Football in Croatia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28402/all en Soccer-Wolfsburg forward Lakic joins Frankfurt on loan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/soccer-wolfsburg-forward-lakic-joins-frankfurt-loan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BERLIN, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Eintracht Frankfurt have brought in Croatian forward Srdjan Lakic on loan from VfL Wolfsburg until 2014 as the promoted Bundesliga club seek to boost their frontline.</p> <p>The 29-year-old Croatian failed to hold down a starting spot at Wolfsburg since his 2011 move from Kaiserslautern and also had a loan spell in 2012 at Hoffenheim.</p> <p>Lakic has scored 16 goals in 68 Bundesliga games.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/soccer-wolfsburg-forward-lakic-joins-frankfurt-loan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in Croatia Football in Germany Sport in Germany Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 11:30:04 +0000 5740948 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Croatia 4 South Korea 0 - international friendly result http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/soccer-croatia-4-south-korea-0-international-friendly-result <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Feb 6 (Reuters) - Croatia 4 South Korea 0 - international friendly result</p> <p>At Craven Cottage, London</p> <p>Scorers: Mario Mandzukic 33, Darijo Srna 41, Nikica Jelavic 57, Mladen Petric 85</p> <p>Halftime: 2-0</p> <p>Referee: Michael Oliver (England) (Reporting by Igor Ilic in Zagreb, Editing by Tom Pilcher)</p> Association football Football in Croatia Sport in Europe Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:30:50 +0000 5747743 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Croatia outclass South Korea in London friendly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/soccer-croatia-outclass-south-korea-london-friendly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - An inspired Croatia swept past South Korea 4-0 in a friendly played at Fulham's Craven Cottage on Wednesday, building confidence ahead of a major World Cup qualifier next month against Balkan arch-rivals Serbia.</p> <p>In-form Mario Mandzukic and captain Darijo Srna put the Croatians 2-0 up in the first half before Nikica Jelavic and then a late Mladen Petric goal wrapped up the match, though it was Korea who had the game's first big chance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/soccer-croatia-outclass-south-korea-london-friendly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Croatia Sport in Europe Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:00:39 +0000 5747797 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Soccer-Croatia outclass South Korea in London friendly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/update-1-soccer-croatia-outclass-south-korea-london-friendly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds details, quote)</p> <p>LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - An inspired Croatia swept past South Korea 4-0 in a friendly played at Fulham's Craven Cottage on Wednesday to help build confidence ahead of a politically-charged World Cup qualifier next month against Balkan arch-rivals Serbia.</p> <p>In-form Mario Mandzukic and captain Darijo Srna put the Croatians 2-0 up in the first half before Nikica Jelavic and then a late Mladen Petric goal wrapped up the match, though it was Korea who had the game's first big chance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/update-1-soccer-croatia-outclass-south-korea-london-friendly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Croatia Sport in Europe Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:30:37 +0000 5747849 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Srna strikes as Croatia beat South Korea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/football-srna-strikes-croatia-beat-south-korea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Croatia captain Darijo Srna marked his 100th cap by scoring in a 4-0 friendly international win against South Korea at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground in London on Wednesday.</p> <p>The 30-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk stalwart curled in a 41st minute shot to follow an earlier header by Mario Mandzukic.</p> <p>Nikica Jelavic then came off the bench to add a third goal before Mladen Petric completed the scoring on his Fulham home ground.</p> <p>Ivica Olic missed the chance to give Croatia an early lead when he headed wide from Niko Kranjcar's cross.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/football-srna-strikes-croatia-beat-south-korea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Croatia Sport in Europe AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:31:33 +0000 5747866 at http://www.globalpost.com WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Puyol reaches 100-cap milestone as Spain beat Uruguay http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/wrapup-1-soccer-puyol-reaches-100-cap-milestone-spain-beat-urug <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Justin Palmer</p> <p>LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - World and European champions Spain marked defensive kingpin Carles Puyol's 100th international cap with a 3-1 victory over Uruguay in an occasionally tetchy friendly in Qatar on Wednesday.</p> <p>Forward Pedro continued his hot streak, scoring twice to take his tally to nine in Spain's last six games.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/wrapup-1-soccer-puyol-reaches-100-cap-milestone-spain-beat-urug" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Croatia Sport in Europe Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:30:58 +0000 5748147 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Nuremberg's Wiesinger picks up first win http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/football-nurembergs-wiesinger-picks-first-win <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Coach Michael Wiesinger picked up his first win since taking charge of Bundesliga strugglers Nuremberg in December as his team enjoyed a 2-1 win at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.</p> <p>With Japan midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake in impressive form and new signing Mu Kanazaki on the bench, Nuremberg took an early lead when Belgium midfielder Timmy Simons fired home a fourth-minute penalty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/football-nurembergs-wiesinger-picks-first-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Croatia Football in Germany AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 07:31:18 +0000 5750843 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Croatia, Serbia ban away fans for qualifiers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/football-croatia-serbia-ban-away-fans-qualifiers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Away fans will be banned from both World Cup qualifying matches between Croatia and Serbia, the two football federations announced on Thursday.</p> <p>The former enemies took the joint decision in a bid to avoid crowd trouble at the games in Zagreb and Belgrade.