Saturday, 21 July 2018
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Austrians love Croatia. According to new figures just released by the Austrian National Automobile Club Croatia is the number one destination in the world for Austrian tourists.

The survey, which was carried out in spring this year with more than 800 participants, showed that Croatia was the favourite destination, followed by Italy and Spain.

Austrians have arrived in Croatia in large numbers this year, in fact 440,000 have visited the Adriatic coast already this year, and have achieved 1.8 million overnight stays. The number of Austrians holidaying in Croatia is 6 percent up on 2017.

Traditionally the north of Croatia and the Istrian peninsular are the most popular holiday spots for Austrians. However, there are more and more visiting the south of the country as the number of airlines flying directly between the two countries are increasing.

Austrian tourists generate around 8 percent of Croatia’s annual tourist traffic, coming in third after tourists from Germany and Slovenia.

It wasn’t only the Croatian football team that shone in the Russia sunshine at the World Cup yesterday. Two Dubrovnik sisters stole the show as they arrived at the stadium in Novgorod, Adriana Durdevic and her sister Antonela Durdevic Bujak.

The Dubrovnik beauties were shopping in the official World Cup shop and were the centre of attention for the waiting media. Adriana is the girlfriend of Croatian striker Duje Caleta.

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Adriana and Duje in Dubrovnik before the World Cup 2018 - Instagram 

On the occasion of marking the Anti-Fascist Struggle Day, which is a national holiday in Croatia, a delegation of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County headed by the deputy prefect Žaklina Marević laid the wreath at the Memorial Tomb of the People's Liberation Army fighters at the Boninovo cemetery this morning.

A wreath on this occasion was also laid by representatives of the City of Dubrovnik, headed by the councillor Zdenko Medović.

Anti-Fascist Struggle Day is a national holiday and celebration in Croatia. It is celebrated on June 22, as it marks the beginning of the uprising of Croatian anti-fascist Partisans against German and Italian occupying forces, that started with the forming of the First Sisak Partisan Detachment on June 22, 1941 near Sisak, Croatia.

Oh what a night for Croatian football. Argentina, one of the favourites to win the World Cup, were brushed aside by Croatia last night in a 3 – 0 win.

And the whole country was awash with red and white squares, from Zagreb to Dubrovnik, as the goals flew in. The Sunset Beach in Lapad was one of the many bars and restaurants that rolled out the big TV and hundreds gathered to watch the big game.

The party went on well into the early morning hours with fireworks, singing and car horns filling the night sky.
Check out the atmosphere from Sunset Beach in Dubrovnik from Zeljko Tutnjevic.

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Croatia dominated Argentina in front of 45,000 fans in Nizhny Novgorod last night in the second group game of the 2018 World Cup. Goals from Ante Rebic, the captain Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic saw Croatia crush the South Americans 3 – 0.

From the very beginning of the match Croatia were on top and completely suffocated Lionel Messi and the rest of the Argentine midfield. In fact, in the first half Argentina failed to have a shot on target. Argentina looked nervous from the start and Messi was well marked all game. This was their biggest defeat at a World Cup since 1958 and the future in the competition now hangs in the balance.

Following their opening 2 -0 win over Nigeria Croatia now sit on top of group D with 6 points and look almost certain to win the group and progress into the later stages.

This was Croatia’s first win against South American opposition having lost their previous four encounters at past World Cups. 

Roma and Bosnia and Herzegovina star striker Edin Džeko is in party mode in Dubrovnik and presumably watching the 2018 World Cup from the city. The leading goal scorer was spotted in the Dubrovnik night club Culture Club Revelin hanging out and partying with his friends.

The busy summer schedule at Revelin is well under way and this Friday the world famous DJ EDX will play a set in the clu which is sure to raise the roof.

Džeko is certainly not a stranger in Dubrovnik, he often visits Dubrovnik and has a group of close friends in the city.

The Croatian electric car company Rimac are on the cusp of teaming up with one of the most important car manufacturers in the world. The German car giant Porsche has announced that they will purchase a 10 percent stake in Rimac Automobili.

"In less than a decade, we have gained a significant amount of know-how in developing high-performance car systems and battery technology, innovative infotainment and telemetry systems, and other important car systems. Our cars represent the cutting edge of technology and re-define what a super sports car is," stated the company in a press release.

This fresh injection of capital into Rimac is sure to push forward their goal of becoming the number one electric sports car manufacturers in Europe.

Porsche's Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT, Lutz Meschke, said the company saw Rimac's ideas and the approach to the electric mobility market very promising, and that it hopes "to enter into close collaboration with the company."

Croatia is a favourite to win the World Cup trophy this year, said retired football coach Miroslav Blazevic, best known for taking the Croatian national team to the semi-finals and winning the third place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

In his opinion, Croatia stands a good chance against Argentina in their upcoming game. “Croatia has a well-balanced team in all positions, which is not the case with Argentina,” he concluded.

And the former coach isn’t the only one backing Croatia, the BBC pundit Alan Shearer said that Croatia were his dark horses to win the 2018 World Cup. “They have an very skilful and experienced midfield,” added Shearer on BBC radio.

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