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Croatians Around Europe XIV

December 9, 2018

Photo courtesy of 24Sata; all rights go to publisher and photographer

Photo courtesy of 24Sata; all rights go to publisher and photographer




Has the Croatian striker question been answered? Was it ever even a question since Mandžukić has retired? Well, nonetheless, Andrej Kramarić is on a goal-scoring tear, notching in his eighth consecutive week of goal scoring (in all competitions) in Hoffenheim’s 2-2 draw to Wolfsburg on Saturday.



Hoffenheim found themselves down a goal late in the game when Kramarić scored from the goal line by redirecting a fierce header across the face of the goal. The goal came only moments after Kramarić struck a banger that dipped only millimeters from the crossbar, leaving him dumbfounded that he didn’t score.



Kramrić has found six goals in 11 appearances in the Bundasliga season.







Speaking of strikers, Mario Mandžukić bagged a tally of his own in Juventus’ 1-0 derby  win against Inter Milan.



The 32-year-old former Croatian international scored his seventh of the season in 12 appearances for the Italian giants.



The goal came in classic Mandžukić fashion; No nonsense; a strong diving header from close range into the back of the net.



Juve maintain a healthy eight-point lead at the top of the Seri A table.







Mateo Kovačić played 65 minutes in Chelsea’s spectacle against Manchester City on Saturday, but was removed from the match due to an injury. Updated reports claim he suffered a thigh injury during the second half.



Domagoj Vida played 90 minutes in Bestikas’ scoreless draw against Alanyaspor, helping his club earn their second consecutive clean sheet.





Colin O'Haravić
Posted By: Colin O'Haravić 18 comments

  1. The Great Anonymous Doom says:

    Note that Kramaric also assisted on Hoffenheim’s first goal. He remains one of the most versatile forwards in the world, being both a creator and a finisher.

  2. Dannyj says:

    I hope mandzo comes back and dalic can make that balance up front
    Who u gonna mark
    Rebic mandzo perisic
    Brekalo and his skills
    Vlasic and his jets
    Kramaric and his skills

    It’s on like donkey Kong

    Do u guys feel modric and rakitic can be as effective in euro as in Russia?

    Saw something cro is 25-1 for euro

    Take that bet id say
    Definitely a try at 100 bucks

    Another shot at France woudl be delicious

  3. Dannyj says:

    The black dude marking mandzo was like so frustrated cause he is next to impossible to mark

    He has got to be one of the most hated players to play against in the world
    But when he is on your team you love him

  4. Elvis says:

    @ Dannyj

    Croatia does well in revenge matches. I would love France again. They got by us with the officals help. Fuck them.

    The win over England was 2010 pay back. How sweet it was!

  5. Anonymous says:

    France, Portugal and Brazil are the only countries we haven’t had revenge on.

    We’ve beaten quite a few elite teams in Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, England, Argentina…

    We’ve also beaten alot of teams during their golden generation era like Sweden, Romania, and a few of the elite teams above.

    Teams like Turkey, Iceland, Greece, and Serbia are far from being elite, but those were some good revenge wins.

  6. CroatianPerson85 says:

    @Anonymous above – good observation.

    I think Belgium is up there as well as a team we want revenge on especially for Perisic, Vida, Lovren and Kovacic.

  7. Maminjo says:

    I disagree. Those Scotland games were a win for us.

    The two draws back in our worst years (2000-01) resulted in us maintaining top spot in our group and qualifying directly for the WC at Scotland’s expense. We didn’t need to win those.

    The recent two losses were our lowest point in history with Stimac, where we ended our famous unbeaten home run with two straight losses and ended our qualification with three losses (for the first time ever). Losing to Scotland that second time didn’t matter in the standings (as we were still going to a playoff) but ended Stimac’s reign as coach forever. Kovac was better. Not much better, but Stimac literally had zero idea what he was doing. It was comical.

    If we ever actually legit played Scotland in a tournament or where we needed a win, it would end very badly for the Scots.

    The only teams that we REALLY need to get revenge on is France and Brazil.

    Each team beat us twice, with both re-matches being tainted terribly by the poor refereeing.

    Portugal would be next because of Euro 2016…but we only played competitively once (I don’t count the C squad playing them at Euro96 as a real match).

    Belgium would be nice, but we had their number quite a few times in the past, whereas they won the most recent match.

  8. Maminjo says:

    Everybody chokes to average teams every once in a while.

    Germany, France, Italy, Spain, England… They’ve choked much worse than we have in recent history.

    It’s part of the game.

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