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The Sučić Show: Season 1

February 10, 2021

 

 

There’s been tons of ‘mladi‘ Hrvati that have been promised to be the next BIG THING. The short list consists of Alen Halilović, Ante Ćorić, and Marko Pjaca – although we’re giving Pjaca a mulligan for the two knee injuries he sustained.

 

 

Croatia U14 and I have talked up 18 year-old Luka Sučić for the past 12 months. He recently moved to RB Salzburg and is performing as well as can be. Wednesday night, Sučić came off the bench in the in the 74’ against Austria Wien with the game 2-1 in Salzburg’s favor. Sučić added an insurance goal in injury time to seal the 3-1 victory with a clinical shot from 19 yards out on a half-open goal.

 

 

Sučić is all business. Does the fundamentals correctly. And most importantly, you can tell the game of football brings him absolute joy.

 

 

Eyes all across Europe are on him, which include AC Milan and Juventus. However, Team CroatianSports.com doesn’t want Sučić to leave too early only to sit on the bench somewhere else.

 

 

Am I saying Sučić will be the next Croatian Ballon d’Or winner? No.

 

 

He’s simply on schedule to become the next Croatian legend. No pressure.

 

 


 

 




Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 37 comments





  1. CroatiaU14 says:

    Beautiful. I jumped out of my seat when he scored today. I’ve seen something in this kid for almost a year now. He’s exceeding my expectations, and surely the expectations of his manager as well
    This kid has all the tools in the bag. As soon as he slid into the center attacking midfield role, he was on fire. His speed, vision, stamina, tackling, and shooting is all on point
    He’s my #1 prospect right now. Officially passed Gvardiol

  2. Iggy says:

    At least Vekic had a 6-2 6-2 win today but man wtf is up with Coric? Getting absolutely schooled by a guy way below him in ranking.. he’s completely fallen off the radar

  3. Ante Kvartuč Ante Kvartuč says:

    Croatian tennis definitely at a 10-year low right now

  4. Markus says:

    Sucic and Gvardiol are amazing. I have no doubt Gvardiol will become best Croatian defender of all time, and Sucic has the potential to reach Modric heights.

  5. Branko says:

    Markus you need to raise the bar,you’re being far too pessimistic!!

  6. CroatiaU14 says:

    @Branko
    I agree with Markus. Gvardiol is the most talented Croatian defender I’ve ever seen. He’s regarded as one of the best youngsters in the world right now and he never makes mistakes
    As for Sučić, I believe that Markus is correct again. Nice thing about Sučić is, he scores and is always in a good attacking position. He can add lots to every side he plays for
    I completely understand that this sounds pessimistic, but these two players have INCREDIBLE talent, and if they stay on their paths, I see another golden generation coming soon

  7. ARMADA87 says:

    They can have all the talent in the world, us Hrvati have a record of putting players on the hype train express and a lot of those talents not panning out. Not saying either won’t pan out, but we just have a long laundry list of talents that turned into nothing. Sucic and Gvardiol do look different and at a bare minimum, should be above average club and NT players. I’m not as confident on Bosko Sutalo and a few others.
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    I was a little worried we were going to go into talent drought, post golden generation ala the mid 2000’s when we relied on world class players like Ivica Mornar, Bosko Balaban, Marko Babic and Stjepan Tomas to take us to the promised land. Not sure all these young guys will be the next Rakitic, Modric, Mandzukic, etc. but some of these guys will ‘pop’ and keep us at a very compettive level it seems.

  8. The Great Anonymous Doom says:

    Ante Coric isn’t doing too well, career-wise, but fortunately for him, he’s still only 23.

  9. Dannyj says:

    Surely a couple of these guys will work out
    Then we always have a surprise here and there
    Like someone like orsic
    If this was 2014 he would crack our wing

    Maybe the stars align only here and there
    But hard to see us not competitive for at least ten years

  10. Poglavnik says:

    The bedrock’s been laid. We’ll be fine for a long time.

  11. Maminjo says:

    ARMADA
    .
    Every country in the world has a laundry list of prospects that turn out to be nothing.
    Most prospects don’t even pan out. They’re expected supposed to. Otherwise, we would have 100 Luka Modric’s.
    .
    If you can hit on a small percentage of these, then you’ll get yourself a core group of 4 or 5 star players (and another 5 or 6 quality role players) that could make up your starting eleven.
    .
    The fact that we have a 4 million population, and can produce as many prospects as other European countries (and hit on them at a higher rate) says a lot.
    .
    I take my changes on Gvardiol and Sucic panning out.
    I agree with you on Sutalo. I think he can be a quality defender, but he’s not some supertalent like Gvardiol.

  12. Frenchman says:

    ^
    4 mil in Croatia, 6 mil in the diaspora according to Kvartuc, so that’s 10 mil.
    Simunic, Kovac brothers, Rakitic etc., to name a few, are not a part of the 4 million.
    .
    So lets go 10 million from now on.

