...Well, kind of. Italian newspaper, 24 Minuti, mistakingly used a picture of Slaven Bilić to convey a Macedonian murderer this week. Wow. What a horrible week for the Croatian coach. First, you lose a heartbreaker in penalties to the never-say-die Turks; and then you find out you're on the front page of a huge newspaper which is condemning you a murderer. I hope Bilić got some … [Read more...] about ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…
CroatianSoccerReport.com was created for the purpose of getting the important news to the Croatian soccer fan without them having to search the Internet aimlessly. It's all here with one click. In recent months, it has also turned into a place where devout and extremely loyal supporters of the team can come and voice their thoughts and opinions on the team and how they are … [Read more...] about THE SNAKE BITTEN ONES
I write to you now as I have come across some new information. I watched the game on ESPN in America, and when coach Slaven Bilić was screaming at the 4th official at the end of the game; and then later at the referee, it was not because of an added time issue. This is something either ESPN broadcasters didn't catch or didn't report. Bilić wanted to make his third and final … [Read more...] about WHERE WAS CROATIA’S 3RD SUBSTITUTION?
What can I tell you guys that you don't already know? Croatia lost in penalty kicks after the most bizarre of endings. The person I feel most for is Ivan Klasnić. After all he's been through with his two kidney transplants in the past 2 years and being told he would never play soccer again in his life- he does that today. Klasnić comes on as a late sub and in the 119th minute … [Read more...] about SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR AWAY…
I feel like Croatia hasn't pushed their foot to the pedal in the game just quite yet. Their passing game isn't what it's been in games past and they are very relaxed in the back. However, they have had the best chance on goal against Turkey when Modrić slipped in a beautiful pass to Olić on the 6-yard box. The ball had the Turkish goalie completely beat but went off the … [Read more...] about HALFTIME REPORT
Croatian wonderboy, Ivan Rakitić, may not play in the Turkey match Soccernet.com has reported. He has had an ailing knee injury and if he cannot pass a pre-game fitness test, Bilić and company will have no choice but to sit the Schalke player. So if you don't see Rakitić out there, this is why. If this were to happen, I would see Bilić starting the same 11 as he did … [Read more...] about RAKITIĆ MAY NOT PLAY
This is the expected linup for the TURKEY game on Friday. The game will be televised live in America on ESPN starting at 2:30PM (ET). Remember that coach Slaven Bilić still hasn't confirmed his starting 11, but based on reports and expert analysis, he should start the same team as he did vs. Germany. Goalkeeper: Stipe Pletikosa Defenders: Vedran Ćorluka,Robert … [Read more...] about EURO DARK HORSES FACE CINDERELLA IN QUARTERS
Dario Knežević will not play again in Euro 2008. He has strained ligaments in his left knee after a collision with backup Croatian goalkeeper, Vedran Runje, early in the first half of the Poland game. The collision looked tame at first, but when seen in slow motion replay, you could see Knežević's knee buckle and lock up just as a knee was not built to do. It could have … [Read more...] about KNEŽEVIĆ’S EURO DREAM OVER