Popular Croatian singer Mate Mišo Kovač has joined forces with Saša Antić to record a new Hajduk Split football club supporters’ anthem.
In 1975, Hajduk won the championship, and Mate Mišo Kovač won the Split Festival with the song “Ja ne mogu drugo nego da je ljubim”. 46 years later, at the invitation of Hajduk, Kovač had the opportunity to sing a fan version of the refrain that has been regularly sung from the stands at the matches of his favourite club since the mid-1980.
The verses “U danima sretnim u danima grubim, ja ne mogu drugo nego da ga volin. Jer Hajduk je ono što me čini sretnim. Ja ne mogu drugo nego da ga volin (In happy days, in rough days, I can do nothing but love them. Because Hajduk is what makes me happy. I can’t help but love them)” feature in the new hit Ja ne mogu drugo nego da ga volin by Mate Mišo Kovač and Saša Antić.
Mate Mišo Kovač, a person who is the personification of Dalmatia and a big fan of Hajduk, stated: “I have been supporting Hajduk for 65 years and all that time I have been the strongest Hajduk player in Zagreb. No one has ever approached me or said a rude word about it, because everyone knows that Hajduk and Split live in me honestly and without calculation. That’s why at the first invitation of Hajduk to sing the fan chorus of my song, I felt that energy again and immediately said… yes !! Because I can’t help but love them.”
Kovač is the best selling artist from Croatia, with well over 20 million records, cassettes and compact discs sold to date.
Check out the official video to the song, released by Croatia Records, below.