The man who has publically stated that he is unlikely to ever become a pensioner has taken up another job just a few months before his 80th birthday…
Legendary coach Miroslav “Ćiro” Blažević, who led Croatia to their famous 3rd place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, has been confirmed as the new coach of Croatian first division side Zadar. Blažević, who has coached in Croatia, Switzerland, Iran, China and Bosnia and Herzegovina throughout his 45-year career, will have his work cut out, with Zadar languishing in second to last place.
“I am not hiding that I would love to go to Zadar, because it is rare to find that kind of temperament in the stands,” said Ćiro about his move to Dalmatia.
The Croatia national football team has started gathering in the capital Zagreb on Monday as preparation for an international friendly with Cyprus and the first EURO 2016 qualifier against Malta next week begins…
Head coach Niko Kovač told a press conference in Zagreb on Monday that there will no change in formation for the first EURO 2016 qualifier from what he deployed at the World Cup in Brazil.
“We want to continue on the path we have set before, adding some new elements. We expect to dominate these two matches and we want two wins. Against Cyprus, some new players will get their chance, and we will simultaneously try to improve the performance for the Malta match”, said Kovač, before continuing.
“Every match is important, and even more so when it is the start of the new qualifying campaign. Bulgaria is a serious opponent, confirmed by Ludogorets’ success in Champions League, and Norway is always tough and aggressive. Of course, Croatia and Italy are the favourites, and I am convinced we will qualify for EURO 2016″.
Croatia plays Cyprus in Pula on 4 September in a friendly, before facing Malta next Tuesday at Maksimir Stadium.
“Malta always retains its style and we need and early goal to boost us, and I believe that the supporters wish to see our young lads in action. It is time that they show what they now and help us play even better. Croatia’s system will not change and everything will be OK”, Kovač concluded. (pic: Drago Sopta / HNS)
He was surplus to Louis van Gaal’s requirements for Manchester United in this season’s Barclays Premier league, but on Sunday in Split Ángelo Henríquez was the hero for Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb as they came back from 0-2 to beat Hajduk Split 3-2 in Croatia’s ‘eternal derby’….
Goals from Tin Sušić and Antonio Milić saw Hajduk Split lead 2-0 right up until the 70th minute, before the great comeback began. Croatia squad member Duje Čop scored in the 71st and then again one minute into time added on to lock it up at 2-2 before new loan signing Henríquez scored the winner with almost the last kick of the ball in a dramatic match.
“Congratulations to my side on the victory. They did not give up, not even when they were in not such a great situation. Hajduk was aggressive, although we, I think, had the better chances. They could not keep up with our rhythm at the end and we deserved victory,” said Dinamo coach Zoran Mamić.
Croatian brothers Valent and Martin Sinković have become the first Men’s Double Sculls rowers to go under six minutes over 2,000 metres in the history of the sport…
The Sinković brothers broke the old World Record by 4 seconds with a time of 5:59.72 at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam to become the only rowers in history to go under six minutes. French pair Jean-Baptiste Macquet and Adrien Hardy previously held the record for eight years.
“How did it feel? It is phenomenal to be the World Record holder,” the older of the two, Valent said after the race.
The brothers are the World Champions in their discipline and were silver medal winners at the London Olympics.
Croatia has started their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup campaign with a win, beating the Philippines in their opening match in Spain 81-78 after overtime…
Despite looking rusty and having opening-match nerves, the Croatians lead for most of the game, before blowing their lead near the end of the fourth quarter. Croatia lead after the first quarter 23-9, 37-31 after the second, 57-49 after the third, with scores tied 71-71 at the final buzzer.
“It is never easy to play the opening match at a World Cup, but the most important thing is that we won,” said captain Roko Ukić after the match.
Croatia is in Group B with Argentina, Greece, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Senegal.
Lucija Zaninović has won Croatia’s first ever medal at a taekwondo Grand Prix when she won gold at the 2014 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana on Friday…
Lucija (27) who won bronze at the London Olympics in 2012, beat Korean Kim Jaeah 1:0 in the final of the U49kg category to win gold, 5,000 USD, and an important 40 2016 Olympic Games qualifying points. 206 athletes from over 50 countries, including 9 Olympic medalists were at the Astana Grand Prix.
Croatia’s Mirjana Lučić-Baroni has caused the upset of the US Open on Friday when she knocked out world number 2 Simona Halep of Romania…
Lučić-Baroni (32), who entered the main draw at a qualifier, came from a match point down to beat the word number 2 in straight sets 7-6, 6-2. Lučić-Baroni’s rise has been an incredible one and today’s victory is her best since she made the Wimbledon semi-final in 1999. She will play Sara Erani, who upset Venus Williams, for a place in the quarter finals.
“It is amazing. It is such a great win, I knew what I had to do and I just played aggressive. I have been around a long time and I keep my nerves. She is an amazing player but I knew I had the game that would make it tough for her. I am so proud of myself,” Lučić-Baroni said after the win.
The 119th ranked Croat pocketed over 200k USD after her win today, more than won all of last year.
Croatia will start their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup against the Philippines in Spain tomorrow, and it has not been a good start. The Spanish organisers have spelt ‘Croatia’ in Croatian wrong on the team’s bus. Hrvastska should in fact read Hrvatska. A schoolboy error by the organisers that should be swiftly fixed.
The two Croatian clubs who have managed to qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League found out who they will be facing when the draw for the group stages was made in Monaco on Friday…
Dinamo Zagreb and NK Rijeka both will be hoping to perform better than last season, when they both failed to advance from their respective groups., and it is Dinamo Zagreb who will be the happier of the two sides after today’s draw. This year’s final will be played in Warsaw, Poland.
FC Astra (Romania)
Standard Liege (Belgium)
Croatian tennis player Mirjana Lučić-Baroni has continued her excellent recent form by making it through to the 3rd round at the US Open…
Lučić-Baroni (32), won the Grand Slam women’s doubles title at the Australian Open in 1998 when she was only 15 years old, has beaten Israel’s Shahar Peer 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday to advance through to the 3rd round at Fleshing Meadows. The 119th ranked Makarska-born right-hander, who was once ranked 32nd in the world , had to go through qualifying for this year’s US Open and has now won five games straight. The Croatian will now face Romanian Simona Halep for a place in the 4th round.