Category: Sport

Sandra Perković & Ivica Kostelić Named 2014 Sportspeople of the Year

SandraThe Croatian Olympic Committee’s 2014 Sportspeople of the Year Awards were held at Zagreb’s Westin Hotel in Zagreb on Thursday night…

Olympic, World and European discus champion Sandra Perković took out the Sportswomen of the Year Award for the third year in a row, while skier Ivica Kostelić, who silver at the Winter Olympics in Sochi this year, made it back-to-back Sportsman of the Year titles.

Sportswomen of the Year
Sandra Perković

Sportsman of the Year
Ivica Kostelić

Team of the Year
Croatian Crossbow Shooting Team

Coach of the Year
Ante Kostelić – Skiing

Promoters of the Year
Croatian National Football Team

Hajduk Split Handed Biggest Punishment in Croatian Football League History

HDThe biggest punishment in Croatian football first division (HNL) history was handed out on Thursday to Hajduk Split football club after it failed to take the pitch last month against rivals Dinamo Zagreb…

Hajduk Split have been deducted three points, and had five of its key figures, including its President, banned from being involved in the game for 12 months by the HNL disciplinary committee.

Hajduk Split President Marin Brbić, and board members Ljubo Pavasović – Visković, Vjekoslav Hrabar, Ante Majić and Nikola Koceić – Bilan all received bans from being able to work in football for one year. On top of that, all 16 Hajduk Split players who did not take the pitch were fined 3,000 kuna each (410 euros).

To recap, Hajduk Split refused to take the field on 22 November for their match against Dinamo Zagreb after their fans (Torcida) boycotted the stadium when one of their members was refused entry at the gate. Dinamo Zagreb say that they received a ‘blacklist’ of 92 people banned from attending football matches from police before the match. When one of those on the list was refused a ticket at the gate, the rest of the travelling Split fans refused to enter the stadium, leading the players to join in the boycott.

Croatia End 2014 Ranked 19th in the World

Croatia53Croatia end the year ranked 19th in the world according to FIFA’s Rankings…

World football’s governing body released the latest FIFA Rankings, the last for 2014, on Thursday, which saw Croatia maintain its spot from last month at 19th in world with 946 points. World Cup winners Germany end the year in number one spot, whilst the runners-up in Brazil, Argentina, were 2nd.

FIFA Rankings:
1. Germany 1725 points
2. Argentina 1538
3. Columbia 1450
4. Belgium 1417
5. Holland 1374
6. Brazil 1316
7. Portugal 1160
France 1160
9. Spain 1142
10. Uruguay 1113

19. CROATIA 946

(image: Drago Sopta / HNS)

Croat Inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame in America

IvoSome big recognition for Croatian sports has come out of America this week with news that legendary Water Polo player and coach Ivo Trumbić has made the aquatics Hall of Fame…

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) today announced the Class of 2015 who will be admitted into the hall of fame, with Trumbić and the 12 other athletes voted in to be honoured during a ceremony in California in June next year.

One of the legendary names in the sport of Water Polo, Ivo Trumbić was Born in Split, Croatia. He played water polo for the Yugoslavian National Team winning the silver medal at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo and improving to the gold medal at 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Eight years later he coached the team from Holland to a bronze medal. With Croatian side Mladost he was European champion three times.

“I am very pleased to announce the results of this year’s voting. This year’s class of 13 athletes, coaches and contributors represents four aquatic disciplines (swimming, diving, swimming and water polo) from ten different nations,” said ISHOF Committee Chairman Camillo Cametti,

The Class of 2015 also included swimmers Enith Brigitha (NED), Jodie Henry (AUS) and Diana Macanu (ROM); Diver Lao Lishi (CHN); Synchronized Swimmer Anastaysia Ermakova (RUS); Open Water Swimmer Irene Van Der Laan (NED); Coaches James Gaughran (USA), Don Watson (USA) and Masako Kaneko (JPN); Contributor Bartolo Consolo (ITA); Pioneer Liang Boxi (CHN), and Masters Swimmer Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen (USA).

Ivo Trumbić becomes the 7th Croat to make the hall of fame after Zdravko Kovačić, Zoran Janković, Ratko Rudić, Perica Bukić, Zdravko Ježić and Milivoj Bebić.

Croatian Sailor Becomes World Number 1

ivanCroatian Ivan Kljaković Gašpić is the new World Number 1 sailor in the Finn class after the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) released its latest rankings this week…

A member of the JK Zenta sailing club in Croatia, Kljaković Gašpić had an impressive points haul at the last World Cup event to move from number 3 to number 1 in the world. The ISAF released its latest rankings for Olympic events after the ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne event. It has been a good year for the Croatian, winning the silver medal at the World Championships. Kljaković Gašpić, who has been in the world’s top 5 since 2009, has 2 European golds at home in Solin near Split.

“It has been an excellent year, I have a lot of motivation to keep working and I am looking forward to the next Olympic cycle of races. I am in top form, ” said Kljaković Gašpić.

Andrej Kramarić Wins ‘Captain’s Choice’ 2014 Player of the Year

akNK Rijeka striker Andrej Kramarić has been named the Croatian first division’s Player of the Year according to all the captains in the league…

Kramarić was presented on Tuesday with the award which is organised by Tportal, and follows in the footsteps of past winners such as Mario Mandžukić, Luka Modrić and Niko Kranjčar. Kramarić has been in sizzling form this year, scoring at will for Rijeka which led to a call up to the Croatian national team in September. He is currently being chased by a number of clubs in Europe.

