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Croatians Around Europe XXVII

March 8, 2019


Kramarić scores twice in win over Nurnberg


Andrej Kramarić took ‘Croatian of the Weekend’ honors as he scored twice in Hoffenheim’s 2-1 win over Nurnberg on Sunday. In the 25th minute, Kramarić converted a penalty to give Hoffenheim a first half lead and then scored the game winner in the 78th minute with a cheeky back heel that would ‘nutmeg’ the Nurnberg goalie. Kramarić has had a successful season with Hoffenheim; scoring 12 goals thus far. With the win, Hoffenheim remain three points outside of a Europa League berth.


Kramarić Goals



La Liga Santander - Real Valladolid v Real Madrid

Modrić celebrates goal with Asencio and Benzema



In an already futile end to the La Liga season, Luka Modrić had an exceptional game Sunday as Real Madrid dismissed Real Valladolid in a 4-1 win. Modrić received an 8.5 rating and capped off the victory with an 85th minute insurance goal with a nice run and shot from inside the box. Real Madrid currently sit 12 points behind leaders Barcelona with only 11 matches left in the season.


Modrić Goal




Marko Pjaca


Terrible news came out of the Marko Pjaca camp this weekend as the 23 year-old winger tore his ACL in training this week – this time his left knee. Pjaca tore the ACL in his right knee during a Croatian friendly against Estonia in 2017 and never fully recovered. This obviously does not help. Pjaca is currently on loan at Fiorentina from Juventus and has been ruled out indefinitely – possibly for the rest of 2019.



Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 78 comments

  1. Lovro says:

    Out for a long time – rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament during training. He will undergo surgery.

  2. vuki says:

    I really feel for Pjaca. I’ve been going on about how he shouldn’t be called up since he’s not playing, but I was hoping that it would just give him motivation. This injury could very well be the end of Pjaca unfortunately…his most valuable asset is his explosiveness. Hopefully he can recover and figure something out. Maybe turn himself into a more central player if he does indeed lose that explosiveness. Really upsetting to think that his career was basically ruined due to a dumb mistake made by the u21 team. If I am correct, we only have to play that friendly against Estonia when Pjaca first got injured because the u21 team subbed on Ivan Fiolic in a game that they had an easy win even though he was not eligible to play in the game. Instead of taking action, the other team agreed to have our main squad play a friendly at their home stadium with a terrible pitch. Oh well, I will still have faith in him just like I still have faith in the other youngsters who haven’t panned out so far like Halilovic and Andrija Balic.

  3. Mixed Grill says:

    I feel sorry for him but people seemed to exaggerate his potential after he came into that Spain game and ran around like crazy, as young eager players tend to do. What he could have amounted to we will never know but he was never the sure thing he was made out to be. Still poor guy,

  4. Lika Joey says:

    Mixed grill Pjaca had huge potential. I feel the same way about Halilovic as you do about Pjaca.

  5. Maminjo says:

    He had star potential back in 2016, and Juventus paid top dollar for him.

    Once he got that first injury, it was 50/50 that he may come back. Now, he’s down to 25%.

    I always thought he would at least come back and become a depth player for us, but now I’m not sure anymore.

    His value to us was dimished by Ante Rebić’s comeback.
    Having a strong power forward/winger is what Pjaca promised, but it was Rebić who came back from the dead and delivered it to us.

    The good news for us, and bad news for him, is that we have a shit ton of winger prospects (with some of them already better than Pjaca). I can’t see him ever winning a starting spot for us. Same goes for Halilović. We’re too talented there now with Rebić, Perišić, Brekalo, Vlašić, Marin, etc.

  6. Razbijač says:

    Man really gotta feel for the guy, tearing his ACL in his other knee!

    It’s unfortunate, but the ligaments in his knees are unable to handle the stress of professional football.

    Pjaca’s injury should pave the way for Bruno Petkovic to join repka squad. Who besides Kramaric can play the CF position.

