Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Croatia's Eternal Derby: Hajduk and Dinamo Play 1:1 at Poljud

May 5, 2021 - Hajduk and Dinamo met in Croatia's Eternal Derby on Wednesday, playing 1:1 in the postponed match of the Croatian First League's 22nd round. 

Dinamo took the lead in the 16th minute with a goal by Majer, and Livaja equalized in the 44th minute. Diamantakos hit the crossbar in the final minutes of the match. 

Dinamo came to Poljud with the strongest possible lineup, hoping to secure the points needed to defend the Croatian championship title. On the other hand, Hajduk needed a victory to keep pace in the fight for Europe after a win against Rijeka last weekend.

Hajduk opened the match well and had a chance to take the lead in the first 20 seconds. Kačaniklić received an excellent long ball and ran on the right side. He rushed into the penalty area and shot diagonally, but Livaković came out and closed his corner.

Dinamo made a lot of mistakes in the opening, but the first cardinal mistake was made by Marco Fossati, who Dinamo quickly punished. The Hajduk player lost the ball near the goal line; Petković took advantage of his mistake and entered the penalty area. Petković found Majer, who hit the opposite corner with his head from the top of the box.

Additional pressure from Dinamo was expected after the lead but they left the ball to Hajduk and waited for counters. Hajduk played smart and controlled the match.

In the 33rd minute, Jurić nailed the penalty area, but Stefan Simić shot straight at Livaković. In the next attack, Ivanušec shot well from about 20 meters, but Kalinić defended even better.

Hajduk played better nearing halftime, and in the 41st minute, they had another great chance. Livaja masterfully played Jurić, but Livaković reacted superbly. 

Hajduk deservedly equalized a minute before the end of the first half after a big mistake by Dinamo's defense. Lauritsen reacted desperately, Theophile lost focus on Livaja, and Hajduk's best player scored for 1:1.

Ivanušec was subbed off at halftime for Kastrati, and Tramezzani played Diamantakos instead of Ljubičić.

The tempo of the second half was dull until the 61st minute when Petković shot high over the goal. Kastrati missed three minutes later.

Hajduk, who played well in the first hour, started to lose strength, which became more and more obvious as the match came to an end. However, Diamantakos hit the crossbar in the final minutes. 

After three victories in the previous three clashes with Hajduk this season, Dinamo failed to achieve maximum performance and almost mathematically secured the title but entered the last four rounds with a seven-point advantage over Osijek.

Hajduk has not inched much closer to third place, which certainly leads to Europe.

Source: Index.hr

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Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Marko Livaja Returns to Hajduk after 11 Years!

February 17, 2021 - Croatian striker Marko Livaja returns to his hometown club, Hajduk Split!

Marko Livaja returns to Poljud! The experienced 27-year-old striker returned to the Split club after 11 years and signed a contract with Hajduk until the end of the current season after terminating his contract with the Greek first league team AEK.

After many years, Marko will fulfill his great wish and boyhood dream to play an official match for Hajduk's first team. He made six appearances for Hajduk, but all in friendly matches.

In 2010, as a sixteen-year-old, he left Hajduk for Inter Milan, where he played 13 official matches and scored four goals.

In the meantime, he played for Swiss Lugano, Italian clubs Cesena, Atalanta, Empoli, Russian Rubin Kazan, Spanish Las Palmas, and Greek club AEK from Athens, for which he played for the past two seasons and collected 147 official appearances with 42 goals scored.

 

Livaja played for all the younger selections of the Croatia national team, while he made a total of four appearances for the first team.

"I am happy to be back home after so much time, and I am looking forward to new opportunities and challenges here. I am glad that I will try to achieve goals with my beloved club, and I hope for better results," said Marko after signing for Hajduk.

"Marko, welcome back to Hajduk, and we wish you good luck and success in the white jersey!" Hajduk concluded in its official announcement

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Monday, 18 January 2021

Paolo Tramezzani Named New Coach of Hajduk Split

January 18, 2021 - Paolo Tramezzani is the new coach of Hajduk!

