No real changes from manager Zlatko Dalić for the crucial November matches away to Malta and against first-placed Russia in Split. Ivica Ivušić misses out due to injury, meaning Dominik Livaković will almost certainly remain the starting goalkeeper moving forward. Mateo Kovačić is once again available after missing out against Slovakia due to a yellow card suspension. Duje … [Read more...] about Zlatko Dalić Announces 24-Man Squad To Face Malta, Russia
What an interesting turn of events in only a few years. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we considered the left back spot to be our weakest link with Ivan Strinić and Josip Pivarić being our best options. I am not saying those two were bad players. They have both played for some decent teams in their careers and I am sure we all appreciate their efforts playing for the national … [Read more...] about Left Back Conundrum: Who Will Be The Starting Left Back At EURO 2021?
It’s that time of year again. Rumors about players moving to new clubs have been swirling for months already and tons of transfers have already occurred around the world. For example, Ivan Rakitić moved back to Sevilla, Nikola Moro moved to Dinamo Moscow, and Ivan Perišić’s loan with Bayern has ended and he has returned to Inter (at least for now). So, with this extended … [Read more...] about Stay Or Go? Which Players Might Make A Move This Summer?
For the first time, I think ever, the 1. HNL has two Champions League places up for grabs. Whoever gets these places will still have to go through the qualifying stages to get into the group stage for the 2020-21 European season, but even so, it is a great opportunity for Croatian soccer as a whole. Dinamo Zagreb already has the first spot locked up after recently being crowned … [Read more...] about Why Does No Club Want The Second Croatian Champions League Spot?
How often are young players labeled ‘wonderkids’ after showing the slightest bit potential? Way too often. And how often do those players live up to their lofty potentials? Much less often. It is an unfortunate thing to be labeled a failed wonderkid, but at the end of the day, it is just part of the game. Why do these players end up failing to live up to the hype? There are … [Read more...] about Failed Wonderkids: Why Did They Fail?
Before I begin this post, I want to say that I am not a Dinamo fan, a Hajduk fan, or a fan of any specific team in Croatia. I follow the national team as my favorite team and enjoy when any Croatian club team is doing well. Now to answer the question is Dinamo Zagreb’s dominance of the HNL bad for Croatian soccer as a whole? The short answer is: yes and … [Read more...] about Is Dinamo Zagreb’s Dominance Bad For Croatian Soccer?
With Euro 2020 being postponed to next summer because of the recent pandemic and effectively becoming Euro 2021, we still do not know who will join Croatia, England, and the Czech Republic to become the final team in Group D. As you probably all know by now there are four possible nations that could take this spot. Those teams are: Scotland, Norway, Israel, and Serbia. Knowing … [Read more...] about Pick Your Poison: The Final Team in Group D
Written by Nikola 'Vuki' Vukmanić A lot of people wonder what our national team will look like after our current generation has retired. I have seen a lot of comments debating when the likes of Modrić, Rakitić, and Perišić should retire from the national team and who will replace them. With that being said, let’s take a look five years into the future - just after Euro … [Read more...] about The Future Is Near: Croatia In 5 Years