    I feel the forwards that were initially called up were all wingers(apart from Krama). Petkovic brings another dimension and a big man threat that’s been missing since Mandzu.

    Plus Petkovic’s technique is good (see the way he set up a goal vs. Plzen with a backheel).

  7. Maminjo says:


    Yea that was a dumb mistake, but it happens. Chile missed this past World Cup because of a stupid mistake like that made by another team lol.

    As Razbijac just said, it looks as though football is just not meant for Marko Pjaca. This injury is to his opposite knee, so now he has this major injury in both knees.

    I can’t help but think that even if we didn’t play that friendly in Estonia, he would be in this same place anyway.

  8. Dannyj says:

    We have way more injury concerns
    Apparently both rebic and perisic possibly out now as well

    Well good opportunity for the kids to step upon
    Vlasic brekalo… like you guys say Petkovic potentially can step in
    It’s apparent he has skills but do you guys think he is legit repka player?
    Like I’m sure he will make a move in the summer but what is he mid 20s and back in Zagreb

  9. The truth says:

    I remember after Marko pee-ass-a got injured, i said he would likely never be the same

    Everyone bashed me and called me a hrvati hater (hrvat is Croatian for a Croatian person to any diaspora refers).

    And as usual, everyone comes to see i was right and all people every say now is how he’ll never be the same

    Now i fear the pendulum has swung too far as his career it’s completely written off. I wouldn’t necessarily go today far, but we can probably forget about him for two to three years

    Bummer for a guy who many thought could be a high level player

    But despite the media and this board constantly crowning the new Croatian messi, i continue to be correct in tempering expectations for these youth

    No youth player should ever be considered to be a lock to be any better than perisic

  10. Drek says:

    After a major injury how many athletes are”the same!”Very few!
    Not quite crystal ball stuff Nostradamus!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Truth Troll, “Everyone bashed me and called me a hrvati hater”.

    This isn’t because of statements about Pijaca (including your childish name calling of him), it’s because you’re a troll, douchebag, and an ass.

  12. gbvh says:

    Hi The Truth

    I am admittedly an infrequent poster, but curious: Does anyone here (yourself included) find “Marko pee-ass-a” funny? Clever? Amusing? Purposeful?

  13. Lika Joey says:

    Truth is just a fucking good! Irrelevant, useless piece of shit! The kid who never made a team or had an invite to a birthday party. Pjaca deserves respect.

  14. Soul Champ says:

    @ Self-hating Hrvati

    Wow ..

    Šuker schedules an at Estonia BS friendly.. Pjaca blows his knee out .. trains hard to get back on the pitch .. blows other knee out ..

    And now it’s time to be self righteous?


  15. Maminjo says:

    Lol, three?

    Imagine a Perišić caliber player having to sit on the bench for the other two.

    I’d be more than happy with one.
    Perišić alone carried us in the past three tournaments. The only difference in this recent ones, is that other players finally showed up.

  16. Lika Joey says:

    Maminjo, I agree! One would be incredible. Brekalo..Vlasic…Pasalic could be great players. Halilovic can’t get playing time anywhere. Coric could of peaked at 19. I love these other three. Rog is getting playing time at sevilla also. You need to play against real competition to develop. Brekalo lost to bayern today 6:1! But he played the entire match.

  17. The truth says:

    The crowd can call me what they want

    It is prophets who are often cast out by their own

    But no one can deny i predicted pee-ass-a may never be the same again after his injuries

    The masses railed against me saying i knew nothing, i was just a troll

    Fast forward a year, and all anyone on this site says now is how pee-ass-a May never be the same again, how serious these injuries are yata yata yata

    Sometimes the lack of football knowledge or any sports knowledge on this board it astounding

    But don’t swing the other way too hard.

