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September 18, 2020


Andrej Kramarić bags a hat trick on opening weekend



Andrej Kramarić certainly didn’t look good for the Vatreni in both September Nations League games but he does remain on fire for Hoffenheim. In the last game of the Bundesliga season in July, Krama scored four goals against Borussia Dortmund. In the season opener this weekend, Kramarić netted a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Cologne. He picked up a trash goal in the first half off a defensive blunder, converted a PK, and then scored the game winner in injury time with a low shot from inside the box. Seven goals in two Bundesliga matches. Not bad!



I’m officially on Team Petković as far as the national team goes, but it will be hard to keep Krama on the bench if he keeps having multi-scoring matches in the Bundesliga.



Kramarić Hat Trick 







We have a Marko Pjaca siting! After spending the first half of the shortened 2020 season on loan ay Anderlecht in Belgium, the 25 year-old Juventus player is now being loaned to Serie A club Genoa for the 2021 season. On Sunday, Pjaca made his Genoa debut in the 68th minute and scored seven minutes later with a shot inside the far post as his side defeated Crotone 4-1. Pjaca has had a string of bad injuries and bad luck. This is prime time for him to shine in Italy and work his way back up to the national side.



Pjaca Goal



Luka Modrić played 70 minutes as Real Madrid played out a scoreless draw with Real Sociedad in their season opener. Mateo Kovačić got his first Premiership start of the season as Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool via a horrendous Kepa blunder.




Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 89 comments

  1. Eric says:

    If Cro built a national stadium (which all the politicians said they would after 2018 WC), it would be in Zagreb. Naturally, Dinamo would benefit from this, presumably making it their new home. The rest of Croatia, especially Dalmacija, would lose their mind if this happened. Unfortunately, for these and countless more reasons, I don’t think a national stadium will ever be built. That being said, Osijek is building a nice new stadium, that already under construction. I think Rijeka is still planning to build a new Kantrida (the owners couldn’t come up with the capital?) If Dinamo gets their act together, maybe partnering with grad Zagreb, a much needed new Maksimir could happen, but I wouldn’t hold your breath .

  2. Maminjo says:

    We don’t need a National Stadium.

    We need Dinamo, Hajduk, Osijek and Rijeka to upgrade their stadiums and the National Team can rotate between them.

    Osijek will have a new one soon.

    We have some decent smaller stadiums in Dugopolje and Istra for friendlies and junior competitions, but yea, we need some upgrades in our three biggest cities.

  3. Slavonac from Canada says:

    So Pjaca is going to Genoa where Juric is the coach, hopefully he can regain some confidence and form. I’d really like to see him get back to being a standard player.

  4. U boj says:

    Does anyone have a link for the Dinamo game today?

    I hope Pjaca can get his form back. He had incredible potential. Damn injury from a meaningless game.

  5. Andrej L says:

    Kramaric with 3 goals including the 90th min game winner which should have been easily saved. He played the false 9 position similar to the France game. However, unlike our players the other 2 strikers went central to make sure someone was occupying the CF position when Krama dropped deep to collect the ball. Decent playmaking from Krama and looks to be willing to pass the ball quickly.

  6. Andrej L says:

    Sosa was an unused sub at Stuttgart while their starting LWB scored a goal.

    Good move from Pjaca where he can learn to be a pro from Badelj and Pandev. More importantly get quality minutes. I guess Tudor didn’t have enough pull to keep him at Juve.

    Juric is now the head coach of Hellas Verona who play Roma later today.

  7. Maminjo says:

    Yea, but playing Krama with a CF (Petkovic) would mean we’d have to sit one of Rebic or Perisic.

    Not sure if I would want to do that. Would kill our pressing style that was so successful at the World Cup.

    Kramaric will keep on scoring in the Bundesliga, making it very awkward for Dalic to keep him on the bench.

  8. Maminjo says:

    Juric is a good guy and a decent coach.

