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

Saturday, 27 August 2016

BBC Reports on the Divisions in Croatian Football

The problems within Croatian football made international headlines during Euro 2016, a topic explored by the BBC on August 27, 2016.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Zdravko Mamic Resigns as Vice president of the Croatian Football Federation!

He announced his resignation in a press release saying he doesn’t want to be the reason why the success of the Croatian Football Association is constantly undervalued

Thursday, 23 June 2016

David Guetta Releases Video for Croatian National Football Team

Each national teams gets its own video, but Croatian is truly special.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Croatia 2 Spain 1: First Spanish Euro Defeat for 12 Years

A big night for Croatia in France on June 21, 2016.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Croatian Fans Plan to Attack Referee: UK Independent

With minutes to go before kick-off between Croatia and Spain on June 21, 2016, British media is reporting details of the Croatian fan protest plan.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Shame on Who?

After a short break, Tanja Radmilo is back with her column, From Croatia with Madness on June 20, 2016.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Is There a Solution for Problems in Croatian Football?

While there is much outrage and numerous articles about the causes and problems of hooliganism in Croatian football, we are trying to look for the solution

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Russia Easily Defeats Croatia

Not a good game for Croatia’s female footballers.

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