Wednesday, 17 March 2021

2021 Goes Green: All You Need to Know About St. Patrick’s Day in Croatia

March 17, 2021 - As the final arrangements are being finalized to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day one more year in several countries around the globe, here is everything you need to know about how one of the world’s most popular holidays will be celebrated in Croatia.

Each 17th of March, the Irish population and the Irish diaspora around the world commemorate the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity there. The holiday has evolved over time to become a worldwide display and celebration of Irish culture, through colorful parades, special foods, dancing, drinking, and very importantly, a whole lot of GREEN.

Although there will be no mass parades and celebrations this year due to the COVID-19 situation, Tourism Ireland is ensuring that this important day can be celebrated safely all around the world. As a matter of fact, they’re proud to announce that a record has been set in their 12th annual ‘‘Global Greening’’ initiative here in Croatia, both in municipalities and the number of sites participating. Thus elevating the number of municipalities to nine (9), and the sites across the country to fourteen (14). Next, we will share the details of the celebrations that will be held in each of them:

  • Zagreb: the Croatian capital is going ‘‘green’’ for the fifth time this year. Among the sites that will change their colors will be the Zagreb fountains, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, the Klović Palace Gallery, and the Meštrović Pavilion.
  • Rijeka: also remains a strong supporter of the ‘‘Global Greening’’: Trsat Castle, the ‘‘Molo Longo’’ port cranes, and the fountain in the Adriatic Square will once again link Croatia and Ireland.
  • Split: the Dalmatian city will light up its fountain in front of Prokurative.
  • Dubrovnik: for the very first time, the ‘‘Pearl of the Adriatic’’ will include the Small Onofrio Fountain in the celebration.
  • Zadar: this year, its ‘‘greening’’ will be moved to the ‘‘Greetings to the Sun’’ installation.
  • Pula: the Istrian city is also changing its contribution this year - the roundabout at the entrance to the city will show its citizens and visitors that the city celebrates its Irish link.
  • Varaždin: the northern city is back for a second time, as the Croatian National Theatre will be the city’s ‘‘green representative’’ this year.
  • Hvar: it is one of the two Croatian newcomers to the initiative, and its Fortica will be quite a sight in their first year celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
  • Oriovac: the other first-time participant and the only Slavonian municipality taking part, will green its Turkish fountain.

When will you be able to witness the greenings of the fourteen sites across the country? On St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, 17 March at 19:00! Be sure to be there at nightfall with your camera, and the right company!

More information on the 12th annual Global Greening initiative can be found at Tourism Ireland’s site
For additional information regarding the Global Greening in Croatia, feel free to contact Bernard Vrban, Public Affairs Officer, at +385 (0)91 627 8934 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more about lifestyle in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

U-21 Croatia Player List Released for 2021 Euros in Hungary and Slovenia!

March 9, 2021 - The U-21 Croatia player list has been released by coach Igor Bišćan ahead of the European Championship in Hungary and Slovenia later this month. 

The young Croatia national football team will play at the European Championship after a turbulent qualifying campaign and will soon compete in the group stage against Portugal (March 25), Switzerland (March 28), and England (March 31). A spot in the quarterfinals will be won by the two best national teams from each group.

The list of players for the European Championship includes 23 names, including three goalkeepers.

Goalkeepers: Adrian Šemper (Chievo), Dominik Kotarski (Ajax), Ivan Nevistić (Rijeka)

Defenders: Borna Sosa (Stuttgart), Domagoj Bradarić (Lille), Marin Šverko (Saarbrücken), Joško Gvardiol (Dinamo), Martin Erlić (Spezia), Krešimir Krizmanić (Gorica), Mario Vušković (Hajduk)

Midfielders: Nikola Moro (Dinamo Moskva), Lovro Majer (Dinamo), Kristijan Bistrović (Kasimpasa), Darko Nejašmić (Hajduk), Mihael Žaper (Osijek), Bartol Franjić (Dinamo), Luka Sučić (RB Salzburg)

Attackers: Luka Ivanušec (Dinamo), Sandro Kulenović (Rijeka), Petar Musa (Union Berlin), Dario Špikić (Gorica), Dario Vizinger (Wolfsberger), Marko Divković (Dunajska Streda)

Croatia will face three demanding exams at this year's European Championship. Coach Igor Bišćan believes that his players have something to say in the competition against Portugal, Switzerland, and England.

"England is a category unto themselves, extremely strong and one of the favorites of the whole competition. They all play at a high level, not only relying on physical strength but also adding tactical awareness and technique, and imagination. Their value is close to the world's largest A-selections. Portugal is a copy of their senior team, they cultivate the same combinatorial style, and they are challenging and experienced enough in competitive football. They will take advantage of any carelessness and punish it. They have several individuals from the world’s biggest clubs; they are where our players would one day want to be. They may not have adequate minutes, but their quality is indisputable. England and Portugal should go further. Switzerland is tough, solid, organized, and a couple of players from our region give them a dose of unpredictability. However, we are also good; it will be a demanding group, a real test to see where we are concerning the best and those close to us," he said.

In the first two group games, Croatia will not count on the suspended Borna Sosa, but in cooperation with Zlatko Dalić, they have yielded a solution.

"Sosa is too important, good and high quality not to count on him, and it is to be assumed that the last game in the group will be important. If the last game does not decide on something, he will join the A-selection, which speaks volumes about his form. I am glad that Dalić gave us Bradarić, we are cooperating very well, and he showed a correct attitude. We have a great situation with high-level players," Bišćan explained.

Some players also bring experience from the last European Championship, but this will be somewhat different due to the format change.

"That experience can help, but unfortunately, we don't have Boško Šutal due to a foot injury, and it really hit us, as we are the thinnest on the right defender. A tournament like this is a nice experience for every young footballer's career and an opportunity to present his talent on a phenomenal stage. This competition is specific; there is no time to play. We gather on Monday and Tuesday, and the match is already on Thursday - it should be more suitable for individually stronger teams. At the same time, it does not allow others to cancel that advantage. He who is ready from the first second to switch from the club rhythm without stumbling will do well. I'm sorry that there are no fans, Koper is close, but it's best to get out of the group, so maybe something will change for the quarterfinals," concluded Bišćan.

Source: HNS

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Monday, 8 March 2021

Zlatko Dalic Announces Croatia Squad for the Upcoming 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

March 8, 2021 - Coach Zlatko Dalic has announced the Croatia squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers later this month. 

HNS reports that Croatia national team coach Zlatko Dalić has announced the list of players for the start of the FIFA World Cup European qualifiers. Recall, the final tournament will be held in Qatar at the end of 2022.

