Tuesday, 27 April 2021

HNL Round 31 Recap: Dinamo Defeats Hajduk 2:0 in Eternal Derby, Rijeka and Osijek Draw

April 27, 2021 - The 31st round of the Croatian First League was held from April 24 to 26, 2021. This round featured the 'Eternal Derby,' in which Dinamo defeats Hajduk 2:0, while Rijeka and Osijek draw in the other highly anticipated mid-week match. 

Sibenik v. Slaven Belupo (2:0)

Sibenik and Belupo opened the 31st round on Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Sibenik.

Juric opened the scoring for Sibenik, making it 1:0 in the 8th minute. Curic increased Sibenik's lead to 2:0 six minutes later. The second half saw no goals from either side. 

 

Sibenik is currently in 6th place with 32 points, while Belupo is in 7th with 31. 

Gorica v. Lokomotiva (4:2)

Gorica and Lokomotiva met on Sataurday, April 24, 2021, in Velika Gorica. 

Hamad gave Gorica the early lead with a goal in the 5th minute. Pivaric equalized from a penalty in the 19th minute, and Mudrinski made it 2:1 in the 28th. 

Spikic gave Gorica the 3:1 lead in the 53rd, and just three minutes later, Steenvoorden was booked for a double yellow. Pivaric scored his second penalty for 3:2 one minute later. 

Playing with a man down didn't hurt Gorica too much, as Spikic came back to score for 4:2 in the 74th minute. Lokomotiva's Bonansea was shown a red card in the 90th minute. 

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 53 points, while Lokomotiva is in the last place with 23. 

Rijeka v. Osijek (0:0)

Rijeka and Osijek met on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Rujevica Stadium. 

The match ended without goals. 

 

Rijeka is currently in 4th place with 52 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 67.

Dinamo v. Hajduk (2:0)

Dinamo and Hajduk met on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Maksimir Stadium for the highly anticipated 'Eternal Derby.' 

Dinamo's first goal of the match came from a Petkovic penalty in the 21st minute. Kastrati increased Dinamo's lead to 2:0 in the 35th. 

While Hajduk continuously pressed in the second half, the match ended at 2:0 for Dinamo, and the two sides will have a rematch on May 5 in Split. 

 

Dinamo is currently in 1st place with 71 points, while Hajduk is in 5th with 44. 

Varazdin v. Istra 1961 (1:1)

Varazdin and Istria closed out the 31st round on Monday, April 26, 2021. 

Hara scored for Istra in the 18th minute for 0:1, though Posavec scored the equalizer in the 34th minute for 1:1, which was the final score of the match. Guera Djou was booked for his second yellow card in the 81st minute. 

 

Varazdin is currently in 8th place with 26 points, while Istra is in 9th with 25. 

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Thursday, 22 April 2021

HNL Round 30 Recap: Osijek and Dinamo Draw in Fight for First Place

April 22, 2021 - The 30th round of the Croatian First League was held mid-week on April 20 and 21, 2021. Osijek and Dinamo draw at City Garden Stadium in this round, while Sibenik and Gorica played 1:1, as did Belupo and Hajduk.

Sibenik v. Gorica (1:1)

Sibenik and Gorica opened the 30th round on Tuesday, April 30, 2021. 

Sahiti scored to put Sibenik in the lead in the 40th minute for 1:0 at the half. Lucumi was booked for his second yellow in the 87th minute, and a late goal by Delfi brought Gorica the equalizer one minute later for 1:1, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Sibenik is currently in 7th place with 29 points, while Gorica is in 4th with 50. 

Slaven Belupo v. Hajduk (1:1) 

Belupo and Hajduk met on Tuesday, April 30, 2021, in Koprivnica. 

Hajduk took the lead in the 10th minute when Dimitrov scored for 0:1. A red card for Todorovic forced Hajduk to play with a player less from the 60th minute, and Krstanovic scored for Belupo six minutes later. The match ended 1:1. 

 

Belupo is currently in 6th place with 31 points, while Hajduk is in 5th with 44. 

Lokomotiva v. Varazdin (4:0)

Lokomotiva and Varazdin met on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Zagreb. 

