Ladies and gentlemen, meet your 26-man Croatia squad for the 2022 World Cup.
Čolak, Brekalo, Ćaleta-Car do not make the team. There’s no surprises here on how the consensus thought Dalić might chisel down the squad from the preliminary list he picked last month. The only slight annoyance is taking Budimir over Čolak. Budimir has not done anything for Osasuna in La Liga this season while Čolak is currently the leading scorer in Scotland for Rangers.
Bring Čolak and let him play hes in good form in a physical and fast league, Kramarić blows, Petković and Livaja stay home.
A broken nose takes anywhere from 2-3 weeks. He’ll be fine.
Gvardiol will push through. It’s a broken nose. Corluka played with a water polo hat after being elbowed by a Turk in Euro 2016. Vlasic on fire again today. He’ll be a winger with Perisic and I would throw Pasalic, Budimir or Orsic in the middle. That’d possible be a good trio. I agree with a other commentator..Colak over Petkovic. Both aren’t startling but I’d take Colak as a sub over slow Petkovic.
Broken nose will be a major issue for gvardiol assuming he can play
Firstly, how aggressive is this guy going to be with his head going after corners on defense or being in a wall
Furthermore, that mask is a killer for feel of the game especially if you’re new to it. It is strange, uncomfortable and can block your vision. Not good when he’s supposed to be pulling strings from the backbone backline.
Majer didn’t look as good with it ava he’s not the first
Rudiger played with a mask for Chelsea and Germany and he was fine
Okayyy hope it’s just a broken nose for Gvardiol and nothing worse.
What about Jakic? I read he took a blow to his knee during the match.
He was substituted midway through the second half. When walking off, he looked fine, and I did not see any sign of injury nor did the medical staff meet him on the sideline. So, I’m guessing that he is, OK?
Vlasic with a goal in a 2-0 win
He is in fine form going in to Qatar
He does have a way of finding the net
Bravo Ivan Juric, for revitalizing Vlasic!
He’s a tough Hrvat
He will be fine
This link confirms Gvardiol has a broken nose:
What are his chances now?
if he got a CT scan already and it’s only a broken nose (and not a broken eye socket or facial bone), then I think that would be great news
Don’t know how long a broken nose takes to heal? I suppose how bad it is
He is young full of good hormones still and good food with rest
Will have a Lovro majer mask in two weeks and he will not be shy
He only did it to show livakovic how not to be a bitch
They heal pretty quick.
He’ll probably borrow Majer’s mask though.
Had a look at the reply of the incident and Gvardiol walking off the field. Close up of his head and face would suggest that it is not a broken nose i.e., no swelling or distortion. There was a cut under his left eye and some swelling. Let’s hope that there is no fracture there. I hope that it is just a mild concussion and a cut under the left eye.
Perisic Petkovic Orsic
Kovacic Brozovic Modric
SOSA ERLIC SUTALO STANISIC
Gvardiol should be OK right??
Erlic Sutalo pairing works so not concerned either way
If it’s a nose fracture yes, however if it’s a fracture of the eye socket? he could be out for the WC ?
Dalic said he has 9 starters and is thinking of two more i think is rw and cf imo lovren will be starter with gvardiol if he isnt out injured.
Rw i think pasalic majer vlasic
Striker i think they will be diff every game pending on tactics.
Vs moroko probably kramaric id go with Livaja canada probably krama/livaja
Vs belgium budimir pertkovic
The Croatian Ronaldo except Ronaldo wishes he was as versatile;)
Oh my, You could not make this up if you tried. The ghost of Eduardo is upon us.
Bite your tongue
It’s what we get for ever playing with a foreigner
Our ancestors were not happy;)
Even having the Brazilian magician Samir wasn’t enough to help us in Brazil 😉
Lovren paid off whoever collided with Gvardiol. One doesn’t play in Russia without picking up some dirty tricks my friends
Vlasic is playing great in italy maybe epl just isnt for him maybe he can be our joker him majer pasalic. Also i think sucic can play big part in katar.
I think krama will be our striker but i wish livaja plays the guy is a mangup doesnt give a fuck cool croatia james dean hahah
Ya do you think if AC milan actually put enough money it’s a good move or try to stay in Torino?
I wondered if he is not good enough for epl or just bad timings and connections
In form vlasic is always welcomed i just think epl isnt for him two trys two fails i think italy is perfect for him
From what i can see is lovren is a starter for now i cant see daloc going with 2 20 year old cbs.
