Home » Sport » Proud Joe Simunic On Verge Of Creating Croatian Football History

Proud Joe Simunic On Verge Of Creating Croatian Football History

One of Croatia’s most consistent players over the last decade, Australian-born defender Joe Simunic, is on the verge of hitting a milestone that only Dario Simic has achieved in Croatian football history – 100 caps for Croatia.

“That is very important for me and I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. My goal is to get to the jubilee and it is something then nobody can take away from me,” Simunic said, who can surpass Simic on 26 March next year against Wales and become the most capped player in Croatian football history.

Simunic (34), together with current internationals Darijo Srna and Stipe Pletikosa, has played 99 times for his adopted country and the big man makes no bones about chosing Croatia over his country of birth Australia.

“I am happy and proud that I was born and grew up in Australia and I have their mentality. Nevertheless, I am also very proud of my heritage. My parents are from Croatia. I have always said that if you don’t know where you come from, then you don’t know where your going,” Simunic told daily Sportske novosti.

The World Cup in Brazil in 2014 looks like it will be an appropriate moment to call time on what has been a wonderful career for Simunic should Croatia qualify.

“Of course it would be a nice way to end, but my plan at this moment is to finish the season and stay fit and healthy. If that is the case then I would love to play to the end of the qualifiers. That is my aim. If we don’t make it then next summer will be the end.”

Share on:
0 / 5 (0 votes)

Sign up to receive the Croatia Week Newsletter

Related Posts

Croatia’s Lovre Kalinić Named Best Goalkeeper in Belgium

Last week Croatia’s Danijel Subašić was named the best goalkeeper in the French league this season, and now Croatia also has the best goalkeeper in Belgium. On Monday night Lovre Kalinić was named Best Goal Keeper in the Belgium league for the 2016/17 season. What makes the award even more impressive is Kalinić only played...

Croatian Qualifier Causes Upset at French Open

Croatian qualifier Petra Martić has caused the first real upset of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris on Thursday. Martić, ranked 290th, has beaten former World No.7 and the tournament’s 12th seed, Madison Keys of the United States, in the second round 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Martić had to go through qualifying to make...

18,000 km Travel from New Zealand to Play a Rugby Match for Croatia

It is always a special moment to be selected to play your first international, and nothing would stand in the way of Joshua Brajkovic and Marin Altamirano in putting on the red and white checkers and representing Croatia at rugby for the first time – not even 18,000 km. Brajkovic, from New Zealand, and Altamirano...

UEFA Europa League Playoffs: Mixed Night For 3 Croatian Clubs

The three Croatian clubs involved in the UEFA Europa League playoffs will have their work cut for them after a disappointing night on Thursday in first leg action. Dinamo Zagreb could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Albanian side Skenderbeu. Latifi opened the scoring in the 37th minute and could have been 2-0...

Croatia Bring Home 3 Golds from RoboCup 2017 in Japan

The Croatian Junior Robotics team have won three gold medals at the RoboCup 2017 in Japan. The Croatians took out first place in three categories at the world’s biggest robotics competition – Soccer LJ (light primary), Soccer LS (light secondary) and Rescue Maze. Teams competing at RoboCup work on one robot and measure it against...