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Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 13:36:40 +0000 #1
The official thread for the finals in germany

we are with japan BRAZIL and australia

tickets already on sale for the thrid phase of sales

davor_suker2010-05-10 13:44:58 +0000 #2
Simunic predicted Australia


Australian-born Croatian international Josip Simunic was sure he was set for a Socceroos' showdown at the World Cup even before last week's draw.

Australian-born Croatian international Josip Simunic was sure he was set for a Socceroos' showdown at the World Cup even before last week's draw.

It was there in his dreams.

"I knew we were going to get Australia," says Simunic.

"I had a dream we were going to get Brazil and Australia in our group, and when I saw Brazil and Australia in the group together, I was 100 per cent sure that was where we would be in the tournament."

Simunic is one of three Australian-raised players likely to feature in the Croatian squad for Germany 2006, along with left-sided player Ante Seric and goalkeeper Joey Didulica.

The 27-year-old - an Australian Institute of Sport graduate - is eagerly awaiting the June 22 World Cup match against the Socceroos in Stuttgart, a fixture that may well decide second place in group F and passage through to the second round.

But key defender Simunic isn't at all concerned about being the target of any backlash in his country of birth.

"I don't really care what anyone says or anyone thinks, that doesn't worry me at all," Simunic told AAP from Germany.

"I've been through a lot in my football career and I'm very thankful to a lot of people... and when someone says to me on the streets I'm a traitor or a villain, I don't care really."

"Australia is a free country and everyone's able to say and think what they want. So it doesn't worry me at all."

The June 22 (June 23 AEDT) match will provide plenty of cross-cultural interest as the Socceroos are likely have as many as seven players, including skipper Mark Viduka, of Croatian heritage in their final squad.

Croatia have been impressive, emerging unbeaten from their European World Cup qualifying group.

But, while Croatian coach Zlatko Kranjcar and federation president Vlatko Markovic have both suggested their team should ease past Australia and fellow group F opponents Japan into the second round, Simunic is not so dismissive of the Socceroos.

"Australia is a big threat...I see both (the Socceroos and Japan) as dangerous but more Australia because a lot of players are playing in Europe," he said.

"If you take a team too lightly that's the biggest mistake you can make...Australia is a very, very, good team, they have very, very good players and they play at a lot of very good European clubs."

Simunic, currently with Hertha BSC Berlin in the Bundesliga but hopeful of soon landing a deal with a 'bigger club in a bigger league', rejected offers to play for Australia before making his senior international debut with Croatia in 2001.

The former Melbourne Knights NSL defender admits it was a tough decision, made when he was 'very young', but one to which he remains '100 per cent' committed.

Since debuting in 2001 he has represented Croatia 39 times, playing at both the 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championships.

Simunic, though, admits Australia remains close to his heart.

He watched the final moments of the Socceroos' World Cup playoff triumph over Uruguay last month after rushing home from training, and immediately sent Australian technical director Ron Smith, his former mentor at the AIS, a congratulatory text message.

When the German league begins its mid-season break next week, Simunic will be straight on a plane back to Australia to spend Christmas with his family.

And with news of the A-League's promising start filtering through to Europe, Simunic also revealed a desire to again play football in Australia in the future.

Of the three Australia-born players, Simunic shapes as the most crucial to Croatia's World Cup hopes.

Barring injury, he will also likely be the only one of the trio to start all three games in the group phase against Brazil, Japan and Australia.

On playing the Socceroos he said: "I'm looking forward to seeing them before the game, during the game and after the game."
Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 14:24:46 +0000 #3
Croatia, Korea, and Denmark to take part in 2006 Carlsberg Cup

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com 23 December 2005

Football fans in Asia are in for a treat this Chinese New Year as the 2006 Carlsberg Cup brings the excitement of World Cup football to Hong Kong. Anticipating the interest in next summer’s World Cup in Germany, Carlsberg and the Hong Kong Football Association have invited two World Cup qualified teams, Croatia and Korea Republic, to advance their tournament preparations in the Carlsberg Cup against European football power Denmark and the Hong Kong Representative Team.

The 2006 Carlsberg Cup will be played over the first and fourth day of the Chinese New Year holiday (29 January and 1 February 2006) at the Hong Kong Stadium, where Croatia will encounter Korea Republic, one of the Asian quartet in the 2006 World Cup, while Denmark will be confronted by the Hong Kong Representative Team at the knock-out stage.

Mr. Soren Holm Jensen, General Manager of Carlsberg Hong Kong Limited said, “we are very proud to bring the excitement of international soccer to the people of Hong Kong, particularly in this World Cup year. We hope that the 2006 Carlsberg Cup will add enjoyment to local celebrations of the Chinese New Year and signal the start of an exciting and successful year for Hong Kong on and off the pitch.”

The Carlsberg Cup not only signals the start of an exciting year of international soccer in 2006, but offers the participating teams a chance to shape their squads for the World Cup next summer or, as in the case of Denmark, exact revenge for missing out on the action in Germany. Croatia is making its Carlsberg Cup debut in 2006, while Korea Republic was a participant in the first Carlsberg Cup in 1985 and has appeared on two other occasions. Denmark won the tournament on its debut in 1994 and is making its 3rd Carlsberg Cup appearance in 2006.

