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Switzerland, Croatia become latest teams to earn World Cup berths

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Two more teams locked up their spot in the World Cup on Sunday as the field nears completion.

Switzerland and Greece booked their World Cup spots as part of UEFA's qualifying playoff. Now, just four spots remain with those tickets set to be booked within the coming days.

The Swiss locked up their World Cup spot with a goalless draw against Northern Ireland, following up a 1-0 win in the first leg of their qualifying playoff.

UEFA WCQ Playoff First Leg Rewind: Sweden downs Italy, Croatia defeats Greece, and more

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The first legs of UEFA's World Cup Qualifying playoff round concluded on Saturday with several countries earning an advantage in the two-legged matchup. Sweden took a huge first step towards qualification after a 1-0 home win over Italy on Friday. Jakob Johansson's right-footed effort in the 61st-minute proved to the be the winning goal.

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Croatia qualify for World Cup with Greece draw

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) – Croatia qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday by holding Greece to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off in Piraeus for a 4-1 win on aggregate.

Zlatko Dalic’s men will be playing in their fifth World Cup in Russia next year, having only once failed to qualify in 2010.

Croatia qualify for World Cup with Greece draw

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Piraeus (Greece) (AFP) – Croatia qualified for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday by holding Greece to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off in Piraeus for a 4-1 win on aggregate.

Zlatko Dalic’s men will be playing in their fifth World Cup in Russia next year, having only once failed to qualify in 2010.

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic.

Croatia see off Greece to close on World Cup

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia cruised to a 4-1 victory over Greece in their World Cup play-off first leg on Thursday to move to the brink of a spot at next year’s finals in Russia.

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring in Zagreb from the penalty spot in the 13th minute, after Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis brought down striker Nikola Kalinic.

Tarnished Modric key to Croatia World Cup hopes

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Zagreb (AFP) – Croatia will hope Real Madrid star Luka Modric can carry the nation to the World Cup finals as they go into the first leg of a tricky play-off with Greece on Thursday.

The 32-year-old captain has faced a tumultuous year, with his shining reputation tarnished by a scandal in June over allegedly false testimony he gave at a major corruption trial.

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.

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World Cup Play-Off Draw: Republic Of Ireland To Face Off Against Denmark, Northern Ireland To Play Switzerland

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The draw for the 2018 World Cup play-offs has just been completed in Zurich, with Fernando Hierro doing the honours and granting the Republic of Ireland a two-legger against Denmark.

A single goal from James McClean saw Ireland narrowly pipped Wales in their final qualifier to pinch the play-off spot in Group D, ensuring their quest to make it to Russia will roll on, starting with a trip to Copenhagen in early November.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Transfer News & Rumours

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.

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.

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.

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Where to find Croatia vs. Greece World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Croatia vs. Greece in their World Cup qualification playoff, you’ve come to the right place.

In the first leg of the World Cup qualifier between Croatia and Greece, the match will be shown live on US television and streaming. It’s available on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) as well as ESPN3 and Sling Orange (in English).

End Of An Era: Chelsea’s Longest-Serving Player To Leave Club After Seven Years (Without Making One Single Appearance)

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There's a chance you won't have the foggiest who he is, but Chelsea's longest-serving player has announced he is planning to leave the club after seven years of service.

Despite originally signing from Inter Zapresic in 2010, Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac has yet to make a single senior competitive appearance for the Blues, instead enduring 10 separate loan moves during his sparse tenure.

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

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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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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.

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

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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.