Slaven Bilić has called upon Ivica Križanac for duty. Križanac is a 29 year-old defender born and raised in Split. He started his career in the Croatian Prva Liga with HNK Sibenik before moving to Slaven Belupo and Varteks. In 2005, Križanac signed with Zenit St. Petersburg of the Russian Premier League. Last season, Zenit not only won the Russian league title but defeated Rangers to take the UEFA Cup championship.
Bilić has said that Križanac will be called up for the Slovenia friendly on August 20th in Maribor. The Zenit defender could be seen as taking over Robert Kovač’s spot as his international career is slowly winding down. Križanac has said that he has been waiting his entire life for this opportunity and that he will make the most out of it.
Dario Cvitanić will also be in Slovenia to show off his skills in checkers for the first time. The Slovenia friendly, however, is not an official FIFA sanctioned game so we will have to wait for the World Cup qualifier vs. Kazakhstan to call these players ‘ours’ forever.
The addition of Cvitanić and Križanac with the leadership of the Kovač brothers with Eduardo on the way and the state of the team in their professional prime after Euro- that’s one hell of a winning equation for a World Cup if you ask me. I can’t wait to see all the guys together again on the pitch.
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