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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.

Star midfielder Modric appears as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Luka Modric will swap his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appears in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s ex chairman.

The 31-year-old star midfielder is to give evidence at the trial of controversial Zdravko Mamic, considered the most powerful man in Croatian football.

Star midfielder Modric appears as star witness in Croatia graft trial

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Zagreb (AFP) – Luka Modric will swap his football kit for a suit on Tuesday as he appears in the witness box to testify in a multi-million-euro corruption trial against Dinamo Zagreb’s ex chairman.

The 31-year-old star midfielder is to give 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.

Sevilla ride away win momentum into Zagreb visit

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Zagreb (AFP) Fresh from ending a 17-month wait for an away La Liga win, Sevilla will seek another scalp on the road at Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday to take a huge step towards the Champions League last 16.

Victory at the 23rd attempt on the road, 3-2 at Leganes on Saturday, moved Sevilla up to third in La Liga, sandwiched between Real Madrid and Barcelona, as an impressive start to life under Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli continued.

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.

Modric, Rakitic lead Croatia in Euro 2016

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic on Tuesday named his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, led by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic.

Four younger players were cut from the provisional 27-man squad named earlier this month midfielders Alen Halilovic, 19, of Sporting Gijon and Dinamo Zagreb captain Domagoj Antolic, 25, Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 21, and Duje Caleta-Car, 19, a defender with Red Bull Salzburg.

Modric, Rakitic lead Croatia in Euro 2016

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic on Tuesday named his final 23-man squad for Euro 2016, led by Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric and Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic.

Four younger players were cut from the provisional 27-man squad named earlier this month midfielders Alen Halilovic, 19, of Sporting Gijon and Dinamo Zagreb captain Domagoj Antolic, 25, Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, 21, and Duje Caleta-Car, 19, a defender with Red Bull Salzburg.

Arsenal

More double standards from anti-Arsenal media?

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Despite the suggestions not long ago from some disgraced doctor that some Arsenal players had been among his clients for illegal performance enhancing drugs, Arsenal have not to my knowledge ever had a player fail a drug test. Arsene Wenger has also been one of the most vocal and consistent managers to talk about the [.

Why Arsenal Should NOT Move For This Midfielder!

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In the midst of all the talk about a potential move for Victor Wanyama, Arsenal are also being linked to another bright young defensive midfielder, Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic, who the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is said to have been scouting for quite some time now. According to reports from the Daily Express and the [.

Arsenal to prove last week’s ‘accident’ was just unlucky?

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Arsenal have already bounced back verey well from the defeat away to West Brom last week, putting in an emphatic and exciting performance in the Champions League to blow the Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb off the park with our fluent football and great goals. But the Gunners must do the same again this weekend as [.

Arsenal just need to keep attacking from the kickoff!

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Arsenal made up for last weekends crazy loss to West Brom by going all out to beat Dinamo Zagreb from the kickoff on Tuesday, and now that the Gunners have to score at least two goals in Athens in a fortnight Per Mertesacker believes that we just have to copy that template, and go all [...]

Perfect win gives Arsenal fans belief again

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To be perfectly honest I would not have been all that surprised if Arsenal had fluffed their lines in the Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb, or at the very least made hard work of beating the Croatian team. We have had a bit of a hard time of it lately with injury problems mounting [...]

Arsenal v Zagreb Review – Job half done!

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So the impossible dream is still alive and the Gunners now just have to go to Olympiakos and win by two clear goals to amazingly reach the Champions League knockout stages. It was strangely quiet in the stadium for most of the first half but Arsenal were dominant right from the off. It seemed a [...]

Why Arsenal SHOULD take Europa League seriously

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You've got to be in it to win it by DP As we enter our fifth Champions League Group game, we have to face the facts. We have lost three of our four games so far and have a -4 goal difference. There is very little chance of any of the big teams we may [...]

Arsenal will still play a very strong team against Zagreb

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Stop worrying! Arsenal are fine! by Sam P You would think Arsenal had lost their last five games if you listened to the ranting going on in Arsenal blogs over the last few days. The fact is that we totally dominated West Brom and the rub of the green was just against us on the [...]

Arsenal DO have a squad to be dangerous!

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Things can only get betterby Sam P So matchday is finally upon us and Arsenal can banish the negativity from Saturdays unlikely defeat at West Brom by getting revenge on Zagreb. Not only to regain the feelgood factor, but also to give us a real chance of going through to the knockout rounds if Bayern [.

Arsenal thought they would win until the end

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It is still a mystery how Arsenal lost to West Brom after being totally in control for the whole 90 minutes and having nearly three quarters of the possession. Anything that could go wrong did go wrong, and it seemed inevitable that Santi Cazorla would slip up when he took that penalty. Petr Cech was [.

Should Arsenal now play kids against Dinamo Zagreb?

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In Arsenal's first two Champions League games against Zagreb and Olympiakos, Arsene Wenger played practically his full reserve team and still expected to win both of them. But, as we found out, we lost all six points and now have a mountain to climb to qualify out of the Group and into knockout stages.

Arsenal need to focus on bouncing back – again!

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This has been a whirlwind season so far, not just for Arsenal but for all the so-called top clubs. But obviously we are only worried about our own club. We have our usual massive injury list but we should still have won yesterday's game against West Brom. Although Theo Walcott has only scored twice this [.