The 2018 World Cup finalists will try to win a spot in Qatar through Group H of the European Qualifiers against Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, and Malta. Only the winners of the ten qualifying groups will qualify directly for Qatar, while the second-placed national teams - with two more national teams from the Nations League - will play in the playoffs.

The Croatia national team opens the qualification away in Ljubljana against Slovenia on March 24, followed by a double program in Rijeka - on March 27 against Cyprus and three days later against Malta.

Dalić invited 24 players and sent preliminary invitations to Ivo Grbić, Milo Škorić, Marin Pongračić, Tomo Bašić, and Kristijan Lovrić.

"There are no surprises on the list; this is a team we built through the qualifications for EURO and last year's Nations League. Although a demanding group awaits us, I have a lot of faith in this team, and we are very optimistic about the new cycle because I am deeply convinced we have the quality to win - and that is, of course, our main goal in these qualifications," said Dalić. 

Dalić wished good luck to the U-21 national team at the European Championship:

"In agreement with the U-21 coach, Igor Bišćan, Domagoj Bradarić will be a member of the young national team in this term, as he cannot count on the suspended Sosa in that position. Domagoj can certainly make a significant contribution during the European Championship, which, as a competition, is a precious experience for a young player. I wish Igor and his team a lot of sports luck in Slovenia!"

"I am glad that at the moment we do not have serious problems with injuries, and I hope that it will remain so until the reunion. We want a good start because of the qualifications, but also as an introduction to the EURO, and for that, we will have to approach this with maximum concentration and togetherness. The schedule is tight; we will not have time for serious training, so the focus will be on good mental and tactical preparation to be at the best possible level given these circumstances. I am an optimist and look forward to the gathering, as well as our team," concluded the coach.

Croatia will gather on March 22 in Zagreb, from where they will leave for Ljubljana a day later. Immediately after the match against Slovenia, they will travel to Opatija, where they will stay until the end of the gathering.

Goalkeepers Lovre Kalinić, Dominik Livaković, Simon Sluga

Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Šime Vrsaljko, Borna Barišić, Duje Ćaleta-Car, Dario Melnjak, Filip Uremović, Josip Juranović

Midfielders: Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Milan Badelj, Mario Pašalić, Nikola Vlašić

Attackers: Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Ante Rebić, Josip Brekalo, Bruno Petković, Mislav Oršić, Ante Budimir

Callups: Mile Škorić, Toma Bašić, Marin Pongračić, Ivo Grbić, Kristijan Lovrić

What do you think of the Croatia squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers?

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Olympic Qualifiers: Croatia Tops Romania in Game One (16:6)

February 14, 2021 - Croatia tops Romania in game one of the Olympic qualifiers in Rotterdam, Netherlands (16:6).

The Croatia water polo team began the qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games on Sunday in Rotterdam, Netherlands, against Romania. 

Of the 12 national teams, only the three first-place teams will secure a spot in Tokyo. Ivica Tucak's side has a hard fight ahead of them, and their first opponent in Group B was Romania. 

Croatia led the first quarter 5:1, the second quarter 3:1, the third quarter 4:2, and the fourth quarter 4:2 to win the first game of the group stage 16:6. 

The most efficient player for Croatia was Rino Burić with three goals, Marko Macan, Loren Fatović, Luka Lončar, Maro Joković, and Lovre Miloš added two goals each, while Tudor-Andrei Fulea and Vlad-Luca Georgescu scored two goals each for Romania.

Croatia is in Group B with Germany, Russia, Romania, the Netherlands, while the national teams of Greece, Montenegro, Brazil, Canada, Georgia, and Turkey play in Group A.

After the opening against Romania, Croatia plays against the Netherlands (Monday, February 15, at 7 pm), France (Tuesday, February 16, at 8:30 pm), Russia (Wednesday, February 17, at 2:30 pm), and Germany (Thursday, February 18, at 8:30 pm.).

In the earlier match on Sunday, the Netherlands defeated Germany with a final score of 11:10.

Following the group stage, the quarterfinal stage will commence on Friday, February 19, in which the four best teams from each group will meet.  The pairs will be determined by their positions in the standings (A1 - B4, A2 - B3, A3 - B2, and A4 - B1). 

The four winning teams will play in the semifinals on February 20. The finalists of the qualifying tournament, as well as the national team that wins the match for third place on February 21, will qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which are scheduled from July 24 to August 8, 2021. 

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Monday, 25 January 2021

World Handball Championship: No Quarterfinals for Croatia after Denmark Wins

January 25, 2021 - There will be no quarterfinals for Croatia after Denmark won by a shocking 12 goals in the decisive main round match on Monday night. 

After a nail-biting final minutes, Qatar defeated Argentina 26:25 in their final main round match of the World Championship in Egypt on Monday, significantly helping Croatia's chance at a quarterfinal spot. 

Recall, Croatia needed Qatar to win to stay in the game for the quarterfinals - and with a victory against Denmark on Monday, Croatia would secure a spot in the quarterfinal match against Sweden.

Not only did this game mean nothing to Denmark, who already secured first place in the group, but at least eight players caught the stomach flu, forcing them to play with a weakened squad.

Unfortunately, the reigning Olympic and World Champs were still able to show why they are the best in the world. 

Denmark v. Croatia Recap 

Mamic scored the first goal of the match for 0:1 Croatia. Pesic saved Denmark's first attack.

Mandic made it 0:2 for Croatia in the 2nd minute.

Denmark scored their first goal from a 7-meter throw just under 4 minutes in (1:2). Denmark equalized for 2:2 in the 5th minute. 

Maric scored for 2:3 one minute later - and Horvat made it 2:4 second after that.

Mamic scored his second goal of the game for 3:5, and Horvat scored his second for 4:6 in the 11th minute. 

Denmark equalized in the 15th minute - 6:6. 

Karacic scored a rocket one minute later to put Croatia back in the lead - 6:7. 

Denmark took the lead for the first time in the 18th minute - 8:7.

Martinovic scored to slightly reduce Denmark's lead - 9:8 in the 20th minute. The young Croatia player scored again for 10:9. 

Maric scored for 11:10 in the 23rd minute, and Sebetic for 12:11 in the 24th. 

Duvnjak scored his first goal of the game for 13:12 with four minutes to go in the first half. Martinovic scored for 14:13 in the 27th.

Karacic scored his second goal of the game for 15:14 - Croatia was still behind by one with two minutes to go.

With just over 30 seconds to go, Cupic scored from 7-meters for 16:15. Denmark scored from 7-meters with 5 seconds to go, going into halftime at 17:15.

Only two minutes into the second half and Denmark was up by four goals - 19:15. 

In the 36th minute, Denmark lead by 7 goals - 22:15. 

