Book ‘Croatian Football School’ presented in Zagreb

Book 'Croatian Football School' presented in Zagreb

‘Croatian Football School’ book presented in Zagreb (Photo credit: Drago Sopta/HNS)

The book “Hrvatska škola nogometa” (Croatian Football School) published by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) was launched on Wednesday at the Sheraton Hotel in Zagreb.

Combining theoretical and practical knowledge of the football profession in Croatia, the book was edited by HNS Chief Instructor Petar Krpan and HNS Fitness Instructor Ivan Krakan.

“Finally, we have before us the book Hrvatska Skola Nogometa, to which we dedicated ourselves from the first day, realizing the need for a unified professional material as an exemplary example of the functioning of football schools in Croatia. It was created with the great support of the HNS Football Academy and the quality carriers of Croatian football, Dinamo, Hajduk, Rijeka and Osijek, with whom we had a truly exceptional cooperation from the idea to the realization of this project,” said publisher Krpan . in today’s presentation, before adding.

“I would also like to thank the respected doctors, Dragan Primorac, Tomislav Madžar and Tomislav Vlahović, who put a lot of effort in their mastery to make the content of the book complete. In total, in almost 400 pages, we have reduced everything important that concerns the Croatian football profession. I would like to thank all those responsible for the realization of this project, the former and current president of the Croatian Football Association, the members of the Executive Committee, colleagues and associates who made every effort to welcome the premiere of this book. Thanks all again.”

Book 'Croatian Football School' presented in Zagreb

Krpan, Kustić and Krakan (Photo credit: Drago Sopta/HNS)

Co-publisher Krakan added.

“The success of Croatian football has a deep and stable foundation. Although we are not in a position to compete with the big footballing nations in terms of financial, demographic and geographical indicators, Croatia has something much more important, which is talented, expert footballers and a system that is real through smart and hard work based on knowledge. It was HNS led by President Kustić and the executive committee, by accepting the Croatian football school project, which showed a strategic orientation towards the development of the profession, because it is knowledge and excellence that make the difference in modern football. At the same time, the Croatian football school is not a one-time project, but a process that will keep up with the development of football and experience a new edition,” Krakan said.

The promotion was attended by an eminent group from Croatian football circles, including HNS President Marijan Kustić, CEO Tomislav Svetina, Vice Presidents Mario Smodlaka and Nenad Črnko, Executive Board Members Ante Kulušić, Davor Ivić and Darko Raić Sudar, advisers to the president Zorislav Srebrić and Stjepan Merkaš, head coach of the A and U-21 national teams Stipe Pletikosa, director of the HNS Football Academy Boris Kubla, as well as the adviser to the president for science and medicine, Dragan Primorac, the director of the Life Polyclinic, Tomislav Madžar and the doctor of the national team, Tomislav Vlahović.

Book 'Croatian Football School' presented in Zagreb

(Photo credit: Drago Sopta/HNS)

Croatian national team staff Zlatko Dalić, Ivica Olić, Vedran Ćorluka, Marjan Mrmić, Dražen Ladić, Mario Mandžukić and Luka Milanović attended the presentation, as well as national team players, captain Luka Modrić, Domagoj Vida, Mateo Kovačić, Dominik Livaković and Josko Guardiol.

“I want to congratulate the editors, our Pero and Iván, as well as everyone who participated in the creation of the content. I am very glad that representatives of Dinamo, Hajduk, Osijek and Rijeka football schools are here with us, who, as bearers of quality, made a great contribution to the creation of this book. This shows the great unity of our football family and I am very happy to see that, and it also confirms the value of this book because it is not the football school of Dinamo, Hajduk, Osijek or Rijeka, but really the Croatian football school. . Whenever I talk to some international federation leaders, they always ask us what the secret of their football’s success is. This book is actually one of the answers to that question: quality work with young people. I think it’s great that we bring this knowledge together in one place and that this book will be able to be used by coaches from all over the country,” said Marijan Kustić, president of HNS, before adding.

Book 'Croatian Football School' presented in Zagreb

(Photo credit: Drago Sopta/HNS)

“When we just look at the cover and the two players that are shown there, that are here with us, we see the strength of our school. There is Luka, of whom it is often said: you don’t even need to waste words on him. However, I still want to say now that I am here: Luka is our best football player of all time. There is also Joško… confirmation that our school continues to develop world-class talent. I can only wish him to be as dedicated, determined and humble as Luka was in his path and I have no doubt that he too will have a great career. Once again, congratulations to the authors and everyone who worked on the book. It is the task of the Federation to preserve and share the knowledge that we have in this way, and I am very happy that we, as a federation, have been able to support this project, which is of strategic importance for our football.”

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