Croatia-World Cup/Expectations

Croatian football fans have high hopes for team's upcoming World Cup semifinal match

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Zagreb, Croatia - July 10, 2018 (CCTV-No access Chinese mainland)
1. Newsstand
2. Various of newspapers, front-page articles about Croatian football team
3. SOUNDBITE (Croatian) Miroslav Blazevic, former coach, Croatia's 1998 World Cup team:
"Because of the team spirit. Zlatko Dalic created a football team just like a family. All for one and one for all."
4. Various of football jerseys for sale at market; customers
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Neno Nevescanin, sports journalist:
"The coach that had only a little time. He took the team before the last match in the group. Then he led them in the playoffs and he's leading them in the tournament. And he's still yet to lose a competitive match."
6. Various of pedestrians
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ante Buskulic, football website chief editor:
"The advantage could be that England will probably not defend as Denmark and Russia and Iceland and Nigeria has done playing against Croatia. And it's always easier to play against the opponent who wants to play football, who will attack you."
8. Shopping mall
9. Various of World Cup decorations
10. Football jerseys
11. Boy standing in front of Croatian football team poster

Storyline


Croatian football fans and sports journalists are hopeful that their national team will defeat England in their upcoming World Cup semifinal match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night.
At the 1998 France World Cup --the team's first appearance in the international tournament-- Croatia took home third place. And now Croatia is experiencing a golden generation, with many talented football players, making this year's tournament the team's best chance to realize their World Cup dream.

Coach Zlatko Dalic, who has led the Croatian team since 2017, has built up a strong team, in terms of both footballers and morale.

"Because of the team spirit. Zlatko Dalic created a football team just like a family. All for one and one for all," said Miroslav Blazevic, former coach of Croatia's 1998 World Cup team.

"The coach that had only a little time. He took the team before the last match in the group. Then he led them in the playoffs and he's leading them in the tournament. And he's still yet to lose a competitive match," said Neno Nevescanin, a sports journalist.

According to speculation, Croatia and England each have a 50-50 chance of winning the game.

"The advantage could be that England will probably not defend as Denmark and Russia and Iceland and Nigeria has done playing against Croatia. And it's always easier to play against the opponent who wants to play football, who will attack you," said Ante Buskulic, chief editor of Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Slovenia for Goal.com, a football website.

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  • ID : 8085205
  • Published : 2018-07-11 22:06
  • Last Modified : 2018-07-11 22:06:29
  • Location : Croatia
  • Category : sport
  • Duration : 1'51
  • Audio Language : Croatian/English/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 3
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