Perković, who won gold at the London Olympics in 2012, was awarded the title thanks to her record-breaking throw of 70.51m at the Croatian championships in Split. Sandra’s massive throw broke not only broke a Croatian record, but was the first throw over the magical 70-metre mark since 1999, and the best throw in the world for 22 years. Czech Republic 400m champion Pavel Maslak took out the Men’s European Athlete of the Month award.
Police arrested around 50 people after Hajduk Split’s ‘Torcida’ fans and Dinamo Zagreb’s ‘Bad Blue Boys’ came to blows in a pre-arranged dust-up near the Otočac junction on the A1 motorway on Wednesday afternoon. Dinamo Zagreb supporters were making their way down to Split where their side will play Split’s other side RNK Split tonight.
Croatian football fans still wanting to go see their side play Brazil and Mexico at this year’s World Cup in Brazil are out of luck, after FIFA announced on Tuesday that the two matches had now been sold out…
FIFA have said that after just five hours of tickets going on sale in the final phase online yesterday, that tickets were available for only 20 of the 64 matches. Both Croatia versus Brazil, which will open the World Cup on 12 June, and Croatia versus Mexico had sold out. There were still tickets available for Croatia’s other group match against Cameroon.
The matches which attracted the highest demand, and the quickest to sell out were; Croatia-Brazil, Mexico-Cameroon, England-Italy, Argentina-Bosnia, Brazil-Mexico, Spain-Chile, Cameroon-Brazil, Croatia-Mexico, Australia-Spain, and the final. FIFA said Brazilian citizens had purchased 63 percent of the tickets (80,496) on Tuesday, followed by fans from the United States, Colombia, Argentina, Germany, Mexico, France, England, Chile and Australia.
Spain, with a total squad value of 486.9 milion EUR, will have the most expensive squad, whilst Honduras, whose players are valued at 32.3 million EUR, will have the least valuable squad at this summer’s World Cup. Behind Spain is Argentina (474.1 million EUR), Brazil (470.2 million EUR), Germany (445.6 million EUR), France (398.6 million EUR), England (354.2 million EUR), Belgium (336.1 million EUR) and Italy (332.4 million EUR). Croatia, whose most expensive player is Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić, is valued at 187 million EUR.
When it comes to Croatia’s opponents in group play, Croatia is second behind Brazil, with Cameroon (133 million EUR) in third and Mexico (68.2 million EUR) fourth. (HNS/ Drago Sopta)
Dinamo Zagreb Academy USA, which is part of the highly successful Dinamo Zagreb Youth Academy in Zagreb, Croatia, has announced that it will be hosting around 20 training camps all over North America this summer…
Some high-profile football coaches from Dinamo’s Youth Academy in Zagreb will make their way to North America for the camps, which will be held mainly in June and July in the likes of California, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Toronto and New Jersey. The training camps have been going on for a few years already across North America, and is part of the club’s extensive scouting network aimed at exposing and identifying talented young players. A number of USA and Canada based players have visited Croatia and trained at Dinamo Zagreb’s academy after being spotted at the camps.
Dinamo Zagreb’s Youth Academy has been ranked the 6th best in Europe, behind those at Barcelona, Arsenal, Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan and Sporting Lisbon. Full schedule of camps can be found here
Šuker, who is the incumbant President of the Croatian Football Federation, was the only candidate for the new four-year presidential mandate at the federation’s general meeting on Monday. The France ’98 World Cup golden boot took over in July 2012 from long-standing President Vlatko Marković.
“Before I arrived I often said – be proud. Really, we can be proud of our work, we have achieved some nice sports results. Results on the pitch are the first measure of success. They enable us to develop football on all levels. The board named Niko Kovač as coach, which was an excellent decision. The federation done everything so we can have good results in Brazil. Exactly 102 years (est. federation) and we will play against Brazil, which will unprecedented promotion for Croatia. Our under 17 and 20 sides are also at the World Cup,” Šuker said in opening Monday’s meeting in Zagreb. (photo: HNS/Drago Sopta)
Organisers, pilots, hoteliers, and the nations Tourism Minister all had smiles on their faces on Sunday after a successful Red Bull Air Race World Championship event was held in Croatia for the very first time...
Hotels, restaurants and cafes were full as more than 80,000 people surged on the picturesque Istrian town of Rovinj over the weekend to watch the high adrenalin air spectacle, a sight that pleased a present Tourism Minister, Darko Lorencin.
“This event is of exceptional importance not only for Istria but also for the whole of Croatia. This is one of the best examples how to create motives for attracting tourists to come in Croatia before and after the peak season,” said Lorencin, adding that more premium international events to be hosted in Croatia would be announced soon.
Austrian pilot Hannes Arch was the winner of the event which ended on Sunday, and he is not the only pilot hoping that the event organisers return to Croatia again.
“The location and public were excellent and I hope that the Red Bull Air Race comes back to Croatia and Rovinj again,” said pilot Peter Podlunšek.
Croatia will have one representative in this year’s UEFA Champions League final at Friday’s semi-final draw in Nyon pitted Bayern Munich and Real Madrid together. Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić and Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandžukić will square off on 22 and 29 April, with Mandžukić, who scored in his sides quarter-final victory against Manchester United midweek, hoping to knock out his international team-mate and claim back-to-back UEFA Champions League cups. The second semi-final will be between Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea and Athletico Madrid. The final is scheduled for 24 May at Benfica’s stadium in Lisbon, Portugal.
CAS says the 36-year-old Dinamo Zagreb captain appealed Wednesday to have the 10-match ban he received from FIFA for chanting ‘Za Dom’ after Croatia’s World Cup playoff victory against Iceland in Zagreb last November overturned or deferred for a one-year probationary period.
“We will fast-track the case. It will definately be solved before the World Cup,” said CAS.
Šimunić’s German-based lawyer Davor Prtenjača is confident that his client will be successful and on the plane with the rest of the Croatia squad to Brazil come June. It seems that coach Niko Kovač has not given up hope either, with reports that he has been putting Šimunić through his paces and testing his fitness in the hope the ban gets overturned.
Croatia plays the opening match of the World Cup against hosts Brazil on 12 June.
Jarni, who was one of the stars of Croatia’s successful World Cup ’98 campaign in France, has been axed by the club’s owner, Malaysian multimillionaire Vincent Tan, after just four months in charge. Jarni’s last four matches in charge failed to produce one goal, and he will leave the club after only securing two wins out of 9 matches. FK Sarajevo are only four points off the top of the table with five matches in the season remaining, but Tan, who also owns Cardiff City, has lost patience with the former left-back.