Written by Robert Uvanović It’s been a long (and at times dark) three years since the 2018 World Cup, but we’re all about to finally embark on another journey with the Vatreni in five days time. Euro 2020 will be a tournament like no other for many reasons, not just because it’s happening in 2021 and will be the first major sporting tournament since the COVID-19 pandemic, … [Read more...] about CroatianSports.com’s Predictions For EURO 2021: 9 Burning Questions
1st Half notes: Grumble, grumble, grumble. The Vatreni started their match against Brussels on Sunday; keeping ball possession at 100% for the first 10 minutes. Then they let Belgium chip away at the Croatian net until Lukaku finally broke the seal in the 38' by cleaning up the trash as the Vatreni defense couldn't clear the ball. Livaković still looks to have confidence issues … [Read more...] about Belgium Beat Croatia 1-0 In Final Warmup Before EURO 2021
Here we go! Croatia's last match before EURO 2021 kicks off on June 13th at Wembley against England takes place this Sunday. The Vatreni will take on a bruised and battered Belgium side in Brussels before they take off to the UK. Many Croatian supporters are upset at this week's 1-1 draw against Armenia and the finishing in front of the net two weeks before a major … [Read more...] about What Does Croatia Have To Do Against Belgium?
Markus: Sigh. Another disgraceful result. It’s embarrassing that we scheduled this friendly to use it as an “easy win to gain confidence” but then we went out and put on this display. Let’s hope this is similar to that Peru defeat and Brazil spanking, after which we dominated the 2018 World Cup. However, I think this is different. Armenia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Azerbaijan … [Read more...] about Croatia-Armenia Recap: CroatiaU14 vs. Markus
You may look at the scoreline and be worried. Don't be. The Vatreni could have easily scored six on Armenia today in Velika Gorica but it looked as they were more interested in playing a FIFA-esque style of play rather than being clinical with the ball. Perišić headed home a Modrić corner in the 1st half but he could have easily added another. Pašalić hit the post with a … [Read more...] about Croatia Draw Armenia 1-1 In Friendly But Could Have Easily Scored 6 Goals…Not To Worry
Despite a magnificent performance from Luka Ivanušec, Joško Gvardiol, and Domagoj Bradarić, the Mladi Vatreni fell short to Spain’s under-21 side 2-1 in the Under-21 Euro quarterfinal round. Stipe Biuk drew a penalty in the dying minutes of regulation that Luka Ivanušec converted to send the match into extra time. In the 110th minute of the game, Spain’s Javier Puado scored … [Read more...] about Mladi Vatreni Bounced From EURO After Extra Time With Spain
It's being reported from multiple news outlets in Croatia that 31 year-old defender, Dejan Lovren, could be ruled out of EURO 2021 due to injury. He did not report to training on Friday and stayed in the team hotel. Lovren has not played for Zenit since April 5th. In the long run, this could be a blessing in disguise for the Croatian defense. The pairing of Lovren/Vida has … [Read more...] about Lovren Could Be Ruled Out For EURO | Blessing In Disguise?
Written by Rob Uvanović Euro 2020 2021 is less than a month away and it’s time to start getting excited about the fixtures. Qualifiers, the Nations League (aka glorified friendlies) and actual friendlies only get the juices flowing so much as we’ve seen from recent Vatreni performances – so it’s time to turn things on again in a big way. As a supporter, the question … [Read more...] about EURO 2021: Croatia Should Aim For 2nd Place In Group D
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