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UEFA Champions League

  • September 14, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 27055

Champions League Preview: Dinamo Zagreb - Real Madrid

The two teams meet for their first ever competitive match against each other, as the Spanish side heads to Croatia for the opening Champions League match of the season.


Dinamo Zagreb (4-4-2): Kelava; Tonel, Vida, Cufre, Ibanez; Calello, Leko, Sammir, Badelj; Beciraj, Rukavina

Dinamo Zagreb currently has three first-team players out injured. Arijan Ademi is sidelined with a knee ligament problem, Mehmed Alispahic is currently shelved with a broken arm and club captain Igor Biscan is recovering after undergoing ankle surgery. The Croatian side will also be without influential defender Josip Simunic, who is suspended for the Madrid match, and young starlet Sime Vrsaljko, who is serving a three-game ban.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Coentrao; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema

Jose Mourinho currently has a favored first XI available, so expect him to kick off his Champions League campaign by fielding his strongest team. Nuri Sahin and Hamit Altintop have still to make their Real Madrid debuts since their summer transfers, and remain on the sidelines with a back injury and a knee injury, respectively. Sami Khedira is still out of action after suffering a thigh muscle injury against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Copa. Meanwhile, the Portuguese coach himself is serving a touchline ban and will not be in the technical area.

  • This will be the first time the two sides have met in a competitive fixture.
  • Dinamo Zagreb's last five Champions League campaigns came to an end in the third qualifying round. The Croatians have progressed past three preliminary rounds to get to the group stage this season.
  • Krunoslav Jurcic's side is unbeaten at the Stadion Maksimir in 2011.
  • Dinamo is celebrating its centenary year this campaign, having being founded in April 26, 1911.
  • Real Madrid's only European trip to Croatia ended in defeat when it lost 3-1 to HNK Rijeka 27 years ago.
  • Madrid ended a run of six successive last-16 exits when it made it through to last season's semifinals, where it was eliminated by arch-rival Barcelona.
  • The Spanish side has never once failed to make it out of the Champions League group stage.
  • Iker Casillas has made more appearances in the Champions League than any other goalkeeper.
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