Our forecast for the Euro 2024 game:
Player in focus (Luka Modric):
Luka Modric is widely recognized as one of the top central midfielders in international soccer. He honed his skills at Dinamo Zagreb’s youth academy and appeared in 94 league matches for the team from 2003 to 2008. In 2008, he joined Tottenham Hotspur on a six-year contract for a transfer fee of £16.5 million.
On August 16, 2008, Luka had his first match with Tottenham, where they lost 2-1 against Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium. Despite only scoring 13 goals in 127 games for the team, the Croatian player’s exceptional passing skills are widely recognized. Four years later, he joined Real Madrid for a transfer fee of £30 million and played his first game against Barcelona in the 2012 Spanish Super Cup’s second leg.
Luka Modric swiftly solidified his position as a key player on the team and undoubtedly contributed to the capital club’s success in winning two Champions League titles (2013/2014, 2015/2016). It is worth noting that he was recognized as the Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2014.
Highlighted Team (Armenia):
Until 1991, Armenian football players represented the Soviet Union national football team. However, after Armenia gained independence, the Football Federation of Armenia was established in the subsequent year. They promptly formed connections with FIFA in 1992 and UEFA in 1993.
Although Henrikh Mkhitaryan, a star player for Manchester United, is a member of the Armenian national football team, they have not yet qualified for a major tournament final. Mkhitaryan is widely recognized as the team’s most well-known player, but it is worth mentioning Edgar Manucharyan, a former Ajax striker who is now nearing the end of his career. Armenia’s first international game was against Moldova in October 1992, and it is important to point out that they drew 0-0 with the former Soviet republic.
Armenia’s chances of advancing to the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup are not high, but they performed admirably in their victory over Montenegro. The team’s home kit at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium consists of red shirts and red shorts, while their away kit is white.