Just when you thought it was over, Rijeka overtook Dinamo on Saturday at Maksimir, closing the gap between the clubs to six points with four matches to go. Dinamo passed a tough test at Poljud last week, greatly increasing their odds of being once again crowned champions of Croatia, but they had one last difficult hill to climb when they hosted Rijeka this past … [Read more...] about HNL Title Race Remains Hot
Friday saw the return of the HNL for its 27th season (now called the Hrvatski Telekom Prva Liga). Dinamo’s Sammir returned to China, NK Rudeš has joined the Prva Liga, and Inter’s Vlatko Blažević has been called the “New Jamie Vardy” after scoring two goals in his debut. A lot has happened since Rijeka was crowed champions. Keep up with the latest news here. Inter … [Read more...] about HNL Kicks off 2017/2018 Season
Osijek did what was expected of them. After a lackluster 2-0 win in Andorra last week, Osijek welcoemd Santa Coloma to the Garden City and sent them packing with a 4-0 win. Muzafer Ejupi opened the scoring, but was outdone by Petar Bockaj, who scored twice last night. Borna Barisic scored from the penalty spot and a win was an open and shut … [Read more...] about Osijek Advaces to Second Round with 6-0 Aggregate Win
It wasn't pretty. Or exciting. Or even entertaining really, but Osijek managed to scrounge up a 2-0 in Andorra this afternoon. Osijek will be pleased with the two-goal win in the first round of Europa League qualifying. Their opponents, Santa Colomo will now have to travel to the Garden City next week and come back from what may be an insurmountable … [Read more...] about Osijek Earn 2-0 win in Andorra
With the help of Soudani, the referee, and a last-second penalty, Dinamo Zagreb squeezed three points out of bottom-dwelling HNK Cibalia to maintain second place. Dinamo led 1-0 in the 72nd minute when Amir Hodzic broke the long-standing scoreless match, but Cibalia stunned the crowd in Vinkovci with a goal in the 87th minute. All looked to end in a 1-1 draw until El … [Read more...] about HNL Week 22
The 2016 half of this installment of the HNL is in the books and has ended with some unprecedented results. Rijeka remains on top of the table with 52 points from 20 matches played and remain the only undefeated team in the league. Dinamo remain in second place with 46 points, after stealing away a crucial three points at Poljud during their last match of 2015 on December … [Read more...] about HNL Says So-Long to 2016
El Arbi Hillel Soudani struck a wundergol on Sunday suitable for any league, level or country of play during Dinamo’s 3-1 win over NK Lokomotiva. The goal was properly assisted by youngster Borna Soša, who showed quite a bit of skill on his own in order to send the cross to Soudani. Soudani also scored the opening goal of the match while Ivan Fiolić scored his first goal … [Read more...] about HNL Week 19, Hrvatski Kup, and a Regional League?
Dinamo dashed the hopes and dreams of NK Osijek on Saturday with a 2-0 defeat that dropped the surging team back to fourth place. Osijek have been on the up-and-up all season, signing prominent names along the way, but without top scorer Muzafer Eupi, who was out with an ankle injury, Osijek couldn’t find a goal to counter Dinamo’s offense. It took until first-half … [Read more...] about HNL Week 17: Rijeka and Dinamo Battle for First, Torcida Throws Flowers, RNK Split has fans?
For those who follow 1.HNL, no one is sure what is more disappointing, Dinamo’s 1-1 draw against NK Istra 1961 on Friday afternoon or Rijeka’s inability to capitalize on Dinamo’s draw and played to a scoreless draw themselves against Slaven Belupo on Sunday. Rijeka remains six points ahead of Dinamo, but failed to make it an insurmountable eight-point lead after an … [Read more...] about HNL Week 16: Dinamo Disappoints, Rijeka Can’t Capitalize