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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

Game, Set and Match, Modric

If he is not diving off super yachts on the Croatian coast you will find him on the tennis court during his holiday before the start of pre-season training. Croatia and Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric has blown his own trumpet by posting a photo and the result of a recent friendly tennis match he has played with fellow international Dejan Lovren on Instagram.
“3:6, 1:6, 4:6, a brilliant performance by me…Dejan, you need to practice more,:” said Modric. Perhaps he could challenge another Croatian number 10 midfield maestro, Zvonimir Boban next. Boban is also a keen tennis player who often hits up with former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.

Southampton Sign Croat On 4-Year Deal

Croatian international Dejan Lovren (23) has signed a four-year deal with English premier league side Southampton.

“I spoke with the president and coach of the club and its a fantastic project. This is a big club and I am happy I will be a part of it. After 3.5 years in France (Lyon), I want to play in the Premiership. We are a young side and I hope I will stay here a long time and do something big,” said Lovren.

Although not revealed yet, it is reported that Lyon sold Lovren for 10 million euros, 2 more than they bought him from Dinamo Zagreb for.

Croatian Football International Starts New Clothing Business Venture

Marketing will not be a problem for Croatia and Lyon centre-back Dejan Lovren as he begins his new business venture in the clothing industry. Lovren, together with friend Lovro Krcar, has founded a new fashion label – Russell Brown.

“We wanted Croatia to have an urban and distinctive fashion product. We did not expect to encounter such interest before the collection even came on the market,” said the young entrepeneurs, adding that the Russell Brown brand is dedicated to modern people who feel good about themselves and want to be different in simplicity.

Lovren already has dished out a few of his products to his Croatia team-mates to help him market the new brand. Russell Brown is a 100 % percent Croatian brand: created, designed and produced in Croatia. Check out the Russell Brown website here.

Croatian Centre-Back Ties The Knot

Croatia and Lyon defender Dejan Lovren has tied the knot in the Croatian capital Zagreb over the weekend. Lovren, who did not play in Croatia’s 0-1 loss to Scotland the evening before his wedding, married long-time girlfriend Anita before friends and family on Saturday. The wedding reception was held at the Westin hotel. Lovren and Anita have a daughter Elene, and last year before her birth were married at a registry office.

A proud Lovren posted this photo on his twitter profile with the words: My beautiful wife Anita.