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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