No surprises here. Zlatko Dalić has named his preliminary squad for EURO 2021. It's never really about the 26-man squad, rather the Starting XI that gets supporters going. I predict that Dinamo's Joško Gvardiol will be capped for the first time by the Croatian senior side in June friendlies vs. Armenia and Belgium. Ivanušec could get some playing time in those matches as … [Read more...] about Dalić Names Preliminary Squad For EURO 2021
Andrej Kramarić became Hoffenheim's single season goal record holder (19) when he scored inside five minutes of a 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld Saturday. Krama now owns the single season record for goals at Hoffenheim as well as all-time goals: 75. Sejad Salihović sits in a distant second at 46 goals. Not a bad career in Germany since coming over from Leicester in 2016; … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe XXXII: Krama Sets Hoffenheim Scoring Record, Budimir On Fire
Luka Modrić scored the opening goal for Real Madrid Thursday in a 4-1 victory over Granada. Modrić got the ball in the box and 'nutmegged' the Granada keeper from an extremely tight angle. With the win, Real Madrid trail leaders Atletico by two points with only two matches remaining in the La Liga season. What's more important is that Modrić's goal sets a new record for … [Read more...] about Modrić Caps Off Record Week For Vatreni Players
The Vatreni just keep getting hotter as Croatia's first EURO 2021 match is now exactly one month away. Brekalo scored a hat trick at the weekend. Budimir scored two last night. Tonight, it was Ante Rebić's turn as the right winger scored three goals in a 7-0 AC Milan slaughtering of Torino. He also added an assist for all of his fantasy owners out there. He's peaking at just … [Read more...] about Rebić, Brozović, Pašalić Explode For Goals In Italy Wednesday Night
Rebić, Kramarić, and Brekalo have all been on fire this week. And now you can add striker Ante Budimir to that list with two goals Tuesday night in a 3-2 Osasuna win over Cadiz. His first goal was a cool header to the bottom-left corner of the net. Then second was a left-footed curler from 18 yards out. There is zero chance Budimir starts as Croatia's striker at next month's … [Read more...] about Ante Budimir Coming In Hot For EURO 2021
Well, that escalated quickly! And then the sky absolutely fell on Borna Sosa. All in 96 hours. Sosa snubs Croatia and says playing for Germany is a "business decision." FIFA comes backs and say, "Sorry man, you are not eligible to play for Germany." Awkward. So I ask you all this: Would you want Sosa to represent Croatia at the top level after all this? I say yes, … [Read more...] about Sosa Snubs Croatia, FIFA Snubs Sosa. What Now?
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Former Croatian defender (105 caps) and current Croatia U19 manager, Josip Šimunić speaks about Borna Sosa snubbing the Croatian senior side to play for Germany. Joe says, "You can't hold these kids' hands and tell them how good they are playing everyday. You have to wait your turn." Interview available top of website. … [Read more...] about Joe Šimunić On Sosa: “It’s disappointing. But you can’t beg someone to play for Croatia.”
Josip Brekalo not only scored three goals for Wolfsburg Saturday in a 3-0 win over Union Berlin, but two were from outside the box with spectacular precision. He couldn't be heating up at a better time with EURO 2021 five weeks away. More importantly for Wolfsburg, the win means they will only need four points from the last two matches in the Bundesliga season to book a … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe XXXI: Brekalo Nets Hat Trick, Krama & Rebić Score From Outside 18