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So Which Croatian Star Does Not Want To Be Ordinary?

bc1So who does not want to be ordinary?

Croatian tennis prodigy Borna Ćorić, that is who. The 18-year-old has got his right bicep inked recently with a mantra that he hopes will drive him to success in the future.

”There is nothing worse in life than being ordinary’ read’s Ćorić’s recent tattoo, and his recent results suggest he is on is to way to being extraordinary. Still a teen, the Croatian beat World Number 3 Andy Murray yesterday in Dubai, to go with his victory over Rafael Nadal recently. Ćorić is the youngest player in the top 100, with many in the game predicting he will be a future top 10 player.

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Former Dinamo Zagreb Striker Still Playing Professionally Aged 48

dinamoFormer Japanese national team striker and one-time Dinamo Zagreb player Kazuyoshi Miura celebrates his 48th birthday today by announcing that he is not thinking of hanging up his boots just yet…

Croatian football fans will remember Miura from his stint with Dinamo Zagreb in 1999. Then 32, Miura failed to find the back of the net in his 12 appearances for the Zagreb club after arriving with a big reputation. He was a former Asian Player of the Year, and scored over 50 goals for Japan’s national team. 16 years later and he is still playing professional football.
Miura currently holds the record for being the oldest footballer in Japan’s professional leagues aged 48.

“This year in the Chinese colander is the year of the goat, and that is my horoscope, so I wanted to actively celebrate my 30th season,” said Miura, who plays for the second division Japanese side Yokohama.

Miura began his professional career over 32 years ago in Brazil. He travelled alone there at the age of 15 and signed with Clube Atlético Juventus, a youth club in São Paulo, and in 1986, he signed his first professional contract with Santos. He played for several Brazilian clubs including Palmeiras and Coritiba until his return to Japan in 1990.



Borna Ćorić Shocks Andy Murray in Dubai

BornaCroatian teenager Borna Ćorić has booked himself a place in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals on Thursday after upsetting World Number 3 Andy Murray…

Ćorić, who first met Murray in a Davis Cup encounter in Croatia two years ago, took the first set 6:1 after breaking the Scot twice in what turned out to be a comfortable first set. Ćorić matched his more experienced opponent in the second set as the Australian Open finalist raised his game a notch. A break however in the 6th game of the set proved to be the difference, handing the young Croatian the match 6:1, 6:3 in 1 hour and 20 minutes.

It is Ćorić’s second major scalp, after he beat Rafael Nadal late last year in Switzerland. At 84 in the world the 18-year-old is the youngest player in the top 100.



Sammir Takes a Pop at Niko Kovač as he Heads off on Multi-Million Dollar Deal to China

 

SammirFormer Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia international Sammir is set to join Chinese club Jiangsu Sainty in a deal that is set to earn him 10 million euros over three years…

The Brazilian-born naturalised Croatian, who currently plays for Getafe in Spain’s Primera, says that the offer was just to good to refuse.

“I am happy. It was a surprise decision, but I am convinced that I have done the right thing,” Sammir told daily Vecernji list, “I am going to a league where salaries are maybe the best in the world and this offer I could not say no to,” he said.

Sammir, who was given his Croatia debut by former coach Igor Štimac during their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, has not been able to earn a call up since returning from the World Cup in Brazil. The 27-year-old is not holding his breath for his next cap.

“That story for me is over, I do not think about the national team anymore. I played excellent at Getafe and the coach did not select me, but he called up some players who are not even up to my knees (in ability). Nevertheless, it was nice whilst I was an international, and I am thankful that he selected me for the World Cup in Brazil,” said Sammir. (photo / Drago Sopta HNS)



Croatia Name Davis Cup Team for Serbia Clash

DavisCupCroatia’s number one tennis player Marin Čilić, who has yet to play a single match in 2015, has been named in Croatia’s Davis Cup side to face Serbia in a fortnight…

Croatia play Serbia in the Serbian city of Kraljevo in the World Group first round tie from 6 – 8 March and on Tuesday coach Željko Krajan named his four, including Čilić who has been out of the game with a shoulder injury.

“We know the situation with Marin’s injury, but we hope that he will be able to help us in Kraljevo,” said Krajan.

Besides Čilić, Croatia’s line-up includes Borna Ćorić (84th in the world), Mate Delić (158th) and Marin Draganja (22nd in doubles). World Number 23 and winner of the recent Delray Beach Open Ivo Karlović has retired from the national team.

The winner will face the winner of the Argentina v Brazil tie.

