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Dejan Lovren Ruled out of EURO 2016 Qualifiers

CroatiaCroatia’s Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has been ruled out of upcoming EURO 2016 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Azerbaijan…

Croatia flew out to Sofia today from Zagreb minus Lovren, who was forced to withdraw from the side due to a abdominal injury. The centre-back felt pain in his abdomen during Wednesday’s training session, and after a check up from the medical team, Lovren was ruled out for the matches against Bulgaria on Friday, and Azerbaijan next week.

Coach Niko Kovač has called up defender Gordon Schildenfeld, who joined the squad last night.

[VIDEO] Lovren Scores on Liverpool Debut

CroatiaLiverpool’s new Croatian signing Dejan Lovren could not have dreamed for a better start to his career at Liverpool…

Playing in his first match for the Reds, the former Southampton centre-back gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead over German side Borussia Dortmund in the 14th minute in a friendly on Sunday. Lovren, who started the match, met a Steven Gerrard corner with his head to send Liverpool on their way. Liverpool won the match 4-0. (pic: Liverpool FC Twitter)

Dejan Lovren Unable to Join Teammates after U.S Visa Problems

CroatiaNew Liverpool signing Dejan Lovren was bought down to earth with a thud just days after signing a 25 million euro deal with the Merseyside giants…

Lovren is unable to join his new team-mates in America where they are currently on a pre-season tour after the US Embassy in London told the Croatia centre-back that he had to wait at least 10 days for a visa to enter the US. Daily Jutarnji list reports that Lovren was told at the embassy that it did not matter that he was a Liverpool player and that he would have to wait like everybody else.

“Unfortunately I could not get a visa straight away. Therefore I can not join my team-mates in the US. I am sad because of that,” Lovren said after hearing the news.

The former Southampton defender will train with Liverpool’s U-21 side as he awaits the return of Brendan Rogers and his side from the US next week.

Lovren Becomes Most Expensive Defender in Liverpool History

Croatia“It’s a dream come true, I am glad to be here, I am proud and I can’t wait to start,” that is what 25 million euro Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren said after becoming the most expensive defender in Liverpool FC’s history…

Lovren is now the 3rd most expensive Croatian signing, behind Luka Modrić and Mario Mandžukić, and the 5th most expensive signing in Liverpool history, behind Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez, Fernando Torres and Adam Lallana, but he is not the first Croat at the club.

“I am glad to be the second Croatian at the club. I have spoken to Igor (Bišćan) a few times and he told me positive things about the club. He told me I will realise what it means to play at Anfield,” said Lovren, before adding.

“Liverpool is more than a club,” said Lovren, who penned a 25 million euro deal yesterday.

Lovren won’t have to wait long before facing his former team-mates Southampton, Liverpool play Southampton on the opening day of the season.

Lovren to Liverpool, Strinić to West Ham

CroatiaThere will be another Croat playing this season in the English Premier League with news that Croatia defender Ivan Strinić is in London where he is set to sign a deal with West Ham United…

The 27-year left back will undergo a medical today in London before putting pen to paper, according to the British press. The West Ham squad are currently in New Zealand as part of their pre-season preparations. Meanwhile Dejan Lovren’s transfer to Liverpool is expected to be confirmed this week. It has been reported by local media that the Saint’s centre-back will move to Anfield Road for 20 million euros.

Dejan Lovren Statistically the Best Defender in the English Premier League

Dejan-LovrenFormer Dinamo Zagreb centre-back Dejan Lovren is continuing to forge an impressive record in arguably the toughest league in the world – the English Premier League…

The 24-year-old Croatian international, who signed for Southampton in the summer from French club Lyon for £8.5 million, has statistically been the best defender in the Premier League this season, according to portal Whoscored.

The popular football portal, which uses a mathematical formula to calculate players performances each week, has Lovren with an average rating of 7.59, which is higher than any other defender in the Premier League. Lovren eased his way into the Best Premier League XI.

