Our forecast for the upcoming Euro 2024 game:
The player in focus (Rade Krunic):
Rade Krunic hails from the youth football program at Sutjeska Foca. Born on October 7, 1993 in Foca, Bosnia, Krunic made his professional debut with his hometown team at the age of 19.
After netting three goals in 15 games for the Bosnian club, the Bosnian midfielder transferred to Serbian team Donji Srem in 2013. He then signed with Italian club Hellas Verona in 2014, but was soon loaned back to Donji Srem. In 2015, Rade Krunic played 13 matches for Serbian side Borac Cacak before joining another Italian team, Empoli.
Since then, he has been a part of the Azzurri team, and it is worth mentioning that he netted his inaugural goal for the Serie A squad in a 2-0 victory against Genoa in October of 2015. As for his international experience, Krunic made his debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly match against Denmark on June 3, 2016. He has also represented the Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 team in 8 matches.
Highlighted Team (Slovakia):
In 1993, Slovakia emerged onto the global scene after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The newly formed national team has not yet achieved any noteworthy results. So far, they have only qualified for two major tournaments – the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2016. However, it is clear that the current generation has the potential to elevate the team’s reputation in the future.
Slovakia currently has several players playing for top European teams, including Marek Hamsik, Martin Skrtel, and Juraj Kucka who are the leaders of the national team. However, they have weaknesses and are not considered top players yet. Under the management of Vladimir Weiss and Jan Kozak, Slovakia has developed a strong defense and a quick counter-attack strategy, making them a difficult team to beat. They even posed a challenge for Spain during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Miroslav Karhan and Robert Vittek are the player with the most appearances and highest number of goals scored, with Vittek also deserving recognition as another standout player.