Sunday July 15 2018: even in the tennis city Umag everything is about soccer today. And with reason. The Croatian team did an unbelievable job by reaching the final of the world cup. So no tennis during the match and big screens in the public/social area of the tournament. As a photographer an interesting workshop in body language. A lot of emotions, but at the end, the Croatian people are mainly very, very proud on the achievement of their national team. And no-one will blame them. Although the French team won, they still are the second best of the world. So a deep bow for the Croatians!
This is what Goran Ivanisevic said: ‘For a country such as ours, this is a fantastic success. We are second best in the entire world! We have left behind countries like Argentina, Brazil, England and Germany, all of which are bigger and richer than us. This is a dream come true. Still,the French team was better in the final match and won deservedly. When it comes to sport, you always want to win. Nonetheless, our boys have left their heart on the pitch, and for a small country like ours, that’s a huge success, as it shows our dedication and sacrifice. When you see our football players playing as one, you know that together they can only do great things. Thank you from the heart, the feeling is indescribable.’
The team started an honorary journey through the streets of Zagreb at 3 pm on Monday and it last for many hours. Together with about 100.000 compatriots on the main square and another 500.000 in the rest of the city they celebrated exuberantly their great result. Below you can see a photo gallery I have made in the social area of the tournament during the match. The emotions speak for themselves.
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