ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic looks like he will be staying with the national team after leading it to the World Cup final.
The Croatian soccer federation says president Davor Suker met with Dalic to discuss the coach's future. Dalic says in a statement he is "looking forward to the new challenges."
There have been reports that Dalic could leave because of problems with the federation. But Dalic says he and Suker "resolved all the issues" during their meeting.
MOSCOW (AP) — France is the established power with a young team full of speed and skill. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out.
The two sides will meet on Sunday in the World Cup final, with France going for its second title in its third final in 20 years. Croatia, a country that only gained independence in 1991, will be playing in its first.
"Tradition is there to be demolished," Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said Saturday. "I'm not interested who is the opponent."
MOSCOW (AP) — For the players who pushed their bodies to the limit to reach the World Cup final, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has an apt motto.
"Who dares, wins" — a line popularized by special forces around the world.
The fighting spirit is engrained in a group of players whose psyche was forged growing up in a country ravaged by war as the former Yugoslavia broke up in the 1990s.
"It made us resilient," Luka Modric said Saturday, "but we have to look into the future."
MOSCOW (AP) — In a coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zlatko Dalic's belief in his own abilities never dimmed.
"I used to say, 'Give me a Barcelona or a Real Madrid and I will win titles,'" Dalic recalled Thursday.
Such jobs no longer seem so far out of reach, especially if Dalic collects the biggest prize in soccer on Sunday. Croatia will win the World Cup for the first time if Dalic's team can get the better of France and coach Didier Deschamps.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — They've gone 120 minutes twice in a week. They have endured the emotional tugs of two penalty shootouts, somehow coming out on top on both occasions, the first team since 1990 to do so at a World Cup. They're dealing with injuries to their starting right back, their goalkeeper and a handful of other players who could probably use a week in the ice bath.
There's no way Croatia is going to have any juice left in the tank for England in the World Cup semifinals, right?
MOSCOW (AP) — English fish and chips against Croatia's famous fish risotto. France's vin et fromage versus Belgian beer and waffles.
Players nicknamed Slab Head, Rocky and 37.
Welcome to the final four of a new-look World Cup, perhaps the most improbable of soccer's 21 championships.
Host Russia left in tears Saturday night, jilted like a suitor at the end of a Pushkin poem when it tied Croatia late in extra time only to lose the last quarterfinal on penalty kicks.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Danijel Subasic saved three penalties, and Croatia's World Cup hopes.
In the second straight shootout of the tournament, the Croats advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local):
Ivan Rakitic has taken sides in the Messi vs. Ronaldo debate.
The Croatia midfielder says "For me, Lionel Messi is the best player of all time. And I hope he will continue playing for as long as he wants."
Rakitic's spoke Wednesday on the eve of his Croatia team's World Cup meeting with Messi's Argentina.