- Tottenham’s bid for youngsters Tin Jedvaj and Alan Halilović fell through, with AS Roma sweeping up Jedvaj for a €5m fee. Halilović is expected to stay at Dinamo for another season. More here: Halilović deal off, Jedvaj to Roma
- Genoa has confirmed their signing of Croatian defender Šime Vrsajlko for an undisclosed fee. Šime will look to get his career back on track after a disappointing season following lots of hype.
- The 2nd round of Champions League and Europa League will begin this week, with Dinamo on the road on Tuesday, and three other HNL teams with Europa League matches on Thursday. More here: 2nd qualifying round fixtures set
- The 2013-14 HNL kicked off this weekend, as Hajduk went to the top of the table with a 5-1 victory over Zadar. The league has been reduced from 12 teams to 10 this season. More here: HNL Is Back! Week 1 Report
- Along with the HNL, a few other European leagues began their new seasons this past weekend. In Ukraine, Ivan Strinić played the full match for Dnipro, with Nikola Kalinić an unused sub as they beat Arsenal Kyiv 3-0. Shakhtar Donetsk won their opener 2-0 against FC Hoverla, with Darijo Srna starting at right back and Eduardo Da Silva out of the squad. Domagoj Vida started for Dynamo Kyiv in their 1-1 draw with Volyn. Ognen Vukojević was an unused sub and Niko Kranjcar was out of the squad, with rumors circulating that he may be leaving for Slaven Bilić’s Besiktas. The Russian League kicks off on Monday, July 15th.
Video of the week- Luka Modrić 2012-13
The European U-20 Championships tipped off this week, with Croatia coming back in their final game against Sweden to advance to the main round. They finished the 1st round with a 2-3 record. Croatia are without most of their talented u-20 players including Dario Šarić and Mario Hezonja. Power forward Antonio Boban lead the team with 13.5 points per game. Croatia will face tournament favorites Greece on Monday, and will need to win their final two games to have a shot at the quarterfinals.
It looks like there will be no Croat in the NBA next year after all. The Nets and Bojan Bogdanović had come to an agreement on a three year contract but the Nets failed to reach an agreement with Fenerbahce over the buyout of his contract. The Nets will retain the rights to Bojan and will likely try to sign him next summer.
Since its acceptance into the KHL this spring, Medvescak Zagreb has been extremely busy, completing the signings of ten new players, many formerly from the NHL. They finished undoubtedly their biggest signing this week, when Canadian Jonathan Cheechoo, who led the NHL in goals in 2006, signed on to bolster The Bears attack. Things are looking up for Medvescak as they prepare for the tougher competition in the KHL, where play will begin in under two months. Amidst all the changes, only 6 Croats remain on the roster, although 5 or 6 North American players have Croatian heritage.
Medvescak’s marquee signing, Jonathan Cheechoo
The FINA World Championships will begin in Madrid on Saturday, June 20th, with the Water Polo World Championships being the highlight for Croatians. Croatia finished 3rd in 2011 and 2009 after winning in 2007. They will look to continue their recent form after winning gold at the Olympics at the Mediterranean Games. The Barracudas have drawn a very easy preliminary group, as they will face Canada, the U.S, and South Africa. They lost a rematch of the Olympic final 11-7 to Italy on Tuesday in a “test match”. In addition to water polo, the aquatics championships will feature open water, synchronized, and indoor swimming, diving, and high diving.
- Ivo Karlović made a successful return from a two month hiatus due to career-threatening spinal meningitis, reaching the quarterfinals of the ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport. He fell to John Isner in the quarterfinals, losing tiebreaks in both sets. Ivo had been in poor form prior to the virus and has dropped down to #167 in the ATP rankings, but he will move up to #155 with his good results at Newport. He will play in the ATP 250 Bogota next week where he drew a to-be-decided qualifier in the first round. Ivo was thrilled to be back playing tennis again.
- “I woke up and my arm was numb, then my wife [Alsi] asked me I don’t even remember what. I was slurring, so she called the paramedics. They gave me IV [therapy] and I felt good. But when they left, I began to vomit a lot and had headaches, so I went to hospital. They released me after one hour, but later that evening the numbness and pain returned. I became less and less conscious. I returned to hospital again. I don’t know what happened after that.
