Future of Istra 1961 Still Unknown: No New Owner in Sight, Players Remain Unpaid

Daniela Rogulj

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The heartbreaking story at Croatian First League football club Istra 1961 continues. 

We’ve written about the dark road ahead for Istra 1961 in the past, highlighting their struggle to survive until a new owner arrives at the club’s doorstep. The devastating situation in the club even prompted Dinamo players to collect money for the Istra players this holiday season, considering they haven’t received a salary since the beginning of the season.  

Unfortunately, the situation at Croatian First League football club Istria 1961 is only getting worse with each passing day. While most of the clubs in the First League have already begun preparations, the Pula club waits desperately for a new owner who, for the time being, is out of sight, reports Goal.hr on January 6, 2018. 

The players are owed salaries for over seven months, and until the situation is resolved, Istra players are on an extended vacation.


“There is no more training; it would be unreasonable to call the players because the situation in and around the club is still unknown. There are few players from Pula, and calling players from other cities makes no sense because we don’t have anywhere for them to stay,” Istra 1961 coach Raić Sudar told Vecernji List. The coach did not hide the fact that he is distressed by the uncertainty and dissatisfaction of the players who ended the autumn part of the season thanks to the financial help of friends and acquaintances.

“We should start training next week, the sporting part does not worry me too much. If something positive is done in the club, whether we are paying debts to the players or are at least giving them hope that they will get the money, then we will make it,” the coach of the Pula First League club concluded in a pessimistic tone:

“If we don’t find a solution in the coming days, I am worried we are facing the worst for the club. Because of the debts, they can throw us out of the league, and nothing may be resolved, and we may just not be able to play anymore.

In the last round, I had ten to eleven players and I had five or six juniors join them, but as we continue, I do not know right now.” 

Translated from Goal.hr


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