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Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Bosnia & Hercegovina

Soccer News From The Balkans

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Soccerphile's Ozren Podnar brings you the latest football stories from Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Bosnia & Hercegovina, including player profiles, club history and all the news from the former-Yugoslavia soccer scene.

Slovakia World Cup 2010 Preview

Slovakia World Cup 2010 Team Profile: All the team news on Slovakia team at World Cup 2010. [+]

Serbia World Cup 2010 Preview

Serbia World Cup 2010 Team Profile: All the team news on the probable Serbian squad. [+]

Slovenia World Cup 2010 Preview

Slovenia World Cup 2010 Team Profile: All the team news on the probable Slovenia squad. [+]

Croatian Season 2009-2010 Preview

Croatian Season 2009-2010: All the action at the beginning of a new season in Croatia. [+]

Luka Modric

Luka Modric: Read a player profile of ex-Spur now Real Madrid's Luka Modric. [+]

England v Croatia Preview

England v Croatia: Read a preview of England v Croatia in Euro 2008 qualifying. [+]

Hajduk Split

Hajduk Split: Read a team history and profile of Croatian giants Hajduk Split. [+]

City Guide To Split

Split Guide: Split is one of Croatia's most beautiful cities and a major Adriatic resort. [+]

City Guide To Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Guide: The "Jewel of the Adriatic" is a UNESCO World Heritage city and one of the most beautiful in Europe. [+]

Vedran Corluka

Vedran Corluka: Read a profile of Manchester City's new Croatian star Vedran Corluka. [+]

Great Teams From Eastern Europe

Great Teams From Eastern Europe: MTK Budapest, Ferencvaros, Ujpesti Dozsa and Videoton of Hungary, Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia, Dinamo Zagreb, Partizan and Red Star of Yugoslavia, Dinamo Moscow, Kiev and Tbilisi of the Soviet Union, Partizan and Steaua of Romania. [+]

Istria Town Guide

Istrian resort guide: Pula, Porec, Rovinj, Umag, Motovun, Istarske Toplice. [+]

Croatian Soccer Season Review 2006-07

Dinamo Zagreb win the domestic treble in Croatia. [+]

Istria Travel Guide

Istria guide, Istria - one of Europe's most enchanting "new" tourist destinations. [+]

Dragan Stojkovic

Dragan "Pixi" Stojkovic, a new Ferrari and a partially sighted woman. [+]

Zagreb City Guide

A travel guide to the charming and relaxed Croatian capital Zagreb. [+]

Croatia v England Euro 2008

We look at the Croatian team to face England in Zagreb in Euro 2008 qualifying. [+]

Croatia v England Euro 2008

Read a preview of Croatia's eagerly-awaited clash with England in Zagreb in Euro 2008 qualifying. [+]

Zlatko Picks Niko

Croatian coach Zlatko Kranjcar continues to select his son Niko for the national side, despite the mounting criticism from fans and the press [+]

Dinamo Wins League

Dinamo Victorious - a report on the 2005-6 season [+]

World Cup '06: Serbia & Montenegro Profile

Serbia & Montenegro - a look at the national team and its propects in the "Group of Death" in Germany. [+]

Football in Croatia: Luka Bonacic

Luka Bonacic, coach of Hajduk Split, has been badly beaten up by persons unknown. [+]

Football in Croatia: History & Language

Everything you ever wanted to know about football in the land of Suker, Stimac, and more. [+]

Joseph Didulica Faces Criminal Charges

Croatia's number two goalkeeper, Joseph Didulica faces criminal prosecution following foul play against an opponent in a match for Austria Vienna against Rapid. [+]

Croatia World Cup 2006 Team Profile

Croatia World Cup 2006 Team Profile - Croatia are in Group F with Brazil, Japan and Australia. The team is confident of progressing, however. [+]

Croatian Football

Croatian Football - An update in Croatian. [+]

Best of the World Cup Qualifiers

All the highlights from the road to Germany - including group by group best and worsts. Croatian fans go on a rampage in Malta. [+]

Croatia Down Under

Australia will have many fans at the World Cup - Croatia qualified for the 2006 World Cup on October 8th by beating Sweden, so why was the nation on needles in the morning of November 16th? [+]

Davor Suker & Dino Pokrovac

The Davor Suker & Dino Pokrovac enigma - Six weeks after the event, the police in Croatia still say they have no clue as to who murdered the well-known players' agent Dino Pokrovac in Zagreb. [+]

Daniel Bilos

The tall Croat-Argentine Daniel Bilos is torn between the country of his birth and that of is ancestors. [+]

Croatian Football Season 2004-5 Review

Hajduk Split took the 2005 league title but the talking point of the season was Miroslav Blazevic, a Dinamo icon, joining the new champions. [+]

Football War

Football War: For many Croats, the war of independence from Serbia did not start in June of 1991 as most history books will tell you. The "real" date was May 13th of 1990, when Dinamo Zagreb ultras, stood up against the Serb-controlled police and their foes, Red Star Belgrade followers, that were tearing Dinamo's stadium apart. [+]

