Photo: Drago Sopta/Cropix Training on Sunday from Maksimir Croatians around the world have waited for this day three long years. On Tuesday night in Zagreb, Croatia will be able to exonerate the ghosts of Euro 2008 and that dreadful penalty shootout loss to Turkey. Some of you would call it revenge, others atonement. But with Croatia's 3-0 win in Istanbul this past … [Read more...] about 3 Years In The Making
Packed House @ Alpine Village with VATRENI: LOS ANGELES Croatian Fans cheered for the first time in a long time Friday afternoon as their beloved Vatreni blanked the Turks 3-0 in Istanbul. Spirits were high from the start with Ivica Olić's second minute goal. Here's a look into the action from Alpine Village in Torrance, California. Photo: Denis … [Read more...] about FAN ZONE **ALPINE VILLAGE** CROATIA v. TURKEY
Photo: Joško Ponoš/CROPIX Croatia in complete euphoria! Ivica Olić may not score the prettiest goals, but he gets the job done when he's on the field. In just the second minute of play in Istanbul, Olić picked up the trash in front of net after Croatian defender Vedran Ćorluka cruised through the Turkish defense on the left side to feed the ball in front of goal. After … [Read more...] about CROATIA CRUSH TURKEY 3-0 IN ISTANBUL
Photo: Drago Sopta/CroPix Time to buckle up those seatbelts! In less than 36 hours, Croatia will face Turkey in their 1st leg Euro 2012 playoff encounter from Istanbul. One team will play amongst Europe's elite next summer while the other ponders what went wrong. If history serves itself, the first leg (just as in Champions League knockout matches) should be a … [Read more...] about 90 Minutes in Istanbul
Croatia have drawn Turkey in the Euro 2012 playoff round. Some Croatians would call it fate, others a revenge mission. No matter what word is used, coach Slaven Bilić and his boys now have the opportunity to seal a Euro 2012 berth against the very team that eliminated them from the quarterfinals three years ago. Will things come full circle for the Vatreni as they attempt to … [Read more...] about CROATIA GET REMATCH WITH TURKEY!
Croatia defeat Latvia in their Group F finale, await playoff draw on Thursday It was a much smaller crowd at Alpine Village Tuesday for the Latvia match as Greece took the sails away from many Vatreni fans in the Southern California area. But that doesn't mean we were short of personality. The fans cheered every goal against Latvia like it was a World Cup final with … [Read more...] about CROATIA v LATVIA FROM ALPINE VILLAGE
WHAT SHOULD I DO? SCORE 2 FIRST HALF GOALS AGAINST MALTA. Croatia got the job done Wednesday night against a poor Malta side, winning 3-0 with two first half goals from Niko Kranjčar and a late header by substitute Nikola Kalinić. In the end, it was just Malta, but Croatia got the job done injury-free nonetheless. Kranjčar has been spectacular in the last three Croatia games … [Read more...] about FINAL: CROATIA 3 MALTA 0
Slaven Bilić and his team said that this result would show them where they stood in European ranks- and what I saw from this match is that they have a lot of work to do if they want to do any damage in this year's EuroCup. Croatia was playing at home with their 'A' team starting roster while Netherlands were without stars Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie and Arjen … [Read more...] about LACKLUSTER PERFORMANCE BY CROATIANS LEADS TO 3-0 LOSS