    He’ll do what it takes to get Pjaca back to what he was (if that potential still exists).

  9. Andrej L says:

    Juric is the manager for Hellas Verona.
    Pjaca is going to Genoa. Hopefully, he regains form and challenges Rebic for that starting spot.

    I should’ve been more clear that if Krama occupies the false 9 for us, Rebic and Perisic need to move more central if Krama drops deep which they didn’t do against France. But few of them were not in proper game shape at that point so I wouldn’t judge those games too much from that standpoint.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Poor Zubac forced to be a human billboard for the CRIMINAL antiWhite establishment. “Have the courage to support comrade Stalin” Zubac!

    They aren’t the Soviet establishment in their prime or we wouldn’t be shoving the bullshit they incessantly vomit out of their mouths right back down their fucking throats. But you get my point.

    I’m not sure you can get that many people, 100% of them, to agree that cancer is bad, but somehow every single person in the NBA agrees with BLM. How is it possible 100% of people agree with BULLSHIT when the INDISPUTABLE FACT is blacks have a much higher standard of living in white countries than in black countries? “Racial injustice”?? Lying thru your fucking teeth by blaming whites for black problems IS ‘racial injustice’. It’s also White supremacy.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I happen to catch a white hockey player repeat the new liberal party line: “it’s not politics, it’s human rights”. And of course no one from the “free press” asks him to EXPLAIN what he means b/c we all know he can’t. That’s the point of that party line; how dare you disagree with “human rights”.

    Towards the apex of the battle of Stalingrad, after the Red Army had the German 6th army surrounded, many Soviet soldiers were still surrendering to the German side. All they knew was defeat after defeat after defeat with hundreds of thousands of Soviet soldiers being taken prisoner. Not only could they not see the big picture of the battle itself, they also couldn’t see the bigger picture, the fact that the U.S. had a communist president, that Churchill was a moron still fighting the Napoleonic wars in his sick little mind, etc.

    Said hockey player has no idea what’s going, he can’t see more than two feet in front of his face. To him, the media that doesn’t challenge him is the only world that exists, he’s completely unaware of the gigantic world of dissent that exists outside of the bubble he’s in.

    The days of the 90 year old “nazi” who was a prison guard as a teenager being interrogated under a spotlight by a 40 year old CIA Jew are over. YOU may have to EXPLAIN your “anti-racism” bro.

  12. Andrej L says:

    @ my fellow Canadian Slavonac
    Honest mistake, Juric was coaching Genoa for years. Did well today to draw Roma.

    Saw that Toma Basic got hurt in the first half today. Has anyone watched him play over the past year? He was supposedly set for a 10mm Euro move to Milan. I’d prefer a place where he’d actually get playing time. Seems like he could potentially be another DMF to back up Brozo.

  13. Maminjo says:

    Yea some people are high on Basic from this site.

    He looks pretty decent. I like his size, and the fact that he’s supposed to be a modern box to box midfielder. He’s been playing regular first team football in the French league for some time now.

    Would like to see him called up to give him a try and see what he can do. Probably would have been better to call him up and play him deep, than call up Pasalic and try him out of position there.

    Pasalic should have just subbed on as a replacement for Vlasic in the CAM role, and had Toma Basic come in to play deep (maybe a sub in for Kovacic), so we can see what each of them could do against strong competition. Instead, we got Dalic’s stupid experiment that doesn’t tell us anything for either player.

  14. Antemurale Christianitatis says:

    @Pro white guy

    Pretty sure Roosevelt was a protestant, but being that protestantism and atheistic communism are both materialistic faiths they can co-exist on some level, whereas Catholics cannot co-exist with atheistic communists on any level, that’s one of the reasons why the allies of evil dumped God’s chosen people (the Catholic Croats) into communist Yugoslavia to be persecuted. Another reason why the allies of evil persecuted the Catholic Croats (God’s chosen people) was because the Ustasa order was “Bog i Hrvati,” and that pissed the world off.

    Bog i Hrvati



  15. Anonymous says:

    Ivo Josipovic, Kolinda, Plenkovic and Zoran Milanovic, all children of atheistic communists and “bez dana radnog staža.” Lol, and the Croatian people served, and continue to serve those atheistic communist losers like good slaves.

  16. BZ says:

    Somebody asked, “Why can’t Kramaric do that (score 3 goals) for us?”

    Let me first say, Kramaric is a real deal goal scorer. He is good and can score.

    Why can’t he play like that for us?
    1) We rarely play shitty competition anymore, that allows him to score goals 1 & 3. Koln has been laughing stock of Bundesliga for awhile.

    2) Goal 1, the CB makes a embarassing pass to the goalie, then the goalie weakly let’s the ball thru the 5 hole.

    3) Goal 2 was a PK granted to Hoffenheim on a ghost foul. Croatia would NEVER be awarded that foul in competitive play.

    4) Goal 3 was a save only the Koln goalie, and our Goalies would allow.

    Kramaric is good, but just doesn’t fit our winning style of play. He fits Hoffenheim’s system well.

    Good news for his staunch advocates: Dalic is going to try to force him into the starting position for the foreseeable future.

    Maybe he can up his game.
    My suggestion: Make a few more quick passes, up his cardio/ work rate. Two of the easier things to change.

  17. Medo says:

    Pjaca looked very good …his goal was a beauty from a tight angle.He also should of had an assist on a nice lay off..but I was more impressed with his quickness and power turning a few defenders in tight quarters..I don’t think he’s dropped off ,if at all after his injury.
    Badelj isn’t popular or a sexy pick for us but he’s very composed rarely makes a mistake and his passing today was sublime..a good guy to sub in with a one goal lead late.

  18. Croatian Sensation says:

    Wolfsburg had an abundance of opportunities to score. Even though Leverkusen had more shots and possession. Brekalo has four shots, gritty, technical and great ball possession. I’d put him as an attacking winger and replace him for Perisic.

  19. Soul Champ says:

    Pjaca has a pulse??

    If makes a comeback from two serous knee surgeries then he will have a mind of steel running in through the center of his body.

    I love depth on the wings.

    Attackers need to be fresh and hungry.

    Nogometaši are the best from ages 26 – 32.

    We are late bloomers.

    I pray for Pjaca as that away to Estonia was treacherous.

  20. Andrej L says:

    Pjaca looked very comfortable/confident and definitely should’ve had an assist as well. You could tell his teammates were looking to get him on the ball. Similar to what BZ said about Krama, it was a game against Crotone (weak defending).

    Whenever, I saw him at Fiorentina or Schalke Pjaca would always do these double step overs that go nowhere. That to me means he can’t tell which way the defender is leaning in order to go the other direction to get by them. He is still explosive (maybe a bit less) enough to make a quick move to get the defender going one way and move the other. He did one step over on his first touch to get in a cross. But then later on in the game he was on a break against one defender, did two step overs, and went nowhere. If that was Perisic, it would’ve been a goal with either foot. Hopefully, Pjaca can mature this part of his game because I think he holds onto the ball too long and tends to over dribble. Overall, great to see him playing and getting minutes. Having mentors is important and guys like Goran Pandev and Badelj will make him into a better pro.

  21. Maminjo says:

    Good to see Pjaca find himself a new team that looks like it can be a good fit.

    However, I don’t ever see him surpassing Rebić and Perišić… and Brekalo is younger with a higher ceiling.

    But you never know what can happen, and it’s always good to have depth (at the very least).

    Hopefully all these guys that have torn knees (Pjaca, Krovinović, and Moro) can get back to their potential before injuries.

  22. BZ says:

    Just watched the Pjaca highlight.

    Looked as though he was playing a 9 or 10. Or part of the top of a 3-5-2.

    I touched upon this the other year, it would be great if he could carve out a new niche as a Striker. Less running required, on that gimpy knee.

    The guy is still built like a bull, and probably still can dribble effectively in tight spaces. I like the sound of Rebic, Perisic, and a recovered Pjaca menacing other teams’ backlines.

    If only Brlek played, we would have had 4 Croats seeing playing time. Pjaca, Badelj, and Gomelt all saw playing time.

    As you guys know, I think Badelj is solid, but we need GREAT. Good depth player, but we learn far more when we try younger guys like Pasalic et al. (even if we fail.)

  23. Maminjo says:


    Yea, we know what Badelj is.

    However, thanks to the stupid experiments, we do not know what Pasalic is. We played him out of position in two games, and he showed us he cannot play them (not a big surprise).

    If we want to try out different midfielders that play deep, then we should call up Basic or even Bistrovic.

    If we wanted to try out a different formation, then we should have played the appropriate formation with the midfielders we called up last game.

    Looking forward to next month to see if Dalic has learned from this Nations League experience (since he forgot the lessons learned from the last Nations League).

  24. BZ says:

    @Maminjo- Lmao, so true about the out of position experiment. The thing is, Pasalic blew his chance. Hard to see a midfield configuration in which Pasalic can play.

    The inverted triangle was literally Dalic’s stroke of genius. It worked so well. Rakitic and Modric filled in the zones if our highpress brilliantly.


    Dalic also did well to invert it back, in Rakitic’s absence

    but these last experiments were baffling.

    Watched the Pjaca game. I was so happy for him. Played really well, but it was against Crotone.

    Pjaca the type of player that can break thru vs an Italian giant. I hope he stays healthy and leads Genoa to a big upset. Great players carry their team.

  25. The Great Anonymous Doom says:

    I would love to see us play with Rog and Brozovic together in a 4-2-3-1 configuration. Rog is always unfairly overlooked, in my opinion. But he is a very good defensive midfielder with a great ability to win the ball and immediately generate counterattacks. Watching him at Cagliari, it’s evident that his good performances for the Repka against Spain and Jordan have not been flukes. He lost his spot on the squad after he failed to impress as a Right Back, but Rog is a midfielder!

  26. Soul Champ says:

    Pjaca has been on yet another early 20’s nogometaš odyssey.

    I remember Spain 2016.

    Should came on way earlier Portugal 2016.

    Dalić has to fine our Rimac C_Two.

    He has all the components.

    Time for him to step up as a manager.

    Summer 2018 was historic .. AND .. it will be October 2020.

  27. Maminjo says:

    @Great Anonymous Doom

    Is Rog a good ball winner?

    I don’t watch Cagliari games and I don’t trust stats as much because they can be false.

    I’ve been told many times that Kovacic is good defensively and is a good ball winner (with stats proving it) but every time I watch him on the field for us, he’s jogging and chasing shadows.

    Whenever I watch Rog, it’s been on our National Team and he looks out of control (like he’s about to fall over all the time).

    Maybe I need to watch more but I can’t see him even being close to good enough to start ahead of some of the other central midfielders ahead of him.

  28. Maminjo says:

    Raketa’s retirement confirms that he probably wanted to retire a couple years ago, back but was being indecisive about it.

    He should have just retired after the World Cup, rather than be a no-show for many of our qualifiers. Now that his club career is slowing down, he would rather focus all his efforts on Sevilla and finish his club career on a high (after being dragged in the mud at Barca).

    Shame. We could have still used him.

  29. Maminjo says:

    Apparently, Josko Gvardiol snubbed Leeds and turned down their contract terms after Dinamo and Leeds had already agreed to a huge transfer fee.

    Gvardiol is most likely to join RB Leipzig now.

  30. Maminjo says:

    With Leipzig, Gvardiol would be loaned back to Dinamo for a season.

    Gvardiol would make less money at Leipzig, but his family wants him to develop better and think it’s a better path than Leeds.

    Also, Antonijo Čolak is going to PAOK.

    Sandro Kulenovic is taking his place at Rijeka and is being loaned there by Dinamo. This is good news. Can play every game now. It’s just odd that Dinamo included a 2.5 million Euro buyout option. Maybe they’re not too high on him?

  31. Medo says:

    Rakitić s retirement is a good thing long term as much as he will be missed.
    Frees up valuable minutes for the young hungry dogs who are actually fully invested physically and emotionally playing for us…he’s been waffling for the last few years with all his “nagging!”injuries every time there was an away qualifier he didn’t feel like playing in.
    That’s only one of the many reasons Luka will retire a legend…he would play barefoot in Antarctica in January if he was asked.

  32. I agree Medo. Rakitic’s retirement is honestly probably going to hurt us in the short term because even if you’re in the camp that Vlasic should start over him, which I probably am for the most part. We don’t have someone like him coming off the bench. A player who can come in and help control the pace of the game. I am happy that we now have time to try a bunch of things out as we don’t have to say “oh well what if Rakitic is there?” when he rejects the call up. I am pretty disappointed that he did it now because as of now I still have tickets to the two group stage matches in the Euros in Scotland and would have loved to see him play.

    Maminjo, Leipzig is the better option for Gvardiol in my opinion. They commit to their young players and give them a lot of chances to show what they give. I felt he should stay at Dinamo for a year and a loan-back could work perfectly.

    As for Kulenovic. I’ve honestly become less high on him. I still think he has the potential to be a good player, but he literally hasn’t scored a club goal in over a year. Granted Dinamo has like 4 or 5 strikers that they use and it’s hard to get too many minutes when you’re not at least in the top two in ability. We will truly see what he’s got at Rijeka. Right now, Petar Musa at Slavia Prague is lighting it up and took Kulenovic’s spot in the U21s lineup so Kulenovic is going to have to step it up.

    I’ve also seen rumors about Antonio Marin leaving Dinamo. I saw a Sampdoria rumor, but apparently Zoran Mamic has shut that down. There is apparently an unnamed club that is signing him. One team I’ve seen is Serie B team AC Monza. The team that Mirko Maric went to. I really hope he just goes somewhere where he’s going to play. Dinamo isn’t giving him minutes at first team level, but he has been killing it with the second team. If this does happen though, could mean Orsic is not leaving as Dinamo already sold Kadzior.

  33. Maminjo says:

    Strange that Dinamo is selling players so young.

    I guess teams are willing to drop 20 million Euro on unproven 18 year olds, so how can Dinamo say no.

    Olmo was a 22 year old player who proved himself in Champions League, and they still only got around 20 million for him.

    I guess that is the ceiling that teams are willing to pay for HNL players.

  34. Maminjo says:


    Yea, Leipzig puts money into their development system, so that’s good.

    Leeds just decided to dump a ton of cash into their team. That kind of scares me because it seems like they have high EPL ambitions and teams like that don’t care about how much money they lose. They won’t go through any of the growing pains that Gvardiol may experience while developing. They’ll bench him the same way Leicester benched Benkovic.

    I want him to play a full season or two at Dinamo before he goes anywhere. If Leipzig offers a loan, then that’s great.

  35. BZ says:

    Dalic is taking a deep breath. The Rakitic vs Vlasic decision was going to be his unraveling. It would be a no win scenario.

    Regarding all these experimenting concepts. When the greats arrive, you will know it, and you will know it early.

    Rakitic arrived and we knew his greatness immediately, by the time he was 20.

    He could play any position in the midfield, and play it well.

    The day we rely on Pasalic, Rog, Badelj et al is the day we concede mediocrity.

    There is no experimenting to be done in the midfield.

    It is Vlasic, Modric, Brozo. Rebic and Perisic at wings.

  36. Ričard says:

    Modric brozovic Vlasic trio looks good to me in midfield even a 35 or next year 36 modric has class.

    As for Raketa thanks but he was took emotional for barca and sevilla too much women estrogen haha. Kidding aside thank you. 32 is not old could have taken capatins armband for wc 2022 and one more euro but thats life

  37. Dragan says:

    Livakovic Vrsaljko Lovren Vida Barisic Modric Brozovic Vlasic Perisic Petkovic Rebic. Thats Dalics lineup he preferred.

    I think pjaca will make his way back in 23 man squad with play for genoa. Melnjak i still dont knkw why he gets call ups. Still no Rb i dont understand Dalic you call 3 lbs no rbs

    I like the hnl call ups expect skoric his partner form osijek way better.

    Against the swiss i can see

    Grbic Uremovic Jedvaj Caleta Car Bradaric Kovacic Badelj Rog Brekalo Colak Orsic staring 11. Caktas Lovric getting minutes

  38. Slavonac from Canada says:

    I felt Rakitic was always under appreciated by our fans. He is a very talented player that was very good at distributing the ball (short and long passes) and overall…he might have been any other country’s top midfield player.

  39. Stipe says:

    Raketa ICED those two penalties in WC. I remember when he fucked up against Turkey being offsides leading to the their fuckin goal. Then misses the penalty. He came a long way. Hvale Brate!!

  40. Suba says:

    A big thank you to Rakitic

    His service to Hrvatska was incalculable and will be forever remember as one of Croatia’s greatest midfielders

    His arrival to the national team came at a critical juncture and we will be grateful for him coming along

    His partnership with Modric was truly remarkable

    Despite personally being frustrated with him at times I have no doubt that he gave everything of himself to the shirt

    Well done Raketa you are a true maestro

  41. Jarac says:

    Raketa svaka čast! Another great dijaspora hrvat. He will be missed and unfortunately he was in Modrics shadow, but he was pure class on the pitch. I do think his woman wears the pants which is unheard of in the domovina..

  42. Slavonac from Canada says:

    I’m wondering how many of you are married?…if your married, are you happily married? The reason I ask is because I’ve seen soooooo many comments about Rakitic and how his wife wears the pants!

    If you are married and your wife doesn’t at the very least “feel” she wears the pants, I’d love to see the dynamic in that house. Guaranteed she’s a submissive woman that wouldn’t sayshit even if she could….but the alarming thing to me is that MOST women nowadays and even our own mons…called the shots behind the scenes, even if tata put on a big show!

    Doesn’t mean they are tyrants and they demand to make every decision….it just means a guy values his wife’s input and wants to make her happy/satisfied….thats a good thing, not a bad thing!

  43. Slavonac from Canada says:

    Anonymous…we’ve all seen those kids who’s parents take them to every club in the city, just to make sure he can make one of the higher tiered teams but he’s just not that good!

  44. Maminjo says:


    No. The article says that it’s just an example.

    It’s a Bosnian portal, so they’re obviously going to use one of the BiH-eligible players like Halilović as an example.

    It’s a good rule change though.

    If you are capped only three competitive matches (before the age of 21)…haven’t played in a tournament… you had a second passport at the time of being capped… Then you can wait three years and switch to that second country.

    It’s fair enough.

    In Halilović’s case, if the guy is not in any long term plans then who cares if he goes. He’s just wasting away. May as well play for Bosna if he really wants to. Who cares.

  45. Soul Champ says:

    Rakitic played lights out during our run in 2018.

    Farca has taken its toll on his legs and his heart.

    He feels at home at Sevilla.

    He wants to prove farca is full of shit.

    He has earned the right to call the shots.

    Switzerland would have loved to have him captain them to World Cup success.

    It just so happens that he played the same position, at the same time at the greatest nogometaš of all time.

    Plus Real Madrid will spell Modrić in a way to save his legs.

