With the road to Brazil 2014 underway, leagues across Europe were given a break to give their players a chance to play for their respective countries. The HNL will resume play on Friday September, 14 when Dinamo faces Osijek in Zagreb. This match was also rescheduled from its previous date on Saturday September, 15 due to their first Champions League match on Tuesday.
HNL and team officials used the break this week to address issues in their cubs such as fines, problems with supporters, and business solutions. Sammir was forced to pay his fine due to behavioral issues, and fines were issued to RNK Split coach Toni Basić and NK Istra 1961 coach Igor Pamić regarding their argument on the field during their previous meeting. Split forward Henri Belle was issued a large fine for refusing to shake hands with opposing players prior to the match, which was the reason named for the on-field argument. NK Osijek have gone public, releasing 5.9 million kuna divided into 59,315 shares of stock.
The Austrian hockey league (EBEL) has begun this week, featuring Croatia’s top hockey club KHL Medveščak Zagreb. The Bears have played two games and won the first game against Hungarian side, SAPA Fehervar AV 19, with a score of 4-2, with goals from Croatian-Americans Andy Sertich and Nathan Perkovich and Canadians Alex Leavitt and Curtis Fraser. They lost the second to Red Bull Salzberg 2-1 in a shootout with Croatian-Canadian Tom Zanoški scoring their lone goal.
Medveščak play two home games next week on September 14 and 16 at the Pula Arena against Ljubljana and Vienna. The ancient Roman arena is currently being fitted with stands and an ice rink that will be ready for action next week.