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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.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Bosnia’s talent could outweigh inexperience

April 29 (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 28, 2014

Inconsistent Croatia seek to revive spirit of ’98

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(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 28, 2014

Mature Modric to guide way in Brazil

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(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

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.

    • 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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