HNL’s 30th season is over. Dynamo won the 22nd title in the independent Croatian team. Rijeka, Hajduk and Osijek will participate in the European elections, while Varaždin will withdraw from the league in the most dramatic way.
In the last round of matches, we had four out of five games to directly decide whether to go to Europe or relegation. This fact confirms the impression that the whole season has dominated. This is the best HNL season in history.
Aljoša Vojnović, the former captain of Osijek, once said: “Played Bunburg in HNL. I played in Hungary. Football played faster there. I didn’t play in Ziheraški. I played a in all HNL teams. Fort. This game is more offensive. Compared with foreign leagues, I think HNL is often my way of walking.”
The league is divided into two or three dominant clubs, and the era of relying on bunkers and stuffed long balls for the rest of the league is over. Last season was a powerful indicator. This season confirmed the trend of playing modern football at HNL. This trend is higher speed, more key events and better aesthetic impressions.
We have discussed the great advantages of young coaches and the fresh ideas in the process. Today, in HNL, no team is undefined. Everyone has clear ideas and plans at every stage of the game, and the system is more complex and logical. As a result, the league’s rich talents are enhanced.
In the end, the impression is that Dynamo is easy to win the championship, but until Christmas, we did not see another season to win the championship. In the end, Osijek’s advantage was eight points higher, but in the 30th round, Dynamo was the guest of City Garden. The host could have been evenly matched with the Blues, but he was unsuccessful.
Dynamo’s focus this season on the success of European history, but underestimated the champion’s performance in HNL. Few games have been won due to obvious differences in personal qualities or muscles. He demonstrated systematic solutions in the competition, participated in many exciting competitions, and affirmed many young players, some of whom have been invited to participate in the European Championship. It is important to note that Dynamo won the Cup in the long European season and played 16 more games. Considering that he didn’t have any preparations, according to every standard, he should get a rating of more than 5 points this season.
Osijek stayed on the door of sleep for a long time, but when it came to an end, it took a step. However, the projects created there are very serious. He has a top coach and already has an outstanding team backbone. Although he sold Marić, he brought in the more versatile Mierez, who won the title of best marksman and targeted reinforcements in multiple positions. He is building a stadium and all signs indicate that the Hungarian has been severely bitten, and Dynamo will work harder to defend the title next season. Most importantly, Osijek has become a popular club “brand”, followed by fans of other clubs, and its history of development is better than ever.
In Poljud, we watched the standard constellations of internal battles, shifts and dismissals, which do not allow any continuity of work. This season may be worse than last year, this is the worst season since HNL. However, Paolo Tramezzani saved the day. He took over the team behind Gorica by double digits, stabilized the defense, and gained an offensive advantage by bringing in Livaja. The season came because of the success in Europe, but more importantly, Hajduk has a boyfriend who can, should and must become a key player of the team and a future member of the national team. Stipe Biuk is a truly special player. We should not forget the excellent Rubisic. The two of them are the brightest places this season.
Rijeka This season is-Rijeka. Simon Rožman (Simon Rožman) can easily get fired after long hours of excellent work and get the most benefit from the team. Obviously, problems arise when management needs to unpack the bags to move forward. In any case, the clubs from Kantrida or Rujevica are always there. The second, third or fourth place is already in the leading position in the league and has a history of more than ten years. His style of play is well known, and no one likes to fight against machines made by Matjaž Kek.
The word weird best describes the season of Gorica. In 35 rounds, she held the position leading to Europe, but she was absent in the final round. The problem started with the departure of sports director Mindaugas Nikolicius and coach Valdas Dambrauskas. In the process of being overtaken by Hajduk and Rijeka this season, one of her main players, Joey Suk, suffered a serious injury. Due to the injury, she had to play six games. There was no top scorer Kristijan Lovrić (Kristijan Lovrić). No matter how many objective reasons Siniša Oreščanin performs poorly, he will lose what he cannot lose. From next season, we may see a new coach in Turopolje.
Drama and uncertainty are not just European struggles. Varazdin agreed to VAR’s decision to stay in the league on the penalty spot in the 115th minute of the game. The fact that Varaždin won 28 points shows how outstanding Varaždin’s “dropout” performance is. This is more points than any club that has withdrawn from the league in the past six seasons. In three of the first five seasons, the second-to-last team did not exceed 20 points.
Slaven kept his position in time and took his current traditional position in the middle of the ladder. What makes me happy is the exciting number of players. Nemanja Glavčić, Bruno Bogojević and Bruno Goda are still young and they are already outstanding HNL players.