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Croatians Around Europe *VI*

November 1, 2020


Perišić scores at the death



It was the Croatian duo of Marcelo Brozović and Ivan Perišić who saved Inter Milan from a potential embarrassing loss against Parma on Saturday. With Inter down 2-0 in the 59th minute, Brozović came off the bench and scored five minutes later as he slid the ball inside the left post from 18 years out. The goal rallied the troops which eventually saw Perišić score the equalizer Inter was looking for two minutes into injury time with a slight flick off his head following a free kick. With the 2-2 draw, Inter sit five points behind leaders AC Milan in the Serie A table.



Brozović scores and Perišić equalizes for Inter Milan 



Luka Modrić played 90 minutes with 7.4 rating (FOTMOB) as Real Madrid handled Huesca 4-1 on Saturday. Real Madrid currently sit one point behind La Liga leaders Real Sociedad. Mateo Kovačić was left off Chelsea’s squad Saturday in a 3-0 win over Burnley. It’s time to start worrying.



Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 45 comments

  1. Soul Champ says:

    Looks Perišić will play up top with Martinez < Vlašić.

    I look at all these “100 million” players and I am thinking how Vlašić is better than them all? He is our next world class player. So many teams need that explosive #10 and he comes with power.

    Ivan must have karma with over rated immature selfish Argentine forwards.

    Rebić returns to add to the Milan rebirth.

  2. Phenomenal highlights package. What a game. Reminds one of life before Wuhan.

  3. Niko says:

    Don’t be surprised if Barca or Real include vlasic in their respective rebuilds… he won’t be one of the mega adds(media or monetary wise), but could come in with to help a establish a new young core with either

  4. Medo says:

    Niko you read my mind.I wouldn’t mind him back in the Prem either sticking it to Everton for giving up on him so quickly.

  5. Jamon Iberico says:

    Seville’s coach made some idiotic substitutions that cost them the game. Monkey.

  6. Jamon Iberico says:

    Brozovic on the bench with inter down 0-1.

    Eriksen is a joke just like Conte.

  7. Maminjo says:

    Vlasic is the type of player that would do well in any league.

    He’d do well in Germany, Italy, Spain or England.

    He will eventually be a 50 million+ player and Everton will be kicking themselves for letting him leave for 14M (after paying 10M for him).

  8. Miloš Hvar says:

    Brozovic and Perisic with goals to save a point for Inter. Brozo entered the game in the 59th with Inter down 0-2. He puts one in the back of the net 5 minutes later and Perisic equalizes in stoppage.

  9. Iggy Iggy says:

    I wouldnt want Vlasic going to Barca or somewhere like that and sitting on the bench for 99% of the time tbh. He couldnt get a game at Everton or wherever could he?

    And i know that’s cos the coaches are dumb fucks but it’s just gonna be the same i reckon at Barca/Real

  10. Slavonac from Canada says:

    Where’s Anonymous? I want him to tell us Hajduk’s score from today’s game!


  11. Ivan says:

    Budimir with the goal today coming off the bench.
    Been really impressed with this guy, looking forward to see what he does in the next 3 Cro games in a few weeks.

  12. Suba says:

    Hey slavonac

    Why don’t you worry about how FK Hajduk Beograd are going

    You likely have more connection to that club than Hajduk Split

  13. Poglavnik says:

    Would Vlasic’s game greatly develop at a club like Real Madrid? Would he be better suited to be a CSKA captian and or legend for the next decade like Srna was for Shakhtar? Tough to say. I dont mind him in Russia as long as he keeps kicking ass for us.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hitler is our Ostrogothic brother.

  15. Maminjo says:


    Don’t smear the Vlasic family name by making any comparison to Srna.

    Srna is a seljak who (along with Pletikosa and Stimac) had no problem taking cash under the table for his transfer from Hajduk. Shakhtar is owned by a mafijas, plays in a one-team league, and Srna was more than happy there. Probably making some tax-free cash and became a big fish in a small pond. Eastern Europe works well for guys like that.

