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Monday, 27 August 2012

Luka Modric, the Successor of Glory Balkan In Madrid

The history of Real Madrid is not familiar enough with the players from the Balkans. Real Madrid players from the former Yugoslavia was still be counted on the fingers. However, a handful of names, some were able to carve achievements.
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Robert Prosinecki pioneering Croatian exodus of players to the Santiago Bernabeu, although before that there are some names of Yugoslavia who also had stopped in Madrid. Prosinecki came during the Yugoslav civil war in the early 1990s. The conflict that led to the separation of Croatia with Yugoslavia, forcing Prosinecki moved to Spanish capital with a transfer value of 15 million euros daro club Red Star Belgrade.

Prosinecki career at Santiago Bernabeu was pretty shiny. He brought Los Blancos won the Copa Del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup in 1993, before deciding to cross into rival camps, Barcelona in 1994.

Reflecting on the success Prosinecki, Madrid did not hesitate to bring Davor Suker in 1996 from Sevilla. The success Suker be the best player and top scorer in La Liga both in 1994 makes Madrid smitten. Also obtains great success with tandem sehatinya Suker, Predrag Mijatovic in his first season in Madrid. Having won La Liga in 1997, the Champions League trophy next year and the Intercontinental Cup was embraced.

Unfortunately, the history of Croatia at the Santiago Bernabeu was trimmed after Suker decided to move to Arsenal in 1999. Mijatovic's departure followed the next year, which makes Los Blancos players no longer have a Balkan country of origin. Over 23 years Madrid players looked frustrated from the former Yugoslavia, both Croatia, Serbia Montenegro too.

However, a new chapter Balkan history finally open again in the summer of 2012. Suker be the mastermind behind the move mainstay Croatian playmaker Luka Modric to Madrid. Thanks to the suggestions and input Suker, Modric and Madrid finally reached an agreement binding contract duration of five years.

"(The move) Modric to Madrid is perfect. As president of the NHS (Croatian Football Association), I hope Modric will retire in Madrid. Modric's move to Madrid could make more considered Croatian football. Surely there is an even greater effect," said Suker .

Arriving at Valdebebas, heavy duty educational academy players already waiting Dinamo Zagreb. In addition to penetrate the core of Madrid squad who inhabited a series of world class players, Modric was required to continue the glory of its predecessors, such as Prosinecki, Suker to Mijatovic. "My goal is a place in the first team. Indeed it would be difficult, but I'm ready. After that, the goal was for the title with Real Madrid, La Liga and the Champions League," said Modric. (Irawan)

History Madrid Players from Croatia:

Robert Prosinecki (1991-94)
Honours: 1993 Copa Del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup 1993, Copa Iberoamericana 1994
Davor Suker (1996-99)
Honours: La Liga 1997, the Spanish Super Cup 1997, Champions League 1998, 1998 Intercontinental Cup
Robert Jarni (1998-99)
Achievement: -

History of the Balkans in the Real Madrid players:
Milan Jankovic - Yugoslavia (1987-88)
Predrag Spasic - Yugoslavia (1990-91)
Dejan Petković - Yugoslavia (1995-97)
Predrag Mijatovic - Yugoslavia (1996-00)
Perica Ognjenović - Yugoslavia (1999-01)
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