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Reputations to be made in Croatia camp

Published: Saturday 7 June 2008, 1.01CET
Team blog: Charismatic coach Slaven Bilić has attracted most of the attention so far, but which Croatian player is most likely to leave UEFA EURO 2008™ a star?
 
 
Published: Saturday 7 June 2008, 1.01CET

Reputations to be made in Croatia camp

Team blog: Charismatic coach Slaven Bilić has attracted most of the attention so far, but which Croatian player is most likely to leave UEFA EURO 2008™ a star?

Poor Jerko Leko. Often confused with compatriot and namesake Ivan Leko in the past, the Croatia midfielder experienced a new low yesterday when he lined up with three of his team-mates at a press conference. Last to be introduced, he was announced to the world's media by his own press officer as Nikola Pokrivač, his colleague at AS Monaco FC but a mere novice on the international scene with just one appearance to his name. Having amassed 52 caps himself, Leko's wooden smile was something to behold.


Profiles to be raised
That tally puts him higher up Croatia's all-time list than legends such as Robert Prosinečki, Alen Bokšić and his own coach Slaven Bilić, but the 28-year-old has so far struggled to make a lasting impression. He will be among those hoping to raise his profile at UEFA EURO 2008™, but which Croatian player do you think stands the best chance of taking the tournament by storm? Will playmaker Luka Modrić, Tottenham Hotspur's €20m man, cement his reputation as one of the continent's most exciting young talents or will Niko Kranjčar emerge as the team's star man, playing with the kind of freedom he seemed to lack at the 2006 FIFA World Cup? Mladen Petrić could also hog the headlines if he comes up with the goals, but perhaps captain Niko Kovač will be the man finding the target after scoring in Croatia's last two warm-up games. What do you think?

 
Last updated: 07/06/08 13.33CET

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