Croatia’s hero from their victory over Denmark in the Round of 16 at the World Cup has earned himself a place in football history.
Danijel Subasic saved three penalties in the shoot-out to help Croatia advance to the quarterfinal and with it equalled the record for the most saves in history in World Cup penalty shoot-outs. His jersey will now take its place in the FIFA Museum in Zurich.
Subasic’s heroics in Russia equalled that of Portugal’s Ricardo in the quarterfinal of the 2006 World Cup against England when he also saved three penalties.
“It is nice to hear, and it will remain in history because after the match people from FIFA came into the changing rooms and took my jersey for the FIFA Museum. They could take me too as I soon will retire,” Subasic told 24sata.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said that when Croatia practiced penalties last week Subasic saved six or seven and looked good as the Croatian players went through two series of penalties.
Subasic dedicated his penalty saves to his good friend Hrvoje Custic who tragically passed away whilst playing 10 years ago. Custic died after hitting his head on railing whilst playing with Subasic at NK Zadar. The Croatian keeper always plays in a t-shirt with Custic’s image on it under his goalkeeping jersey.
In 2016 Croatian defender Vedran Corluka earned himself a place in UEFA’s football museum when he became the first player ever to play in a water polo cap. After having his head cracked open from a challenge in Croatia’s opening match against Turkey, Corluka surprised everyone when he donned a water polo cap which UEFA took after the match.