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"Very emotional moment"

Ivica Olić retires
from national duty

02.03.2016.
Ivica Olić retires from national duty
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Croatia international striker Ivica Olić retired from the national team.

On Wednesday, 36-year-old Ivica Olić decided to say goodbye to the national team.

"Saying goodbye to Croatian jersey is a very emotional moment for me. Croatia was always above everything else. That will not change, and I wish my national team a lot of success this summer in France. I will be Croatia's biggest fan", said Olić in an open letter.

Throughout his club career, Olić proved himself at Posavec, Marsonia, Zagreb and Dinamo in Croatia, Hertha Berlin, HSV, Bayern and Wolfsburg in Germany, and CSKA Moscow in Russia.

 

Olić retires with 104 caps and 20 goals for Croatia, including the World Cup strikes against Italy in 2002 and Cameroon in 2014, which secured him a place in World Cup history books.

The tireless striker remains a symbol for relentless effort in the national team jersey, a player who gave everything in every single match - and had a magnificent career he truly deserved.

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