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Croatia qualifier abandoned after heavy rain

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Kosovo was abandoned midway through the first half in Zagreb on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch.

The game was level at 0-0 when the players went off and will be replayed on Sunday.

“The #WCQ match between Croatia and Kosovo has been abandoned due to adverse weather conditions and postponed for Sunday 3 September,” FIFA said on Twitter.

Croatia’s Mamic faces new corruption charges

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia’s football strongman and former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic was charged Tuesday for funnelling money from the club which allegedly cost it nearly 20 million euros ($22.8 million).

Along with Mamic, national anti-graft prosecutors charged six other people including his brother Zoran, a former Dinamo Zagreb coach, son Mario and former club director Damir Vrbanovic.

Modric testifies as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Osijek (Croatia) (AFP) – Luka Modric swapped his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appeared in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s former boss.

The 31-year-old star midfielder, who is not a suspect, was visibly uncomfortable as he gave evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

Croatia football ‘boss’ Mamic faces major graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic on Thursday faces a multi-million euro corruption trial, a crucial case for Croatian football which is already burdened with hooliganism and poor infrastructure.

Mamic, considered the most powerful figure in the sport in the former Yugoslav republic, has been charged with abuse of power and bribery between 2008 to 2012.

Croatia football ‘boss’ Mamic faces major graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Controversial former Dinamo Zagreb boss Zdravko Mamic on Thursday faces a multi-million euro corruption trial, a crucial case for Croatian football which is already burdened with hooliganism and poor infrastructure.

Mamic, considered the most powerful figure in the sport in the former Yugoslav republic, has been charged with abuse of power and bribery between 2008 to 2012.

Genoa sack Juric, appoint Mandorlini

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Milan (AFP) – Former Croatia midfielder Ivan Juric has been sacked as coach of Genoa following a 5-0 reverse at struggling Pescara and replaced him by Andrea Mandorlini, the Serie A club announced Monday.

“Genoa Cricket and Football Club announces that Ivan Juric has been relieved from his duties as first team coach,” said a club statement.

Juve warm up for Dinamo with cagey win at Palermo

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Milan (AFP) Dani Alves's deflected strike kept Juventus top of Serie A as they warmed up for a Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb with a cagey 1-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to Sicily looking to protect a one-point lead on Napoli but with one eye on claiming a win in Croatia on Tuesday after a scoreless draw at home to Sevilla in their Group H opener.

Juve warm up for Dinamo with cagey win at Palermo

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Milan (AFP) Dani Alves's deflected strike kept Juventus top of Serie A as they warmed up for a Champions League clash at Dinamo Zagreb with a cagey 1-0 win at Palermo on Saturday.

Juventus travelled to Sicily looking to protect a one-point lead on Napoli but with one eye on claiming a win in Croatia on Tuesday after a scoreless draw at home to Sevilla in their Group H opener.

Croatia’s Modric regrets 1-1 draw with Turkey

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia captain and Real Madrid midfield star Luka Modric regretted being held 1-1 by Turkey in their opening World Cup qualifier at an empty Zagreb stadium on Monday.

"We were much better as a team and we created much more chances ... No one is to blame but ourselves," Modric told state-run HRT television after the match played in the Maksimir stadium.

Croatia’s Modric regrets 1-1 draw with Turkey

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia captain and Real Madrid midfield star Luka Modric regretted being held 1-1 by Turkey in their opening World Cup qualifier at an empty Zagreb stadium on Monday.

"We were much better as a team and we created much more chances ... No one is to blame but ourselves," Modric told state-run HRT television after the match played in the Maksimir stadium.

Croatia arrests Euro 2016 hooligans

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Zagreb (AFP) Police have arrested five people suspected of being among hooligans who threw flares during Croatia's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic in France, officials said Monday.

Four men, arrested in the Split region, are suspected of "causing disorder and attacking other fans at the stadium in Saint-Etienne on June 17," a prosecutors' statement said.

Croatia arrests Euro 2016 hooligans

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Zagreb (AFP) Police have arrested five people suspected of being among hooligans who threw flares during Croatia's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic in France, officials said Monday.

Four men, arrested in the Split region, are suspected of "causing disorder and attacking other fans at the stadium in Saint-Etienne on June 17," a prosecutors' statement said.

Spain paid for over-confidence in Euro 2016, says Juanfran

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Right-back Juanfran admitted European champions Spain were punished for their over-confidence as they were struck by a Croatia sucker punch to miss out on top spot in Euro 2016 Group D.

