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Croatia to Face Argentina not USA in London Next Month

WORLD CUP ARG HRV SOC The Croatian Football Federation has announced on Tuesday that Argentina will replace USA as Croatia’s opponents in a friendly match next month in London…

Croatia were set to play USA at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground on 12 November, but today it was confirmed that the World Vice-Champions Argentina would take their place. No reason was given for the change. It will be the fourth time the two sides have met, with the first match played in 1994 when Diego Maradona’s side could only manage a 0-0 draw in Zagreb. The two then met again in France at the 1998 World Cup, with Argentina winning 1-0. In 2006 Croatia got their revenge, beating Argentina 3-2 in a friendly in Basel.

[VIDEO] Croatian Boxer in Hot Water After Knocking Out Ref

CroatiaCroatian boxer Vido Lončar faces a life ban from the sport after knocking out the referee during his bout at the European Junior Boxing Championships in Zagreb this week…

Lončar lost his cool after the referee ruled that he had lost his bout by technical knock-out to Lithuanian Algirdas Baniulis. The referee called the fight off in the second round after giving Lončar the count for the third time. The Croatian boxer did not agree with the decision and decided to take his anger out on the ref, knocking him out with a right hook, before laying in to him with a barrage of blows before eventually he was dragged away.

60 Seconds With…Nina Badrić

nbShe has won multiple Porin Music Awards, Croatia’s version of the Grammy’s, including Song and Album of the Year, has represented Croatia at the Eurovision song contest, and is one of the most recognisable pop stars in Croatia and the region today. Croatia Week caught up with Nina Badrić for the latest edition of ’60 Seconds With…’

When did you first start singing?

I was nine years old. It was in chorus “Zvjezdice” here in Zagreb. That was beautiful experience for me, and first steps on stage.

Who was your favourite singer growing up?

That was for sure in first place Whitney Houston. She was a tremendously good singer. But beside her, I loved, and still do love, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, George Benson etc.

Which concert is your most memorable you have played?

There are a few concerts that I will never forget. My first big concert was in Sarajevo in 2001., and my last big one, actually the biggest concert, was in Sarajevo, in front of 18.000 people. But I’ll always remember my first big concert in my hometown Zagreb, that was 14.02.2005, and so many more concerts all over the Ex Yugoslavia and Europe.

Favourite venue you have sung at?

For sure the favourite venue I sing every year is “Runjiceve veceri” in Split, such a beautiful event. Every year I’m looking forward to it.

Where would you love to sing at?

Oh, there are a lot of places I would love to play at it, such as Parisian Olympia or Albert Hall in London. But we’ll have to wait for it.  : )

Favourite place in Croatia?

For sure, Dubrovnik. I love Dubrovnik. I’m going every year a few times there. Now I have a lot of friends there and I always have good time there with them.

Favourite restaurant in Croatia?

There is a lot of nice restaurants all over the Croatia, in Zagreb I love. And for example in Dubrovnik, last time I discovered a nice place with nice food called “Pantarul”.

How do you relax away from singing?

I have my oasis on the island of Hvar in Croatia, and every free day I spend there. I love the seaside, and then I’m relaxed there.

The beautiful island of Hvar

The beautiful island of Hvar

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you travel to?

Paris is always a good idea. Such as New York. : )

What exciting things do you have coming up?

I’m making some new songs, my new album will be out next year, so I’m concentrated on it.

Nina2What would you be doing if you were not a singer?

Do not know. Thanks God for this gift. I’m one of the luckiest persons, cause I work what I like.

Do you have any advice for any youngsters out there who want to become a singer?

To believe in yourself, and when others say that something is not possible, never give up.

Vukovar Bridge Named After French Volunteer Killed in War Opens

MostA pedestrian bridge named after a Frenchman who was killed whilst volunteering during the Croatian War of Independence has opened this weekend in the eastern town of Vukovar…

Jean-Michel Nicollier, who had no connection whatsoever to Croatia, arrived in the country in 1991 to help the Croatian army defend its land after watching the conflict unfold on television in his native France. Whilst defending the eastern city of Vukovar in November of 1991, the French volunteer was wounded and taken to Vukovar hospital. After spending just under 2 weeks in hospital, he was taken from the hospital by the Yugoslav People’s Army and paramilitary Serb forces and transported to Ovčara farm where he was killed.

Jean-Michel in Vukovar in 1991

Jean-Michel in Vukovar in 1991

On Saturday the Mayor of Vukovar, Nicollier’s mother Lyliane, the French Embassy’s Advisor for Culture and the Director of the Institute of France in Zagreb, Luc Levy, and a number of Vukovar locals turned out as a plaque was unveiled on the new 50-metre long bridge named in his honour after internet voting, which crosses the River Vuka in the centre of Vukovar. Lyliane Nicollier thanked those who turned out to pay their respects to her son.

Croats Celebrate Independence Day

Croatia91A national holiday today marks Croatian Independence Day, a day where Croats celebrates the unanimous decision of the Croatian Parliament – Sabor to terminate the link between Croatia and SFR Yugoslavia….

