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Friday, 27 June 2014

Irish Croatian Football Fan At World Cup & "2014 Croatia World Cup Report"

I came across this footage and story on quite a few Croatian portals, then decided to wait and use it for a slow news day. This one was already written out for me too, and from an Irish source. I like how in the video he seems visibly upset at the bogus call, actually really disgusted and dismayed. (and maybe a bit tipsy)  I would have to say that this story and my previous post "Croatian National Team Members Caught Bare-butted" are probably the two biggest stories for the 2014 edition of Croatia at the World Cup, or at least the most memorable news topics.

Which leads me to the whole topic of Croatia at this years World Cup. In a nutshell, there is no report. "Underachieving" is probably the best description and sums it up I think. With the amount of high caliber Croatian players playing in elite leagues all over Europe, players even part of winning Europa League and Champions League teams, they should have easily at least gone on to the last 16. However, soccer/football is not my religion, we did qualify and we are good at various other sports also, so I'm not going to bellyache or have my world shattered in the least. Quite a number of other teams that were World Cup favorites also bowed out early, including Spain who are ranked world number one.

It seems to have been almost a trend at this years World Cup, alongside other related topics like most bizarre and fucked up  hairstyles/colors, most protesters opposed to the World Cup taking place, most police clashes, bitten player scenarios, numerous strange referee calls and non-calls, more accusations of match-fixing....(Don't feel too bad though, as every player from every team who even just show up for the first 3 group stage matches get almost 150,000) Time to move on to other things. Besides also, Euro 2016 qualification already starts up in September, it never ends. The only other thing I can add is that I liked the Croatia home version jersey's at this World Cup, sharp looking and one of the better looking home version jersey's from over the past few years. I'll probably pick one up down the road.

Anyway, I could have gone with adding a bunch of images or videos of Croatian fans from the world supporting the team, but I've already done that in the past. This one is different and more amusing and interesting, for obvious reasons. Enjoy this Irish Croatian football fan footage, you should get a kick out of it. At the end of the day I also have to say that he gets a 2 thumbs up from me. Being there wearing a "Vatreni" jersey amidst an ocean of Brazil fans and Brazil jerseys and tees?, that shows gumption and balls, like they say down there in Rio.

"Gimme a break ref, that was clearly a dive!"

Video: Remember the one Croatian fan in Brazil looking miserable while everyone celebrated around him? Yeah, he’s from Galway


We’re not even in the tournament yet Irish fans are still stealing the show at the World Cup.

A couple of days ago, a video went around the world of one poor unfortunate Croatian fan in Brazil watching the opening game of the World Cup in an open-air setting amongst thousands of Brazilian fans and raging at the decision to award a penalty for a nothing foul on Fred that turned the game in the hosts’ favour.

While everyone else delighted at the decision and prepared to celebrate as Neymar stepped up to take the spot-kick, the Croatian fan was caught on camera making gestures about diving and the need for the ref to open his eyes and shouting despairingly about the injustice of it all.

The video appeared on numerous well-known websites worldwide (Deadspin and Bleacher Report to name two) and it has garnered almost 400,000 views (at the time of writing) on YouTube in two days. As it turns out, the star of the show is not Croatian, but is an Irishman by the name of Niall Murphy from County Galway.

JOE reader Joe Campbell alerted us to the true Irish identity of the Croatian fan in question and was able to provide us with this photo of Niall celebrating on Friday, presumably after Croatia had taken the lead thanks to a Marcelo own goal.

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