    Vlasic is the opposite. He is like his father and sister, and they are international stars. Money is probably the last thing on his mind.

    His dad blocked multiple attempted transfers when Hajduk’s brass wanted the quick cash-in.
    Vlasic himself showed his ambition when he pushed himself out of Everton when they wouldn’t start him (despite being paid well). He’s already talking about moving on from CSKA, despite killing it over there. He’s not afraid, and he’s not going to be satisfied until he gets to the top. CSKA could give him all the money and whores in the world, and he would just throw it back into their faces.

    I think he’s gone next summer.

  16. BEĆAR says:

    Splitski Hajduk je, čini se, polako krenuo u potragu za novim trenerom. Hari Vukas nakon novog poraza, protiv Istre, više ne uživa podršku.

    Prema najnovijim informacijama iz Slovenije, jedan od kandidata za vruću hajdučku klupu je Matjaž Kek. Neslužbeno, slovenski strateg je glavni favorit za preuzimanje splitskog kluba u ovoj teškoj situaciji.

  17. hlgkfdtyfguhl says:

    Boo hoo hoo, that little serbian turd troll Bishop Amfilohije just died and went to serbian heaven to see serbian jesus, novak dokovic is so sad because he was a great promoter of serb ethnic cleansing, milosevic, arkan and yugochetnik killings in the 90s and made saints of war criminals, so that means goran ivanisevic, severina and ante rebic must also be so sad, boo hoo hoo pass the kleenex, hopefully Bishop Amfilohije can get sebian jesus to shit a serbturd into their mouths from serbian heaven, amen.

  18. Maminjo says:

    Matjaž Kek would be HUGE for Hajduk.

    I want that guy back in Croatia, to keep him as a candidate as Zlatko Dalic’s successor (if Bjelica isn’t given the job).
    Bjelica and Kek are the two most talented HNL coaches in recent years, and their coaching careers haven’t taken off to the point where they would snub a position as National Team coach (like how an established coach like Vladimir Petkovic probably would).

    It would be amazing for Hajduk and for Cro National Team fans if he went to Hajduk.

  19. BEĆAR says:

    Rebić looked lively today coming off the bench. It was his cross that led to Ibra’s game winner.

  20. BZ says:

    @Becar-agree, Rebic saved Milan from a potentially embarassing tie. Given ACMilan is in the race for the Serie A title, those were two crucial points. Glad to see Rebic back.

    Anyone watch Wolfsburg and Brekalo today against lowly Hertha? I know Wolfsburg ended up with an embarassing tie, but why would they sub off Brekalo in a game Wolfsburg needed to win? Was Brekalo that bad?

  21. Suba says:

    I had thought that Brekalo didn’t even start

    Was he subbed off when he came on

    Surely not

  22. BEĆAR says:


    I watched the first half. I thought he played well. He looked dangerous most times he touched the ball. There was some decent defending as well. He really looks like he’ll be a game changer. He calls for the ball all the time. He just needs a little more seasoning, a couple of more seasons to develop. If he has the mental fortitude to commit to improvement, he has enormous potential. Let’s hope he unlocks it.

  23. Soul Champ says:

    Rebić had an elbow injury.

    His legs are fresh and good to go.

    Could you imagine what he is learning from Zlatan?

    There is confidence and then there is Zlatan.

    Rebić is going to grow this year as Milan look to compete for both the scudetto and EL.

    Brekalo = the goods.

    VW = mediocrity.

  24. AZ says:

    Anyone knows what is happening to coric balic radosevic halilovic jedvaj now? It is a waste to see these talents going to drain..going to serie A at young age might not be a good idea. The next pirlo modric and messi are all gone

  25. Anonymous says:

    Balic and Radosevic are the only ones that are getting consistent playing time. However, they are playing in lesser quality leagues. From what I can tell Balic might have one last chance to play in a quality league, but hell have to work extra hard for next 2 seasons.

  26. elcroato says:

    Marin wasn’t even on the bench for Monza.

  27. Maminjo says:

    Is Antonio Marin officially done his COVID quarantine thing?

  28. elcroato says:

    I didn’t know he was in quarantine — that would be a good reason not to be on the bench.

  29. ARMADA87 says:

    Kek isn’t going to Hajduk. He was granted a lot of lattitude at Rijeka and hence, saw a lot of success. He turned down Dinamo earlier this year because he knows the uprava would meddle in what he does. Apparently Hajduk is offering less than what Dinamo offered… I can’t see him taking less money and it’s probably iless than 50/50 odds that he’s out in a year, for him to join a dumpster fire of a club.

    If I were him, I’d hang tight as the coach for the Alpine Serb NT, get some results and parlay that into a move back to a better club in a better league.

  30. ARMADA87 says:

    @ Maminjo

    Timing wise, I don’t see us ever bringing on Kek as a NT manager. If were to lay an egg at the next Euro and crash out in the groups and Dalic was let go, I bet the first phone call would be to Bjelica. I bet Kek either stays on with Slovenia or gets an offer from another club by then.

    I could also see someone like Bilic being back in the mix. If WBA get relegated this year, perhaps they let him go and he’s available, post Euro? Not sure if pay would align, but he hasn’t gotten the best press prior to moving to WBA. Not sure there would be a ton of top clubs trying to swoop him up.

  31. Maminjo says:

    Yes, I also believe Bjelica would likely be our first choice (and he would be my first choice as well).

    Bilic definitely would be a realistic option if WBA are relegated, and Bilic doesn’t want to stick around (especially if WBA aren’t serious about spending money). He would just be spinning his wheels there with nothing more to prove.

    I prefer Kek over Bilic, but I do agree that Kek would be behind both Bjelica and Bilic.

    Kek right now would probably not even be considered as a Dalic successor…however, that would change if he took over Hajduk and had the freedom to do for them what he did for Rijeka.

    He would put them up as a strong #2 behind Dinamo and even challenge for HNL title (that’s how good he is). After that, he would definitely be a top-3 choice for NT.

    Petkovic is also a great choice and his contract actually expires with Switzerland right after the 2022 World Cup.
    Unless he gets fired by Switzerland, he’s won’t be a candidate for us though (and he would cost the most).

  32. Maminjo says:

    Bjelica, btw, has been fantastic for Osijek so far.

    They are a shit team who sold their only decent player (Maric) to Monza, and have a record of 5-0-0 with Bjelica at the helm (who took over the team on short notice).

    The only reason why they are not in first place right now is because they played the first three games under a different coach, which got them 2 losses and a draw.

    Bjelica takes over and in the first game, they rock Rijeka 3-0 (all first half goals), then barely lose to Basel in Europa, then beat a very hot HNK Gorica team after that.

    I think Osijek finishes second behind Dinamo this year, despite having a horrible squad.

  33. Andrej L says:

    Watched the Wolfsburg game;
    Brekalo was okay and subbed in the 65th. Seemed like the right move as they needed fresh legs and his sub, Joao Victor, isn’t necessarily a downgrade to Brekalo. Brekalo’s still developing and it’s good that he’s getting consistent minutes. He has quality but needs to up his pass completion rate to make it to the next level imo.

    Watch Atalanta the last two weekends – Pasalic
    I’ve mentioned this before, he reminds me a lot of Krajncar and seems positionless. As per his stats, he can clearly score and pass. He does have some smooth touches and really moves the ball well. However, his 1v1 defence and defensive positioning is awful. That said, this weekend he did play some aggressive help defence and was create some turnovers. It seems like Gasperini is playing him more at CM this year. So hopefully he can continue to work on his defence and eventually become Rakitic-like for us. Otherwise, at this point it seems like he’s destined to become Vlasic’s back up in the number 10 role for us.

