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I know one football is not themost reliable source ;)

Croatia forward Alen Boksic has described the atmosphere in the camp as "horrible and awful" and admitted his side have no chance against Italy on Saturday.

Croatia coach Mirko Jozic has come under heavy pressure after the 1-0 defeat against Mexico, in which he started with veteran duo Davor Suker and Boksic up front but ended with midfielder Mario Stanic playing as a lone forward.

Jozic said on Wednesday he would dump Suker and Robert Prosinecki for the weekend clash with Italy - but on Thursday at a tense press conference, Jozic refused to talk about changes to the line-up.

Boksic was asked about the atmosphere in the squad, to which he said: "Do I really have to say anything about that? To put it simply, the atmosphere is horrible and awful. It's better if I keep quiet about it.

"The situation in our squad is absolutely terrible, there is pessimism. It is foolish for us to encourage ourselves for the clash against the Italians. In this state, we can only dream of beating them, or even playing for a draw."

Team-mate Mario Stanic would not be drawn on the situation in the squad for fear of recriminations. "I don't want to talk. Because if I did really say what I'm thinking and what is going on, it would be a breach of the rules and chaos would follow," he said.

One member of Croatia's backroom staff, who insisted on anonymity, told onefootball.com that Jozic is not prepared to listen to other opinions or hear proposals to change anything.

"It's not only now that things with him are like that," he explained. "Before normal games, when we were only together for three days in a training-camp, one could stand such a situation. But now - after spending four weeks together - frankly speaking I feel miserable. I feel like a schoolboy."

Former Croatia manager Miroslav Blazevic followed up his attack on Jozic's tactics by insisting that the boss should be sacked with immediate effect and replaced by Croatian FA president Vlatko Markovic. The former Dinamo Zagreb and Yugoslavia centre-back has coached Dinamo Zagreb and French club Nice.

Jozic has already revealed he will stand down after the tournament to take charge of Colo Colo in Chile.
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blah, they are all allright today, sportnet's Drazen Petricic said every1 is "smiling" and talkin to everyone... tensions are gone and they can prepare for the next game properly...even ciro and jozic talked in peace

...once again, onefootball article is a completly bull shat, didnt we say that ppl who post articles from there will be banned? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

j/k...kindoff
 

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probably shyte, I've read nothing about it in Croatian press.
 

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i dont know guys. just to play devils advocate here, ; onefootball has been on the mark with their stories. I remember when they printed an articel about Jozic leaving the team. It was at least three days before anybody else got the story. I remember when they said Balaban would be on the squad. This was AT LEAST a week before he was provisionally announced.

are onefootbal.com lucky? you know what? maybe they are! :)

I fear what Boksic may or may not have said. Maybe it was another lucky guess, but deep down, once I read the article, I admitted the sad fact that we are down in the dumps. this is true.
we have a slim chance against Italy. this is true
does that mean we wont beat them? not true.

we will see what happens.

odd footnote : I had a dream a few weeks back that I didnt watch the Italy game , but saw the box score in the paper the next day. guess what the score was? cro 1 - italy 0. true story!
 

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if true though

Then Boksic can take the next flight home too. If those quotes are true, why say them to the press? Why squash the last remaining threads of hope we all have? And no I don't beleive he is trying to get the Italians over confident because we saw how Boksic absolutely did not give a $hit vs Mexico and we lost in part becasue of his lack of effort...

If the atmosphere is bad-then MAKE IT PHUCKIN ALLRIGHT ALEN YOU ****!!!!

When our country was overun and occupied ... in places like Vukovar-I'll say the "atmosphere" was not good... But to say the atmosphere here in a WC is not good-is a complete slap in the face of all that suffered and died in our heroic fight for independence.

All I can say is-Boksic you better run you a$$ off vs the Italians and go into tackles like you mean it. Becasue for a guy I saw formerly known as "il hurricano" you looked like "la pansy" out there.

If the "atmosphere" is bad, take charge and lead. Becasue all the will happen is our young guys will be dragged down and it will have devestating effects on our future (which coincidently starts in September for Euro 2004).

Boksic is beginning to piss me off to no end...:mad:
 

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Oluja,

well said.

these vatreni need a "vatra ispod guze"!
 

