VARANE SAYS FINAL FAREWELL TO REAL MADRID TEAMMATES

New Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has been filmed saying his final goodbyes to his teammates at Real Madrid as he is expected to travel to E gland this week to complete his medicals and sign on the dotted lines. The France international defender agreed terms with the Red Devils to sign for them this summer as he wishes to try a new challenge in his career after spending up to a decade at the Santiago Bernabeu since joining them French Ligue 1 club Lens back in the summer transfer window of the year 2011. Madrid were not the only club that wanted to sign Varane in 2011 as the hefty center-back was also followed by Sir Alex Ferguson when he was still at United.

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The Red Devils could not move quickly to complete a deal for Varane back then and he joined Real Madrid as a result. He enjoyed a lot of title triumphs and success at Real Madrid and after winning everything in his career, including the FIFA World Cup title with France back in 2018, he finally decided to join Manchester United – a club he supported while growing up as a kid.
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CROATIA EARN FIRST EURO POINT

Croatia earned their first point at the Euro 2020 tournament after coming from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against leaders Czech Republic in Group D. They had to get something out of the game against the Czechs after losing their first match in the group against the Three Lions of England.

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England met Croatia in the opening game in the group at the Wembley Stadium at the weekend with the Three Lions running out winners by the odd goal.Croatia lost the game 1-0 thanks to the strike from Raheem Sterling in the second half. The result meant that the 2018 World Cup finalistsneed to get something out of the game against Czech Republic ahead of their final group game with Scotland and they did just that.
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MODRIC: I’M STILL HUNGRY FOR MORE TITLES WITH MADRID

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has insisted that he remains focused with the team and is still as hungry as ever to win more titles with the Spanish La Liga giants. The Croatia international midfielder was linked with an exit away from the Los Blancos at the end of last season, with reports claiming that Madrid president Florentino Perez was keen to offload the former Tottenham Hotspur star because he was already past 35 years of age.

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However, the former Spurs man only recently signed a new contract at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium and will be staying with the Galacticos for at least one more season, with his new deal set to expire in June 2022 (next year). The Croatian midfield star has now revealed that he feels fresh in a recent interview with the club’s website and that he is still looking forward to helping the club challenge for every single available trophy starting from next season.
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KOVACIC OUT OF MADRID CLASH AGAIN

Croatia player Mateo Kovacic won’t be available for the second leg of the Champions League last four tie with former club Real Madrid after failing to recover from the hamstring problem that has plagued him for several weeks.

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His absence for the Real Madrid game for a second time was confirmed by Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday ahead of the second meeting with Spanish champions Real Madrid within the space of eight days.
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MILAN SUCCESSFULLY OVERTURN WINGER’S SUSPENSION

AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli will be a happy man after his side were successful in their bid to overturn the suspension handed to the club’s Croatian winger Ante Rebic. The forward was initially handed a two-game ban as punishment after he received a red card in the defeat to Napoli some weeks ago, but he will be ready for their next match after his suspension was reduced.

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Rebic was initially supposed to serve a two-game suspension but having seen his punishment reduced and the ban reduced to one game, he will be in contention to face Sampdoria but he will miss their game against Fiorentina. He has also been given a fine of €15,000 for misconduct and the remarks he made towards the match official.
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DINAMO ZAGREB GET SPURS DRAW

