SPAIN Luka Modrić shined bright for Real Madrid in their 1-0 win over Espanyol on Sunday. Modrić assisted on the lone goal, as Pepe headed home his free kick, and was a big source of creativity and distribution for Madrid. He created three chances, had four successful dribbles and picked up a yellow card in the 14th minute. With the Atletico-Barcelona 0-0 … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe *XX*
ENGLAND In a rare start for Nikica Jelavić this season, the Croatian striker got the green light in Everton's FA Cup 3rd Round match against Niko Kranjčar's QPR. Jelavić not only played the full 90 minutes but he scored two goals in the 44th and 68th minutes in Everton's 4-0 win. The first was an impressive 23-yard strike from dead center after the QPR defense gave … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe *XIX*
Although Croatia is surely playoff bound, even with a loss to Scotland on Tuesday, it will be interesting to see what lineup manager Igor Štimac comes up with as Ivan Rakitić has been ruled out due to injury and captain Darijo Srna returns from a yellow card suspension. 19 year-old Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovačić, Šime Vrsaljko and Igor Bubnjić will join the U-21 Croatian … [Read more...] about Rakitić out, Kovačić heading to Switzerland
SPAIN Photo: SevillaFC Ivan Rakitić started and played 90+ minutes in Sevilla's 1-0 win over Osasuna Saturday. Ivan fired away two shots and completed 55 out of 75 passes before being subbed off in the 91st minute for Javi Hervas. The win moves Sevilla up to 11th; still well off their goal of European football. Ivan's future with the club has come into doubt since … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe *XVIII*
ENGLAND Photo: PA In an early season matchup for Champions League position, Nikica Jelavić and Everton left it late to stun Tottenham at Goodison Park, scoring not one, but two injury time goals in a 2-1 victory. After going down in the 76th minute to a Clint Dempsey deflected strike, Everton plugged away and got the equalizer through a 90th minute Steven Pienaar … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe *XIV*
Germany Photo: index.hr Bayern Munich looked uninterested on Saturday in a 1-1 draw at Nurnberg. The Bavarian Giants look to have Valencia and Champions League on their minds and didn't give their usual effort at Stadion Nürnberg. "Super" Mario Mandžukić started and played 77 minutes in the draw. The Croatian international scored another Ivica Olić-like goal in … [Read more...] about Croatians Around Europe *XI*
Yes!...it's finally true, HNS met with Dario Cvitanić on Thursday extending an open invitation for him to join the Croatian national team; and he gladly accepted! So what does this mean? Well nothing as of yet. It only means that the Federation wants him to play and that Dario is on the same page as them. The date we should all now mark on our calendars is August 20th, … [Read more...] about DARIO CVITANIĆ: WELCOME!!!
If you don't know the name now, don't worry, you will very soon. In the next couple weeks, Mr. Cvitanić will make great coffee table conversation amongst us Croatian soccer fans. So let me tell you a bit about him before we delve further in. Dario Cvitanich (we're going to drop that pesky 'H' for sake of being correct in Croatian) is a 24-year old striker who was born … [Read more...] about SO WHO IS DARIO CVITANIĆ???