MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic has invited the
country’s celebrated class of 1998 to attend the World Cup final
as the Vatreni bid to win football’s ultimate prize for the
Croatia booked a
place in the decider against France by defeating England 2-1 in
a semifinal that went to extra time on Wednesday.
Sunday’s clash at
Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium will provide a chance for Croatia to
avenge their semifinal defeat to hosts France at the 1998 World
Dalic and Croatia’s
then-coach Miroslav ‘Ciro’ Blazevic remain good friends after
the pair worked together in the early 2000s at Croatian
top-flight club Varazdin.
“I am in contact
with Ciro, I want him to come for the final. I want them all
[the 1998 team] to come,” Dalic told Nova TV.
“My heart is as big
as Moscow. [Hopefully] we will bring the trophy back to Croatia.
We are ready, we have the quality, support also in Croatia and
all over the world.”
Football Federation also confirmed on Thursday that it had sent
a formal invitation to each member of the 1998 squad to attend