Karacic scored Croatia's first goal of the second half in the 37th minute for 22:16 - and scored again three minutes later for 25:17. 

Cupic scored for 28:18 in the 43rd minute. Maric scored for 32:19 in the 48th minute - Croatia was down by 13 goals. Maric scored for 33:20 in the 52nd. 

Karacic scored for 35:22 in the 53rd minute. Cupic scored from 7-meters with five minutes to go (36:24).

With one minute to go, Denmark led 37:26. The match ended 38:26 for Denmark. 

The Croatia national team will gather again soon to play a qualifying tournament for the Tokyo Olympics in March. 

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page.  

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Petrinja Earthquake: Live Updates from Croatia, December 30, 2020

December 30, 2020 - Petrinja earthquake - live updates from Croatia on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.

DECEMBER 31 UPDATE - FOLLOW THE LATEST NEWS HERE

Croatia was rocked by a strong earthquake on Tuesday afternoon. At 12.19 pm, seismologists recorded a devastating earthquake with an epicenter five kilometers southwest of Petrinja at a depth of 11.5 kilometers. The Richter magnitude of the earthquake was 6.2. 

Many weaker earthquakes followed, and all earthquakes had an epicenter near Petrinja and its surroundings.

From 12.23 to 12.58 on Tuesday, the largest number of subsequent earthquakes occurred, as many as 10 - with Richter magnitudes greater than 3.

At least seven people were killed. That is a number that has been confirmed, and it is not excluded that more victims will be discovered later.

Among the dead are a 12-year-old girl in Petrinja, a 20-year-old boy from one house, a grandfather from another, and a father and son from the same house in Majske Poljane near Glina, Glina Deputy Mayor Branka Bakšić Mitić confirmed. It was later confirmed that another male had died in Majske Poljane.

After a seven-hour search, the body of a man who was killed under the ruins of a church in Žažina was found.

At least six people were seriously injured and 20 were slightly injured, the Ministry of the Interior announced.

You can read our live updates on the Petrinja earthquake from Tuesday, December 29, 2020, HERE.

 

LIVE UPDATES Powered by Index.hr - translated to English by TCN on December 30, 2020

 

19:38 HEP (Croatian electricity provider) reported today that they were able to restore power to all but 850 users in the region (700 around Petrinja and 150 around Glina). Yesterday, around 150,000 users lost electricity in the region.

19:21 Civil Protection Service Manager Damir Trut said that 18 containers arrived at Glina today, while additional 80 are expected to arrive tomorrow. He also explained that a lot of help is arriving and is being distributed to those in need as soon as it arrives. 

19:00 Petrinja Mayor Darinko Dumbović said that 120 containers for the victims to spend the nights are on the way toward Petrinja.

18:39 Some people from Strašnik decided to spend another night near their cars, a tent which was erected yesterday and in their partially destroyed buildings. They're spending the second night in these circumstances, and they added that it's not that bad, as long as their children are comfortable.

18:30 Four hangars filled in Glina, Alberta Cesarić from Red Cross explained today, and they don't have the capacity to accept further donations.

18:13 INA decided to join the campaign to help the damaged areas, by donating disinfectants, PPE, and the gas necessary to bring help to Petrinja.

18:05 Zagreb County donated 5,5 million kunas to help fund the emergency works on the buildings damaged in the earthquake.

17:13 Croatian citizens donated 3,65 million kunas to the fundraising campaign by the Solidarna Foundation.

16:57 Lidl and Kaufland to donate 15 million kunas to the donations account.

16:43 Podgorica donated 10,000 euros to the residents of Petrinja
"On the occasion of the strong earthquake that hit our neighbors in Croatia, the capital donated 10,000 euros in solidarity to help the residents of Petrinja in Sisak-Maslovačka County. Podgorica sends sincere words of support and friendship to the citizens of Croatia in this difficult time," podgorica.me reports

16:05 HT increased the strength of the network in Sisak, Petrinja and Glina
Workers of Hrvatski Telekom (HT) and Ericsson Nikola Tesla (ENT) in the shortest possible time after the earthquake eliminated difficulties in communication links in the area of ​​Sisak, Petrinja and Glina and set up additional base stations to increase the capacity of the mobile network, HT points out.

"In cooperation with ENT, we enabled the uninterrupted operation of base stations in the area of ​​Sisak, Petrinja and Glina in the shortest possible time after the earthquake, and introduced additional, mobile base stations," they say from HT.

This, as they add, has increased the capacity of the mobile network - in Petrinja by 30 percent, and in Glina by 100 percent.

They announce that the use of radio relay connections in the coming hours is planned to provide wifi access in the area of ​​the barracks in Petrinja, which currently serves as a reception center.

At the request of Hina, HT also said that today all connections in that area work, both in the fixed and mobile network, as well as internet access, noting that due to significantly increased traffic in that area, connections can occasionally 'click', but work.

16:02 Jandroković visited the affected places
The President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković, who visited the most severely affected parts of the Sisak-Moslavina County on Wednesday, said that Croatia would not leave these people and would be with them.

"Croatia will not leave these people, we will be with them, the meaning of politics is to do our best to help people in such situations. We started well, we must continue like this," Jandrokovic said after visiting Petrinja, Glina and Majske Poljane, where most people died in the earthquake.

"It is most terrible for families who have lost their loved ones," he said, noting that the situation in all the mentioned places is difficult, and the same is true in Novo Selo Glinski, where all the houses cracked and the church bell tower collapsed.

"It is extremely important that we react quickly, that help is sent to those who need it the most," said the Speaker of Parliament, satisfied with the way and speed in which the state has reacted so far.

16:00 30 caravans from Istria arrive
A valuable donation in the form of more than thirty caravans and campers set off on Wednesday from Poreč to Sisak-Moslavina County after an appeal arrived from Petrinja, Sisak, Glina and other places that people and small children had spent the night outdoors and that they need caravans.

15:54 "This is not humanitarian aid"
Katarina Zorić from the Croatian Red Cross posted a photo on her Facebook with the status: This is not humanitarian aid!

Namely, someone in the "help" package sent burnt candles to Petrinja.

15:52 Darinko Dumbović said what the current situation is in Petrinja
In a conversation with N1, the mayor of Petrinja, Darinko Dumbović, said what the current situation is in Petrinja, a city that was severely affected by yesterday's devastating earthquake of 6.2 on the Richter scale.

"The existing installations have been devastated by a strong earthquake. In one part we have electricity and in the other, we don't have electricity. In one part we have water and in the other, we don't. We want to put the communal infrastructure into operation as soon as possible. problem because we will have to service people a lot more with water and other things," Dumbovic said. 

