Croatia Wiretap

Luka Modric Wins FIFA's The Best Award

Sep 24, 2018 4:23 PM

Luka Modric has won FIFA's The Best award for 2018, ending the decade-long streak held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo and Messi had won every FIFA World Player of the Year award, which was renamed the FIFA Ballon d'Or in 2010 and The Best in 2016, since 2007 when Kaka was victorious.

Modric was critical in Real Madrid winning the Champions League again this season as well as leading Croatia to the World Cup Final.


Tags: Croatia, Real Madrid, Personal Award

France Wins 2018 World Cup With 4-2 Victory Over Croatia

Jul 15, 2018 3:18 PM

France has won the 2018 World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.

France received goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe.

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Tags: Croatia, France, World Cup

Luka Modric Wins Golden Ball Of 2018 World Cup

Jul 15, 2018 3:02 PM

Luka Modric has won the Golden Ball of the 2018 World Cup, beating out Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann.

Kylian Mbappe was named the Best Young Player.

Harry Kane won the Golden Boot with six goals.

Thibaut Courtois won the Golden Glove.

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Tags: Croatia, Personal Award, World Cup

Croatia To Play France In World Cup Final

Jul 11, 2018 11:37 PM

Croatia defeated England 2-1 to advance to the World Cup Final where they'll play France.

England went up 1-0 with a Kieran Trippier goal in the fifth minute, but Ivan Perisic equalized in the 68th minute and Mario Mandzukic scored the winner in the 109th minute to give Croatia the win.

France defeated Belgium on Tuesday by a final score of 1-0.

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Tags: Belgium, Croatia, England, France, World Cup

World Cup Snapshot: Croatia 3, Argentina 0

Jun 21, 2018 5:52 PM

What happened in one snapshot in the 2018 World Cup, Match 23, Group D: Croatia 3, Argentina 0.

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Tags: Argentina, Croatia, Infographic, World Cup

World Cup Snapshot: Croatia 2, Nigeria 0

Jun 17, 2018 9:53 PM

What happened in one snapshot in the 2018 World Cup, Match 8, Group D: Croatia 2, Nigeria 0.

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Tags: Croatia, Nigeria, Infographic, World Cup

Italy-Sweden Headline World Cup Playoff Draws

Oct 17, 2017 9:11 AM

Italy will play Sweden in the playoffs for the 2018 World Cup while Northern Ireland will face Switzerland.

Denmark will play Ireland, and Croatia is matched up against Greece.

The first legs will be played on November 9-11 and the second legs will be played on November 12-14.

The Guardian

Tags: Croatia, Greece, Italy, World Cup

Luka Modric Out Three Months With Torn Tendon In Thigh

Nov 18, 2014 12:42 PM

Luka Modric will be out for three months with a torn tendon in his thigh.

Modric picked up the injury in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy on Sunday.

"The Croatian national team and Real Madrid midfielder will be away from the football pitch for about three months after the injury sustained in the encounter between Italy and Croatia," said a statement on the HNS website.

Modric has been a critical part of Real Madrid's midfield again this season.



Tags: Real Madrid, Croatia, Injury

Luka Modric Out 3-5 Weeks With Adductor Injury

Nov 17, 2014 12:32 PM

Luka Modric will be out for three to five weeks due to an adductor injury.

"Modric felt pain in his adductor and will undergo tests in Madrid to determine the extent of the knock. We will know more on Monday or Tuesday," Croatia coach Niko Kovac told HTV.

Modric has been a key figure for Madrid in the opening months of the 2014-15 campaign, making 17 appearances in all competitions.

The absence of Modric could see Sami Khedira return to the Madrid starting XI in the next few weeks. 

Stefan Coerts/Goal

Tags: Real Madrid, Croatia, Injury

Three Words Most Often Used To Describe All 32 World Cup Teams

Jul 10, 2014 12:53 PM

Cambridge University Press has completed a study to find the three words most frequently used during the World Cup to describe all 32 teams.

The team at Cambridge scoured over 15,000 football-specific online sources to produce the following chart.

Chris Wright/WhoAteAllThePies

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Messi, Robben, James, Neymar, Howard Headline World Cup Best XI
Lionel Messi headlines the WhoScored Best XI leading up to the World Cup Final with a rating of 8.77.

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Adios Group A: Brazil, Mexico Advance
Brazil and Mexico have advanced to the Round of 16, taking seven points apiece from their three Group A matches.

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Luka Modric Uncertain For Next Match With Foot Injury
Luka Modric played a full 90 minutes in Croatia's 3-1 loss to Brazil on Thursday, but he suffered a foot injury in the match.

Tom Conn/Inside Spanish Football

Spain, Germany Lead ESPN's World Cup Rank
ESPN completed its #WorldCupRank with Lionel Messi ranking first ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Spain and Germany had the most players featured.

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Spain, Germany, Brazil Ranked 1-3 In Final FIFA Rankings Before WC
Group B features top overall Spain, followed by 14th ranked Chile, 15th ranked Holland and 62nd ranked Australia.


Four World Cup Teams Have German Manager
Argentina, Colombia, Italy and Portugal each have three managers, while Bosnia and France have two apiece.

Roger Bennett: Soccer Is Perfect Sport For Internet Era
Roger Bennett moved to the United States in 1996 and had to follow big Everton matches by telephone with his father holding the receiver up to the radio.

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