CroatianSports.com caught up with 18 year-old Croatia U21/Liefering striker, Roko Šimić, this week for a Q&A over Instagram. Roko is the son of Croatian football legend, Dario Šimić, who is one of only nine Croatia players all-time to be capped 100 times. Roko has been on an absolute tear the past six matches; scoring 10 goals in that span and cementing a hat trick vs. the … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE | Roko Šimić Interview: “I’m Ready”
Croatia’s STACKED Under-21 side crushed Azerbaijan 5-1 in U21 Euro Qualifiers Tuesday night, led by a hat-trick from 18 year-old wunderkind Roko Šimić. Croatia remains perfect in Group A of the qualifying campaign, sitting in 1st place with 12 points from a perfect record of 4-0-0. The Mladi Vatreni also have an outstanding goal differential of +9 in their four matches … [Read more...] about Mladi Vatreni Win Again; Roko Šimić On Absolute Fire!
Super disappointing that Croatia couldn't beat Slovakia at home. Now, we absolutely must beat Russia in our last game at Poljud next month. I'll write more later. I'm annoyed now. The Vatreni play a pivotal World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in Osijek Monday night with only three matches remaining in the campaign. Croatia are currently tied atop the group with Russia … [Read more...] about Croatia Draw Slovakia 2-2 In Osijek, Fall To 2nd Place In Group
There's something much bigger brewing inside the Croatian national football team outside of Luka Modrić blocked penalties and frustrating Andrej Kramarić misses from point blank range. With their 3-0 victory in Cyprus Friday night, the Vatreni posted their sixth straight clean sheet in a qualifying campaign for the first time in history. Croatia only conceded one time thus … [Read more...] about NEW RECORD: Vatreni Post 6th Straight Qualifying Clean Sheet
Croatia got the job done with a strong 2nd half against Cyprus in a 3-0 victory Friday night. The game went perfectly to plan except for the following three gripes I have with those 90 minutes: The Vatreni went 45 minutes without scoring a goal against Cyprus. That can't happen. You need to find a goal inside 30-35 minuets to make the opposing team open up, hit them again, … [Read more...] about Croatia Crush Cyprus 3-0 After Slow Start, Modrić Has Penalty Blocked
The future of the Croatian defense is here, ladies and gentlemen. And another piece of the puzzle will be unveiled this Friday in World Cup qualifying. 21 year-old right-back, Josip Stanišić, is expected to make his Croatian debut on Friday as the Vatreni take on Cyprus at 2:45PM (ET) in World Cup qualifying, Croatia Week reports via Zlatko Dalić press conference. Stanišić … [Read more...] about Croatia vs. Cyprus: Stanišić, Gvardiol To Anchor Defensive Line
All good things must come to an end. CroatianSports.com's HNL writer, Colin O'Hara(vić), is hanging up the boots and having his jersey raised to the 'Digital Dom' rafters. Colin was an original Prva Generacija member of CroatianSoccerReport in 2008 and began writing articles on Dinamo Zagreb and the HNL on a weekly basis in 2012. Colin tallied 347 total articles over the … [Read more...] about Thank You Colin O’ Haravić!
Round 11 of the 2021-22 Prva Liga season was nothing short of exciting. 25 goals were scored in the 5 matches played during the weekend, including Dinamo Zagreb’s 8-0 blowout over last place Hrvatski Dragovoljac and Rijeka’s thrilling 6-3 victory over Istra 1961. Sitting in 7th place, Šibenik hosted 5th placed Gorica to open the round. Gorica’s 20 year-old Croatian … [Read more...] about HNL Week 11: Dinamo Win BIG
Ivan Perišić assisted on Inter Milan's equalizer against Sassuolo on Saturday as the reigning Italian champions came back to win 2-1. Perišić placed an absolutely perfect 'one bouncer' pass from the sideline to the head of Edin Dzeko. The cross was right on the 6-yard box which made the Sassuolo keeper stay home on the play. Marcelo Brozović played 90 minutes of the match … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe VI: Perišić, Gvardiol With Perfect Assists; Pašalić Scores