The 2011 CroatianSports ‘Line of the Year’ and ‘Moment of the Year’ are one in the same. How can we forget Vedran Ćorluka burning the Turkish defense and feeding Ivica Olić in front of the goal in Istanbul to put Croatia up 1-0 in just the second minute of the match in their Euro 2012 first leg playoff? The goal changed the dynamic of the match and the rest of the two-legged affair. Turkey could not regain their composure as Croatia netted two more in the match to stun the Turks 3-0.
Euphoria swept through Croatian viewing parties worldwide as Croatian commentator Drago Ćosić screamed “jedan nulaaaaaaaa, jedan nulaaaaaaaa…Ivica Olić!..druga minuta…!” It will not only be remembered in 2011, but Croatian sports lore for years to come.
Where were you when Olić came through?