Croatia have concluded their relaxed international break in Qatar with a 2-1 victory over Bulgaria, following a 1-1 draw against Slovenia. Manager Zlatko Dalić experimented with a 3-5-2 formation in both matches, sparking a debate amongst Croatians about the Vatreni's tactics going into the 2022 World Cup. Should Croatia continue with this new setup, or revert back to a classic … [Read more...] about 3-5-2 vs. 4-3-3: How Should Croatia Line Up For The 2022 World Cup?
Croatia have secured Pot 2 seeding in the 2022 World Cup draw after drawing Slovenia 1-1 in Qatar on Saturday. Andrej Kramarić opened the scoring in the 39th minute for the Vatreni, finishing a beautiful long ball from center-back Duje Ćaleta-Car. Slovenia answered in the 91st minute of the match, as Jaka Bijol's set-piece header barely crept over the line (but did it really?). … [Read more...] about 5 Takeaways From Croatia vs. Slovenia: Vatreni Are In Good Shape, But Livaković Needs To Go
After many months of club football, the Vatreni are back in action on Saturday, March 26th as they take on Slovenia in Qatar to prepare for the 2022 World Cup. Croatia hosted Slovenia at Stadion Poljud the last time these two sides met, where they demolished them by a score of 3-0. The stadium was absolutely electric as all three goalscorers - Marko Livaja, Mario Pašalić, and … [Read more...] about How The Vatreni Should Line Up Against Slovenia
You have $15 to build your ALL-TIME Croatian five-a-side squad... Choose ONE player from each row: $5: Luka Modrić, Davor Šuker, Zvonimir Boban $4: Ivan Perišić, Mario Mandžukić, Ivan Rakitić, Robert Prosinečki $3: Niko Kovač, Alen Bokšić, Eduardo da Silva, Marcelo Brozović $2: Ivica Olić, Niko Kranjčar, Mladen Petrić, Aljoša Asanović $1: Dario Srna, Robert … [Read more...] about Build Your All-Time Croatian Five-A-Side Squad!
So I'm sitting here at Staples Center Wednesday night - soon to be called Crypto.com Arena (eyeroll) - and I'm watching our boy Ivica Zubac do his thing against the Kings. And I'm wondering to myself, what's the problem with Croatian basketball and who is going to be the face of Croatian b-ball moving forward? The team is currently having an identity crisis - missing out on … [Read more...] about Can Zubac Be The Face Of Croatian Basketball?
Croatian sports fans around the world - including me - are spoiled. Especially when it comes to football, we are absolutely spoiled. Yes, the Spain extra time loss last week still stings, but at the end of the day, the Vatreni have only missed two tournaments since 1996. That is absolutely bonkers if you think about it for more than five seconds. Look at Serbia, Bosnia, … [Read more...] about It Was Not A Good Week For Croatian Sports
While Bojan Bogdanović and the Croatian national team are messing around in Split - unable to beat Brazil in Olympic qualifying - Dario Šarić and the Phoenix Suns have punched their ticket to the NBA Finals. The Suns dismantled the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday night 130-103 in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Šarić came off the bench to score seven points from 2-2 … [Read more...] about Šarić And The Suns Headed To The NBA Finals
Bojan Bogdanović and the #1 seed Utah Jazz made quick work of the Memphis Grizzlies after dropping Game 1. Utah wrapped up the series in five games Wednesday night in Salt Lake City after a wire-to-wire 126-110 win over the Grizzlies. Bogdanović and the Jazz will now face the winner of the Clippers/Mavericks series in the 2nd Round. Bogdanović has averaged 18.8 points/game … [Read more...] about Bogdanović 1st Croatian To Punch Ticket To 2nd Round
Honestly, I was expecting Zu to give me the classic cookie cutter answer of, "both the Clippers and the Vatreni will be crowned champions this summer." But no, he went with the Clippers when asked, which team will go farther? I just wanted to give Zubac a fun little question amongst the Clipper beat writers, but then I got thinking, this is a coin-flip of an answer. On one … [Read more...] about Ivica Zubac: “The Clippers Will Go Farther Than Croatia”