Luka Modrić and Real Madrid kick off their La Liga season vs. Almeria Sunday 4PM (ET) Ivan Perišić and Mateo Kovačić both likely out as Chelsea face Tottenham on Sunday Marcelo Brozović and Inter Milan start the Italian season vs. Lecce Saturday 2:45PM (ET) Andrej Kramarić looks for his 1st Bundesliga goal of the season vs. Bochum Saturday 9:30AM (ET) … [Read more...] about The Weekend Water Cooler
As a whole, how is Croatian football doing top to bottom the past few years? I'm not just talking about the Vatreni on the international side of things, but I'm including the entire HNL as well as HNL clubs playing in Europe. Across the board, is Croatian football meeting expectations, exceeding expectations, or not meeting expectations at all for you? Let's start with Luka … [Read more...] about The Current State Of Croatian Football: Good, Bad, OK???
Am I a fan of Dominik Livaković? Absolutely not. How is he still the #1 Croatian option between the pipes? I have zero idea. His confidence and positioning lacks in the box. He makes countless errors. Every time a cross comes his way, my blood pressure rises. He's just not a good goalkeeper. Simple as that. And because of that, Zlatko Dalić will need to come up with a better … [Read more...] about This Is Why Livaković Shouldn’t Be Within 1,000 Miles Of Qatar
The 2022 World Cup is now four months away and we haven't heard a peep out of Nike or the HNS on how the new Croatian kits will look. I thought the Vatreni might roll them out in June during their four UEFA Nations League matches, but that wasn't the case. It will be a forgone conclusion that we see the new kits in September when Croatia takes on Denmark and Austria in the last … [Read more...] about RUMOR MILL: 2022 World Cup Kits Leaked???
Luka Modrić and Real Madrid concluded their 3-match North American preseason tour Saturday night in Los Angeles with a 2-0 victory over Juventus. Modrić played a solid 60 minutes in what looked like a low-energy/conservative performance before the season kicks off. Modrić had to decline an interview with CroatianSports as the Real Madrid media relations team did not allow … [Read more...] about Luka Modrić Shows Us Why Being Croatian Is Special
Dinamo Zagreb did what they had to Tuesday night in Macedonia and pulled off a 1-0 clean sheet victory to move onto the next round of Champions League qualifying. They will meet Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad next week before heading back to Zagreb for the return leg. Ademi scored the lone goal of the match on a half open goal from the middle of the box. … [Read more...] about Dinamo Zagreb Through To Next CL Qualifying Round After 1-0 Win Over Shkupi
You know you're good when they put your face on the cover of FIFA. Kylian Mbappe is that level of good and will surely win multiple Ballon d'Or's in his lifetime. However, for 90 minutes this week, Josip Stanišić absolutely put Mbappe in his pocket as the Vatreni scored early and kept a scary France team scoreless for the clean sheet. 22 year-old German-born Josip … [Read more...] about Stanišić Put Mbappe In His Little Croatian Pocket
Hey guys, not to be a "Debbie Downer" here or rain on anyone's parade, but when is it time to talk about the elephant in the room? Or if you don't want to talk about the elephant because you're still hopped up on Dida's rakija from Croatia's first ever victory over the French, I completely understand. What Modrić and the boys did from a results perspective after the 3-0 … [Read more...] about Vatreni Score 1 Open-Play Goal In 4 Matches…Do We Need To Worry?
The monkey is finally off Croatian backs. The Vatreni have defeated France for the first time in their history. Croatia defeated France 1-0 in Nations League Monday night by way of a 5’ Luka Modrić penalty kick. However, the MVP of the match was the entire Croatian defense full of youngsters, who held a hungry Mbappe and Benzema at bay. It was an incredible 90 minutes … [Read more...] about Croatia Finally Beats France!!!