Ernest Hapel Stadium in Vienna. Quarter-finals of the Euro-2008. Minute 119. Rustu comes out to a ball he's not going to make. Modric does get it, puts it to the point of penalty and Klasnic ago Croatia, 1-Turkey, 0. Slaven Bilic, the Balkans coach, goes crazy, runs towards the pineapple of players, celebrates. It's seen in the semi-finals. The next move would be the last. With Croatia clubbing, Senturk the nail in the squad. Penalty. Turkey eliminates Croatia. Bilic would confess to Vicente del Bosque, years later, his admiration for the quiet man in front of him. The guy who when Iniesta put the World Cup in his hand, without changing the rictus, clenched his fists like a goal more, to think about how to close the game. The euphoria lost Bilic.
Son of an opponent to Tito, he would never play in the absolute of Yugoslavia. He likes to tell that he was vetoed by the leader in revenge for the riots originated by his father. It shone on the Hadjuk Split of Jarni and Alen Bocsik, where he would close his career after playing in the Bundesliga and the Premier. He won the last titles of the extinct country and the first of the nascent Croatia. In 1998, it reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, that eleven with talents like Boban, Suker or Robert Prosinecki. Only the hostess France, led by Zidane, would remove him from the grand finale.
Bilic was a good central. His figure was always bewildering. Law degree, UNICEF's first Croatian ambassador, intrigued by Psychology and singer and guitarist in a rock band. He composed the subject that his country led to that Euro 2008. However, he did not choose her to celebrate the first victory against Austria in the wardrobe; He opted for one of Marko Perkovic, a Croatian ultranationalist hard-letter singer. That generated strong criticism. Also his close relationship with Zlatko Sudac, an extravagant priest stigmatized with thousands of followers.
Time has been placating Bilic. Maybe it was the bench or just the age. His experiences in Besiktas and Lokomotiv were not good. Two years ago he came to West Ham, a team he was a player in. His first season was excellent for reaching the Europa League. The second, discreet; The beginning of the third, bad. After 1-4 before Liverpool, he was ousted. The Hammers sing "I'm Forever Blowing bubbles" (I always make soap bubbles). no longer for slaves; Now it's your turn to blow David Moyes.
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