Tag: croatia

Yugoslavia in the 1990s: the wonder-team that never was

In 1991, the great Red Star Belgrade of Savićević, Prosinečki and Pančev won the European Cup, defeating a Marseille team featuring stars such as Jean-Pierre Papin, Abedi Pele and Chris Waddle. In terms of…

The decorated, destructive and damned career of Robert Prosinečki

In February 2002, over 12,000 fans packed themselves into Fratton Park to see former Real Madrid and Barcelona maestro Robert Prosinečki score a scintillating hat-trick against Barnsley. What should have been an easy three…

Eduardo da Silva and the broken dreams of a spectacular finisher

Zagreb: November 2009.Maksimirska Street is abuzz with activity as investigators reconstruct the scene of an attempted double murder from 1995. Vjeko Sliško and Juraj Dodić‘s trauma is being recreated, as police examine if their movements could…

Davor Šuker and the art of making scoring look easy

Illustration by Federico Manasse Peter Schmeichel frantically back-peddled as Aljoša Asanović sent a wonderfully precise diagonal pass from his own half, a pass which Davor Šuker, situated on the far left, took…

A beacon of loyalty and skill: the career of Darijo Srna

ISTANBUL, 2009. Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk are playing German giants Werder Bremen in the final of the UEFA Cup, with both sides looking to seal their first ever success in the competition.…

Alen Halilović: the Barcelona outcast at an early crossroads

THE EXPLOITS and activities of elite football clubs in the current era are often ruthless, both on and off the pitch. Every European superpower has a youth system filled with talented players, plucked…