International

Olic announces international retirement

2016-03-07 14:36
Ivica Olic (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Veteran Croatia striker Ivica Olic announced his international retirement on Thursday after dropping down the pecking order ahead of the European Championship starting in June.

The 36-year old has fallen out of favour at Bundesliga club Hamburg and has also been overlooked by Croatia coach Ante Cacic in the run-in to the June 10-July 10 tournament in France.

"I thought about it a lot and realised I shouldn't immerse myself where I don't belong," Olic, who scored 20 goals in 104 appearances for his country, told Croatian media.

"I told Cacic openly I was upset about being left out of the 3-1 win over Russia (in a friendly last November), but he remained adamant that players not featuring for their clubs had no place in the national team."

Olic, who made his international debut in 2002, is Croatia's fourth most capped player behind captain Darijo Srna, goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa and retired defender Josip Simunic.

After leaving the Croatian first division in 2003, he played for CSKA Moscow, Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and has had two stints with Hamburg, rejoining them last year.

"Croatia has always been everything to me and I will be the team's biggest fan at Euro 2016," he told the Croatian Football Associaton's website.

The Croatians are in Group D alongside holders Spain, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

Read more on:    soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.