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Niko Kovac

Niko Kovač (born 15 October 1971) is a former Croatian footballer and current manager of the Croatian national football team.

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Speaking of country men Niko kovac is in Columbus today.
Niko Kovac on Vallejo: "I’ve never seen a player like him, as a player or as a coach. This kid is scandalously good"
Carlos Salcedo and Jetro Willems in the same defence. Niko Kovac has a lot of coaching to do. Still early in Willems' career.
I know from an inside source Niko Kovac & Romeo Jozak had differences because they differed in opinion. Kovac wanted to focus on mental prep
Niko Kovac has a lot of his new players in starting XI tonight.De Guzman, Kamada, Jovic, Fernandes,
I am really regretting not quitting my job to stalk Niko Kovac while he is in the U.S.
GAFFER'S VERDICT. Niko Kovac on the 1st US week, team's attitude, new players & Chula Vista:
.coach Niko Kovac on move to Schalke: "Unfortunate but it's part of the game. We've got o…
STILL GOT IT!! . coach Niko Kovac shows off some skills during team training in
Niko Kovac autographed a couple pictures for me today in Seattle!! Here are the scans. Current manag…
After game chat with and coach Niko Kovac
Niko Kovac: "In view of the long trip and the short preparation time, it was a decent test. The team did well." .
nah Niko Kovac bloody 'ell. What a man what a mighty good man
Niko Kovac, a familiar face for El Tri fans after that Mexico-Croatia in 2014, is Marco Fabian’s new head coach.
yesterday Croatian FA sacked Niko Kovac, look at their results under him, and you 'll get idea about pressure
I guess we won't be hearing any more Inter related Niko Kovac gems. Zeru tituli...
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Niko Kovac: Former footballer as Croatia coach: Croatia topped Group H at the start of this month, but a goall...
Croatia captain Luka Modric has hit back at Niko Kovac after the manager criticised his team for their recent form - which has seen them
CROATIA: CROATIA. SPORT. have sacked coach Niko Kovac after their hopes of reaching Euro 2016 were dented by a...
I'm still astonished that Niko Kovac got fired
After being sacked by Croatia, Niko Kovac is about to send the national FA on a long trip, downriver.
Niko Kovac sacked as Croatian national head coach - Xinhua
Still laughin at Niko kovac back to liberty city tho
The Croatian Football Federation .. declare a dismissal of coach Niko Kovac team because of poor results in the...
have sacked coach Niko after a 2-0 defeat by left their *** of qualifying automatically for in d balance
Kovac sacked as Croatia manager: ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes reacts to the news that Niko Kovac has been sacked as ...
KOVAC SACKED. Croatia (have parted company with Niko Kovac.
Niko Kovac fired as coach 2 games left for Euro 2016. Come on Croatia!
Croatia boss Niko Kovac and his entire staff sacked after double Euro 2016 qualifying blow in Azerbaijan and N...
Croatia Fires Coach Niko Kovac after Defeat: Croatia’s coach Niko Kovac has been dismissed…
Croatia coach Kovac sacked: Croatia's Football Federation (HNS) has sacked coach Niko Kovac after his squad's ...
Classy and quality farewell from outgoing Croatia NT coach Niko Kovac.
So the real question is : can we keep niko kovac as national mascot ? 😏
Croatia have sacked Niko Kovac with two matches of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign left.
Croatia sack manager Niko Kovac after string of poor results in Euro qualifying.
What are you more upset about? Niko Kovac getting fired, or Zoran Mamic potentially becoming the coach of the NT.
Croatia, who are guaranteed at least a Euro 2016 qualifying play-off, sack coach Niko Kovac after a 2-0 loss to Norway
OFFICIAL: Croatia have sacked head coach Niko Kovac with two group matches of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign rema…
Despite being shaky with the media recently, classy farewell letter by Niko Kovac. Always will support him.
Hours after being sacked, Niko Kovač writes an open letter to the public & it in full here:
Kovac's spell as the coach of Croatia has come to an end after two years. The sack was due to ...
Niko Kovac: Croatia sack coach after defeat in Norway - BBC Sport
Get all the news from AEFCA conference in Zagreb at - speakers Gerard Houllier; Davor Suker; Niko Kovac & more
2015 the Niko Kovac fandom continues 😘❤️💘 and I love it!!
