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France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2018 FIFA World Cup

France beats Croatia 4-2 to win 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Yesterday, France defeated Croatia 4–2 in the final of 2018 FIFA Football World Cup to win the tournament for the second time. French teenager Kylian Mbappé became the second teenager to score in a FIFA World Cup final after Pelé did in 1958’s tournament.

Croatia dominated the ball possession, having almost twice as much as France. In the sixth minute, French defender Samuel Umtiti won a free kick in the defensive half. In the 17th minute, Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozović committed a foul and the referee awarded France a freekick. Mario Mandžukić ended up scoring an own goal from Antoine Griezmann’s assist, giving France an early lead. Domagoj Vida and Ivan Rakitić tried to equalise for Croatia, later, but their attempts were either blocked or went wide. In the 27th minute, French defensive midfielder N’Golo Kanté was shown a yellow card for a bad foul. A minute later, Ivan Perišić scored a left-footed shot from Vida’s assist, equalising for Croatia. The sides were not tied to 1–1 score for long. In the 35th minute, the referee awarded France a penalty kick, after confirming with the video assistant referee. Ivan Perišić had a handball in the penalty area. Greizmann scored from the penalty, putting the ball in the left corner and sending Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić in the opposite direction. Frenchman Lucas Hernández was booked by the referee in the 41st minute. The first half ended with France leading 2–1.

In the second half, Griezmann missed a chance to score from Olivier Giroud’s assist. France made their first substitution in the 55th minute, as N’Golo Kanté was replaced by Steven N’Zonzi. Just before the one-hour mark, Paul Pogba had a shot towards goal but was blocked and Pogba collected the ball, and on the second attempt, the French midfielder scored from the left-footed shot, doubling the lead for France. Kylian Mbappé scored the fourth goal in the 65th minute, from Hernández’s assist. With this goal, Mbappé became the second teenager to score in a FIFA World Cup final. In the 69th minute, Mandžukić scored the second goal for Croatia, intercepting French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris‘ pass. However, Croatia could not catch up the two-goal difference, and the match ended 4–2, as France won their second FIFA World Cup.

French coach Didier Deschamps became only the third person to win the FIFA football World Cup as a player and a coach. As a player, Deschamps won the World Cup in 1998, when he was the captain of the French team. Two years ago, the Deschamps-led French team ended up as the losing side in the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament, 1–0 against Portugal in the extra-time.

After the match, Croatia’s coach Zlatko Dalić said, “I congratulate France on their title […] I have to congratulate my players, it was maybe the best game we played in these championships; we controlled the match but we conceded. Against such a strong side as France, you must not make mistakes. We are a bit sad but we have to be proud as well for what we’ve done.”

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitić said, “We were the better team in the first half, we were attacking, but we were unlucky tonight. They scored four goals from their three shots on goal. But I congratulate France, they deserved it.”

Tournament top scorer Harry Kane won the Adidas Golden Boot award. The English striker scored six goals in the entire tournament. Belgium’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois won the Adidas Golden Glove award. Croatia’s captain Luka Modrić won the Adidas Golden Ball prize.




July 15, 2018
1800 MSK (UTC+0300)
France 4–2 Croatia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Attendance: 78,011
Referee: Flag of Argentina.svg Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Mario Mandžukić Scored after 18 minutes 18′ (o.g.)
Antoine Griezmann Scored after 38–39 minutes 38–39′ (pen.)
Paul Pogba Scored after 59 minutes 59′
Kylian Mbappé Scored after 65 minutes 65′
N’Golo Kanté Booked after 27 minutes 27′
Lucas Hernández Booked after 41 minutes 41′
N’Golo Kanté Substituted off after 55 minutes 55′
Steven N’Zonzi Substituted on after 55 minutes 55′
Blaise Matuidi Substituted off after 73 minutes 73′
Corentin Tolisso Substituted on after 73 minutes 73′
Olivier Giroud Substituted off after 81 minutes 81′
Nabil Fekir Substituted on after 81 minutes 81′
2–1 (HT) Ivan Perišić Scored after 28 minutes 28′
Mario Mandžukić Scored after 69 minutes 69′
Šime Vrsaljko Booked after 90+2 minutes 90+2′
Ante Rebić Substituted off after 71 minutes 71′
Andrej Kramarić Substituted on after 71 minutes 71′
Ivan Strinić Substituted off after 81 minutes 81′
Marko Pjaca Substituted on after 81 minutes 81′

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January 11, 2016

FIFA FIFPro XI Award 2015 announced

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Today, FIFA announced the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI in Zürich, Switzerland. FIFPro World XI is a team which 26,478 players across 68 countries vote for a perfect dream team.

