Photo: Ante Cizmic/CROPIX
The Croatian national handball team has jumped through all the necessary hoops to make the Euro 2012 semifinals. Their prize: a date with Serbia Friday night at 2:15PM(ET) in the Serbian capital of Belgrade. With a win, Croatia could be well on their way back to handball prominence after weak campaigns in recent years. The 23,000 capacity Belgrade Arena will be rocking with home support, however, it has been reported that 5,000 of Dinamo Zagreb’s faithful Bad Blue Boys will make the trip to Belgrade to root on the Croatian Cowboys.
With Croatian fans having limited ticket access, many who decide to travel to Belgrade will surely watch the game at bars around town awaiting the final result. During the tournament, Croatians in Serbia have already reported numerous incidents with large rocks being thrown through their car windows. Hopefully the violence stays at a minimum Friday night.
If you are trying to get into handball, watch this heated match between Serbia and Croatia Friday night, and you will become a fan for life.
“Serbia is very strong, but not better than us.” -Croatia backup goalkeeper, Venio Losert