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[FM13]The Adriatic Adventure [Hajduk Split]

FM 13
Started on 12 May 2013 by tbendis
Latest Reply on 10 August 2015 by tbendis
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Horrific draw, but hopefully you can prevail! Good luck!!
Oof. And I thought the group I was drawn into with PSG, Porto, and Galatasaray was bad. You have your work cut out for you, but if anyone can do it, it's Bendis!
A conservative Hajduk played in front of their capacity crowd, as they tried to force a counter-attacking goal. However, it looked like it would be over pretty early, as the fantastic Ibrahimovi? managed to play through Hajduk's excellent defensive midfielders and Josip Elez before smashing a ball from just outside the box. To be frank, Blaževi? didn't stand a chance, and Hajduk were losing 1-0 in the 12th minute.

Play continued to be boring. Hajduk sport an excellent defense when they focus on it, with some of the best Croatian talents in the defensive midfield. Hell, even Antonio Mili? is forcing Ajax's Josip Radoševi? out of the first team with his stellar performances for Hajduk, but around the 30th minute, PSG started to get a bit more aggressive. They picked up three cards in 10 minutes, before Tomi Kiš had a chance from just outside the box. The talismanic center forward, who has, so far, 7 goals in 5 league appearances, smashed a ball off the crossbar, and before Mamadou Sakho could get to it, Mario Malo?a slid into the ball and bumbled it into the net. 1-1 in the 40th.

PSG continued to be aggressive, and finally, paid for it. Their 5th yellow card was Ibrahimovi?'s 2nd, in the 60th, and they had to close up to prevent losing. Hajduk did have a few decent chances, but PSG's Thiago Silva and Sakho were more than up to the task.

At the end of the day, a draw is fantastic for Split. Hajduk boss, Timmy Bendiš has said that, with a bit of luck, 5 points from the first 3 matches would be enough to get them through. Whether that will be true will only be apparent with time. But, for now, a rare capacity crowd at Poljud cheered their team on. They play Juventus in Turin on the last day of September.
Good result against P$G!
Disappointing you couldn't capitalize on them going down to ten because three points there would be a huge boost. But coming into the game you would obviously have taken a draw as an acceptable result, so guess the boys didn't do that bad!
Excellent result against PSG, maybe you can make it through the group :)
You guys are spoiling me with these comments. Thank you so much

2013-08-17 09:20#128606 Arvind : Disappointing you couldn't capitalize on them going down to ten because three points there would be a huge boost. But coming into the game you would obviously have taken a draw as an acceptable result, so guess the boys didn't do that bad!

They were still in control with 10 men. Such was the difference of class. Ibra being sent off was just that they didn't have someone to finish the play. But God, they had the buildup down...
In a stadium not much bigger than Poljud, Marin Ljubi?i? scored an own goal and Arturo Vidal scored a screamer to seal the Italian champions their first points of the group stage, after they lost to Pep Guardiola's Arsenal 4-1.

The Croatian champions were completely out of their depth, but they held together strong, their defensive lock proving to be tricky to pick in the league. But they did pick it. Blaževi? was at full stretch to tip a Giovinco free kick into the top of the bar, but it didn't go out, and Marin Ljubi?i?, in an attempt to clear the ball off the line with a bicycle kick, merely succeeded in smashing it into the net to give Juventus the lead just before the half.

The same Marin Ljubi?i? (Hajduk's returnée from Tavria in Ukraine) managed to get two yellow cards in two minutes, leaving Hajduk for dead... and it started to show. Juventus still didn't manage to score until the last second though, as Arturo Vidal lined up from outside the box to smash it past Blaževi? into the corner.

It was a deserved win from Juventus, and Hajduk seriously need an improbable win against Arsenal to continue through. The Londoners did lose to PSG though... so the group will be tight.
RNK SPLIT 3-2 HAJDUK - M. LJUBI?I? ('31), T. KIŠ ('51)
HAJDUK 1-0 OSIJEK - T. KIŠ ('29)
ISTRA 2-3 HAJDUK - T. KIŠ ('11, '43), M. OREMUŠ ('34)
HAJDUK 3-1 ZAGREB - P. BAŠI? ('16), T. KIŠ ('36), J. ELEŽ ('90)
SLAVEN BELUPO 0-3 HAJDUK - I. DŽONI ('49), T. KIŠ ('53, '59)
ŠIBENIK 2-3 HAJDUK - I. DŽONI ('6, '85), T. KIŠ ('51)

Hajduk's number 9 is one of the best players in Croatian football at this moment. He has been simply fantastic, and, realistically, it isn't just a blip of form, as some less educated European papers have been reporting.

