Croatias Road To FIFA 2010

Dinamo act quickly to replace Eduardo

Posted on: July 10, 2007

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NK Dinamo Zagreb have signed striker Mario Mandžukić and defender Ivica Vrdoljak from neighbours NK Zagreb following Eduardo da Silva’s departure for Arsenal FC.

Zagreb neighbours
The Croatian champions have paid a €2m fee for the duo, with both signing five-year contracts. The 21-year-old Mandžukić scored eleven goals for Zagreb last season and was the league’s ninth highest scorer. His form earned him a first call-up for Slaven Bilić’s Croatia for the UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against F.Y.R. Macedonia in March but he did not play. “I will try to show what I can do at Dinamo,” he said. “I will also try to be a decent replacement for Eduardo da Silva, but it will be hard as Eduardo is a top-class player.”

Khazar tie
The 23-year-old Vrdoljak was born in Novi Sad in Serbia but has spent his entire playing career in Croatia. He was also a Croatian Under-21 international. The duo will join fellow new arrivals Frank-Manga Guela and goalkeeper Georg Koch at the Maksimir Stadium. Dinamo will start their UEFA Champions League campaign in the first qualifying round with a two-legged tie against FK Khazar Lenkoran. The first leg is a week today in Azerbaijan, before the return in Zagreb on 24 July.

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8 Responses to "Dinamo act quickly to replace Eduardo"

what do you guys think, will dinamo be able to compete with other european clubs?

Mabye we will see,But did u guyz kno that the second goal from the world cup austraila u kno they were offside.. and im hoping dinamo can win against euro clubs

Mabye we will see,But did u guyz kno that the second goal from the world cup austraila u kno they were offside.. and im hoping dinamo can win against euro clubs

yea, offcourse that was an offside! everyone saw that

i htink that iv already seen htis news lol nothin new on this site sorri mate

yea steve i got this story from UEFA.com…

its going to be tough bc dasilva could find the net for them. but i think they might still be able to pull it out. by the way back homein cleveland afriend of mine Marin came back from cro from that croatian soccer tournament down there he played with zdrinski and on the way to london he sat next to eduadro dasilva on the plane and they talked the whole way there. said he is the nicest guy ever but he was small.

lol josip that is awesome! MY COUSIN played in that tournament…. Croatia essen was his team! heh i qish i sat next to dudu

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