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U17s start their qualifying with two wins, 3:2 over Iceland and 4:0 over Armenia. They already advance to the next stage but play Scotland for 1st place

Nowhere I see the final squad, not even the HNS site, but this was the squad which prepared for this mini-tournament of which 20 went to Scotland

Goalkeepers: Mislav Zadro (Dinamo), Franko Kolic (Osijek)
Defenders: Dominik Braun (Dinamo), Maro Katinic (Dinamo), Filip Pobi (Dinamo), Ivan Cubelic (Hajduk), Ivan Krolo (Hajduk), Elvis Letaj (Hajduk), Robert Pelivan (Hajduk)
Midfielders: Tomislav Duvnjak (Dinamo), Viktor Kanizaj (Dinamo), Luka Romac (Dinamo), Ante Crnac (Dinamo), Marko Novak-Stanko (Dinamo), Ivan Saranic (Dinamo), Marko Brkljaca (Hajduk)
Forwards: Bartol Barisic (Dinamo), Noel Bilic (Rijeka), Leonardo Petrovic (Hajduk), Roko Simic (Lokomotiva)

Roko Simic is Dario Simic's son, Noel is not related to Slaven in anyway :D
 

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Game was few days ago but the U21s beat Lithuania 3:1, goals from Ivanusec, Posavec and Bistrovic. Reading the players quotes after the game the atmosphere within the team seems much better under Biscan but they key games are coming up. They play the Czechs at home tomorrow and the big news is Brekalo will join the team for that game
 

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U21s lost 2:1 to Czech Republic, tale of two halves apparently, they dominated the first half with Ivanusec scoring first but the Czechs scoring out of nothing, the second half the Czechs were better team. Two losses at home already makes qualifying a difficult task, little to no room for error. Pretty concerning lack of depth at forward still, Kulenovic is out injured so Petar Musa started, he has decent stats this year for Slovan Liberec and the only striker on the bench is Kovacevic who is playing in the German regional leagues

Bradaric was sent off so maybe he will get a call-up from Dalic now :D though on sportnet they say he isn't too good defensively
 

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Watched the highlights of today's game. Croatia had the better of the chances but Cheks had good chances as well. Ivanusec scored a great goal but fluffed a big chance as well. Not sure how Musa did not score early on in the game.Brekalo had so many chances as well just could not finish today. Both Kalica and Gvardiol looked terrible on the second goal.
 

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U19s and U17s learned their Elite Round opponents which serve as qualifiers for next summer's Euro youth tournaments

U19s
Portugal
Turkey
CROATIA
Slovakia

Only the group winners advance at the U19 level, the hosts are not yet known

U17s
Spain
CROATIA
Switzerland
Israel

The group winners + seven best runners-up qualify for the U17 Euros, hosts not yet known
 

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My scouting report on Jakov-Anton Vasilj - one of the most talented teenagers in Croatia.

 

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Nakon otkrića Bišćana za GOL.hr mladi Argentinac dobio hrvatsku putovnicu: ''Želim igrati za Hrvatsku!''

Mateo Bajamich dobio je ovih dana hrvatsku putovnicu jer želi igrati za hrvatsku reprezentaciju.

Prvi korak je već učinjen

Trener Cesar Zabala biranim riječima govori o napadaču hrvatskih korijena, čije se prezime najviše nalazi u okolici Omiša otkud mu je i rodbina.

''Mi koji ga pratimo od malih nogu jako dobro znamo o kakvom se talentu radi. On je već sada naš možda i najvažniji igrač. Najjači je na mjestu isturenog napadača ili druge špice. Stvarno je sjajan napadač i ima još mjesta za napredak. Radimo na tome da postane još bolji“, kaže trener Instituto Cordobe gdje smatraju kako će Bajamich postati novi izvozni proizvod u neki veliki europski klub.

Iako ga žele i Argentinci, Bajamich je ovih dana dobio hrvatsku putovnicu. Sve je to požurio HNS i Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova, a Bajamich je nakon svega poručio kako svim srcem želi igrati za zemlju svoga pradjeda Marina koji je prije stotinjak godina stigao u Argentinu.

''Otkad sam dobio preko društvenih mreža poruku iz HNS-a, samo o tome razmišljam. Želim od sveg srca zaigrati za Hrvatsku'', rekao je za Sportske novosti Mateo čija je obitelj jako privržena Hrvatskoj iako je tek prije desetak godina uspjela uspostaviti vezu s rodbinom.

''Ja još nisam bio, ali kad su bili moji ljubili su zemlju. Jako smo vezani za Hrvatsku. Znate što? Da dobijem poziv, ujutro bih se spremio i otputovao. Znam da reprezentacija ima visoke kriterije, Hrvatska je svjetski doprvak'', poručio je uzbuđeni Mateo.


