Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Croatia Hosts Water Polo World Cup in Zagreb this March

February 22, 2023 - After the 2022 European Championships in Split, Croatia is again the center of water polo. This time, the world's water polo elite is coming to Zagreb, where the World Aquatics Water Polo World Cup will be held from March 8-14. The Barracudas thus become hosts to the national teams of France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, and the United States of America in the first edition of the World Cup.  The World Cup is played in two groups with six national teams each. Croatia is playing in the Zagreb group with powerful opponents. Five intense matches await Croatia,…
Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Maestro Luka Modrić Shows His Champions League Best at 37

February 22, 2023 - Aging like a fine wine, maestro Luka Modrić continues to impress in the Champions League at 37 years old.  It was an epic duel at Anfield on Tuesday night as part of the Champions League round of 16. Liverpool hosted Real Madrid in the first leg of this last-16 tie, and by the 67th minute, it was already 2:5 for Real Madrid.  Liverpool was up 2:0 in the first 15 minutes with goals from Nunez and Salah, but the current European champion woke up five minutes later, and two goals from Vinicius in the 21st and 36th…
Sunday, 19 February 2023

SuperSport HNL 22nd Round: Istra Beats Osijek, Rijeka Continues Winning Streak

February 19, 2023 - The SuperSport HNL 22nd round was played from February 17 to 19, 2023. Rijeka continued its winning streak in this round after beating Lokomotiva. Istra also continued to impress after beating Osijek at home. Sibenik secured an important victory in their fight to stay in the top league, while Hajduk struggled against the last-placed team.  Slaven Belupo v. Sibenik (0-1) Belupo and Sibenik opened the 22nd round on Friday, February 17, in Koprivnica in front of 589 fans.  The match's only goal came when Peric scored for 0-1 Sibenik. Belupo had more possession during the game…
Friday, 17 February 2023

NK Osijek Fans Counting Down Days for New Pampas Stadium (VIDEO)

February 17, 2023 - The completion of Osijek's new Pampas Stadium is getting closer! The new NK Osijek stadium, which will be the most modern in Croatia, will have a capacity of 13,005 seats. The entire complex will also include a club camp with several pitches in the same location, both natural and artificial. Within the stadium, there will also be a club shop and cafe for Osijek fans to socialize. Pampas will also be the first fully covered stadium in Croatia. This means that there is a roof over all four stands. 
  At the moment, a lawn is being laid…
Monday, 13 February 2023

Bojan Bogdanović Confirms Croatia National Team Retirement?

February 13, 2023 - Croatia's best basketball player, Bojan Bogdanović, revealed that he has no intention of playing for Croatia anymore in an interview for the Spanish nationwide daily sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo. The basketball player answered honestly about why he could not achieve significant success with the Croatia national team. After another debacle at EuroBasket, where Croatia was eliminated in the round of 16, there was little hope that Croatia would see Bogdanović again in the Croatia jersey. However, he has only now confirmed the decision to end his national team career: "My attitude is the same as last summer, and…
Monday, 13 February 2023

SuperSport HNL 21st Round: Hajduk Gets Important Win, Osijek and Belupo Draw

February 13, 2023 - The SuperSport HNL 21st round was played from February 10 to 12, 2023. Another exciting round saw Hajduk score four goals against Varazdin for an important win, while Dinamo, Lokomotiva, and Rijeka also recorded 3 points.  Dinamo v. Istra 1961 (1-0) Dinamo and Istra opened the 21st round on Friday, February 10, at Maksimir in front of 2,412 fans.  Josip Drmic missed a penalty for Dinamo in the 29th minute, though Ristovski found the back of the net less than 10 minutes later to make it 1-0 at halftime. The second half saw two disallowed goals…
Thursday, 9 February 2023

UEFA Youth League: Hajduk Juniors Among Top 16 Teams in Europe!

February 9, 2023 - The Hajduk juniors team qualified for the UEFA Youth League round of 16 (like the youth Champions League) after beating Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 in the playoff match at Poljud on Wednesday.  Luka Vušković scored the only goal in the 81st minute. Hajduk captain Capan took a free kick from the right side. The wind carried the ball and found the head of the center-back Vušković, who was at the second post, about 10 meters from Shakhtar's goal. Vušković headed the ball high, over Tvardovski, and into the upper left corner for the only goal of the match. …
Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Coach of All Coaches: Ćiro Blažević Dies after Long Cancer Battle

February 8, 2023 - Miroslav Ćiro Blažević lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, two days before his 88th birthday. The legendary Croatian football coach lost his long battle with cancer on Wednesday. He was supposed to celebrate his 88th birthday in two days, reports Blažević was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011 but fought off the vicious disease. A year after that, he was operated on for melanoma. In September 2019, his cancer unfortunately returned.  Blažević made one of his last public appearances in mid-December last year when he received the "Vladimir Beara" award in Zagreb for his…
Monday, 6 February 2023

SuperSport HNL 20th Round: Rijeka Takes 3 Points at Poljud, Dinamo Struggles against Belupo

February 6, 2023 - The SuperSport HNL 20th round was played from February 3 to 5, 2023. It was another round where Dinamo slipped up, this time against Belupo, Osijek lost to Lokomotiva, and Hajduk failed to take advantage of both results after losing to Rijeka at Poljud. While the race for the title could have been shaken up again this round, Dinamo once against sits comfortably at the top.  Istra 1961 v. Varazdin (2-1) Istra and Varazdin opened the 20th round on Friday, February 3, in Pula in front of 952 fans. The game was exciting from the get-go…
Sunday, 5 February 2023

Kastela's Feliks Lukas Only Sports Manager at National Prayer Breakfast in Washington

February 5, 2023 - He has done more for tennis in Croatia than anyone, and the efforts of Feliks Lukas are being rewarded with a prestigious invitation to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. One of the secrets of a happy life in Croatia is to surround yourself with positive people. There are a lot of people who love to complain here, but if you choose the path more positive, you really do get a different perspective. I was first introduced to Feliks Lukas about 8 years ago in Bol, where he was delivering the only WTA women's tennis event…
Sunday, 5 February 2023

Davis Cup Qualifier: Croatia Leads 2-0 Over Austria

February 5, 2023 - Croatia took a 2-0 lead against Austria on Saturday in the Davis Cup qualifier at Zamet Hall in Rijeka. Borna Ćorić played first and beat Dennis Novak as expected, before Borna Gojo surprised the favorite Dominic Thiem for Croatia's big 2-0 lead on day one. On the first day of the Davis Cup qualifier in Rijeka, Borna Ćorić beat Denis Novak (144th on the ATP list) 6:3, 7:5, while Borno Gojo was better than Dominic Thiem, once the #3 player in the world - 6:3, 7:6(2). "I am very satisfied with my performance, especially when serving, which…
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