  13. Maminjo says:

    We’re in a good position for young players.
    It’s one thing to ‘talk’ about prospects, but we actually already have them producing at senior NT level and/or at club level.
    .
    Vlasic, Caleta-Car, Bradaric, Brekalo already play for our senior NT…with three of them likely starting at these upcoming qualifiers (and Euros).
    .
    Sosa, Gvardiol, Sucic, Pongracic (before he got mono) are all having great years at club level and will likely be integrated into the senior NT soon too.
    Several others that are rarely mentioned are also having great club years like Majer, Moro, and Basic, and all deserve to be regularly called up.
    .
    These are 10-11 players I just listed off the top of my head, who can all realistically play for our senior NT at the Euros (at least as backups) right away. No pumping here.
    I’m sure most of you would agree.
    .
    This is a very good sign, and a big reason I want to start moving away from the old guard role players like Lovren and Vida as soon as possible.
    We ‘prematurely’ moved on from Rakitic and put Vlasic in his spot (and Raketa is twice the player Lovren or Vida could ever be). I don’t think we drop off at all if we were to slot one of our youngsters in their spot.
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    I think these next few years will be interesting because the conveyer belt hasn’t stopped and I’m curious which on of the many prospects we hear about on a weekly basis (Rocco Zikovic, Franjo Ivanovic, Ante Palaversa, etc) will suddenly start playing regularly at club level and adds to the list of NT caliber players.

  14. Slavonac from Canada Slavonac from Canada says:

    I haven’t seen much of Sucic except for in highlight videos and so far he seems like a really good player.

    .
    Gvardiol I have seen a few times and he’s definitely a very good player. Its quite amazing to see how often he gets up the field….kinda reminds me of Beckenbauer! Tough, good passer and creativity…I really hope he continues to develop well!

  15. CroatiaU14 says:

    Another youngster for everyone to put on their radar is Marko Brkljača. The kid is 16 years old, and was just called up the to the U19 National Team. I repeat, HES 16 YEARS OLD. The kid is a midfielder at Hajduk and is being scouted heavily by Juventus

  16. Markus says:

    @CroatiaU14
    I think Brkljača should be on the Hajduk first team by next season. They would be stupid not to. He’s probably already better than most of their shit foreign players anyway… who knows if he impresses he’ll get the start.
    .
    Man we have so much talent coming up in midfield (like we always have). But I feel like we are getting even more than past years and we could be looking at another golden generation in 10-15 years time. Even if 1/4 of our midfield prospects pan out we’ll have the best type of selection problems (not knowing who to bench XD).

  17. Markus says:

    Wow Hajduk sign another foreign rando Italian. I truly feel bad for the devoted Hajduk fans that are getting fucked in the ass season after season. This guy won’t pan out just like every other foreign signing.

  18. Maminjo says:

    Sorry Markus.
    .
    Bassel Jradi plays in Brkljača’s position, so Brkljača is gonna have to wait a few years before he will be allowed to get his chance. Remember, Bassel Jradi is not someone who should ever be benched for a future NT star. Dude used to play for Lebanon. Gotta put respect on his name.

  19. Maminjo says:

    Why did Hajduk sign this Fossati guy now?
    .
    Is it simply because the coach is Italian and this guy was available (because he can’t cut it at Monza)?
    .
    From what I’ve read about him… He’s a strong but slow defensive midfielder, who is a Serie B journeyman, and recently not considered a need at his Serie B club Monza.
    .
    Hajduk should aspire to be better than Monza, and I’m not sure what Hajduk plans to achieve by bringing in a 29 year old midfielder who plays in the area of the field where we absolutely do not require foreign reinforcements.
    .
    Even if he is good… What’s the point? So Hajduk can secure their 5th place finish instead of 6th or 7th place?
    They should use the season to develop their young players and prepare them for next season.
    .
    Sigh.

  20. Soul Champ says:

    Ivica Mornar !!

    The dark ages for our beloved Vatreni.

    God bless him as he ran hard but couldn’t finish to save his Mama.

    Mandžukić on the other hand finishes everything in the biggest moments.

    Can’t wait for his first Milan goal.

    Zlatan doesn’t want him score or even play.

  21. Maminjo says:

    @Slavonac
    .
    Gvardiol has a surprisingly jacked upper body for a kid that just turned 19 a couple of weeks ago.
    .
    Footballers are rarely big like that, especially at that young an age. Gvardiol has a similar build and height as Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos… but I don’t think either of them were as big as him at age 19.
    .
    He hasn’t had injury problems, so that’s good. Hopefully he is a gym rat like Ronaldo, and fitness is a big part of his life.

  22. Dannyj says:

    Unless I missed it
    No one mentioned rebic with two goals last game

  23. Suba says:

    Ante is all over it

  24. Aussie french kiss says:

    the next golden generation is already here you dipshitz. Giving up on Brekalo Pasalic and Kovacic is stupid.

    dannyj:: dey cover overated Rebitch on this web site but not rakitics major lazer against Barcalona.

  25. Slavonac from Canada Slavonac from Canada says:

    Yes I agree Maminjo, especially not that physique at that young age.