“Dear citizens of Croatia, I wish you all the best for Independence Day. It is one of the most important days in Croatian history, which we remember with pride. This is also an opportunity to wish the Republic of Croatia, all citizens of our homeland, a prosperous future,” President Ivo Josipović said in an address to mark the occasion.

The Croatian referendum on independence was held in May 1991, with 93% of voters supporting the independence. On 25 June the Croatian Sabor proclaimed the Croatian independence and seven days later, on 7 July, Croatia and Slovenia signed the Brioni Declaration in which the two countries agreed to suspend all declarations and acts passed by the Croatian and Slovenian parliaments related to those states’ secession from Yugoslavia for a period of three months. On 8 October, the Sabor decided to end relations with Yugoslavia, in the Decision on the termination of the state and legal ties with other republics and provinces of Yugoslavia. That session was not held in the House of Parliament but instead in the basement of an INA building, because of the possibility of the repeat of an incident such as the bombing of Banski dvori.

Locals Stunned as Woman in Peugeot Jumps Tisno Bridge

CroatiaLocals in Dalmatian town of Tisno could have been forgiven for thinking that a stunt scene for a movie was being filmed this morning…

Locals were left in shock when a woman in her mid 40s jumped a raised bridge, which connects the island of Murter with Tisno, at around 9am this morning. The Peugeot-driver reportedly gathered speed and successfully made the jump from one part of the bridge, which was raised around two and a half metres, to the other side.

“Despite the red light being on she passed the ramp as I made a gesture and shouted at her to stop. She hit the gas and made the jump over the bridge, which was raised at least two and a half metres. I could not believe she made it, she then stopped and went for a coffee,” bridge worker Tomo Mejić Sidić told Šibenik IN.

The woman, who made a loud thud when she hit the other side, has another female passenger in the car.

Croatia’s Population Declining

CroatiaCroatia’s population is on the decline, according to estimates from the Central Bureau of Statistics…

In 2013 Croatia’s population was estimated at 4,255,689, down 0.3% or close to 12,000 people, from the previous year. Whilst the country’s overall population was declining, it had grown in a number of areas. Zagreb, Zagreb County, Zadar and Istria had all recorded population growth in 2013, whilst the Sisak-Molsavina County shrunk by 1.38%. Since Croatia joined the European Union, there have been a number of educated citizens head off abroad to seek better wages, including a large portion of the medical fraternity.

Women still outnumber men, with 51.7% of the population female, whilst the median age continues also to grow – sitting at 42.2 years of age now, making Croatia one of the ‘oldest nations’ in Europe.

Legendary Guitarist Rastko Milošev – Ras Dies

rastkomilosev_15092014_pressThe former guitarist of legendary Croatian rock band Parni valjak has died in Croatia…

Rastko Milošev – Ras passed away on 12 September aged just 54. Born in Zagreb on 11.11.1961, Ras from an early age was surrounded by music, and his piano-teacher mother had him learn a number of instruments. When he turned 15 he discovered the Beatles and fell in love with the electric guitar. At the age of 18 he joined the now legendary band Parni Valjak, who enjoyed a dedicated following in Croatia for over 30 years, just 4 years after the band had formed in 1975. Ras stayed in the band for 5 years before leaving in the 80’s. He then went onto work as a guitarist, author and producer for the likes of Tereza Kesovija, Dino Dvornik, Oliver Mandić, Jasmin Stavros, Dino Merlin, Plavi orkestra, Haustor, and many more.

Ras leaves behind four children, and will be buried in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Croatia at a Standstill – Zagreb’s Main Square to Show Čilić Match Live on Big Screen

Croatia13 years ago Croatia came to a stand still when Goran Ivanišević took on Australia’s Patrick Rafter in the Wimbledon final, tonight the country again will be glued to the box when Marin Čilić takes on Kei Nishikori in the US Open final…

Usually reserved for major football matches, it has been confirmed that Zagreb’s main Ban Jelačić square will be showing the match live on a big screen. Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić has invited all those interested in watching the final to come down to the main square where apart from the match, there will be an entertainment programme, including singer Tony Cetinski and tambura group Begini. It will all kick-off tonight around 22:00, with the match due to start around 23:00 local time.

Čilić, who blew Roger Federer off the court on Saturday in the semi-final, has a great chance to become Croatia’s first Grand Slam winner since Goran’s win in 2001, although Nishikori holds a 5-2 advantage in head-to-head matches.

Record-Breaking Month for Zagreb as Tourists Keep Coming

CroatiaCroatia’s capital Zagreb has set another tourist record in the month of July, according to data from the city’s tourist board…

In July 2014 there were 101,824 visitors, up 11% from the same month last year. Overnight stays were also up 9% to 167,722. Foreign tourists made up 92,379 of the total number of tourists, which was an increase of 13% from July 2013. The most number of visitors came from South Korea, Spain, USA, Germany and Great Britain. Zagreb Tourist Board can be extremely pleased with the results in July, which also saw the city featured in a number of international tourist magazines, including being the main theme in his month’s German edition of Geo Saison, which has more than 700,000 readers. (pic: Wikipedia)