I have to also say 2014 was all about the hottest coach Niko Kovac. You are one sexy, million dollar smile, handsome man. You stole many❤️s
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ima ti slika jedna kao: you have your latin american coaches, european coches and than there's Niko Kovac😂
2014 World Cup Day 01 ]Head coaches Niko Kovac of Croatia and Luiz Felipe Scolari of Brazil look on - Hi_story
Croatia coach Niko Kovac furious after penalty given to Brazil - Sydney Morning Herald
Ivan Rakitic praises the work of national team coach Niko Kovac:
Niko Kovac looks like he wouldn't be out of place in an American sitcom playing the role of little girl's doting uncle.
World Cup Coaches Have Drastically Varying Styles: In the perfect picture of contrasting coaches' styles at this World Cup, Alejandro Sabella of Argentina stood near midfield dressed in a suit that looked appropriate for Wall Street, while Bosnia's Safet Susic stood nearby looking like he was headed for a workout. Plenty of coaches are setting high standards for style this World Cup, with fitted jackets, gleamingly shined shoes and ties in the national colors. Others look like they want to be comfortable exhorting their players and yelling at referees. Croatia's Niko Kovac, a doppelganger of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has been a style star, wearing a fitted suit in the opener against host Brazil in Sao Paulo, but then losing the tie and jacket for a game in steamy Manaus. "Very simple. For me, managing Croatia is a matter of great pride," Kovac said Sunday in Recife. "It's a holiday for me every day, and our custom back in Croatia is, when it's a holiday, you put on your Sunday clothes, and that's it." I ...
Brazil delivering great quotes A World Cup that has delivered fantastic goals in the first round of group games has also produced gems away from the pitch with players and coaches coming up with memorable quotes. Croatia coach Niko Kovac got the tournament off to a fiery start by blasting the Japanese referee after their defeat by Brazil in the opening match. After the hosts were awarded a penalty when forward Fred theatrically fell to the ground, angry Kovac told reporters: "This was ridiculous today, and if we continue in this way we will have a circus. "If that's a penalty, we don't need to play football any more. Let's play basketball instead. "The lads played their hearts out but that was outright thuggery by a referee who was just out of his depth for a game of this magnitude." "Pressure? What pressure?" seemed to be a common thread running through the interview rooms from the tropical heat of Manaus in the north of Brazil to the rain and chill of Porto Alegre in the south. The World Cup may be spor ...
Croatian coach Niko Kovac "The players will not talk [to the media] & you know why and I respect their decisions."
Niko Kovac is either the next Bond villain, or he is a mob boss for real. Look at the man!
Niko Kovac is actually hot I must admit
Niko Kovac promises to stick to attacking approach against Cameroon
Croatia's head coach Niko Kovac is the definition of swag.
I love how niko kovac defends his players like they're his children lol
Croatia's coach Niko Kovac, couldnt find a more handsome guy in World Cup so far xp
Niko Kovac says Croatia should "give up and go home" after controversial penalty decision
and Croatia's coach looks like JGL's dad
We're not the only ones who think Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Croatia's soccer coach Niko Kovač could be twins:
Niko Kovac has promised to deliver an attacking Croatia when his side take on Cameroon on Wednesday evening.
Niko Kovač: " I can see the desire, the fire in my players' eyes, they want to make amends".
Croatian Coach, Niko Kovac :“It was a prepared choice to play Kovacic like. trequartista"
look slicker through the middle third than Niko Kovac's hair
Its all about respect in football. Niko Kovac said deep from his heart.
Croatia’s players are refusing to talk to World Cup reporters after photos were published of them bathing nude in the team’s swimming pool, their coach, Niko Kovac, said on Sunday.
Can we talk about how attractive Niko Kovac is?
Furious Croatia coach Niko Kovac says the Japanese referee in his side’s 3-1 defeat to Brazil was ‘‘out of his depth’’ after a bitterly disputed penalty changed the course of the World Cup opener.
coach Niko Kovac didn't like the penalty decision. At all. Watch it here -
Niko Kovac should seriously get an award for best looking coach on d World Cup.
Croatia manager Niko Kovac says referee was 'out of his depth' following defeat to Brazil in World Cup 2014 opener
Head Coach Niko Kovac explains Croatia media freeze out
so people finally realized that our coach Niko Kovac looks a lot like Joseph Gordon Levitt?
coach Niko has confirmed that his players will not speak to the world's media
Croatia coach Niko Kovac: "If that was a penalty, we should play basketball...we better give up now & go home"
Croatia coach Niko Kovac says his players are refusing. to talk to FIFA World Cup media after photos of them. were published bathing nude
Coach Niko Kovac scolds media at teams training base
Niko Kovac kinda remind me to Bill Compton from
The pre-match build-up seemed to all be about one controversy or another, and Brazil’s opening World Cup fixture against Croatia has prompted more conjecture thanks to the refereeing of Yuichi Nishimura. While Neymar was the name on the lips of every Brazilian fan funnelling out of the Arena Corinthians, the Croats in attendance were echoing the words of coach Niko Kovac in fingering the Japanese in charge as the game-changer. The award of a penalty to Fred for falling under the slightest of contact from Dejan Lovren was the decision which drew the greatest ire from Kovac, while his players were also unhappy with an elbow from Neymar on Luka Modric which earned him only a yellow card seconds before he grabbed the first of two goals to equalise. Former World Cup referee Urs Meier was clear in his opinion that Nishimura should not have been handed such a huge assignment when speaking on ZDF after the game. “Mistakes like this do not happen with referees that are used to refereeing in matches like this. ...
