Croatia and Turkey kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup UEFA qualifiers Group I at an empty Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb on Monday night. Croatia has been sanctioned by FIFA to play two home games behind closed doors after two cases of "discriminatory chants by fans" were filed against them to the sports governing body, which took place during exhibition games against Israel and … [Read more...] about Croatia – Turkey 2018 World Cup Qualifier 1-1
Croatian super-midfielder, Luka Modrić, has made UEFA's 'Ten Best' list for Euro 2008. This is the first time a Croatian has made the all-tournament list since Davor Šuker did it in the 1998 World Cup- the same year he also won the Golden Boot award. Croatian press have praised Modrić for his results this tournament and have made it clear that Tottenham have made an … [Read more...] about MODRIĆ MAKES TOP 10 LIST
ESPN has reported that UEFA will undergo an investigation to whether Croatian fans had Nazi-style banners in Vienna during the Turkey quarterfinal match. They will also breakdown Croatian chants that were sung during the game to hear if any religous or war-related material was aimed at the Turk supporters. Now, I did not see any banners of 'Nazi-style' in the stadium of … [Read more...] about CROATIAN FANS IN TROUBLE AGAIN???
...Well, kind of. Italian newspaper, 24 Minuti, mistakingly used a picture of Slaven Bilić to convey a Macedonian murderer this week. Wow. What a horrible week for the Croatian coach. First, you lose a heartbreaker in penalties to the never-say-die Turks; and then you find out you're on the front page of a huge newspaper which is condemning you a murderer. I hope Bilić got some … [Read more...] about ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…
CroatianSoccerReport.com was created for the purpose of getting the important news to the Croatian soccer fan without them having to search the Internet aimlessly. It's all here with one click. In recent months, it has also turned into a place where devout and extremely loyal supporters of the team can come and voice their thoughts and opinions on the team and how they are … [Read more...] about THE SNAKE BITTEN ONES
I write to you now as I have come across some new information. I watched the game on ESPN in America, and when coach Slaven Bilić was screaming at the 4th official at the end of the game; and then later at the referee, it was not because of an added time issue. This is something either ESPN broadcasters didn't catch or didn't report. Bilić wanted to make his third and final … [Read more...] about WHERE WAS CROATIA’S 3RD SUBSTITUTION?
What can I tell you guys that you don't already know? Croatia lost in penalty kicks after the most bizarre of endings. The person I feel most for is Ivan Klasnić. After all he's been through with his two kidney transplants in the past 2 years and being told he would never play soccer again in his life- he does that today. Klasnić comes on as a late sub and in the 119th minute … [Read more...] about SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR AWAY…
I feel like Croatia hasn't pushed their foot to the pedal in the game just quite yet. Their passing game isn't what it's been in games past and they are very relaxed in the back. However, they have had the best chance on goal against Turkey when Modrić slipped in a beautiful pass to Olić on the 6-yard box. The ball had the Turkish goalie completely beat but went off the … [Read more...] about HALFTIME REPORT
Croatian wonderboy, Ivan Rakitić, may not play in the Turkey match Soccernet.com has reported. He has had an ailing knee injury and if he cannot pass a pre-game fitness test, Bilić and company will have no choice but to sit the Schalke player. So if you don't see Rakitić out there, this is why. If this were to happen, I would see Bilić starting the same 11 as he did … [Read more...] about RAKITIĆ MAY NOT PLAY