your absolutely right oija? poor croatia w/o tudor won't win the world cup as they are so heavily favored to do so. and what's more they will not be in a position to beat italy,a country that we all know is such a modest power in the sport having won a mere 3 w-cups. plus w/such a weak league and all especially when compared to the mighty croatian league, you are so right in all in blaming the italians for croatia's misfortune. but not to worry in that i hear the croatian's are still favored to win it all. they've built the crux of their team on the very successful '98 team that as you pointed out dealt italy that massive upset in qualifying-a truly historic win!! not to mention w/such a youthful squad w/ players such as prosinicki,sukur,boban,jarni,& boksic italy should be so jealous. i mean nesta is only half the player of simic,right? please!!! go pick on the serbs,a more realistic adversary.