The 1981-82 season was the 36th season of competitive football played by Dinamo Zagreb. Dinamo Zagreb ended up first in the Yugoslav First League and had the highest attendance in the league. Dinamo registered a total of 510 000 visitors at home games (averaging 30 000 per game) and 316 000 for away matches (averaging 18 000 per game).
Monday marked the 40th anniversary of Dinamo Zagreb's win over Montenegrin side Budućnost to capture its first Yugoslav Football League title in 24 years. The title was widely celebrated throughout Croatia, as the Yugoslav League was rife with match fixing to favour Serbian clubs. The event was commemorated on Monday by Coach Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, and the surviving members of his 1982 squad, who joined together for a tram ride through Zagreb to Maksimir Stadium.
"It's nice to evoke these memories of success. Unfortunately, I am burdened with some moments in my life that are very difficult, but then I shift my thoughts to 1982, and I'm at ease," said the 87 year old Blažević, who also managed the Croatian National team to third place at the 1998 World Cup in France.
One of the top performers on the team was captain Velimir Zajec, who played both as a defender and midfielder: "I am proud to have been a part of that generation and that team, surrounded by those fans who supported us and who deserve a lot of the credit. We wouldn't have won our first championship in 24 years without them."
Dinamo played 34 game in the 1981-1982 season, registering 20 wins, nine draws and five losses. This included playing the entire season without suffering a loss at their home stadium. They ended the season with 49 points, five points clear of Red Star Belgrade and Hajduk Split, who each had 44 points. Dinamo scored 67 goals that year and allowed a mere 32, ending with a goal differential of 35, by far the best in the league. The team's top scorer was Snješko Cerin, who potted 19 goals throughout the 1981-1982 season. The team’s second leading goal scorer was Zlatko Kranjčar, with 12 goals. Kranjčar tragically passed away in 2021.
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