rss

Category: Croatia

0

World Cup 2018 play-off draw in full – video report

The Republic of Ireland will face Denmark and Northern Ireland will take on Switzerland in the World Cup play-offs after the draw for the games was made on Tuesday. Northern Ireland last qualified in 1986 while the Republic of Ireland last appeared at …

0

World Cup 2018 play-offs: how do you rate your team’s chances?

Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Greece are vying for four places at the World Cup. Who will make it?Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Greece a…

0

World Cup play-offs: Denmark v Rep of Ireland, Northern Ireland v Switzerland

• Four-time winners Italy will face Sweden for place in finals • Croatia will play their first-leg match at home to GreeceThe Republic of Ireland have been drawn against Denmark in the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup while Northern Ireland will face S…

0

World Cup 2018 play-off draw – live!

Eight European teams competing for four Russia 2018 placesSwitzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark in Pot 1Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Greece in Pot 2How Croatia, Italy and Ireland fared in Europe’s first World Cup play-offsEmail d…

0

How Croatia, Italy and Ireland fared in Europe’s first World Cup play-offs in 1997

A few of the teams facing play-offs for next summer’s World Cup have been here before. Croatia and Italy qualified 20 years ago … unlike the Republic of IrelandBy Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport NetworkOf the eight …

0

Iceland become smallest nation ever to qualify for World Cup finals

• Win over Kosovo secures place at World Cup 2018 in Russia
• Serbia seal qualification, Croatia confirm play-off place

Iceland sealed a place in Russia with a 2-0 victory against Kosovo in Reykjavik, becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for a World Cup finals.

Heimir Hallgrimsson’s team knew a win against Group I’s bottom side would guarantee top spot and an automatic qualifying place, and Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson settled their nerves with a superbly taken goal five minutes before half-time.

Continue reading…

0

Croatia sack coach Ante Cacic on eve of final World Cup 2018 qualifier

• Zlatko Dalic appointed as Cacic’s successor after 1-1 draw with Finland
• Croatia face Ukraine on Monday, when a win would seal play-off berth

Croatia have sacked coach Ante Cacic and named Zlatko Dalic as his replacement ahead of their crunch World Cup Group I qualifier in Ukraine, the Balkan nation’s Football Association (HNS) president Davor Suker confirmed on Saturday.

“Dalic is the new coach and will be in charge for the last game away to Ukraine,” Suker told a news conference in the Croatian capital. “The HNS executive board made a unanimous decision after a long night to terminate cooperation with Cacic. We took only four points in the last four games and had no choice but to take this course of action.”

Continue reading…

0

Luka Modric could face up to five years in prison for suspected perjury in trial

• Investigation into Real Madrid midfielder over suspicion of false testimony
• Case relates to deals with former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic

Croatian prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected perjury against Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric on on suspicion of him giving false testimony in a criminal trial about his financial deals with a former Dinamo Zagreb director charged with embezzlement and tax fraud. If charged and found guilty, he could face up to five years in prison.

Related: All hail Luka Modric, the maestro who makes Real Madrid’s superstars tick | Barney Ronay

Continue reading…

0

Dejan Lovren: ‘I know what refugees are going through – give them a chance’

In a new documentary, the Liverpool defender opens up about being forced out of his childhood home during the Balkans conflict, losing a member of his family and then being asked to leave Germany and settle in Croatia

There is only one moment, recounting the horrors that shaped his childhood and life as a refugee from the Bosnian war, when it all seems like it might be too difficult for Dejan Lovren to continue.

Lovren is telling the story of how he and his family had to flee their home in Kraljeva Sutjeska, the village where he grew up outside Zenica, and what happened to those who were left behind. “Zenica was attacked because it was a bigger city,” the Liverpool player explains, “but it was in these small villages where the most horrific things happened …people being brutally killed. My uncle’s brother was killed in front of other people with a knife. I never talk about my uncle because it’s quite a tough thing to talk about, but he lost his brother, one of my family members. Difficult …”

Continue reading…

0

Juan Martín del Potro inspires Argentina to first Davis Cup title in Croatia

• Del Potro comes back from two sets down against Marin Cilic to level tie at 2-2
• Federico Delbonis sweeps past Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to seal win

Argentina have won the Davis Cup for the first time after Juan Martín del Potro, playing with a broken finger in his left hand, inspired a stirring comeback against the hosts, Croatia, in the final.

Heading into the final day in Zagreb 2-1 ahead, Croatia were on the verge of victory when Marin Cilic surged into a two-set lead against Del Potro but the 2009 US Open champion battled back to level the match at 2-2 with a 6-7, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-3 win. That set the stage for a deciding rubber and Federico Delbonis swept past Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to seal victory for Argentina, who had lost their four previous finals. It is the seventh time in Davis Cup history that a country has come from 2-1 down in the final to become champions. Out of the game for nearly two years and forced to undergo three wrist operations Del Potro’s comeback has been the feelgood story for tennis in 2016.

