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?
Dinamo Zagreb have secured another Prva Liga title this weekend, despite playing to a 0-0 draw against HNK Gorica on Saturday. A win would have secured the trophy, but the draw forced the Plavi to wait an extra day while NK Lokomotiva officially secured it for them with a 3-2 victory over Hajduk Split as well as a little help from Slaven Belupo who defeated Rijkea … [Read more...] about HNL Week 30: DINAMO ARE CHAMPIONS
NK Varaždin has now recorded four victories in 29 matches this season; two of those victories have been against Dinamo Zagreb and now Hajduk Split. Not to mention, stealing a point from HNK Rijeka only last week. Week 29 kicked off on a Tuesday this week, with the first match featuring a rare win for NK Istra 1961. Istra defeated NK Inter Zaprešić 2-0 on Tuesday … [Read more...] about HNL Week 29: Varaždin, The Giant Killers (UPDATED)
This week's match week kicked off on Thursday with Inter Zaprešić hosting HNK Gorica, who handed the hosts a 3-0 thumping. Kristijan Lovrić scored the opening goal in the 53rd minute while Ogdjen Mudrinkski scored a double late in the match. It is known that Inter Zaprešić, through already struggling to fend off relegation late in the season, failed to obtain a … [Read more...] about HNL Week 28
Has anyone ever been so happy to see the return of the Prva Liga? After a miserably wet and quarantined weekend, I was on edge waiting for the kickoff between NK Lokomotiva and NK Osijek on Sunday afternoon. Popped a beer and turned on a surprisingly-HD stream of the match at an empty Kranjčevićeva between two sides dukeing it out in hopes of clinching second … [Read more...] about HNL Matchweek 27
How often are young players labeled ‘wonderkids’ after showing the slightest bit potential? Way too often. And how often do those players live up to their lofty potentials? Much less often. It is an unfortunate thing to be labeled a failed wonderkid, but at the end of the day, it is just part of the game. Why do these players end up failing to live up to the hype? There are … [Read more...] about Failed Wonderkids: Why Did They Fail?
Before I begin this post, I want to say that I am not a Dinamo fan, a Hajduk fan, or a fan of any specific team in Croatia. I follow the national team as my favorite team and enjoy when any Croatian club team is doing well. Now to answer the question is Dinamo Zagreb’s dominance of the HNL bad for Croatian soccer as a whole? The short answer is: yes and … [Read more...] about Is Dinamo Zagreb’s Dominance Bad For Croatian Soccer?
The HNL Has survived another Croatian winter and returned Friday with its usual triumph and glory. The match week kicked off between Inter Zaprešić who welcomed NK Istra 1961 with a 2-0 defeat thanks to Josip Mitrović and an own goal scored by Petar Bošanšić. The January transfer window made little impact on either side who together brought in three … [Read more...] about HNL Returns: Week 20 and Transfers
Written By Nikola "Vuki" Vukmanić The January transfer window is drawing ever closer. With that, the rumors have really started to swirl. This January window, however, could end up being a bit more active than we might be used to for Croatian players. Here are a few players that I think could be on the move this winter: Ivan Rakitić – It has … [Read more...] about Winter Transfer Window: Which Croatians Should Move?