15:45 This is Petrinja right now

15:20 PMF professor says that our knowledge is limited and that for the earthquake of 300 years it is a blink of an eye
Marijan Herak, a full professor at the Geophysical Department of the Faculty of Science, commented after the first major earthquake in Petrinja that it happens less often, but it still happens, that a stronger earthquake follows.

For N1, he explained in detail how it works, as well as the history of earthquakes in the area with world significance. > More

15:00 Božinović addressed the public from Petrinja. He says the EU is in solidarity
"Unfortunately, the time has come that we are also in big trouble and that we are all here together today, to see first how to help people, those most affected. And then think about what follows after this wave of earthquakes that are still shaking the area. This includes damage assessment and reconstruction, as in the case of Zagreb, it will be with significant EU support," Bozinovic said.

14:56 Such a violent earthquake spread through Croatia and Europe
Italian institute released video. 

14:51 Valamar offers free accommodation for people whose houses have been destroyed
"The largest Croatian tourist company Valamar Riviera opened the doors of its facilities and offered accommodation to families from Sisak, Glina, Petrinja and surrounding places whose homes were destroyed in yesterday's devastating earthquake.

Available are Istria Premium Camping Resort in Funtana near Porec, Ježevac Premium Camping Resort on the island of Krk and Hotel Valamar Sanfior in Rabac. Accommodation in camping resorts, in fully equipped camping houses, is available from today, December 30, and in the hotel Sanfior on a full board basis from tomorrow, December 31.

All those who need accommodation for all information and arrangements can call 052/465 000 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "

14:50 Milorad Pupovac came to the affected areas
"People are tied to their houses, they don't leave them. They need help. The first thing they need in this village is containers. It's good that the government has made a decision to procure containers. We are also inquiring about purchasing.

Second, people need tarpaulins, chargers, lamps, raincoats. We from SNV listed it, it is being procured. Sleeping bags, food, cosmetics ... That's why we came here, to connect people with the city and the administration, to make it more efficient," said Pupovac.

He commented on the statement for Tanjug that Serbs were killed in the earthquake. He also revealed that he was verbally attacked in Glina. 

14:37 Appeal to the government: Urgently abolish VAT on donations of goods and services for Petrinja
Today, HUP wrote a letter to the Government of the Republic of Croatia requesting a temporary cessation of calculation and payment of all taxes on forms of assistance and donations to Croatian citizens affected by the earthquake, especially in the area of Petrinja, Sisak, and Banovina.

This primarily refers to the calculation and payment of VAT and income tax and contributions for assistance that employers want to pay to workers affected by the aftermath of the earthquake. 

14:28 Vučić asked the Serbian government to send one million euros in aid to Croatia
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, sent a letter to the Government of Serbia in which he asked that one million euros from free funds be transferred to the Government of Croatia as aid due to a series of earthquakes, reports Telegraf.

14:21 Albania helps Croatia
Albania will donate 250,000 euros to Croatia for reconstruction after the earthquake that hit it on Tuesday, said Edi Rama, the country's prime minister, who was the victim of the earthquake last year.

"I have just signed the decision of the Albanian government to donate 250,000 euros to fraternal Croatia to help revive Petrinja after the devastating earthquake," Rama wrote on Twitter. 

14:07 Reception center in Glina
There are also people in the Reception Center who have nowhere to be. Assistance from all parts of Croatia is sorted in the halls.

14:06 Tomašević helps in Glina: There is a lack of water
PARLIAMENTARY MP and leader of the political platform We can! Tomislav Tomašević said today from Glina, where he is participating as a volunteer of the Civil Protection, that there is a lack of water in donations, that there are too many clothes and enough blankets, and that electric heaters do not make sense because there is no electricity yet. 

14:04 There is still no electricity in parts of Petrinja, Glina and Sisak

Hrvatska elektroprivreda reported that there are still no electricity for about 1,300 users from the area of Petrinja and its surroundings, and about 200 each in the areas of Glina and Sisak, that three transmission lines and 79 substations in the area of Petrinja are still out of operation, where there are also destroyed substations and low voltage networks.

"In the area of Petrinja and its surroundings, three transmission lines from 79 substations are currently out of operation. The entire medium voltage network is operational, but due to the destroyed low voltage network in Petrinja and surrounding villages, there are still about 1,300 users without supply," the statement said. 

They also say that there are about 200 users in the Glina area.

14:02 The Chamber of Nurses is helping
The President of the Croatian Chamber of Nurses, Mario Gazić, and members of the Council of the Chamber expressed their deep condolences to all the families of those killed and injured in yesterday's devastating earthquake.

The Croatian Chamber of Nurses has made available to its members, nurses and technicians whose homes were destroyed by yesterday's devastating earthquake, accommodation for 10 people in an apartment owned by the Chamber, which is otherwise intended to accommodate members undergoing treatment in Zagreb. In the event that there are more such members than it is possible to accommodate in this apartment, the Chamber will find ways to provide them with alternative accommodation. Members who need to be provided with replacement accommodation can contact the Chamber from 0-24 hours by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the HKMS Facebook page.

"The chamber will also, as it did after the earthquake in Zagreb, provide financial assistance to members whose homes were destroyed in yesterday's earthquake. We invite all those whose homes were damaged to report it via the link on the HKMS website," said Gazić and added that the deadline for reporting is open until further notice.

The Chamber of Nurses expresses strong support to the nurses and technicians in Sisak and Petrinja who heroically took care of patients in extremely difficult conditions yesterday.

14:00 All available forces are in Sisak-Moslavina County
The Directorate of Civil Protection reported that all available operational forces had been sent to Sisak-Moslavina County.

They point out that emergency services from all areas of the Republic of Croatia and members of the Civil Protection Directorate are on the ground.

The directorate states that currently there are 95 members of the State Civil Protection Intervention Unit with the necessary equipment for retrieving from the ruins, 430 firefighters with 60 vehicles, 190 members of the HGSS from 19 stations, members of the Croatian Red Cross, police, army (310) and employees utilities, HEP, etc. There are 65 ambulance teams on the ground.

Equipment was delivered to Sisak-Moslavina County from the logistics center of the Directorate of Civil Protection in Jastrebarsko through two convoys.

350 beds, 560 mattresses, 350 flooring, 8680 blankets, 2160 CSO packages, 20,000 liters of drinking water, three generators, 211 beds, 262 sleeping bags, six tents, 120 liters of fuel, eight cannons, command vehicle, two special containers were delivered, two logistics trucks, a van, two large units with a trailer and other equipment.

13:36 Official account for donations opened

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković appealed to all citizens who want to help earthquake victims in central Croatia to contact the Red Cross and the Directorate of Civil Protection, and the official account of the State Treasury for assistance has been opened.

Screenshot 2020-12-30 at 14.01.45.png

"We thank all our fellow citizens who showed great heart, solidarity and unity, but once again we appeal to all who want to help to contact the Red Cross and the Directorate of Civil Protection. Due to great interest from Croatia and abroad, we have opened an official account of the State Treasury." Plenković posted on Twitter.

The state budget receives financial donations intended for the repair of damages in Sisak-Moslavina County and other areas affected by devastating earthquakes.

IBAN of the State Budget of the Republic of Croatia: HR12 1001 0051 8630 0016 0
Reference to the approval number: 5444 - OIB of the payer

For payments from abroad BIC (SWIFT) code: NBHRHR2XXXX
Bank: Croatian National Bank, Trg hrvatskih velikana 3, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
User: Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Finance, Katanciceva 5, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Payment details: Earthquakes aid

13:35 LIVE Plenković and the EC Commissioner for Crisis Situations hold a press conference
THE DAY after the devastating earthquake, the press conference will be held by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and European Commissioner for Crisis Situations Janez Lenarčić. More HERE

13:29 Pupovac arrived in Majske Poljane

13:28 Plenković thanked the Pope

Screenshot 2020-12-30 at 13.58.50.png

13:23 Pope prays for Croatia
Pope Francis announced on Wednesday that he was praying for those who lost their lives in the earthquake that hit Croatia on Tuesday, as well as for their families and all others who died.

"Yesterday's earthquake in Croatia caused casualties and serious damage," Franjo wrote on his Twitter profile.

"I express my closeness to the injured and victims of the earthquake, and I especially pray for those who lost their lives, as well as their families," he added.

13:12 After the statements, they went on a tour
"A young man was killed in this house, he came from the night shift, went to bed, and died," Deputy Mayor Glina Milanovic told.

“I’m not yet aware of what happened,” one resident tells Index.

12:47 Milanović arrived in Majske Poljane
"This is the most damaged village, there is practically no whole house," says the deputy mayor of Glina. “Both new and old have collapsed,” he adds.

"Deep condolences to the families of the people who died, five people died here, as a kind of curse, a big thank you to everyone who helps, both those who have a job and those who volunteer. This is a commonplace in Croatian history. They must know that we are with them. In such situations there is no Zagreb, Petrinja, we all have an equal right to a new beginning. Five people died here, evil fate, what can I say.

The army is helping as much as it can, unfortunately, there is no water in the barracks in Petrinja, trouble never comes alone," Milanovic said.

"The state is already helping, doing everything it can, but I am not the prime minister. People, citizens are desperate and scared. People in Petrinja were also angry yesterday, because of the feeling that they were left and forgotten," he added.

12:17 In Majske Poljane with the deputy mayor of Glina
The woman is crying in front of our camera. "People were left without everything in two minutes. There is no electricity, people are left with full refrigerators, now they have nothing left," said Branka Bakšić Mitić.

“We need containers, once construction starts there, it will take time,” she added. "These people all have domestic animals, they have 7 cows, they live off of them, that's their existence. It used to be hard to live there, before the war it was a rich village, it had public lighting. Now there is nothing like entering the twilight zone," she tells us.

"A lot of people called us, 10 containers are leaving Poreč, 4 containers from Zagreb, this is the first tour. The first village to receive containers are Majske Poljane ... I have now invited people from each village to visit everything and make list, to drive containers directly to them."

12:14 In Karlovac, the repair of damaged roofs is in progress
In the area of the city of Karlovac, 45 rehabilitation interventions are underway as a result of yesterday's earthquake. These are damaged roofs and collapsed chimneys. They are in the field with the firefighters of the Public Utility Company of the city of Karlovac and 26 firefighters of voluntary fire brigades from the area of Karlovac.

Major damage was also recorded in the area of Lasinja, where firefighters from DVD Lasinja, DVD Crna Draga and DVD Desno Sredičko were also engaged in repairing the damaged roofs and chimneys on the buildings.

During the morning, by order of the Chief Fire Commander, additional forces were sent to the Sisak-Moslavina County, including 32 firefighters with five fire trucks from Ozalj. In these two days, a total of 91 firefighters and 19 fire trucks from the area of the Karlovac County Fire Brigade were sent to the Sisak-Moslavina County.

12:07 Istria County: Follow the information
The citizens of Istria County are asked to follow the announcements of the Red Cross Society of Istria County regarding assistance to areas endangered by earthquakes. The citizens of Istria County showed great humanity, empathy and solidarity towards the victims of the earthquake and collected a significant amount of help.

City Red Cross Societies, coordinated by the Red Cross Society of Istria County, are in charge of implementing fundraising activities organized by the Croatian
Red Cross.

Citizens are asked not to collect aid in clothing and footwear, but to donate according to the Red Cross list. For this purpose, citizens are asked to contact and deliver groceries to the city's Red Cross societies.

Legal entities and citizens who want to donate are sent to contact the Red Cross, i.e., city organizations. Citizens are appealed not to submit on their own initiative humanitarian aid to endangered areas, but exclusively organized by the Red Cross.

All information can be found on the website of the Red Cross Society of Istria County www.hck-istra.hr and on the website of the City Red Cross Societies.

12:05 Caritas of the Split-Makarska Archdiocese collects financial aid for earthquake victims
Caritas reported the following:

"On Sunday, January 10, 2021, in all parishes and churches of the Split-Makarska Archdiocese, alms collected during Holy Mass will be for the victims of the earthquake.

In the churches, in a visible place, boxes should be placed in which the faithful can give their contribution for the entire duration of the action. The action starts on December 30, 2020, and will last until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (February 2, 2021).

- All collected funds are paid to the account of Caritas of the Split-Makarska Archdiocese.

IBAN: HR29 2340 0091 1000 9261 5
Reference number: HR00 29122020
Description of payment: For earthquake victims "

12:03 What to do if you're driving during an earthquake?
The practice of the last days has shown that an earthquake is impossible to predict, but that does not mean that we cannot prepare for it. More HERE

11:58 Clothing and food are needed in Pokupsko
"The situation is such that we need everything, mostly goods, and food. The water is fine here, so we have no problems with that, and we have no damage as in some other places. Only two houses completely collapsed, but the families were immediately taken care of. We will immediately send all the surplus packages we receive to Petrinja and other necessary areas, we won't miss any. Most of the houses have been damaged, but there is no such dramatic and great damage as in Majske Poljane," Valentina Kraljevic told Index. 

11:57 Ćorić: Most households received electricity, cracks in the water supply system in Petrinja
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Tomislav Coric said on Wednesday that most households in the area of ​​Sisak, Petrinja, Glina and surrounding places that were left without electricity during the earthquake received that electricity, but warned of several destroyed substations and water supply damage. in Petrinja. 

11:40 VIDEO We were in Majske Poljane, 5 people were killed there yesterday
"I don't know what to tell you, I can't tell you, this is a cataclysm," he told us - more HERE

11:16 Help arrived from Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Greece, Romania
After the Republic of Croatia activated the Union Mechanism for Civil Protection on December 29, 2020 - the Union program intended for providing emergency assistance - and requested winter tents for 6 - 8 people, lamps with protection from PVC mesh (indoor), lighting balloons/lighting towers, electric heaters, folding beds, sleeping bags and containers for housing, first aid arrived on the same day from the Republic of Slovenia, the Protection and Rescue Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, around 11 pm. There are 4 containers, 12 bunk beds with 24 mattresses and 200 sleeping bags, which arrived during the night at the central civil protection warehouse in Jastrebarsko, from where they are transported to the affected areas in accordance with the assessed needs.

In addition to Slovenia, Austria responded to the Croatian request for help: 470 folding beds, Italy: 100 winter tents. Greece: 40 tents, 50 electric heaters, 500 folding beds, and 500 sleeping bags. Romania: 50 tents, 100 folding beds, 200 sleeping bags and 14 housing containers. Sweden: 60 tents and 2000 folding beds, Czech Republic: 2 lamps with protection, 1 balloon/lighting tower, 10 electric heaters, 600 folding beds and 1200 sleeping bags.

We would like to thank all those who responded to our request for assistance and contacted the Directorate of Civil Protection with inquiries for sending assistance, the Civil Protection announced.

10:49 Live from Majske Poljane

10:40 Osijek firefighters are helping the victims

The rescue team from the ruins of the Public Utility Company of the City of Osijek, which went to help the victims of the earthquake yesterday, immediately joined the search for the destroyed and damaged houses for the victims.

The rescue operation continued today by removing the dangers that threaten the destroyed and unstable buildings, they say.

10:35 A government session is underway. Plenković: Allegedly false invoices appear, caution

10:30 False news is spreading about the demolition of a chimney in Zagreb
"Today, the chimney of the brickyard in Kustošija will be demolished with a detonation, so a tremor will be heard," reads the message that is spreading. > More

9:50 "I'm grateful for the help."
A girl who lives in the vicinity of Petrinja says that her house was not damaged, but the house of her parents was damaged.

"My house doesn't have any major damage. My parents in Petrinja lost two chimneys. That's good, considering it's in the city center, it's a disaster there," the girl says.

She and her family are in accommodation provided by the military.

“They received us nicely, I am really grateful for the help, I cannot express that gratitude to the soldiers who are helping us.

"At my parent's, one chimney fell into the house, the other fell outside. The tiles have fallen off, I hope this can be fixed. Unlike the center of Petrinja, I saw pictures, a disaster," he says.

He says nylon is important to them now to cover holes in houses.

"Nylon is important to cover that. I don't know if they even enter the house while they're still shaking. Nylon is needed first hand, tiles later, if necessary," the woman says, adding that she is sure the government will to meet the victims.

10:30

9:30 Interview with the director of the Red Cross Petrinja
"The city center is closed, we have witnessed these tragedies that happened to the end. We did not even sleep, we worked all the time, many did not want to leave their homes. We visited all the villages, from the Red Cross, HGSS, I think that help has been taken, it was enough for some to turn to them, to see that they were not alone. "

"Unfortunately we witnessed the tragedy that happened yesterday. A girl was killed. The danger is great, look at these houses."

9:24 Geophysicist: It is possible that there may be an even stronger blow in the coming days
JOSIP STIPČEVIĆ, a geophysicist from the Faculty of Science in Zagreb, last night posted an interesting post on Facebook about yesterday's devastating earthquake.

In it, he tried to explain what was the cause of yesterday's earthquake of magnitude 6.2, which caused huge damage in Petrinja, Sisak and surrounding areas. More HERE

9:24

9:22 There was another earthquake in Petrinja

Screenshot 2020-12-30 at 09.32.33.png

9:19 The ground is constantly shaking

"The ground is not at rest, new earthquakes are felt almost constantly. Today there were three strong earthquakes, three relatively strong earthquakes in 15 minutes. It is difficult to calm the citizens who experienced those horrors yesterday. But after each strong earthquake a whole series follows earthquakes that are weaker, but the stronger that major earthquake was the longer the series of aftershocks, and they can be stronger," seismologist Kuk told Studio 4 just now.

9:18 "We heard a scream"
N1 reporters in Majske Poljane talked to people who were left without their homes.

"We heard a scream, went upstairs. Franjo and his son were killed, he works in the police. It was a newer house. We spent the night in the car, lit a fire. It was rocking all night. If there was any help, what containers," says the man.

"These guys from Zagreb, Rijeka are coming, offering help," says the man.

The man has 15 horses.

“They managed to save themselves, they have hay, they will survive,” the man says.

9:06 The situation in Majske Poljane
"People can't leave their cows, they have to take care of them, we need mobile homes that we will return, we need help from the army and the government, people and financial resources," said the deputy mayor of Glina.

"We could not persuade some citizens to leave their destroyed houses, they were out by the fire in their yard, and we are trying to deliver food and water to them all this morning," a Red Cross volunteer told HRT.

8:56 Earthquake knocks down woman's house: I live on 1000 kuna, I don't have a husband or children
Majske Poljane was destroyed. Several people were killed there, and many people were left homeless. Many spent the evening outdoors or in cars.

H1 spoke to a woman whose house was demolished. More HERE

8:47 Žinić: People did not want to go to organized accommodation
Ivo Žinić, County Prefect of Sisak-Moslavina County, was a guest on the N1 program. "Containers are on the way, people didn't want to go to organized accommodation, we made it possible. But older people didn't want to leave their hearth, they stayed by their houses, lit a fire," said Ivo Žinić, adding that he hoped it would be organized by the end of the day. He says many have called and offered help.

He says that today we need to ensure that these people have accommodation. “I believe we will be able to say tonight that most people are taken care of,” he says. "Glina and its surroundings are without water, there is no electricity around Petrinja," says Žinić, adding that basic groceries are most needed. "Everyone who wants to should announce themselves through the Civil Protection Headquarters. If it is not coordinated, then it creates difficulties for us," said Žinić.

He says young people were killed. "Judicial policeman and policeman from Glina, these are young people, I know them"

8:51 More from Paul Bradbury

8:38 Covid patients from Sisak and Dubrava arrived at the Dubrava Hospital
"During the day and night, 54 patients arrived from Sisak and Petrinja, of which 8 were on a ventilator. Everything is standard, everything is fine, their treatment continues. Most of the seriously ill were transferred by ambulance, and more were transferred by helicopters.