Arsenal legend reveals Wenger may sacrifice Champions League?

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Arsenal would be facing a very tricky and crucial first week back after the latest international break even if Arsene Wenger did not have to cope without six regular first team players (it was seven but at least the boss has revealed that Hector Bellerin is fit again). Two Premier League away games, at West [.

The two HUGE decisions facing Arsenal boss

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There is not a lot that Arsene Wenger can do to affect what happens over the next few days to the various Arsenal players currently on international duty. All the Arsenal fans and manager can do is hope that no more Gunners join the lengthy injury list. Even if we are not struck with more [...]

Three KEY questions for Arsenal fans right now

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The key questions and answers of an Arsenal fan by OA This season has been the year of contrasts. At one point there is a result that have us Arsenal fans, jumping with joy, and then there is a disappointing result. The league started off as a poor campaign but now we have found our [...]

Time for Arsenal to sacrifice Europe for EPL title bid?

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I am not going to try to put too much positive spin on this for Arsenal fans, because we have got used to at least getting out of the group phase of the Champions League and losing the first two games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos was a massive disappointment. Some pride has been restored [...

Arsenal to go Big in Munich – but then give up?

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Despite the heroics of the Arsenal team produced in beating the hot favourites Bayern Munich at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday night, our position in the Champions League is still a very precarious one. So when the Gunners arrive at Munich´s Allianz Arena in a couple of weeks, it will be in the knowledge that [.

Zagreb doping scandal will not help Arsenal

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So it seems that one of the Dinamo Zagreb players, Arijan Ademi, has failed a doping test after the tie with Arsenal in Croatia, although it will not be fully confirmed until UEFA have studied his B sample before any punishment can be applied. Dinamo released this statement yesterday on learning of the failure.

Arsenal to miss Europa League? Could that help in title race?

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Bang, bang! And Arsenal are without a Champions League point after playing the (supposedly) weakest two teams in our group. Rock bottom of the table with back to back games against a rampant Bayern Munich up next leaves Arsene Wenger staring down the barrel of being knocked out at the group stage for first time [.

Ozil believes Dinamo defeat can inspire Arsenal to UCL trophy

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When Arsenal lost our first Champions League group game away to the Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb two weeks ago, it was certainly a shock to many in the football world. And with Man City and Man United also losing their opening games, the debate about Premier League teams struggling in Europe was a hot topic [.

Arsenal must be wary of tough UCL match with 5 star Greeks

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While Arsenal fans are all feeling a lot better about life after the misfiring strikers all scored at the weekend to help us put five past a Leicester City team that had not lost a game up to that point, I do not think m,any of us were paying much attention to the results in [...]

Wenger vows UCL defeat will not affect Arsenal at Chelsea

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Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players will have put the midweek Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb firmly to one side and out of their minds long before the Gunners starting XI takes to Stamford Bridge pitch today, or that it what the manager believes anyway. As he told Arsenal Player, a Premier League game [.

Arteta bravely blames Giroud after awful Arsenal performance

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Arteta needs to look at himself by DN Mikel Arteta may be the Arsenal captain, well I think he still is, but he was absolutely anonymous last night in the standard 67 minutes that Arsene Wenger gives his starters before taking off the deadwood. The stats analysts Squawka gave some damning figures for Mikel's performance [.

Time to judge Arsenal’s transfer window – and early season form

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Whats up lately at Arsenal and the premier league? by KM Hello again folks. After a month in the U.S. I missed Arsenals last 3 games and had to settle for Match of the Day highlights. The season has started and it's that time where you start to judge the transfer window. We started sloppy, [...]

Everything is coming together for Arsenal at last

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The win against Stoke City has definitely enthused Arsene Wenger as much as it enthralled the fans. He was gushing after the game and went on to say that this is just the beginning for Arsenal. In a thinly veiled message to opponents, he said that the Gunners are close to hitting top gear. The [...]

Wenger won’t make big changes against Zagreb

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All Arsenal fans seem to be in agreement that next Saturday's game against Chelsea is much more important than Wednesday's game against European minnows Dinamo Zagreb, but Arsene Wenger is just focusing on getting the three points on the board. He is aware that every game is important at this stage and he wants to [.

Which Arsenal striker should start which game?

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The old European fixture nightmare has come back to Arsenal with a bang this season and this week sees the Gunners faced with their hardest few days. And although Arsene Wenger has suggested that he will focus on each game individually, I am sure that the short rest period will play a part in his [..

Wenger warns against overconfidence in Zagreb (plus form guide)

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So Arsenal's Champions League campaign begins against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday and Arsene Wenger is worried that his team may expect an easy ride against the Croatian Champions. One could argue that overconfidence affected us last year as we lost out on top spot in the Group Stages thanks to throwing away a 3-0 lead [.

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Croatia’s age-old foes united by hatred

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Zagreb (AFP) A north-south antagonism, a duel between the prosperous capital and a poorer port city: as ever, Sunday's Croatian derby between age-old rivals Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split promises high tension.

These giants of Croatian football, who have only once since independence in 1991 let another club win the national championship,are known by local media as the "eternal rivals".