The FIFPro or the team of the year had eight players from Spanish La Liga. Four from both FC Barcelona, the current FIFA Club World Cup champions and their arch rivals Real Madrid. A total of four players with Brazilian nationality were included.

The FIFPro featured the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Manuel Neuer, who plays for the German club Bayern Munich as the goalkeeper. The three forwards were the two Ballon d’Or finalists Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, and of course the Ballon d’Or winner and Barça star Lionel Messi.

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique won the FIFA World Coach of the Year. Netherlands’ assistant manager, Marco van Basten, who won the Ballon d’Or thrice said “I think if you have a team with all these champions, as a coach it’s good to be quiet! Wish them good luck and enjoy themselves. They’re all winners, they know exactly what to do.”

For last six years, FIFPro XI featured 47 La Liga players and seven Bundesliga players out of 66.

Cquote1.svg I think if you have a team with all these champions, as a coach it’s good to be quiet! Wish them good luck and enjoy themselves. They’re all winners, they know exactly what to do.”
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Goalkeeper GER Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Defenders BRA Thiago Silva (Paris SG)
BRA Marcelo (Real Mardid)
ESP Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
BRA Dani Alves (FC Barcelona)
Midfielders ESP Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona)
Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Paul Pogba (Juventus FC)
Forwards BRA Neymar (FC Barcelona)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
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December 14, 2015

UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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On Saturday evening, UEFA Euro 2016 draw took place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris; UEFA Euro 2016 is scheduled to be hosted in France. 24 nations were grouped in six groups, with the host nation getting Group A. The quadrennial football tournament of Europe is scheduled to start in June 2016, the matches to be played in ten French cities.

England had the first draw, and went to Group B. Interestingly, Wales also drew into Group B. World Cup winners Germany got Group C. Polish national captain Robert Lewandowski, who recently scored a brace against Croatian Dinamo Zagreb for Bayern Munich, would be facing his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Müller in a Group C match.

Two-time defending Champions Spain got the D. Netherlands did not qualify for the first time since 1984 after a shocking exit in the qualifying match.

In full, groups drew as follows:

Group A, France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.
Group B, England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia.
Group C, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland.
Group D, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia.
Group E, Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden.
Group F, Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary.

The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be France versus Romania.



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September 1, 2012

China leads medal race after day two of competition at London Paralympics

China leads medal race after day two of competition at London Paralympics

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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 13 gold medals and 34 medals in total. Australia comes second with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
Silver
Men
Bronze
Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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August 31, 2012

China leads the medal race after day 2 of competition at the London Paralympics

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Medal ceremony for women’s 10m SH1 standing air rifle
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London, England — Following the second full day of competition at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, China leads the medal race with 34 total, 13 of them gold. Australia comes in second, with 7 gold, and the Ukraine is third with 6 gold medals.

China’s large medal haul was distributed across several sports, with 15 from swimming, 5 each from athletics and track cycling, 4 from judo, 3 from powerlifting, 2 from shooting.

Australia’s first medal of the Games was won in women’s standing air rifle shooting event where Natalie Smith captured a bronze medal during the first medal event of the Games. One of Australia’s bronze medals came in athletics’ F35–36 shot put event. Kath Proudfoot originally was listed as finishing fifth, but the Australians appealed this citing errors in how her results were calculated. Their appeal was successful, and Proudfoot came away with her second consecutive Paralympic medal in the event.

Over half the medals won by the United States came in swimming, with 7 total. The country has earned an additional 3 in track cycling and 1 in athletics.

A number of competitors have already earned multiple medals, including Australia’s Jacqueline Freney and Matthew Cowdrey, and the United States’s Jessica Long and Elizabeth Stone who all picked up a pair of medals in the pool.

