Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and his ministers held a session yesterday dressed in red-and-white football jerseys to mark their country’s win over England that sets up a World Cup final against France.
Plenkovic, who returned from Moscow where he attended the semifinal, congratulated the squad on a “fascinating success for Croatian sports and football”.
The victory of captain Luka Modric’s side is “Croatia’s biggest promotion,” said the prime minister.
It shows “the strength of a country which is not big, but has a big heart … and these boys who went a step further than the brilliant 1998 with (Miroslav) Ciro Blazevic,” he added.
Plenkovic was referring to Blazevic, the legendary coach with whom Croatia finished third at the World Cup in France twenty years ago.
Croatia’s success in the tournament seems to have boosted interest in the country, proud of its more than 1 000 islands and islets.