ENRIQUE NAMES SQUAD TO FACE CROATIA AND ENGLAND

Former Barcelona coach and current manager of the Spanish national side LuizEnriuqehas named his squad to face Croatia and England. Spain named a young crop of stars to face the Three Lions and then World Cup finalist Croatia.

Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and David Silva, who were part of the award winning teams, have since retired so Enrique is charged with building a new squad that can help restore Spain to their former top spot in Europe.
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WC 18: HOW FAR CAN STAR STUDDED CROATIA GO?

The star studded Croatia side has performed below expectations many times. This time, in Russia, the team is hoping to match expectations. Luka Modric recently bossed the Champions League final, controlling the game with his passes and dribbles. He is a game changer and his blend of skills is expected to help propel the team beyond the group stage of the World Cup.

Modric has the support of Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic, Barcelona’s IvanRakitic and his club mate MateoKovacic.There are also brand names like Ivan PerisicDejanLovren, SimeVrsaljko and others, expected to make a strong push in the finals.
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TURKEY DEFEAT CROATIA, KEEP WC HOPES ALIVE

Cent Tosun’s sole goal was enough to earn the Turks full points against Croatia on Tuesday.


The victory keeps their World Cup hopes alive. With two games left to play, the result was a huge blow to the hopes of the group leaders.

Tosun scored in the 75th minute as the Croatian keeper Daniel Subasic stopped an effort from OguzhanOzyakup, setting the player for an easy rebound goal. The Turk surely didn’t miss from there.

The result is a significant boost to the Turks after losing 2-0 to Ukraine on Saturday. The atmosphere was electric after the goal as fans in the northwestern city of Eskisehir knew their hopes were alive once more. Read more “TURKEY DEFEAT CROATIA, KEEP WC HOPES ALIVE”

PERISIC’S PRIME DESERVE TO BE SPENT AWAY FROM INTER

Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic, despite playing for one of the most exciting young teams ever witnessed in German football, most times ended up at the peripheral side of activities.


His 42 match appearances in the two year stint he spent under the tutelage of current Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp – amidst stars like IkayGundogan, NuriSahin and Shinji Kagawa – was mostly doctored by substitute appearances

The Borussen won one Bundesliga and a DFB Pokal and all along the aforementioned stars were more involved than the Croatia international.

This was a player who was crowned the Belgian League’s player of the season in 2011 and managed to bag in 31 goals throughout his stay. Dortmund was supposed to be a higher platform on which he could showcase his value most importantly since the then coach took a special likeningto youths over experience. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t get much of the action. Read more “PERISIC’S PRIME DESERVE TO BE SPENT AWAY FROM INTER”

Luka Modric on Real Madrid

Luka Modric reckons that there is a bit of biasness against Real Madrid in the Footballing world.


As per Modric, nobody cares when Madrid has to suffer because of the errors committed by the match officials, but, if such errors provide any kind of advantage to Madrid, all hell breaks loose.

Modric disagrees to the popular opinion that the result of the European Cup quarter final tie between Madrid and Munich would have been different if it was not for a string of refereeing errors.

The veteran playmaker opines that Madrid was a superior team to Munich throughout the tie and it was only fitting that they ended on the right side of the stick. To take the credit away from them by pointing out the refereeing errors is completely wrong.

Modric recalls that refereeing errors had happened during the first leg as well which had been held in the German capital. The home team was awarded an unfair penalty there. They eventually missed it, but, nevertheless, it had given them an opportunity. Read more “Luka Modric on Real Madrid”

PRIME MINISTER ASKS FANS TO BEHAVE IN WC QUALIFIER

The Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenkovichas begged the football fans of the national team to be of best behaviourswhen they play Ukraine in a crucial World Cup qualifying game.


Croatia are billed to play Ukraine on Friday during the international break. Plenkovic wants them to avoid previous unruly showings when they host their opponents.

Croatia fans caused trouble when the national team played Turkey and Iceland in games last year. There are also claims of racism and various forms of disorder. These earned them a stadium ban from FIFA. A hospitable setting during the game against Ukraine is important for them to be allowed in subsequent games as this is the first time they are allowed into a home game since the ban.

The Prime Minister asked that State resources be employed to ensure a trouble-free match.

