Hajduk Players Fight Blaze, Carrillo Hopes to Reward Dalmatia with Win Against Levski

Daniela Rogulj

Due to the close vicinity of the fires to Dugopolje where Hajduk is currently training, the team hosted their last training in Split before the Levski re-match at Park Mladeži.

This evening, Hajduk will fly to Sofia, Bulgaria where they will face Levski for the second-leg of the second round Europa League match on Thursday at 19:00 Croatian time. Hajduk defeated Levski in the first-leg in Dugopolje 1:0. 

Earlier today, Hajduk coach Joan Carrillo held a press conference where he spoke about the fires that have devastated Dalmatia, reports Gol.hr on July 18, 2017. 

“On behalf of the club, we want to thank the firefighters, volunteers, players and Torcida who have done everything they can to extinguish the fire. Our city is protected and we thank you from our hearts,” said Carrillo.


“It was a bad situation, but I hope that it will motivate us. I emphasize again: To everyone who worked hard to put out the fires, we will reward you by qualifying into the next round,” said an optimistic Carrillo.

The terrible fire that burned through Split and its surroundings on Monday night saw the enormous efforts of firefighters and citizens.

The fire has thus far consumed homes, part of the population has been evacuated from Split’s suburbs, and Hajduk fan group Torcida led one of the large contributions to extinguishing the fire.

Torcida called on everyone to join firefighters in their battle against the fires, and other Croatian football fan groups including Tornado, BBB, Kohorta, and Ultras Vinkovci were even said to have joined the action. With tremendous effort, the fires in Split were under control this morning. 

Secretary of State for Sports, Janica Kostelić, especially thanked everyone who helped. 

“Thanks to all of the firefighters, thanks to all of the good people, thanks to the generosity of Torcida and BBB. All as one,” she wrote on her Twitter account. 

In addition to Hajduk fans, Hajduk players even joined the effort to help. Josip Juranović, Toma Bašić, Ivan Prtajin, Zvonimir Milić and Jerko Šeparović were amongst those extinguishing the fires in Split last night. 


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