“The National Football League is a dream for me. I am a boy from Herzegovina who dreams of playing in his Croatia one day. Only when I came to the National Football League did I learn the basics and become a A serious player. I was 25 years old. At the time, I was underestimated. However, I was determined to prove my worth to everyone.” Ivan Krstanović described his football career. Later he Become a legend of the National Liberation Front.
Last night in Porjud, in the remaining championship games, the 38-year-old Krstanović scored two goals and brought important significance to Slaaven Belupo (2:2). The latter is his sixth jersey scored into the Hayduk net. Ten and a half years ago, he played for NK Zagreb for the first time, and then continued to practice Hajduk, becoming a player of Dinamo, Rijeka, Zadar and Slaven. Krstanovic has scored 16 goals for Hajduk, and no player in league history has scored more goals for the club.
It has been 13 years since Posušje arrived at NK Zagreb, when the coach Luka Pavlović announced that Krstanović would become the first striker in the league. He is right. Krstanović has 19 goals and is the best scorer of HNL in the 2010/11 season, followed by Ante Vukušić and Mehmed Alispahić.
After a great season, President Zagreb Drazen Medici interrupted the well-deserved holiday of Tomislavgrad Kstanovic. He invited him to return immediately because Zdravko Mamić was waiting for them at Maximir’s meeting. The owner of the Dynamo team cashed 1 million euros for the 196 cm tall striker.
Kestanovic recalled: “We reached an agreement within ten minutes.” According to the contract with Zagreb NK, he should have received 40% of the transfer fee.
However, Medik deceived him. He did not pay the shares, the debt increased to 600,000 euros, Krstanović filed a lawsuit and fought all the way to the Supreme Court. When the Football Association withdrew Zagreb from the first league due to debt, Krstanović started the first payment and he withdrew the suspension application.
Before Dynamo, Partizan officially provided HNL’s first scorer with 1 million euros in compensation. Therefore, Medic has encountered a problem many times. Why did he ask Dragan Đurić of the Belgrade club to The chairman asked for another half million euros, but finally refused. Hajduk is also very interested in Krstanovic.
“Before I convinced Mamic to join Krstanovic, it was because I believed he could enter the Champions League with him. I hope Zagreb can enter the European market through his predecessors,” Medic said after selling Krstanovic to Dynamo.
From the text, it was the happiest day in the life of a boy from Herzegovina, who worked as a striker in Tomislavgrad, Drinovci and Posušje until the age of 25, dreaming of crossing the border. When the trainee coach of Tomislavgrad wanted to transfer him to a defender due to his height, Krastanovic refused and prepared to give up football. He stubbornly defended his position until the coach slackened and brought him back to the top of the offense.
Krstanovic has never been a manager, and his career is taken care of by the family of his father Jozo and his brothers Ilija and Ivan. They also don’t want to leave this job to Zdravko Mamić, who works with his son Mario and his partner and is the manager of many Dynamo players.
Kstanovic signed a three-year contract with Dynamo. In his first official game, in the UEFA Champions League second round qualifier against Nafci, he scored Two goals. In Croatia, his father Jozo and mother Ruža watched him from the stands for the first time, and he shed tears.
One of them scored from the free throw, completely calm.
Kolstanovic recalled his debut in Maximir.
He remained with the Dynamo team until 2013. In the last season, he won 11 goals, including in the Champions League against Dynamo Kyiv, in the fifth minute of overtime, he won a penalty. Therefore, Dynamo won the UEFA Champions League’s first point that season, which was the first point after 11 consecutive losses and the first point after 13 years of waiting. Krstanovic also dedicated this goal to his family.