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SBD Global/October 9, 2012/International Football

Zagreb Players Looking To Give $174,000 To One Fan Who Attends The CL Game Against PSG

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In a bid to fill empty stands, players for Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb have "pooled their cash to reward one fan" attending their UEFA Champions League match against Ligue 1 club Paris St. Germain with 1M kunas ($174,000), according to the AFP. Midfielder Mateo Kovacic came up with the idea and posted a video, "One Million for a Full Stadium," on his Facebook page, in which he explains the idea to his teammates. The 18-year-old looked into the camera and said, "Dear fans ... we are sad that you did not come to the stadium, but I think that you will come now." He then takes the camera into the locker room where he asks his teammates what they think of the idea. Defender Josip Simunic said, "Whatever you say, if only it will fill the stadium."  Midfielder Sammir said, "It's really bad to play in front of empty stands. This (the reward) is fine. No problem." The players said that 1M kunas will be given if more than 25,000 fans attend the game against PSG. If more than 15,000 fans attend the reward would amount to €20,000 ($25,950), while for 5,000 fans it "drops drastically" to around €650 ($843). At half time of the match, five possible winners will be chosen by "randomly selecting the barcode" of a ticket used to attend the match. As of now, it is "not yet clear" how the overall winner will be determined (AFP, 10/5).
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