The Croatian national football team is one week away from knowing if they will be among 31 other teams at next year’s World Cup in Brazil. In their way: a two-legged playoff with Iceland on November 15th in Reykjavík and November 19th in Zagreb. CroatianSports.com will dedicate the next week to covering everything you need to know about the players, tactics and what the Croatian media is saying leading up to the games.
But I’d like to take this chance to show you a few pictures which were released on Sunday as Croatian players gathered to meet the new management, led by former captain Niko Kovač. In the former regime led by Igor Stimac, team morale was in question with the team not playing to their potential and players (Ivica Olić) leaving games early. With Kovač taking over at the helm, will he be the spark Croatian players need to get back to their winning ways?
The proof is in the pudding.