Males scored Lokomotiva's first goal in the 3rd minute for the early lead. Papadopoulos increased Lokomotiva's lead to 2:0 in the 32nd minute. Two goals by Simic in the 84' and 86' minutes made it 4:0, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Lokomotiva is currently in 10th place with 23 points, while Varazdin is in 8th with 25. 

Istra 1961 v. Rijeka (1:2) 

Istra and Rijeka met in Pula on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

A goal by Muric made it 0:1 Rijeka in the 20th minute. Kulenovic made it 0:2 in the 36th. Istra's Galilea came back with one goal for Istra in the 44th minute but failed to equalize in the second half. 

 

Istra is currently in 9th place with 24 points, while Rijeka has jumped to 3rd with 51. 

Osijek v. Dinamo (1:1)

Osijek and Dinamo met in the highly anticipated match for first place on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at City Garden Stadium. 

Majer scored in the 5th minute to give Dinamo the early lead. Erceg equalized for Osijek in the 64th for 1:1, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Osijek is currently in 2nd place with 66 points, while Dinamo is in 1st with 68. 

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Monday, 19 April 2021

HNL Round 29 Recap: Belupo Shocks Gorica, Osijek Tops Hajduk at Poljud

April 19, 2021 - The 29th round of the Croatian First League was held from April 16 to 18, 2021. In this round, Belupo shocks Gorica at home, and Osijek tops Hajduk at Poljud. 

Varazdin v. Sibenik (1:1)

Varazdin and Sibenik opened the 29th round on Friday, April 16, 2021. 

Djurasek scored a goal in the 11th minute for an early Varazdin lead, which they maintained until the 75th minute when Sibenik's Juric scored a penalty to equalize 1:1. 

 

Varazdin is currently in 8th place with 25 points, while Sibenik is in 7th with 28. 

Gorica v. Slaven Belupo (0:1)

Gorica and Slaven Belupo met on Friday, April 16, 2021, in Velika Gorica. 

The only goal of the match came in the 38th minute when Knoll scored for Belupo, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 49 points, while Belupo is in 6th with 30. 

Hajduk v. Osijek (0:1)

Hajduk and Osijek met on Friday, April 16, 2021, at Poljud Stadium in Split. 

While the first half went without goals, Mierez scored in the 48th minute to give Osijek the early lead in the second half. A second yellow for Fossati in the 85th hurt Hajduk's chances of getting the equalizing goal. 

 

Hajduk is currently in 5th place with 43 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 65. 

Rijeka v. Lokomotiva (3:0)

Rijeka and Lokomotiva met on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Rujevica Stadium. 

All of Rijeka's goals were scored in the first half - Muric in the 10 minute, Kulenovic two minutes later (12'), and Kulenovic again in the 31st. Lokomotiva was not able to come back from the first-half beating. 

 

Rijeka is currently in 4th place with 48 points, while Lokomotiva is in the last place with 10. 

Dinamo v. Istra 1961 (1:0)

Dinamo and Istra closed out the 29th round on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Maksimir Stadium. 

Petkovic scored a penalty in the 38th minute for the 1:0 Dinamo lead before the half, which they maintained throughout the match, even after Burton was booked with a red card in the 84th minute. 

 

Dinamo is currently in 1st place with 67 points, while Istra is in 9th with 24. 

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Monday, 12 April 2021

HNL Round 28 Recap: Hajduk Defeats Istra 1961, Osijek and Slaven Belupo Draw

April 12, 2021 - The 28th round of the Croatian First League was held from April 10-11, 2021. In this round, Hajduk defeats Istra 1961, Osijek and Slaven Belupo draw, and Rijeka narrowly tops Sibenik. 

Gorica v. Varazdin (0:0)

Gorica and Varazdin opened the 28th round on Saturday, April 10, 2021, in Velika Gorica. 

The first half went without goals, and the VAR called a goal offside for Gorica in the 52nd minute. The match ended at 0:0.

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 39 points, while Varazdin is in 9th with 24. 

Sibenik v. Rijeka (0:1)

Sibenik and Rijeka met on Saturday, April 10, 2021, in Sibenik. 

The only goal of the match came in the 72nd minute when Drmic scored for 0:1. 

