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Kramarić Scores Beautiful Free Kick, Kovačić & The S.S. Chelsea Sinking Quickly

January 19, 2021

Krama (27) living his best life



I think Andrej Kramarić got the memo that Mandžukić is returning to European football.

Kramarić scored a brace for Hoffenheim in a 3-0 win over Hertha Berlin Tuesday night. The first was a routine shot from the middle of the box as Krama stayed onside on the initial shot, while his second was a perfect free kick that snuck over the wall and just inside the near post from 19 yards out. It’s a thing of beauty when Krama is on fire. With the win, Hoffenheim climb to 11th spot in Germany after a back-and-forth start tot the season.



Will Mandžukić return to the Vatreni this summer? Doubtful. But if he does and Krama remains hot…oh boy. Decisions, decisions.



Kramarić Free Kick



Kovačić (17) is not having a good start to 2021



Sound the alarms and get the life boats ready!!! The SS Chelsea has hit an iceberg!!!



Mateo Kovačić got the start and played 90 minutes Tuesday night in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Leicester City. The loss moves Leicester to the top of the table (for the time being) while Chelsea fall to 8th place; only three points away from the bottom half of the Premiership table. Kova was given a 5/10 grade as “He skipped past a host of challenges and used his strength and intelligence in tight areas, but couldn’t compete with Ndidi in the midfield battle.”



After buying a hundred million dollars worth of players in the offseason and starting the season hot, Chelsea are now in a downward spiral with no help in sight. Manager Frank Lampard has to be on the chopping block as Chelsea have only one two games in their last eight Premiership matches.



This isn’t good for the club or for Kovačić personally, as he was given tons of weapons in the offseason to play off, which has resulted in little return halfway through the year.


Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 51 comments

  1. Skorics bald spot says:

    German football be run by croats now.
    Kramaric scoring 2 moore tallies
    Brekalo leads wulfsberg to anuther win

  2. Maminjo says:

    Ah Kovacic.
    Hopefully Dalic doesn’t put too much stock into the 2 goals he scored against Portugal in that messy Nations League match.
    We have qualifiers in March and a tournament in June. No more experimentation, and we have plenty of data on Kovacic to show us that he should not be a starting CDM, nor someone that should play ahead of Vlasic, Modric and Brozovic under any circumstance.
    It’s a shame that he can’t fill a specific role for us. He’s turning 27 years old in May, so this is it. Now or never for him if he’s going to show us something new in his game.
    Modric, Raketa, and Brozovic kept improving at this age and somehow kept getting better. He needs to do the same or he’ll find himself behind younger guys like Vlasic, Basic, Moro, Majer, and even Sucic soon.

  3. Eric says:

    Frank is 100% to blame. They have plenty of talent and new signings, but somehow he can’t seem to put a successful system in place. Chelsea are failing tactically, and Kova gets the blame. Its like Homer Simpson always blaming the foreign guy for his own screwups.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Lampard proved himself to be another big mouthed Englishman who is out of his depth when it comes to coaching. That blow he had with Klopp was embarrassing.

    Yes you’re right Eric. When things go wrong sub off or bench Croats. How did that work out? No respect.

  5. Maminjo says:

    English coaches are worse than Croatian ones

  6. Suba says:

    Hahaha I always love a great Simpson analogy
    Even though it’s clearly not Kova fault per se but he does bring a loser aura to the field
    He is just not a starting player for us
    We are stacked with better midfielders
    We have always been blessed in this department
    Nothing to worry about
    Kova needs to go to Italy if he wants to salvage his career
    His time was inter as a young footballer was exceptional or go back to Spain maybe real only after Modric and Kroos retire
    Not sure if real would want him back though
    Maybe at seville or Valencia
    I am getting worried about him
    I feel like a dad trying to sort of my struggling son and to find him a settled path through life
    It’s a shame because Mateo is a really nice guy

  7. Marko says:

    @maminjo lol ‘English coaches are worse then Croatian ones’ – so funny and true – Madrid utilized him well as a sub but he ain’t No CDM – brozo, badelj even among our regulars..luka always taking control of mid dropping back – goin forward Mateo not the answer as holding defensive mid. We all know it’s tough and pretty much no where he’s actually fit in as our mid has been very strong with quality versatile players all over that just super cede him . Anyone see the news articles about possibility of euro back to one country as this covid seems like it doesn’t wanna go away.