</p> <p>"It was decided that there will be no organized travel of visiting squads' fans for the next two Group A qualifying matches between Croatia and Serbia," the federations said in a joint statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130214/football-croatia-serbia-ban-away-fans-qualifiers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Football in Croatia Liberal democracies AFP Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:10:04 +0000 5755817 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Croatia-Serbia face-off sparks rush for tickets http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/football-croatia-serbia-face-sparks-rush-tickets <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The March 22 World Cup qualifier between neighbours and rivals Croatia and Serbia has sparked a rush for tickets with hundreds of home fans spending hours queueing overnight to ensure tickets.</p> <p>National HRT television Thursday broadcast images of fans who, defying freezing temperatures, spent the night in open air in downtown Zagreb waiting for kiosks to open and tickets be released.</p> <p>The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) was to release for sale some 24,000 tickets, some of them over the Internet, and said it expected them to sell out during the day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130221/football-croatia-serbia-face-sparks-rush-tickets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Football in Croatia Sport in Europe Technology AFP Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:01:24 +0000 5762290 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Croatia still relying on cool hand Luka - coach Stimac http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/soccer-croatia-still-relying-cool-hand-luka-coach-stimac <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ZAGREB, March 7 (Reuters) - Luka Modric's mediocre season at Real Madrid has raised doubts about his international place but Croatia coach Igor Stimac says the midfielder will again be his driving force in this month's World Cup qualifying matches.</p> <p>Croatia, joint top of Group A with Belgium on 10 points from four games, take on bitter rivals Serbia in Zagreb on March 22 and Wales in Swansea four days later.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/soccer-croatia-still-relying-cool-hand-luka-coach-stimac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in Croatia Igor Štimac Igor Stimac Luka Modrić Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:00:14 +0000 5776032 at http://www.globalpost.com Soccer-Perisic ruled out of Croatia World Cup qualifiers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/soccer-perisic-ruled-out-croatia-world-cup-qualifiers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ZAGREB, March 11 (Reuters) - Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic will miss their World Cup Group A qualifiers at home to Serbia on March 22 and away to Wales four days later with a knee injury he sustained playing for his Bundesliga club Wfl Wolfsburg.</p> <p>The 24-year-old winger ruptured his left knee ligaments in Wolfsburg's 5-2 win at Freiburg on Saturday and Croatia's coach Igor Stimac said he would not call up a replacement for the versatile player, who is expected to be sidelined for a month.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/soccer-perisic-ruled-out-croatia-world-cup-qualifiers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football in Croatia Football in Yugoslavia Sport in Europe Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:15:42 +0000 5779907 at http://www.globalpost.com Manchester United 15 points clear after City fall at Everton http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130316/everton-leave-man-citys-title-hopes-tatters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Martyn Herman</p> <p>LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City's fingertip hold on their Premier League title was further loosened when a 2-0 loss at Everton followed by runaway leaders Manchester United's 1-0 win over Reading left them praying for a football miracle.</p> <p>Leon Osman's swerving 32nd-minute shot put Everton in front at a raucous Goodison Park and, although the home side were reduced to 10 men when Steven Pienaar was red-carded for a rash tackle after 61 minutes, City could not reply.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130316/everton-leave-man-citys-title-hopes-tatters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football English footballers Football in Belgium Football in Croatia Football in England Football in the United Kingdom Sport in Europe Thomson Reuters Sat, 16 Mar 2013 15:15:05 +0000 5785383 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Croatia coach Stimac vows 'spectacle' with Serbia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/football-croatia-coach-stimac-vows-spectacle-serbia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Croatia coach Igor Stimac on Thursday promised a spectacular World Cup qualifier with former foe Serbia as the visiting team arrived in Zagreb under tight security measures.</p> <p>"I expect a sporting spectacle," Stimac told reporters at his final press conference ahead of Friday's Group A qualifier at the Maksimir Stadium in the Croatian capital.</p> <p>"Croatia are a better team, we are aware of that, but it does not mean anything. All outcomes are possible over the 90 minutes."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/football-croatia-coach-stimac-vows-spectacle-serbia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Croatia Sport in Europe AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:01:26 +0000 5789941 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: Croatia coach vows 'spectacle' with Serbia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/football-croatia-coach-vows-spectacle-serbia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Croatia coach Igor Stimac on Thursday promised a spectacular World Cup qualifier with former foe Serbia as the visiting team arrived in Zagreb amid tight security.</p> <p>"I expect a sporting spectacle," Stimac told reporters at his final press conference ahead of Friday's Group A qualifier at the Maksimir Stadium in the Croatian capital.</p> <p>"Croatia are a better team, we are aware of that, but it does not mean anything. All outcomes are possible over the 90 minutes."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/football-croatia-coach-vows-spectacle-serbia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Croatia Football in Croatia Igor Štimac AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:16:18 +0000 5790289 at http://www.globalpost.com Croatia and Serbia coaches warn players to behave http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130321/croatia-and-serbia-coaches-warn-players-behave <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Zoran Milosavljevic</p> <p>ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia coach Igor Stimac and Serbian counterpart Sinisa Mihajlovic have warned their players to refrain from dissent and tough tackling when the bitter Balkan rivals meet in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Friday.</p> <p>Having described Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir as an outstanding official, but one happy to brandish yellow and red cards for any kind of misdemeanour, Stimac said his players must keep cool heads and their studs down in the Group A clash in Zagreb.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130321/croatia-and-serbia-coaches-warn-players-behave" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Association football Football in Croatia Sport in Europe Thomson Reuters Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:30:48 +0000 5790351 at http://www.globalpost.com