Niko Kovac & World Cup
Niko Kovač (born 15 October 1971) is a former Croatian footballer and current manager of the Croatian national football team. The ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf is a men's golf tournament contested by teams of two representing their country./5
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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 ...
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.
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.
Niko Kovac should seriously get an award for best looking coach on d World Cup.
Croatia coach Niko Kovac says his players are refusing. to talk to FIFA World Cup media after photos of them. were published bathing nude
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. ...
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 ...
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
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