Sunday, 29 September 2013


Slaven Belupo have appointed Mladen Franic as their new coach following Ivan Katilnic's dissappointed reign was ended. Despite being linked with Krunoslav Jurcic and Roy Ferencina, Belupo turned to Franic whose first act was to reinstall former Croatia international Davor Vugrinec to the squad. At 38 Vugrinec may still be past his best, but Franic is key to have all his players available to use. Belupo are currently struggling in attack where exempting Mateas Delic and Matteo Roskam have dissappointed. Franic will also be keen to get the best out of Dejan Glavica, who lost his form, whilst Filip Ozobic and Dominik Glavina was recently signed by Katilinic. Despite Vugrinec's return, Belupo still lack a potent goalscorer to assist Enes Novicic, but look better equipped that Osijek and Hrvatski Dragovoljac to pull out of the bottom two.

Osijek's 5-0 defeat to Lokomotiva is not only indication of the team from Zagreb who in Mario Situm, Petar Misic, Ante Budimir and Ivan Lendric now have five strikers in form. However it is sad indication that Osijek are struggling. A victory over Hajduk appeared to mask the difficulty of the task facing them to retain their status and are dependent on former players or some new investment into the club. Moves for Marko Babic and Vedran Nikisic could be possible. However it appears Osijek will need to sell star player Karlo Lulic in January with Antonio Perosevic out for much of the season with injury.

Meanwhile, Ivan Bosnjak, Dino Drpic, Goran Rubil and Dragan Blatnjak are also still looking for a new club having struggled to find new employers. Bosnjak 34 is closest to joining Cibalia but interested cooled with the club making a positive start to the season. Blatnjak, 32 is a former player of Zadar and closing connected to agent Rene Sinovcic. More likely to find a new club soon is Mario Carevic, 31 who is interesting RNK Split and Ahmad Sharbini is looking to sever his contract with Al Wahda in Saudi Arabia. Ivan Parlov is also available have left Apollon Limasol after a healthy spell in Austria with Mattersburg.