It would have taken a miracle to see Dinamo Zagreb go through to the UEFA Champion's League group stage after a 2-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk 2 weeks ago. But that miracle was no where in sight for fans of Dinamo. It actually got even worse before it got better. Dinamo held off Shakhtar attacks for the majority of the 1st half but could not contain the Ukrainian side as Luiz … [Read more...] about DINAMO EUROPEAN DREAM OVER
Darijo Srna brings his friends from Donetsk to Zagreb on Wednesday for the second leg of their UEFA Champion's League 3rd qualifying round affair. Dinamo didn't exactly implode in Ukraine 2 weeks ago, but a 2-0 away loss puts them in a very tough position to make group stage. The most likely scenario for Dinamo to go through is a 2-0 full time result which would force … [Read more...] about CAN DINAMO PREVAIL???
While one Croatian made his first ever appearance for the 'Vatreni', another made his record 100th. Yes, Dario Šimić finally got his record 100th cap; making him the first ever Croatian to reach the century mark. I think it's a great way for Šimić to go out. I don't see him starting anymore games as World Cup qualifiers start within a month or getting any playing time coming … [Read more...] about CROATIA VICTORIOUS IN SLOVENIA
Dinamo Zagreb [6-0] Cibalia Vinkovci HNK Šibenik [1-0] NK Zadar Inter Zaprešić [3-2] Croatia Sesvete NK Osijek [2-1] Varteks Varaždin Slaven Belupo [2-0] NK Zagreb NK Rijeka [3-1] Hajduk Split Questions and Comments... Mario Mandžukić had a hat trick for Dinamo as they bounced back with a nice win after the loss earlier in … [Read more...] about 4TH ROUND HNL RESULTS
Mladen Petrić will be trading in his yellow and black of Borussia Dortmund to wear the 'red shorts' of Hamburger SV (nickname: The Dinosaur). At the same time, he leaves Robert Kovač while joining fellow Euro 2008 Croatian striker, Ivica Olić in Hamburg. Petrić has scored 13 goals for Dortmund in 29 appearances since signing in 2007. He has shown his full potential while … [Read more...] about PETRIĆ NOW A ‘DINO’
Good friend of mine and fellow soccer colleague, Peter Hazdovac, has traveled across the pond to test his skills against the best Croatia has to offer. While on regular holiday this summer in Dubrovnik, where his family is from, Hazdovac was invited to attend the Kranjčar Soccer Academy in Zagreb. The 6'4" 185-pound Hazdovac impressed trainers at the academy with his … [Read more...] about REMEMBER THE NAME…PETER HAZDOVAC!!!
Slaven Belupo managed a respectable loss in Greece to Aris Thessaloniki today. With no score at halftime, Aris finally pulled away in the 55th minute with a goal by Spaniard, Sergio Koke. Slaven is going to have to score some goals in the return match if they want to extend their UEFA Cup run. On the other side of Europe, Hajduk grinded out a 0-0 draw in Spain to Deportivo. … [Read more...] about UEFA CUP UPDATE
Well, there goes that. Dinamo Zagreb finally lost a game. Granted it was against the reigning Ukrainian champs, Dinamo just could not find the back of the net. It only took Shakhtar Donetsk 3 minutes to score their first goal. Croatian star, Darijo 'Beckham of the Balkans' Srna did what he does best and blasted a free kick from just outside the box past 20 year-old backup … [Read more...] about SRNA & COMPANY BRING DINAMO BACK DOWN TO EARTH
Dinamo Zagreb has exploded out of the gates to start the 2008-09 season. They have earned maximum points in 3 games in the Croatian Prva Liga and have an undefeated record in the first 2 rounds of Champion's League qualifying. The real test begins tomorrow when Dinamo takes on Ukrainian champs, Shakhtar Donetsk. The meeting kicks off the 3rd qualifying round for both … [Read more...] about CAN DINAMO STAY PERFECT???