    Pee-ass-a days with the repka are not likely to be some but probably on hold for two to three years

    Halilovic will even return to the fold some day

  18. LAknat says:

    if I’ve got a Death Note on my hand right now, I will just write down Dalic’s name here as a God punishment. He is such a sinner to not include Halilovic on the squad!

  19. Maminjo says:

    Who cares about Halilović.

    We are a rare nation who has the height and strength of Nordic nations, but the technical ability and skill of South American Nations.

    We have guys who are 6-foot plus, with the ability to dribble through multiple players, yet have no problems pushing players off of them. Watching guys like Rebić and Perišić go right at defenders, using their arms to push these weak ass defenders off them, then dribble past the next few… is a thing of beauty.

    Gone are the Srna-flop days for us where we reply entirely on dribbling, then flopping when we don’t get our way.

    Halilović is this kind of player. To small and frail to play physical. He dribbles well, but easy to defend with a simple check to his body. Modrić is small, but very strong. Halilović may end up being okay, but I’m more interested in the Vlašić and Rebić types moving forward.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Truth Troll claims to have predicted an athlete “MAY” not be the same after blowing out his knee. How did you do that oh great Oracle of sports? Nobody would ever make such a BOLD speculation after a major knee injury, and yet you somehow did.
    Up next, Truth Troll predicts that it may rain next week.

  21. BZ says:

    Pjaca was on a solid trajectory, but we all know his injury was a blessing in disguise. Rebic came on and fit perfectly with Perisic and Mandzukic in our high press. This was the key to silver this past summer.

    Can anybody else sniff Mandzukic’s talents pressing? That is the key to our Euro 2020 success. Sure Kramaric can score, but he cannot pressure the opposing defense for crap.

    Good luck Marko! Comeback strong, maybe as a striker?

  22. CroatiaU14 says:

    @BZ…not a bad idea for him to come back as a striker…like others have said we have a lot of young wingers already, many more than we have young strikers

  23. BZ says:

    @lika- Keep what up? It was clear, in the 2015 u-17s, Brekalo was the best player on the pitch. I was always a big supporter, but this season has been a setback, compared to last season. He has not improved, even with more minutes and less injuries.

    My biggest qualm, is his defense. With him and Kramaric up top, we are going to further lose time of possession, which can be ok if we score more goals, but Brekalo is not lighting up the scoresheet with goals or assists.

  24. Lika Joey says:

    He just needs to keep playing and getting minutes. Brekalo will be fine. I mean keep playing regularly. Playing time is vital for brekalo.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Kramaric is. Scoring machine I’m excited for him in the future we needed this and excited for revival too he’s a monster Kovacic needs to wake the fuck up he was supposed to be the next Modric ;(

  26. CroatiaU14 says:

    @maminjo…yeah he played great….he got a yellow but had a 7.3 rating

    Nikolai Moro scores for Dinamo to make it 3-1…he could be one for the future

  27. Maminjo says:

    Yea, Nikola Moro (I think) is kinda like what Mario Pasalic was supposed to be.

    A player who is box to box and can play in the pivot as a CDM, but also as an CAM behind the strikers.

    Pasalic is still in the picture, but I’m not sure if he’s going to be anything more than a Badelj type of player (which isn’t bad). I don’t really watch him too much anymore, so not sure how his progress is.

    Hopefully Moro sticks with Dinamo for another season. He is going to get some interest this summer for sure. If the sell off Olmo, it would give Moro a shit ton of minutes.

  28. CroatiaU14 says:

    @maminjo…agreed…Moro has gotta stay with Dinamo…before his injury he was being looked at my Man U…he has great ball control

    Pašalić has been playing really well lately….he has good players on his club that will make him better and better too

  29. The truth says:

    Haven’t watched hnl or Moro much.. Been so busy with business stuff lately and i usually have the interns doing the soccer analytics stuff mainly around the summer months to test their quant skills

    But from what i recall watching Moro at junior level was that he was slow.