 

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I am happy that we follow players with Croatian décents in Latin America. I remember that a Dario Cvitanich could have been good for us.
But lately the one not to miss is Marko Raguz.
 

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U21, U19 and U17 announced squads for the upcoming qualifiers.

U21s play two qualifiers, on the 27th in Scotland and 31st at home against Lithuania, after two home losses so far they are pretty much in must win mode for the entire qualification cycle. They will be without Brekalo who will be with the 'A' team and Bradaric who is suspended. Some new names in the squad include Stefulj, Teklic and Krekovic. Not a single right back in the squad again, though with three left backs I assume one will move there

Goalkeepers: Semper (Chievo), Kotarski (Ajax)
Defenders: Sosa (Stuttgart), Kalaica (Benfica), Sutalo (Atalanta), Soldo (Slaven), Gvardiol (Dinamo), Sverko (Sonnenhof), Erlic (Spezia), Stefulj (Rijeka)
Midfielders: Ivanusec (Dinamo), Moro (Dinamo), Majer (Dinamo), Bistrovic (CSKA Moscow), Lepinjica (Rijeka), Palaversa (Oostende), Teklic (Varazdin)
Forwards: Kulenovic (Dinamo), Cuze (Dinamo), Posavec (Varazdin), Musa (Slavia Prague), Krekovic (Hajduk)
Standby: Nevistic (Varazdin); Bogojevic (Slaven), Delic (Istra), Smolcic (Rijeka), Vizinger (Celje), Zaper (Osijek)

U19s meanwhile will host their Elite Round qualifying and all matches will be played in the Zagreb area: 25th (Turkey), 28th (Portugal), 31st (Slovakia). Only the group winners make the Euros in Northern Ireland. This generation isn't overly promising and it doesn't help with a poor manager, though there are a few decent prospects like Marin, Vuskovic, Bulat (still playing in the 2.HNL though)

Goalkeepers: Ziger (Chelsea), Sentic (Hajduk), Josipovic (Dinamo)
Defenders: Vuskovic (Hajduk), Braut (Rijeka), Hrvoj (Dinamo), Jurisic (Dinamo), Skaricic (Hajduk), Boras (Offenbach), Soldo (Inter Zapresic)
Midfielders: Bulat (Sibenik), Liber (Orijent Rijeka), Cuic (Hajduk), Krizmanic (Dinamo), Jankovic (Dinamo), Sucic (RB Salzburg), Zrilic (Rijeka), Fruk (Fiorentina)
Forwards: Marin (Dinamo), Kupresak (Osijek), Zdunic (Lokomotiva), Brnic (Hajduk), Saric (Hajduk)

U17s will play their qualifying in Israel against Switzerland (25th), Israel (28th) and Spain (31st), top spot automatically qualifies while the runner-up has to wait and see other results. They will play Serbia in a friendly tomorrow

Zadro (Dinamo), Romac (Dinamo), Novak-Stanko (Dinamo), Tomljenovic (Wolfsburg), Curic (Zurich), Duvnjak (Dinamo), Kanizaj (Dinamo), Ivanovic (Augsburg), Simic (Lokomotiva), Saranic (Dinamo), Bilic (Rijeka), Frigan (Rijeka), Jakovljevic (Zurich), Pelivan (Hajduk), Braun (Dinamo), Vuskovic (Inter Zapresic), Rukavina (Dinamo), Rozic (Dinamo), Lazar (Rijeka), Katinic (Dinamo), Brkljaca (Hajduk)
 

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Luka Sucic is doing very well with RB Salzburg in youth league.
He is 17 scored 4 goals in their campaign and will play 1/4 finals.
 

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Meet the Croatian defender committed to playing for Australia

Meet the Croatian defender committed to playing for Australia | The World Game


Lol I dont know why the title is so damn big. The player in question is Doni Grdic, CB playing for Sibenik. His Dad was born in Sydney. This seems to be happening more often though, where yougins who've had parents or grandparents born in Australia that have move backed to Croatia now are repping Ozland. No surprise he's decided for Australia though, our CB talent pool is overflowing atm. I also like seeing Aussies complaining at how many Croatians rep the NT. It's always fun to see, so I dont mind. And considering the Aussie youth teams are filled with us it's going to be great to watch. ?

My biggest question is our RB problem. Amazing now we're overflowing with LB's we can't find a RB, when it was the reverse for so long. This leads to the Fran Karacic question. He switched to represent Australia but hasn't played any competitive matches yet I don't think. He's still a starter for Lokomotiva and a previous Cro U21 player. I honestly dont know how good he is but damn he's our only RB. Maybe the HNS should make him an offer to come back.
 

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My scouting report on Luka Sučić. I must say that I fell in love with that player. A great mix of power, technique, and creativity. Magical left foot.

 
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