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what the hell has Boksic to say? Instead of sitting in his room trying to think of a way to make up for his appaling half assed effort, he brings even more crap intop the mix. (assuming it's true ;) )
 

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Where did everything go wrong? I reckon the moment Igor Tudor was ruled out the atmosphere changed. We have players who don't run, team plays poorly and without heart, bad tactics, ridiculous substitutes, player arguements etc etc. Did Tudor mean that much.

Before the tournament started Boka come out and says that the minimum they'll get from the italy match is a draw. Suker says that they'll knock off Mexico and he'll score 2 goals. jebote, and now i am reading the above. Maybe Prosi was right all along regarding our chances for this wc.
 

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Nogomet.com,copy/paste...

2002: ODRŽANA KONFERENCIJA ZA TISAK HRVATSKE REPREZENTACIJE
:: LK / Èetvrtak, 06.Lipanj 2002 - 19:18


Konferencija za tisak hrvatske reprezentacije protekla je u vedrijoj atmosferi nego prethodnih dana. Samopouzdanje raste iz sata u sat, iako utakmica protiv Meksika nije zaboravljena.
Robert Jarni osvrnuo se na uvodnu utakmicu: Da smo imali uobièajenu pas igru rezultat bi bio drugaèiji. No, mi smo zapali u potpuni nesklad. Znam da je to suvišno govoriti, ali reæi æu. Da nam je sada ova pamet u sljedeæih deset utakmica protiv Meksika niti jednom ne bi bili poraženi.