Similarly to previous competitions, the tournament format will be a knockout competition. The schedule of play includes two matches on the first day of Chinese New Year (29 January 2006) and the 3rd/4th Place final and Carlsberg Cup final on the fourth day of the New Year holiday (1 February 2006).
davor_suker2010-05-10 14:55:35 +0000 #4
Croatia World Cup '06 Team Profile

Ozren Podnar reports on the Croatia national side for Germany

Croatia may not be among the favourites in the forthcoming World Cup, but they have at least established themselves as a member of the elite. Since being admitted to international competitions by UEFA and FIFA, Croatia have qualified for five out of six major tournaments, and the one time they failed to do so, for the Euro'2000 finals, they did so by a single goal.

What makes the Croats proud is this amazing qualifying record: in all World Cup or Euro qualifying games since 1994, Croatia have suffered no more than five defeats, and considering World Cup qualifiers alone, just one - in September of 1997 in Copenhagen. Besides, the Croats have yet to be beaten in a competitive game at home.

In the qualifiers for the forthcoming World Cup finals, Croatia finished top of a very competitive Group 8: , ahead of Sweden, Hungary, Bulgaria, Iceland and Malta. Croatia's two 1-0 wins over Sweden (with Darijo Srna on the score sheet both times), meant Zlatko Kranjcar's: squad edged the Scandinavians due to a better head-to-head record.

Any Croatian team will always be compared with the one from the nineties, with Davor Suker: , Zvonimir Boban: , Robert Prosinecki and Robert Jarni, which earned a sensational third place finish at the 1998 World Cup. The current squad is less endowed with talent than the Golden Generation, relying instead on team spirit and the physical strength of all the individuals.

The coach Zlatko Kranjcar: , appointed in July 2004, has been praised for putting every player in his natural position, renouncing the experimentation dear to his predecessor Otto Baric. The system used is usually 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2, where his son Niko: is just behind the strikers.

The current ideal starting XI for the World Cup has the following look: Butina; R. Kovac, Simunic, Tomas; Srna, Tudor, N. Kovac, Babic; Kranjcar: ; Prso: , Olic: (or Klasnic)


* The keepers Butina or Pletikosa are more than decent, although somewhat inferior to the legendary Drazen Ladic.

* The defense is the team's strongest component, a guarantee that Croatia will never be thrashed (unless Brazil proves different in the opening game of Group F in Berlin).

* The midfield has been the sore spot since the retirement of the trio Prosinecki-Boban-Asanovic. The young Niko Kranjcar: is technical, talented and packs a potent shot, but lacks speed and running capacity. His namesake Kovac has precisely the opposite virtues and defects. Jerko Leko was expected to be the Croatian Ballack of sorts, but has sadly disappointed over the past two years. The stopper Igor Tudor has been recycled and is currently used as a defensive midfielder, with satisfactory results.

* The flanks are well covered by the indefatigable Srna on the right and Babic on the left.

* The attack is interesting and potentially prolific, but has recently been dented by injuries. Ivica Olic: , considered Alen ***sic's successor, is recovering from a cruciate ligament surgery and Dado Prso's: wobbling knees present a perennial threat for his fitness. To make things worse, Ivan Klasnic's shape in the national team has never come close to equaling his superb form in the German Bundesliga. Still, the cocktail, including the naturalized Brazilian Eduardo da Silva: and Club Brugge's Bosko Balaban could be made to work.


Third place in the 1998 World Cup in France

Quarter-finals in the Euro'1996 in England

King Hassan Cup in Morocco (1996)


Two appearances (France 1998 and Japan/Korea 2002)

Eight appearances as a part of the former Yugoslavia (1930, 1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1974, 1982 and 1990)


Red and white chequered shirts, white pants, blue socks


Dado Prso:

Age: 31

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 78 kg

Club: Rangers

International career: 24 caps, 9 goals

A highly technical forward, nicknamed the "Croatian Brazilian" in his homeland. A late developer, languished in France's lower leagues before being discovered by Monaco in 1997. Spent two seasons on loan to Ajaccio, returned to Monaco and scored the title-winning goal in 2000. Further improvement saw him debut for Croatia in early 2003, play in the Champions League finals in 2004 and pick up two national Player of the Year awards.

With Rangers, he immediately won a League title and the hearts of fans, in love with his passionate fighting spirit.

Robert Kovac

Age: 31

Height: 182

Weight: 78

Club: Juventus

International career: 51 caps, 0 goals

An insurmountable defender, one of the best in Europe. When fit, he is capable of controlling any rival without even resorting to fouls. No wonder Croatia conceded three out of five goals during the qualifiers while Kovac was not on the pitch. Born in Germany, like his brother Niko, he has never played in the Croatian League.

Darijo Srna

Age: 23

Height: 180

Weight: 73

Club: Shakhtar Donetsk

International career: 31 caps, 8 goals

Don't get fooled by the odd spelling, his name is pronounced as a regular Dario. One of the best Croatian players of 2005. Better in the national team than in his club, Shakhtar Donetsk. His gallops down the right flank were the chief source of danger for Croatia's rivals. Possesses the calm and concentration to convert free kicks and penalties.


