The Croatian Football League promotions and relegations are almost set, but if history tells us anything, they’re never set in stone. A season hasn’t gone by when a team has reached promotion, but failed to secure a license to the league it is promoted to. Though the top four have been solidified in the Prva Liga, the bottom two are all but decided. RNK Split’s … [Read more...] about Promotion, Relegation, and RNK Split’s Death Notice
Dinamo Zagreb ended the weekend with another routine win in Istra, thanks to one goal from Soudani and two goals from Amir Hodžić. Soudani scored first in the 18th minute after some quick footwork and a precision shot that fund the back of the net. Hodžić followed up the goal with one of his own in the 52nd minute. He doubled his tally in the 90th minute and chipped … [Read more...] about HNL Week 25
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
Spring has returned ... at least here in Florida, and that means the HNL is back in action. Today marked the restart of the league after a long bleak winter and it kicked off with a match featuring NK Istra 1961 defeating NK Lokomotiva 1-0. Goran Roce scored the lone goal via the penalty spot in the 29th minute. Istra just returned home after a warm … [Read more...] about HNL Spring Season Begins: Sammir Returns to Dinamo, Rijeka Remain on Top
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
It was a rough weekend for the away teams, who collectively scored zero goals in any match. Dinamo Zagreb hosted Cibalia and kept them winless on Saturday morning, handing them a 3-0 shutout. Angelo Henriquez ended a six-month goal drought, finally finding the back of the net in the 42nd minute against the last place team. The former Manchester United man also appeared in … [Read more...] about HNL Week 13
Dinamo Zagreb faced a nearly impossible challenge on Tuesday evening when Juventes arrived at Maksimir for the clubs second Champions League match of the campaign. Mario Mandžukić and Marko Pjaca both returned to the pitch in Zagreb – albeit both by substitution – as the Italian giants gave the Modri a 4-0 thrashing. It didn’t help that the revolving door of coaches is … [Read more...] about Champions League and HNL Update