Best Premier League XI: Szczesny (Arsenal, 7,2) – Debuchy (Newcastle, 7,5), Jagielka (Everton, 7,5), Lovren (Southampton, 7,6), Evra (Man. United, 7,4) – Ramsey (Arsenal, 8,0), Gerrard (Liverpool, 7,7), Y. Touré (Man. City 7,6), Hazard (Chelsea, 7,5) – Agüero (Man. City 7,8), Suarez (Liverpool, 8,7).

Croatia’s Most Followed Tweeters

TwitterFootballers and musicians have dominated the list of the most followed Croatian personalities on social network Twitter in 2013.

Comfortably in number one position was Bayern Munich striker Mario Manđžukić with more than 160,000 followers. Giant tennis player Ivo Karlović, renowned for his humourous tweets, was in second place with over 63,000 followers. Pop singer Nina Badrić was in third place with over 43,000 followers. Twitter is still not that popular amongst Croatian personalities with many opting not to have a profile on the popular social media network.

The Top 10 Most Followed Croatian Personalities are:

1. Mario Manđžukić (Football) – 160k
2. Ivo Karlović (Tennis) – 63k
3. Nina Badrić (Singer) –  43k
4. Eduardo da Silva (Football) –  38k
5. Dejan Lovren (Football) –  36k
6. 2Cellos (Music) – 22k
7. Mladen Petrić (Football) – 19k
8. Croatian Government – 18k
9. Fani Stipković (TV Presenter) 15k
10. Jelena Rozga (Singer) –  13k

Croatian FA Fines Lovren and Strinić €20,000

CroatiaCroatian defenders Dejan Lovren and Ivan Strinić are both 20,000 euros lighter after the Croatian FA fined both players for an on-field dispute during Croatia’s horror 2-0 loss to Scotland.

Captain Darijo Srna had to break the pair up after Lovren kicked-off at Strinić in the 73rd minute after Scotland’s Steven Naismith pounced on Stipe Pletikosa’s penalty save. Lovren blamed Strinić for not reacting quicker and made his feelings clear to the Dnipro left-back, with the pair nearly coming to blows.

“Maybe I over-reacted. It happened in the heat of the battle. I have talked it over with Ivan and all is ok,” said Southampton’s Lovren.
The Croatian FA agreed that he over-reacted, handing out a 20,000 euro fine to both players.

Croat Ecstatic After Debut Premier League Goal Sinks League Leaders Liverpool

Dejan Lovren“I’m so happy, It’s an amazing feeling! Thanks to all my teammates and fans for support,” said an excited Dejan Lovren after he headed home the winner in Southampton’s 1:0 win over league leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

The Croatia centre back, who joined Southampton from French club Lyon during the summer on a four-year deal worth an estimated £8.5 million, needed just 5 matches to find the back of the net when he rose and headed home in the second half. Lovren’s header sent the Saint’s into third spot on the table. Croatian international’s Mario Manđžukić and Ivica Olić also found the back of the over the weekend for their respective clubs in Germany’s Bundesliga.

Youngsters Hoping to Follow Croatian International Brothers into the Big Time

One just made his debut in the English Premier League with Southampton on the weekend, the other is on the verge of signing a multi-million deal with Tottenham Hotspur. Big things are tipped for Croatian internationals Dejan Lovren and Alen Halilovic, but they are not the only ones in their respective families who maybe making all the headlines.

Dejan Lovren (far left) and Alen Halilovic (far right)

Davor Lovren, brother of centre-back Dejan, and Dino Halilovic, Alen’s younger sibling, have both recently returned to Croatia from Manchester where they were part of the Nike Premier Cup winning Dinamo Zagreb U15 team. Dinamo Zagreb beat Italian giants AC Milan in the final earlier this month 2:1, with Dejan’s younger brother Davor scoring the winner in extra-time.

Dejan’s younger brother Davor in action against AC Milan in Manchester

Both Lovren and Halilovic are currently with the Dinamo Zagreb’s Youth Academy in Zagreb. Halilovic and Lovren were impressive during the recent tournament in Manchester, and both are also tipped to go onto bigger things like their more famous brothers.

Dino Halilovic (far left, #10) at the Nike Premier Cup with Dinamo Zagreb