2014 Player of the Year – Captains choice -final standings:
1. Andrej Kramarić (Rijeka) 80 points
2. El Arbi Hillel Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb) 42
3. Arijan Ademi (Dinamo Zagreb) 16
Gabrijel Boban (NK Zagreb) 16
Goran Milović (Hajduk Split) 16
Marko Rog (Split) 16
7. Duje Čop (Dinamo Zagreb) 12
Dejan Radonjić (Istra 1961) 12
9. Anas Sharbini (Rijeka) 10
Josip Mišić (Osijek) 10
11. Filip Filipović (Zagreb) 8
12. Marcelo Brozović (Dinamo) 6
Ivan Ibriks (Osijek) 6
Lovre Kalinić (Hajduk) 6
Dominik Livaković (Zagreb) 6
Tino Sven Sušić (Hajduk) 6
Ivan Tomečak (Rijeka) 6
18. Domagoj Antolić (Dinamo) 4
Moisés Lima Magalhães (Rijeka) 4
Zvonko Pamić (Istra 1961) 4
Valentino Stepčić (Zagreb) 4
Ivan Vargić (Rijeka) 4
23. Denis Kolinger (Zagreb) 2
Jerko Leko (Lokomotiva) 2
Marko Lešković (Rijeka) 2

Chelsea in Talks With 13-Year-Old Dinamo Zagreb Talent

EdinEnglish Premier League leaders Chelsea are in pursuit of Dinamo Zagreb’s 13-year-old rising star Edin Julardžija…

Representatives from the English Premier League club met with their Dinamo Zagreb counterparts last Thursday in the hope of bringing the talented teen to Stamford Bridge.

“We were at the club and they expressed a desire for Edin to go to London. Marijan Vlak (Dinamo Academy boss) told us that he thought that it was best that the kid stays at Dinamo where he has everything he needs to continue his development,” Edin’s father Dino told daily Jutarnji list, adding that he has sought a ‘time out’ so the family can think about the offer in peace.

FIFA rules are clear with regards to signing a 13-year-old player, and Edin may be able to make the move to London under the condition that his family also move and find jobs there. That may not be an issue, Dino is a coach at the Zagreb football school.

UEFA Champions League and Europa Last 16 Draw – How the Croatians Fared

gclThe draw for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League was made in Nyon on Monday, with a number of Croatians still involved in the action waiting to see who they drew…

Here is how they fared:

UEFA Champions League
Bayer Leverkusen (Tin Jedvaj) v Atletico Madrid (Mario Mandžukić)
Real Madrid (Luka Modrić) v Schalke
Bayern Munich v Shakhtar Donetsk (Darijo Srna)
Manchester City v Barcelona (Ivan Rakitić)
Monaco (Danijel Subašić) v Arsenal

UEFA Europa League
Bešiktaš (Slaven Bilić coach) v Liverpool (Dejan Lovren)
Celtic v Inter Milan (Mateo Kovačić)
Fiorentina (Milan Badelj) v Tottenham
Dinamo Kijev (Domagoj Vida) v Guingamp
Dnjipro (Nikola Kalinić, Ivan Strinić, Mladen Bartulović) v Olympiacos
Wolfsburg (Ivan Perišić, Ivica Olić) v Sporting

Josip Šimunić Ends Dinamo Zagreb Career

JoeFormer Croatia international defender Josip Šimunić has called time on his career with Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb…

Šimunić (36), who joined Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2011, was presented with a framed shirt ahead of Dinamo’s match against NK Slaven Belupo at Maksimir stadium on Sunday. Šimunić arrived at Dinamo Zagreb after a long career in Germany, and helped the Croatian club to make it through twice to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, and twice to the UEFA Europa League during his 116 matches for the club in just under 3 and a half years. Šimunić scored 8 times for the club.

“He was a leader on the pitch and in the changing room. I wish his all the best with whatever he chooses to do next in his life,” said Dinamo coach Zoran Mamić.

Šimunić, who recently became a father for the first time, is said to be weighing up an offer to play one more season in the Bosnia and Herzegovinan league with NK Široki Brijeg. Šimunić played 105 times for Croatia, including appearances at five major tournaments – World Cup 2002, World Cup 2006, Euro 2004, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 – and is the third most capped player in the history of the Croatia national team. (GNK Dinamo)

UEFA Hands Down Punishment to Croatian FA for Crowd Trouble in Italy

Croatia22The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) have been fined 80,000 euros and will be forced to close part of Maksimir stadium for their next home EURO 2016 qualifier after UEFA handed down punishment for crowd trouble caused by Croatian fans in Italy last month…

A group of Croatian fans twice disrupted Croatia’s 1-1 draw with Italy at Milan’s San Siro stadium on November 16 when they threw a number of flares onto the pitch. On top of the 80,000 euros fine, UEFA’s disciplinary panel ordered that the 8,000-seat north section of Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb be closed when Croatia hosts Norway on March 28 2015. The Italian FA didn’t get away scot-free, they were fined 13,000 euros.