stoke city fans will be in small groups and wear their stoke tops. They will drink in your bars and walk the streets quietly. At the match they will sing and cheer. Stoke city is a community club, generations of families go together, elderly and young children. We are friendly. You can sit in our pubs with your match shirt on. You can walk the streets in groups, quietly and in a friendly way. stoke city fans will shake your hands and discuss the match with you.
Hadjuk has great fans, bu we are separatists, we want Dalmatia to become independent. Most of us doesn't except Croatia as our state and we hate Zagreb, capital of Croatia. That is reason why we are so passionate fans!
stoke CITY FANS: IGNORE 90% OF THESE WANNABE INTERNET ULTRAS, THEY ONLY DAMAGE THE IMAGE OF OUR GROUP. THEY ARE MOSTLY 13-18 YEARS OLD NEVER BEEN ON AN AWAY TRIP!
IT IS TRUE THAT IN SPLIT YOU CAN EXPECT THE HELL! BUT DONT LISTEN TO THESE CHILDREN WHO ARE CLAIMING "WE WILL KILL YOU" OR SOMETHING ELSE! OR ESPECIALLY DONT LISTEN TO COMPLEXED SERBS WHO ARE SITTING ON INTERNET 23 HOURS A DAY ONLY INSULTING CROATS!
The Stoke City FC manager Tony Pulis has declared many times the Premier League is far more important than cup tournaments. I guess it will be the same now with the European League, unless we reach the semi final or something like that.
guys, you will know everything about your 'security' after first leg ... If first leg passing without conflict with Torcida, if our guys give us guarantees 'potters are nice guys - love Spoke, submit Us', everything will be pretty good there ... we have 'mouth to mouth' system of information, very unofficially, very underground ... If somebody give us even one picture from Spoke where we drink together (winch will be pretty imposible because of the stupid police 'secutity measures') , you can expect the same 'brotherhood' at Split ... Score is also important, if we loose at Split it could be dangerous ... but, we'll not! so, be happy ... drink croatian wine, eat our brilliant food, fuck everything you can catch ... and wait Europa league season 2012/2013 ...
(what about our situation at first leg? How it looks like when Torca come to Spoke? Did you expect we can walk around as a normal people or police will prepare some 'security zone' 100 miles far-off from city?)
I'm joining a legion of Hajduk fans here just to say hi. You seem like a friendly lot, so I expect no fan issues. Love that guy with a Mr. Chow avatar
I guess we can agree this is the worst possible draw for both teams, looking at their respective pots. Really sucks that one of the teams will have to be kicked out at this stage, while many shitty clubs going through. But let's make the best of it. Can't wait for the first match. It's great to be playing vs such a well-supported team, it's just too bad it's not in the group stage.
What do you think how many of you will be coming to Split?
There is Police around on match days to keep everyone safe. Never no trouble. On match days there are buses from the train station to take away fans to the match. So maybe buses for yourselves. If you walk to the ground that is fine. There will be police on street corners. The stoke fans will not abuse you in the street. If you are a group of 2/4 dont worry. There will be men women and children walking to the match and will help you with directions.
I can see lot of gibberish has been written by lot of people from this side of Europe . The truth is simple, your team is playing in far better league, has far better set of players, players have much more experience in playing matches against class opposition. While we get to play matches like these once or twice a year. I love my club but looking at things from some realistic angle...i would say chances would be 80 - 20 in Stokes favor.
All these people before me talked about this or that, mostly things hardly connected to the quality of team. And quality of our team is very low. Philosophy of our president at the moment is not to spend any money on players, so this year all players we got in were players that no one else wanted. With one exception, and even in that case it was nothing worth mentioning.
Team of Hajduk...well looking at things in detail, i wont write alot about it,but summary would go like this.
Goalkeeper = Well this guy had a really bad season last year, some of his reactions were incredibly bad, i mean when someone crosses the ball, and its going his way, people start covering their eyes and children start crying in advance. Really hope this year he will be better.
Defenders = nice pair of lumberjacks here. We sold one just some time ago, best quality of that one was to make fauls or play with his hand inside the box. I really cant see why anyone would buy that one. But someone actually did. Wing backs,...well we were never too strong on those spots. Hopefully this year well see some better work at those spots but i sincerely doubt. We dont have real right full back, so usually that spot is filled by a right midfield or a central defender and such.