 

Sibenik is currently in 7th place with 27 points, while Rijeka is in 4th with 45. 

Slaven Belupo v. Osijek (2:2)

Belupo and Osijek met on Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Koprivnica. 

Bogojevic scored the first goal of the match for 1:0. Belupo in the 36th minute. Zaper equalized for Osijek just before the half for 1:1. 

Knoll put Belupo back in the lead for 2:1 in the 52nd minute, and Kleinheisler scored the equalizer in the 71st for the final score of 2:2.

 

Belupo is currently in 6th place with 27 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 62. 

Istra 1961 v. Hajduk (0:1)

Istra and Hajduk met in Pula on Sunday, April 11, 2021. 

Simic scored in the 68th minute for the Hajduk lead. VAR called Nayir's goal offside in the final minute of the match. Istra's Blagojevic was booked for his second yellow in the 88th minute. 

 

Istra is currently in 8th place with 24 points, while Hajduk is in 5th with 43. 

Lokomotiva v. Dinamo (0:2)

Lokomotiva and Dinamo closed out the 28th round on Sunday, April 12, 2021. 

Gvardiol scored for 0:1 Dinamo in the 30th minute. Atiemwen increased Dinamo's lead to 0:2 in the 70th, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Lokomotiva is currently in the last place with 20 points, while Dinamo is in 1st with 64. 

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Monday, 5 April 2021

HNL Round 27 Recap: Rijeka Tops Gorica 4:3, Dinamo and Sibenik Draw, Wins for Osijek and Hajduk

April 5, 2021 - The 27th round of the Croatian First League was held on April 2 and 3, 2021. In this Easter-weekend round, Rijeka tops Gorica 4:3, while Dinamo and Šibenik draw 1:1.

Varazdin v. Slaven Belupo (1:1)

Varazdin and Belupo opened the 27th round in Varazdin on Friday, April 2, 2021.

Djurasek scored the first goal of the match for 1:0 Varazdin at the half. Delic returned to score a late-game equalizer for 1:1 in the first minute of added time (91+1').  

 

Varazdin is currently in 9th place with 23 points, while Belupo is in 7th with 25. 

Lokomotiva v. Hajduk (0:2)

Lokomotiva and Hajduk met on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Zagreb. 

Hajduk's Livaja scored the first goal of the match already in the 15th minute for 0:1 at the half. Livaja assisted Nayir Umit in the 48th minute for 0:2, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Lokomotiva is currently in 10th place with 20 points, while Hajduk is in 5th with 39. 

Istra 1961 v. Osijek (0:2)

Istra and Osijek met on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Pula. 

Mierez scored the opening goal for Osijek in the 30th minute for 0:1 at the half. Erceg increased Osijek's lead to 0:2 in the 88th for the final score of the match.

 

Istra is currently in 8th place with 24 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 61. 

Sibenik v. Dinamo (1:1)

Sibenik and Dinamo met on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Sibenik. 

While the first half went without goals, Mayer put Dinamo in the lead in the 70th minute for 0:1. Just 7 minutes later, Mesa equalized for Sibenik for 1:1, which was the final score of the match. 

 

Sibenik is currently in 6th place with 27 points, while Dinamo is in 1st with 61. 

Gorica v. Rijeka (3:4)

Gorica and Rijeka closed out the 27th round on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Velika Gorica.  

Thanks to goals by Andrijasevic and Drmic, Rijeka was up 0:2 at halftime. A goal by Muric in the 50th minute and Cerin in the 64th saw Rijeka up by four goals with 25 to go.

Not even 10 minutes later, Mitrovic scored for Gorica for 1:4, Mudrinski 10 minutes after that for 2:4, and a Galovic own goal made it 3:4 with 5 minutes left. Gorica's Nimely was booked for his second yellow in the 90+1'. 

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 48 points, while Rijeka is in 4th place with 42. 

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Monday, 22 March 2021

HNL Round 26 Recap: Dinamo Defeats Gorica, Osijek Better than Lokomotiva

March 22, 2021 - The 26th round of the Croatian First League was held from March 19 to 21, 2021. In this round, Dinamo defeats Gorica, Osijek is better than Lokomotiva, and Hajduk and Rijeka both record victories. 

