CROATIA have reached their first ever World Cup final. And boss Zlatko Dali has garnered praise for his possession-based gameplan and the team spirit he's instilled on his side. How old is Zlatko Dali? BORN in Livno, the Croatian played as a defensive midfielder and enjoyed a 17-year career. After two spells at Hadjuk Split, he settled at Varteks and enjoyed a successful period of 108 appearances between 1992 and 1996. Dali hung up his boots in 2000 and returned to Varteks in 2005 as boss. Jobs all around Europe and the Middle East followed, before he took over as Croatian boss in 2017. Dali was born in October 1966 and is currently 51 years old. Which football teams has the Croatia boss managed before? SINCE going into management just over a decade ago, Dali has been at eight domestic clubs. He joined Croatia only last year and was given a rolling contract that would be reviewed if he failed to qualify for the World Cup. And it's fair to say he has exceeded expectations, leading … [Read more...] about How old is Zlatko Dalic and which football teams has the Croatia boss managed before?
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AFTER England's heartbreaking World Cup exit, thoughts are turning to when our brave boys can get home so we can commiserate with them. Gareth Southgate's men suffered a shattering 2-1 defeat to Croatia in the country's first World Cup semi-final since 1990 — but when are they getting back to Blighty? When do the England football team fly home from Russia? England are today licking their wounds back at the Repino base outside St Petersburg. They will have a rest day today before spending Friday training and preparing to salvage a deserved third place in the playoff with Belgium on Saturday. That match, the final one of their impressive World Cup run, kicks off at the Krestovsky Stadium at 3pm. Following the game they will head back to their hotel in Repino for a final night in Russia before checking out on Sunday. WILD WEST BRAWL Street fight erupts in road as mob trade blows after England defeat 'I FEEL SO LUCKY' Homeless man asked kind-hearted stranger for cash - and got a … [Read more...] about When do the England football team fly home from Russia and which airport will the World Cup 2018 squad travel to?
Thibaut Courtois has accused France of parking the bus in their World Cup semi-final win over Belgium. Courtois’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard has also weighed in, insisting he preferred to lose in the attacking manner that his Belgian side did rather than to progress as France have done. The Belgian players remain convinced that, but for a lapse in concentration which allowed Samuel Umtiti to score from a 51st minute corner, there was nothing between the two teams. Courtois said: "I'd have preferred to lose to Brazil in the quarter-finals, at least that was a team that wanted to play football. "France are just an anti-football team. "I wouldn't say that [Belgium] was better than us. They defended in their own half the entire time, we shouldn't have been surprised, they've done that all tournament. It's a shame.” Hazard added: “I prefer to lose with this Belgium than win with that France”. Their captain, Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany added: … [Read more...] about France “an anti-football team” snaps Belgium star after World Cup semis loss
Martinez said that Belgium assistant coach and former France striker Thierry Henry was a "perfect missing piece" for Belgium coaching staff. READ MORE: Pamela Anderson to Fly to St. Petersburg for France-Belgium Match — Reports Speaking about the rivals, he stated that France is individually as strong as Brazil’s side. READ MORE: France's Strength in Combination of Young, Experienced Players — Team Captain The head coach has praised his side's midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who was named the man of the match in Friday's World Cup quarter-final as he helped Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 in Kazan by doubling his side’s lead in the 31st minute. De Bruyne, in his turn, underlined the team's head coach Roberto Martinez made them believe they can win the World Cup. Martinez became Belgium's head coach in 2016 and led the team to qualify successfully … [Read more...] about Belgium Footballers ‘Unique’ Due to ‘Incredible Footballing Brain’
They say sports and politics make uneasy bedfellows, and Theresa May will no doubt agree. At the start of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, the British prime minister was ambushed by her Belgian counterpart, Charles Michel, who presented her with a Belgium football team top ahead of the England v Belgium World Cup game. May held up the strip, before realising that doing so might be a PR gaffe, and appeared to attempt to hide it away. Unfortunately her fellow leaders pointed to the TV monitors showing her reaction live to a packed hall of reporters. The shirt had No 10 on the back, perhaps a nod to May’s Downing Street home, or Belgium’s finest player, Eden Hazard. Michel went on to pass around Belgian football scarves to some of the other 28 EU leaders. The Irish taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who admitted he would be cheering on Belgium in their tie with England, happily posed, as did Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister. The former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who was also at … [Read more...] about Theresa May scores own goal by holding up Belgium football shirt