Enormous interest from the Croatian community abroad for tickets for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier against Serbia in Zagreb has left the Croatian Football Federation with an envious predicament.
“There has been unforseen interest from the diaspora, for example from Germany and Switzerland there have been requests for a large number of tickets, they are ordering them by the 100, 200..,” said secretary Damir Vrbanovic.
There have also been requests for tickets from as far away as Australia and the U.S. The federation says that even if the stadium could hold 100,000 people, it would still sell out.
Security will be tight for the match that will be played at Zagreb’s Maksimir Stadium on 22 March. UEFA chief Michel Platini, who has announced he will be in Zagreb for the match, will be keeping a close eye on supporters, after earlier threatening both federations that any more crowd trouble may end up in a ban for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
There will be 4 Croatian startups at the GSMA Mobile World Congress Fair in Barcelona when it is held from 25 – 28 February. The Barcelona congress is a one of the world’s largest exhibitions for the mobile industry.
The four startups had their projects selected by a panel of judges and the public at a contest held by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The winners who will represent Croatia at the fair are:
INU with their project BabyWatch, a mobile application that allows family and friends to keep up to date with the users child-birth.
Inteligentna Kuca’s mobile application IThome, which allows users to manage their home remotely, such as adjusting air conditioning and security systems.
IT.inteligentne techologije with their ProMDM application. MDM provides the ability to securely enroll mobile devices in an enterprise environment, configure and update settings over-the-air, monitor compliance and remotely control, wipe or lock devices.
And the SQUEE application by Squee Team, which they advertise as the most beautiful way to discover, share and by indie gadgets.
British daily newspaper The Sun has implicated Croatia in a “Basic Instinct” style prank on Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic.
The Sun claim that Dacic was set up by a Croatian TV station, when a model interviewer ‘flashed’ the Serbian PM. The prank had nothing to do with Croatian TV, but was carried out by Serbian tv show “Nemoguca Misija” (Mission impossible).
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Controversial American writer Judith Reisman has spoken in the Croatian parliament on Thursday, where she warned Croatia of the potential consequences of adopting sex education in the school curriculum.
Reisman, who is renowned for endorsing the criminalization of homosexuality and supporting a ban on pornography, says that teenage pregnancies and sexual transmitted diseases would increase if sex education programmes were introduced into schools.
According to published data, Croatia have one of the lowest levels of sexual trauma in children – said Reisman, before launching into what she believed would be the consequences of sex education in schools.
“If you start with this programme, you will see large growth in the number of sexual diseases and abortions with children,, because they act on what they see, said Reisman. The catholic church in Croatia has been against the governments plan to introduce sex education in schools.
Reisman’s visit to Croatia has not passed without incident. A live debate was cancelled for “security reasons” when over 500 packed out a university hall on Wednesday night. Reisman was also verbally attacked after speaking to a group of students.
Former Dinamo Zagreb and AC Milan legend Zvonimir Boban says that Inter Milan’s new signing, Croatian teenage star Mateo Kovacic, could turn out to be a bigger star than he was when he was in Milan.
Boban, speaking to Sky Sport Italia, said that the future looks good for Kovacic, and that he has the potential to become a better player than he was. “Inter has done a great job. I did not expect it and I was surprised when I heard the news. Mateo is a great professional and a serious guy. He is very talented. I think he has the potential to become a better player than I was,” said Boban about the 18-year-old
Boban was part of a golden generation at AC Milan, winning 4 Serie A titles and the Champions League.
BBC radio in the UK will dedicate a one-hour show this Saturday to Dalmatian music.
Catherine Bott presents a programme of little-known Renaissance & Baroque music from Croatia & Dalmatia. Robert Hollingworth conducts the BBC Singers in specially made recordings of pieces by the Italian-born Tommaso Cecchino as well as home-grown composers Julije Skjavetic, Vinko Jelic and Ivan Lukacic. Much of their music was written for churches in Dubrovnik, Sibenik, Split and on the island of Hvar, said the BBC promo for the show.
Italian giants Inter Milan have signed Croatian international Mateo Kovacic (18) from Dinamo Zagreb for 15 million euros.
The midfielder, who has been called up by Croatia coach Igor Stimac for next months international against South Korea in London, will fly out on Thursday to Milan for a medical and join his new club.
Kovacic will become Dinamo Zagreb’s second largest transfer in the club’s history, after they sold Luka Modric for 21 million euros to English club Tottenham Hotspurs.
Croatia is Europe’s fourth largest exporter of weapons to the U.S. Only Austria, Italy and Germany export more arms to America than Croatia.
In 2010 Croatia exported 239,021 pistols to the U.S, 98% of Croatia’s entire arms production. Almost all exported weapons were made by the company HS Produkt from Karlovac. The company, which produces arms for the Croatian army, is best known for design and production of the HS200 anD XDm, a semi-automatic pistol sold in the US market as the Springfield Armory XD.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that the size of the private handgun market in the U.S, which is the largest in the world, totals around 3 billion euros annually, reported Deutsche Welle.
Legendary Croatian tennis star Goran Ivanisevic has joined in on the debate whether it is fair that women’s tennis players are paid as much as their male counterparts.
The former Wimbledon champion has agreed with stars such as Giles Simon that women earn far too much money compared to men in the sport.
“The difference is enormous. The question is the prize money for tournaments. Men play for 6 hours, and they play for 33 minutes. I respect women’s tennis, there are a few of them who play very good, but the main difference is that some better coaches (male) could beat the women’s world number one, so I think that they don’t deserve the same money,” said Ivanisevic on Antena Radio today.
Croatia’s top tennis players Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic will be looking to improve on their disappointing Australian Open campaign when the ATP PBZ Zagreb Indoors tennis tournament starts in Zagreb on Saturday.
Cilic is a two-time winner of the tournament and will have some tough competition this year. Italy’s number one Andreas Seppi, defending champion Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, Austria’s Jurgen Melzer and Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis are among the tournament’s top seeds.