Hajduk Split marks 100th anniversary

Croatia's First Division side Hajduk Split today marked its 100th anniversary since it was founded upon an initiative of a group of students from the central Adriatic town, local media reported. The festivities to mark official registration of the club on 13 February, 1911 started with a spectacular firework dispaly at the Poljud stadium at midnight yesterday.

The club was founded by four Split students studying in the Czech capital Prague inspired to institutionalise football in their hometown where the game was already rather popular. Later today a match between Hajduk Split and Slavia Prague is to be played at Poljud.

The two clubs played two matches against each other in Split in 1913, in both of which the Czech club inflicted crushing defeats on their hosts. Hajduk Split have won 18 league titles, six coming since Croatia proclaimed independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

The club has qualified three times for UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Hajduk Split ended the first half of this season in second place, behind arch rivals Dinamo Zagreb.