Croatia football giants Dinamo Zagreb have been drawn with Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 of the Europa League after the draw for the round took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday afternoon. Tottenham Hotspur is currently being managed by ex-Inter Milan, Real Madrid, FC Porto and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. The North Londoners are one of the favourites to win the Europa League this season and Croatia football giants Dinamo Zagreb face an uphill battle to secure a place in the quarterfinals ahead of the Premier League team. Dinamo Zagreb were able to book their place in the round of 16 after beating Russian team FC Krasnodar home and away. The Croatia football club had beaten FC Krasnodar 3-2 away from home in the first leg before Croatia winger MislavOrsic scored the only goal of the game in the second leg to give Dinamo Zagreb a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their round of 32 tie and a 4-2 aggregate win. MislavOrsic scored his goal on 31 minutes and it was more than enough to take his team through to the next round of the Europa League. On their part, Tottenham Hotspur were more emphatic in dealing with Wolfsberger AC of Austria. Dele Alli, Carlos Vinicius and Gareth Bale were all on target to give Spurs a comprehensive 4-0 win over their Austrian opponents at home on Thursday. Brazilian striker Carlos Vinicius is on loan from Portuguese giants Benfica and he was responsible for two goals for his North London team. The win over Wolfsberger AC in the second leg made it 8-1 on aggregate for Tottenham Hotspur after they had won the first leg 4-1 away from home last week Thursday.Dinamo Zagreb will have their hands full in the round 16 over the two legs with Spurs.


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CROATIA DEFENDER DISAPPOINTED ABOUT FAILED TRANSFER

Croatia international defender DujeCaleta-Car was left disappointed after his club blocked a dream transfer to Premier League title holders Liverpool. DujeCaleta-Car plays his club football for Marseille in the French Ligue 1. The 24-year-old centre back was on the radar of Liverpool in the last days of the just concluded transfer window as the Reds try to bolster their centre back options for the rest of the season amidst the numerous injuries in that department.

Liverpool have been hit by a lot of long-term injuries in the centre back department and manager JurgenKlopp has had to manage with the experienced midfield duo of Jordan Henderson and Fabinhoin those centre back positions. JurgenKlopp has also employed the services of the inexperienced duo of  Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Philip in those centre back positions. Read more “CROATIA DEFENDER DISAPPOINTED ABOUT FAILED TRANSFER”

REBIC MISSED AS MILAN SUFFER DEFEAT

Croatia international forward Ante Rebic was sorely missed as his AC Milan side suffered their first league defeat at the hands of holders Juventus in the Italian Serie A. The Croatia national team player was not in the squad for the home clash with Juventus after he tested positive for Covid-19. AC Milan had to do without Ante Rebic and RadeKrunic as a result of Coronavirus. Opponents Juventus also had players ruled out because of Covid-19.

The duo of Juan Cuadrado and Alex Sandro missed the game because of Coronavirus. Without Croatia forward Rebic, AC Milan were beaten 3-1 at home by Juventus as they failed to make a big move towards the league title. The Italian Serie league leaders could have gone four points clear of nearest challengers Inter Milan at the summit with a win over Juventus. The Nerazzuristarted the week with a one-point deficit on Milan and they were expected to beat hosts Sampdoria in their latest league outing but the home team had other ideas. Sampdoria stunned Inter Milan 2-1 at home earlier on Wednesday evening to give AC Milan the chance to go four points clear but the Rossoneri were not able to take advantage against Juventus.
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DINAMO, SOLE EUROPA REP FOR CROATIA

 

Dinamo Zagreb are the only team left to fly the flag of Croatia in Europe this season after they secured their place in the knockout stage of the Europa League. Dinamo Zagreb are the current champions in the topflight league in Croatia after they won title number 21 at the end of last season.


Dinamo Zagreb are also the most successful club in Croatia by a country mile. Only four clubs in Croatia have won the league title in the first division since the country gained independence in the 90s. The league kicked off in 1992 and the past winners are Croatia Zagreb, NK Zagreb, Hadjuk Split and the aforementioned Dinamo Zagreb.
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CROATIA NAMES SQUAD FOR NOVEMBER FIXTURES

 

Croatian head coach Zlatko Dalić has named a 23-man squad for his team’s November UEFA Nations League games on Monday. Croatia is set to return to the field in November with three games following a loss to France and a win against Sweden in the October Nations League games.


Firstly, Croatia will head to Istanbul to play against Turkey in a friendly match on 11 November 2020 before taking on Sweden in an away match on 14 November and Portugal in Split on 17 November at Poljud stadium.
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