  30. Medo says:

    I’ve been following that basic kid in France .He has a cannon is physical has scored a few this year, and unlike most of our other midfield prospects who have the build of a 6th grade girl he’s 6’2”.
    Brekalo is my cant miss pick long term but this basic kid could surprise many in a few years.

  31. Maminjo says:

    Yea the midfielder in demand today is one that is large, and possesses both offensive and defensive skills.

    Anyone that resembles Pogba is what everyone is looking for.

    It’s why Milinković-Savić was so heavily sought after last summer and priced at over 100 million Euro (before people realized he has a beta mentality).

    If Toma Bašić has defensive skills to pair with his offensive creativity, at 6’2″, he will look like a very desirable prospect.

  32. Zee says:

    I said Pjaca would never be the same unfortunately. His knees are shot. He has to get a real job and forget about football. Albeit he is relatively young and we all hope he comes back. I doubt it though.

  33. Razbijač says:

    @ Zee

    I could see Pjaca coming back though, but not as a superstar.

    I could see him becoming a journeyman type player….bouncing around the Austrian, Greek, and Danish leagues… tryin’ to earn a coupla bucks….

    Gotta feel for Juventus too! They shelled out $23 mill for the kid and look what happend!

  34. Maminjo says:

    I guess Pjaca just should have been an MMA fighter instead, since his dad was a wrestler and his mom was into Judo.

  35. The truth says:

    The most amusing thing about the kramaric goal is how he runs off celebrating by himself and only one guy follows him. The rest celebrate together separate

    Shows what kind of love the teammates have for kramaric

    I also remember when i first titled kramaric as me-first kramaric and said how his teammates didn’t like him

    Now everyone sees it

    And all this site talks about is when he didn’t lay the ball off to perisic

    The truth:. A thousand, the rest of the board: 0

  36. Toronto Croatia Toronto Croatia says:

    Definitly sad to hear about Pjaca. I was also one of the ones saying that he had huge potential to become a great player… after this 2nd injury it will be hard both physically and mentally to grow to his ‘potential’ form.

  37. Dannyj says:

    Ya this injury either completely kills his him or makes him dig deep
    It woudl be an amazing story if he came back to have a decent career again
    I hope he uses the time to do a lot of book learning
    The one thing bout these injuries…the amount of experience and wisdom it should give him is incredible

  38. Razbijač says:

    Yeah perhaps he can use this time to get an online degree and develop a skill set. He needs to have a fallback plan in case his career doesn’t pan out…

  39. CroatiaU14 says:

    @Medo…Bašić is on fire right now…I’m also glad he has height…he’s been putting up some decent match ratings lately

  40. Medo says:

    Truth it’s obvious you received no props from Tata when you were a youngster.Honestly being a Croat how many of us did ,growing up with dads who would rather smack us up side the glava than give us a compliment.Come home with all A’s and an A- and you know what they will focus on.You do have some insight on occasion but so do many others on here.You hedge your bets which are50/50 and NEVER specific then say “look I was correct!”I call 3-0 Benfica 2nd leg with dynamo..see going out on a limb ….hopefully I’m wrong.
    There is an old saying …those who boast about themselves do it because nobody boasts for them.

  41. BZ says:

    lol, Truth. Coming out of his rat hole. I bet he thinks enough time has passed since our group of “mental midgets” proved him wrong across the board last summer.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I hope pjaca takes advantage of some of the medical techniques they can use to speed up injury recovery…such as hgh,testosterone what’s he got to lose ,his backs against the wall but he will be back!!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Some big stores in uk stopped selling single knives as I seen on news because there’s an epidemic of random knife attacks in london or is it mental sickness untreated.

  44. Canuckcro says:
    30 year ago there was 2 bigtime serial butchers roaming around australia..ivan milat in above video ..i think there was another cro lastname serial killer also i seen on documentary.He should have taken his backpack trips to belgrade..milat was forsure a 51 50.

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