Croatia’s World Cup soccer coach holds on to the rosary as he finds success

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By Express News Desk: Released: July 13, 2018

Zagreb, Croatia: – On Sunday, Croatia’s soccer team will play France in the championship game of the 2018 World Cup, after running victoriously through a string of soccer powerhouses in the tournament.

Here’s one factor Catholics in the United States might be rooting for the small Central European nation: Croatia is a deeply Catholic country, and the coach of its nationwide group, Zlatko Dalic, is a man of genuine faith.

Dalic said just recently that his present success is due to his faith in God, which he always brings a rosary to hold onto in tough times.

Dalic discussed his faith on Croatian Catholic radio when the World Cup started.

” Everything I have actually done in my life and in my expert career I owe to my faith, and I am grateful to my Lord,” Dalic stated.

Croatia got a ticket to the final match of the World Cup after defeating England 2-1 in a video game that went to overtime July 11.

” I can be very happy with my life,” Dalic said, adding that “without strong faith which inspiration, it would be really difficult to accomplish it.”

” When a man loses any hope, then he must depend upon our merciful God and on our faith,” he said.

Because sense, Dalic discussed that “I always carry a rosary with me” and “when I feel that I am going through a tough time I put my hand in my pocket, I hold on to it and then everything is simpler.”

Regarding the expectations of the Croatians for the success of their choice at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he indicated that “I know exactly what our people expect, the number of individuals love Croatian football and our team.”

He worried that “finding the great in life always brings satisfaction, happiness, an outcome. Man should constantly be truthful with himself and with others. ”

Prior to the July 11 game, Dalic said of his Cinderella-story group: “we do not fear anybody, not even England.”

The coach is 51 years of ages, married and has 2 kids. During his youth he played on Croatian soccer groups, amongst them Hajduk Split, Inter Zapresic and Varteks Varazdin.

In 2000, he finished his career as a professional soccer and began coaching Croatian teams. In 2010 he went to Saudi Arabia to lead the teams of Al-Faisaly Harmah and then Al-Hilal. A year later he moved to the United Arab Emirates to be the coach of the Al-Ain club.

In October 2017 he was appointed head coach of the Croatian nationwide group.

This short article was initially published by our sis agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated, adjusted, and upgraded by CNA.