Osijek v. Lokomotiva (2:0)

Osijek and Lokomotiva opened the 26th round on Friday, March 19, 2021, at City Garden Stadium. 

Kleinheisler scored Osijek's first goal in the 14th minute for the early lead and 1:0 at the half. Mierez increased Osijek's lead to 2:0 in the 79th minute for the final result. 

 

Osijek is currently in second place with 58 points, while Lokomotiva is in 10th place with 20 points. 

Slaven Belupo v. Istra 1961 (1:1)

Belupo and Istra met in Koprivnica on Saturday, March 20, 2021. 

Glavcic missed a penalty for Belupo in the 25th minute to keep the score 0:0. Ilicic made up for it with a goal two minutes later for 1:0 Belupo. An Istra penalty was awarded just before the half, which Grzan scored to equalize. The match ended 1:1. 

 

Belupo is currently in 7th place with 24 points, while Istra is in 8th with 24. 

Hajduk v. Sibenik (1:0)

Hajduk and Sibenik met at Poljud Stadium on Saturday, March 20, 2021. 

The only goal of the match came in the 72nd minute when junior Marin Ljubičić scored the winning goal in his championship debut for Hajduk. Sibenik's Alimi was given his second yellow in the 77th, forcing Sibenik to play with a man down for the remainder of the match. 

 

Hajduk is currently in 5th place with 36 points, while Sibenik is in 6th with 26. 

Rijeka v. Varazdin (2:0)

Rijeka and Varazdin met on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Rujevica Stadium. 

Galovic scored two goals in the first half (22', 35') for the Rijeka lead and ultimate victory. 

 

Rijeka is currently in 4th place with 39 points, while Varazdin is in 9th with 22. 

Dinamo v. Gorica (1:0)

Dinamo and Gorica closed out the 26th round at Maksimir Stadium on March 21, 2021. 

While the first half went without goals, Petkovic scored for Dinamo to open the second half (1:0, 47'), which was the final result. 

Gorica's Joey Suk broke his leg in two places during the match (both lower leg bones) and went into surgery last night, Gorica confirmed on their Facebook page after the game.

 

Dinamo is currently in first place with 60 points, while Gorica is in 3rd with 48. 

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Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Croatian Cup Quarterfinals: Istra 1961 and Gorica Advance to Semis

March 16, 2021 - After the Croatian Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday, Istra 1961 and Gorica advance to the semifinals against Rijeka and Dinamo. 

Istra 1961 advanced to the Croatian Cup semifinals after defeating the third division Oriolik from Oriovac 3-0 (0-0). Two goals were scored by Japanese player Taichi Hara (61, 86), while Mario Živatović scored an own goal in the 89th minute.

In the small town of Oriovac, halfway between Gradiška and Slavonski Brod, Istra reached the semifinals of the Cup in tough playing conditions - rain, wind, and a sloppy pitch. 

Third division club Oriolik, for whom this is the greatest success in its 98 years, dominated in the first half. In the first nine minutes, Batalo and Marušić missed nearly guaranteed chances to score.

A penalty came in the 61st minute when Hara escaped from offside and scored for the Istra lead. Hara scored again in the 86th minute, and the final 3-0 was the work of Oriolik's Živatović, who scored an own goal in the 89th minute.

In the second quarterfinal on Tuesday, Gorica topped Hajduk 3-0 in Velika Gorica. Gorica and Hajduk also played just three days ago in the HNL, which ended 1:1

Kristijan Lovrić was Gorica's hero, scoring an early goal in the 9th minute for 1-0 at the half. Lovrić scored his second goal of the match for 2-0 in the 83rd minute, while Nimely made it 3-0 in the final minute of regulation time. Ivan Dolček scored for Hajduk in the 60th minute but it was called offside. 

Advancing to the Cup semis is Gorica's greatest achievement in club history.

In the other quarterfinal matches played at the beginning of the month, Rijeka celebrated at Osijek (2-1) and Dinamo at home against Slaven Belupo (2-0). 

In the semifinals, Gorica will play against Dinamo at Maksimirr, and Istra 1961 will host Rijeka in Pula.