Eduardo da Silva

Eduardo da Silva: Dinamo Zagreb fans celebrate an unlikely idol, the Brazilian Eduardo Da Silva Alves, a 21-year-old forward who came to Croatia four years ago and is now the most revered player of the Croatian First Division. [+]

Miroslav Blazevic

Miroslav Blazevic: The manager who led Croatia to third place in the 1998 World Cup and the quarterfinals at the 1996 European Championships has announced his bid to run for president of his adopted homeland at the December 21st presidential elections. [+]

Blaz Sliskovic

Blaz Sliskovic: The Bosnian national team manager Blaz "Baka" Sliskovic holds a unique distinction in modern football: besides coaching Bosnia and Hercegovina, the 45-year old former soccer idol is Hajduk Split manager. Or, at least, he is sincerely trying to fulfill that dual role. [+]

Michael Laudrup

Michael Laudrup: Unbeknownst to him, Michael Laudrup was registered to Bosnia's Celik Zenica in 1997 on the way to Ajax Amsterdam. Dutch and Bosnian authorities suspect money laundering and tax evasion. [+]

Vedran Runje

Vedran Runje - Olympique Marseille's Croatian goalkeeper awaits the arrival of Fabien Barthez from Manchester United. [+]

Dado Prso

Dado Prso - Croatia's new goal scoring sensation heading for Serie A. [+]

Croatia Team Profile: Euro 2004

Croatia Euro 2004: Croatia believe they can hold their own against England in the last match of the first phase. The reason for the relative optimism against Eriksson's men is simple: Croatian ball skills and fanaticism could be more than a match for English professionalism and tactical order. [+]

Slovenia: Corruption

The game in Slovenia has been rocked by accusations of bribery and corruption. [+]

Igor Biscan

Igor Biscan has been suspended by the Croatian Federation from the national team for six months for leaving the national team without permission on the eve of the crucial qualifier against Bulgaria. [+]

Zvonimir Boban

Zvonimir Boban, the former captain of the Croatian national team, has achieved something notable for a footballer - a university diploma - and is a serious contender for the both the position of deputy minister of sports and that of FA president. [+]

Ivica Olic

Ivica Olic, the phenomenal Croatian striker is a proud owner of a most remarkable achievement - that of having won three league titles with three different clubs in an interval of less than a year and a half, topping the scorers chart on two occasions along the way. [+]

Niko Kranjcar

Niko Kranjcar, compared to a young Zidane and a half dozen other European footballing greats, Kranjcar seemed destined for stardom ever since he stunned coaches, opponents, writers and spectators alike in his initial senior appearances with Dinamo Zagreb in early 2001. [+]

Zlatko Kranjcar

Zlatko Kranjcar is an unlikely successor to the veteran Otto Baric at the helm of the Croatian national team. Unlikely not because of his lack of results or experience, but rather due to his image of a soft, sociable, good-humoured coach incapable of projecting real authority onto his footballers. [+]

The Former Yugoslavia: The Dark Side Of Football

The Dark Side: Igor Stimac is accused of punching a linesman, FC Sarajevo is asking for UN intervention and Slovenian soccer faces a bribery scandal. In Serbia the secretary of the Serbian FA is shot dead in broad daylight. [+]

Red Star Belgrade: Champions 2004

Red Star Belgrade: The only European champion ever to have come from a Slavic nation, Red Star Belgrade collected their 23rd League title on May 9th by beating Vojvodina of Novi Sad 3-0.
Last season the boys in red and white stripes finished second - 19 points adrift of Lothar Matthaus's Partizan, but this season they secured the title in the penultimate week. [+]

Croatia League 2003-2004: Review

Croatian Season Review 2004: An interesting and a dramatic season in Croatia has ended with Hajduk Split and Dinamo Zagreb sharing the trophies again, as so many times in the past. This time around Hajduk won the League and Dinamo the Cup, just as in 1993/94 and 2000/01. In 1992/93, 1999/00 and 2002/03 it was the other way around and Dinamo ended up champions and Hajduk Cup winners. [+]

Slovenian League 2003-2004: Review

Slovenian Season Review 2004: The club season has ended with a surprising win for the modest provincials of Gorica, while the Cup went to the country's leading club Maribor. The "violets" won their fifth FA Cup with a 7-4 aggregate win over Dravograd. Still, four days later Maribor failed to clinch the crucial win away at neighbouring Mura, which enabled NK Gorica to go top with a simple 2-0 home win over Koper. [+]

The Ultra Scene in Croatia and Serbia: Football Hooliganism Balkan Style

Football Hooliganism: Before 1991 Croat fans used to clash with Serb fans. The unified Yugoslav league gone, the Croats happily fight Croats, the Serbs fight Serbs, and any occasion will do. [+]


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