Zagreb press wrote in 1926 about the cycling feat of a Zagreb trio. It was long after cycling reached its peak, the time when there were three professional racetracks in Zagreb. However, in the meantime, cycling has increasingly crossed to roads and become part of the recreation of citizens, and then, in recent times, an interesting way of sightseeing in Zagreb and its surroundings.
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Recreational tennis players are known to love to play regularly, both at home and on vacation, even if it is a business trip. If you are one of them, and live in Zagreb, you won't need to change your habits because a large number of tennis clubs with beautiful, modern and carefully landscaped court already exist in the city.

THE YELLOW BALL IN ZAGREB

Recreational tennis players are known to love to play regularly, both at home and on vacation, even if it is a business trip. If you are one of them, and live in Zagreb, you won't need to change your habits because a large number of tennis clubs with beautiful, modern and carefully landscaped court already exist in the city.
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CAN`T GET ENOUGH OF SPORT?

Croatian academic water polo club Mladost from Zagreb was founded in 1946. To date, he has won seven European Championship titles (1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1990, 1991 and 1996), and LEN has awarded him the title of Best Water Polo Club of the 20th Century

The first golf club in Zagreb was founded in 1929, and the first official tournament was played in 1931 in Maksimir Park

Arena Zagreb, the largest sports arena in Croatia, was built in 2008 for the 21st World Handball Championship. Due to its beauty, functionality and importance, this grandiose building has become a new architectural symbol of the city of Zagreb

Hanžeković Memorial is the oldest sports event in Croatia, it has been held without interruption since 1951

The first bicycle arrived in Zagreb in 1867, and the first bicycle race took place in 1886 on Zrinjevac

Croatian academic water polo club Mladost from Zagreb was founded in 1946. To date, he has won seven European Championship titles (1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1990, 1991 and 1996), and LEN has awarded him the title of Best Water Polo Club of the 20th Century

The first golf club in Zagreb was founded in 1929, and the first official tournament was played in 1931 in Maksimir Park

More than nostalgia

Blasts from the past of old Zagreb sports stories, successes, winners, teams, photos... Here you can find a selection of nostalgic sporting memories...
When the Croatian national soccer team won third place at the World Cup in 1998, shortly after the country became independent, putting Croatia on the map of global soccer powers, many thought that such success could hardly happen ever again.

AN UNPRECEDENTED WELCOME FOR VATRENI

When the Croatian national soccer team won third place at the World Cup in 1998, shortly after the country became independent, putting Croatia on the map of global soccer powers, many thought that such success could hardly happen ever again.
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The first hot-air balloon takeoff in the world was recorded in 1709, while the first real flights were taken by brothers Montgolfier in the French commune Annonay in 1783. The residents of Zagreb, however, had to wait until the early 20th century for the start of the local first hot-air balloon flights.

HOT-AIR BALLOON ADVENTURES IN ZAGREB

The first hot-air balloon takeoff in the world was recorded in 1709, while the first real flights were taken by brothers Montgolfier in the French commune Annonay in 1783. The residents of Zagreb, however, had to wait until the early 20th century for the start of the local first hot-air balloon flights.
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Every large European city has its favorite soccer club. Zagreb is no exception. If you are a soccer fan and find yourself visiting Zagreb, you should definitely visit the Maksimir Stadium, which is a home of the local favorite - Dinamo Zagreb club, and watch a few games.

GNK DINAMO ZAGREB - A MIRACLE FROM THE MAKSIMIR FOREST

Every large European city has its favorite soccer club. Zagreb is no exception. If you are a soccer fan and find yourself visiting Zagreb, you should definitely visit the Maksimir Stadium, which is a home of the local favorite - Dinamo Zagreb club, and watch a few games.
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As early as the beginning of the last century, the latest fashion trends could be seen on the streets of Zagreb on a regular basis, and elegant meeting places and conversations were always in line with the news in high society. So it was with (at the time) elite sports. After tennis, it was time for golf – “an elegant sport” which was accepted by the more prominent and sports-minded citizens of Zagreb, but also by the people of Zagreb.

GYMKHANA AND THE FLAG IN MAKSIMIR

As early as the beginning of the last century, the latest fashion trends could be seen on the streets of Zagreb on a regular basis, and elegant meeting places and conversations were always in line with the news in high society. So it was with (at the time) elite sports. After tennis, it was time for golf – “an elegant sport” which was accepted by the more prominent and sports-minded citizens of Zagreb, but also by the people of Zagreb.
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When people think of sports, highly successful female athletes are less likely to be the first thing that comes to their minds. Yet, while there is still a huge gap in opportunities, funding, and media exposure, women are taking an increasingly active role in sports around the world, becoming more visible, important, and active in a way that transcends sports arenas. Zagreb is no exception.

ZAGREB WOMEN IN SPORTS

When people think of sports, highly successful female athletes are less likely to be the first thing that comes to their minds. Yet, while there is still a huge gap in opportunities, funding, and media exposure, women are taking an increasingly active role in sports around the world, becoming more visible, important, and active in a way that transcends sports arenas. Zagreb is no exception.
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In the world of sports, Croatia is well known as a global tennis power-house, mostly owing to its two wins at the prestigious Davis Cup in 2005 and 2018. However, much less known is the fact that long before the 21st century, tennis players from Croatia, from Zagreb to be more precise, played a significant role in this competition.

