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Zadar and the Croatian national football team

Although Zadar is called the city of basketball, it is less well known that some big soccer players who are real world stars of that sport, came from this Mediterranean city. Zadar is the cradle of sports.
Joško Skoblar, Dado Pršo and Luka Modrić trace their roots direct from the Zadar region which is located on the border between the northern and central Adriatic. In its vicinity, there are the national parks Paklenica, Kornati, Krka and Plitvice Lakes, and the Telačica and Velebit nature parks.
Although a link between the strong Velebit bora from the north and the warmth of intoxicating fragrances from the south and the talent of these great footballers, has still not been found, it must be there and soon at the Football World Cup, it will become evident.
After his brilliant season at Real Madrid, Luka Modrić will once again be given the opportunity to show the famous Dalmatian defiance and avenge the defeat of the Croatian national team by Brazil in Germany, in 2006. Then, the Croatian team was led by Dado Pršo.
In Brazil, Modrić will be supported by Danijel Subašić and Šime Vrsaljko, two of Zadar's sons also playing for Croatia.
In Zadar, citizens are already planning venues which will be open until late in the night providing direct telecasts of matches from the South American football paradise. It is not known whether famous samba dancers will parade through Kalelarga street during football matches but, certainly, in the warm summer nights, many tourists will be cheering our players. Zadar, with its fascinating town centre and relaxed atmosphere, always attracts many visitors.
Over the past two decades, Zadar has been well developed, and the beautiful sea front walk and the Sea Organ became unmissable attractions for every traveller. True, perhaps the Zadar area cannot be compared to Brazil in terms of football successes, but in cultural heritage, architecture and natural beauty, it has a substantial lead.
The Zadar archipelago with the Kornati National Park form one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean and is unique in the world. The church of St. Donat from the 9th century, built on the ruins of the Roman Forum, is the most famous monumental edifice in Croatia from the early Middle Ages. And we hope that in Sao Paulo, on 12 June, the game by 'Vatreni' players will be at least half as monumental as that.
 
 
 

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