Slaven Belupo was the last remaining winless club after six weeks of play, but that changed on the seventh try when the Pharmacists hosted NK Istra 1961. Slaven dealt Istra a 5-1 blow to kick off the match week on Friday. Two goals from Tomislav Božić, and a goal a piece from the ageless Ivan Krstanović, Nemanja Glavčić and Martin Boakye were more than enough to seal … [Read more...] about HNL Week 8 Update: Dinamo Cruising, Hajduk Fall
The HNL has been in full swing nd wrapped up its sixth week on Sunday, which featured Hajduk Split dealing out a 2-0 victory over Varaždin at Poljud. The match was played through monsoon conditions, but that did not hinder Adam Gyurcso from opening the game with a fourth-minute goal. Mijo Caktaš added some insurance in the 50th minute with a goal from the penalty … [Read more...] about HNL Update
Dinamo Zagreb and HNK Gorica are the last remaining teams to maintain a perfect three weeks into the new season. Dinamo defeated Osijek 4-1 on Sunday at Maksimir. Mario Gavranović opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Eros Grezda tied the match for Osijek, but the flood gates broke open with a 70th minute goal from Arijan Ademi plus two converted penalties in the … [Read more...] about Dinamo And Gorica Remain Perfect; Jelavić Joins Lokomotiva
The HNL returns after a brief break and the first week shined a light on how the season may be played out. Dinamo Zagreb began their defense of the title on Sunday with a 6-0 win over NK Lokomotiva. If this match showed anything, it showed that Lokomotiva is not the same team that finished the season with dramatic second place … [Read more...] about HNL Week 1 – It’s Back … Again!
HNK Rijeka enacted a bit of revenge on NK Lokomotiva on Saturday by lifting the Croatia Cup as champions for the sixth time. Lokomotiva was a thorn in Rijeka's side all season, garnering two draws and a win over Rijeka in their efforts to clinch second place, but Rijkea were able to turn the tables and defeat Lokomotiva for the first time in five … [Read more...] about Rijeka Lift The Cup, Istra Try To Avoid Relegation
What does Zagreb, Manchester, Madrid and Istanbul all have in common? They are the only cities in Europe with two clubs competing in the upcoming Champions League season. That's right. Not only is the Prva Liga fielding two clubs in the elite European competition, but both clubs hail from Zagreb as NK Lokomotiva clinched the second-place spot late on the … [Read more...] about Lokomotiva To Champions League, Hajduk, Osijek Compete in Europa
The HNL is not known for its officiating, or for its budget-blasting spending, nor its modern stadiums nor even really its top play on the pitch, but this is just getting ridiculous. As previously asked last week on this site http://croatiansports.com/?p=37075 it appears teams are trying to avoid clinching the newly-awarded second Champions League … [Read more...] about HNL Week 33: What Is Even Going On?
Dinamo Zagreb have secured another Prva Liga title this weekend, despite playing to a 0-0 draw against HNK Gorica on Saturday. A win would have secured the trophy, but the draw forced the Plavi to wait an extra day while NK Lokomotiva officially secured it for them with a 3-2 victory over Hajduk Split as well as a little help from Slaven Belupo who defeated Rijkea … [Read more...] about HNL Week 30: DINAMO ARE CHAMPIONS
NK Varaždin has now recorded four victories in 29 matches this season; two of those victories have been against Dinamo Zagreb and now Hajduk Split. Not to mention, stealing a point from HNK Rijeka only last week. Week 29 kicked off on a Tuesday this week, with the first match featuring a rare win for NK Istra 1961. Istra defeated NK Inter Zaprešić 2-0 on Tuesday … [Read more...] about HNL Week 29: Varaždin, The Giant Killers (UPDATED)