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Champions League preview: Liverpool look to dominate struggling Bayern Munich

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have won a lot of praise for their brand of attacking and dominant football which has brought them increasingly close to winning the league title after 27 years. 

Feb 19, 2019, 13:28 PM IST

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich beat Schalke 3-1 to cut Borussia Dortmund lead

Schalke, last season`s runners-up, came close to another equaliser early in the second half and twice hit the woodwork.

Feb 10, 2019, 14:13 PM IST

Focus on basics necessary for success: Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac

The recent 1-1 draw against Ajax means that the usually consistent German champions have gone three games without a win. 

Oct 03, 2018, 15:47 PM IST

Nico Kovac and Luka Modric at loggerheads after Croatia's tepid run

Croatia coach Niko Kovac and captain Luka Modric have fallen out after picking up only one point in their last two Euro 2016 qualifiers in Azerbaijan and Norway.

Sep 07, 2015, 14:29 PM IST

Hooligans attack Croatian federation officials

A group of hooligans, believed to be Hajduk Split fans, attacked Croatian football federation officials including coach Niko Kovac on Monday.

Apr 14, 2015, 09:16 AM IST

'100 club' Ivica Olic hopes to play against Norway

Croatia's 35-year-old forward Ivica Olic hopes to earn his 101st international cap when his country faces Norway in Saturday's UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier.

Mar 26, 2015, 11:28 AM IST

Luka Modric set for Croatia Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was named Monday by coach Niko Kovac in Croatia`s 25-man squad for a 2016 European championship qualifier against Norway in Zagreb on March 28.

Mar 16, 2015, 22:30 PM IST

Unhappy Jelavic quits from Croatia team amid Euro 2016 qualifying

Croatia striker Nikica Jelavic has quit the national team because he was unhappy with being an unused substitute in Friday’s 1-0 win in Bulgaria in a Euro 2016 qualifier, coach Niko Kovac said.

Oct 12, 2014, 11:15 AM IST

Three key men missing for Croatia Euro 2016 ties

Croatia will be without three key players for next month`s Euro 2016 qualifiers away to Bulgaria and at home to Azerbaijan.

Sep 26, 2014, 19:10 PM IST

Stipe Pletikosa calls time on Croatia career

Croatian international goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa announced Saturday his retirement from the national team.

Jul 19, 2014, 16:36 PM IST

Pletikosa calls time on Croatia career

Croatian international goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa announced Saturday his retirement from the national team.

Jul 19, 2014, 15:09 PM IST

Eduardo bids farewell to Croatia

Eduardo da Silva, the Brazilian-born Croatian striker, on Tuesday announced his retirement from international football, saying he was unhappy with the way he had been treated.

Jul 16, 2014, 08:32 AM IST

Croatia confident of getting through to last-16 of World Cup

People in Croatia will go to work Monday but their minds will be in Recife, Brazil, where their beloved, "Fiery Squad" will be taking on Mexico for a place in the last-16 of the FIFA World Cup.

Jun 23, 2014, 03:36 AM IST

FIFA World Cup 2014: Croatia vs Mexico - Preview

Niko Kovac says his Croatia side are facing their own World Cup `final` against Mexico on Monday with only a win guaranteeing them a place in the last 16.

Jun 22, 2014, 09:39 AM IST

After early blunders, World Cup referees earn welcome anonymity

Come-from-behind victories have been common at this year`s World Cup, so it seems apt that, after a decidedly shaky start to the tournament, referees have disappeared from the headlines and let the scintillating soccer do the talking.

Jun 19, 2014, 14:23 PM IST

Football World Cup 2014: Cameroon vs Croatia - Preview

Midfielder Luka Modric and available-again striker Mario Mandzukic will spearhead Croatia’s effort to keep alive their hopes of reaching the World Cup last 16 when they face Cameroon on Wednesday, coach Niko Kovac said.

Jun 18, 2014, 14:32 PM IST

Croatia coach warns of World Cup penalty "circus" after opening game

Croatian coach Niko Kovac warned on Thursday the World Cup could become a "circus" after Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura awarded a soft 71st-minute penalty to hosts Brazil in the opening game of the tournament.

Jun 13, 2014, 05:26 AM IST

No Neymar nightmares for Croatia coach Kovac

The thought of Neymar tearing your team pieces might be enough to give some coach`s nightmares, but Croatia`s Niko Kovac isn`t losing any sleep over the threat posed by the Brazilian phenom ahead of Thursday`s World Cup opener.

Jun 12, 2014, 12:19 PM IST

Modric, Manduzkic spearhead Croatia`s World Cup squad

Croatia coach Niko Kovac on Saturday named his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals led by experienced stars like midfield magician Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Bayer Munich striker Mario Manduzkic.

Jun 01, 2014, 08:27 AM IST

Croatia donate World Cup cash to flood victims

Croatia`s football squad have donated a quarter of their money earned for reaching the World Cup finals to victims of deadly floods that have devastated the Balkans.

May 22, 2014, 09:06 AM IST