MUSKETEERS IN ŠALATA

In the world of sports, Croatia is well known as a global tennis power-house, mostly owing to its two wins at the prestigious Davis Cup in 2005 and 2018. However, much less known is the fact that long before the 21st century, tennis players from Croatia, from Zagreb to be more precise, played a significant role in this competition.
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Zagreb abounds in many interesting museums, of which the one dedicated to sports will be especially interesting to fans of all types of sports competitions. Unlike most others, this museum will be attractive to children as well.

EXHIBITS AND SPORTS WALK OF FAME

Zagreb abounds in many interesting museums, of which the one dedicated to sports will be especially interesting to fans of all types of sports competitions. Unlike most others, this museum will be attractive to children as well.
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What do you get when you combine self-confidence, intelligence, modesty, diligence, responsibility, determination and desire with passion, perseverance and a dose of positive madness in one person? The answer is – Dražen Petrović, a unique phenomenon of Croatian sport and a player who was called “The Mozart of Basketball” because of his genius.

DRAŽEN PETROVIĆ - THE MOZART OF BASKETBALL

What do you get when you combine self-confidence, intelligence, modesty, diligence, responsibility, determination and desire with passion, perseverance and a dose of positive madness in one person? The answer is – Dražen Petrović, a unique phenomenon of Croatian sport and a player who was called “The Mozart of Basketball” because of his genius.
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Zagreb's main cemetery, Mirogoj, is rightly considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. It is special in that, as one of the few in the world, it is the last resting place of people of different religions. However, Mirogoj is not only the last resting place of the deceased citizens of Zagreb, but also a kind of “open-air museum”, both natural and artistic. In addition, Mirogoj is the place where many Croatian greats are buried, including famous Zagreb athletes, whose graves are visited today by sports fans.

MIROGOJ - THE LAST HOME OF GREAT ATHLETES

Zagreb's main cemetery, Mirogoj, is rightly considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Europe. It is special in that, as one of the few in the world, it is the last resting place of people of different religions. However, Mirogoj is not only the last resting place of the deceased citizens of Zagreb, but also a kind of “open-air museum”, both natural and artistic. In addition, Mirogoj is the place where many Croatian greats are buried, including famous Zagreb athletes, whose graves are visited today by sports fans.
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One of the most interesting personalities related to the development of Croatian sports, Ferdinand Budicki, who brought the first car and the first motorcycle to Zagreb in 1901, is remembered as one of the most interesting Croatian and Zagreb athletes, entrepreneurs and adventurers.

THE BICYCLE ADVENTURE OF F. BUDICKI

One of the most interesting personalities related to the development of Croatian sports, Ferdinand Budicki, who brought the first car and the first motorcycle to Zagreb in 1901, is remembered as one of the most interesting Croatian and Zagreb athletes, entrepreneurs and adventurers.
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It was the morning of 25 November 2001 in the fashionable American winter resort of Aspen. The end of the first slalom race of the World Cup was near. At the start, with the number 64 on his chest, was Ivica Kostelić from Zagreb, at the time a relatively unknown Croatian skier. Kostelić took a risk and started boldly, knowing all too well this was the only way he could achieve a good result.

A MIRACLE IN ASPEN - IVICA KOSTELIĆ'S RECORD

It was the morning of 25 November 2001 in the fashionable American winter resort of Aspen. The end of the first slalom race of the World Cup was near. At the start, with the number 64 on his chest, was Ivica Kostelić from Zagreb, at the time a relatively unknown Croatian skier. Kostelić took a risk and started boldly, knowing all too well this was the only way he could achieve a good result.
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Football began to be played in Zagreb in 1894, only a few decades after the game began to take its modern form. It was played in the area of today's Marulić Square, the future city center. But in the period before the founding of the first football clubs and systematic considerations of the game, football matches did not have a sporting character, but served as a fun game without rules and without a fixed number of players.

The start of Zagreb football - PLAYING BALL AROUND ELIPSA AND THE FAIRGROUND

Football began to be played in Zagreb in 1894, only a few decades after the game began to take its modern form. It was played in the area of today's Marulić Square, the future city center. But in the period before the founding of the first football clubs and systematic considerations of the game, football matches did not have a sporting character, but served as a fun game without rules and without a fixed number of players.
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Which of these forest animals is your favorite – the sparrow, blackbird, bear or squirrel? No accounting in taste in any case, but in mid-1980s in Zagreb, the winner was the lively, lovely and interesting squirrel. And his name was Zagi. This mascot of the Universiade held in Zagreb in the summer of 1987 is still known to many today. Surprisingly, she is also known by younger generations, perhaps thanks to the endearing character whose memory has survived to this day.

THE 1987 UNIVERSIADE - THE COSMOPOLITIC SPIRIT OF ZAGREB

Which of these forest animals is your favorite – the sparrow, blackbird, bear or squirrel? No accounting in taste in any case, but in mid-1980s in Zagreb, the winner was the lively, lovely and interesting squirrel. And his name was Zagi. This mascot of the Universiade held in Zagreb in the summer of 1987 is still known to many today. Surprisingly, she is also known by younger generations, perhaps thanks to the endearing character whose memory has survived to this day.
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It is a sunny afternoon on Saturday, 7 June 1997. In front of the full stands of the Philippe Chatrier tennis stadium in Paris (French Open), 19-year-old Croatian tennis player Iva Majoli enters the court. No one expected the young woman from Zagreb in the final of Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, so the audience greets her with applause.

TRIUMPH IN PARIS

It is a sunny afternoon on Saturday, 7 June 1997. In front of the full stands of the Philippe Chatrier tennis stadium in Paris (French Open), 19-year-old Croatian tennis player Iva Majoli enters the court. No one expected the young woman from Zagreb in the final of Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam tournament of the season, so the audience greets her with applause.
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