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Croatia FA denies leaders involvement in World Cup final ticket touting

Croatia suffered their worst-ever defeat in international competition as Luis Enrique earned his first victory on home soil for Spain.

Croatia's football federation says its leaders were not involved in suspected touting of World Cup final tickets.

Prosecutors in Zagreb asked police to investigate the illegal re-sale of tickets for Croatia's 4-2 loss against France in Moscow in July.

FIFA says it is "gathering information regarding the matter" and calls illicit sales "a serious issue."

The federation, whose president is 1998 World Cup striker Davor Suker, has promised to cooperate with the authorities.

It says there were "no indiscretions"...

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren charged with false testimony in Dinamo Zagreb trial

ESPN FC chronicles Liverpool's Champions League matchweek against PSG, from the buildup around the city to the celebrations following Firmino's winner.
The ESPN FC crew agree that Liverpool's opener against PSG will be an early of test Liverpool's UCL title credentials this season.

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was charged by the Croatia state attorney's office with false testimony in a trial against officials at Dinamo Zagreb, one of his former clubs, it said in a statement released on Wednesday.

The statement did not name Lovren, as is customary in Croatia, but said it charged a 29-year old Croatian citizen and cited details from the testimony Lovren gave a year ago. State broadcaster HRT also reported that Lovren was the individual charged.

A conviction for false testimony...

Real Madrid and Croatia star Luka Modric 'not obsessed' by FIFA's The Best award

The FC guys answer your tweets on Luka Modric's credentials for his recent awards, where Timothy Weah ranks among the top U.S. stars and much more.

Croatia captain Luka Modric has said he is not obsessed by winning FIFA's The Best award.

Real Madrid midfielder Modric is on the shortlist for the award, with other contenders including Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Modric, a major contributor to Real Madrid's third consecutive Champions League triumph last season, helped Croatia reach the World Cup final, where they were beaten by France.

"I'm not the one that decides this, others do," he told Cadena Cope after...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi best in world, Luka Modric best in 2017-18 - Ivan Rakitic

Lionel Messi is not a finalist for FIFA's world player of the year award for the first time since 2006. The FC crew explain why he should be.
Brazil's Filipe Luis believes the best player in the world is Lionel Messi and that the fact he isn't included in FIFA's Best Player of the Year award means it isn't credible.

Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic has said international teammate Luka Modric is the outstanding player over the last year but reiterated his belief that Lionel Messi remains the best in the world.

Modric was named UEFA Men's Player of the Year last month and is one of three players in the running for FIFA's The Best, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah -- with Messi failing to make the world player of the year shortlist for the first time since 2006.

Modric won the Champions League...