Dinamo Zagreb was established on 26th April 1911 under the name of ''Prvi Hrvatski Građanski Športski Klub“. From 9th June 1945 until the 26th June 1991 the club carried the name ''Dinamo''; then, until the 24th February 1993, it was called ''HAŠK- Građanski“, afterwards the club played for seven years under the name ''Croatia'', and finally from the year 2000 it's Dinamo again. Last change was in 2011. when "Građanski" was added to prefix so the club is now called GNK Dinamo.
About one month after being established Građanski played their first official game, soon came the first win and in 1923. they won first national title. The club, in that time called Građanski, was the most successful Yugoslavian club between the two World Wars winning five championships, before the new government renamed it to Dinamo on 9th June 1945, installing the new management loyal to the communist regime. Even though the new government tried to present Dinamo as a new club, they couldn't hide the similar identity of Građanski and Dinamo. Not only that the club kept its distinguishing urban, typical Zagreb spirit but also the blue colour, the fundamental characteristics of the club's emblem, the coaches, the physiotherapeuts, most of the former players and the same fans. Consequently Dinamo and Građanski are the same club, which changed the name and legal status several times because of the historical circumstances.
Dinamo continued the path of Građanski and immediately became a member of the state's ''Big Four'', with Hajduk Split, Red Star and Partizan Belgrade. The club achieved great results in domestic competitions but also remarkable ones in Europe during the 60s. Semifinal of the Cup Winners' Cup in 1961, final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (today Europa league) in 1963. and finally winning this prestigious trophy in 1967. From the end of the Second World War until the disintegration of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991, the Boys in blue from Zagreb collected four leagues and seven cups.
Since the Croatian independence in 1991, Dinamo became the leading club in the country, the most successful in the ex-Yugoslavian area and one of the most powerful clubs in Southeastern Europe. Under the name of Croatia, the club won five championships and four cups in the 90s, and they continued that success after the return of the old name Dinamo in February 2000. Dinamo today has 17 league titles in Croatia and 10 consecutive ones; the run that doesn't seem it will stop any time soon. A new great success came at the end of the 2014/15 season when Dinamo won the double.
The club from Zagreb also accomplished a string of outstanding results on the international scene, including the win over Partizan and Grasshopper with the result 5:0 (both played in 1997), over Celtic with 3:0 result (in 1998), over Porto 3:1 (in 1998), over Ajax 1:0 (in 1998) and 3:2 (in 2007) and with no goals against Manchester United in Old Trafford (in 1999).
Dinamo played four times in the group stage of the Champions League until 2015 (1998, 1999, 2012, 2013) and many times in the UEFA Cup / Europa league. In those competitions Modri played against best clubs in the world (Real Madrid, Arsenal, Porto, PSG, Lyon) and some of the best players in the game (Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Iker Casillas). In the season 2015/16 Dinamo qualified for the Champions league group stage again. The official draw in Monaco decided that Modri will play in the group F next to the giant clubs Bayern, Arsenal and Olympiacos.
All of the mentioned achievements are even bigger if we know that they were mostly done by players from our youth school. Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić, Milan Badelj, Niko Kranjčar, Vedran Ćorluka, Dejan Lovren, Igor Bišćan, Alen Halilović, Mario Mandžukić and many others started their career in Dinamo and achieved great things with our club, Croatia national team and their respected foreign clubs.
Dinamo started 2015/16 season with few main goals: to defend the Double and to qualify for the UEFA competition group stage. And – the club succeeded! Dinamo qualified for the Champions League group stage after beating Fola Esch, Molde and Skenderbeu. Except this great achieved success for the club's history, Dinamo brought some well-known clubs to Zagreb again. The beginning of the UCL group stage couldn't been greater – Dinamo won 2:1 over Arsenal at Maksimir stadium in the first round. Unfortunately, Modri couldn't repeat this kind of story against Olympiacos and Bayern so they finished the group stage as the last placed team.
Except qualifying for the most beautiful football competition in the world, Dinamo continued with great performance in the Croatian championship – MAXtv Prva liga and Croatian cup. Zoran Mamić's team finished a domestic season with the Double – Dinamo won the 11th consecutive Championship title and defended the Cup.