Croatia ended their 2022 FIFA World Cup (FWC) campaign on a high, defeating the tournament’s surprise package Morocco to finish third for the second time in their short history. Given that 10 of the previous 11 FWC third place play-offs had seen at least three goals, a repeat of the 0-0 stalemate between these sides during the group stages appeared unlikely.
The reigning European champions knew that victory was vital in order to keep pressure on rivals Barcelona, who sat two points above them as the Madrid players strolled out onto the Estadio José Zorrilla turf. Despite the absence of Luka Modrić, Eduardo Camavinga, and Aurelién Tchouaméni after their involvement in the latter stages of the FIFA World Cup, Los Blancos dominated the opening stages and Marco Asensio saw his early effort impressively thwarted by Jordi Masip.
37-year-old Luka Modric running the game at his fourth World Cup against the tournament's favorites. Modric is now the clear leader of his country's team. Now that Croatia beat Japan in the Round of 16 of this year's World Cup and is about to play Brazil in the quarterfinals, many people worry that it will be Modri's last game on the biggest stage in the world.
Since its inception, the award has been won by Lionel Messi (2011, 2015), Andrés Iniesta (2012), Franck Ribéry (2013), Cristiano Ronaldo (2014, 2016, 2017), Luka Modrić (2018), Virgil van Dijk (2019), Robert Lewandowski (2020), Jorginho (2021) and Karim Benzema (2022).
Transfer News Football: Thomas Tuchel has signed an 18-month contract at Chelsea with an option of a further year. Bayern Munich are assessing loan offers from Everton and Parma for Joshua Zirkzee. The 19-year-old forward is said to be happy to move to either club. Real Madrid are struggling to come up with the finances to pay for the transfer fee and wages for Kylian Mbappé this summer. Liverpool are waiting in the wings should the PSG star not move to Spain. Hansi Flick could leave
Ahead of Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki, Karim Benzema, Luka Modrić and the Coach have been spoke in the pre-match press conference. But below comes the best of the quotes from the Frenchman Karim Mostafa Benzema. Karim Benzema spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo today in a press conference ahead of the UEFA Super Cup Final:
Transfer Football News: Paul Pogba’s set to leave Man United as free agent. Ralf Rangnick confirms: “As things stand, Pogba will NOT renew his contract with Manchester United”. “It's most likely that he won't be here anymore next season”, Rangnick added.
Luka Modrić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and captains the Croatia national team.He plays mainly as a central midfielder, but can also play as an attacking midfielder or as a defensive midfielder, usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker.
Real Madrid won the first piece of silverware available in Spanish football this season, defeating Athletic Bilbao 2-0 at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah to win the Supercopa de Espana for the 12th time. Real Madrid dominated proceedings from the start, with Casemiro, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modri, the ever-experienced midfield trio, dominating possession and dictating play with class.
Luka Modrić: "Cristiano? I saw him and we talked for a bit, I'm glad we saw each other after a long time, we have fond memories together and it's always nice to see him." "Cristiano and I recalled things from Real Madrid and talked a bit about the current situation, everything in general. One conversation between two former teammates, two close friends. I won't go into too much details about the conversation."Madrid is already working on Ramos' contract renewal, there's contact between the Captain and Perez
Real Madrid's players will be asked to take another pay cut in the coming days. The club is putting finishing touches to this season's budget, which will be finalized soon, and will then present a pay-cut proposal to the first team squad. The exact percentage of salaries that the players will be asked to give up has not yet been fixed, when that figure is set, talks will be held with the club's captains Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane. Real Madrid are set to bid for Erling Haaland and
The Soccer World Cup awards are various recognitions given by the organization of this event according to the participation of the teams and players in each of the tournaments held since 1930 every four years. Delivery of different prizes to the first and second place in the final of the 2018 Soccer World Cup. Kylian Mbappé and Luka Modrić receive the award for the best young player and the best player of the 2018 Soccer World Cup. Without a doubt, the main prize is the title of champion of the event. The
Real Madrid are struggling to come up with the finances to pay for the transfer fee and wages for Kylian Mbappé this summer. Liverpool are waiting in the wings should the PSG star not move to Spain. Hansi Flick could leave Bayern Munich this summer. He doesn't have a good relationship with Hasan Salihamidžić, the club's sporting director and could be tempted by the German national team. DEAL DONE: Arsenal have signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan for the remainder of the season. Real