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Jun 5, 2014

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

June 5 (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.

Jun 5, 2014

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

June 5 (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.

May 25, 2014

Dream comes true for Real’s tireless dynamo Modric

LISBON (Reuters) – Winning the Champions League with Real Madrid after a tough start at the club is a dream come true for Luka Modric, the Croatia midfielder said after an effervescent performance in Saturday’s 4-1 win over city rivals Atletico.

Modric spent much of his first season in Madrid after arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 battling for a place in the first eleven under Real’s former coach Jose Mourinho, having to adapt to a less preferred deeper role.

May 25, 2014

Soccer-Dream comes true for Real’s tireless dynamo Modric

LISBON, May 24 (Reuters) – Winning the Champions League with Real Madrid after a tough start at the club is a dream come true for Luka Modric, the Croatia midfielder said after an effervescent performance in Saturday’s 4-1 win over city rivals Atletico.

Modric spent much of his first season in Madrid after arriving from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 battling for a place in the first eleven under Real’s former coach Jose Mourinho, having to adapt to a less preferred deeper role.

May 14, 2014

Soccer-Torrential rain delays Red Star’s title hunt

BELGRADE, May 14 (Reuters) – Red Star’s quest to win their first Serbian league title since 2007 has been postponed after heavy rainfall prompted the soccer authorities to move Thursday’s penultimate round of matches in the 16-team first division to Saturday.

The Balkan country’s grey skies have been forecasted to produce a month’s rainfall in the next two days and the league’s commissioner Vladimir Bulatovic said it would be impossible to play on waterlogged pitches.

Apr 29, 2014

Father figure Susic nurtures attacking soccer

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – Former Yugoslavia forward Safet Susic had huge expectations to deal with in soccer-mad Bosnia when he took over at the Balkan nation in December 2009 and his penchant for attacking soccer was richly rewarded with a 2014 World Cup berth.

The 59-year-old coach, who scored 21 goals in 54 international appearances which included games in the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, succeeded the much-admired Miroslav Blazevic who steered Croatia to the semi-finals in the 1998 tournament and reached the 2010 playoffs with Bosnia.

Apr 29, 2014

Dzeko must keep cool head for Bosnia to thrive

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – If Bosnia are to make an impact in their first major tournament as an independent nation, their top scorer and driving force Edin Dzeko will need to control his temper and fire on all cylinders on the pitch rather than in the dressing room.

Having propelled the Balkan country in qualifying with 10 goals in as many games, Dzeko drew the wrath of Bosnia’s fans and coach Safet Susic during a 2-0 friendly defeat by Egypt in March, when he was jeered from the terraces and fell out with Susic.

Apr 29, 2014

Bosnia’s talent could outweigh inexperience

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – Most teams heading to their maiden World Cup would probably be happy just to be there, but Bosnia want more from a talented squad who stormed through qualifying to reach their first major tournament as an independent nation.

With Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic scoring 18 of the team’s 30 goals to form one of the most prolific strike partnerships in qualifying, Bosnia will fancy their chances against Group F rivals Argentina, African champions Nigeria and Iran.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Dzeko must keep cool head for Bosnia to thrive

April 29 (Reuters) – If Bosnia are to make an impact in their first major tournament as an independent nation, their top scorer and driving force Edin Dzeko will need to control his temper and fire on all cylinders on the pitch rather than in the dressing room.

Having propelled the Balkan country in qualifying with 10 goals in as many games, Dzeko drew the wrath of Bosnia’s fans and coach Safet Susic during a 2-0 friendly defeat by Egypt in March, when he was jeered from the terraces and fell out with Susic.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Father figure Susic nurtures attacking football

April 29 (Reuters) – Former Yugoslavia forward Safet Susic had huge expectations to deal with in soccer-mad Bosnia when he took over at the Balkan nation in December 2009 and his penchant for attacking football was richly rewarded with a 2014 World Cup berth.

The 59-year-old coach, who scored 21 goals in 54 international appearances which included games in the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, succeeded the much-admired Miroslav Blazevic who steered Croatia to the semi-finals in the 1998 tournament and reached the 2010 playoffs with Bosnia.

    • 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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