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Stimac Gets The Boot Following Scotland Defeat

October 18, 2013 by  
Filed under 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Croatia manager, Igor Stimac, is the latest manager to get the sack following the European World Cup qualifying campaign.

The decision was made after Croatia’s 2-0 defeat away to Scotland on Tuesday evening. Stimac had stated before the game that he would resign following the tie but the Croatian Football Federation acted after failing to receive an official letter from the manager of the national team.

Despite the result at Hampden Park, Croatia still have one last chance to make it to Brazil next year when they go into the play-offs after finishing second in Group A.

Under 21-coach Niko Kavic has replaced Stimac after impressing with the youngsters. His team has picked up four wins from four in their Euro 2015 qualifying group, scoring 13 goals in the process and conceding none against them.

The former Croatian defender started his reign in charge of the national team well after being appointed to take over Slaven Bilic in July 2012.

After five games they were joint top with Belgium in Group A and looked to have a good chance of making it automatically to Brazil next year. However, three defeats and a draw in their final four games saw them lose ground at the top and they have had to settle for second place and a play-off spot, much to the disappointment of fans who bet on football.

There was also a dismissal for Poland boss, Waldemar Fornalik, after their final qualifying game of Group H against England at Wembley on Tuesday evening.

Poland have only picked up 13 points from their last 10 games and as a result finished in fourth place in the table, well short of a play-off spot. According to the live football commentary from bet365, the Polish FA will look for a replacement for Fornalik ahead of qualification for Euro 2016.

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