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MessagePosté le: Sam 30 Juin - 08:39 (2018)    Sujet du message: Forget 1998 – Modric and Croatia's golden moment must be now Répondre en citant

Forget 1998 – Modric and Croatia's golden moment must be now

 
ลิ้ ง sbo It is time for Luka Modric and Croatia's stars to forget about 1998 and embrace their chance to make World Cup history in Russia.Croatia take on Denmark on Sunday, almost exactly 20 years after their finest moment in international football.In the 1998 World Cup, the nation's first as an independent state, they met Germany in the quarter-final in Lyon. They had beaten Japan and Jamaica to finish second in their group to Argentina, before edging past Romania in the last 16 thanks to a Davor Suker penalty.

Their adventure was expected to come to an end against the reigning champions of Europe. Instead, it reached its pinnacle. Goals from Robert Jarni, Goran Vlaovic and the indomitable Suker sent Croatia to the last four with a 3-0 win. They went on to finish third, which remains their best performance at a major tournament, an achievement that has never been forgotten – specifically by critics of the teams to come.Croatia went out of the groups in 2002, 2006 and 2014, drawing with Australia, losing to Ecuador and twice being beaten by Mexico and Brazil. But in 2018, just like in France 98, they are back in the knockouts, boast a favourable draw and have a 'golden generation' at its peak. They've also thrashed an historic footballing power 3-0, for good measure. If they are going to write a new best chapter in their relatively short footballing story, now is the time.

"We know the team from 1998 was great, they were all our idols and they showed the way for each Croatian team afterwards how to do it. But at this point we need to forget about them," Ivan Rakitic said on Friday."God willing, we can achieve the same result, or maybe even more. ลิ้ ง sbo I wouldn't say it's something that burdens us. We need to enjoy the tournament. We want to show the world how good this Croatian team is, how hard we fight for our country. Hopefully, in 20 years, they are talking about us in the same manner."

It might not be a burden, but it's becoming an expectation. And with good reason. This is a team with Rakitic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic, elite footballers with 358 caps between them and honours by the bucketload. They won all three group games, something they have never done before, and the only goal they conceded was a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty.The considerable shadow of the legal case involving powerbroker Zdravko Mamic, to which Modric and Dejan Lovren are linked and that has caused huge anger between supporters and the Croatian Football Federation, has been successfully ignored. Even Nikola Kalinic's return home, officially due to injury but alleged to have been partly down to indiscipline, has not derailed this redoubtable side.

In short, at a World Cup where none of the favourites are flying, Croatia are soaring. They meet a decent but beatable Denmark team in Nizhny Novgorod, the scene of their famous win over Argentina, and will face an unsteady Spain or a limited Russia if they progress.In all probability, this will be the last World Cup for Modric, Rakitic, Mandzukic and Perisic, and perhaps Lovren, Milan Badelj ลิ้ ง sbo and Danijel Subasic, too. If they are going to emulate their heroes of 1998, or even best them, the onus is on these players to embrace the challenge ahead.









 



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Poland defender Lukasz Piszczek retires from international football

 
sbobet24 Borussia Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek has announced his international retirement after more than a decade representing Poland.Piszczek made 65 appearances for the national team and started Poland's first two matches at the Russia World Cup 2018.

sbobet24 In a statement posted on social media, the 33-year-old wrote: "Sometimes you have to make difficult but rational decisions. After long reflections, I did it."My adventure with the national team has come to an end. For 11 years I have always proudly represented Poland in the senior national team. It was a special time. I will always remember it very fondly.

"I would like to thank the fans for their support, Coaches: Leo Beenhakker, Franciszek Smuda, Waldemar Fornalik and Adam Nawalka, thank you for your trust."Poland finished bottom sbobet24 of World Cup Group H despite recording a 1-0 win over Japan in their last game.Their early exit from the tournament saw manager Adam Nawalka lose his job. He has since been replaced by Jerzy Brzeczek.
 


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