I write to you now as I have come across some new information. I watched the game on ESPN in America, and when coach Slaven Bilić was screaming at the 4th official at the end of the game; and then later at the referee, it was not because of an added time issue. This is something either ESPN broadcasters didn't catch or didn't report. Bilić wanted to make his third and final … [Read more...] about WHERE WAS CROATIA’S 3RD SUBSTITUTION?
What can I tell you guys that you don't already know? Croatia lost in penalty kicks after the most bizarre of endings. The person I feel most for is Ivan Klasnić. After all he's been through with his two kidney transplants in the past 2 years and being told he would never play soccer again in his life- he does that today. Klasnić comes on as a late sub and in the 119th minute … [Read more...] about SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR AWAY…
I feel like Croatia hasn't pushed their foot to the pedal in the game just quite yet. Their passing game isn't what it's been in games past and they are very relaxed in the back. However, they have had the best chance on goal against Turkey when Modrić slipped in a beautiful pass to Olić on the 6-yard box. The ball had the Turkish goalie completely beat but went off the … [Read more...] about HALFTIME REPORT
Croatian wonderboy, Ivan Rakitić, may not play in the Turkey match Soccernet.com has reported. He has had an ailing knee injury and if he cannot pass a pre-game fitness test, Bilić and company will have no choice but to sit the Schalke player. So if you don't see Rakitić out there, this is why. If this were to happen, I would see Bilić starting the same 11 as he did … [Read more...] about RAKITIĆ MAY NOT PLAY
This is the expected linup for the TURKEY game on Friday. The game will be televised live in America on ESPN starting at 2:30PM (ET). Remember that coach Slaven Bilić still hasn't confirmed his starting 11, but based on reports and expert analysis, he should start the same team as he did vs. Germany. Goalkeeper: Stipe Pletikosa Defenders: Vedran Ćorluka,Robert … [Read more...] about EURO DARK HORSES FACE CINDERELLA IN QUARTERS
How well is Croatia running right now? Even their backup team is winning games at Euro 2008. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Poland was BAD! I was actually worried about the Poland encounter and thought it would decide the group B runner-up. Not the case. Poland played like they had already been eliminated from the tournament. Our guys were playing for pride and possible … [Read more...] about ‘B’ SQUAD DOES THE JOB
Slaven Bilić has announced his starting lineup against Poland for today's match. Remember that Croatia has already won Group B making this game a friendly; if anyhting for them. However, Poland will be playing for their tournament lives. Should they win big and have a German slip-up, they could move onto the knockout round to play Portugal. Bilić has been quoted in … [Read more...] about LINEUP VS. POLAND
The game against Poland might not mean anything on paper for the Croatians but make no mistake; we came to play in this tournament. Bilić has already said that he would not risk anything and is not going to play any starter who has already received a yellow card. Receiving a second yellow before the semifinal round calls for a next-game suspension. He will field players who … [Read more...] about ŠIMIĆ TO CAPTAIN CROATIA