Hajduk.hr announced on Monday that the 50-year-old Italian expert signed a contract until the summer of 2022 and will take over the management of the first team immediately.

The new Hajduk coach was born on July 30, 1970 in the city of Castelnovo ne ’Monti, and began his playing career at Inter Milan. In addition to Inter, he played for Prato, Cosezna, Lucchese, Venezia, Cesena, Piacenza, Tottenham, Pistoiese, Atalanta, Empoli and Pro Patria.

He began his coaching career as the assistant coach of Gianni de Biasi in the national team of Albania, which then qualified for the European Championship for the first time in history. He continued on his own in 2016 as the coach of the Swiss first league side Lugano, and under his leadership, the club qualified the group stage of the Europa League for the first time in history. Lugano was at the bottom of the league table and eventually finished third with an average of 1.94 points scored that season, which is why he was named coach of the year in Switzerland.

In 2017, Tramezzani took over the leadership of Swiss first league team Sion and later left for personal reasons. In 2018, he took over APOEL in Cyprus, with which he became the champion, and in Cyprus, he was named the best coach of the first league with an average of 2.16 points. After APOEL, in 2019, he took over the Italian second division team Livorno, and his last coaching job was in 2020 in Sion.

Tramezzani's coaching staff will also include his first assistant Attila Malfatti and assistant coach Valerio Zuddas, and the rest of the professional staff will be filled by two fitness coaches who have already participated in the work of the first team, Toni Modrić and Šime Veršić, assistant coach Toni Golem and goalkeeper coach Hrvoje Sunara.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Boro Primorac Named New Hajduk Coach as Hari Vukas Sacked

November 4, 2020 - The Hajduk transformation continues as Hari Vukas is sacked as the first-team coach. The Split club announced today that Boro Primorac would takeover. 

Vukas is leaving the bench of the Split club after three consecutive defeats, and after Mario Stanic and Ivan Kepcija left Poljud this week.

Vukas took over the Hajduk coaching role after Igor Tudor's departure on August 21, 2020. In that period, he led 10 official matches, achieving four victories, five defeats, and one draw. In the last five rounds, he won only three points, and Hajduk is in sixth place.

"I wish all the best to my Hajduk and a lot of success to the new coach. Unfortunately, the results were not what we all expected together; I hope and believe that Hajduk will rise in the next period and get where it belongs," said Vukas. His assistant Jurica Vucko also left the club.

In his coaching career, Vukas was Tudor's assistant at Hajduk, Karabukspor, Galatasaray, and Udinese, and last year he took over Zrinjski and was fired after five months.

Hajduk then named the new coach of Hajduk - Boro Primorac. 

The head of the HNK Hajduk Academy, Luka Kaliterna, Primorac accepted this role after talks with the President of the Management Board, Luksa Jakobusic.

Boro Primorac's professional staff consists of his first assistant Toni Golem, the goalkeeper coach remains Hrvoje Sunara, and fitness coaches are still Toni Modric and Sime Versic. Coach Primorac will have his first game leading Hajduk on Saturday at 5:05 pm.

Boro Primorac is a legendary Hajduk player and coach who spent most of his career in England at Arsenal, where he was Arsène Wenger's first assistant (21 years in total). As head coach, he led Cannes and Valenciennes, the Guinea-Bissau national team, and as an assistant coach to Wenger, he also worked for Naoya Grampus in Japan.

In his playing career, he played for Velež, Hajduk, Lille, and Cannes. He scored the first official goal for Hajduk at Poljud stadium. He played a total of 283 games for Hajduk and scored 53 goals.

Source: Hajduk.hr

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Changes Continue at Hajduk: Ivan Kepcija No Longer Sports Director

November 4, 2020 - The changes at Hajduk continue, as Ivan Kepcija is no longer the club's sports director. 

The Split club announced the news on their official website:

"As of today, Ivan Kepcija is no longer the sports director of Hajduk.

He performed this function from December 2019 to November 2020, and he parted ways with the Club after an agreed termination."

