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2020 Friendlies Starting To Take Shape, North American Games Off

February 13, 2020

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The 2020 Croatian football schedule is starting to take shape. The Vatreni already know where they will be for Euro 2020, but what kind of friendlies will the HNS serve up for them?

 

 

On Wednesday, we learned that Croatia will host Turkey in Osijek in a pre-Euro 2020 friendly on May 31st. Turkey has been grouped with Italy, Wales, and Switzerland at Euro 2020. And although not official quite yet, the Vatreni are rumored to play France on June 7th in Paris in a World Cup 2018 Final rematch as a final warm-up to the tournament. Both of these matches are fantastic for Zlatko Dalić and company.

 

 

However, the March friendlies are still up in the air and should be made public in the next week or so. After rumors circulated that Davor Šuker would be bringing Croatia across the pond to North America again this March for two friendlies – just as he did in 2018 – it seems that the USA/Canada trip is off. Croatia was supposed to play two friendlies in Chicago, Toronto, or New York, but now it looks as if these friendlies could take place somewhere in the Middle East.

 

 

Not much diaspora there – but at the end of the day – money talks.
 

 

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Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 23 comments





  1. Soul Champ says:

    Rebić finding his scoring form.

    If he adds consistent finishing to his beast mode running then we have a legit weapon.

    Amazing how teams still this day front on the nogometaš.

    You buy a nogometaš then you play him.

    Rebić getting more and more big game experience with AC Milan.

    Boban has to feel good about Rebić getting into the groove.



  2. gbvh says:

    These Cup games (Spanish and Italian) nowhere to be found on TV in Canada despite my million channels.

    Dare I ask: Was the late Juve PK call legit?



  3. Razbijač says:

    Rebic scoring goals and playing well against–the best out there (Juve and Inter). He’s constantly dangerous with the ball, creating all sorts of threats.

    The goal was really well taken, dude leaps in the air to volley the ball straight in the corner passed Buffon.



  4. Anonymous says:

    Never a PK terrible call yes it hit defenders hand no intent ball going out of play but for the hand and only a yard away from the player who kicked the ball at his hand



  5. BZ says:

    Guys, remember when that guy on this site had Rebic’s back all season long!? Who was that guy who posted support for Rebic and risked looking like a fool when the ACMilan fans, media, and coaches were not giving Rebic a chance. I think many on this site owe that guy some props.

    Ac Milan coach still a moron, he took the best player on the pitch (Rebic) off in the 72nd minute! Rebic a perfect guy for a 10 man side, but I guess their coach doesn’t see nuance.
    -Rebic only one who will run into space on counter
    -Rebic only one with gas in the tank, and willing to run on D.

    It is Rebic, not Zlatan that has turned this team around. Zlatan is slow and lazy. So many wasted chances for ACMilan bc everybody trying to appease Zlatan by trying to force balls to Zlatan, when clearly better options are available.

    Whatever, the only thing that matters is that Rebic doesn’t get injured.



  6. Dannyj says:

    Exactly
    Who cares bout Milan
    Long as our boys are healthy and hitting their stride

    Summer will be here before We know it!



  7. BZ says:

    Let’s just say the handball call could have gone either way ie
    1) if Ronaldo kicks that into Vrsaljko’s arm this summer, Portugal will get a PK.
    2) If Perisic kicks that into Trippier’s arm it will be ignored and no PK will be given.

    And that’s the sad truth.



  8. Iggy Iggy says:

    100% agree with you BZ, and i would also add this:

    (1) the Ronaldo situation – it will 100% be referred to VAR who will spend 5 minutes agonising over it before giving a penalty

    (2) the Perisic situation – will just be waved away on the pitch and never even referred to VAR so no chance to be called.

    ^^ and THAT my friends is the big issue with VAR, if it was used evenly it would be fine, but it is used to undermine smaller countries and boost the big teams so they only both to even refer to VAR when it’s in favour of the big team.



  9. Nikola Vukmanić (vuki) says:

    @BZ

    You’re probably not talking about me, but there I was one of the few people championing Rebic to start over Brekalo for us even when he wasn’t playing at Milan. His high pressing is invaluable to our play style.

