Dinamo Zagreb are the only team left to fly the flag of Croatia in Europe this season after they secured their place in the knockout stage of the Europa League. Dinamo Zagreb are the current champions in the topflight league in Croatia after they won title number 21 at the end of last season.
Dinamo Zagreb are also the most successful club in Croatia by a country mile. Only four clubs in Croatia have won the league title in the first division since the country gained independence in the 90s. The league kicked off in 1992 and the past winners are Croatia Zagreb, NK Zagreb, Hadjuk Split and the aforementioned Dinamo Zagreb.
At the start of the group stage in the Europa League, Croatia had two representatives in Dinamo Zagreb and Rijeka only for the latter to show that a place in the knockout stage of the competition is a step too far. Rijeka finished bottom of Group F with four points from six games though their only win was very significant.
The win came on the final matchday in the group as they beat Dutch team AZ Alkmaar 2-1 at home to deny their opponents a place in the last 32 of the competition. Napoli and Real Sociedad both qualified from the group despite the fact that they played out a 1-1 draw at the newly named Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Italian Serie A giants Napoli qualified as group winners, while La Liga team Real Sociedad were the runners-up. A win for AZ Alkmaar at Rijeka would have denied Real Sociedad a place in the next round.
Dinamo Zagreb are now the only representative for Croatia after they impressed by winning Group K in style without a single defeat. They had a record of four wins and two draws from six games to qualify as group winners ahead of Vfl Wolfsburg of Germany, Dutch team Feyenoord and CSKA Moscow FC of Russia. Dinamo Zagreb and Wolfsburg are through to the last 32 of the Europa League. It is important to point out that Croatia had no representative in the Champions League.