Zagreb rocks: ‘We have heart, we are proud and we have been forged in war’

In case you were wondering, it is “Nogomet dolazi doma” in Croatian. And Croatia is the home which football seemed to be heading to after a helter-skelter World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. Now the rest of the world will have to work out what makes this country of four million people such a sporting powerhouse but to the crowds celebrating in the streets of Zagreb it was never a mystery. “We have heart and we are proud and we have been forged in war,” said Marian Kirin, a 39-year-old telecommunications engineer, whose father died in the conflict that followed the collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
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