"It was an honor to be part of the club, and I thank the people who gave me the opportunity and trust. Despite the president's desire to continue cooperation, I felt it was time to leave and therefore proposed an amicable termination of my contract. I want to thank everyone for their cooperation and wish the Club a lot of luck and success in further work and competition," Ivan Kepcija said about parting ways with Hajduk.

"We wish Mr. Kepcija a lot of luck and success in his future career!" Hajduk concluded. 

This is a continuation of the major changes at Poljud led by the new president Luksa Jakobusic. However, according to Kepcija above, there was a chance that Hajduk would continue with him as the sports director.

Jakobusic is Hajduk's 11th president, and when he took over the Split club on Friday, he announced a sudden change in operations. The first to lose his job was the legendary Mario Stanic, who served as chief adviser to former Hajduk president Marin Brbic. Stanic was sacked by the club on Monday.

Kepcija was brought to Hajduk by Stanic.

Next on Jakobusic's list is coach Hari Vukas, who has suffered three defeats in Hajduk's last three games. Jakobusic's first pick for the new Hajduk coach is Slovenian coach Matjaz Kek, who was not only the longest-serving manager by single appointment in the history of the Croatian First Football League during his time at Rijeka, but also won the Croatian Championship, Cup, and Super Cup with the club. 

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Torcida Celebrates 70 Years with Midnight Celebration Across Split

October 27, 2020 - On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Torcida celebrates 70 years. A spectacle is promised in Split and across Dalmatia. 

"Dear fellow citizens, on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Torcida celebrates its 70th birthday, and on the occasion of this jubilee anniversary, on Tuesday, October 27, at exactly midnight, we are preparing a spectacle never before seen in the world.

We have all witnessed the magnificent celebration of Hajduk's 100th anniversary, and this time we decided to raise the bar even higher to show once again that our city has no equal in celebrations.

In these 70 years, Torcida, as the oldest European fan group, has grown into a movement that goes beyond the frame of fans, and today we proudly highlight our contribution to the community. Whenever needed, Torcida was the first to respond; whether it was humanitarian action, blood donation, or the prevention of natural disasters, Torcida is always on the front line!

On the night we celebrate 70 years of our existence, our immeasurable love and loyalty to Hajduk and our city are connected. On that night, all the kilometers we went through because of our beloved club, all our festivities and victories are connected.

Therefore, we invite you to join us, to prove on Tuesday at midnight what we often like to emphasize: We are all Torcida! So don't be extras; on the contrary, be one of us that evening, take to the streets, go out on your balconies and windows, invite relatives, neighbors, and friends to join you, wake up your children to see an unseen spectacle, let our whole city be Torcida that night!

For history, for the present, for the future! ” Torcida announced. 

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To get an idea of what you can witness at midnight, have a look at the spectacle for Hajduk's 100th in the video below:

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Saturday, 18 July 2020

Historic Moment for Split Club: Hajduk Building Football Camp in Trogir

July 18, 2020 - At Friday's City Council session, Trogir City Councilors unanimously adopted a decision that marks a historic moment for HNK Hajduk and paves the way for the construction of the long-awaited football camp at the barracks of Trogir's Divulje.

HNK Hajduk reported on its website:

"We have repeated many times so far and I believe that you are all aware that the construction of the football camp is Hajduk's capital project, our most important infrastructure project in the 21st century and a solid foundation without which the Club cannot develop and progress. Therefore, we can proudly confirm that today, we are at the starting point of a great story that has been worked on for a long time and in silence, and which will ensure the continuity of education and production of elite players, talented footballers and quality people, which throughout history has adorned the Croatian football club Hajduk and our Academy "Luka Kaliterna"," said the President of the HNK Hajduk Management Board Marin Brbic after the City Council session.

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"We are especially pleased that the future football camp will be in Trogir, a city that has always lived with its heart and soul for Hajduk. We are also extremely grateful to the City of Trogir for recognizing this moment and the importance of building a football camp, and I am sure that the entire local community will reap many benefits from our future cooperation. In the end, I will emphasize that this is not a project of Marin Brbic, or any individual who has been or will be in the Club. This is a project of all of us, all of Hajduk, this is a project of Hajduk's future. We are just at the beginning, we have a lot of work ahead of us, many stages that we have to go through, but together we will reach the goal," said Brbic.