Midfield = lot of work force here and couple of agressive players, but no player with enough creativity to start something that could end up in a mess for other side, still they like to try some long shots, last year we scored few goals in that manner against the Romanians, most of our midfielders are by vocation defense oriented,but the have tendency to push forward if they are allowed place to maneuver. Wings, a bit better but we are totally dependent if the left one decides he would like to play that day. One lazy little buggar. Right side exactly the same...if nothing works no balls tend to get to forward players and we are stuck.
Attack = we have one really good young striker, who is holding talks with few clubs at the moment, wouldnt be surprised if he was sold before this match. Others...well...everyone is talking about quality of this other bloke, but no one saw him play against stronger oposition yet, we "bought" two more...ones only apparent quality is that at some point of his life he played in Liverpool youth school, and other one was top goalscorer in Montenegro last season, or something like that.
All in all you are better at every single spot when comparing players on a player vs player basis, you beat us in quality of an every single individual.
Players we brought in this season....we brought in a Japanese defender who claims he overgrew Japan and he would like to tryout in European football, a brazilian full back who played in Zagreb last season, one defender i really consider a good reinforcement Ljubo Milicevic an australian-croatian whos only apparent problem was that he got into a fight with teammates in every single club he played in during hes career up to this date, still a good defender and a hard worker, we also brought in a portugese full back, who we got becouse Benfica fans who are in good terms with Hajduk fans, said hes not a bad player....and our club signed the guy. Also brought in two strikers....as said before one from Montenegro (looks allright) and this danish Nikola Saric who played at some part in Liverpool youth i guess.
All in all this bunch is well....not much of a potent force to be scared off is it.
However, most of players in Hajduk are dreaming of moving forward with their careers and to start playing in Europe. To do something like that they need to show something on the pitch. So someone would notice them . What that does is that usually in matches like these they start playing like on speed or something, and people watching them usually throw out remarks like "why cant they play like this every match". Matches against stronger opposition like this is, tends to affect people in the manner they play that single match like they never played before. It really happens a lot here, They have been also drilled by new manager on preparations for season. He has been kicking the life out of them so they could play aggressive and active football for 90 minutes. At least that is what he was saying on pre-season.
If we get a good result in England....by good result i mean anything from draw to loosing at low margin (1-0,2-1),..etc. Well at that point you people are really in for a spectacle.
Also...last season we lost first match vs Dinamo Bucharest 3-1....they were all over media with headlines like "this is over","well be going to a nice vacation to Croatia","it will be a walktrough",....even their manager said stuff like its all over,hajduk got no class and stuff like that........they lost the second match 3-0 and Hajduk went trough. Thing is...people get fired up here when clubs from other nations start calling them names and things like that....then usually days before match youll see pictures like priests blessing the ground club gonna play on. A sold out stadium,and an atmosphere described like....well. Every time a romanian had a ball in his legs there was entire stadium screaming their guts out at the guy, and it was going one for a duration of a game. They shat their pants, even their manager said after the match never in his life he played in such an atmosphere.
Playing down chances of an adversary and saying stuff like "its over" even before the match starts really gets everyone fired up over here. Its been like that for ages.
For all people coming over here for a match, take few days +. The coast is great,the sea is fantastic,the girls are pretty,the beer is cheap. Spend a few days of sunshine and swimming if you already have a chance to. Seriously you should. There are many beaches in the city, and lot of places to go to have few hours to spend at. Its a middle of the summer and i doubt visiting fans will have any problems with local fans. There are always idiots but they are minority. If everything works out fine in the manner noone atacks Hajduk fans in the first game,noone plays down the city or club....there wont be any fuel for agressive behaviour anyway.
+ we had gay pride riots a month ago. Everyone had their fix there, i think everyone will be enjoying this one rather then trying to find a way to cast a cloud over it.
For one thing im glad we drew Stoke. I look at things from the angle that at some point well have to play someone strong. Its a tough oposition but players tend to get fired up when playing clubs like these. And even if they are tough,they are not the cream of the crop. We have a slim chance but it is a chance anyway