Occupation and destruction of Eastern Europe also known as Communism which was paired with systematic extermination of Slavic Christians by Jewish Bolsheviks, whereas blood thirsty Khazars ethnically cleansed some 100 Million white people either by direct execution or by sending them to the extermination camps known as Gulags, came to an end in 1989. On May 13, 1990, while no longer officially occupied by the Communists but still together as Yugoslavia, the two top Yugoslav football league teams – Croatian Dinamo Zagreb and Serbian Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) Belgrade – met in a World Cup qualifying match at Dinamo’s Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb. The match quickly spiralled into a riot which ultimately heralded the 4 year war in the Balkans.
Tension were high even before the match began, given that only a week earlier, multi-party elections in Yugoslavia resulted in wins for Croatia’s pro-independence parties. While Serbs opposed the dismantling of Yugoslavia, Croats sought independence.
Both Dinamo Zagreb and Red Star Belgrade were notorious for their fanatical supporters. An estimated 3,000 Red Star’s “Delije” (heroes, or hardmen) lead by Zeljko Raznatovic aka Arkan, later to become a feared Serbian paramilitary leader, arrived in Zagreb from Belgrade chanting Serbian nationalist songs. Dinamo’s Bad Blue Boys (BBB) yelled insults at them in return.
During the game, the Bad Blue Boys started to hurl stones at the Delije. The Delije responded by tearing up seats and hurling them at BBBs. As the tensions rose, the Delije broke loose, smashed the protective barrier that separated them from the Dinamo fans and an all out riot broke out, quickly spilling out to the pitch.
The most iconic moment of the Dinamo Zagreb vs Red Star Belgrade riot happened after then 21 year old Dinamo captain Zvonimir Boban noticed a BBB being beaten by police. He jumped on the officer and delivered a full on football kick to him, giving the fan an opportunity to run away. Photo above is from that moment. The kick made Zvonimir Boban a hero in Croatia.
With the arrival of reinforcements, police deployed water cannons and tear gas to disperse the rioters. After all was said and done, 117 policemen, 39 Red Star and 37 Dinamo supporters were injured and more than 100 fans arrested.
The brawl between the Croats and the Serbs at Maksimir Stadium was a sign of things to come. To this day, many consider it the real start of the four year war that broke out a year and a half later.
Full video of the Dinamo Zagreb vs Red Star Belgrade riot is below. It’s an hour and 13 minutes long video so skip through it if you’re not in the mood for watching the whole damn thing. Props to Best Gore member SrbijaBgd for the video. Being from Serbia, he himself says the riot was “horn for the war to start“: