Split and the Croatian national football team

There will be as many as seven players from Split playing for the Croatian national team at the World Cup in Brazil, but it is a completely normal thing ...
In particular, proud Split citizens fondly call their city the "sportiest city in the world", and indeed, the facts are pretty much in their favour. This city of about 200,000 inhabitants has given to the sports world Olympic, World and/or European champions in swimming, rowing, sailing, basketball and water polo.
Nevertheless, Split is primarily a city of football. Poljud, one of Europe's most beautiful stadiums is the home of the Hajduk Split football club which has kept its citizens in the insane soccer atmosphere since 1911. The club is a regular participant in European club competitions. Moreover, thanks to Hajduk, Split is the smallest city ever to have fielded a quarter-finalist in the Champions League! Among other things, Hajduk has given the current lineup of the national team some long-standing players: Stipe Pletikosa, an always reliable goalkeeper and the captain Dario Srna. Apart from Hajduk players, there is also Ante Rebić from the RFC Split, a club only a year younger than Hajduk and which has its loyal supporters. Rebić is one of Europe's biggest football hopes and Brazil will mark the beginning of his, hopefully, very successful international career.
Split sporting spirit is evident through its many sports arenas and beautiful recreational areas such as the famous Marjan hill where marathon races at the Mediterranean Games in 1979 and at the European Championships in Athletics in 1990 took place, as well as the legendary Bačvice beach, a kind of Split Copacabana where, even in winter days , people play 'picigin' games. You are free to take a dive: Split beaches have blue flags and the crazy fun never stops.
Split coastal area is the centre of economic and tourist power of the region, and the fascinating history of this area goes back to prehistoric times. However, Hellenistic culture had the greatest impact and Diocletian's Palace is a rare example of a Roman imperial palace combined with an urban centre.
Also nearby is Trogir, a town under UNESCO protection still radiant from the time of ancient Greece. The island of Hvar is the centre of nightlife on the Adriatic, an obligatory stop for posh yachtsmen, while the island of Brač with its natural beauty enchants everyone who visits it.

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