  34. Anonymous says:

    I agree

    I am not excited about kek either with Hajduk or the NT

    That would be playing too safe for mind just like all slovenci


  35. Maminjo says:


    Yea, if we learned anything these past couple of months, it’s that Pašalić cannot be relied on to defend in the pivot, but generally does well on the offensive end as a central midfielder.

    Backup to Vlašić for sure, but will need to develop on the defensive side in order to play in any of the other central midfield positions in our formation.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Good to see that Kalinic has been given a life line at Verona under juric

    Hope he does well

    Is krama injured again

  37. Slavonac from Canada says:

    I remember thinking that Bilic was such a detailed manager and that over the years he’d become a better and smarter decision maker…I’m not sure what to think anymore? He seems to do well for very short periods and then BOOM, he loses his teams focus.

    Re Pasalic being like Kranjcar? Man, I don’t know about that one…they’re two polar opposites. Kranjcar was definitely a far more talented player but always had issues with his lack of pace and weight. Pasalic is doing well at a good team with a good system, I’ve never ever do seen anything that impresses me about him.

    So Hajduk lost again this weekend and now Mario Stanic has been given the boot! are we ever gonna write an article about Hajduk’s disastrous last 15 years and not list HNS and/or Dinamo as the reasons why they’ve completely imploded?! Honestly, I really believe, after all the shit talk about the HNS and Dinamo being the reasons why Hajduk is such a disaster, they owe an apology for constantly blaming others for their own issues.

    I see NOBODY even bringing up all the shit results and shit fiasco’s that have gone on lately…why not?

  38. BEĆAR says:

    Pasalic is the answer to a question we hope to never ask. A desperate sub at best. He’s got a nice nose for the net, but every time I watch him play, he seems so lazy and uninspired.

  39. BZ says:

    Good thread men. I agree with most of the things you all mentioned.

    Becar and Andrej- thanks for the Brekalo insight. Don’t have time to watch his minutes lately.

    As always, Maminjo, Soul, and Slavonac with good points.

    I usually would remind all the American citizens here to go out and vote for Trump, but I already know you guys will be doing that anyway. Very proud to see the way this site has come together during the pandemic, less hatred for one another, and more solid civil discourse. We may not always agree, but I like how we can respect the eachother’s opinions and ideas more so than ever before.


  40. BEĆAR says:

    Some Sucic rumours…..

    AC Milan are interested in signing Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Luka Sucic in the January transfer window, according to a report. revealed last month that Milan have their eyes on the 18-year-old Sucic, a Croatian talent who spent last season out on loan at Liefering in the second division, and followed that up by reporting the Rossoneri management are very keen on the teenager.

    The player himself even responded positively on social media to an article mentioning Milan’s interest, and we spoke exclusively to his agent Henrik Runde from Avantgarde about the situation recently.

    According to the latest from TMW, Sucic was a target for former Chief Football Officer Zvonimir Boban but has remained among the players scouted even after his departure.

    Milan have the intention of signing the 18-year-old in January, sending him back out on loan to Salzburg until next summer, with the aim of beating the competition of other top clubs who have been following the situation for some time.

  41. Poglavnik says:

    No one better to write the piece than you Slavonac

  42. Slavonac from Canada says:

    Poglavnik, I don’t know enough about Hajduk uprava and the way the club functions. All I know is that for the past 6-7 years we see protesters and non stop anti HNS and hate for Dinamo because somehow, those two organizations screw Hajduk.

  43. Maminjo says:

    I never realized how much Mario Stanic looked like Robert DeNiro:

  44. Lovro says:

    Tell me this isn’t Ivan Perisic. Anybody else notice before?

  45. Mixed Grill says:

    I know nothing about Sucic, but have we not learnt by now that the best thing for him is NOT a transfer to some mega team, where he will not play, or be loaned out, and won’t develop and fade and then have to re-start his career in Belgium?

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