    Bring it back to Russia ! We’ve had our good times there – fuck England and Scotland and there BS home games – bullshit idea anyway by that dumb ass platini.

  8. Maminjo says:

    One location makes more sense, even BEFORE this COVID thing.
    Now, it’s just plain stupid to try and manage all that travel, with stupid processes, and no benefit (limited to no fans in stadiums).
    They should just do it in Russia.

  9. Maminjo says:

    Lol. “loser aura”.
    It’s so true. He’s just way too beta. He needs a bit more trauma in his life growing up. Born and raised in Austria (of all places), alter boy life, and was always a top footballing prospect surrounded by yes-men. Too sheltered. He should have been raised in Split as a kid, get bullied and humiliated a bit, maybe get into a few fights lol. Right now, he’s got about as much real life experience as Justin Bieber.

  10. BEĆAR says:

    No Modrić today. No Copa del Rey tomorrow.

  11. BEĆAR says:

    This result validates that he is without question Real Madrid’s MVP.

  12. Suba says:

    There is no splicani blood running through that guy

  13. Anonymous says:

    Kovacic plays at the highest level and gets paid well to do so, that’s making it, no trauma needed lol!
    You guys never made it to the highest level, that’s why you follow footballers younger than yourselves on social media lol!
    Why didn’t you guys make it?
    Is Splicani blood blue, white and red lol!?

  14. Suba says:

    Yep and a big red star with a yellow outline to boot hahah

  15. Suba says:

    The reason why I follow young Croatian footballers oh shit that didn’t sound right is that I am interested in seeing in Croatian footballing success well into future as a fan
    There is no problem with Kovacic making a successful career for himself monetarily no problem whatsoever good luck to him and his family because only one of us in a generation makes it and most us don’t including myself
    It’s just a lot of us think as fans that Kova has not reached his high potential as a kid
    Remember the photo of him as a kid standing next to Modric at Dinamo
    Same thing goes for halilovic how we were all shitting ourselves that he was going to play Bosnia and Kova for Austria
    We are all grateful that they chose croatia because if there was a lean time again just like the early 2000s they would be playing for croatia on a regular basis
    So it’s a nice headache to have
    I’m not dumpling on Kova I wish him all the best from my heart
    So does that mean any old Croatian fan can’t comment because they didn’t make it and are watching young footballers
    You have to make a distinction here
    Is it because you watch sports at all you are a latent Paedo homosexual
    I’m not from split I’m from Zagora but we all live split despite the partisan inference being drawn by Croats from other parts of the country and diaspora
    But hey who really can claim that they are from split originally
    You’d have to go back over a millennia to prove it

  16. Maminjo says:

    With a name like Suba, I thought you were from Zadar

  17. Suba says:

    I chose suba because without him we we would not have got out of the round of 16
    He was my man of the tournament
    I will be forever indebted to the man in particular the goalkeeper that preceded him and the one that has come after
    You don’t realise what you have until your they are gone
    Maminjo I have no doubt you are a true splican
    Very jealous hahaha

  18. Suba says:

    No problems with people from Zadar other than they bleedv more blue white and red than splicanis

  19. Pero says:

    Subasic choked on the biggest stage of his life I still say he was paid off by the royalty in Monaco where he played..and I’m no conspiracy theorist!
    Break down every goal and look at his reaction time or more like his LACK of it?
    The 2 goals by pogba and Mbappe he was frozen and didn’t move they were both easily saved by average keepers,don’t tell me he couldn’t see the shots it’s a goalies JOB to create sight lines!
    The PK Goal was actually a very bad shot by the greasy guy and watch his reaction on it…and the own goal by Mario he should have came off his line it was in his 6 yard box an aggressive goalie would have knocked Mario’s head off and fisted the ball out to the 20.
    He was good up until the final but he COST us the final not the ref I don’t care what anyone says I’m still furious at his con job!