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The mayor of Trogir, Ante Bilic, did not hide his satisfaction with the city councilors' decision.

"On behalf of the citizens of the city of Trogir, I can say that I am happy that Hajduk will have its camp, its second home, in our city. We are realistic, we think sustainably and that is why the project is conceived realistically, phased and financially sustainable. This is not a project of Ante Bilic and Marin Brbic; this is a project of the City of Trogir and HNK Hajduk that will be developed and used to benefit the institutions we represent for much longer than the duration of our mandates. I had no doubt that the councilors would support our agreement, because who in Dalmatia would not want such an honor, but also a development opportunity from which both of us benefit exclusively?  This is an initiative of Hajduk, which we accepted, and together, we quickly completed all the steps so far, both between us and towards the state. Hajduk will have a partner in us, and the city services will be maximally efficient in terms of changing the spatial planning documentation required for part of the project, issuing permits and other steps so that the planned dynamics of the project is not endangered," said Bilic and added:

"Such content, at this location and with us as partners, is a prerequisite for creating sports content without competition in this part of Europe. After the agreement on business cooperation that was signed a little more than a week ago between NK Trogir and Hajduk, I would mark today as an important point for Trogir football and Trogir sport. After the renovated field on Batarija, our children and seniors will get a new field, additional sports facilities and the opportunity to develop with the best that Dalmatia has. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I consider this one of the most important steps in the recent history of Hajduk and a great opportunity for Trogir," concluded the mayor of Trogir.

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Uvik u Srcu: Hajduk to Honor Most Loyal Fans by Highlighting Names at Poljud

May 27, 2020 - HNK Hajduk has decided to thank its loyal season ticket holders in a special way for the 2019/20 season.

"Considering that according to the decision of the competent authorities, our season ticket holders will not be able to use their right to watch the matches at Poljud until the end of the season, the Club designed the project "Uvik u Srcu" (Always in the heart) whose goal is to gather all season ticket holders in one place to show them love and respect in moments when the team cannot play in front of their fans.

In addition, as a sign of gratitude to its loyal subscribers, Hajduk has provided a unique 20 percent discount on the entire range of products in all fan shops (Poljud and City) and through the webshop, which they can use until the end of the current season.

All the names of season ticket holders for this season will be inscribed in the thousands of hearts that will adorn the East of Poljud Stadium, all to at least figuratively compensate for their absence, support and roar coming from the stands of Poljud.

All those season tickets holders who, due to the protection of privacy and personal data, do not want their name to appear among the many red-blue hearts, can send their name and surname to the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until Friday, May 29 at noon. Namely, on that day, every season ticket holder's heart will get a place "under the sun" on the East Stands, which will be ready for the first referee's whistle against Inter Zapresic, the first opponent of the Hajduk in the continuation of the season," writes Hajduk on its official website

Hajduk and Inter Zapresic will open the 27th round of the Croatian First League on June 5, 2020, at 8 pm at Poljud Stadium. 

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Italian Eurosport Dedicates Cover to History of Hajduk: "A Club That Knew How to Say 'No'"

April 29, 2020 - The Italian edition of Eurosport has dedicated its cover to Hajduk, which they describe as "a club that knew how to say no!"

"Split is the city that gave the most Olympians and Olympic medal winners per capita, a total of 74. Zeljko Jerkov, Duje Krstulovic, Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja, Goran Ivanisevic, Mario Ancic, Blanka Vlasic, Vladimir Beara, an endless array of water polo players," reads the introduction as reported by Gol.hr.

"During the award for the best European goalkeeper, the legendary Lav Jašin said, 'for me the best is Beara'. Beara was one of the best in the world, but he didn't live in the era of television and his tricks went into stories first and then into legend. He did not lay down the live wall for free kicks because he wanted to see the rival. When he moved to Belgrade's Red Star after three championships with Hajduk, many took his word for it. Why? Because Hajduk was not just a football team. We know you've read this phrase many times and you wonder why it would be different now.”