    I root for Rakitic to play well at Sevilla in the final chapter of his world class career.

    Luka is the King of Croatian soccer.

    Rakitic was a duke that chose to live in Sevilla with his Spanish wife.

    All good.

    But there is a difference.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Maminjo said Slavonac’s wife is Mexican, so he would eat Mexican food.

    @Slavonac from Canada

    Talk about your own mum not other peoples.

    Some here said that half-black miss Croatia isn’t Croatian, what do you think, is she Croatian or not? Now that’s something you can give your thoughts on.

  47. ElviSS says:

    I know some of you watch Mexican soccer
    On Telamundo or watch the MLS but in England
    They have a saying…….you don’t bring your bird
    to footy.

  48. Croatian Sensation says:

    I was shocked when I saw the announcement on the teams twitter. Very dissatisfied and disappointed to hear he has retired at only 32. Ivan had a lot of gas in the tank still. It seems like he might want to take advantage of this pandemic. Not travel as much with the national team and stay put in Spain with his family. I’ll never forget those two game winning penalties last WC. The man had nerves of steel and never a doubt. Well, my first tournament seeing him play. That penalty he missed along with Modric put a dagger in my heart against Turkey. Besides that, key player and had over 100 caps, 15 goals and 16 assists. He put his time and work in and contributed a lot. I look at him hanging his boots up and putting the national team jersey away as a positive. More time will open up for Vlasic, Kovacic and more. Rightfully so, those guys had outstanding seasons and are rising stars. I saw the roster announcement for next months games. Domagoj Bradaric got called up. He started a lot for Lille in his rookie season as a 19 year old. Great dribbler, gritty, can transition up and down the field, great ball possession. I’d give him a chance in the friendly against the Swiss. Besides that, no other call ups. Bradaric is the youngster on the squad. At this point I think Dalic should be willing to put any defenders combos after the last two games. Hopefully he’ll be more useful than his cousin Fillip.

  49. Full Croat says:

    If only one of your parents is Croatian then you’re a half-Croat, it’s as simple as that.

    I do get a laugh from the diaspora half-Croats though when they try act all Croatian, especially when they don’t even speak the language, they’re funny little fucks, them and their multicultural upbringing, I always tell them to stay in their lane and not try be something they’re not.

  50. Andrej L says:

    Guys guys, Rakitic saw this highlight and he knew his time was done;

    Seriously though, Raketa is a legend! Always a class act and worked his ass off. For a guy with limited speed and athleticism, he was a real force every time he stepped on the field. Feel like his time is far from done (like Corluka) but gives guys like Kovacic and Pasalic more opportunity.

  51. Andrej L says:

    Pjaca has to be fuming after Budimir and Colak get called up instead of him. No Sutalo or Moro; probably U21 call ups.

    Moro started and played DMF for 90 min, 7/10 ground duels, 3/3 aerial duels, 6 tackles and 1 interception….atta boi! While Rog started and played only 76 min w/ less impressive defensive stats.

  52. Maminjo says:

    Domagoj Bradaric being called up is great.

    Hopefully he starts and plays all three games.
    We already know what Barisic has to offer, and we don’t need Melnjak playing anymore. Hopefully Vrsaljko can play too, so we can see how we look with capable LB/RB combo.

    I don’t recall the last time we had offensively capable defenders on the flank on both sides at the same time.

    Shame we can’t really test any new CB combos in the Swiss friendly. I see Lovren playing all three games. Would prefer Caleta-Car with someone like Pongracic, but we’ll have to wait until he recovers before we can test a new back four.

    The best news is that our Modric/Brozovic/Vlasic triangle offense is back. :)

    Don’t care for the Rog callup. Would rather try some other younger and better rated players like Moro, Basic and possibly even Bistrovic.

    Not sure if we’ll see too much experimenting in these matches after Dalic looked like a fool in the last two games.

