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Attending a Croatian Soccer (FIFA or other) game?

Hello,

I have been trying to figure out if there are games near the end of May, if so, where they play, and can I purchase tickets online? I have been able to find few direct answers to this. Does any have info on this? Has anyone done this?

Thanks, as always!!
The info on this forum is golden!!!
Kaye

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The last match day is the 31st of May. The league is the HNL. FIFA is not a league. It is the world governing body for football.

I am not sure about ticket purchasing online but I believe that games virtually never sell out. My suggestion would be to contact a hotel where you will be staying to ask. Regarding where matches are played, where will you be? They are not all played in one city.

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Thanks for your reply. I had found the HNL info and "site" but couldn't really tell locations on the site I found. I will be in... Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, on the island of Hvar, Plitvice, and all throughout Istria. I will also be in Zagreb, but after May 31st. I will have a car, so getting to a certain spot, within reason, is likely.

Thanks ,
Kaye

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At the last Italy v Croatia match in Nov 2014 at the San Siro in Milan the game had to be halted for 10 minutes due to Croatian fans throwing flares. Unfortunately the Croatian fans do not have a great reputation.

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Hi Kaye. Looking at the fixtures on soccer24.com I should have said the games are on 30 May. It is 31 May in my time zone. There are 2 games being played in Zagreb, one in Split, one in Zadar and one in Osijek.

I would talk with the hotel you are staying at before attending a match to get the lie of the land. As I said above, Croatian fans have a less than great reputation. In 2013 UEFA, the body in charge of European football, threatened to kick all of their clubs out of international competitions. This was in response to anti semitic and pro fascist chants and gestures by Croatian fans at games. In Nov 2014 Dinamo Zagreb refused to play a game because one of their spectators was denied entry to a stadium.

Generally the ultra fans tend to sit behind the goals so you would in my opinion be best avoiding these areas.

I love football and have watched it in a number of countries. I am not trying to put you off going. Just want to make sure you get some local advice before heading to the stadium.

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Thank you, everyone, for your insights. They are really helpful.

Kaye