Ivo Karlović Wins Delray Beach Open to Claim 6th ATP Title

ivo-karlovicBig-serving Croatian Ivo Karlović wins another ATP tennis tournament…

Karlović has won the Delray Beach Open on Sunday, beating American Donald Young in straight sets 6:3, 6:3 in just 71 minutes. The 35-year-old smashed down 13 aces in what was his 13th ATP World Tour final. Karlović, who recently beat World Number 1 Novak Djoković, had been in fine form all week, banging down 17 aces in his semi-final win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino yesterday. It is Karlović’s 6th ATP career title.

UEFA.com’s Weekly Wonderkid Features Talented Croatian

anteCroatian Ante Ćorić is the latest teenage talent to be spotlighted in UEFA.com’s weekly wonderkind feature…

Ćorić, who is another product of the renowned Dinamo Zagreb academy, has reportedly attracted the interest of number of overseas clubs recently, including Bayern Munich and Everton. There are big wraps on the midfielder, as UEFA.com reports in their regular feature of some of the world’s most talented teenage footballers.

“Ante Ćorić is better at 17 than Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinečki and Luka Modrić,” said Dinamo Zagreb chairman Zdravko Mamić, a view shared by Dinamo Zagreb’s current coach Zoran Mamić.

“Ante is a treasure for our club. He is a greater talent than Luka Modrić and Mateo Kovačić were at his age.”

Romeo Jozak, Croatian Football Federation (HNS) technical director, believes that it is just a matter of time before the 17-year-old makes his international debut.

“Ćorić is not only a prospect for Dinamo Zagreb, but for the Croatian national team too.”

Ćorić, who spent four years playing in Austria after moving from Zagreb as a 12-year-old, is now a regular starter for Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian first division. Earlier this year he became the youngest player ever to score in the UEFA Europa League, aged 17 years and 157 days.

“My dreams are coming true. When I was nine, I made my first trip to the Maksimir and I dreamt that one day I would play on that pitch and score a goal in European competition. I can’t believe it’s now come true,” said the U-21 Croatia international. (photo / Yasuyki Nagatsuka)

Modrić Trains for First Time After 95 Day Break

Luka1_775145S0Croatia coach Niko Kovač and fans can breathe a sigh of relief after star midfielder Luka Modrić was back training on a football field after more than three months off yesterday...

Modrić, who has not kicked a ball since limping off against Italy last November with a thigh muscle injury, was back training with Real Madrid yesterday and should be fit for the 28 March EURO 2016 qualifier against Norway in Zagreb.

Luka's limps off against Italy

Luka’s limps off against Italy

“I am in constant touch with him and from what he told me, I conclude that he’ll be fully fit for the match”, Kovač said earlier.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hopes Modrić will be fully fit next month. (photos / Real Madrid)

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Next ‘Luka Modrić’ Signs Professional Contract With Dinamo Zagreb

BojanCroatian champions Dinamo Zagreb have signed who many are calling the next Luka Modrić…

Bojan Knežević was unveiled by the club after signing a long-term contract today. The 18-year-old midfielder comes with huge wraps after spending the last five years at the club’s famous youth academy. Staff say that Knežević is one of the most talented players at he academy and has already made his first team debut.

Knežević, has represented Croatia at youth level, says he is happy to finally be signed by the club.

“I am very happy and I don’t know what to say at all. Dinamo is our biggest club, the conditions are top class and it is up to us to work hard and get into the first team, which is the wish of every player at the academy,” said Knežević, who arrived at the academy as a 13-year-old from the town of Bjelovar.

“Bojan is one of the players that we have known for many years that he has potential to become a quality player so I am not surprised he has signed a professional contract,” said academy coach Marijan Vlak. (photo / GNK Dinamo)

Portuguese Football Federation President Visits Croatia

hnsPortuguese Football Federation (FPF) President Fernando Gomes has met with his Croatian counterpart Davor Šuker in Zagreb on Wednesday…

Gomes was visiting the Croatian Football Federation headquarters today and spoke with both Šuker and Executive President Damir Vrbanović.

“I have known Davor for a number of years, and Damir also from the UEFA commission. They are good friends, just as our two federations have been for years. We spoke about ideas in football, development on a continental level,” said Gomes after the meeting, adding the Portugal and Croatia have a lot in common.

“We are both not big countries, and still in financial crisis. But, despite that we manage to always compete at major tournaments, our youth sides also regularly compete on in the final stages of tournaments. We produce a lot of brilliant players, but we have to continue working on that because they leave our domestic league when they are young. The development of players and working with youth is where we can learn from one another,” said Gomes.

Šuker agreed with his counterpart and fellow UEFA executive committee candidate.

“Just as we value Portuguese football, it is very nice to see how much Croatian football is valued in Portugal. We spoke about possible cooperation between the two federations, and hope that we can work together on the UEFA executive committee. (photo Drago Sopta / HNS)