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Croatians Around Europe XXXI

April 20, 2019


Perišić (ground) scores diving header vs. Roma



Ivan Perišić scored the only goal for Inter Milan Saturday in a 1-1 draw against Roma. In the 61st minute, Perišić made a nice run on the back post to stay onside and headed home to tie the game up and split the points. Both Šime Vrsaljko and Marcelo Brozović are scheduled to miss the rest of the season with injuries. The draw keeps Inter in third place and six points clear of Roma for a Champions League berth. With only five matches remaining in the season, expect Inter Milan to be back in the CL Group Stage in September.



Perišić Goal






Andrej Kramarić scored and added an assist Saturday as Hoffenheim thrashed Schalke 5-2. Kramarić made a nice run to stay onside and easily slipped the ball passed a vulnerable Schalke keeper. The win puts Hoffenheim within two points of a Champions League berth with four matches remaining in the season.



Ivan Rakitić played the full 90 minutes for Barcelona on Saturday in a 2-1 victory over Real Sociedad. The victory keeps Barcelona nine points in front of second place Atletico Madrid with five matches remaining in the season. Luka Modrić played the full match and assisted in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Real remain four points behind Atletico.



Juventus locked up another Serie A title on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina without the services of Mario Mandžukić; who has a mild knee injury. We may not see Mandza for the rest of the season as Ajax bounced Juventus out of Champions League earlier in the week.




Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 43 comments

  1. vuki says:

    Would anyone be interested in helping me make either a website or detailed Google doc that keeps track of our younger players that aren’t really established yet? I currently just have a basic doc that just lists pretty much all the ones I know of and just has the player’s DOB, position, and current club.

    My vision is to also have their updated stats (season and career), international caps, maybe something like expert opinions as well as like potential ability either using a star system or just a grade, and a players of the week section that shows which players had a good week.

    Let me know if you’re interested, it just feels like it will be a lot of work to be updating stats every week, but with graduating college in two weeks, I’ll hopefully have a little more time on my hands.

  2. CroatiaU14 says:

    Adrien Šemper started in goal today for Chievo, and beat Lazio 2-1….good for the 20 year old…Nikola Katić scores today for Rangers in a 3-1 win

  3. CroatiaU14 says:

    @vuki that’s an awesome idea….I’ve tried it, but it’s a lot of work…I got like halfway through the players that I felt should be watched and forgot about it…it’s a lot of work…Transfermarkt (the website) is extremely helpful when trying to do something like that…they update really quickly and have efficient stats for almost any pro player you can think of…they even have detailed stats of the Druga Liga if I can remember correctly. Congrats on your graduation too.

  4. Ivan says:

    Sign me up!
    I suggest putting your own gmail down to direct interest towards yourself for your idea though.
    Congratulations on graduating also!

  5. Razbijač says:

    Guess who won the Title yesterday???? For like the 20th Time….”Volim te Dinamo!”

    Also, prospects such as Marin, Majer, and Moro all started in Dinamo’s win. All guys to keep an eye on.

    Anyway, Borekovic scored for Rio Ave in their win in Portugal.

  6. Crnkovic says:

    Ante kvartuc. Can you change the photo on the water cooler? I’ve lost a little weight in the last months

  7. CroatiaU14 says:

    @Razbijač good for the young guys….always nice to see them starting…like I always say, Marin is our next huge thing. I’m excited to watch him play next season with Dinamo.

  8. The truth says:


    It’s a good project to sharpen some technical skills. For a while,i was having our interns do soccer analytics to test their abilities

    What you should probably do, is get the names of all players you want to watch I am excel list. Then find a site with accurate stats perhaps like transfermarket

    You can then pull in a website link into excel, often through a direct link or some vba programming. From their, just use some simple vlookups or index-match etc, to have the spreadsheet automatically update from the info you pull from the web

    You’ll have to do code in a little but if fine tuning of data and conditionality on what you pull next to each player, but should be doable

  9. vuki says:

    @The truth

    Yeah I have some programming experience as my degree is in information systems, I was planning on possibly trying something like that, so we’ll have to see.

