Saturday, February 12, 2011
Weekend celebrations for Torcida in the Dalmatian city of Split mark the centenary of Croatia's oldest football team, Hajduk Split.
The Dalmatian city of Split is gearing up for a weekend of festivities to celebrate the centenary of Croatia's oldest football club, Hajduk Split, which will include a friendly fixture against Slavia Prague on February 11, 2011, one of the clubs which inspired the founding of Hajduk.
The Founding of a Croatian Football Club
The club has played in an important part in the city's culture and history since its founding in a pub in Prague by a group of students from Split, who decided to form the club after watching a game between AC Sparta and SK Slavia.
Officially registered on February 11, 1911, the club took its name from the hajduci, romanticised bandits who fought the Ottoman Turks, and its founders designed the club's emblem, with copies being made by Catholic nuns in the monastery in the city. Hajduk's first match ended in a 9-0 victory, against Calcio Spalato.