The doctor’s didn’t really know if I would recover 100 per cent. I was unconscious for a long time. I didn’t know my name or what year it was. I was in a lot of pain. My right arm and my face was numb. Headaches lasted almost 10 days. I recalled my name after four days and the numbness disappeared after five days.” -Ivo Karlović
Yo it felt so good just to play a match again. Win or lose, dont matter. Just two months ago i thought it was over.
— ivo karlovic (@ivokarlovic) July 9, 2013
- Blanka Vlašić jumped 1.98m (6′ 6”) at the IAAF World Challenge meet in Madrid this week. She tied for the win with world leader Brigetta Barrett but was disappointed to fail three times at 2.01 meters. Blanka and Ana Šimic will compete in the Monaco Diamond League meet on Friday.
- Ana Šimić bested her personal best by one centimeter this week at the Hungarian Athletics Grand Prix. She won the competition with a jump of 1.96m (6′ 5”). The jump puts her 7th in the world, with less than a month until the World Championships.
- The IAAF World Youth Championships took place this week, where 1532 athletes under 18 from 165 countries headed to Donetsk, Ukraine. Croatia had 17 athletes competing, and came away with one medal. 16 year old Matija Gregurić won the boy’s hammer throw on his final attempt, moving from 5th to 1st with a throw of 79.38m; 36 centimeters further than 2nd place. Other notable results include 4th place in the shot put for Martin Marković and 13th in the 2k steeplechase for Kristina Božić.
Believe it or not, I use the lonely planet guide book for regions of Croatia I’m not familiar with. In addition to word of mouth recommendations of course.
I found a lot of cool places with it. Plus they give you some history on each town.
Have fun on your trip. I remember one time I hitch-hiked to the Croatian border crossing in Istria. Then I walked into Istria on foot, getting my passport stamped and all. Good times.
Great video i dont think our national team would be where its at if it weren’t for him and where its going to go without Modric. Best of luck for our water polo guys and great to see Ivo Karlovic back in action with his win today.
Hilarious about Chuvalo, and Kordic!
I remember as a teenager those were 2 athletes that I had trouble convincing my friends that they were Hrvati. They too thought they were Indian!
I know it’s the summer, but get a homemade plate of manestra (Istrian stew) and some homemade sugo at a local konoba. Of course, get your hands on some Istrian prsut too.
While Teran is really famous, I personally love the Istrian malvazija – if you’re a white kinda guy
Been to Opatija. Went 10 years ago with the boys. It was a good time, but I really hate the fact that they poured beton all over the coastline to turn the beach into a man made pool (typical Commie style).
I think I’ll hit Rovinj for a couple days and stop in Pula for a meal on the drive back toward Split. Maybe I’ll pick up some of those fabled Truffles or that Teran wine that the Slovenci are trying to steal from us, lol.
ZIG ZAG Medveščak!!
Well Ziva, it’s impossible to answer truthfully and not get fucked either way.
@Stipe, nice talkin brother, mine they let go after he was captured because he was to young, those who fight for freedom i’m proud.
Listen, I don’t want to start a crazed political discussion regaridng the U. We’ve seen how that goes on this site. But, to answer your question…..if I received that question from a reporter it would depend on the forum and location of the question. Is this a live interview where I wont be cut off due to time constraints or is this a random question in a rope line. I probably wouldn’t answer it or I’d give a very political response. Only way I give a true answer of how I feel is if my career is basically over and I am finacially secure for life and would lose any money over my comments. Repeat, I wouldn’t want to lose any money over it. If I am set for life than I would say whatever was on my mind. Even now, in my current line of work, I have jewish clients or have dealt with jews and serbs. I go out of my way not to discuss politics in depth with them.
my grandfather was Ustasa, and he fucking hated it, the shit they made him do, plus giving away dalmacija to the italians didnt help either
Halo Stipe, sta ima fuken!
Fuck Ustase and Pavelic, fucking giving dalmacija to the greaseballs, fuckings bitches
@ Ziva , i have Ustase in my blood.