Ivan Perisic's winner three minutes from time means Spain were pushed into the much tougher half of the draw and face old foes Italy in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final in the last 16 on Monday.

Spain paid for over-confidence in Euro 2016, says Juanfran

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Right-back Juanfran admitted European champions Spain were punished for their over-confidence as they were struck by a Croatia sucker punch to miss out on top spot in Euro 2016 Group D.

Ivan Perisic's winner three minutes from time means Spain were pushed into the much tougher half of the draw and face old foes Italy in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final in the last 16 on Monday.

Ronaldo rescues Portugal, Iceland, Ireland into last 16

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Lyon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba are through, now the European Championship finals turn to revenge, a fairytale David v Goliath tale and a heavyweight rematch.

Ronaldo hit two crucial goals becoming the first player to score in seven straight major tournaments: three World Cups and four European Championships as Portugal three times came back from a goal down to draw 3-3 with brave Hungary and reach the last 16.

Ronaldo rescues Portugal, Iceland, Ireland into last 16

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Lyon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba are through, now the European Championship finals turn to revenge, a fairytale David v Goliath tale and a heavyweight rematch.

Ronaldo hit two crucial goals becoming the first player to score in seven straight major tournaments: three World Cups and four European Championships as Portugal three times came back from a goal down to draw 3-3 with brave Hungary and reach the last 16.

Perisic winner for Croatia stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship finals to top Group D after a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Perisic winner for Croatia stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship finals to top Group D after a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Ivan Perisic

Inter Milan Winger Ivan Perisic Makes Professional Beach Volleyball Debut (Photos & Video)

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Rather than spending his summer holiday gadding about in Miami or Dubai or lounging around on some oligarch's yacht, Ivan Perisic has instead opted to use his time away from football make his full international professional beach volleyball debut.

The Inter Milan winger, who is said to be a 'person of interest' as far asManchester United are concerned, has been representing Croatia at thePorec Major event in his native country all week.

From Italy: Manchester United set to bid for €20m Liverpool target

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Manchester United are considering making a move for Croatian midfielder, Ivan Perišić, in the January transfer window. The 27-year-old has a contract with Inter Milan till 2020, but United are looking to test Inter’s resolve with an official bid this month.

Real Madrid

Croatia and Brazil only countries represented in all Champions League semi-final teams

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For an incredibly small nation, a nation with a population of 4.2 million, Croatia is demonstrating its increasing influence on European and World football.

Croatia is represented in all four of teams which have made the semi-finals of this year’s Champions League, Juventus, Real Madrid, Monaco and Atletico Madrid.

Evening Ticker: Modric, Marseille, Mustafi and more

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The new captain of the Croatian National Team has been named following Darijo Srna's retirement, the early-season shuffle of players continues as the transfer window winds down, while a massive club in France has been sold.

Croatia coachAnte Cacic has named Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric captain as a successor to Darijo Srna, who retired in the wake of this summer's European Championship.

International football

Andrej Kramaric Nets Stunner As Croatia End Northern Ireland’s Unbeaten Home Run (Video)

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Northern Ireland lost a home game for the first time in 11 games, as Croatia proved too strong for Michael O'Neill's mix-and-match side.

The pick of the visitors' goals at Windsor Park was Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric's superb long-range piledriver, after goals from Mario Mandzukic and Duje Cop had already put the Croats 2-0 up.

Croatia: NK Dracice Striker Stjepan Lucijanic Sets New World Record After Scoring Five Consecutive Hat-Tricks (Photo)

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Photo: Praktoreio Sport

The elite sportsman you're looking at on the left of the photo above is Stjepan Lucijanic, superstar striker forCroatian regional league sideNK Dracice Dakovo.

As of Saturday afternoon, Lucijanic is now the proud owner of a Guinness World Record after helping himself to yet another hat-trick in NK Dracice's 10-0 thumping of NK Zrinski Drenje.

World Cup

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers: Dates, Times, Fixtures For Round 4

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Club Football takes a brief hiatus as international football takes centre stage this week. Another exciting round of FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers will start its proceedings from Thursday, and we have some exciting games to look forward to.

England under caretaker manager Gareth Southgate will face Scotland on Friday in what is going to be the 113th meeting between the two sides.

EURO 2016

Euro 2016: Quaresma Header Sends Portugal into the Last Eight

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The mercurial Ricardo Quaresma scored an extra-time header to send Portugal into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 after a dour last 16 tie with Croatia in Lens, with the 117th minute winner the only shot on target in the match.