    Maybe we see some more Krama vs Petkovic up top in the Swiss game. Not sure if he will bench Krama (in favor of Petkovic) or try and replicate how Krama is used at Hoffenheim. Probably neither.

    Likely going with the same Perisic, Kramaric, Rebic trio up top in the two Nations League matches (with Brekalo first off the bench to save Dalic’s ass, as usual, if we’re playing stale).

  53. Maminjo says:


    Honestly, Marko Pjaca can’t expect anything right now.

    Playing decently in 20 minutes and scoring a goal is not callup worthy.

    He had a terrible loan spell at Fiorentina two seasons ago, and was mediocre last season playing only 4 games for Anderlecht, who thought he was not worth picking up).

    He will need to really win back his starting role. Personally, I think Mislav Orsic and Mijo Caktas should be more upset at being just a standby callups.

    Both these guys have been fantastic for the past couple of seasons, and should be standard players off the bench for us.

    Caktas, IMO, is probably better than Pasalic (Pasalic is just younger, hence more valuable). Orsic should be our backup winger opposite Brekalo on the other side.

  54. Croatian Sensation says:

    Andrej I see what your saying but Pjaca hasn’t proved anything with the national team nor club. He’s gone through way too much recovery and injuries. Let him develop with his new club first for awhile. I don’t even think he’s played a full healthy season. Ever since joining Juventus, he’s played less than 50 games with five clubs. Four of which were on loan. Pjaca had to major injuries and might not be even average ten goals a year. New team.. club got promoted to Serie A. Be patient and maybe he’ll be decent sub next Euros. As for now I would give Budimir a chance. Proved himself on a shit club and scored more goals than Greizmann, Morata, Mata. Just dwell on that lol. Maybe it was just a lucky year but doesn’t hurt to give him a chance.

  55. Anonymous says:

    @pro croatian guy of 9/19/20 at 10:30pm. Don’t worry, your position as a harmless moron is secure, you don’t have to keep reminding everyone of it with your “anyone who isn’t catholic is the anti-christ” gibberish.

    So since protestants are anti-christ, then catholic germans have an obligation to kill protestant germans just as in the wordist wars of centuries ago that wiped out a quarter of the german population, right dick head? You learn very well.

  56. Anonymous says:

    @Pro white guy

    You said Roosevelt was a communist and I just corrected you. You didn’t know what you were talking about, and you can’t refute that lol!

    “So since protestants are anti-christ, then catholic germans have an obligation to kill protestant germans just as in the wordist wars of centuries ago that wiped out a quarter of the german population, right dick head?”

    No, Catholic Germans have no obligation to kill protestant Germans, they should however believe that protestants are heretics/antichrists and avoid them, just like the Scriptures advise. Am I saying something that I shouldn’t lol?

    Bog i Hrvati



  57. Anonymous says:

    @pro croatian guy, why do you keep showing everyone what a harmless moron you are?

    Just b/c someone isn’t a card carrying communist, doesn’t mean he isn’t one.

    Yea dickhead, Germany should be divided between catholics and protestants “b/c that’s what a book says.”

  58. Anonymous says:

    And I know there’s nothing in “the book” that says that, since there was no such thing as catholics and protestants when “the book” was written; but even if there was, my point is made either way. Traitors always have an excuse for treason, including claiming that God is making them do it, so they quote some unrelated passage from the bible.

  59. Anonymous says:

    @Pro white guy

    What the fuck are you talking about Germany for when I was talking about Croatia in the comment you responded to?

    Germany is multicultural and they can be what they want, I don’t care about Germany.

    “Just b/c someone isn’t a card carrying communist, doesn’t mean he isn’t one.”

    Roosevelt was a protestant, so unless you believe that protestants are atheists, how could he be a communist.
    Maybe you think he was a commie because the allies of evil dumped the Christian Croats (God’s chosen people) into communist Yugoslavia?

    Was Churchill a communist also?

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