We have this saying over here: a town is not a town if it doesn't have a church and a football pitch.
There is a high level of participation among kids but also there is the sheer number of clubs available to them. Every town or village has a club.
There is a love for sport and that is such an important part of our culture and tradition. Handball, basketball, tennis are all very popular but football is in a world of its own.
It is the first choice.
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The most important thing for us has been the continued success of our national team and how our clubs — big and small — keep feeding this love for football and a desire to play.
Crucially, Croats are naturally talented at the sport. We don't need to worry about our future in football — I think we'll keep seeing excellent players.
You see Luka Modric and Davor Suker — one won the Ballon d'Or, the other runner-up behind Zinedine Zidane in 1998.
That really is a phenomenal achievement. With Modric, it was an award that had been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo so that was stunning. He's an inspiration to so many kids.
I'm certain that seeing an athlete like that — someone with amazing devotion and focus, a player who honed and developed his natural talent in the best way — is sure to make a lot of young kids in Croatia want to follow in his footsteps.
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Around the age of 15 or 16, talented players tend to pool at bigger clubs in bigger cities — they provide additional development opportunities — but the smaller, local sides play such a vital role in the whole process.
This is all embedded into our culture.
If I look at my job right now, I'm lucky to be working with some excellent young players at Under 21 level. If I had to name three to watch, I'd list Luka Ivanusec, Lovro Majer (both Dinamo Zagreb) and Josko Gvardiol (RB Leipzig).
We have a history of great strikers and we have some very young up-and-comers in that position who have shown tremendous potential.
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