A bird's–eye view of Croatia reveals a country that takes soccer seriously. On the island of Hvar, nestled just above Križna luka’s harbour, is local club NK Hvar’s home turf. It is not unusual for small–town pitches to be in prime waterfront locations at the centre of public life – perhaps one reason the country’s grassroots soccer culture nurtures success. In 2018, the Croatian men’s national team defied the odds to reach the FIFA World Cup Final.
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