9 July 2019 – This time last year the Croatian football team managed to unite Croatia and provide joy to a nation in a month which will never be forgotten.
Amazing celebration scenes from squares around Croatia after each victory in the final stages of the World Cup were beamed all over the globe and Croatians around the world celebrated in all hours of the night as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandzukic and the rest of the team took Croatia to the World Cup Final.
“There is no nicer feeling than being a Croat. This is an historic match, not for the 22 of us here, but for the whole country. Tomorrow on the pitch there will be 4.5 million of us,” Rakitic said ahead of the World Cup Final.
The biggest street party in Croatia’s history took place on 16 July 2018 when around half a million people took to the streets to celebrate the return of the World Cup runners-up. Streets and squares in Zagreb were packed with people decked out in red and white checkers waving Croatian flags and singing songs.
It was a welcome home party like no another and it created memories that will remain for life for the players and to keep the feeling alive Ivan Rakitic today called on Croatians to celebrate 16 July as a day of unity, pride & joy, and to once again put on their red and white checkers and go out on the streets to unite on the one-year anniversary of the spectacular party.
“All together everyone, on 16 July put on your checkers and go out onto the streets. Let’s celebrate unity, pride and joy day. With our national team, Croatia is full of life, let’s show that,” Rakitic said.