Only days ahead of the beginning of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Croatian Football Union Association named Croatia’s captain Luka Modrić player of the year for the sixth consecutive year.
As HRT wrote “The fast-footed Croatian and his team, Real Madrid, won the 2018 Champions League title for the fourth time.”
“It’s a great honor to receive this award for the sixth time. It’s very special to me because it is shared by players and coaches”, the Croatian football ace said only to add, “It was a long and tough season. We didn’t succeed in the championship or the cup, but we won the most important trophy of all for the third consecutive year. That’s going to be tough to beat. I’m happy and proud to be part of such a great team.”
Regarding the upcoming global competition, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Croatian team’s captain said “A big achievement with the team is the only thing that I still really want to do (…) Expectations are high before every major competition. Our first goal is to get through the group stage, since we haven’t managed to do that since 1998. I believe we can do it in Russia.”
Croatian Fan Zone in Moscow
Meanwhile, theCroatian Football Federation (CFF) announced it will organise the central Croatian fan zone in the heart of Moscow, in the Muzeon sculpture park, “which is a part of the best known park in Moscow and Russia, Gorki Park.”
The fan zone, most probably will be open throughout the 2018 World Cup days. It “will have all the needed infrastructure”, the HRT reads “and a culture centre at which Croatian fans can directly learn about cultural and historic attractions in the city of Moscow and in the Russian Federation. At the same time, within the framework of planned events, the idea is to additionally develop sports cooperation together with Russian football fans and visitors, as well as international guests.”
Croatia’s preliminary World Cup squad and its fixtures
The national team of Croatia plays in Group D. Their first match is with Nigeria on Saturday, June 16, then on Thursday, June 21 with Argentina and on Tuesday, June 26 with Iceland.
According to the telegraph.co.uk the 23 players who will travel to Russia to represent their country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup (the 21st such world cup) are:
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)
A glimpse of the Croat players, Luka Modrić (centre) with the Captain’s armband
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt)…. / IBNA
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