3 September 2019 – Around 5,000 Croatians from around North America gathered over the course of the weekend in Canada for the 56th Croatian National Soccer Tournament of Canada & USA.
This year the tournament hosts were HNNK Zagreb Toronto with 18 teams from across Canada and United States taking part in the traditional event.
Crven, Bijeli, Plavi Chicago were the 56th Annual Croatian National Tournament champions after a 3-0 win over Polet New York in the final.
Hrvat Kitchener was crowned the Premier Cup Division champions after beating Dalmacija Streetsville 1-0 in the final.
On Sunday evening the awards banquet were held where two individuals were awarded lifetime achievement awards. Mile Pocrnic from Croatia London-St. Thomas and Franjo Vukovic from Hrvatski Orlovi Milwaukee.
Entertainment during this year’s tournament was provided by Zapresic Boys from Croatia and Klapa Samoana from New Zealand.
The Croatian-North American Soccer Tournament was first established in 1964 featuring teams representing the Croatian Canadian and Croatian American communities.