@ziva or anybody, if you where a sports star or movie star and had everythying to loose and a reporter asked you about how you felt about Ustase, what would you say?
a jebiga onda……….you must not be a true diaspora hrvat. Don’t you know the diaspora hrvati are by in large all Ustase apologizers, never mind the fact that some of these kids walking around with U gear have no clue about the U and had family members who were partizani.
@ Ziva, i don’t like Ustase apologizing either.
Opatija is nice. Only thing I didn’t like about it and reason I wont go back ever again is because one of the main streets is named: Ulica Marsala Tita. That shit dont fly to this right-wing leaning, Ustase apologizing, diaspora hrvat thinking son of a seljak.
Tin on joining Roma:
@Iggy, turn that floppy frown into a smile buddy! love your pic.
JP – close enough. If the guy is in istra he can go to opatija…
Rabac, on the eastern coast, is beautiful as well. Right next to my dad’s selo…
@ Faux Cro.
Strinic = Scapegoat
‘NIJE MI BILO LIJEPO TO ČUTI’ – Prozvani ‘krivac’ iz reprezentacije odgovorio Igoru Štimcu
I am pretty sure Andrija Novakovich is a Serb from the Milwaukee area. Not sure about Pulisic. Used to play against his father who was a decent player back in the day.
I thought about that as well. But from what I’ve read, it was the general consensus from the players that mourniho developed them a ton. Practicing and playing with that caliber of players helps a lot, but I’m sure mourniho added to his game quite a bit. Coaches don’t just think up tactics but help the players improve as well
Did he develop because of Mourihno or because of the caliber of squad he trains with/league?
Everyone on Real Madrid is top shelf, I can’t say the same thing for Spurs.
Studly video of modric. Kind of upset mourihno left bc modric developed a ton under him. Lets hope it continues under ancelloti
Modric or your son?
There’s a floppy shaft down my pants
Cheechoo must be the first Aboriginal to ever set foot in Cro, lol (unless either of those Kordic brothers ever went to Cro, or if George Cuvalo’s family ever went either).
But in all seriousness, I am really interested in how Medvescak will fare in the KHL, especially when you’ve got a player like Ilya Kovalchuk in their division. This was a huge leap for them. Hopefully, they remain competitive.
Does MAXtv hold the rights to KHL games in Cro as well?
Opatija ( near Rijeka in the Kvarner region) used to be bumpin back in the 90’s.
Modric is WORLD CLASS!
Can’t wait to see him after full preseason and under Ancelotti.
Stari just brought back a Modric jersey for my 5 year old son.
His touch is EXTRA-ordinary. Unique to him, he is like a mini Zidane.
Hot damn! Johnathan Cheechoo to Medvescak? He still plays?? My face went like this: :0
I just checked the roster for the USMNT U-17
2 names that seem to be Croatian(American).
Anyone know about these kids?
great luka video
@ Nije Bitno… Opatija’s not in Istra 🙂
Nikica wonders about his future at Everton:
Kovacic on new coach Mazzarri:
Kovacic picked up a thigh strain will be out 2 weeks:
And Stipe Pletikosa / Hrvoje Milic are currently in first place with Rostov in the Russian Premier league, as Rostov won 2-1 (Stipe almost had a save on a great PK but the kick was perfect). Hrvoje was an unused sub, it looked like he was going to get subbed in for extra time but the substitution never came before time expired
U-17 s lost to American 4-2
Rovinj is the place to chill in Istra, hands down. It’s beautiful day and night. If you get a chance to visit St. Euphemia’s Basilica, pay the loot to go up the bell tower, amazing view!!! You might shit your pants going up the old wooden stairs though.
Flying Boston-Frankfurt-Zagreb-Zadar, then a boat to Osljak – where my parents live – tomorrow. Each homeowner on the island has the same last name – Valcic.
Can’t wait to stop by StanleyBet and lay $1,000 Euro on Zadar to beat Osijek in week three – heh heh
Maybe even Opatija
@IvicA… definitely check out Porec and Motovun!
Heading to Chicago for business, staying right next to O’Hare. And good places to go out around here?
Going to Istra in September. Need some suggestions as a good town to stay for a couple of nights (Rovinj? Pula?) as this is not my hood (I’m the proud owner of the Splitsko-Dalmatinska županija) . I’ve been to Pula before (years ago) but it was kinda dead. Suggestions?