    On another note, I posted this on the other thread but it was a bit late so not many saw it I’m assuming. I’m curious as to whether we will just call up Kramaric to replace Perisic in the 23-man squad for March or actually make some changes to test different players. My predicted 23 is something like this:

    GK: Livakovic, Kalinic, Sluga
    DEF: Lovren, Vida, Vrsaljko, Barisic, Caleta-Car, Katic, Jedvaj, some other random LB probably Melnjak or Leovac (should be Borna Sosa/Domagoj Bradaric imo but they will undoubtedly be with the U21s again)
    MID: Modric, Rakitic, Brozovic, Kovacic, Pasalic, Vlasic, Badelj
    FWD: Kramaric, Rebic, Petkovic, Orsic, Brekalo (unless they decide to have him play with the U21s)

    I just would like to see at least a couple key players rested for these matches. If they feel they HAVE to have Modric play for the fans to get their money’s worth then fine. Just let Brozo, Rakitic, Lovren and Vida rest then? Won’t happen though because the U21s have competitive matches to play.

    On one hand I get trying to have the best U21 players playing in those matches so they can play in tournaments, but we saw what happened with what was supposed to be one of our best U21 teams this past summer. Sure, Brekalo getting injured hurt, but it was just a weak performance overall. Plus, the U21s have already lost a couple games and are currently 4th in their qualifying group. They are just about done if they lose again. I don’t know, I just think if players are ready for the main team just call them up. We waited forever on Vlasic and Brekalo and they made an immediate impact in their first appearances. I think someone like Badelj could easily be replaced by a few of our younger guys like Moro.



  10. BZ says:

    Vuki-
    a) You definitely were one of the few.
    b) Agree, Badelj definitely a perfect candidate for giving a young guy some experience. You weren’t active on the board when guys were supporting Badelj as our starter. Thank goodness Inter showcased Brozo at holding/cdm before WC 18.

    Jedvaj is valuable in the sense that he can cover for Barisic, Vrsaljko, Vida, or Lovren in a pinch. He is struggling at the club level as of late, but has proven to be a decent backup.



  11. Anonymous says:

    The sad truth is you guys constantly complaining about a conspiracy against small soccer nations while pretty much the same establishment is OPENLY putting white people in prison in their own countries for the crime of SAYING their countries should remain white. God forbid! But that’s “bitching”, your soccer grievances are legitimate and much much more important.

    Oh I forgot, being an establishment toady and accepting the genocide of your race is Tough, and you’ll be the toughest son of a bitch when you’re the only white man left.



  12. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of France, Jorge Bush invaded Iraq to protect his Evangelical homeland of Israel while his beloved Mexicans invade the United States. And he invaded Afghanistan b/c some Muslim guys might be plotting terrorism in a sand box in the middle of a gigantic desert half way around the world while Muslim guys plan terrorism in New York and Paris apartments.

    Meanwhile, the country of France put a French intellectual in prison for calling massive third world immigration into France an ‘invasion’. Treason against your own gene pool, genocide against your own gene pool are far worse crimes than terrorism so why isn’t the United States invading France ?



  13. Luchador says:

    @Pro white guy

    “Meanwhile, the country of France put a French intellectual in prison for calling massive third world immigration into France an ‘invasion’.”

    So what makes those “invaders” France’s enemies?

    Do you think a person would copulate and procreate with a person he considers his or her enemy? That’s what would have to happen for whites to go the way of the dodo bird, would you agree muppet?

    I think you agree with this “intellectual” white homosexual because you’re a white homosexual as well?



  14. BZ says:

    Today’s Vrsaljko wire:
    Vrsaljko has position, Valencia player undercuts him and basically rams his face into Vrsaljko’s arm. Referee gives Vrsaljko a yellow. And that is what we should expect at Euros.

    Vrsaljko had some good crosses as a sub, Morata and co. could not finish. Valencia dominated Atletico’s left back, stayed away from Vrsaljko at all costs.





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