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So, to the fourth in this series of 6 articles looking at the top 60 players in world football and probably the hardest list to select. In researching this list I realised our generation is blessed with a group of fantastic central midfielders and picking just 13 was very difficult. In fact, it proved too difficult and I had to choose 4 honourable mentions instead of just 3. I apologise and hope you will understand the difficulty. Thank you and please enjoy, comment, discuss, vent your outrage at my selections and read the …

Thirteen European teams will play in the World Cup and looking back at the qualifiers, Croatia has arguably played the worst football of the baker’s dozen.
While scrapping through the group stage, the Croatian players often looked like mere shadows of their former selves. Having scored only 12 goals during their 10-game group campaign, with only Greece scoring as few, Igor Štimac ultimately had to pay the steep price of losing his job.
Although play-off victory over Iceland is not to be underestimated, there are plenty of reasons to curb the football enthusiasm from the perspective of Niko …

The Croatian side are making their way home after a week of tough games and hard fought matches, many agree that they were unlucky not to make it through to the quarter finals considering how well they performed, but today (Wednesday) the announcement that the Croatian FA has been fined €80,000 (£64,561) by UEFA for the racist chanting and behaviour of the Croatian fans towards Italian forward Mario Balotelli in the second round of games in group C threatens to overshadow the impressive display of the Croatian side. Controversy has …

A far from convincing Spanish performance saw them snatch a late winner to go on an win Group C. It took a late Jesus Navas tap in to win the game for a severely under par Spain who on the night were fortunate to take all three points. The Croatian defenders were convinced that Fabregas’ lob to Iniesta was offside which was incorrect. Croatia were undone by a piece of Barcelona brilliance late on and it was Croatia who fell short. The Spanish have set up a tie with either …

Spain and Italy have progressed from group C after a nail biting conclusion to the third set of final group stage games at the Euros. At kick off Bilic and his side probably believed they held a good chance of progressing to Croatia’s third quarter finals at the European Championships, knowing that a draw or even a loss could see them go through depending on the result of the other fixture played out last night (Monday) in Poznan between Italy and Ireland. Unfortunately Ireland were unable to reverse their poor …

Monday night will see the final games of Group C played out in Gdansk and Poznan, and as it stands no one’s survival in the tournament is guaranteed, Italy, Spain and Croatia can still grab the two qualifying spots. With the head to head rule putting itself ahead of the standard goal difference there has been some confusion of how situations would resolve themselves, and I’ll be honest in saying I was surprised to see Russia below Greece despite having a superior goal difference. Thankfully the BBC have come to …

Thursday nights showdown between Italy and Croatia really did prove the age old proverb that football is a game of two halves. After the first 45 minutes Italy looked very much in control of the game, and they looked good value for their lead, which was gained through a stunning Andrea Pirlo free-kick. In the second half though Croatia looked a different side and Bilic must have implemented some tactical changes as Croatia went on the front foot and passed the curse of looking flat and dejected onto the Italians. …

Tomorrow sees what could be the defining game for Croatia at the Euros, as they line up against footballing giants Italy. Once again the game will be played in Poznan, at the Stadion Miejski, and if Croatia are able to bag all three points they’ll confirm their place in the quarter finals. Slaven Bilic has to convey to his players that this is a must win game, if they draw or lose then they will have to face world champions Spain knowing that they need a result, a prospect no …

Croatia currently sit atop Group C, two points ahead of previous world cup winners Italy and Spain as they cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw earlier today. Croatia capitalised on this result by beating Republic of Ireland in the later fixture at stunning Stadion Miejski in Poznan, whilst starting off their European Championship with a win in an impressive manner. The game was built up in many different ways, some repeated the fact Republic of Ireland were unbeaten in 14, Croatia had only beaten them once before, as …

Croatia kick off their European campaign against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday in Poznań, Poland, before facing Italy in the same city on the 14th of June, they then wrap up their group proceedings against giants Spain in Gdańsk on the 18th of June. They’ll be hoping to grab two wins, which would more or less guarantee their continuation at the tournament, but where can they hope to get these six points? Will they be able to reverse previous face-offs against Ireland and gain a crucial win against their …