Rank Country Men
Gold
Men
Silver
Men
Bronze
Men
Total
Women
Gold
Women
Silver
Women
Bronze
Women
Total
Total
Gold
Total
Silver
Total
Bronze
Total
Total
Rank by total
1 China 8 7 5 20 5 3 6 14 13 10 11 34 1
2 Australia 2 2 3 7 5 2 5 12 7 4 8 19 3
3 Ukraine 4 2 2 8 2 3 3 8 6 5 5 16 4
4 Russia 3 2 2 7 2 1 1 4 5 3 3 11 5
5 Great Britain 2 6 4 12 2 5 1 8 4 11 5 20 2
6 United States 2 2 4 2 1 4 7 4 1 6 11 5
7 Germany 1 2 4 7 2 2 4 3 4 4 11 5
8 Canada 1 1 2 1 2 1 4 2 3 1 6 9
9 Brazil 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 2 2 6 9
10 Nigeria 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 12
11 Azerbaijan 1 1 1 1 2 2 21
12 Spain 1 2 1 4 2 4 6 1 4 5 10 8
13 New Zealand 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 5 11
14 Turkey 1 1 1 1 1 3 1 2 1 4 12
15 France 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 12
15 Netherlands 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 4 12
17 Italy 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 16
18 Egypt 1 2 3 1 2 3 16
19 Cuba 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
19 Denmark 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 Republic of Korea 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
19 South Africa 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 21
23 Belarus 1 1 1 1 29
23 Hungary 1 1 1 1 29
23 Ireland 1 1 1 1 29
23 Latvia 1 1 1 1 29
23 Morocco 1 1 1 1 29
23 MKD 1 1 1 1 29
23 Serbia 1 1 1 1 29
30 Czech Republic 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
30 Mexico 2 1 3 2 1 3 16
32 Argentina 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
32 Croatia 1 1 2 1 1 2 21
34 Norway 1 1 1 1 29
34 Poland 1 1 1 1 29
34 Sweden 1 1 1 1 29
34 Chinese Taipei 1 1 1 1 29
34 Tunisia 1 1 1 1 29
34 Uzbekistan 1 1 1 1 29
40 Algeria 3 3 3 3 16
41 Venezuela 2 2 2 2 21
42 Hong Kong, China 1 1 1 1 29
42 Iran 1 1 1 1 29
42 Israel 1 1 1 1 29
Total 37 37 41 115 31 31 35 97 68 68 76 212



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August 26, 2012

2012 Paralympic Village occupied by competitors as nations ready for the Games

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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The Paralympic Village officially opened on Wednesday in London, with many nations having moved in as of Saturday in preparation for the start of the games. Press access has been limited, as Paralympic Games organisers are trying to give competitors as much privacy in the village as possible.

A Ukranian Paralympian
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A pair of Canadian Paralympians
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The Irish section of the village is decorated with signs bearing pictures
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A member of Team Great Britain uses a mobile phone while in the Village
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A member of the Cuban delegation
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Members of the Brazilian delegation
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Team Canada moves in a large group around the Village
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Two members of Team USA (right) pass an Angolan competitor (left).
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An Aremenian SB5 swimmer
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A Cuban Paralympian in the village
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Two members of the Iranian delegation
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An Iraqi competitor and an unnamed member of the United States delegation chat
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McDonalds is located inside the Paralympic Dining Hall; athletes receive meals free of charge.
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A Team Great Britain football player
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A pair of women from Uzbekistan
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Members of the Croatian delegation took out their umbrellas after it started to rain
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Senegal and Palestinian delegation members wait outside the gate to be officially welcomed to the Village
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A pair of Australians walk past the Hungarian part of the Paralympic Village
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A pair of Colombian Paralympians are guided around the Village by two Paralympic volunteers
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August 25, 2012

2012 Paralympic Village open as competitors ready for the Games

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

London, England —

The Paralympic Village officially opened on Wednesday in London, with many nations having moved in as of today in preparation for the start of the games. Press access has been limited, as Paralympic Games organisers are trying to give competitors as much privacy in the village as possible.

A Ukranian Paralympian
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Canadian Paralympians
Image: Laura Hale.

The Irish section of the village is decorated with signs bearing pictures
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of Team Great Britain uses a mobile phone while in the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A member of the Cuban delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Brazilian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

Team Canada moves in a large group around the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of Team USA walk toward the left, while an Angolan walks in the opposite direction
Image: Laura Hale.

An Aremenian SB5 swimmer
Image: Laura Hale.

Image: Laura Hale.

A sign outside the Spanish part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

Two members of the Iranian delegation
Image: Laura Hale.

An Iraqi competitor and an unnamed member of the United States delegation chat
Image: Laura Hale.

McDonalds is located inside the Paralympic Dining Hall; athletes receive meals free of charge.
Image: Laura Hale.

A Team Great Britain football player
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of women from Uzbekistan
Image: Laura Hale.

Members of the Croatian delegation took out their umbrellas after it started to rain
Image: Laura Hale.