“We must all take responsibility so that everything passes in order,” Plenkovic said. Read more “PRIME MINISTER ASKS FANS TO BEHAVE IN WC QUALIFIER”

SRNA NOT KEEN ON BARCELONA OFFER

Claims by El Mundo Deportivo, a Spanish daily, has alleged that Darijo Srna is yet to make up his mind on whether to leave Donjeck and move on to Barcelona or continue with his current club.


The reason for this is that at Barcelona, Srna would be making a lot less money, than he is currently making at Donjeck.

However, Srna is yet to say no because this could be his last chance to feature for a top La Liga team like Barcelona before he retires from active football.

The 34 year old is one of the top names on the Catalonia club list as Luis Enrique hopes to find an experienced right winger to boost competition within the team.

Another reason is that Enrique wants to be able to let loose Alex Vidal, who was unable to find his place in Camp Nou.

However, the offer sent by Barcelona to the former captain of the Croatian national football team has not been quite generous, thus creating a lot of doubts for the defender. Read more “SRNA NOT KEEN ON BARCELONA OFFER”

Ronaldo should win the Ballond’or

Former Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro has stated that Cristiano Ronaldo should win this year’s Ballon d’Or. He believes that the Portuguese forward has been the most consistent player and rightly deserve to win the award this year.


Fabio Cannavaro who is currently working as a coach in China said that Cristiano Ronaldo is the player that should win the award. Although he has failed to score goals in recent games, he said that the jury should take into account what he has achieved during the whole of the year.

Fabio Cannavaro said that Carlo Ancelotti was right when he said that having Cristiano Ronaldo in the team is akin to starting a game with a 1-0 lead. The former defender stated that Ronaldo is not only a dangerous player for the opposing team, he is also a good inspiration for his teammates.

Fabio Cannavaro has also praised the influence Zinedine Zidane has had on Cristiano Ronaldo. He said that Zidane was a successful player and that it is a good thing that he is coaching Real Madrid. He believes that the French manager has done exceptionally well at Real Madrid and he has been wise in his decisions. Read more “Ronaldo should win the Ballond’or”

MODRIC APPOINTED NEW CROATIA CAPTAIN

Real Madrid play maker Luka Modric has been named the captain of Croatia, following the retirement of veteran Darijo Srna.


Modric was picked out by coach Ante Cacic to lead the team as preparation for the World Cup gets underway this week.

Modric would lead the team when they take on Turkey on September 5. The 30-year old was in action when Croatia played at the Euro 2016. He does not lack admirers, but he said he would prefer to end his career with his current club. The former Tottenham Hotspur player moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2012. He has won two Champions League titles, but was yet to win the domestic trophy.

“I am not interested in anyone but real. I am too happy at Real. Probably there are some others asking about me, but I don’t want to know, I don’t care. My mission is at Real as long as Real want me,” Modric told Sportske Novosti.

Barcelona has exerted their dominance in Spain, winning the La Liga regularly, though Atletico Madrid lifted the title in the 2013/14 season. Last term, Real Madrid finished second, a point below Barcelona. Modric said it was time they changed that, hinting at the possible priority of the team this season. Read more “MODRIC APPOINTED NEW CROATIA CAPTAIN”

NAPOLI IN RACE TO SIGN CROATIAN STAR

Serie A outfit, Napoli are in the race to sign young Croatian star player Marko Pjaca, according to reports in Italy.

The talented 21-year old was in impressive form during the Euro 2016 tournament in France before they were knocked out by Portugal. A host of clubs are in the race to sign the player but the Italian giant are reportedly ahead of Liverpool and other clubs that are desperate for the signature of the player.

Pjaca was easily of the identifiable stars of the future in the Croatian make up lead by Ante Cacic. Aside Liverpool, The Red Devils have been linked with a move to England. Inter Milan and Juventus are believed to have made contact with Dynamo Zagbreb for the player. Inter made a bid of £12.6 million but Juventus improved on the offer with a £14.2 million. Reports from Express claim Napoli have embarrassed the young player by doubling offers for him with a bid of £29.3 million alongside his team mate Marko Rog. Read more “NAPOLI IN RACE TO SIGN CROATIAN STAR”