Zlatko Dalic receives hero’s welcome on return to native country Bosnia after remarkably leading Croatia to World Cup final in Russia
- Zlatko Dalic led Croatia to the final of the World Cup, where they were defeated 4-2 by France in Moscow
- Dalic saw his Croatia side overcome Denmark, Russia and England before losing in the final in Russia
- And on Tuesday, Dalic enjoyed a special return to his hometown of Livno as fans celebrated his achievement
Zlatko Dalic enjoyed a special return to Bosnia as he was given a hero’s welcome following Croatia’s brilliant World Cup campaign in Russia.
Dalic – born in Livno – was greeted in style by Bosnian Croats as he attended an event at a local football stadium in his hometown on Tuesday evening.
Supporters turned out in their thousands to welcome back their hero from Russia before bright flares and fireworks were spectacularly set off to celebrate Dalic’s brilliant achievements.
Bosnian Croats turned out in force to give Zlatko Dalic a hero’s welcome in Livno following his World Cup achievements
Dalic – who led Croatia to the final of the World Cup – is mobbed by jubilant supporters at the event on Tuesday evening
Supporters create a sea of colour to ensure 51-year-old Dalic enjoyed a memorable return to his hometown of Livno
Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia’s diplomatic relations started with the latter recognising the former in 1992.
Both countries signed an agreement of mutual friendship and co-operation the same year.
They have signed various treaties and relations have been amicable since.
There are around 553,000 Croats who live in Bosnia.
51-year-old Dalic, who saw his side progress to the World Cup final by beating England during extra-time in the semis, was pictured addressing the jubilant crowd in Livno as he thanked them for making their way over to support him.
Furthermore, Marko Perkovic – a Croatian musician who has been the lead singer of the band Thompson since 1991 – performed during the bright and loud ceremony for Dalic.
Dalic will remember this summer for the rest of his life after enjoying a remarkable campaign with Croatia in Russia.
Against the odds, Dalic led Croatia to the World Cup final after beating Denmark, Russia and England in the knockout stages before losing to France 4-2 at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Following Croatia’s impressive run at the World Cup, Dalic labelled himself as the second best coach in the world.
The ecstatic supporters hold out flags and chant loudly at the local football stadium on Tuesday evening
Dalic, who claims he is the ‘second best coach in the world’, addresses the crowd while on stage in Livno
Fireworks are set off on Tuesday while fans take pictures on their phones of the colourful display
The 51-year-old has two years to run on his existing contract and now believes he is also worthy of a bumper new salary in keeping with some of the highest paid managers on the planet.
‘Like it or not, I am the second best coach in the world,’ Dalic told Croatian newspaper Vecernji list.
‘And this figure of £3.8m per year for the second coach in the world is too small!
‘I have two years on my contract left and I can stay with the team for that long, but I said that after the tour of United States [in March] I made the decision to go.
‘I cannot stand that people who kicked the ball twice in their lifetime decide about my destiny on the Croatian bench! I’m independent and unburdened, but I cannot let anyone play with me and have someone try to dismiss me in two months.’
Marko Perkovic sings on stage as the fans enjoy a spot of live music to celebrate Croatia’s impressive run in Russia
The majority of supporters shine the lights on their phones in the dark sky to create plenty of colour during the event