We were in constant communication with the ministers and everyone all day and night, we were in sync and I hope it wasn’t a big trauma for the patients.

The least severe patients are taken care of in the Arena. We had a total of 74 entries, those who were at home also came to work.

Our patients are in the safest building, our hospital is the newest. I think it is good that they feel safer in that way as well, "said Professor Lukšić from KB Dubrava for HRT.

8:35 Stories of looting of abandoned houses are spreading, the police say there is none
Late last night, reports began on social networks about alleged robberies of demolished and abandoned houses in earthquake-affected areas. 

8:33 Dumbović: I hope there is no one under the rubble anymore
"I hope there is no one under the rubble anymore," Dumbovic told HRT. "Don't come to Petrinja disorganized, don't bring me construction materials now because we don't have a place to put it now. Thank you all, but I don't have an hour now, we'll need it in a couple of days."

8:10 Many in Glina spent the night by the fire in the street for fear of another earthquake
Many residents of Glina and Majske Poljane spent the night on the street by the fire for fear of a new earthquake after yesterday's homes were completely destroyed. Most slept in their cars in front of houses or did not sleep at all. 

8:11 Majske Poljana the morning after by Paul Bradbury

134148534_10159387620229073_6469091196105551714_o.jpg

7:34 Live from Petrinja

7:33 What blood types are missing and when can you give blood?

45ac632c-12e5-4e9f-a45f-eb391aaa3eb4.jpg

more - HERE

HZTM

7:32 Seismologist: Over 40 earthquakes during the night in the Petrinja area
"Since midnight, there have been 40 earthquakes in the Petrinja area over 2 and 10 over 3 on the Richter scale, and from 6.15 two to three stronger. The series continues, the number of earthquakes is huge," seismologist Fiket told HRT.

7:31 In the last 49 hours, 40 earthquakes were felt in Croatia
This morning, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) announced that the magnitude 4.7 earthquake, which woke up the inhabitants of central Croatia at 6:15 this morning, was the 38th earthquake felt in Croatia in the last 49 hours. 

7:30 Grmoja: The fellowship and heart of our people fill me with pride
"They just returned from Petrinja, Glina and the surrounding villages. A lot of people came to help, mostly Boys, but since there was no coordination, people organized themselves and toured the villages. This was done by several of our teams, so we came to houses no one has visited.

Since there is no water we shared it the most. Fear is felt everywhere, people are warming themselves by the fire in front of their houses or sleeping in cars, but their spirit is still unbreakable. When asked how you are and where you will sleep tonight, they answer: "If we survived the war, we will survive this too!"

Now we will sleep for a few hours and again at 5 am we leave for Petrinja and Glina.

We will meet our Bulj, who left for Petrinja and Glina at midnight with a full truck and van, and another truck will leave tomorrow. The heart of Sinj seems to be beating hard.

Maligani and Torcida did not fail, and neither will Armada. Our Marin Miletić starts with a large team from Rijeka.

Sladoljev and the Boys are where they need to be, with the people.

The scenes of the demolished homes are sad and shocking, but the solidarity, togetherness, and heart of our people, fills me with pride," Nikola Grmoja wrote on Facebook.

7:29 The Red Cross worked all night

7:26 And the inhabitants of Pokupsko spent the night outside
Great damage was also recorded in Pokupsko, and many residents spent the night outside their houses. Some of them were located in Velika Gorica, and some of them spent the night in cars in front of their houses. This was said by the mayor of Pokupsko, who appealed for help: "We need construction materials and help in the reconstruction."

"We have food and something to get, our headquarters is meeting at noon, so we will see what we will organize next," he said.

6:54 There are about 200 people from the HGSS on the ground
"The sun is coming out, we hope it will be a little easier, we just had two earthquakes, people woke up immediately, we are ready to move on. The situation is under control if we can say that, people are constantly on the ground, the tour is getting ready. We are working nonstop, we didn't stop all night.

Immediately after the earthquake, we called upon the whole of Croatia, but in the end, we sent some back home because we had too many people. Everyone is involved, we all work, the whole of Croatia is here. At the moment, there are about 200 of us in the field," said the head of HGSS, Josip Granić.

"We visited 84 villages and hamlets, from Sisak to Kostajnica, there we find people, some outside houses, some in cars, looking for food, water, something to warm up, and it is delivered to them. We get reports that no one was in a village, but it turns out that our people or firefighters are already there," Granic added.

"It is difficult for me to assess where it would be better or worse, the villages from Petrinja to Hrvatska Kostajnica are significantly affected, you have houses that are older and intact, and you have new 15-year-olds homes that have been razed to the ground. There are still people in all those villages," Granic said. 

"The simplest thing would be to contact HCK, they will get advice on what help is needed and where to deliver it. Thank you all, but we have nowhere to go with everything we are getting at the moment. So we ask citizens to contact the Red Cross if they want to help," Granic said.

6:38 "Some spent the night in cars freezing"
"A minute or two ago, we felt an earthquake. It's the same in Glina, nothing better, part of the people we accommodated, part of them didn't want to leave their houses, they spent the night in cars freezing, a lot of people were taken care of. We have about 35, 36 settlements affected by the earthquake. Help is coming from all sides, it's hard to say what we need most, tents for sure, but during the day we will know better. Somewhere houses have been razed to the ground, chimneys have fallen off," the mayor of Glina told HRT in the morning. "Unfortunately, we have five dead. We pulled two out of the rubble."

6:36 The mayor of Petrinja contacted HRT
"It shakes non-stop, we feel that tiles are falling in the city; when it shakes, what is left to fall, falls. One sleepless night is behind us, it is one huge catastrophe, a huge pressure. This morning, when the earthquake happened, the Prime Minister called me," Dumbović told HRT.

6:35 New earthquakes shook Croatia, one was 4.8 Richter
Early this morning, several earthquakes shook central Croatia within a few minutes - more HERE

To read more news in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Croatia Opens against Slovenia Away in March

December 8, 2020 - The schedule for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers is here. Croatia opens against Slovenia in March 2021.

HNS announced that the Croatia national football team will open the qualification cycle for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with a visit to Slovenia on March 24, 2021 (20:45).

In March, Croatia will play two more home games, against Cyprus (March 27, 18:00) and Malta (March 30, 20:45).

Croatia's qualifying cycle for the World Cup in Qatar will continue with three September matches, against Russia (September 1, 20:45) and Slovakia (September 4, 20:45) away, and against Slovenia (September 7, 20:45) at home. Zlatko Dalić's team will play two matches in October next year, against Cyprus (October 8, 20:45) away, and Slovakia (October 11, 20:45) at home.

