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11 Aug

Dinamo Zagreb will look to end a four-game winless run against Salzburg as the Croatian and Austrian titleholders meet in the UEFA Champions League play-offs.

Previous meetings
• Krunoslav Jurčić’s Dinamo lost 3-2 on aggregate to Huub Stevens’ Salzburg in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Under Zoran Mamić, they then succumbed 4-2 away and 5-1 at home to Adi Hütter’s Salzburg in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Salzburg striker Jonatan Soriano scored a hat-trick in that 5-1 win, which remains the club’s joint-biggest away victory in UEFA competition.

• Dinamo’s record in 13 games against Austrian sides is W3 D4 L6 (W2 D1 L3 at home – W1 D3 L3 in Austria).

Match background
• Dinamo have won all four of their UEFA Champions League qualifiers this season in the course of eliminating Vardar and Dinamo Tbilisi.


Jonathan Soriano celebrates a goal against Partizani

• Dinamo’s record in four UEFA Champions League play-off ties is W3 L1; they eliminated Malmö (2011/12), Maribor (2012/13) and Skënderbeu (2015/16) but fell foul of Salzburg’s domestic rivals Austria Wien (2013/14).

• Salzburg have won all four of their UEFA Champions League qualifiers this season without conceding, knocking out Liepāja and Partizani Tirana en route to the play-offs.

• Salzburg have yet to win a UEFA Champions League play-off tie, bowing out to Malmö (2014/15), Hapoel Tel-Aviv (2010/11) and Maccabi Haifa (2009/10) in their three previous attempts.

Team and coach links
• Salzburg’s Brazilian defender Paulo Miranda turns 28 on the day of the first leg.

• Salzburg boast Croatian talent in the form of 19-year-old defender Duje Ćaleta-Car, who moved to Austria after impressing in Croatia’s second division with Šibenik in 2012/13.

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Dinamo’s Gordon Schildenfeld in Sturm Graz colours

• Dinamo’s Gordon Schildenfeld spent the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons with Austrian club Sturm Graz, scoring three goals in 70 league appearances.

• Dinamo’s 19-year-old midfielder Ante Ćorić joined the club after a spell in Salzburg’s academy.

Coach profiles
• A striker for Dinamo from 1973 to 1983, Zlatko Kranjčar – father of Niko – took charge of the club for a third time this summer. He has lifted national titles as a player (1981/82) and a coach (1995/96) with his home-town side and more recently won the 2011/12 Iranian championship as Sepahan boss.

• Kranjčar is well known in Austria, having scored 119 goals in 240 games for Rapid Wien, later coaching Austria Klagenfurt and Linz.

• A midfielder – and later youth coach – at Barcelona, Salzburg’s Spanish coach Óscar García has managed abroad with Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Brighton & Hove Albion and Watford, and led Salzburg to the Austrian title in his first campaign in charge in 2015/16.


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