For the third consecutive season, Istra fought for safety in the promotion/relegation playoffs. The disparity between the Prva Liga and Druga Liga was shown for another year running as NK Istra 1961 staved off relegation by defeating NK Orijent 3-1 on aggregate in the promotion/relegation playoffs. In the past 20 seasons, only three Druga Liga teams have been … [Read more...] about NK Istra 1961 Safe From Relegation … Again
HNK Rijeka enacted a bit of revenge on NK Lokomotiva on Saturday by lifting the Croatia Cup as champions for the sixth time. Lokomotiva was a thorn in Rijeka's side all season, garnering two draws and a win over Rijeka in their efforts to clinch second place, but Rijkea were able to turn the tables and defeat Lokomotiva for the first time in five … [Read more...] about Rijeka Lift The Cup, Istra Try To Avoid Relegation
Rest in piece to one of Dalmacija's footballing institutions. Earlier this week, the club that paved the way for players like Luka Modric, Ivan Santini, Danijel Subasic, Vedran Vrsaljko and countless others including the one who gave his life for the club, Hrvoje Custic, has entered into administration after failing to pay eye-watering debts to banks and players. NK … [Read more...] about NK Zadar: April 1945 – July 2020
What does Zagreb, Manchester, Madrid and Istanbul all have in common? They are the only cities in Europe with two clubs competing in the upcoming Champions League season. That's right. Not only is the Prva Liga fielding two clubs in the elite European competition, but both clubs hail from Zagreb as NK Lokomotiva clinched the second-place spot late on the … [Read more...] about Lokomotiva To Champions League, Hajduk, Osijek Compete in Europa
It was a wild finish to the Croatian Prva Liga season as Lokomotiva and Osijek locked horns on the final day to determine who would go to Champions League qualifying. Osijek needed an outright win to finish second but an 88th minute Danijel Lončar own goal would send Lokomotiva (basically Dinamo Zagreb's 2nd team) to a 2-1 victory. That goal would have put Rijeka through, but … [Read more...] about Lokomotiva Grab 2nd Place, CL Berth With 2 Minutes Left In Season
Hajduk Split made a huge bid for second place Sunday evening with a 3-2 victory over Dinamo Zagreb who were playing their first match under the new leadership of Zdravko Mamić. Emotions were up and down for the Bili, who found themselves trailing 1-0 early in the match after Luka Ivanušec found the back of the net in the 13th minute. The chance was given … [Read more...] about HNL Week 34
Zoran Mamić is beginning his third stint as manager for Dinamo Zagreb after the departure of Igor Jovicević on Monday. The club did not specifically state if Mamić will be on board for a permanent stay, but is confirmed to be in charge of the team for the remaining three matches. In a statement, the club said, "GNK Dinamo hereby informs the public that in … [Read more...] about Zoran Mamić Returns As Dinamo Coach
The HNL is not known for its officiating, or for its budget-blasting spending, nor its modern stadiums nor even really its top play on the pitch, but this is just getting ridiculous. As previously asked last week on this site http://croatiansports.com/?p=37075 it appears teams are trying to avoid clinching the newly-awarded second Champions League … [Read more...] about HNL Week 33: What Is Even Going On?
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?