July 6, 1998 |
A country that didn't even exist seven years ago has made a sweet, stunning climb to the heights of the World Cup. Set ablaze by patriotism and German put-downs, Croatia claimed a triumph for soccer's small powers and for its fledgling nation's pride. "When I heard [German coach] Berti Vogts called us a small country, this raised our morale by 200 percent," exulted star striker Davor Suker. "We were fired up to send the Germans packing. This shows that small can beat big. " Croatia is the first team since Portugal in 1966 to reach the semifinals in its World Cup debut.
June 15, 1998 |
Argentina and Yugoslavia opened their World Cup campaigns with hard-fought, 1-0 victories over Japan and Iran, respectively, while Croatia went to the top of Group H after a 3-1 win against Jamaica. Croatia opened the scoring yesterday with a goal by Mario Stanic in the 27th minute. Jamaica, making its first World Cup appearance, tied the game just before halftime when Robbie Earle headed home Ricardo Gardener's cross. Croatia put the game out of reach with two second-half goals in 16 minutes.
July 23, 1996 |
Toni Kukoc, the best basketball player Croatia has ever produced, won't play for his country again after these Olympics, his coach said yesterday. "We lost a lot of time with Toni because he was injured and he was with the Chicago Bulls during our preparation time," coach Petar Skansi said. "This is definitely the last time he will be on the team. " Playing with a broken thumb on his shooting hand, Kukoc scored 33 points Saturday in a triple-overtime loss to Lithuania, and had 12 assists yesterday in a win over China.
June 25, 2011 |
BRUSSELS - Croatia will become a European Union member in two years, officials said Friday, making it the first new country to join the bloc since 2007 and offering hope to other nations from the former Yugoslavia seeking to join. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called the decision historic. "I hope everything will be ready to welcome Croatia as the 28th member of the EU the first of July 2013," Barroso said at the end of a two-day summit of EU heads of government.
February 22, 2009 |
My boyfriend, Thomas, and I were vacillating on whether to stay an extra day at Jele's sobe, or guesthouse, in Dubrovnik, but it turned out to be the most magical day of our two weeks floating along the Dalmatian coast. I struck up a conversation with a young girl, a native of Croatia, who raved about her day-long adventure over the rocky coastline and valleys of Croatia's wine region, the Peljesac peninsula. Croatia has a thriving wine region, and you can drive there for the day - who knew?
March 7, 2005 |
Ivan Ljubicic beat Andy Roddick in a five-set marathon yesterday to give Croatia an insurmountable 3-1 lead over the United States in the opening-round Davis Cup matches in Carson, Calif. Ljubicic won, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11), 6-7 (7), 6-2, in a match that lasted almost four hours. The 25-year-old Ljubicic began the round with a straight-set win over Andre Agassi, then teamed with Mario Ancic to hand Bob Bryan and his twin brother, Mike, their first Davis Cup loss in six matches.
July 13, 2009 |
The United States was eliminated by Croatia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals when Marin Cilic beat James Blake to clinch the victory in Porec, Croatia, yesterday. Cilic won, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, on indoor clay to give Croatia its first semifinal berth since winning the competition in 2005. Croatia won, 3-2, after American doubles specialist Bob Bryan beat Roko Karanusic, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (4), in the final match. "I think I played a perfect match against Blake," the 20-year-old Cilic said.
February 10, 2003 |
Croatia eliminated the United States in the first round of the Davis Cup yesterday in Zagreb when James Blake was beaten in four sets in the opening singles match. The United States, which lost the best-of-five series by 4-1, has won more Davis Cups than any other nation, but has been ousted in the first round in two of the last three years. Neither Croatia nor the former Yugoslavia has ever reached the Davis Cup final. Croatia will play in Spain in the quarterfinals. Blake was beaten, 6-3, 6-7 (5)
August 28, 1998 |
Teenage tennis star Mirjana Lucic has fled her native Croatia after accusing her father of being abusive. "Beatings . . . there have been more of them than anyone can imagine," the 16-year-old Lucic told a Zagreb newspaper, Slobodna Dalmacija. "Sometimes it was because of the lost game, in other cases for the lost set or badly played trainings. I don't want to even say what happened after the matches I lost. " Marinko Lucic, who also was his daughter's coach and adviser, denied the accusations that he mistreated her because of tennis.
June 29, 1999 |
In a blow to one of Europe's most respected basketball teams, Croatia was ousted by Germany in the European Championships yesterday and will miss next year's Sydney Olympics. Germany, behind 32 points from Drazan Tomic, won, 102-85, in Le Mans, France, to advance to the quarterfinals. Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks added 21 points for the Germans. Chicago Bulls forward Toni Kukoc led Croatia with 14 points, eight assists and three steals. But Kukoc made only 5 of 13 field-goal attempts in what was likely his final game for the national team.