Dinamo Zagreb was created in 1945, but some fans believe that its history began much earlier – in 1911, when HŠK Građanski Zagreb appeared. After the Second World War, Yugoslavia’s communist government dissolved the popular Građanski, Concordia, and HAŠK clubs. They were replaced by the new sports society Dinamo, which inherited the colors of its main predecessor.
From 1954 to 2010, the team changed several names to emphasize the connection with pre-war football organizations. She now bears the name Dinamo Zagreb Citizens’ Football Club and plays for Prva HNL.
Meaning and History
Most of the Dinamo Zagreb emblems are similar in shape and color, but they can be roughly classified into two groups. The first is the most numerous. It includes round graphic signs with a pattern in the form of a red and white checkerboard. The second category includes triangular heraldic shields with the letter “d” and a red five-pointed star on a blue background. Also available with “d” version without a shield.
1926 – 1945
Many of the Dinamo Zagreb logos are derived from the latest club crest, HŠK Građanski Zagreb. It was a circle diagonally divided into two. Above was a pattern of alternating red and white squares, while below the blue semicircle was dominated by the monogram of the letters “GSK.”
1945 – 1954
In 1945, the sports society Dinamo Zagreb was founded based on the disbanded pre-Yugoslavian clubs. Its emblem consisted of two capital letters “S.D.” and one lowercase “d.” The single “d” has been increased. Next to her was a red five-pointed star – a famous communist symbol.
1954 – 1970
The designers placed the “d” on the blue triangular shield. The white top of the logo bore the words “NK DINAMO” because it was renamed Nogometni Klub Dinamo Zagreb.
1970 – 1982
In 1970, the shield turned completely blue. Only the golden outlines “d” and the team name stood out on it. The developers left the red star.
1982 – 1988
The emblem is back to white. A thin red line has been outlined around the outer edge of the image.
1988 – 1990
In the late 1980s, the club returned a circular logo split in two. The upper half was occupied by a checkerboard pattern of red and white squares. At the bottom was the “d” with a mini-star. The letter was white, the background behind it was blue, and the outlines were gold.
1990 – 1991
The circle border and dividing lines are yellow.
1991 – 1993
After the breakup of Yugoslavia, the club changed its name to HAŠK Građanski. As a result, instead of the lowercase “d,” the logo now has the capital “HG” written in italics.
1993 – 1995
In 1993 another name change took place. Now the football team has become known as Croatia Zagreb, which is reflected in its identity. The designers retained the circular shape and the red and white squares pattern, depicting a large C. They placed a small blue shield with a ball in the center and the word “CROATIA.” Above the shield was a golden crown, below – the inscription “ZAGREB” and two blue lions on the right and left.
1995 – 2000
The developers have complicated the logo by presenting it in the form of multi-colored concentric circles. On the right side were mini versions of the HŠK Građanski Zagreb and Nogometni Klub Dinamo Zagreb logos, as well as a miniature red and white shield with a blue “S.” The frame of the club emblem was divided into two half-rings with the words “N. K. CROATIA “and” ZAGREB. ”
2000 – 2009
2000 saw the beginning of the GNK Dinamo Zagreb era. It marked the return of an old logo similar to the one used in 1990-1991. The designers reshaped the “d,” updated the color scheme, reduced the yellow outlines’ thickness, made the starred and moved it to the center.
2009 – 2010
The circle’s stroke is now blue, and the thin yellow lines between the squares are gone. The mini star has also been removed.
2010 – 2011
In 2010, dividing contours appeared between the elements, but this time not yellow, but light gray. Also, the designers chose a different shade of blue.
2011 – 2012
The creators of the logo changed the colors again. The main innovation of this period is a gradient with darkening in the middle.
2012 – 2013
The gradient was removed, and the shade of blue approached ultramarine.
2013 – today
In the current logo, the elements have wide gold outlines. The letter “d” is depicted against the background of a dark blue semicircle.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The graphic sign indicates that Dinamo Zagreb is a direct descendant of HŠK Građanski Zagreb. Designers changed the design often, but they always retained the classic elements: a pattern of red and white squares and the club’s initials on a blue semicircle.
The original “d” appeared in 1945. It was created from scratch without using fonts. The logo’s main colors are Dark Cornflower Blue (# 1D3A8D), Lust (# E32118), white and dark gold.