Moro is good too. We have a lot of U21s capable of contributing to the senior squad.
Moro, Majer, Ivanusec, Gvardiol, Bradaric, and Sosa.
All should be integrated the first chance we get.
I’d even call up Petar Musa to fill that tall frontman striker role.
He’s 6’3″ and had a good season at Prague. He transferred to Union Berlin, but only recently won a starting spot (and assisted on a goal).
If we’re going to send in crosses with a player like Sosa, and want to play with a target man up top (or a two striker formation), it gives us options.
These U21s give us more options with their skillset, instead of relying entirely on our currently formation and praying to God that all of our first eleven players are healthy.
Now, with Petkovic’s shoulder injury, we’re in trouble of not having a true špica striker at the Euros.
Same as at the Nations League where we had to rely on a tandem of Kovacic and Pasalic to play in the pivot (where neither are good) and even on the wing.
Moro is a natural there…and Majer can play on the wing (Sosa too).
tough tough penalty call for dinamo.. although his one mistake lead to Villareal’s goal Majer is an absolute stud. he just jumps off the screen when you watch him play. needs a call up to the A team soon
Hajduk is in real danger of becoming the Newcastle United of Croatia, or how Leeds United used to be until recently. A club living off past glories and still thinking we’re such a big name that we deserve to be at the top of the league just because of who we are and our history. Yes there’s the incredible Dalmatian gene pool but that means nothing on its own. Respect to Osijek and even Gorica for what they’ve done this year – something Hajduk fans can only dream of at the moment.
Hajduk would have beaten Villarreal today.
It would be nice to hear from guys like Jozak, or some former Hajduk front office staff as to why Hajduk cannot seem to further develop their obviously talented pool of players.
We always hear from the fans and conspiracy theorists, but none of us really know all too much about Hajduk’s inability to match Dinamo and are relying on assumptions.
Would be curious to hear what some of the pros have to say.
Hungry is always a cautionary tale for Croatia.
If you don’t evolve you die.
Bundesliga redesigned their entire structure after Germany got blown out in 2000.
There entire professional league system is set up to produce a generation for ever.
I’d love to see HNL cause a breakthrough in standard.
We have grown in depth but I still would like to produce more world class players.
There are no players in the world like our nogometaši.
I also would like to see more quality coaching across all of Croatia.
I hate to bring up Hajduk again but we are talking about the richest athletic talent pool in the world and Hajduk being mediocre is unacceptable.
Zadar should build the Luka Modrić academy.
Osijek is a great step forward.
I know we do not have a colonial presence like a Portugal.
But there are a good example of a quality domestic league that produces CL clubs and world class national team players.
There has to be somewhere in between Jugo hating Hrvati and Mamić.
We need to find that balance and go forward.
I think Ivanusec, Gvardiol (19 and plays like a man) and Majer can all play in most top leagues but probably at a mid level team. Watching this game today gives me hope that some of our other clubs can do better…there are good players at each club I just think those clubs have to manage those players early careers well and give them a path to mature into having solid careers!
Villarreal is a good team, we aren’t that far behind them this truly demonstrates that if Croatia was a better organized country that did more to support professional sports, many of our teams could compete with many other clubs from top leagues.
I was concerned before the game started that we’d look outclassed but that wasn’t the case, we did more than held our own!
I too saw the ball hit his right upper chest and go away from his body.
His arm position should be inconsequential.
I would love to see a towering goal keeper flying through the air with his knee ready to hit someone’s head and knock the ball 30 meters away.
Also a more dominant goal keeper would simply catch most of those balls.
It’s not like we are a shirt people?
Obviously I’m glad in this case, but for example with Malta… they deserved that penalty in the first half. Who knows, maybe it would have given them the determination to win the game or pull off a draw? This bullshit needs to stop because teams are getting screwed over week in week out. We really are lucky to have beaten Malta. Here, we were on the unlucky end. It’s not like this is the 3rd Colombian division lmao it’s European UEFA football… get your shit together!