Croatia’s Olic slams ‘shameful’ media over nude photos

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Croatia international striker Ivica Olic slammed local media for the "shameful" publishing of photographs which showed teammates swimming naked at their World Cup base in Brazil, a local paper reported Monday.

"You can write freely that it's a real shame!," Olic lamented for the Sportske Novosti daily.

"We came here to represent Croatia, give our best, we are preparing ourselves for a difficult match against Cameroon and then such things happen."

"Is it normal? Do people really need to watch us without our underpants, do our families have to blush? Did media representatives come here for football or something else," stressed the 34-year old, who was not on the naked photos.

On Sunday, Croatian online media published photos of several players jumping and swimming naked in a swimming pool at their Praia do Forte base.

The pictures notably featured international defenders Vedran Corluka and Dejan Lovren – from behind or covering private parts with hands. 

Star midfielder Luka Modric however had his swimming trunks on. 

Publishing of the photos sparked outrage from the players who decided to boycott all media duties leaving coach Niko Kovac to explain their decision.

"I respect their opinion. What can I do? I cannot pull them by the ears and say: let's go talk to media," Kovac said stressing the photos were "spreading throughout the world."

On Monday, the photos were published on the front-pages of main Croatian dailies.

But despite players' anger, in a vivid discussion over the affair on social networks at home many, namely women, commented that they had nothing to be ashamed of as they looked "great on the photos."

Croatia lost their opening World Cup match 3-1 to hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

On Wednesday they face Cameroon and the remaining match in their group A against Mexico is scheduled for June 23. 

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Al Ain star Gyan sports new haircut for Ghana’s World Cup opener

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The magic number: Gyan has shaved his preferred No.3 into the side of his hair.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has a blond number '3' dyed into the side of his head at the World Cup, but don't ask for an explanation. 

"That's my favourite number. It was handed over to me by my older brother. I'm not here to discuss it with anybody. That is a private thing."

Football and numbers are not the only interests of Gyan, who helped his Al Ain side rescue a desperate season by winning the President's Cup before heading out to Brazil.

Gyan's future in the UAE is still up in the air with the forward yet to extend his existing deal at Al Ain which has just two years remaining on his current deal and interest in the stirker rumoured to be high.

A good showing at the World Cup with the Black Stars will only serve to increase speculation around his future and Al Ain will be desperate for their stellar striker to stay on at the Garden City club. 

As well as being one of Africa's most prolific goalscorers, the 28-year-old is also a part-time music star who goes by the nickname 'Baby Jet', a boxing promoter, a martial arts fighter and classic car collector.

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Spain’s Costa will need time to settle when he joins Chelsea

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Costa's coming to Chelsea: Atletico star will need time to adapt.

Diego Costa has warned Chelsea supporters that he will need time to adapt to the Premier League when he completes a £32 million transfer from Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea looked serious Premier League title contenders last year but they lacked a reliable striker. Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o only managed to score 19 times between them all season.

This is why the signing of Costa could be momentous.

The Spanish powerhouse scored 36 goals for new La Liga champions Atletico Madrid this season, but he said: “Every year is a different story, nothing is easy in life. I will have to work a lot to fit in with the style of the Premier League.

“It (the transfer) is a thing that is about to happen. I've wanted to play in the Premier League for a while. Chelsea are one of the greatest clubs of the world so there are many factors that make you take a decision like this."

Costa has to focus all his attention on helping Spain bounce back from a 5-1 defeat to Holland in their opening World Cup match. He expressed his post-match feelings on Goal.com.

“It was a tough loss, but a match like this happens here and then. There is a positive side which is that we still have a chance, so we have to keep our heads up because there are two finals to be played.”

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