Archive for: January 20th, 2013

Zagreb Named Best Congress Destination in South-East Europe

Croatia’s capital Zagreb has won the Meeting Stars award as the “Best Congress Destination in South-East Europe” at Conventa, which was held in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana.

The Zagreb Tourist Board announced the news after Conventa, the leading business-to-business event in the meeting industry for South East Europe. Zagreb topped a number of categories to take out the award, such as quality of infrastructure, attraction as a tourist destination and accessibility.

Meet The Croat Pele Said Could Do More With The Ball Than He Could

Meet the man who Brazilian legend Pele, one of the greatest footballers to ever lace up a pair of boots, said could do more with a football than he could do – Croat Mirko “Mark” Liveric.

Pele made the comments about the technically gifted Croat after spending one season together playing at the New York Cosmos in the North American League in 1975.

Liveric was born in Zaton, in the Dalmatian town of Zadar, an area which has since produced arguable Croatia’s best player of the current era, Luka Modric. Liveric began his career with the New York Cosmos and spent 8 seasons playing in the U.S with clubs like San Jose Earthquakes, Washington Diplomats, Oakland Stompers, and Edmonton Drillers, before having an extensive indoor soccer career in America.

The striker was naturalised and ended up playing for the U.S national team, scoring 3 times in his 16 caps. Liveric made his debut for the U.S against Poland in their 1-0 loss, and scored his first goal just two days after making his debut in the 2-0 defeat of Canada.

UNDP Head Helen Clark In Croatia

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, has arrived in Croatia for the first time. The reason for Clark’s visit is to chair a meeting of the UNDP in Zagreb.

Clark will also visit the Dalmatian town of Zadar, where the local council have been working closely with the UNDP. In the last year 12 million USD has been invested into a range of projects to develop Zadar and some of its surrounding islands.

The UNDP has come under recent criticism in an official report saying much of its annual 5.7 billion USD budget is only remotely connected to ending global poverty. The report paints a striking picture of a confused organisation seemingly unable to bring significant change to the world’s 1.3 billion poor people despite spending  8.5 billion USD on fighting poverty between 2004 and 2011, reports portal Stuff.

Fire At Iconic Croatian Summer Nightclub

Hacienda, one of Croatia’s most famous and oldest running nightclubs on the Dalmatian coast, has been hit by a fire in the early hours of Sunday morning, destroying around 20 squares meters of the club.

There were no casualties from the fire which raged at around 5am on Sunday and firefighters say that the club, which is currently closed throughout the winter period, was lucky to escape how it did.

Hacienda has been operating in the busy tourist town of Vodice since 1983 and hosts some of the summer’s biggest concerts and parties. Police and firefighters are currently investigating the cause of the fire.

Man Streaks Naked Inside Cathedral

Croatian daily newspaper Jutarnji list have released today pictures of man in his mid 20’s who streaked naked inside Zagreb’s cathedral on New Year’s Eve.

The man burst into the church naked screaming “sex in school”. He was chased by security guards and nuns, who shouted back at the man “satan”. He was restrained and guards pleaded with tourists not to take pictures.

There has been an ongoing debate in Croatia about the introduction of sex-education into schools as part of a 4-part module on health education. The church oppose the move by the government and have expressed their views in no uncertain terms, even resorting to distributing flyers at Croatia’s largest supermarket chain Konzum.

Dinamo Zagreb To Sign Macedonian International

Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb have reportedly agreed terms with Wolfsburg’s Ferhan Hasani, writes 24sata.

The 22-year-old winger will arrive in Zagreb on Friday for a medical, before signing a contract with the “blues”.

Hasani has been capped 14 times by his country Macedonia, and has made 8 appearances in the Bundesliga this season for Wolfsburg.