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European Football Championship: Croatians do not think about possible last Modric appearance

European Football Championship: Croatians do not think about possible last Modric appearance
European Football Championship: Croatians do not think about possible last Modric appearance

Luka Modric was already at the European Championships in 2008. He is the face of Croatian football. This Monday he is in danger of being eliminated from the European Championships.

The 38-year-old’s team-mates are not wasting any time thinking about the possible last minutes of their superstar Luka Modric at a major tournament with the Croatian national team. The 1.72-meter tall playmaker for the 2018 World Cup runners-up has already made 177 appearances for Croatia. Match number 178 this Monday (9 p.m./ZDF and Magenta TV) in the Leipzig European Championship stadium against Italy will be a special game.

“With three points we will advance. If we get anything else we will go home,” said coach Zlatko Dalic. If we win anything other than against the defending champions, the European Championship would be over for Modric too. “We are not thinking about whether this is Luka’s last big tournament,” stressed teammate Mateo Kovacic. They are happy and proud that he is here and that Modric is leading the team. Modric knows that he has to lead the team against the Italians. “And we will follow him,” assured Kovacic.

Modric played in his first European Championship in 2008. Croatia failed in the quarter-finals, which was the first knockout round. In 2012 they were eliminated after the group stage, in 2016 in the round of 16, and again in 2021. Modric scored three goals at the European Championship during that time and played 15 times. It is also still unclear what will happen to the football professional from Zadar at Real Madrid. His contract with the Royal Club ends a few days after the duel with Italy on June 30, 2024.

Source: Stern

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