  10. Razbijač says:

    @ Vuki and Truth

    There’s a more efficient way to do it. Prolly using Python, to pull the data and populate an excel spreadsheet. This would be easier than using VBA. And you wouldn’t have to use arrays or VLookup.

    You would also have to get access to Transfermarkt’s APIs to use Python to pull the data on to an excel spreadsheet.

  11. The truth says:

    Agreed. Python definitely has more functionality than excel and vba. A bit tougher to use if you’re not familiar. Most of my guys use python now, but i was raised on mostly excel and vba and some more old school languages and too old to learn new tricks now

  12. Prince Kababweki Zulambi Tokogolo Kashumba Smith says:

    I see and read pointless stupid people at this site every time.

  13. Suba says:

    Stretan Uskrs everybody

    Whilst Dinamo deserves the title this year but we all know that Hajduk and Dalmatians always produce the best individual soccer players

  14. Maminjo says:

    That used to be true.

    Now it seems that all good players are Zagreb-born Hercegovci or Zagreb-born Dalmatinci.

    Vlašić, Moro and Palaversa are some Split-born players that could be huge for us though. Not sure where Antonio Marin and Filip Benković’s families are from.

  15. Pipi says:

    Armada648643553 What happened to your team ? They got spanked !!! Hajduk for Life !! Happy Easter to All !!!

  16. Razbijač says:

    Kramaric scores, giving him 16 for the season. He’s got 4 games left to reach 20 goals.

    Also, I notice that Benkovic has been on the bench for Celtic. What’s going on with his career???

    Not only that, Benk means Bench in Norwegian, so yeah, Norwegian football fans are having a field day with Benkovic’s name.

  17. CroatiaU14 says:

    @Razbijač…Benković literally just got over with a knee injury he sustained in Janurary. He was starting before the injury, and I bet he’ll be starting in a week or two

  18. Maminjo says:


    Yea, I just am not sure where whether Marin and Benković’s families are from Zagreb though.

    Both of them could be another set of Zagreb-born Hercegovci and Dalmatinci.

  19. Suba says:

    Congrats to Modric however I hope he saves his legs for us now and tries out Italy now

    He should try and do a Pirlo and his legacy would be cemented

  20. Suba says:

    Did anyone see Suarez’s look on his face after he set Raketa for a goal and all the dude did was slice his shot into the side netting haha

    I get those reactions to when he plays for the repka

    When will Messi stop looking like he’s depressed all the time maybe he should retire if he’s not enjoying playing football anymore

  21. Ante Kvardouche says:

    Why is Rebic starting on the bench against Wolfsburg? One point. Most big league coaches are total idiots.

  22. Maminjo says:

    Who is this Croat from Livno (Pavao Pervan) that is goalkeeping for Wolfsburg now?

    The guy was keeper for LASK Linz these past 8 years and transferred to Wolfsburg this season. He has been starting lately.

    Surprised that fellow Livjnak (Dalic) hasn’t already called him up. If he’s good enough to keep a starting spot in the Bundesliga, he’s definitely worth calling up in the next several games (at least as a backup keeper)…especially with our shaky goalkeepers.

  23. Ivan says:

    I think young dual nationality players are far more important to recruit than older ones having good seasons like Pervan. It’s great that he’s Croatian but I think it’s fine having sub-Croatia level players representing Croatia abroad in other countries. I’d like to see Dalić call up young talents like Marešić and Pongračić who have the talent to make the national team in the future.

    On another note, Pašalić’s goal was huge and that guy deserves another call up. Rebić’s mistake (should have been a foul) led to Wolfsburg’s goal today but they’ll be fine, he was great in setting up both goals against Benfica to avenge Dinamo.

  24. Soul Champ says:

    @ Iván

    Rebić was fouled hard.

    And the ball was in the offensive half along the side line.

    Not sure what the other defenders were doing to not recover?

    He looked fantastic as he came on.

    His skills are improving like Olić.

  25. Dannyj says:

    Olic def scored some highlight goals
    I remember a particular bicycle kick later on his career
    Rebic let’s hope can be better then Olic was

    The thing bout Olic…never questioned his effort for cro

  26. Suba says:

    Relic is already better than Olic

    The question will be is that will Rebic be better than Perisic when Ivan hangs up his boots for Croatia

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