What's worse? The new Scotland away kit? Or the fact that Croatia lost twice to them this past qualifying campaign? In an attempt to brighten up the squad's colors, the Scottish FA have chosen to go the pink and gold route for their 2014-15 away kits, mimicking a 6 year-old girl's AYSO team. I'm all for change but this is a bit much. How is a grown man supposed … [Read more...] about Tuesday Night Funnies: Great Scott!
Starting XI vs. Scotland: Pletikosa - Vida, Ćorluka, Lovren, Strinić - Srna, Vukojević, Modrić, Kranjčar - Kalinić Mandžukić. It's true. Croatia not only lost to Scotland for a second time this qualifying campaign, but they couldn't even find the back of the net against the Scots in 180 minutes. Croatia only have one point in their last four competitive matches … [Read more...] about Croatia lose to Scotland for a 2nd time
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
It was supposed to be a walk in the park. No Modrić. No Ćorluka. No problem. Right? Wrong. Scotland, who went into Friday night's game already unable to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, did the the unthinkable, and beat Croatia 1-0 in Zagreb. Modrić was missed in the middle of the field, replaced by Dinamo Zagreb's Sammir, who played the full 90 minutes, but Croatia did … [Read more...] about Scottish shock in Zagreb, Croatia lose 1-0
*Match can be seen on ESPN3 in the United States and on The Score in Canada. Croatia will take their undefeated (5-0-1) World Cup qualifying record against an already eliminated Scotland team this Friday from Maksimir in Zagreb. The Vatreni have only dropped points to co-group A leaders, Belgium, drawing the Belgians 1-1 in Brussels back on September 11th. Although both … [Read more...] about Look for goals galore against Scotland
In their most significant jump in the FIFA world rankings since taking third place at the 1998 World Cup, Croatia have moved five spots in April's edition, up to #4 in the world. Wins over Serbia and Wales in March propelled the Vatreni past Portugal, Columbia, England, Italy and the Netherlands. We can argue all day about the inaccuracies of the FIFA world ranking system, … [Read more...] about Croatia move to #4 in world rankings
Photo: AP After a promising 2-0 victory over Everton on Wednesday, which pulled Tottenham level on points with Manchester United and only three points behind leaders Manchester City, Spurs finally had the wind sucked out of their sails as they played Wolverhampton to a 1-1 draw from White Hart Lane Saturday afternoon. Croatian midfield magician Luka Modrić saved Spurs from … [Read more...] about CROATIANS AROUND THE UK
Photo: MirrorFootball.com The Old Firm Derby did not fair well for Nikica Jelavić and Rangers Wednesday night in Glasgow. Rangers held a one-point lead on Celtic going into the last match of 2011. Knowing a win would give control to either team atop the Scottish Premier League table going into the new year, both clubs were prepared for a battle, especially with the windy … [Read more...] about JELAVIĆ, RANGERS LOSE GRASP ON SCOTLAND