Croatia’s exceptional generation of young footballers has become globally recognized and respected. Three of the country’s brightest prodigies – Luka Sučić, Joško Gvardiol, and Stipe Biuk – have been included in the 80-man shortlist for the “Golden Boy” award.
The Golden Boy award is given to the world’s brightest talent in football every year. In the past, players such as Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland, and Kylian Mbappe have earned this prestigious prize. Normally, players included in the award’s shortlist prove to have very solid careers.
It is no surprise that Sučić and Gvardiol have been entered into the Golden Boy shortlist considering the fantastic 2021-22 seasons they had. However, it is quite interesting that Biuk made the cut over other Croatian talents such as Gabriel Vidović, Roko Šimić, and Dion Drena Beljo. Don’t be surprised to see Gvardiol finish in the top-10 AT LEAST this year…
Čolak goal versus Tottenham:
Nice goal by robert muric in europa conference league. He can be considered for NT since we are short of RW.
If only coric balic rog benkovic play in correct clubs, they would be in NT
Here’s the leaked home strip:
Pretty standard. I don’t like when they try to mess with the checkered kits, so I’m glad there are no surprises here.
I’m more curious to see the new away kits which are apparently supposed to have red on them too.
Agreed…don’t fuck with the red and white checkers.
That being said, I think this design isn’t bad. I hope the away kits are similar to the 2018 black and blue.
Also agree about the away kits. The Black and blue should be a staple.
I think the inverted checkers on the away kits are the best.
A full checkered “black and dark blue” kit was great for the 2018 World Cup.
The “grey and black” Euro2020 ones were a good idea…but the checkers being small and various sizes ruined it. It just didn’t look like a Croatia kit anymore. If they just made the grey checkers large and consistent in size, then they would have looked great.
I like the idea of just moving forward with a “dark” away kit, but it being full checkers (like our home kits).
If the rumors are true about the new away ones being an inverted “red and dark blue” combination, then I’m curious to see it. Might look pretty cool.
New CRO Jerseys Leaked
All key positions! Wtf can’t we get a goalkeeper like italy can? It is mind boggling me. Just don’t get it.
Surprised we haven’t been able to snag a dijaspora Croatian goalkeeper either.
The only one in our history was Joey Didulica from Australia (who was decent) but he never got a chance with us because of the Plete syndrome that HNS had at the time (and for whatever insane reason, he was behind the atrocious Tomo Butina).
Seems like all Croats (born or not born in Croatia) avoid wanting to play keeper, ha ha.
Roko Runje https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZppU9imFCM
Actually Roko’s father wasn’t a bad goalkeeper for us. Not bad at all.
Runje was a likeable guy, but he wasn’t that great as a keeper.
Our best keeper was probably prime Subašić (when he was doing well for Monaco) but we never utilized him in his prime because we needed to start Pletikosa in his final years (for whatever reason).
Ya he’s not Suba or ladic but all I’m saying is he wasn’t that bad. Vedran was one that was actually decent in the last 3 decades excluding Suba and Ladic of course. They gave results.
To be fair, Vedran Runje had nothing to work with, I believe he is in the Milan Rapaic generation. You can’t do much with that. Albeit, Rapaic wasn’t a bad player either. Wrong era and generation I guess.
Grbic is a goalkeeping talent of the highest order. He’s just waiting for a club to take him over an older, more experiences keeper. And I predict a late-blooming of the talented keeper everyone loves to hate, Lovre Kalinic. I watched the halftime show of Dinamo’s match against Slaven Belupo, where they played last season’s top five goalkeeping plays in several categories (corners, penalties, set pieces, long-range, short-range). Kalinic was the protagonist of many of those plays, and far more than any other keeper. The guy has all of the tools, including a missile of a left foot on goal kicks that should not be taken for granted. We forget that before returning to Hajduk, he played four matches in Ligue 1 right before the pandemic canceled the rest of the season. And since returning to Hajduk, he’s been tearing it up. What Croatia needs isn’t better goalkeeping talent. It needs managers who can make effective tactical decisions.
If what your saying is true, about Lovre Kalinic, then by all means Dalic should put him on the list of keepers to play for the world cup. To be honest I haven’t been looking into him very much and keeping an eye on his work. So I am at fault for not paying closer attention to the guy.
But if he is more confident that Livakovic then Dalic should put him on the team.
It is just very difficult to gauge because all of the keepers we have are currently in HNL, it would be nice to see one or two of them playing well on a different league, or atleast having done so in the past. But if Kalinic did do so in League 1 then then by all means.
But yeah, goalkeeping continues to be a huge issue for the squad. I agree.
I am just not sure how they are making their selections in this regard, and in relation to what is actually available to the squad to choose from.
Any word on Simic this preseason, I know its early, but I haven’t seen him in team selections!
Vidovic started and played a half for Bayern, hopefully he plays vs Man City
Šimić has Italian citizenship and is switching to represent Italy’s National Team.
I guess he has the same agent as Borna Sosa.
Lol what ? Hes Actually switching for 🇮🇹???
Ya and Roko Runje is representing France in the near future since he was born in marseille.
No way his dad would let that happen
I hope you messing with us
Father and son are very proud Croatians. I’m sure Italy would ask the question (why not?), but I’ll believe when I see it.
Maminjo is the troll who days before any major tourney reports luka got injured in training!
Actually I could stomach a guy switching to Germany before Italy any day
Call me a nazi all u want