In the final part of the qualifications in November 2021, Croatia will play in Malta (November 11, 20:45), and in the last qualification round at home, they will meet Russia (November 14, 15:00).

As a reminder, the ten group winners will qualify directly for the World Cup, and the ten second-placed teams will try to win the same in the playoffs, which will be played from March 24 to 29, 2022.

In addition to the ten runners-up from the group stage, the playoffs will also include the two best national teams in the overall standings of the UEFA Nations League for the 2020/2021 season, which will not directly qualify for the World Cup, nor will they win the playoffs as the second-placed teams in the group. Twelve teams in the playoffs will be divided into three "pots" and will fight for the three remaining European places at the World Cup in March 2022. 

The 2022 World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022, in five Qatari cities (Doha, Lusail, Al Khor, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan).

Schedule:

24.3. 20:45: Slovenia - Croatia

27.3. 18:00: Croatia - Cyprus

30.3. 20:45: Croatia - Malta

1.9. 20:45: Russia - Croatia

4.9. 20:45: Slovakia - Croatia

7.9. 20:45: Croatia - Slovenia

8.10. 20:45: Cyprus - Croatia

11.10. 20:45: Croatia - Slovakia

11.11. 20:45: Malta - Croatia

14.11. 15:00: Croatia - Russia

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Monday, 7 December 2020

2022 World Cup Qualifiers: Croatia Draws Slovenia and More in Group H

December 7, 2020 - Croatia draws Slovenia, Slovakia, Russia, Cyprus, and Malta in Group H of the European qualifications for the 2022 World Cup.

Croatia took part in the European qualification draw for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at 6 pm tonight in Zurich. Fifty-five national teams will participate in the European qualifiers, divided into 10 groups - five groups with five national teams and five groups with six teams each. 

The winners of each group will go directly to the World Cup, and the ten runners-up and the two teams from the Nations League will play additional qualifications.

The 2018 World Cup finalists were placed into the pot of the strongest national teams. Thus, Croatia had no chance of being drawn into a group with Belgium, France, England, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands.

0000033879_685_375_cut.jpg

The qualifying cycle for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will run from March to November 2021, and the teams will play each team in their group at home and away. The ten group winners will qualify directly for the World Cup, and the ten runners-up will try to do the same in the playoffs, which will be played from March 24 to 29, 2022.

In addition to the ten runners-up from the group stage, the playoffs will also include the two best national teams in the overall standings of the UEFA Nations League for the 2020/2021 season, which will not directly qualify for the World Cup, nor will they win the playoffs as the second-placed teams in the group. Twelve teams in the playoffs will be divided into three "pots" and will fight for the three remaining European places at the World Cup in March 2022. 

The 2022 World Cup will be held from November 21 to December 18, 2022, in five Qatari cities (Doha, Lusail, Al Khor, Al Wakrah, Al Rayyan).

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Thursday, 19 November 2020

What Awaits Croatia in 2022-23 Nations League?

November 19, 2020 -  What awaits Croatia in 2022-23 Nations League? A look at the busy schedule ahead for the 2018 World Cup finalists. 

Even after losing to Portugal on Tuesday night at Poljud, the Croatia national team has secured a spot in the elite Nations League group in the next edition of this competition, which will be played in 2022.

Croatia will remain in League A, and so far, 10 national teams are known that can be their rivals in this group.

In addition to France and Portugal, against whom they competed this fall, the elite group will include Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Denmark, England, Spain, and Germany.

It remains unclear whether Ukraine or Switzerland will be in this group, as their last round match of Group 4 has been postponed due to coronavirus, and we now must wait for UEFA's decision. If the match ends at 3:0 for Switzerland, they will remain in League A while Ukraine will drop to League B.

Wales, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary have been promoted from League B to League A for 2022, while Sweden, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Iceland have been relegated.

The timing of the 2022 Nations League, however, will be quite interesting, namely, because the World Cup in Qatar is played from November 21 to December 18, 2022. Thus, UEFA was forced to shift the calendar compared to the previous two Nations League editions.

As June is free because the World Cup is played in late autumn in 2022, it was decided that four Nations League rounds will be played that month, and two more in the second half of September. The national teams will then gather at the end of October 2022 or the beginning of November, when preparations for the World Cup will begin.

So, what's next for Croatia?

With just over 200 days to go to the Euros next summer, that's hardly the only competition on Croatia's mind...

UEFA's preliminary draw for the 2022 World Cup will occur on December 7, 2020, at 18:00 CET in Zurich.

Thus, the European qualifiers will feature five groups with six teams and five groups with five teams. All teams within a group will play each at home-and-away between March and November 2021, meaning Croatia could already play two or three World Cup qualifiers in March!

Source: Gol.hr, FIFA.com 

To read more about sport in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Friday, 13 November 2020

The Times Names Croatia among the World's Top Three Destinations!

November 13, 2020 - The Times names Croatia among the world's top three destinations!

HTZ announced that esteemed British newspaper The Times & The Sunday Times has awarded the world's best countries for many years. This time, Croatia was among the top three.

Namely, Croatia won third place among the world's best destinations in the "Best Country award 2020" category. Given the current epidemiological situation, the award ceremony was held virtually and attended by the Croatian National Tourist Board Director in the United Kingdom, Darija Reić.

"With its fantastic tourist offer and tireless promotion, Croatia unquestionably deserves the title of one of the best countries, and we are extremely pleased that the British public has recognized our quality. A visit to Croatian destinations is something that Brits like to brag about, to the extent that even going into isolation did not sway some of them to travel and enjoy our Mediterranean wealth. This success has strengthened the position of Croatia as a destination of beautiful landscape and diverse, high-quality tourist offer, and we will continue to maintain our reputation in the market through further promotional activities," said Reić.

The news of the award delighted the Croatian National Tourist Board, too

"According to Eurostat data, we took the leading position in the Mediterranean this season, and this is additional confirmation of the safe and stable position that our country enjoys on the international market. The United Kingdom is one of the most important markets for Croatian tourism. I believe that by stabilizing the situation, our loyal British guests will return in greater numbers," the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, said.

In this category, Italy was declared the best country globally, while second place went to New Zealand. The shortlist, which was awarded for the eighth time, also included some of the world's best destinations such as France, Turkey, the United States, Dubai, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Thailand.

For the latest travel info, bookmark our main travel info article, which is updated daily

Read the Croatian Travel Update in your language - now available in 24 languages.

Join the Total Croatia Travel INFO Viber community.

Page 9 of 68

Search