Gracan to coach revamped Dinamo

Nenad Gracan has been appointed coach of NK Dinamo Zagreb, with the club also making three key signings.

NK Kamen Ingrad coach Nenad Gracan has left the club to take charge of UEFA Cup contenders NK Dinamo Zagreb, with the club also making three key signings.

Disappointing run
Former HNK Rijeka, HNK Hajduk Split, NK Koper and NK Osijek coach Gracan succeeds Nikola Jurcevic, who stepped down a fortnight ago despite an unbeaten start to the league season. Since then, under caretaker Djura Bago, Dinamo have lost the second leg of their UEFA Cup second qualifying round tie against NK Primoje 2-0 - though last season's Croatian top-flight runners-up prevailed 4-2 overall - and picked up only one point from two league games, including defeat on Saturday by NK Inter Zaprešic.

Trio sign
Along with the appointment of Gracan, Dinamo have signed NK Zagreb defender Vedran Ješe, and two Croatian internationals from NK Varteks, forward Veldin Karic and goalkeeper Vladimir Vasilj, all on two-year contracts. Dinamo meet IF Elfsborg in the UEFA Cup first round, with the opening leg in Zagreb on 16 September and the return in Sweden two weeks later.

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