#9 Split – Hajduk
Hajduk Split football team mural in the Varoš neighbourhood, Split, February 2011
Hajduk Split was founded in 1911 and is one of the two biggest football clubs in Croatia (the other being Zagreb’s Dinamo, and the two of them being a source of endless rivalry). At the time this image was taken the club was celebrating its 100th anniversary, and even the cathedral spire in Diocletian’s Palace was flying a Hajduk flag from its top. The word Hajduk refers to the local fighters and brigands who over the centuries harassed and harangued the Ottomans in the Dalmatian hinterland and elsewhere (in between times robbing a few locals for good measure), earning themselves a prominent place in local folklore. Varoš is a mainly residential neighbourhood just to the west of Diocletian’s Palace.
Photo © Rudolf Abraham. No unauthorized use.