Football - World Cup Two-goal Neymar fires Brazil to controversial opening win World Cup Group A, Arena de Sao Paulo, Lisbon, Brazil 3 (Neymar 29, 71 pen, Oscar 90) Croatia 1 (Marcelo og 11) Neymar saved Brazil's blushes as a controversial late penalty saw him strike a double to give the hosts a 3-1 win over Croatia. The Barcelona forward converted a hotly disputed spot-kick 19 minutes from time after Fred tumbled under minimal contact from Dejan Lovren. It capped a superb night for the 22-year-old on a personal level as he marked his 50th cap for his country by drilling in a low 25-yard effort just shy of the half hour after Niko Kovac's side had silenced a buoyant home crowd. The team nicknamed Vatreni started well and stunned the stadium on 11 minutes when Real Madrid defender, Marcelo put through his own net after Nikica Jelavic had failed to connect with Ivica Olic's left-wing cross. But Neymar led the response and after the controversial late penalty, Chelsea's Oscar raced clear and sealed it with a ...
"If that was penalty then we should play basketball, not football!", We were also denied an equalizer when Ivica Olic was judged to have fouled Julio Cesar with the score at 2-1 - Niko Kovac (Croatia coach)
Hard Tackle Croatia coach Niko Kovac launched a broadside at referee Yuichi Nishimura after his side lost 3-1 to Brazil in the World Cup opener. Kovac was fuming after Neymar escaped a red card for elbowing Luka Modric in the first half and the hosts were awarded a soft penalty when Fred was fouled by Dejan Lovren in the second. And his team saw a late goal disallowed when the Japanese official adjudged Ivica Olic to have fouled Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar while challenging in the air. QUESTION: Did referee Yuichi Nishimura have good game last night?
Stephen Coyle recounts his student-days following Scotland last time they were at the World Cup. Was France '98 also the last time there was an own-goal scored in an opener? "Held out so well till another opening match OG and the earlier equalising penalty nearly brought the balcony down in Glasgow Uni union with the amount of jumping celebrations!" 58minsOscar is everywhere for the hosts right now, but Dani Alves sums up Brazil's sloppiness at the back. He allows Ivica Olic to get away from him before what looked like a suspect tug to bring him down. Ref waves it away. 55minsOlic looks to replicate the first goal, fizzing one in from the left, but this time Thiago Silva is there to clear it. Niko Kovac's men have come out as confident as they were in the first. 53minsNeymar takes a free-kick from the right, but it's headed out by Corluka. Croatia can't break however. 51minsOscar still buzzing around like a man possessed on the right and wins a free-kick. 47minsWords we may well be hearing again: "David L ...
I for one am looking forward to Niko Kovac throat punching a Japanese fellow in a black shirt immediately following 3 whistles.
Niko Kovac can take solace in the fact Hugo Boss will still love him in the morning. And Lowes will still love Scolari.
Niko Kovac was in Casino Royale wasn't he?
He may at times delivers a sweeping crosses for his team mates but Ivica Olic is too heavy, even unable to carry himself, Niko Kovac should sub him for a better technical player.
I'm beginning to believe Niko Kovac took the whole of yesterday shining his black shoes
Felipe Scolari (Brazil) Niko Kovac (Croatia)Team news:Neymar has recovered from a training ground knock that left an entire nation holding its breath and is likely to start on the left in Scolari's typical 4-2-3-1 formation with Hulk on the opposite side and Fred playing as a lone striker. Scolari is set to keep faith with Chelsea playmaker Oscar in the No 10 playmaker position, although if his inconsistent form continues he could turn to his club teammate Willian. Croatia will be without their most potent forward, Mario Mandzukic, who is suspended following his red card in the play-off game against Iceland in November. That means that Eduardo is likely to lead their attack against the country of his birth - with the striker recently admitting he might sing both national anthems. Key clash: Neymar v Vedran Corluka In his prime Vedran Corluka was a decent centre-back but his mobility has taken a drastic turn for the worse in recent years, which makes the prospect of facing Neymar, one of the most skilful p ...
