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Croatians Part Of History As FIFA Trial Goal Line Technology

Three Croatians were involved today when FIFA used goal-line technology for the first time in Japan at the FIFA Club World Cup.

After mounting pressure to use the new technology, FIFA today finally answered calls to join the 21st century as other sports have and used the new Hawk-Eye and GoalRef technology in a match between Sanfrecce Hiroshima from Japan and Auckland City from New Zealand which featured Croatians Mihael Mikic (Hiroshima) and Ivan Vicelich and Daniel Koprivcic (Auckland City).

GoalRef uses a microchip in the ball and low magnetic waves around the goal, and Hawk-Eye are cameras around the goal which are used in sports such as cricket and tennis. The two forms of technology, if they pass this test, are the front-runners to be used at next year’s Confederations Cup in Brazil, although FIFA are keeping their options open.

2 million USD was spent on development and installation at the stadiums in Japan.

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