The last dance? Croatia braced for end of the Luka Modric era

The midfield icon will be 39 in September and this will surely be his last tournament but he isn’t ready to talk about swan songs just yet

Back in the day, you might not even have labelled Luka Modric as “one to watch”. The midfielder was in Germany in 2006 for his first major tournament but had only just squeezed into the World Cup squad. If you had to pick a rising star from that Croatia roster, you probably would not have gone with him.

Modric was 20 and had established himself at Dinamo Zagbreb after loans at Zrinjski in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Premijer liga and Inter Zapresic, a small club from a western Zagreb suburb. He had made his Croatia debut in March of that year in a 3-2 friendly win over Argentina but anyone trying to identify the country’s next big thing was more likely to have settled on Niko Kranjcar.

Continue reading…

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *