Hajduk Split is presented by Dejan Selisek, a Slovenian expat who lives in Tallinn and follow all the Balcanic leagues. Dejan's day job is web designer and administrator at Pro-Web Solutions.
He has been playing football in Estonia for many years with Jalgpallihaigla (IV.Liiga, 6th and last tier of Estonian football system)
Hajduk, is a Croatian football club founded in 1911 and based in the city of Split. The club's home ground since 1979 is the 35,000-seater Stadion Poljud and the team's traditional home colours are white shirts with blue shorts and socks.
However, for the return game against Sillamäe next week, they will play in Dugopolje in a smaller stadium (5,000 people).
They are one of the most successful teams in Croatia and ex-Yugoslavia, having won nine Yugoslav and six Croatian league championships, in addition to nine Yugoslav and five Croatian cup titles. Let's add to that three times reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and one semi-final in UEFA cup and UEFA Cup Winners Cup to get the better image of what kind of club we are talking about.
However, lately the club is far from it's past glory.
In 2012 club fell into big financial troubles which are still resolving. Last year they finished 3rd in Croatian national championship, 36 points behind their 'eternal rival' Dinamo Zagreb and 26 points behind Rijeka who turned out to be serious contender to Dinamo in seasons to come.
Despite all that Hajduk is still big favourite to advance from the clash against Sillamäe Kalev in the first qualification round for the Europa League.
We could sense certain amount of respect in Hajduk coach Burić first reaction to the draw ''Am I pleased with the draw? I will be if we pass. What is the most important now is to prepare well for all our future oponents, and to get all needed informations about them. As fas as the Estonian team is concerned, their championship is already on, and they are already well with tactics and game organisation. We will try to watch one of their matches live, they are playing home match this Saturday (two weekends ago with Flora - edit). However, we will also have an insight into their other matches of the season. I am careful, because you must respect any team today.''
Hajduk started their second part of preparations for the season in Austrian Steyr where they have played two friendly matches with local Austrian clubs before travelling to Estonia.
Lovre Kalinic is a very good and reliable goalkeeper. The engine of the team. The engine of the team is Mijo Caktas, everything goes around him and he is definitely the player to keep an eye on. Ante Roguljić is a new signing from Red Bull Salzburg, offensive midfielder and extremely goal oriented.
Another signing is Franck Ohandza who scored a goal in his first Hajduk game. This forward from Cameroon scored for a victory in the friendly match against Ried in Steyr, Austria some days ago.