Croatia National Team Gathers in Omiš, Hundreds Attend Open Training

Daniela Rogulj

Ivica Čavka

The Croatia national team gathered in Split on Wednesday before heading to Omiš where they will play a friendly match against NK Omiš for their 100th birthday. 

The Croatia national team conducted an open training session in Omiš as preparation before their next Euro 2020 qualifier against Wales, which will be played on June 8 in Osijek, reports on May 30, 2019. 


Ivica Čavka

Hundreds of fans welcomed the ’Vatreni’ at the open training held on Thursday afternoon, though it was cut short due to rain and wind. The atmosphere, however, was positive as mostly parents with children gathered at the City Stadium Anđelko Marušić – Ferata. The World Cup finalists were warmly welcomed and the atmosphere remained excellent throughout the training. The biggest applause was given to hometown hero Ivan Perišić, who made his first steps in football on the Omiš pitch. The Croatia footballers distributed balls, gave autographs, and took advantage of the opportunity to take photos with their faithful fans. 


Ivica Čavka

The Omiš stadium was enforced with strong security measures to ensure no incident would occur. Recall, the national team hasn’t played in Dalmatia since 2015.

On Friday, a friendly match will be held between Croatia and NK Omiš, who is celebrating its 100th birthday. All tickets are sold out and an extra full stadium is expected. Following the game, the team travels to Opatija, where they will continue to prepare for the match against Wales.

Zlatko Dalić is faced with the absence of a few critical standard players, namely Ivan Rakitić and Ante Rebić, who will not be available for the game against Wales. Filip Bradarić currently has a virus, but will return to the team soon. Following the Euro qualifier in Osijek, Croatia will head to Varaždin where they will play a friendly match against Tunisia.

You can see more photos of the training here

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