Lets get weekend games over and no more injuries please. Game vs saudia no starters should play
Dont worry vida lovren are here batman and robin hahaha
I hope no injuries happen please stay healthy
Broken nose???? Maybe lovro can loan him his super hero mask and all is good
we’ll see. That’s alot of bruising around his eye. If he broke a facial bone or eye socket, not sure, maybe playing would be in doubt? *agrre, nose fracture would be nothing)
Kristijan Jakic also just taken out in the 64th minute due to injury. Didn’t see it
No injuries please!….everyone needs to be defensively driving into the world cup.
Perišić whips in corners with his left foot!!
Dude is a stud.
Once again we go as he goes.
I love that no one is respecting us again.
Lukaku still injured?
Yup it seems like it’s happening
People want to sleep on us again
I love it
In form Perisic is a savage!
Budimir actually head a strong header for goal recently for Osasuna in La Liga.
I am watching super versatile Perišić playing every where for Spurs right now.
Oršić is most effective at LW.
I wonder if they could at least switch it up during matches.
With Sosa you a legit LB who can whip in crosses.
Majer comes in to rest Modric and also can play out on the RW. He is pure class and adds so much in the attacking third.
Sučić looks ready.
Maybe we are compact and win 1-0, 2-1.
Not the worse being solid from the back going into a World Cup.
Gvardiol knocked out of action due to injury early! Maybe head injury? Anyone see it?
Didn’t look horrible- but we’ll see
How do you guys think sucic would do on the rw?
I like that assist last week. Looked like in outside left foot Modric type pass. Was a beauty.
I would’ve liked colak or musa to come to Qatar but Livaja should be enough. He has over a goal contribution a game in the HNL
Im just not confident in who is gonna start on the wing.
Majer is very talented and should start but he’s super out of position here
Plenty of talent, Key to victory is team harmony,
The time for second guessing is over. That’s the team.
Judging by our performance in the last few Nations league matches, I’d say we are looking pretty good. All the pieces are there. I’d like to see something like this.
And sub out Stanisic for Juranovic when we need to be more defensive.
Kramaric or Sucic for Vlasic (if Vlasic is not effective) Majer for Kovacic or Modric depending who needs rest
Bog i Hrvati
It seems like the order of the names on the poster is base on the amount of past appearances on the national team I hope, and not necessarily who will be the starters?
Has any team in history ever needed to use 3 goalies. Just askin’. Belt or suspenders, choose one! If we went with two, there would have been room for Musa, or Colak. Borna’s on target touch crosses, makes these players extremely valuable particularly for Hrvatska with him on board. The days of Srna’s gopher killer crosses are over.
Some teams taking 4!
Yeah, I am reaching.
Belt or suspenders. Choose one!
hahahaha that one got me. One of the best lines in awhile. 🙂
Would be good if we were gonna have two friendlies for some formation changes
I would still like to see orisic tried out on the right side
We’ve got some decent depth if we’re outright cutting players like Brekalo, Caleta-Car, Musa, Colak, Ivanusec, etc.
Some of these guys are worth 10+ million euros in a transfer.
Ya it’s pretty wild to see actually the guys we are able to cut these days and guys not even on the list.
Our B team could beat some quality international teams for real
How much does livaja make currently?
I saw 700k euro in 2020
That’s darn good money to do what you love and stay a God in split and Croatia
I do remember we barely were updating him. He was in Russia I think After Italy and I think was in Greece for a time
And now look, dude could be getting valuable minutes even starting at a World Cup and it seems his attitude is much more in check
Following that late bloomer get a later repka career like prso
Remember Guys we only need one dude to catch on fire for a month
And all of these guys have shown they can…
For sure the elephant or I should mention deer trapped in headlights in the room is liva
I pray he makes me eats my words
A few of you guys have said he has improved with the ball at his feet and for challenging
If we could somehow combine liva, ivusic and grbic we would have the perfect keeper
I will add to the case for petko livaja
This is their last chance to cash in on a heavy transfer
We do have decent depth
Before we had less players and we always talked about one or two kids who will never play
The ones that may not play are the veterans now
Vida lovren krama budimir
Like we said this was most liked gonna happen
What frustrates about the budimir thing when he was hot and should have played like at last euro he didn’t really
I feel we would have faired better then with Rebić when he wasn’t pressing like he should have
Let’s hope petko and livaja represent the hnl
I feel if any of our strikers can catch lighting in a bottle it’s them two
I just hope Dalic has it all on a short leash
Majer sosa gvardiol if they can perform will make or break this tourney of course with the Luka/Perisic being at their game
Let’s hope sucic shows the world what kova is supposed to be as well:)
I guess that Dalić has found success by turning a bunch of distinguished players into a team, and he wants to keep that team intact. My guess is that the veteran players have all agreed to accept their due roles, even if it means Kramarić and Lovren have to come off the bench.
Probably best not to rock the boat too much regarding squad selection…
Just look what happens Germany 🇩🇪 18′ when Sane wasn’t selected..
