Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Opposition Against Construction of National Football Stadium in Zagreb

ZAGREB, August 22, 2018 - The Zagreb branch of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Wednesday criticised Mayor Milan Bandić's idea to build a national stadium worth 500 million kuna considering that there are much bigger problems that need to be solved at the moment.

Friday, 3 August 2018

32 Football “Fans” from Croatia Arrested in Serbia

ZAGREB, August 3, 2018 - Serbian police on Friday arrested a group of fans of Croatia's Hajduk Split football club who rampaged at a gas station outside Belgrade, on their way from Split to Sofia where Hajduk is scheduled to play Slavia, according to media in Belgrade whose claims have been confirmed by Serbian Interior Minister Nebojša Stefanović.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Two Osijek Supporters Stabbed in Glasgow Ahead of Match Against Rangers

ZAGREB, August 3, 2018 - Two supporters of the Osijek football club from Croatia have been stabbed when violence broke out on the streets of Glasgow on Thursday night ahead of Rangers' Europa League qualifying tie against Osijek, according to a news portal Glas Slavonije.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Osijek – Petrocub (Moldova) 2:1

Glasgow Rangers is next!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Two Possible Locations for Future National Football Stadium?

No one knows who will pay for the new national football stadium and where it will be built, if it ever is.

Friday, 29 June 2018

And, It's Also Time To Remember What We Did To The Danes

You'll be hard-pressed to find a Croat who was alive back then who doesn't remember THAT game.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Croatian Football Federation Fined for Split Stadium Swastika

ZAGREB, March 9, 2018 - Croatian Football Federation (HNS) executive president Damir Vrbanović has been fined 5,000 kuna pending appeal as the responsible official and the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has been fined 50,000 kuna as the responsible legal person and organiser of a football match played between Italy and Croatia in Split in June 2015 over a swastika on the turf.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Football in Crisis: Dear Croatian Fans, by

Ahead of tonight's crunch World Cup qualifier in Kiev, popular Croatian sports website,, published a passionate call for change to the troubled state of Croatian football on October 8, 2017 on its Facebook page. The post is published in full below. Your thoughts? 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Football at the Bottom of a Lake: Europe's Most Bizarre Match in Imotski on Sunday

Ever been to a football match at the bottom of a lake? A very rare event at the famous Blue Lake of Imotski will take place on October 8, 2017. 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Croatia Ranks 8th on World Expatriate Footballers List

After finding out four Croats made it to the Champions League final for the first time in history, another interesting statistic turns up: according to the CIES Football Observatory monthly report, Croatia ranks surprisingly high on the world list of expatriate footballers.

The report analysed 137 leagues of 93 national associations worldwide, including all expatriate players present in the first team squads of clubs up to May 1st 2017. Bench players were also included where a list of substitutes was available – in this case, 116 out of 137 leagues. The final sample is made out of 12.051 expatriate footballers playing in 2120 clubs, resulting in an average of 5.7 expatriates per club.

Croatia ranks 8th on the list with 323 expatriate footballers currently present on the field worldwide, 92% of those playing for clubs in UEFA countries. The world leader in exporting football players is Brazil with a total of 1202 expatriates, followed by France (781), Argentina (753), Serbia (460) and England (451); Croatia comes closer to Germany (335) and Spain (362). It's interesting to note the first three countries on the list together make up 22.7% of the total number of expatriate players worldwide, that percentage increasing to 43.5% if we take only the top ten on the list into account.

Seeing that Croatia is by far the smallest out of all listed countries, we can safely call ourselves the number one exporter of football players. That's not really a title to be proud of: as much as it points to the impressive quality of Croatian athletes, it's disappointing to see our greatest players sold to foreign clubs as soon as someone shows interest.

Here's a list of 25 principal exporters:


CIES Football Observatory monthly report, May 2017


Source: Jutarnji

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