Here’s one reason why Catholics might support Croatia over France in the World Cup final to be played in the early hours of Monday morning: Coach Zlatko Dalic is a man of sincere faith. Source: CNA.
Mr Dalic said recently that his current success is due to his faith in God, and that he always carries a Rosary to hold onto in difficult times.
He spoke about his faith on Croatian Catholic radio when the World Cup began.
“Everything I have done in my life and in my professional career I owe to my faith, and I am grateful to my Lord,” Mr Dalic said.
Croatia got a ticket to the final match of the World Cup after defeating England 2-1 in a game that went to overtime.
“I can be very happy with my life,” Mr Dalic said, adding that “without strong faith and that motivation, it would be very difficult to achieve it.
“When a man loses any hope, then he must depend on our merciful God and on our faith,” he said.
In that sense, Mr Dalic explained that “I always carry a Rosary with me” and “when I feel that I am going through a difficult time I put my hand in my pocket, I cling to it and then everything is easier.”
Regarding the expectations of Croatians for success at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he said, “I know what our people expect, how many people love Croatian football and our team.”
He stressed that “finding the good in life always brings satisfaction, happiness, a result. Man must always be honest with himself and with others. “