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Just a place to post news, or other updates about players in this part of the world.  I'll start with Bulgaria...

Bulgaria

James Lima is with Hebar in the Bulgarian 2nd division, but hasn't played much with the first team as of late.  He could be with the U19 side.  I do not know much about his playing past but I think he is from the Toronto area.

Kael Dimitrov (17 years old) plays with Ludogorets III in the Bulgarian 3rd tier.  

George (Georgi) Atanassov (17 years old) has been getting more playing time as of late with the Arda first team.  He has played with the Bulgarian U17 team in the past.

 

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Luka Kulenovic (21 years old) won promotion to the first tier with his side Prijedor.  He was injured for a portion of the second half of the season, but seemed to be a regular starter.  Luka scored a few goals this season as well.  He previously spent time in the Croatian 2nd tier, and half a season with Trencin U19 in Slovakia.  His contract is apparently up at the end of the season, so it will be interesting to see if he returns to Prijedor or not.

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Croatia

19 year old Josip Zorica played with the first team in some regional cup matches at the start of the season.  He has appeared on the bench 8 or 9 times in league play and three times in the Croatian Cup.  

20 year old Ivan Mamic made 23 appearances for  Medjimurje scoring three goals.  He left the club in late April before the end of the season.

Marko Gasparac is a regular starter for NK Trnje in the 3rd tier.  He spent a little time with Akron in the NCAA before heading back to Trnje.

Borna Juracic comes off the bench in most matches for Jadran LP in the 3rd tier.  His side is currently in first place.

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Also in Croatia, six Canadians are training with NK Otok in Croatian 3rd tier.  They are all from the Toronto area, and were previously training with a 2nd division club in Bulgaria.

https://slobodnadalmacija.hr/sport/domaci-nogomet/sestoricu-kanadana-nogometni-put-doveo-u-otok-kod-sinja-ovdje-nam-je-sto-puta-bolje-nego-u-bugarskoj-bas-uzivamo-u-nasem-novom-domu-1091471

 

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Some notes from the region....

Jean Paul Ajala-Alexis has signed with Strumska Slava in the Bulgarian 2nd tier.

Marcel Zajac has apparently signed (or on trial according to different reports) with Polish 3rd tier side Olimpia Elbląg.  He spent last season in the 5th tier, so a nice move up if his signing becomes official.

Justin Lima has joined his twin brother, James, at Hebar in the Bulgarian 2nd tier.  They have been playing mostly with the U19 side which plays in the 1st tier.

Ivan Mamic (20 years old) has signed with Hrvatski Dragovoljac in the Croatian 1st tier

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