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12-08-2012, 09:17 PM
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I agree with you it's safer to go with teams that are already selling out to huge crowds, and you obviously also know the hockey fanbase landscape in Germany better than I do. But it's probably hard to say what impact the actual joining the KHL would have in those cities. Take Medvescak, for example. Prior to them entering EBEL, no one imagined they'd be getting crowds they're getting now, and the attendance at their games was extremely poor. Granted, the IHL they played in a couple of seasons before entering EBEL was much weaker than DEL is now, but even so, Alba, Jesenice and even Olimpija drew better crowds. And Medvescak isn't an artifical club by any means (they have their tradition, although the players they rely on there are mostly foreigners and naturalized Croatians), but that surge in crowd attendance was, for someone, who followed the league quite mind-boggling.
Zagreb has had enough of the corruption associated with domestic football. There's a reason why Medveščak sell out the new 15,000 seat Zagreb Arena while Dinamo struggles to get 10,000 to Champions League games.
From speaking to Croatians they seem to have the support of the populace in ZG where once Dinamo and Cibona (Basketball) ruled. They also seem to have support outside Zagreb.
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