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Thursday, 14 July 2022

EuroBasket 2025 Pre-Qualifiers: Tough Draw for Croatia

July 14, 2022 - Croatia will play Poland, Switzerland, and Austria in the EuroBasket 2025 pre-qualifiers next month.  After the Croatia national basketball team registered only one victory in the World Cup qualifiers, it became clear that the path to EuroBasket 2025 would be anything but easy.  That path brings pre-qualifications, or qualifications before the actual qualifications, and today, Croatia learned who they will play against in that stage of the competition, which starts next month. Namely, it is just before this year's EuroBasket, in which Croatia will play the group stage in Italy. Croatia is in the first pot…
Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Dinamo Learns First Opponent in Champions League Qualifiers

July 13, 2022 - The Croatian champion Dinamo and the Macedonian champion KF Shkupi will meet in the 2nd round of the Champions League qualifiers on July 19.  The 2021/22 Croatian football champion Dinamo found out their opponent in the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League. It will be the Macedonian club KF Shkupi, based in Čair, Skopje.  As expected, Dinamo will open their European tour this season against the Macedonian champion, but the Gibraltarian champion Lincoln Red Imps were on the verge of a shocking upset.  The Macedonian team, led by the former player of Dinamo Zagreb and coach of…
Tuesday, 12 July 2022

Josip Vrlić Retires from Croatia Water Polo? Coach Tucak and Player Misunderstanding

July 12, 2022 - The Croatian Water Polo Federation announced on Tuesday that 36-year-old center Josip Vrlić retired from the Croatia water polo team ahead of the 2022 European Championships in Split at the end of August. However, that no longer seems to be the case.  Croatia water polo coach Ivica Tucak announced a broader list of players he'll use to prepare for the European Championships in Split (August 27 - September 10). There are 22 water polo players on the list, and compared to the team that recently played at the FINA World Championships in Budapest, there is no…
Monday, 11 July 2022

FIFA Remembers Mandžukić Goal that Sent Croatia to 2018 World Cup Final

July 11, 2022 - FIFA remembers the Mario Mandžukić goal that sent Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final four years ago today.  My Facebook memories today reminded me of July 11, 2018, and the hysteria of statuses I posted when Croatia beat England for a spot in the World Cup final. I was overcome with emotions along with thousands of others in Split who celebrated the win until the early morning hours, with flares and absolute chaos. I still get chills thinking about it, and it's undoubtedly one of those moments in your life where you can recall exactly…
Monday, 11 July 2022

Manuel Neuer's Dalmatia Holiday Continues with Hajduk Jersey and Ožujsko

July 11, 2022 - Manuel Neuer's Dalmatia holiday continued in Dubrovnik, where the famous footballer was spotted wearing a Hajduk goalkeeper jersey with an Ožujsko in hand at a famous Elaphiti islands restaurant.  Last week, famous German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer decided to start his pre-season preparations before rejoining his club and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, cycling from Germany to Croatia. "My kind of pre-season before pre-season! Nice guys and a bike ride to Croatia! Let‘s goooo!" Neuer captioned his Instagram post last Thursday.  Manuel Neuer has never hidden his love for Croatia, which has become his go-to…
Sunday, 10 July 2022

Mili Poljičak Becomes First Croat to Win Wimbledon Juniors Title!

July 10, 2022 - Young Croatian tennis player Mili Poljičak, who will turn 18 in three days, has won the Wimbledon Juniors tournament! In the final match, the young Split tennis player and the tournament's third seed defeated American Michael Zheng 7-6(2), 7-6(3). Poljičak thus became the third Croatian tennis player in history to win a junior Grand Slam tournament. Previously, Marin Čilić succeeded in this in 2005 at Roland Garros and Borna Ćorić in 2013 at the US Open. Croatian female tennis players, on the other hand, have six triumphs in junior competitions. The first set lasted almost an hour,…
Sunday, 10 July 2022

Sinković Brothers Take First at World Rowing Cup in Lucerne!

July 10, 2022 - Brothers Martin and Valent Sinković have taken first in the men's double sculls final at the World Rowing Cup in Lucerne! After being the fastest in the semi-final race on Saturday, the Sinković brothers achieved another victory with a result of 6:07.19! Second place was taken by the Australian crew of David Bartholot and Caleb Antill (6:08.10). Aleix Garcia Pujolar and Rodrigo Conde Romero from Spain (6:08.56) took third.  Fourth place was taken by the Lithuanian crew (6:10.03), fifth by the British crew (6:11.44), while the Serbian crew finished last with a time of 6:15.53. The Croatian…
Saturday, 9 July 2022

SuperSport Superkup: Dinamo Beats Hajduk on Penalties at Maksimir

July 9, 2022 - Dinamo beat Hajduk 4:1 on penalties to win the SuperSport Superkup on Saturday in Zagreb.  Dinamo and Hajduk opened the new season of Croatian football, fighting for the first trophy of the season - the SuperSport Superkup. Around two and a half thousand Hajduk fans visited Maksimir for the first derby of the season, many of them on the 'Bili Vlak', or organized train transport that left this morning from Split. Around 17,000 spectators were expected at the match in total.  Dinamo was said to have a slight advantage tonight playing at home, though we must…
Saturday, 9 July 2022

Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić Fail to Defend Wimbledon Doubles Title

July 9, 2022 - Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić were unable to defend their Wimbledon doubles title after a super tie break in the 5th set decided the match.  Croatia's best doubles team Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić fought to defend their title at Wimbledon today against Australian duo Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell. Both sides had a difficult journey to the final, and in the semi-final matches, they saved at least one match point. Mektić and Pavić came back twice after a set behind, while Ebden and Purcell managed to come back from 2-0 in sets and save five match points.…
Saturday, 9 July 2022

Sinković Brothers Book Lucerne World Rowing Cup Final!

July 9, 2022 - The Sinković brothers rowed well yet again in the World Cup semi-final race to secure the Lucerne World Rowing Cup final! They crossed the finish line with a time of 6:12.16, leaving behind the crews of Lithuania and Great Britain. Martin and Valent controlled the race from start to finish and gave the impression that they could have increased the pace if needed, but with a safe and tactically excellent race, they left their strength for the most important thing, which is Sunday's final, scheduled for 14:01.  In addition to the Sinković brothers, the previously mentioned…
Saturday, 9 July 2022

Mili Poljičak Becomes Third Croat to Book Wimbledon Juniors Final!

July 9, 2022 - In the Wimbledon Juniors final, Mili Poljičak will play against American Michael Zheng, who beat Spaniard Martin Landaluce in the semi-final match.  Croatian tennis player Mili Poljičak advanced to the Wimbledon final in the junior competition, defeating Spaniard Pablo Rodenas 7-5, 6-2 in the semi-final match on Friday!  The young Split tennis player, who will turn 18 in less than a week, dominated almost the entire match against Rodenas. In the first set, he led 4-1 and had a break point for a 5-1 lead, but then came the only crisis period in the match for the…
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