Possible starters ... B(r)asil ... Julio Cesar, Dani Alves, David Luiz, Thiago Silva, Marcelo, Paulinho, Luis Gustavo, Neymar, Oscar, Hulk and Fred will be hoping to start against Croatia. Croatia ... Niko Kovac might be starting the game with Pletikosa, Srna, Corluka, Lovren, Vrsaljko, Modric, Rakitic, Eduardo, Kovacic, Perisic, and Jelavic Y. Nishimura is the referee for this crucial encounter. In 2012, he was named AFC Men’s Referee of the Year.
Five reasons why Croatia can spoil Brazil's party 1) They have much more experience This squad is loaded with caps. Vedran Corluka, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Ognjen Vukojevic, Ivica Olic and Eduardo all have more than 50; goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa and captain right-back Darijo Srna have amassed more than 100. At least six of those eight players – maybe even all of them – will start the game. Compare that to Brazil’s expected line-up, where only Julio Cesar and Dani Alves have more than 50 caps, followed by Neymar with 49 appearances – and he’s only 22 and this is his first World Cup. All told, Croatia's squad has 910 caps to Brazil's 683 – but interestingly, the Croatians are on average a full year younger than Brazil (27.2 to 28.4). The team was built on a solid foundation put in place during Slaven Bilic’s reign (2006-2012). They have been together for a long time and have a family atmosphere in the locker room, enhanced by the managerial appointment of Niko Kovac, their former captain a ...
World Cup GOSSIP Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 35, says his team will keep England guessing with their midfield options. England coach Gary Neville's training plans were photographed as he left the team hotel in Brazil on Wednesday. The notes suggested England have been working on maintaining possession for their Group D opener against Italy on Saturday. Kovac replaced Igor Stimac in October last year. Croatia coach Niko Kovac insists his team will be looking to do more than just defend against Brazil in the World Cup opener on Thursday. "Croatia never parked the bus against anyone and won't start now," he said. Midfielder Mesut Ozil insists he is not concerned about negativity from some Germany fans as he has the confidence of national team coach Joachim Low and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Ozil, 25, was jeered by some Germany supporters in their 2-2 draw with Cameroon on 1 June. Landon Donovan believes USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann is wrong to suggest his team cannot win the World Cup. The striker, who ...
68 will be the birthday reached by Fabio Capello during this FIFA World Cup, making the Russia coach the oldest coach at Brazil 2014. The Italian, who will also become the World Cup's fourth-oldest coach of all time - a list topped by Otto Rehhagel, who was 71 when he led Greece in 2010 - is followed in Brazil by Uruguay's Oscar Tabarez (67 years, three months) and his successor as England coach, Roy Hodgson (66 years, 10 months). The youngest, meanwhile, will be Niko Kovac at 42 years and eight months, though Côte d’Ivoire's French coach Sabri Lamouchi is just one month his Croatian counterpart's senior. SD
Group A Brazil: 5 times winners Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari(2002 WC winner with Brazil) Best players: Neymar : Oscar Croatia: 3rd place 1998 Coach: Niko Kovac(former player) Best players: Luka Modric : Mario Mandzukic Mexico: Quarter final 1970 & 1986 Coach: Miguel Herrera Best players: Javier Hernandez : Rafael Marquez Cameroon: Quarter final 1990 Coach: Volker Finker(Germany) Best players: Samuel Eto'o : Alex Song Mexico and Cameroon to reach the semi-final is all they want but for Croatia to reach the final is the objective and Brazil they want to continue making by winning their 6th tittle.
Team Profile: Croatia (Group A) Team Overview: They open the tournament against Brazil and they will be grateful to be there, one of the last teams to qualify they got here on the back of the play offs after being second to Belgium in their group. Niko Kovac is their coach, he only took over just before the play offs so hasn't had so much time to prepare but he did very well with the Under 21 side in Croatia and he is respected by the players as a former captain for his country. Tactics: Kovac likes his team to be disciplined so organisation is key, they play with two in midfield, most likely Modric & Rakitic two players that both play in Spain and both reached European finals both having excellent seasons. They will play with one up front Mandzukic, and will look to counter teams. They play with a 4-5-1 system that is again interchangeable. Players to Watch: Luka Modric: One of the masters of the game, has had an outstanding season with Real Madrid and he is the star of the team no doubt, if he plays at ...
Croatia squad named by Kovac - Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukicwere the star names in Niko Kovac's preliminary 30-m... h…
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Niko Kovac signs a three-year deal to become permanent manager of the Croatian national side.
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