Croatia set to repeat the heroics of 1998

Both Croatia and Russia will fight for a place in history books when they take on each other in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal at Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday. Croatia surprised everyone in the footballing world in 1998 when they clinched the third place in the World Cup. Davor Suker was the hero of that Croatian side as he claimed the Golden Boot award with six goals in seven games. A lot was expected of the tiny nation following their heroics in France, but it took them another 20…

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World Cup 2018 Group D – Betting Tips, Predictions & Preview

Group D is one of the interesting groups in World Cup 2018 as all four members are expected to fight it out for top two places. South American powerhouse Argentina are obvious favourites to qualify, but there will an interesting battle between Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland for the second spot. Here’s a little glimpse on all four sides from the group. Argentina Argentina were the losing finalists in Brazil, and they are once again among the favourites to win the cup. The South American side have a wealth of talent…

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Euro 2016 – Croatia favourites to topple Ronaldo and Portugal

Although not exactly full of goals, the group stage of Euro 2016 provided its fair share of entertainment and did not produce any of the heavy winning margins that many would have expected. All of the heavyweights made it through whether in convincing or inauspicious fashion, but there were some surprises as some of the competitions least fancied nations advanced to the last 16. The knockout drama begins on Saturday, where the standout fixture comes in the evening as a very impressive Croatia side come up against Portugal, who laboured…

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Euro 2016 Group D – Can Czechs secure unlikely progress?

Among the most memorable games of Euro 2008 was the meeting between the Czech Republic and Turkey in the final round of group matches. The Czechs only needed a point to secure a place in the next round and appeared to be cruising at 2-0 up with only minutes to go, only for an incredible three-goal comeback from Turkey to send them home feeling shell-shocked. This time around the Turkish hopes are looking exceedingly grim after two defeats, the last of which coming in rather punishing fashion against holders Spain…

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Euro 2016 Group D – Impressive Croatia hoping to build on opening win

In recent European Championships Croatia have underachieved, going out in the quarter-finals in 2008 in dramatic circumstances when they really ought to have made it further, before they were edged out of a difficult group in 2012. This time around their squad is said to be even stronger, and the performance which led to victory in their opening match against Turkey could end up being the start of something that could match the nation’s greatest footballing success, which was also in France when they finished third in the 1998 World…

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Euro 2016 Group D – Spain aiming to make it three in a row

In the last two editions of the European Championships Spain were untouchable, creating a historic and record-breaking dynasty that was the envy of world football. A woeful World Cup in 2014 spelt the end of that dominance, but with Vicente Del Bosque still in charge and plotting the route to redemption they have to be considered as one of the favourites to lift the trophy and make it an incredible three in a row. Del Bosque has certainly made some interesting selection decisions including the omission of Chelsea striker Diego…

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Ranking the kits of the FIFA top 20: Do Wales still rate above England?

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The latest round of FIFA world rankings caused another stir of controversy, with Wales rising above England for the first time ever and France dropping 17 places below Romania, it’s easy to see why it’s got people’s backs up. However, just because a country has better individual players, it by no means ensures them a higher ranking. Though FIFA’s system is flawed, and confusing, we’ve come up with a much better way of working out FIFA’s top 20, and that’s by judging them on their kits. See how we’ve ranked…

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Croatia vs Italy – Match preview and team news

Euro 2016 qualifying Group H leaders Croatia will be looking to extend their lead of second-placed Italy to five points when the two sides meet in Zagreb on Friday in a game which will be played behind closed doors. Racist chanting by supporters during the win over Norway in March means that this game will be played in an empty stadium, while there were also some regrettable scenes when the two sides met in the reverse fixture in October as the game was suspended before finishing in a 1-1 draw.…

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