Look at the above image, taken from today’s Croatia-Italy Euro 2016 qualifying match. You’ll definitely notice the completely empty stadium, courtesy of a UEFA-imposed stadium ban after Croatian fans chanted racist things at not one but two prior international matches. What might slip your gaze is a strange patch of…
Riot police fought with soccer fans as a flood of flares landed upon the field and forced a temporary suspension of play in Milan at today's Euro 2016 qualifier between Italy and Croatia.
Croatian boxer Vido Loncar took on Algirdas Baniulis at the European Youth Boxing Championships in Zagreb, and the match was stopped after Loncar started getting lit up by Baniulis. Loncar was not happy with that decision, and vented by beating the shit out of the referee.
Right after Mexico took a 1-0 lead in yesterday's World Cup match against Croatia, a fight between the nations' supporters broke out in the stands. The fight featured quite a few reckless haymakers, a lot of shirtless Croatians, and one amazing badass.
So Mexico stomped Croatia and Brazil stomped Cameroon, which saved us from breaking out our graphing calculators to accurately compute the more esoteric World Cup tiebreakers. Nonetheless, both matches had a lot riding on them even into the final moments.
So the Mexico-Croatia game turned into a damn barn burner very suddenly in the second half, and this elicited a great deal of emotion from Miguel Herrera, Mexico's coach and a man who is known for expressing himself.
A lot's at stake here, and if I were that Brazil fan, I'd think twice before rubbing Cameroon's nose in it before they end up ruining the party.
Last night, we showed you what needed to happen for the USMNT to advance to the next round of the World Cup. Now we have a similar chart showing how things shake out depending on the results of this afternoon's Group A matches.
Australia's national broadcaster SBS gave us a treat yesterday: an inset of announcer Craig Foster going nuts on Tim Cahill's outstanding equalizer against Netherlands yesterday. Australia had a lot to cheer for at the moment, but so did Chile and the other countries who scored goals on Wednesday. Here's all of them,…
Cameras captured a lone Croatian supporter at the official viewing party in Manaus during Brazil's controversial penalty kick yesterday. Godspeed, solo Croat; you should have numbers for Cameroon next week.
Every morning, we're going to try to round up every goal scored in the World Cup as aired by local broadcasts in those countries. Here's how yesterday's goals sounded on HRT 2 in Croatia and on Rede Globo in Brazil. GOL!!!
Yea, that's not a penalty.
This certainly isn't how Brazil planned to start things off. Croatia took a 1-0 lead 11 minutes into the match when Marcelo knocked the ball into his own goal.
Let's stop ourselves for a second. A Brazilian coronation is the most likely outcome. Those masters of the universe over at Goldman Sachs say so. And they're never wrong. But what if, for just a moment, we think skeptically about this opening match of the World Cup 2014?
Croatia are a team stuck in the middle—physically, tactically and in overall proficiency. They aren't fast. They grind and plod their way to victories. They're often caught with holes deep in midfield against elite competition. The side lacks any real width.
Last month, defender Josip Šimunić celebrated Croatia's World Cup qualification by leading fans in a call-and-response chant made famous by the nation's fascist puppet regime that ruled during World War II. FIFA has now banned him for 10 matches, which will extend through the World Cup.