Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball

Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball

Ross Houston
July 15, 2018

She is also a multi-linguist, fluent in Croatian, English, Spanish and Portuguese, and also understands German, French and Italian.

For those who were not completely up to speed with Rebic's talents, the Eintracht Frankfurt forward announced himself to the world with a brilliantly taken opener against Argentina and has been a thorn in many a left back's sides throughout the tournament.

Luka Modric makes football look easy and deserves the chance to lead Croatia into a World Cup final, according to former Real Madrid star Kaka.

The team playing extra-time in all three knockout games, and trailed to the first goal scored each time.

The 32-year-old and his team-mates finished on the wrong end of a 4-2 scoreline at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday as France collected the trophy for the second time after an eventful game.

"We expect a major fight and a major victory", said Mario Vincelj, from Novo Selo, a tiny village some 60 kilometres (37 miles) south from Zagreb near the local inn whose owner is offering roasted suckling pigs for free to clients Sunday. "We will be sad today and tomorrow but after some weeks we will be proud of this team". Though the three avoided anything sensitive during their news conference this week, Istrefi has ruffled feathers in the past on a topic that caused problems earlier in the tournament: An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, she upset some conservative Serbs a year ago when she shot a music video inside an Orthodox Church.

The Besiktas defender has courted controversy in Russian Federation and was forced to apologise after speaking out in support of Russia's neighbour and adversary Ukraine following Croatia's quarter-final victory over the host nation.

A Croatia worldwide, who featured in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League final in May, believes his performances over the past few months prove that he is "one of the best defenders in the world". That could come down to the Croats' stamina.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic urged employers to allow their workers leave their jobs earlier Monday to attend what he called a "magnificent welcome party". Those without tickets jammed into bars and restaurants lining the city, while others hunched over their phones.

With the nation glued to screens to watch their team's progress through the tournament, sales of television sets went up 400 percent compared to previous year.

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