On July 21st, I ventured out to Pasadena, California (well out of San Pedro range) to catch the friendly match between Barcelona and L.A. Galaxy at the Rose Bowl. I was looking to speak with both Ivan Rakitić and Alen Halilović (Croatian national team players) on the upcoming season. Unfortunately, they declined to give any type of formal interview.
However, during the match, I ran into close CroatianSports.com friend Barbaros Tapan in the press box. So who is Barbaros and why should you care about what he has to say?
Barbaros is CNN’s Turkish correspondent to Los Angeles. He covers all A-list events ranging from anything at Staples Center to walking the red carpet at the Oscars. But even more important to Croatian Sports Nation, Barbaros is a die hard Besiktas supporter. The same Besiktas our very own Slaven Bilić managed the past two seasons.
Being the large media figure Barbaros is in Istanbul, he naturally befriended Bilić over the past 24 months. And although he only had to say the nicest things about Bilić, Barbaros still did not fail to mention the holes in the former Croatian manager’s game.
“Billić’s impact on the whole country was huge.”
“In his two Turkish seasons, he (Bilić) couldn’t win one big game. He has difficulty reading the game right.”
It is my firm belief that Slaven Bilić will once again hold the reigns as Croatian manager again. But for now, he is at the helm at West Ham United. And with him shocking the Premiership this past weekend, defeating Arsenal 2-0 at Emirates, I thought it would be fitting to start the Slaven Bilić talk again.
Do you want him to manage Croatia again? What does he need to accomplish in the Premiership to earn privilege again?