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Croatia's Bilic confirms impending departure
by Paul Kennedy, May 11th, 2012 12:32AM

TAGS:  european championship


[EURO 2012 COUNTDOWN] Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, who dropped veteran strikers Mladen Petric and Ivan Klasnic from his squad for the European Championship, confirmed he will leave the job after the finals. Bilic has been coach since 2006 and remained on the job even though Croatia did not qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

Everton striker Nikica Jelavic and Wolfsburg's Mario Mandzukic are expected to be Croatia's strike force at Euro 2012, leaving no room for Klasnic, 32, and Petric, 31. Both have had poor club seasons.

Croatia can also call upon Bayern Munich's Ivica Olic and Brazilian-born Eduardo of Shakhtar Donetsk up front.

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Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (FC Rostov/RUS), Danijel Subasic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Kelava (Dinamo Zagreb); Goran Blazevic (Hajduk Split)
Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Tottenham/ENG), Sime Vrsaljko (Dinamo Zagreb), Dejan Lovren (Lyon/FRA), Josip Simunic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro/UKR), Gordon Schildenfeld (Ein. Frankfurt/GER), Domagoj Vida (Dinamo Zagreb), Jurica Buljat (Maccabi/ISR), Daniel Pranjic (Bayern Munich/GER)
Midfielders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk/UKR), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev/UKR), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla/SPA), Tomislav Dujmovic (Dynamo Moscow/RUS), Luka Modric (Tottenham/ENG), Milan Badelj (Dinamo Zagreb), Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham/ENG), Ivan Perisic (Bor. Dortmund/CRO), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg/GER).
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg/GER), Eduardo Da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk/UKR), Nikica Jelavic (Everton/ENG), Nikola Kalinic (Dnipro/UKR), Ivica Olic (Bayern Munich/GER)

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