Na pitanje o utakmici protiv Italije Jarni je rekao: Ne smijemo se unaprijed predati, moramo biti strpljivi, ako se dobro postavimo Talijani mogu imatipuno problema s nama. Na pitanje što misli o stavovima Maldinija da je Hrvatska veoma dobra momèadi te da je sada najopasnija naš je reprezentativac bio kratak u odgovoru: Uopæe me ne zanima što govori Maldini, zanima me samo naša igra.
Izborniku Joziæ je kao pitanje servirana konstatacija njegovog kolege Trapattonija koji je rekao da je promatrao Hrvatsku u prvoj utakmici protivMeksika i da je zakljuèio kako Hrvatska igra slabo i sporo? Kako to on komentira? Svaki trener ima pravo na svoje razmišljanje. Ja se s njegovimrazmišljanjem ne slažem i držim da Hrvatska ima oružje da iznenadi Italiju.Na ovome prvenstvu favoriti baš i ne pobjeðuju.
Takoðer, Joziæ je samoinicijativno dodao kako se odlièno slaže sa svojimsuradnicima, unatoè glasinama da nije tako: Prièao sam sa Zlatkom Kranjèaromkoji veæ duže vremena opservira utakmica talijanske reprezentacije. Došli smo do zakljuèka u 90-postotnoj podudarnosti kako treba igrati protiv Italije i kakav æemo sastav izvesti.
Najviše i dalje ipak oèekujemo od Alena Bokšiæa. On je situaciju o prošloj i nadolazeæoj utakmici opisao rijeèima: Psihièko stanje èovjeka, u ovom sluèaju igraèa je daleko najbitnije u pripremi za utakmicu. Mi smo, nakon utakmice protiv Meksika, došli u jedno stanje tako da slobodno mogu reæi da nismo u idealnoj kondiciji. Ostavilo je to traga na nama. Mi smo oèekivali pobjedu, igrali smo relativno slabo i mislim da je to ostalo u glavama svih nas. Mi tu ništa ne možemo, jednostavno trpimo ono što smo odigrali. Nova utakmica i to veoma teška nam dolazi. Pokušavamo skupiti snagu, motivirati se i protiv Italije napraviti èudo. Italija je objektivno favorit, ne samo u odnosu na nas, veæ i za cijelo prvenstvo. Igrao sam i Italiji i mogu reæi da u tako dobroj talijanskoj momèadi postoji 5 do 6 igraèa koji su na svojim pozicijama najbolji na svijetu, to su Cannavaro, Nesta, totti, Vieri... Oni imaju izvanrednu kvalitetu. Bit æe nam stvarno teško, mi sebi ne trebamo stvarati iluzije da æemo ih iznenaditi ili nadigrati. Možemo ih pobijediti, ali ih neæemo nadigrati. Nešto slièno kao što je Meksiko uèinio protiv nas. Objektivno, ja bih bio zadovoljan i bodom. Još da nam pomogne sreæa u utakmici Meksika i Ekvadora, mi æemo biti na strani Ekvadora...
Na pitanje da li se slaže s konstatacijom Roberta Jarnija koji je odigraonajviše utakmica za reprezentaciju te dobro pozna Talijane kakoTrapattonijevoj momèadi neæe biti lako protiv Hrvatske? On vidi to tako, ja sam odigrao puno manje utakmica za Hrvatsku pa nemam takvo iskustvo kao on. Meðutim, koliko iskustva imam mogu reæi da bih u sljedeæoj utakmici radije volio igrati za momèad koja ima tako velike šanse za daljnji prolaz kao što je Italija. Nemojte me krivo shvatiti, Italija je kvalitetnija od nas. Mi možemo samo skupiti sve snage i èekati nekakav protuudar ili slobodan udarac i nastojati limitirati štetu. Teško se protiv Talijana dolazi i do remija, do pobjede je gotovo nemoguæe. Ne kažem da se ne treba nadati, ali pobjeda protiv Talijana bilo bi èudo. Zavaravanje samog sebe je reæi da smo mi bolji od Italije. Po prirodi sam realan tip. Ali, nakon šoka protiv Meksika malo sam pesimist. Ne mogu na osnovu naše utakmica zakljuèiti kako imamo realne osnove za èudo protiv Italije. Trenutak je težak i negativan i treba nastojat dati sve od sebe i nadati se da æemo imati malo sreæe.
Na primjedbu da su neki drugi i lošije prošli, npr. Portugal protiv Amerikanaca i Francuzi u dvoboju sa Senegalcima Alen je odgovorio: Francuska je poražena protiv Senegala, a Senegal je jedna izvanredna momèad koju sam gledao prije mjesec dana u finalu Kupa Afrike protiv Kameruna. Senegal je super momèad. Francuzi su poraženi jer nisu bili dovoljno koncentrirani i nije imala Zidanea. To su sve lijepe stvari i èuda, ali èuda se nažalost ne dešavaju èesto. Zapravo, nama se èuda ne dogaðaju nikad. Glupo je lagati sam sebe, to je najgore što nam se može dogoditi.
Na kraju, Alen je dodao: Mi moramo postiæi gol protiv Italije. Italija s igraèima koje ima sigurno æe zatresti mrežu, pa moramo i mi postiæi gol. U tom sluèaju bi se mogli nadati bodu. Iæi protiv Italije na 0-0 bilo bi apsolutno glupo i pogrešno.
Najzanimljivije mišljenje Bokšiæa èuli smo na kraju: Svi prièaju kako bi trebali igrati. To su stvari zanimljive za novine, ti modeli kako se igra, 4-4-2, 4-3-3... Mi nismo bili postavljeni toliko defanzivno, bili smo tu Šuker, Prosineèki i ja. To su tri igraèa baš ofanzivna, tu je i Jarni... Mi smo bili i dobro postavljeni. Ali, meni se èini da mi nismo bili pravi, a ne sistem igre. Kasnili smo na svaku loptu, problem je u tome.






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Mestre, you beat me to it! I was going to post this article. Looks like one football got most of the story right this time. I can't believe Boksic's comments, what is his phukin problem? Like we don't have enough problems already, he is destroying what little hope we have left! I just pray that his bad vibes don't carry over to the rest of the team, because we don't need any more pessimism. What we need is a good effort, period! Naprid Pakleni!
 

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Boksic go home!

If he is not physically hurt, he's mentally hurt.

I often thought what would have happened if he played in WC98. Would we have won it all? Maybe...

Or, this idiot might have poisoned our team...

I'll never forgive him for that sickening display vs Mexico. Never! And now he has the stupidity to put a damper on our upcoming game vs Italy...Man-this Boksic is something else...

However, should he miraculously score the winner vs Italy, well myabe I can try to forget the Mexico game and these comments...;) :D :howler:
 
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