  20. @Pero,

    Subasic played a terrible final, but incredibly doubtful he was paid off to throw the game. Reminds me of those who said the same thing about Boban in 1998. My guess is that Subasic was carrying an injury and Dalic and the rest of the coaching staff didn’t want to throw Lovre Kalinic into the final. LK played the no pressure game against Iceland, where we were basically guaranteed top spot unless we got hammered, but the coaches didn’t think it would be wise to have him play that last game. At least that is my theory!

  21. Anonymous says:

    As an athlete you put your team above all else.
    If he was injured you take yourself out of the game for the good of team and country.
    If he played injured then he’s a selfish prick.

  22. Again, this is conjecture, but it makes the most sense to me. Dalic and his staff would have known about the knock, but thought it was better using Subasic than throwing in Kalinic to the wolves.

  23. There was a concern about Subasic pulling his hamstring toward the end of the game against Russia. Perhaps he reaggravated it against England, or in training before the final.

  24. Anonymous says:

    how many coaches have hajduk gone through in the last 6 months?

  25. Maminjo says:

    It’s a little of both.
    Subasic’s hamstring was obviously injured…
    But at the same time, Subasic was also at the end of his career (and he never really started for a club again).
    He wanted to close out his career on a high (playing in a World Cup final).
    He was being selfish, yes, and he hurt us more than he helped us (during game play). However, he was always great at saving penalty kicks and his saves against Denmark were huge.
    The coaching staff are always going to go with the first choice keeper, if he’s able to play. Suba probably pushed to play, because he’d never get this chance again. But he may have also thought he could play, and it wasn’t that he was malicious and intended to be selfish about it.
    But I agree that he was pretty bad against France, and even against Argentina, Denmark and Russia. He was always off his line, struggled handling the ball, clearances, etc.
    He was way off his line on that Russia goal and he made Cheryshev look like a star. Even the Trippier goal looked better than it did, and Suba barely reacted on that one. The Denmark goal…LOL, I won’t comment on.
    Also, people already forgot the first half against Argentina where he was making mistakes all over the place (and it was a battle between the two shitty goalkeepers), and thankfully we scored first and took over possession the second half.
    Suba only played a handful of games after this tournament, and that says alot. He’s been a free agent for about two years now, and people don’t even want to sign him for free. He had a bad season the year before the World Cup too, and was likely already done at that point.
    You can’t fault him though, because he was our best keeper at the time and does very well in shootouts.
    I think Suba was in his prime in 2014, and should have been our starting keeper in Brazil. We could have done well that tournament, but we had to hire Kovac while all our stars were in their prime and we actually had an above average keeper in Subasic sitting on the bench (and instead went with the corpse of Stipe Pletikosa).
    I always say, that the day we get an ‘average’ goalkeeper is the day we win MULTIPLE tournaments lol.
    Livakovic sucks, and I expect to see the same (or worse) from him this summer.

  26. Soul Champ says:

    Is there a better #6?

    These dude plays like he is with his buddies in the village league, but he is Serie A against Juventus!!

    He runs for days.

    Reads the game.

    Sprays the ball around.

    Can bang in a golasso now and again.

    We are blessed to have Brozovic.

    AND .. I call BS on Chelsea scapegoating Kovačić.

    Over priced scrubs doing nothing.

    Lampard torn between English loyalties, Russian fear and German softies.

  27. Branko says:

    As far as subasic goes I watched the YouTube hi lites and goals and even impartial commentary from people saying “did he even try?” “What was that keeper doing ?”snd “worst goalie ever!”
    Watch the mbape goal it’s truly pathetic.