Continue reading…

0

International football: 10 things to look out for in World Cup 2018 qualifying

Ramsey’s Wales return, Yiadom’s controversial Ghana inclusion, Southgate and Strachan heading in opposite directions and a fairytale comeback for Falcao

Gareth Southgate is at the beginning, Gordon Strachan could be approaching
the end. But both managers are under pressure before Friday night’s
qualifier at Wembley. While Southgate has shown that he is not afraid to
make big calls, dropping Wayne Rooney for the fortunate goalless draw in
Slovenia, England’s caretaker oversaw underwhelming performances in his
first two matches and would not be seen as an inspiring permanent appointment
if his team fails to convince against Scotland. The return of Harry Kane
and Raheem Sterling should enhance England’s threat, however, and it is
Strachan who has bigger problems. Robert Snodgrass has been in fine form
for Hull City and the jinking winger could give England’s defence plenty to
think about, yet Strachan’s stock is perilously low after last month’s
defeat to Slovakia
and defeat in this match would surely be the final straw. JS

Players can land Southgate the England job full-time, says Lallana
Pitches, coaches and iPads: what are the reasons for Scotland’s talent decline?Kane calls for ‘calm heads’ in England clash with Scotland
Daniel Taylor: Wilshere raring to go after rediscovering love for game

Continue reading…

0

Ciro Immobile double takes Italy past Macedonia, Spain beat Albania

• Italy win 3-2 while Diego Costa and Nolito score in Spain’s 2-0 win
• Dusan Tadic orchestrates Serbia’s 3-2 home win over Austria in Group D

Ciro Immobile scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn Italy a 3-2 win in Macedonia after the four-times champions were on the brink of a humiliating defeat.

Andrea Belotti gave Italy a 24th-minute lead after the visitors, who have not lost in a qualifying competition for 10 years, had made a shaky start.

Continue reading…

0

Ciro Immobile double takes Italy past Macedonia, Spain beat Albania

• Italy win 3-2 while Diego Costa and Nolito score in Spain’s 2-0 win
• Dusan Tadic orchestrates Serbia’s 3-2 home win over Austria in Group D

Ciro Immobile scored twice in the last 15 minutes to earn Italy a 3-2 win in Macedonia after the four-times champions were on the brink of a humiliating defeat.

Andrea Belotti gave Italy a 24th-minute lead after the visitors, who have not lost in a qualifying competition for 10 years, had made a shaky start.

Continue reading…

0

Valon Berisha earns draw with Finland in Kosovo’s first competitive match

• Berisha was cleared to play hours before World Cup qualifier
• Victories for Spain and Italy as Croatia draw with Turkey

Valon Berisha, given permission to play only a few hours before kick-off, scored Kosovo’s first goal in a competitive international to earn them a 1-1 draw against Finland a World Cup qualifier on Monday.

Berisha, who was allowed to switch to Kosovo by Fifa despite having previously played competitive matches for Norway, scored a penalty on the hour after a foul by Thomas Lam on Bernard Berisha to spark delirious celebrations among his team mates and officials.

Continue reading…

0

Sam Allardyce to face Croatia in first match as England manager

• Friendly set to take place at Wembley Stadium on 1 September
• England play Slovakia in World Cup qualifier three days later

Sam Allardyce’s first match as England manager is set to be a friendly against Croatia at Wembley Stadium on 1 September.

Related: Sam Allardyce: the big man gets the biggest job in football | Observer profile

Continue reading…

0

Euro 2016: The Guardian’s team of the tournament

Two Frenchmen – Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet – make our team of the tournament, as do Aaron Ramsey, Ragnar Sigurdsson and Ivan Perisic

Euro 2016 drew to a close on Sunday night with Portugal beating France in the final in Paris. As with all tournaments there were some good games and some bad games but most were intense and highly watchable.

At the Guardian we have rated every single performance in France and can now present our official best and worst team of the tournament.

Continue reading…

0

From Samuel Umtiti to Ivan Perisic – five players who thrived at Euro 2016

A centre-back and four midfielders, including Wales’ Aaron Ramsey, who started away from the spotlight but seized the chance to attract attention

Umtiti gained his call-up to the French squad at this tournament only after injuries ruled out Raphael Varane and Jérémy Mathieu, with Mamadou Sakho banned, and he was uncapped until Adil Rami’s suspension prompted involvement against Iceland. Those opponents actually ruffled his feathers on debut, particularly in the second half, with their direct, aggressive approach. Yet the 22‑year‑old showed enough assurance in possession to retain his place against Germany when his second‑half display, under pressure, was outstanding. The world champions did not muster a shot on target from midway through the first half until stoppage time at the end, with the Frenchman’s ability on the ball an indication as to why Barcelona have just paid £24.6m to prise him from Lyon. “He’s so sure of his ability,” said Hugo Lloris. “He’s strong in the challenge, very good at playing the ball out from the back which marks him out, and at his age, at this level, he’s achieving something great.”

Continue reading…

0

Euro 2016 power rankings: Germany and Italy on top as England nosedive

The world champions’ meeting with Antonio Conte’s team could be the game of the tournament, but only Wales are left to fly the flag for the home nations

Joachim Löw was lacking balance in his team – overstocked with No10s – during the group stage but Germany seemed far better going forward with Mario Götze relegated to the bench against Slovakia. The most notable thing of all, though, is die mannschaft are the only side yet to concede a goal and possess the tournament’s most consistently impressive player to date in Toni Kroos. Their quarter-final against Italy on Saturday night in Bordeaux will likely be the toughest game the world champions play – but it could also take a lot out of them before a likely semi-final against France.

Continue reading…

0

Renato Sanches emerges in tepid Croatia tie to propel Portugal through

• Bayern Munich’s €35m teenager named man of the match
• Portugal face Poland in Euro 2016 quarter-finals

Nothing illustrates the underwhelming nature of Portugal’s surprising advance into the quarter-finals at the expense of a better-equipped Croatia team better than the fact that Renato Sanches was named the official Uefa man of the match.

Related: Poland prepare for Portugal after Fabianski saves day against Switzerland

Continue reading…

0

Open thread: was Croatia v Portugal the worst match at a major tournament?

After 120 minutes of stultifying play, Portugal beat Croatia to reach the last eight at Euro 2016. Has there been a bigger snorefest on the international stage?

Anyone who sat through the full 120 minutes of “action” that masqueraded as the last-16 meeting between Croatia and Portugal may be asking a simple question: was it the worst game in history at a major tournament?

Related: Iceland commentator whose Euro 2016 euphoria went viral loses day job

Continue reading…