WILL EDUARDO BRING CROATIA GLORY ONCE AGAIN?
The crucial Croatia v. Belarus match is now less than 48 hours away. Even though manager Slaven Bilić chose the squad weeks ago, he has not yet named the starters. Even though we know for a fact that Modrić, Srna, Ćorluka, Šimunić and Pranjić will be in the starting eleven; other positions are still up for grasp.
CroatianSoccerReport.com created three different polls to let the fans decide who should start in other debatable positions. There were a total of 150 voters. Thanks for taking part everyone!
In our first poll we asked our readers to PICK YOUR 2 STARTING STRIKERS VS. BELARUS.
With no surprise Eduardo took in 90% of the votes. Seems like Prva Generacija and friends have full faith in Dudu’s recovery and his ability to play at top level again. Ivica Olić was the favorite to pair up with Eduardo up top with 50% support. Mladen Petrić came close but ended voting at 38%. Dark horse Dinamo striker Mario Mandžukić actually got a lot of love to start this game with 22% of the votes. How many times did you actually vote dinamofan:)? (Poll taken out of 200% since everyone was given 2 votes for both starting strikers)
WILL PLETIKOSA WATCH FROM THE SIDELINES?
In an absolutely surprising landslide victory, CSR voted Stipe Pletikosa to start in goal versus Belarus by a 76-24 margin over Vedran Runje. Pletikosa hasn’t played competitive soccer in over four months. I know many of you blamed Runje for a goal or two against Ukraine but I can’t believe this many people still want Pletikosa over him.
An unconfirmed source in Croatia has stated that Runje will be between the pipes for Croatia come this Wednesday. Sorry to burst your bubble ‘Pletikosa supporters’.
CAN VUKOJEVIĆ REPLACE NIKO KOVAČ IN MIDFIELD?
The fans have spoken! Ognjen Vukojević is the absolute first choice for defensive midfielder. Vuki crushed Ivan Jurić in the vote, 85-15 percent. I’m actually surprised Jurić got that many votes. Not just is he old but he hasn’t impressed on the field and has fell out of favor with teammates. In my opinion, the national team never acknowledged Jurić as one of their own from the beginning.
Vukojević has already been confirmed as a starter against Belarus.
Alright boys, time to justify your picks.