Friday, April 5, 2013

Croatia's up and coming football stars

Later this month, Croatia's National Football Squad will be ranked 4th on FIFA's world ranking list.  However, the countries U17 football squad is dominating the junior football scene as well.  Croatia beat both Spain and France to top their UEFA elite round group last month.  Therefore Croatia will be travelling to Slovakia along with Sweden, Ukraine, Austria, Croatia, Italy, and former champions Russia and Switzerland to compete in this years EURO 2013 U17 competition.

Depicted below is a newspaper clipping showing the up and coming talent.....(Jutarnji List, 4th of April, 2013).

Friday, March 29, 2013

Croatia come from behind to win in Wales and beat Serbia to earn 6 valuable FIFA qualifying points

Wales 1-2 Croatia

Dejan Lovren cancelled out Gareth Bale's first-half penalty before Eduardo snatched maximum points with a superb 87th-minute volley.

Croatia 2-0 Serbia

Croatia dominated Serbia and beat their bitter rival 2-0 in front of a sold out Maksimir stadium.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Jailbreak and update your iPhone 3gs to iOS 6.1.2.

I know this isn't a sport related topic, however I wanted to share these instructions with those that need it!

It helped me resolve the "No Service" on my kids iPhone 3GS

Appreciate if you leave a quick comment if it worked...

Try to find and download the following required files:
evasi0n 1.5.3

step 1 :
Download the latest firmware for 3gs (iPhone2,1_6.1.2_10B146_Restore.ipsw) and load into phone using itunes.

step 2 :
After loaded phone with 6.1.2. ios, do the following:

Right click the latest redsnOw .exe file and choose properties.
Then choose the "compatibility" tab and check the "run this file in compatibility mode".
Right click the exe and "run as administrator".
Once redsn0w is loaded;
You must choose the "Extra" button and find the lower version 6.0 IPSW file (iPhone2,1_6.0_10A403_Restore.ipsw)
Then Press Back Button and Press Jailbreak, and wait, once menu appears
Click Install Cydia
Click ipad Baseband

step 3:
once phone powers back up, activate the iphone by going through the menus

step 4:
Open the latest redsnOw (redsn0w_win_0.9.15b3) once again and choose the "Just Boot" button
When you do the DFU, keep the home button on the iphone pressed until redsnOw reaches the "reboot" action
If you don't do this you might get the “Exploit Failed” Error.

step 5:
Run the evasi0n 1.5.3 software and follow its instructions

step 6:
Once that is complete, boot the phone and click on Cydia, users, manage.
Then choose "edit" then "add" and type
Then click "search" and type ultrasn0w, chose ONLY to install the ultrasn0w utility (not the fixers)

Once both utilities are installed, reboot and enjoy,

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Croatian Lineup for Serbia and Wales Qualifiers

Croatian national football team manager, Igor Stimac, has announced the names of the 26 players that will be called up for the upcoming qualifying games against Serbia and Wales:

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subašić (Monaco), Dario Krešić (Lokomotiv Moscow).

Defence: Josip Šimunić (Dinamo), Domagoj Vida (Dinamo Kiev), Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (PAOK), Dejan Lovren (Lyon), Ivan Strinić (Dnjipro), Darijo Srna (Shahktar).

Midfielders: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Josip Radošević (Napoli), Ivan Rakitić (Sevilla), Sammir (Dinamo), Ivan Perišić (Wolfsburg), Niko Kranjčar (Dinamo Kiev), Ognjen Vukojević (Spartak Moscow), Milan Badelj (HSV), Mateo Kovačić (Inter Milan), Arijan Ademi (Dinamo);

Strikers: Mario Mandžukić (Bayern), Eduardo da Silva (Shahktar), Nikica Jelavić (Everton), Ivica Olić (Wolfsburg), Mladen Petrić (Fulham), Nikola Kalinić (Dnjipro).

Here is my lineup for Serbia:

Olic (then Eduardo), Mandzukic

Kranjcar (then Perisic), Modric, Vukojevic, Rakitic

Strinic, Simunic, Corluka, Srna


Explosive Trio at helm of Croatian U17 National Squad

The Croatian National U17 Football team is beginning their qualifying games for the 2013/14 UEFA European Under-17 Championship which we ne played in Malta next year.

The squad is situated in a "group of death", namely with Spain, France and Belgium.

Nonetheless, the "Mini Vatreni" have a midfield trio that is said to be one of the best in U17 European football today, therefore keep an eye on the following players:

Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Alen Halilović, Hajduk Split right winger Josip Bašić and Red Bull Salzburg attacking midfielder Ante Roguljić. 

The Sun posted that Arsene Wenger was ready to pay £1.5million for the attacking midfielder back in November, 2012 when he was still at NK Adriatic Split.

Monday, March 4, 2013

"Luka Modric will improve by end of February", Croatia coach says.

The 27-year-old, who was a key component at Spurs between 2008 and 2012, has struggled after switching to the La Liga giants last summer.

Real are yet to see the best from Modric this campaign, despite spending £33m on securing his signature from White Hart Lane.

The Croatian has made 26 appearances for Jose Mourinho's side, but his national team boss Stimac - who played for Derby County and West Ham during his playing career - has insisted Modric will improve."I said at the start of the season that he wouldn't be at his best until the end of February," Stimac told Spanish paper Marca.

"It was to be expected when you consider that he had to get into top physical shape which, without a pre-season, he didn't have.

"Now, at the end of the month, you'll see an improvement. He's grown stronger from playing matches and training."

Stimac claims that his star player is adapting to a different style of football at club level in Spain, and deserves patience from the Madridistas.

"You have to remember that he is adapting to a different kind of football than he played in England," insisted Stimac.

"In Spain, the style is quicker and maybe he needs to get into his stride. In England, he was a player who was feared by the opposition. He's got a lot of talent but maybe he's showing a tad too much respect for everyone.

"He's been surprised by how fast the game is in Spain."

source :

Friday, February 15, 2013

Inter Milan Coach praises Mateo Kovacic debut

Inter Milan coach Andrea Stramaccioni has praised midfield starlet Mateo Kovacic for his performance in last night's 2-0 win over CFR Cluj.
The Nerazzurri triumphed at the San Siro thanks to a brace from Rodrigo Palacio, and are now in control of their Europa League last-32 tie ahead of next week's return leg in Romania.
The Croatian was making his first start since joining the club from Dinamo Zagreb during the January transfer window.
"Kovacic is clearly a player with great quality and everyone can see why we invested in him," Football Italia quotes the 37-year-old as saying.
"He immediately realised what I wanted from him, to be a deep-lying playmaker. He is a humble lad and it's up to me to help him settle."
Kovacic cost Inter £12.9m.