  28. LAknat says:

    stupid Dalic will continue to stick with a suck player like there isn’t any other choice:

    always be like that …
    nothing from him regarding Croatia to the WC Final! |
    wishing for luck in this upcoming tournament >

  29. LAknat says:

    Suba is like the guy who drinks water but can’t stand up straight!

    I think he is also under the other name -> Goku
    like he loves to watch this show called Dragon Ball Super Suck

  30. Dannyj says:

    Luka does his thing with Broz and Vlasic doing the hard work in the midfield
    If we get reasonable keeping
    And karma goes on a goal scoring streak only krama can go on
    We legit challenge for euro champs

    Never mind that trash we saw at the nations league

    We all know there is more to us then that crap

  31. Eric says:

    Can’t wait to see Mandzo in action!
    How did our boy Sime do yesterday?

  32. ARMADA87 says:

    @ Kvartuc

    I interact with a lot of bi-lingual (Croatian/English) analysts tied to the Prva HNL that provide really great insight on games and tactics. Is there any interest on your end to expand CS’s coverage of the HNL? I know you average Josip on here likes to read about our big names (Modric, Kovacic, Mandzukic, etc.) and the big clubs they play at but I feel like with the right guy(s) providing the right insight, potentially in English too (based in Croatia), it could add a layer to this site and get your average Josip interested more in stuff tied to Dinamo, Hajduk, Osijek, Gorica, etc.
    I know I might be on my own island with this, but I find it more interesting to learn about what some of our younger guys (players and coaches) are doing in our domestic league vs. what Modric is doing at RM, what will Mandzo do at Milan or how Kovacic is having a stinker of a season so far (that gets covered by a million outlets already). I personally get excited about that type of stuff when we get closer to qualifiers or tournaments but don’t find it too interesting during this time of year.
    Food for thought. Happy to connect you with these guys if your interested, just let me know. I know how to find you if need be.

  33. Markus says:

    I would definitely be reading all the HNL articles if CS were to post them.

    How’s Marko Bulat doing this year? Anyone who’s been watching him could you give me a rundown on his performances and potential? Thanks!

  34. ARMADA87 says:

    Fala bogu, Croatia’s greatest team won today. Hajduk beat Sibenik.

  35. Maminjo says:

    Expanded HNL coverage on this site would be amazing.
    Especially after you see these guys get transferred and become something later on.
    Lots of people want to know who is coming up the pipeline, especially since these outside clubs like Atalanta, Monza, and RB Salzburg and Liepzig are snagging them from the HNL at earlier ages.

  36. Eric says:

    Agreed…more HNL prva liga coverage would be nice. It’s where all of our current stars began, and the new prospects are being developed. I find the overall quality has improved over the last few years.

  37. CroatiaU14 says:

    If any of you have Instagram, follow Prva Liga News. They’re great for PRVA LIGA coverage in English
    Krovinovic signs for Nottingham forrest

  38. Suba says:

    Pull out the bubbly
    Even armada is excited hahaha

  39. Anonymous says:

    Good old Gordie Seinfeld transferred to Sibenik! Kristijan Bistrovic loaned out to some mahmoud abdul rauf team

  40. Anonymous says:

    Good old Gordie Seinfeld transferred to Sibenik! Kristijan

    Bistrovic loaned out to some mahmoud abdul rauf team

  41. Anonymous says:

    Please no more overhyping kids. Its getting tired. Wait til they have proved at least a solid season in a top 5 league before we start gizzing in our pants. Antonio Marin cant get playing time in Serie B, Coric cant get playing time in micky mouse vvv venlo, etc etc.

  42. Anonymous says:

    I agree.

  43. Anonymous says:

    Is it me or does Brekalo look/act a litte bit feminine? “Not that there is anything wrong with that”-seinfeld

  44. Anonymous says:

    It’s you, “I think you love him”-Kramer

  45. Anonymous says:

    dont give me “its the me and not you” routine

  46. Soul Champ says:

    All Croatians Milan
    AC Milan
    SH Milan
    Svi Hrvati Milan
    You want the Scudetto then you need SH Milan.

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