Eurosport further recalls the club's founding and the fact that the club's name was not chosen by chance, but because the Hajduks fought against the Ottoman army in the Balkans and defended the population against the Turks.

"Many say that the union between Hajduk and Split is the closest symbiosis between the team and the city that exists worldwide. There is graffiti on every corner, there are flags in almost every car, and the soul of the city itself is embodied by Bili, the nickname of Hajduk," the Italian media points out, then recalling the most glorious moments of Hajduk's past that took place outside the football pitch.

"The club, which was founded in the most anarchic city on the Croatian coast, could not obey the will of the regime, and therefore, during the Second World War, 'no' arrived from Hajduk twice, which echoed sensationally. After the fascists occupied Dalmatia, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) wanted Hajduk to play in the Italian Championship, but the players and management refused to do so and went to the island of Vis, which was controlled by the Allies. Shortly afterward, the request of the Ustasa regime, Ante Pavelic, to play in the Croatian league at that time was rejected.”

After the rejection of the Italians, Joseph Broz Tito soon received the same answer.

"After the end of World War II, Hajduk was no longer a symbol of the city, but a symbol of the entire country, so Marshal Tito wanted to move them to Belgrade to make Hajduk a club of the Yugoslav army. An honorable suggestion, but - to leave Split? Become a symbol of someone else? Hajduk said 'no' a second time and continued to grow and build its myth."

Eurosport goes on to write about how Hajduk's biggest rivals are Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star and Partizan, the founding of Torcida, the rivalry of fans with the Bad Blue Boys, the numerous class players that originated from Hajduk's football school, and a crucial moment that happened ten years ago.

"The time had come for a big decision - to sell the club to foreign investors or to stay ours? Society, the city, and the fans had no dilemma: Hajduk is not for sale! This is how the third big 'no' from Hajduk arrived, the one aimed at foreign money. Fans were aware that because of this, they would not be able to compete for an important place in Europe, that it would be difficult even in the Championship against Dinamo. Still, pride is preserved," Eurosport concluded.

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

Hajduk Thanks First-Team Players for Accepting Reduced Wages

April. 18, 2020 - HNK Hajduk has agreed with all first-team players to reduce wages as the competition is stalled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Split club reports that first-team players have accepted Hajduk's proposal to receive 40 percent of the contracted earnings over the next six months, the additional 40 percent will be deferred for six months and the remaining 20 percent will be permanently waived. Furthermore, the Club offered its players the chance to automatically reinstate the contracts from the time before the pandemic, in full, in the event they place in a European competition.

"HNK Hajduk thanks the players for their understanding and cooperation in reaching an agreement on reducing salaries in times of crisis in order to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the Club in the long run. In such an atmosphere of mutual respect and unity within the Club, we are sure that the desired sports result will not be missed. We completed the contract process in record time. The management and part of the higher-income working community will also share the fate of the players," said Hajduk president Marin Brbić.

"We believe that we have negotiated with the players as responsibly and correctly as possible. We did not rush to make a decision and neither did it unilaterally, but through an agreement with the players, we wanted to achieve synergy. We decided not to communicate the draft agreement publicly, allowing players to peacefully consider all the circumstances affecting the Club and football in Croatia and to make their decision accordingly. We thank them once again for the demonstrated team spirit and solidarity they have shown in this situation where, in addition to donated funds in our humanitarian actions, they have once again shown great responsibility to our Club and the entire community," added the sports director Ivan Kepčija.

Led by captain Mijo Caktaš, Hajduk players showed exceptional understanding and solidarity in the agreement.

"This is a situation that happens once in history and in which we all have to bear our burden to keep the Club stable. I am especially pleased that the team showed their understanding of the new circumstances after the first meeting, and there was really no doubt that we players should stand in solidarity with the Club at the moment when football activities around the world stopped. The conversations were very fair, we all showed a great community together, and I would like to thank all the teammates for that once again. I believe that we as a team and Hajduk as a Club will come out stronger from all this," said Caktaš after the agreement with the players was officially signed.

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