I doubt that Lovren is fine with a role on the bench.
Then he can go ..
Dalic has shown he won’t put up with that stuff
Yup lovren thinks him and vida should be starting no doubt
No surprises here. Colak should be there instead of Budimir, but hopefully he proves us wrong. That being said, currently Livaja is carrying Hajduk on his own. Could he replicate what Mandzo brought in 2018?
Let’s hope is closer to 30 after the World Cup;)
We all know dalic will choose vlasic to play RW. I would only put Majer to play as a central midfielder. Gvardiol and Erlic are the only CBs we have in a top 5 league, its gotta be them two starting. I like petkovics hold up play and his dribbles, but i think livaja should start just by going off the stats;
Livaja 11(3 pen) goals in 22/23 season and 28(12) goals 21/22 season.
Petkovic 8(4 pen) goals 22/23 and 7(3) goals in 21/22.
We don’t have to start the same 11 guys every game, we have the player depth to change the lineup against every opponent we play. For example, versus morocco we can start Livaja uptop Vlasic RW, JJ at RB. Versus Canada we can start Petkovic uptop, Orsic RW, rest kovacic and play Majer CAM, maybe Sutalo could also start. Versus Belgium maybe starting Budimir and Stanisic would be smart.
Players left off:
GK- Kotarski, Labrovic
Def- DCC, Pongracic
Mid- Ivanusec, Misic
Att- Brekalo, Colak
And there it is !!
The positive is that we have depth and will be able compete through 90+ minutes.
Sučić is a big time call up. The kid has an X factor about him and plays well with veteran players.
Dalic may have to tweak each line up according to the game plan for a particular opponent?
Majer has to step up this tournament.
The kid can ball.
Dalic only had to do one thing and that was to call up an actual goalscorer, he couldn’t even do the simple thing properly.
God help Croatia’s attack in the tournament.
In fairness to Dalic, if we had a proven goalscorer he would have called him up. People are going to argue that he should have called up Colak or Musa instead of Budimir? I disagree Colak has three caps and Musa none. This is the WC and not some friendly matches and it’s not the place to experiment with novices to international football.
Colak is on the extended list and if someone gets injured before the start of the WC he can be called up as a replacement.
Colak goals this season in all comps excluding friendlies: 14 goals
Kramaric goals this season in all comps excluding friendlies: 3 goals
Budimir goals this season excluding friendlies: 1 goal
“If we had a proven goalscorer he would have called him up.”
One of them isn’t going to Qatar but the other two are. Ridiculous statement.
Just watched Dalic LIVE read the list out.
No surprises this was known weeks ago.
Players left out:
Goalkeepers: Kotarski & Labrovic
Defenders: Pongracic & DCC
Midfielders: Ivanusec & Misic
Forwards: Brekalo & Colak
When asked about the starting 11, Dalic indicated that there is only some doubt in his mind as to whom will start as No.9 and on the Right wing.
He also stated that he will not tolerate any complaints from those not playing and if necessary, he will send them packing like Kalinic in Russia.
Should send Lovren back home, he likes to complain
I think he will if Lovren complains.
According to HNS home page, final list to be provided at 11 am, Croatian Time.
My prediction on which 8 players Dalic will leave out:
Goalkeepers: Kotarski & Labrovic
Defenders: Pongracic & DCC
Midfielders: Ivanusec & Misic
Forwards: Brekalo & Colak
Close call on Jakic and Misic. I would take Jakic as he plays in the Bundesliga, despite the fact that this he has played mostly in the defence as right back and also as a CB. The other close call will be between Budimir and Colak. Colak is in better form; however, I think that Dalic will go for Budimir because he is slightly more aggressive and better in the air.
He should exclude Kramaric from the final squad. Absolutely dispiriting and sickening our own player has doubts in his own nations capability. Also, why are people drawing comparisons to Nikola Kalinic or Ante Rebic? Kalinic was sent packing during the tournament and for refusing to come on as a substitute. That’s a completely different issue and an internal issue regarding feuding with Dalic for minutes. Kramaric speaking his mind prior to the World Cup should ensure no playing time for him. If you have no faith in yourself or your teammates, miss the flight. We need guys that have mental toughness. It’s a different climate, continent, many inexperienced players at this global stage at Qatar. Show some leadership and pride for the youth. Kramaric was a key player in Russia and helped us make it to the playoffs. At this point, start Budimir, Orsic, Perisic, Colak, Brekalo. Even put Vlasic or Pasalic at the front end. I want hungry guys that say fuck the odds. This is why Dalic removes cancers like Rebic, Kalinic, and should tell Krama to piss in the wind. Play as a unit and buy into the plan or go home.