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Monday, 15 March 2021

HNL Round 25 Recap: Hajduk and Gorica Draw, Blowout Wins for Dinamo and Osijek

March 15, 2021 - The 25th round of the Croatian First League was held from March 12 to 14, 2021. This round saw Hajduk and Gorica draw, while Dinamo and Osijek recorded blowout victories against Varazdin and Sibenik. 

Rijeka v. Slaven Belupo (1:1)

Rijeka and Slaven Belupo opened the 25th round on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Rujevica Stadium in Rijeka. 

While the first half ended without goals, Andrijasevic gave Rijeka the lead in the 52nd minute, though van Bruggen scored the equalizer for Belupo with 15 minutes to go for the 1:1 result. 

 

Rijeka is currently in 5th place with 33 points, while Belupo is in 7th with 23. 

Lokomotiva v. Istra 1961 (0:1) 

Lokomotiva and Istra met on Saturday, March 13, 2021, in Zagreb. 

Navarro scored the only goal of the match in the 38th minute for 0:1 Istra. Simic scored from offside for Lokomotiva at the start of the second half which was called back thanks to VAR. 

 

Lokomotiva is currently in the last place with 20 points, while Istra is in 8th with 23. 

Gorica v. Hajduk (1:1)

Gorica and Hajduk met in Velika Gorica on Saturday, March 13, 2021. 

Hajduk's Mujakic scored an own goal for Gorica in the 6th minute, giving the home team the early lead. Hajduk's Atanasov came back to equalize for Hajduk for 1:1 at the half. Neither team could score in the second half. 

 

Gorica is currently in 3rd place with 48 points, while Hajduk has moved to 4th place with 33. 

Varazdin v. Dinamo (0:5)

Varazdin and Dinamo met in Varazdin on Sunday, March 14, 2021. 

Atiemwen opened the scoring spree for Dinamo with a goal in the 7th minute. Misic and Gavanovic followed with goals in the 16th and 24th minutes, making it 0:3 for Dinamo at the half. 

Two goals by Orsic in the 70th and 78th minute made it 0:5, which was the final score of the game. 

 

Varazdin is currently in 9th place with 22 points, while Dinamo is in first place with 57. 

Sibenik v. Osijek (0:4)

Sibenik and Osijek closed out the 25th round on Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Sibenik. 

Kleinheisler scored the first goal for Osijek in the 13th minute for 0:1. Mierez and Santini increased Osijek's lead at the start of the second half for 0:3 in the 49th minute. Erceg scored Osijek's last goal for the 0:4 final score.

 

Sibenik is currently in 6th place with 26 points, while Osijek is in 2nd with 55. 

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Monday, 8 March 2021

HNL Round 24 Recap: Dinamo Tops Rijeka 2:0, Osijek and Gorica Draw

March 8, 2021 - The 24th round of the Croatian First League was held from March 5 to 7, 2021. In this round, Dinamo tops Rijeka 2:0, and Osijek and Gorica draw at City Garden Stadium. 

Istra 1961 v. Sibenik (3:2)

Istra and Sibenik opened the 24th round on Friday, March 5, 2021, in Pula. 

Sahiti put Sibenik in the lead with one minute to go in the first half (0:1). Grzan scored a penalty for Istra 10 minutes later to equalize, and Ivancic put Istra in the lead two minutes after that for 2:1. Hara gave Istra the 3:1 lead in the 63rd minute, and Sibenik's Bulat scored for 3:2 in the 75th minute for the final result. 

 

Istra is currently in last place with 17 points, while Sibenik is in 6th place with 26. 

Slaven Belupo v. Lokomotiva (0:0)

Belupo and Lokomotiva met in Koprivnica on Saturday, March 6, 2021. 

Neither team was able to score, and the match ended at 0:0.

 

Belupo is currently in 7th place with 22 points, while Lokomotiva is in 9th with 20. 

Hajduk v. Varazdin (2:0)

Hajduk and Varazdin met on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Poljud Stadium in Split. 

Colina opened the match with a goal for Hajduk in the 8th minute (1:0). An own goal by Memija just before the half made it 2:0. Hajduk's Fossati and Varazdin's Guera Djou were given their second yellows and sent off the pitch in a dramatic end to the match. 