Like the second match of the day between Wales and Northern Ireland, this was a highly anticipated match that failed to live up to expectations.

Euro 2016 Horror Hair: Ivan Perisic Pins His Croatian Colours To The Mast With Daring New ‘Do (Photo)

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"Sort that barnet out, son"

Having sported a plain old short back and sides for the group stages, it would appear that Croatia's Ivan Perisic has very much upped the ante in the hair stakes for the knockout rounds.

With a last 16 tie against Portugal in the offing, the 27-year-old winger has gone big for the occasion shaving and dying a massive swathe of red and white check into the back of his napper.

Andres Iniesta and majestic Luka Modric among top 5 players in Euro 2016 Group D

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Our assessment of the top five performers from all six Euro 2016 groups continues on Just Football, as Adam Boufkir ranksthe top five star players from Group D in which Spain and Croatia...

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Croatia vs Portugal: Chelsea's £32m target to start, Predicted lineups, Live Stream

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Euro 2016 Championship

Date: 25th June 2016

Time: 20:00 BST

Venue: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens

Live Stream: Watch Euro 2016 Live Online

Croatia will take on Portugal at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens on Saturday in one of eight Euro 2016 last 16 ties, with this a clash between two dark horses of the tournament.

Group D drama revives flagging European Championship

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Over the last several days, a series of flat 0-0 draws in marquee games on the field – paired with incessant fan misbehavior off the field – considerably deflated the mood surrounding the 2016 European Championships in France.

Concerns over security, the format allowing progression for four third-placed teams, and an almost-bizarre lack of goal-scoring drama left the tournament in dire need of a shakeup.

Group D drama revives flagging European Championship

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Over the last several days, a series of flat 0-0 draws in marquee games on the field – paired with incessant fan misbehavior off the field – considerably deflated the mood surrounding the 2016 European Championships in France.

Concerns over security, the format allowing progression for four third-placed teams, and an almost-bizarre lack of goal-scoring drama left the tournament in dire need of a shakeup.

Dark horses Croatia an example to unruly fans: Cacic

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatian coach Ante Cacic said his heroic players are an example the country's unruly fans should follow after shocking European champions Spain 2-1 to top their Euro 2016 group.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($113,000).

Dark horses Croatia an example to unruly fans: Cacic

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatian coach Ante Cacic said his heroic players are an example the country's unruly fans should follow after shocking European champions Spain 2-1 to top their Euro 2016 group.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($113,000).

Croatia fightback condemns Spain to unwanted Italy clash

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Paris (AFP) Ivan Perisic's last gasp winner gave Croatia a 2-1 win over Spain that condemned the defending European champions to a heavyweight last 16 clash against Italy while Germany claimed their place in the knockout rounds.

Mario Gomez struck the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Paris to ensure Joachim Loew's men advance as Group C winners, with Poland through as runners-up following a 1-0 win over Ukraine.

Croatia fightback condemns Spain to unwanted Italy clash

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Paris (AFP) Ivan Perisic's last gasp winner gave Croatia a 2-1 win over Spain that condemned the defending European champions to a heavyweight last 16 clash against Italy while Germany claimed their place in the knockout rounds.

Mario Gomez struck the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Paris to ensure Joachim Loew's men advance as Group C winners, with Poland through as runners-up following a 1-0 win over Ukraine.

The Rest

Hajduk Split’s New Third Shirt Features Name Of Thousands Of Fans As Result Of Club Membership Drive (Photo & Video)

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Photo: Hajduk Split/Macron Sportswear

After introducing both Braille and Morse code to Sporting Lisbon's new strips, Macron have done it again in terms of subtly incorporating clever little design flourishes into their kit design.

The latest recipients are Croatian side Hajduk Split, whose new jerseyis the grand culmination of a long-running fan project.

Young Croatia team holds on to friendly win over Mexico

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Photo by Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports

Javier Hernandez may have left Los Angeles with the record on Saturday night but Croatia left with the win.

In a tune up forWorld Cup qualifiers, the Mexico fell, 2-1, to Croatia. While it wasn't a first choice lineup for El Tri, Croatia also played a B squad in the friendly.

Bid confirmed for attacker; Klopp called him earlier, wants deal done before July 27

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Croatian midfielder Ante Coric is a target for Liverpool this summer.

Jurgen Klopp is thought to be an admirer of the highly technical attacking midfielder and is ready to break the bank for him.

According to reports in Croatia, Liverpool have submitted a bid of 15 million Euros for the Croatian international and want him to complete a transfer soon.