No, Tomi Kiš has been, arguably, playing like this for the past three years. Granted, he's not been this good... but it's hard to top what he's doing now. In fact... the only game Kiš hasn't found the net in was against Cibalia, in their second game of the season. And that's only because he was taken off with an injury after halftime.

The best part is that Kiš has just recently signed a new contract with Hajduk, keeping him at the club until 2020. Yes, Bendiš did need to shove a lot of money for Kiš and his agent to be happy, but the club is doing much better now... climbing into the upper echelon of richest clubs. So, giving Kiš 575 000 € a year isn't the end of the world... especially considering the money he would be making abroad. If anything, the poacher is being nice, and not asking for an absurd amount of money. Even his release clause is huge by Croatian standards. If any one club met it, it would smash the transfer record, when Luka Modri? joined Tottenham. It stands at 24.75 million euros.

In any case... Hajduk can look forward to several amazing seasons with Kiš up front. With the kind of skills that he has, and at only 21? If they can keep him, they may be able to do very well for themselves.

Hajduk, after a disastrous start to the season, are currently second in the Croatian First Division, with 19 points from 10 games. RNK Split are in the lead with 25, while Dinamo are in 9th place, with 8 points from 10 matches.
That striker looks amazing, really really amazing!
A loss against Juventus was expected but disappointing. Your group is going down to the wire.
In front of a capacity crowd, Hajduk showed Arsenal that, just because they were seeded low, doesn't mean that they were the worst team in the division. And, with a draw and a loss coming so far, it's exactly the sort of push that was needed for Hajduk to stay in the running for the latter stages of the Champions League.

Inexplicably, Hajduk roared to an early lead, with Tomi Kiš spraying a ball out wide to a charging Mirko Oremuš. The 27 year old got a nice run behind the ball, and smashed the ball behind Szczesny for the opening goal in the 7th minute. Then, it was Mijo ?aktaš's turn. The left sided midfielder got the ball in his own half, and on a brilliant counter attack made a double pass with Ivan Džoni before going around the Arsenal keeper, in only the 25th minute.

By now, Bendiš was running around his little box, not believing what he was seeing, but when he finally calmed down, he got the crowd to cheer even louder... and by the time Hajduk was done... just after the half hour, the crowd was ballistic. Naturally, it had to be Tomi Kiš... the man who has scored in every game he has played in this season. The masterful poacher got a nice touch in the box, before turning and smashing a half-volley into the top corner of the net, downing the European defending champions, with the 3rd Hajduk goal of the night.

Arsenal wasn't able to score until the 85th, and, by then, it was much too late, as Hajduk showed that, simply because you think you're the best... doesn't mean you're going to get past Poljud unscathed...

It is especially notable for Kiš, as he is looking for a starting berth on the Croatia team... trying to replace Ivica Oli? and Eduardo Da Silva, who have both been there for so long. Even Mario Mandžuki? and Nikica Jelavi? are 29 and 30 respectively... so perhaps it is time for a new face... a 21 year old poacher could fit Štima?'s bill...

Anyway, that's all for today. Three cheers for the magnificent Hajduk Split, who, with 4 points, at this given moment are in 2nd place in the Group of Death... quickly falling behind PSG, who have 7 points
What a win. Great update as usual :D
REVENGE is so sweet. Nobody escapes the fortress :D
This is the stuff dreams are made of. Great win, Mr. Bendis.
Incredible Result mate! Maybe you can qualify from the group of death! :D
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Hajduk had three shots on goal, five shots total... but it's the ones that go in that count. So, while Arsenal had 20 shots, Blaževi? inexplicably managed to turn out all 7 of their shots on goal.

Arsenal had two long spates of possession in the first half, and with Yarmolenko and Schurrle both squandering chances, coming from both the left and the right. But Hajduk held firm, and just after the half, Bakary Sagna brought down Erik Janža just outside the box. Mirko Oremuš kept his cool, and floated a ball into the top of the net, tricking the Polish keeper the wrong way to send Hajduk into the lead.

Arsenal never came back... and, with Bendiš dashing at the edge of his player box, the final whistle blew, and all 18 players rushed to the center of the pitched, and danced in the glory of Emirates... Completely undeserved... but what a way to celebrate


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