Senegal and Palestinian delegation members wait outside the gate to be officially welcomed to the Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Australians walk past the Hungarian part of the Paralympic Village
Image: Laura Hale.

A pair of Colombian Paralympians are guided around the Village by two Paralympic volunteers
Image: Laura Hale.



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May 15, 2011

Azerbaijan win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

Azerbaijan win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

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Azerbaijan has won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany. Duo Ell & Nikki, which consists of Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal, won the contest with 221 points after their performence of Running Scared. This is the first time that Azerbaijan has won the contest, they first appeared in 2008. Italy took second place and Sweden finished third.

Commenting on their country’s win the pair said “the one thing we want to say is, we just love you. Thank you for your support”. Gasimov continued to say that he was “the happiest man in the world”.

Azerbaijan received the maximum of 12 points from three countries, Russia, Turkey, and Malta.

Ukraine came fourth in the contest and fifth place went to Denmark. Switzerland came in last with 19 points. Host and last year’s winner Germany finished in tenth place. Other countries that participated in the final include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Ireland, Georgia, the United Kingdom, Moldova, Slovenia, Serbia, France, Russia, Romania, Austria, Lithuania, Iceland, Finland, Hungary, Spain, and Estonia.

Two semi-final heats were held in the days before the final to determine which acts would proceed to the final. Greece and Sweden won the semi-finals with 133 and 155 points. The countries that failed to make it to the final are Malta, Armenia, Turkey, Albania, Croatia, San Marino, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Belarus, Israel, F.Y.R Macedonia, Latvia, Cyprus, and the Netherlands



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August 23, 2010

Former Yugoslavian footballer Stjepan Bobek dies aged 86

Former Yugoslavian footballer Stjepan Bobek dies aged 86

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Former Yugoslav footballer Stjepan Bobek has died at the age of 86. His death was confirmed by doctors at the Belgrade emergency clinic. However, the cause of death was not given.

Born in the Croatian capital, Zagreb, Bobek gained fame while playing for Partizan Belgrade. He joined them in 1945 and stayed until 1958. During his time with the team, he scored 403 goals in 468 appearances. No one else has ever made more appearances or scored more goals for the club than Bobek. In 1995 he was voted the best player in Partizan’s history.

Bobek also played international football. He played for the Yugoslavian national side and appeared 63 times and scored a total of 38 goals. He also won two Olympic silver medals for Yugoslavia in 1948 and 1952.

After Bobek retired from his playing career he became a football manager. He coached in several countries including Poland, Tunisia, and Greece as well as Yugoslavia.

When Yugoslavia broke up in the 1990s, Bobek remained in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.



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June 7, 2010

Slovenia votes in favour of Croatian border deal

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Slovenia votes in favour of Croatian border deal

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yesterday voted in a referendum in favour of a border deal with . The Border Arbitration Agreement allows for international arbitrators to resolve a 20-year border dispute that dates back to the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Parliaments in both countries approved the deal, which will be binding on both countries. In March, Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor’s centre-left government yielded to demands for a referendum on whether to accept a border deal. “Solving the border dispute with Croatia is the basis for a lasting peace, security and friendship of both nations,” Pahor said. “If it is rejected, it is questionable how long I or my successor will need to reach another agreement which, I believe, could not be better.” he added.

The national Electoral Commission said that after 99.9 per cent of votes were counted, 51.5 per cent voted for the deal and 48.5 were against it. It is impossible for the remaining 2,000 votes, cast by Slovenians living abroad, to change the outcome.

Slovenia is situated between Italy and Croatia, where the dispute involves land on the Istrian peninsula in the northern Adriatic and the small Bay of Piran in the Adriatic Sea. A panel of five international experts will define the new land and maritime borders and could force Croatia to cede some of the sea it views as its own. In the past, Croatia has called for the border to be drawn down the middle of the bay. However, Slovenia, which has a much shorter coastline, feared that this would deny its ships direct passage to international waters.

Slovenia is the only former Yugoslav state to have joined the (EU), while Croatia hopes to conclude EU accession talks this year and join the twenty-seven member union in 2012. A rejection could have delayed Croatian membership. Slovenia has blocked Croatia’s membership talks over the border issue in the past. Croatian President Ivo Josipović welcomed the outcome as “a victory for Slovenia, Croatia and Europe.”

Brussels and Washington welcomed the deal. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission said, “This is an important step forward. We now look forward to a final settlement of the dispute. Resolving this bilateral issue is an important signal for the region and the relations between Slovenia and Croatia.”



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