So far this season, only two teams have lead the league, Osijek for two weeks and Hajduk the rest. With Rijeka's victory over Hajduk this weekend, the league seems to be morphing into 3-team race as the season unfolds. With more shock wins in the lower half of the table, it seems some clubs are able to learn more from their first encounters with each other than … [Read more...] about HNL Week 11: Rijeka Climb To The Summit, Osijek Snap Losing Run
While this may come as a surprise to some, the HNL is already a quarter of the way through the 2023/24 season. For the first time in years, the HNL has a new leader at this juncture of the season: Hajduk Split. In this article I will grade each club and their performances thus far in the campaign. While the season still has ways to go, it is starting to be clear where certain … [Read more...] about HNL Recap: First Quarter Edition
Hajduk vs Lokomotiva (1-0) After back-to-back defeats, Hajduk entered this weekend with one mission: get three points against Lokomotiva. With three top-4 matches coming up, manager Ivan Leko knew nothing short of a win would be acceptable this weekend. While the result may not have been as comfortable as Hajduk would have liked, the job was done in their 1-0 victory over … [Read more...] about HNL Week 9: Hajduk Stays Top, Dinamo Continues To Chase
After the week long hiatus of the HNL due to the international break, we have returned for more drama back home in the domestic league. With the transfer market officially closed and the dust settled, teams will begin to fall into form which will determine the course of their respective seasons. With the window over, clubs are now scrambling to size up new signings' abilities … [Read more...] about HNL Week 8: Rijeka’s Pjaca Party, Hajduk Fall Again
This past summer, it was all talk of the possibility of Tottenham and Croatia superstar Ivan Perišić joining Hajduk Split. Now it seems a different deal has between arranged between Hajduk and Tottenham. Luka Vušković, a 16 year-old talent in the making, looks to finally be heading out the door to North London-based Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs beat out the … [Read more...] about Luka Vušković To Tottenham: Hajduk’s Prodigy Out The Door?
Written by: Andrew R It's no secret that Dinamo Zagreb have been in "sale mode" all summer long: Šutalo, Livaković, Ivanušec all gone. With money coming in and talent heading out, the million dollar question on everyone's mind is: just how will Dinamo allocate their new resources? Dinamo have opted to pocket their new found riches and take the loan approach; bringing in 19 … [Read more...] about Vidović On Loan To Dinamo: Can He Make A Difference?
Written By: Andrew R For the first time since Week 2, we had a full 5-match weekend of HNL action, with Dinamo returning against top-4 competitor Rijeka. With all HNL clubs in action, the table is shaping up nicely to who with be a contender versus pretender this campaign. Hajduk Split is still "top dog" in Croatia with a perfect record. Dinamo vs Rijeka (2-1) Dinamo … [Read more...] about HNL Week 6: Dinamo Return With A Bang! Hajduk Still Perfect
In Luka Ivanušec's last match in a Dinamo Zagreb shirt, the Modri came back from a 1-0 deficit against Czech champions, Sparta Prague, to rattle off three unanswered goals in a 3-1 1st leg victory. Goals from Špikić, Perić and the man of the hour, Ivanušec, will give Dinamo a comfortable lead going into the 2nd leg next week. They are now 90 minutes away from the Europa League … [Read more...] about Dinamo Defeat Sparta 3-1 In Ivanušec Farewell Match, Rijeka Fall 2-1 To Lille
Dinamo's unfortunate crash out of Champions League qualifying was the final straw for former Croatia U21 manager Igor Bišćan with Dinamo. The 45 year-old was immediately replaced by Rijeka's Sergej Jakirović, who achieved previous successes with Gorica, and most notably, completely revolutionizing last season's bottom-table Rijeka into a legitimate title contending team. … [Read more...] about Bišćan Sacked! Dinamo Appoints Rijeka’s Jakirović As New Manager