We are not nihilists. There are certain things we believe in, and one of them is a right to football. A right to experience it in every possible aspect – key and marginal, popular and obscure, serious and goofy – despite our background in a football culture whose horizons often appear hopelessly narrow and grim. Baraž (eng. Barrage) is the united alternative to the dominant media discourse in our countries.
You may see it as a football writers club – hence the ball and the typewriter in our crest, created by young artist Anita Roza Sambol. It is a collective of independent individuals and a platform for free expression of thoughts, ideas, wishes and salutes.
We are not confined or burdened by boundaries of geography, nationality/ethnicity or language. People who live in eight different countries are on our roster and they write in three different languages: Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian (yes, we all do understand all three). Here you will also find articles in English, written either by ourselves or by visiting international writers. Baraž is also a proud member of the Copa 90 collective.
We don't do this for money. Some of us write profesionally elsewhere, to others it's just a hobby – but no one sees it as work only. What drives us is passion and a pressing need. Our Weltschmertz, perhaps. Love. Defiance. Self-defence, if you will. It's all football.
Tomislav Ivić pioneered pressing and won league titles in five different countries. Here's Aleksandar Holiga with a long-read about the Croatia's Greatest.
East River Pirates are the New York based supporters of Sankt Pauli FC; they are one of the best known among its many international fan clubs but nevertheless just one of many football fan clubs of New York City. Jelena Đureinović writes about them and her impressions of the city where football never sleeps.
When speaking about the past and the present of Croatian football, most people will have the names of Davor Šuker and Luka Modrić on their mind. Juraj Vrdoljak however explains how they found themselves hated by a large part of fans back home.
Arsenal's new signing, Sead Kolasinac, still poses a mystery to a lot of fans in England. Albinko Hasic has a say on what Arsenal fans can expect from their new man in the back line.
NK Rijeka won their first ever title, but after years of abuse and negligence, the crown they inherit means no more than an empty title to many that live and breath football in Croatia. Luka Kostić writes about that sad situation.
Ahead of the biggest Croatian Derby, the one between Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split, Juraj Vrdoljak writes about Hajduk Split's ultra' group, the famous Torcida Split.
In the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies Zenica, fourth largest city and home to a once renowned football club that is going through its darkest days. Juraj Vrdoljak writes about the struggle of its fans to return Čelik, the pride of workers' Zenica, back to its prime.
Overshadowed by vast popularity of Split’s powerhouse Hajduk, many can forget about the existence of RNK Split, the football-crazed Mediterranean city’s other club. Jelena Đureinović reflects on the club's rich history, opposed to it's current sad state.
Albinko Hasic writes a follow up on his pre-season piece on the man who defies critics from the very begginings.For Edin Džeko – last season was just another reason to dig deeper and springboard to even greater heights. After all, it’s just part of his M.O., and part of yet another Sarajevo legend.
Grbavica, FK Željezničar Sarajevo's home ground is special in many ways. Albinko Hasic writes on how the stadium is an embodiment of the spirit of the people in the area. Resilient, resourceful, and most importantly, communal.
Number of spectators that watched the Saturday's big El Clasico between Barca and Real exceeds hundreds of millions. Borja Bauzá was not one of them. Here is a first-hand story on how the Galacticos era diminished the one true footballing bond: between a football club and its fans.
Albinko Hasić argues that if Džeko's life and career are any indicator, he will redeem himself to Roma supporters, and in his typical style, to himself.
Juraj Vrdoljak was present at the 152nd Belgrade Derby between Partizan and Red Star Belgrade. He offered his view on one of the last authentic derbies in Europe.
Two football matches, played simultaneously on Monday night, highlighted the complicated question of Albanian identity. Here is a story of how that day unfolded for people of Albania.
For casual observers, the loss of Pogba certainly seems like a gross dip in quality, But, former editor of BH Dragons blog Albinko Hasić claims that if there ever were a player that could make a replacement seamless, it would be Miralem Pjanić
The scenes at Croatia v Czech Republic match went across the globe. But mind that it wasn't "just" a mindless act of drunken violence; it is merely a part of a much deeper problem. Dario Brentin on how Croatian football got to a state of war, rather than a misunderstanding between the elites and the fans.
Xhaka brothers will be on opposite sides on June 11th, when Switzerland meet Albania at the Euro 2016. Dario Brentin writes about how this game will be not just about three points, but also about social change and new national realities.
Paolo Maldini, Gheorghe Hagi, Carlos Valderrama, Jean-Pierre Papin and Ivan Zamorano led the legion of prominent guests at a football party thrown by Hristo Stoichkov to celebrate his 50th birthday. Baraž's man in Bulgaria, Metodi Shumanov, was there to tell us about it.