Will Crottenham be restored to White Hart Lane?
Potentially huge news for Croatia and Dinamo Zagreb fans has broken on Sunday, with Croatian media reporting 17 year olds Alan Halilović and Tin Jedvaj had been sold to Tottenham for a fee of around 18 million Euros. The story has yet to be confirmed by the English press. Jutarni are reporting Jedvaj will join the team when he turns 18 next January, while Halilovic will join next summer. The move would be the highest profile transfer for young Croats since Spurs signed Luka Modrić at age 21. The rumors likely will be confirmed or swept away by the two clubs in the coming days.
Croatia has advanced through the group stage of the U-20 World Cup as winners of Group F, and will play Chile on Wednesday in the round of 16.
Game 1: Rebic lifts U-20’s over Uruguay
Ex-Croatia manager Slaven Bilić has taken over the manager role at Besiktas in Turkey after leaving Lokomotiv Moscow.
Full story here: Bilić headed to Turkey
Video of the week- Milan Badelj 2012/13
With Marin Čilić withdrawing early from Wimbledon, it was the Ivan Dodig show in week one at the All England Club. Croats were also heavily involved in doubles and juniors play. Dodig will play #4 seed David Ferrer in the round of 16 Monday morning.
1st Round Coverage: Injuries & early upsets the story of 1st week
2nd Round Coverage: Dodig, Martic into Wimbledon Round 3
3rd Round Coverage: Dodig advances to Round of 16!
Ivan Bender throws down against South Korea
The U-19 FIBA World Championships began this week, with Croatia coming in off of their European Championships victory last year. They are led by the highly sought after 19 year old Dario Šaric. The team advanced from the preliminary round with a 2-1 record, winning easily over South Korea and Canada, while falling to Spain in their final game by 10 points. A big reason for their loss was the ten turnovers committed by Šaric. He is the tournament’s second highest scorer, with 23 points per game, leads in rebounds with 13.7 per game, and also leads all players in the tournament with 7 assists per game. Villanova Sophomore Mislav Brjoa is Croatia’s 2nd most influential player, with 18 ppg and 8.7 rpg.
They now advance to the main round where they will play three games in three days (Monday-Wednesday) against Argentina, Lithuania, and Iran, in that order. One win should be enough to see them into the quarterfinals and two out of three will give them a shot at a top seed.
Croatian athletes were very successful in the Track & Field events at the Mediterranean Games, with four athletes taking three gold medals, and one silver. Croatia won both the men’s and women’s discus throws, with Olympic champion Sandra Perković taking the gold Saturday with a throw of 66.21 meters, and Martin Marić winning on the men’s side. Ana Šimić won the high jump competition, tying Burcu Ahyan with a jump of 1.92 meters. Ana’s season best of 1.95 puts her at #7 in the world. Marin Premeru took silver in the men’s shot put.
Immediately following her win in Turkey, Sandra Perković flew to Birmingham, England, to compete in the Diamond League meet on Sunday. Despite the fatigue from travel and multiple days of competing, Sandra continued her streak of victories since the Olympics, and winning for the 4th time (in 4 meets) in the Diamond League this year. She threw 64.32 meters to beat the field of eight, which included 3rd ranked German Nadine Muller.
“It was really stressful. I arrived at the hotel 30 minutes before my competition. Considering that I am tired and exhausted, the victory is great. The distance was not important to me today. I come home to Zagreb tomorrow, train for two days, and then head to Lausanne (for their Diamond League meet on Thursday).” –Sandra Perković
Recap to come Tuesday…