Croatian Soccer Report's Colin O'Haraovic interviews Ivan Klasnic of the Bolton Wanderers during a game against FC Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay, Florida.
www.CroatianSoccerReport.com We ask fans of RNK Split how they can support any team other than Hajduk while living in Split.
Euphoria gave way to a mixture of disappointment and pride for Croatia fans after their national team lost to France in its first ever World Cup final. The entry into the World Cup final in Russia brought the country of 4 million people to a standstill, after officials and the media described the event as the biggest in Croatia's sports history. "Croatia has fallen as a hero!' proclaimed the Index news portal. "Croatia's team has managed to unite the whole country!" Fans in the capital Zagreb - many wearing the team's red-and-white checked shirts or wrapped in national flags - crammed into squares and streets and were full of hope and cheers until the last moment. As the game ended 4-2, they couldn't hide sadness but many said they were impressed by what Croatia has achieved at the tournament. "Of course I am sad. I could see them lift the trophy, but this is really fantastic," Aleksandar Todorovic said. "We were great!" Waving flags and singing songs, the fans kept up their spirits as the crowd partly dispersed from Zagreb's main square. Firecrackers went off as the state TV proclaimed that "we are still not aware of what we have done." Many fans went on celebrating into the evening. Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said the national team are "the first in the world for me." "People are happy as if we have won and that's the way it should be," Plenkovic added. "This is a miraculous success for Croatia and we should be very, very happy." The fans were particularly proud that the team captain, Luka Modric, won the Golden Ball after being voted the best player of the World Cup. "We have achieved so much," the 26-year-old Sofia Halinovcic said. "This is the best ever we did." Halinovcic contended that "we had great expectations, but we still need to process what we have done." Croatia is planning a huge welcome ceremony for its players that will include celebrations at the main square in Zagreb and a reception with the country's president.
www.CroatianSoccerReport Croatian Soccer Report covers Croatia vs. Israel. Fans tell us where they think the National team could improve and their opinion of Slaven Bilic
A report for TransWorld Sports on the first post-war visit of the Yugoslav national football team to Croatia. The report, shot in Zagreb in September, 1999, discusses the history of violence between hardcore supporters of Red Star Belgrade and Dynamo Zagreb who joined militias to fight each other on the battlefield when war broke out in 1991.
UEFA delegate Mateo Beusan talks to Croatian Soccer Report about National Team, referee disputes, the newest Hajduk Dinamo rivalry and Bilic's popularity.
Duško Lokin Approves Croatian Soccer Report.com
Croatia's soccer team has been punished for a swastika that was chemically burned into their home soccer field. The team will lose one point in its Euro 2016 qualifying group, pay a $110,000 fine for "racist behavior" and play two home games without fans in the stadium. Nik Zecevic and Margaret J. Howell discuss the penalties presented to the Croatian team on The Lip News. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/07/23/croatia-punished-for-swastika-on-soccer-field/ http://thelip.tv/ http://www.youtube.com/theliptv2
CroatianSoccerReport.com Match recap of the 0-0 draw between Croatia and France on March 29th, 2011 from the Stade de France in Paris. Perisic nearly scores for Croatia as Benzema blows a golden chance for France. FFF ready to go sailing after the match with those new Nike shirts?
Croatian Legend Oliver Dragojevic talks World Cup with Croatian Sports' Denis Svircic and Ante Kvartuc