Zlatko Kranjcar: (49). Born in Zagreb, in his playing days he was a great striker or mezzapunta for Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Vienna. Registered 11 caps and two goals with Yugoslavia and two caps with Croatia.

As a coach, he is a staunch advocate of offensive play. While coaching his old club, Dinamo Zagreb, he won two League and Cup doubles (1996 and 1998), topping even that with another League title with NK Zagreb, the first trophy ever won by the smaller of two Zagreb clubs. Recently angered Guus Hiddink by claiming that "if Croatia were to fear Australia (in the first phase of the World Cup), that would mean something is wrong with us."


Name Club (Country) Age


Tomislav Butina Club Brugge (BEL) 31

Stipe Pletikosa Hajduk Split (CRO) 26

Joey Didulica Austria Vienna (AUT) 28


Robert Kovac, Juventus Turin (ITA) 31

Joseph Simunic, Hertha Berlin (GER) 27

Stjepan Tomas, Galatasaray Istanbul (TUR) 29

Dario Simic, Milan (ITA) 30

Mario Tokic, Austria Vienna (AUT) 30

Boris Zivkovic, VfB Stuttgart (GER) 30


Niko Kovac, Hertha Berlin (GER) 34

Igor Tudor, Siena (ITA) 27

Jurica Vranjes, Werder Bremen (GER) 25

Jerko Leko, Dynamo Kiev (UKR) 25

Ivan Leko, Club Brugge (BEL) 27

Niko Kranjcar, Hajduk Split (CRO) 21

Darijo Srna, Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) 23

Marko Babic, Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 24

Anthony Seric, Panathinaikos Athens (GRE) 26


Dado Prso, Glasgow Rangers (SCO) 31

Bosko Balaban, Club Brugge (BEL) 27

Ivan Klasnic, Werder Bremen (GER) 25

Ivica Olic, CSKA Moscow (RUS) 26

Eduardo da Silva, Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 22

Ivan Bosnjak, Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 26
CroatD2010-05-10 14:19:22 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by Dado_Prso_09

The official thread for the finals in germany

we are with japan BRAZIL and australia

tickets already on sale for the thrid phase of sales


Alrite i applied for the tickets and they recieved the application. Now when will i know if i go tthe tickets ?
Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 14:13:52 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by CroatD

Alrite i applied for the tickets and they recieved the application. Now when will i know if i go tthe tickets ?

in a couple of weeks
Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 16:15:48 +0000 #7
awsome article

roatia Coach Talks Up Korea in Taunt to Japan

Croatian national football team manager Zlatko Kranjcar

Croatian national football team manager Zlatko Kranjcar touched a sensitive spot in Japan when he told a sports magazine there Koreans are better at football. "I really don’t want to upset the people of Japan, who I have great affection for, but it is true that the Koreans’ skills are greater than the Japanese," the Sports Nippon quoted Kranjcar as saying on Wednesday. It headlined the interview "Japan Below Korea."

Croatia, one of Eastern Europe's strongest teams, has been placed along with Australia, Brazil and Japan in Group H. But first, the former Yugoslav republic is to face Korea in the Carlsberg Cup on Jan. 29 in Hong Kong, and to warm up for the challenge it settled on what it seems to view as an easy match against Japan. Kranjcar has made it clear that Japan barely figures on his sporting map, saying when the final World Cup group draw was announced, “We’ll triumph over teams at the level of Japan and Australia.”

Croatia’s team captain Niko Kovac joined in the taunts. “For us, the match against Japan will be just us scoring goals,” he said. Meanwhile, Iran manager Branko Ivankovic, also a Croatian who has experienced matches against Japan in Asian preliminaries, pledged to let his countrymen know how to conquer Japan. He is expected to give a video of his team’s match against the island country to Kranjcar. As psychological warfare goes, the confrontation between the two teams is already well advanced.


Ivankovic will help us a great deal with his expirience
Dado_Prso_092010-05-10 15:05:56 +0000 #8
Croatia up against Argentina

Tuesday, 27 December 2005


Croatia will take on Argentina on 1 March at Swiss UEFA EURO 2008™ opening match venue St. Jakob-Park in Basle.

'Strong opponents'

The game is part of Croatia's FIFA World Cup finals preparations, with Argentina's neighbours Brazil among their opponents in Germany, following on from their trip to Hong Kong, when they play the Korean Republic on 29 January and either Denmark or the hosts three days later. "I am looking forward such respected and strong opponents," Croatia coach Zlatko Kranj?ar said. "This is a real opportunity to how our preparations for the World Cup are going. We drew 1-1 against Brazil last August and Argentina have the same level of quality."

World Cup fixtures

Before departing for Germany, Croatia are planning to play France in Paris on 7 June, though the fixture is not confirmed. In World Cup Group F they open against holders Brazil on 13 June in Berlin, face Japan in Nuremberg five days later and play Australia in Stuttgart on 22 June.



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