Croatias Road To FIFA 2010

Eduardo: Croatian sensation

Posted on: June 1, 2007


When the 15-year-old Eduardo da Silva left his home town of Rio de Janeiro to join NK Dinamo Zagreb in 1998, he could not have imagined the role he was to play in Croatian football over the next decade. In fact he is now something of a national icon.

Croatian citizen
Eduardo make his senior debut at Dinamo in 2001/02, and took Croatian citizenship. By 2003/04 the striker was scoring regularly for his club and earned a call-up to play for his adopted nation in the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. That was an annus mirabilis for the forward as he was voted the Croatian league’s player of the year and made his senior international debut. And although he missed out on selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, it is in no small way due to Eduardo that Croatia lead a UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying group containing Russia and England.

Record tally
The 24-year-old has struck five times in the competition while continuing to star on the domestic stage – his 34 league goals in 32 games is a Croatian record and he ended the season with the first ever hat-trick in a Dinamo showdown with arch-rivals HNK Hajduk Split. Neither Estonia nor Russia will fancy containing him this week and Eduardo is relishing the challenge. “I expect, as we all do, that we will get six points,” he told “Of course, if I play I will give my all and try to score.

EURO aim
“If we manage to win those games, it will be much easier to play against England at Wembley [in the last qualifier in November]. We have showed great form and achieved excellent results in this group, but it’s not over yet. It will be a tough match in England and we need these six points to be relaxed and to play without pressure. Our primary goal is to reach [UEFA] EURO 2008™ as quickly as possible and we would be very close if we win in the next two matches.”

High expectations
Expectations are high, but Eduardo is taking nothing for granted. “I am sure it will be difficult,” he said. “Russia have excellent players, a quality team and top coach. But, I must be honest and say I think it will be more difficult to play against Estonia in Tallinn than against Russia in Zagreb. In the past Croatia have almost always had difficult matches against Estonia but everyone thinks we ought to win that match. People have already added on those three points against Estonia.”

Brave selections
His breakthrough as a regular for the national team has coincided with the arrival of Slaven Bilić as coach. Still only 38, the former Croatia defender has given youth a chance in the shape of Luka Modrić, Vedran Ćorluka and of course Eduardo. “We have a brilliant coach,” Eduardo said. “I think his bravery is the crucial factor in our success. When he took over, he called up many of us young players. Everyone said, ‘You will not make it with all those youngsters’, but he did it and we are now among the best players. It was his best move. Very brave and very successful.”

Transfer target
That last word also sums up Eduardo’s season, and unsurprisingly he is now the reported target of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. “I have been playing very well for the last three years,” he said. “I get many rewards and individual trophies and people have been telling me for a while now that it’s time to leave Dinamo Zagreb. Of course, it’s not just down to me, but I always want to make progress, I would like to play at a big club, like every other player wants to. I recently signed a new ten-year contract and I am relaxed. I think I have reached the maximum level possible in the Croatian first division.

Sevilla dream
“I would really like to stay at Dinamo but I score all the time and in that situation it’s hard to avoid bids from other clubs. I think about Europe very often, about big clubs, but sometimes I am sad when I score a goal for Dinamo, because with every new goal I move a little bit further from Zagreb.” As for his ideal destination, he is emphatic. “Sevilla [FC] are my favourite club! They are great club and very soon they will be big like Real Madrid [CF] and [FC] Barcelona. If I got an offer from them, it would be my priority no matter what other club is bidding for me.”

New challenge
Once the EURO qualifiers are over, Eduardo will return to Brazil for ten days’ rest before a season that could project him firmly into the football spotlight and end with a little tournament in Austria and Switzerland. “I am not tired, but I am happy to spend some time with my family and I am looking to new challenges next season,” Eduardo concluded.



25 Responses to "Eduardo: Croatian sensation"

Eduardo will make it big! I have total faith in him…
I cant wait for the match against Estonia! He better score lots and lots of goals…

2moro free denis video !

Eduardo is a great player.I like petric too..i think he’s done so much aswell and i hope he recovers from his injury and absolutely tears apart the estonian and russian defences and scores a million goals!

croatia win 1-0 petric its going to be hard

hey denis i need your help quik

when you register

you have later 2 options:

I saw the video and would like to go on with regestration

I could not see the video and wish to stop registration

by me it was the second i couldnt see the registration what to do??? i want to go further and click on the first but i really didn’t saw the clips(wich they said that i should see)

and how can i get lost of firefox, because you said to me that i shouldn’t use that.

some guy that i know had put firefox on my comp, i will hate him if i because of that can’t watch the game

free vidoe get 1 where?

densi where r u i need a free video come on iam waiting all morning get one fuck

free videos doesn’t excist

and besides it’s only $5

not much if you ask me

denis buy the video and put it in your blog live OK

There are free videos, i just need to find them. If you cannot connect to any videos for any reason, then make sure to check out the chat, or listen to the radio version. I am trying to get everything set up, ill post again later.

do you have a site where i can pay with my bank account number??? I don’t have a creditcard!

yo will be there a free video come on n put it on your blog buy it and put on your blog an u do that its yur blog buy it n put it on your blog u het 484848 clicks

i need help densi fast croatia hrt audio doenst work HELP!!1

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Boško Balaban
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new line up

didnt see the goal show the clip?? denis u fagoot

Don’t worry guys when Croatia plays Russia I’m perrty sure I will find a free Video stream…

Yesterday I found all video streams except croatias, the reason why they didnt shopw croatia is because not many people were interested in watching….Russia will be different

yo i need the goal for today u there stay on FC!

wait untill they get released (za ovaj se moras registrirat)

that are links where you don’t have to pay


new blog time denis

and verdan is a pussy i hate him hair etc..

seric he sucks away


croatia vs russia free online?

The match will probably be playing on

Don’t worry gentlemen, it’s going to be free.

From latest reports dinamo and arsenal are in negotiations over the transfer of Eduardo to ashburton grove. Would be unreal if he signed. Definately would buy a new arsenal top with eduardo on it

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