> Hmmm...a Lothar Matth?us ce sa 39 godina na evropsko prvenstvo....
> On 11 Nov 1999 00:10:36 GMT, "Barry Marjanovich"
> >Croatian captain Boban retires from national squad
> >Nov 10, 1999
> >ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) Zvonimir Boban, who captained Croatia to the
> >semifinals in last year's World Cup, announced his retirement from the
> >national soccer team on Wednesday.
> >"After nine years, the end has arrived of something that has been dearest
> >to me,'' Boban, 31, said at a new conference, saying that his decision was
> >motivated largely by health reasons.
> >The AC Milan star said the burden of club and national-team soccer was
> >taking its toll and that continuing to play on two fronts would only
> >jeopardize the last years of his career.
> >"My decision is final and irrevocable,'' said the midfielder. "It is time
> >to open the opportunity for younger, up-and-coming generations.''
> >Boban played 50 matches for the national side, scoring a total of 12 goals.
> >He will make his last appearance for the national team on Saturday in a
> >friendly encounter against France in Paris.
> >Boban had earlier prepared the public for his retirement, announcing on
> >several occasions that he was seriously considering quitting the national
> >side if it fails to qualify for the Euro 2000 Championships or after it was
> >eliminated from the tournament.
> >The national coach, Miroslav Blazevic, however, was holding his breath. He
> >told state radio that he could not imagine the skipper not responding to
> >the call of the national team.
> >It would not be the first time Blazevic has managed to coax a star player
> >out of retirement. Goalkeeper Drazen Ladic twice declared that he was
> >hanging up his boots, only to be cajoled into making a comeback by the
> >persuasive Blazevic.