 

Hajduk is currently in 4th place with 32 points, while Varazdin is in 8th with 22. 

Osijek v. Gorica (1:1)

Osijek and Gorica met on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at City Garden Stadium. 

While the first half went without goals, Dieye gave Gorica the 0:1 lead in the 55th minute. Osijek didn't equalize until the 88th minute when Bohar scored a penalty for 1:1.  

 

Osijek is currently in 2nd place with 52 points, while Gorica is in 3rd with 47. 

Dinamo v. Rijeka (2:0)

Dinamo and Rijeka closed out the 24th round on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Maksimir Stadium.

Ivanusec scored Dinamo's first goal in the 27th minute for 1:0 at the half. Orsic increased Dinamo's lead in the 65th minute for 2:0, which was the final result. 

 

Dinamo is currently in 1st place with 54 points, while Rijeka dropped to 5th with 32. 

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Thursday, 4 March 2021

Winter Transfer Window Success: Hajduk Jumps to 2nd in HNL Player Value

March 4, 2021 - Hajduk jumps to 2nd in HNL player value thanks to an impressive winter transfer window that brought in Lovre Kalinić, Marco Fossati, Marko Livaja, and Alexander Kačaniklić.

Slobodna Dalmacija reports that after the winter transfer window, Hajduk is again the second HNL team in player value.

Only two months ago, due to the disastrous summer and autumn, the club's value, according to Transfermarkt, dropped to EUR 20.5 million, which placed it only fourth in the league standings, even behind Rijeka (24.2) and Osijek (20.9). As the results fell, so did the value of Hajduk's players.

However, the market activity during the winter and bringing in players like Lovre Kalinić and Marko Livaja certainly enhanced the club, thus bringing it a new value.

First, the President of the Management Board, Lukša Jakobušić, brought back goalkeeper Kalinić on loan from Aston Villa in December (until the end of June this year). Then, Hajduk's sports director Mindaugas Nikoličius showed his worth, bringing in the brilliant Marko Livaja, who had terminated his contract with AEK Athens, and Swedish winger Alexander Kačaniklić, who once played in England for Fulham and the French Ligue 1.

Midfielder Marco Fossati completed the quartet of experienced players who strengthened Hajduk this winter, arriving on loan from the Italian second league club Monza.

Including the departures of Gyurcso, Ljubić, Delić, and Radić, who also have a certain price, Hajduk became richer by almost five million euro compared to December last year (25.3).

Osijek is close to EUR 24.8, and Rijeka is not far from EUR 23.8. At the top, of course, is Dinamo with EUR 103.3 million, which is more than Hajduk, Osijek, Rijeka, and even Gorica (19.4) combined.

The HNL table confirms that these numbers are not necessarily a guarantee of success, as Osijek is practically equal to Dinamo, Gorica is third, and Hajduk is fifth. 

At EUR 3 million, Livaja is the most expensive of Hajduk's new players. Only Mijo Caktaš (3.7) has a higher price than him. Kalinić is worth EUR 2.8 million, Kačaniklić EUR 1.2 million, and Fossati EUR 400,000.

Not only did they raise the value on paper, but these players also left an excellent first impression. This is especially true of Kalinić, who came first. His presence has a calming effect on the rest of the team, and last week his heroics saved Hajduk's victory against Rijeka, defending Andrijašević's penalty in the final seconds of the match.

In any case, Hajduk succeeded in the transfer window, perhaps even better than the fans expected. The first impressions are positive, the value of the team has grown, and now it must only be translated into results on the pitch. 

HNL Clubs in millions (compared with Decemberr 2020)

1. Dinamo 103.3 (+2.7)

2. Hajduk 125.3 (+4.8)

3. Osijek 124.8 (+3.9)

4. Rijeka 123.8 (-0.4)

5. Gorica 119.4 (-0.9)

6. Lokomotiva 113.8 (-0.9)

7. Istra 1961 119.8 (+3.2)

8. Varaždin 118.0 (-0.9)

9. Slaven Belupo 117.8 (+0.6)

10. Šibenik 117.5 (+0.5)

11. Total 243.5 (+12.6)

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