Croatia coach Niko Kovac has announced that he and his players are to shun their World Cup media obligations after photos of members of his squad skinny-dipping in their hotel pool were published yesterday.
Two photographers reportedly hid in bushes near the hotel inPraia do Forte and snapped Dejan Lovren and Vedran Corluka swimming naked, with the (mercifully pixelated) pictures later appearing online.
In the modern game, we have lost out on the candid and honest interview in the media. That's why the sound bites after Brazil's 3-1 victory over Croatia were so good. Croatian coach Niko Kovac was right to say after the match about referee Yuichi Nishimura, "I had a feeling that the referee had one set of rules for us and the other for Brazil.
If you ask the Croatian National Team players, they think that the World Cup should just be handed to Brazil already.
Following Thursday's World Cup opener which saw Brazil defeat Croatia, 3-1, in Sao Paul, the Croatian players and head coach Niko Kovac hit out at refereeYuichi Nishimura for his controversial decisions.
Niko Kovac has been appointed as caretaker manager of the Croatia national team after the Croatian Football Federation accepted the resignation offer from coach Igor Stimac, according to 24 Sata.
Stimac offered his resignation after Croatia lost 2-0 to Scotland last night. In his post-match interview, he said that he didn't think Croatia would qualify for the World Cup via the playoffs and that he thought his position as coach was being questioned by those in Croatia.
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