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Apr 28, 2014

Coaching novice Kovac has Croatia in good spirits

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – Having missed Croatia’s greatest international success as a player through injury, Niko Kovac will head to the World Cup hoping he can reach similar heights with the Balkan nation in a coaching capacity after guiding them to the finals.

The 42-year-old former defensive midfielder was thrown into the fray at the most delicate moment in qualifying, three weeks ahead of Croatia’s 2-0 aggregate playoff win over Iceland after they had lost three of their last four group matches under Igor Stimac.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Mature Modric to guide way in Brazil

April 28 (Reuters) – Luka Modric has progressed steadily through the ranks of European football to earn a place in Real Madrid’s starting team and his form will be vital for Croatia’s bid to reach the World Cup knockout stages for the first time since 1998.

Modric was 13, and at home in Zadar on the Adriatic coast, when his country reached the semi-finals at France 98, their first major tournament as an independent nation.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Coaching novice Kovac has Croatia in good spirits

April 28 (Reuters) – Having missed Croatia’s greatest international success as a player through injury, Niko Kovac will head to the World Cup hoping he can reach similar heights with the Balkan nation in a coaching capacity after guiding them to the finals.

The 42-year-old former defensive midfielder was thrown into the fray at the most delicate moment in qualifying, three weeks ahead of Croatia’s 2-0 aggregate playoff win over Iceland after they had lost three of their last four group matches under Igor Stimac.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Inconsistent Croatia seek to revive spirit of ’98

April 28 (Reuters) – Based on the pedigree of their squad, Croatia have high hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup, but other factors may come into play against hosts Brazil, Cameroon and Mexico.

The Croatians, who have not reached the last 16 since their impressive third-place finish in the 1998 tournament, face a daunting opener against favourites Brazil in Sao Paulo on June 12 and defeat would put pressure on them to win the remaining two group fixtures against dangerous opponents.

Apr 26, 2014

Partizan spice up Serbian title race with derby win

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Champions Partizan Belgrade kept alive their hopes of a record seventh successive league crown after a late Nemanja Kojic goal earned a 2-1 home win over leaders Red Star in an action-packed city derby on Saturday.

The 1991 European Cup winners Red Star are in pole position with 62 points from 26 matches, three more than Partizan with four games left in the Serbian title race.

Apr 26, 2014

Soccer-Partizan spice up Serbian title race with derby win

BELGRADE, April 26 (Reuters) – Champions Partizan Belgrade kept alive their hopes of a record seventh successive league crown after a late Nemanja Kojic goal earned a 2-1 home win over leaders Red Star in an action-packed city derby on Saturday.

The 1991 European Cup winners Red Star are in pole position with 62 points from 26 matches, three more than Partizan with four games left in the Serbian title race.

Apr 25, 2014

Real and CSKA march into Euroleague Final Four

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Heavyweight teams Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow reached the Euroleague’s Final Four after emphatic home wins over holders Olympiakos Piraeus and fellow Greeks Panathinaikos respectively on Friday.

The showpiece event in Milan will feature May 16 semi-finals between Real and traditional rivals Barcelona and with CSKA taking on Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Apr 22, 2014

Moyes pays price for self-inflicted blunders

By Zoran and Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – More than a decade of perceived over-achievement at Everton helped propel David Moyes into the Manchester United hot-seat but in a far more complex and unforgiving environment his shortcomings were ruthlessly exposed.

Having come from a club where expectations were modest and the budget slim, Moyes suddenly found himself at a club where second best had never been an acceptable option in 26 years under the iconic Alex Ferguson.

Apr 22, 2014

Soccer-Moyes pays price for self-inflicted blunders

April 22 (Reuters) – More than a decade of perceived over-achievement at Everton helped propel David Moyes into the Manchester United hot-seat but in a far more complex and unforgiving environment his shortcomings were ruthlessly exposed.

Having come from a club where expectations were modest and the budget slim, Moyes suddenly found himself at a club where second best had never been an acceptable option in 26 years under the iconic Alex Ferguson.

Apr 17, 2014

Soccer-Steaua join dark horses Astra in Romanian Cup final

BUCHAREST, April 17 (Reuters) – Steaua Bucharest remained on course for a domestic double with a 6-3 aggregate win over bitter rivals Dinamo Bucharest in their cup semi-final following a 1-1 draw in Thursday’s second leg at the National Arena.

Steaua, six points clear with seven games left as they bid to retain their league title, face second-placed Astra Giurgiu in next month’s final after the season’s surprise package won a dramatic return leg against Cup holders Petrolul Ploiesti.

    • About Zoran

      "I've been a sports reporter since 1996, having started in the news business as a Serbian-English translator in 1990. I am based in my hometown Belgrade, Serbia and my current job involves covering various top-level sports events at home and abroad."
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      1999
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      Serbian, English, Italian
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