Niko Kovac & Ivica Olic

Niko Kovač (born 15 October 1971) is a former Croatian footballer and current manager of the Croatian national football team. Ivica Olić (born 14 September 1979) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Bayern Munich in Germany and internationally for the Croatian national team. 4.3/5

Niko Kovac Ivica Olic Julio Cesar World Cup Luka Modric Dejan Lovren Dani Alves Glasgow Uni Vedran Corluka Darijo Srna Ivan Rakitic Real Madrid Sao Paulo Nikica Jelavic Thiago Silva

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 ...
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.
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 ...
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