  26. Crotown says:

    Let’s hope our HNS guys start gliding on their club teams- we have some big games coming and the Eurocup- i hope our HNS leaders start telling these guys to slow it down- no injuries

    Some of our guys are like dogs chasing a frizzbee- dont know when to chill out – screw your club team we got checker games coming- ajmo decki- pukni ga po glova

  27. Eric says:

    Chelsea, without Kovacic starting, got outplayed by second division Barnsley for much of the game.

  28. ARMADA87 says:

    “Giving up on Brekalo Pasalic and Kovacic is stupid.”
    .
    I don’t think anyone is giving up on any of those players, I think what some have alluded to here (and I agree with some of their points) is that especially with guys like Pasalic and Kovacic, who we have more ‘tape’ on and are 26 now, is that they won’t be ‘game winners’ for us, ala Modric, Mandzukic, Prso, Srna, etc. types. I think Mario and Mateo can continue to play roles in the NT, but I’m not sure we’re going to be leaning on them for us to make a deep run in a tournament or asking them to come up big in a big spot for us. Can they potentially be starters and contribute, absolutely.
    .
    But especially, with Kovacic he was suppose to be the ‘next Modric’ and ‘next Prosinecki’ and I’m just not seeing that quite yet, more so with Pasalic, of course. I think he’s gives us terrific depth on the bench, but with the logjam at midfield, can’t see him starting for the repka unless he starts playing out of his mind.
    .
    But…. for those that watched the Jozak interview, Romeo thinks Mateo will be our next captain and will hit a new gear as he truly gets into his prime. Interesting assessment and hope Mateo does prove me wrong.
    .
    Still too early with Brekalo. I’m going to have eyes on him and Vlasic this Euro and see if one or both really take that next step and become integral cogs/cemented starters for us, post-Euro. Vlasic has a foot in the door with that already, need to see more from Brekalo.

  29. The Great Anonymous Doom says:

    Vlasić is a difference-maker for sure, if you ask me. An offense with him, Rebić, AND Kramarić all running all over the place will wear out any defense. Pasalić is sort of a wild card, as he can play as a 10 or as a false 9 (Elche did a lot of that false 9 stuff when Pasalić was there, to pretty good effect). Kovačić needs to establish what exactly he actually contributes, and Brekalo needs to become more dynamic off the ball and physically tougher. There’s a lot of competition for his position, what with Rebić, Perisić, Orsić, and even Kramarić or Vlasić all capable of playing attacking wing for us.

    The defense never has been more equipped. Remember when Pranjić was our only left back in 2014 because Strinić and Kranjčar (!!!) were injured? We likely can do a lot better than Vida and Lovren at this point too, with a lot of younger, more clinical center backs lining up to take their place.

  30. The Great Anonymous Doom says:

    I realize that Pranjić and Kranjćar weren’t left backs. That’s my point

  31. Anonymous says:

    Interesting take on the old guard vs new guard thing. Just an eye test here, but i don’t think Hrvatska has ever had this many quality prospects ever in its history. Hence the habit of our system usually being loyal to players. Now that we have all these quality prospects, it will need effort to get out of our old ways of only being able to rely on a few prospects, if that makes sense

  32. ARMADA87 says:

    @ The Great Anonymous Doom
    Well, in Pranjic’s case he did play both LW and LB for club and country. Back in 07-08, he was a liability on defense (for his whole career, really) but if he was playing LB, he was at least good at joining the attack and whipping balls into the box.
    .
    This is always one of my favorite NT goals. Buildup was fantastic and assist came from a nice ball from Pranjic. Bozo and Stico with the call too, super old school. Man, that ’08 team was one of my favorites.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSa-tBkMG-w&list=LL&index=137

  33. Markus says:

    I agree, this new generation is making me feel like we’re gonna have selection headaches in 10 years. Which world class midfielder do we sit?? Haha. Here’s my list of prospects per position I can just think of off the top of my head, there are probably way more that I forgot. (I’m including guys who are up to 23 because in my book that is still extremely young). Putting a star next to every player I find truly special.

    Goalkeeping
    Nevistic
    Pandur
    Zadro
    Ziger
    Josipovic
    Kotarski

    Defence
    DCC*
    Pongračić
    Gvardiol*
    Bradarić*
    Šutalo
    Vušković*
    Sosa*
    Čolina
    Filip Brekalo
    Pelivan
    Braut

    Midfield
    Vlašić*
    Sučić*
    Bašić*
    Majer*
    Palaversa
    Šaranic*
    Bulat*
    Brkljača* (made the u19 Croatian roster as a 16 year old)
    Ćubelić
    Ivanušec
    Baturina
    Duvnjak
    Lepinjica
    Nejasmić
    Bistrović

    Attack+Wingers
    Brekalo
    Marin (personally think he will probably be another bust but he still has time)
    Matijevic*
    Barišić*
    Beljo (almost put a star here but I wanna see more of him before I do. He’s 6’4 and a very technical striker, great dribbling. Osijek talent. Reminds me of a knock-off Zlatan. I think he’s around 18 or something)
    Bilić
    Šimić* (Dario’s son)
    Matanovic* (if he plays for us)
    Musa
    Kulenović

  34. Markus says:

    How many of you could’ve made a list that long off the top of your heads for high potential youngsters in the last couple of generations?

  35. Suba says:

    That was the best goal ever



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