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Would Luka Modric be afraid of a little rain in Croatia?

Written by  Gillie Sutherland Dec 03, 2022

If I had a son, one hundred percent, I would call him Luka.

We may even live on the second floor, just so we could sing the famous lines of the 80s song by Suzanne Vega.

It was always a source of amusement (for me anyway) when I met someone here in Croatia called Luka. I would ask them if they live on the second floor and I’m either met by with a blank stare or a laugh. It’s 50/50, but always worth the shot.

I was at a karaoke night one night and I even managed to get a lovely guy called Luka to sing it for us, and he was damn good! So it’s always worth asking the question, you never know how it will turn out.

Now, there’s a more famous, world-famous in fact, Luka.

The legend that is Luka Modric.

I have to admit to being slightly obsessed.

Not just because he’s from close to Zadar, but his story, what he overcame, and the fact he’s still smashing it at the ripe old football age of 37.

Just enjoy the football

He’s also just one example of top-performing athletes coming out of Croatia, and I don’t think I’m the only one to notice this, but it’s just astonishing considering that the population of this country is just 3.8 million people, yet they are producing some of the World’s greatest sportspeople.

Not just in football, so many sports, although it’s hard to ignore at the moment.

Personally, I just want to enjoy the football. I know, yet again, there is division about whether we should be supporting the World Cup this year. Of course, there are many serious issues to be addressed, but it’s all over the world at the moment, so can’t we just have some lightness in the form of sport to enjoy?

Hasn’t everyone been through enough?

I’m just so relieved both England and Croatia are through. There were moments on Thursday I was wondering how I was going to cope if England got through and Croatia didn’t. I’m not sure how much fun that was going to be. I would have been watching the matches quietly at home I reckon.

Luckily Croatia scraped through against Belgium getting the draw they needed, although it was possibly one of the most stressful ten minutes I’ve endured for a long time.


Dangling off the edge of a mountain, with a sheer drop down the side of me paled into insignificance in those closing minutes of the Croatia - Belgium match. I could hardly watch at times.

Interestingly, the Croatian fans seemed to be a lot more at ease than me. Maybe they are just more resilient, better at handling stress, or maybe they just accept that what will be will be. Je**ga, I think is the word.

Why are Croatians so afraid of rain? 

Maybe they had other things to worry about, as halfway through the second half, I noticed that a large proportion of the crowd watching the big screen at the advent market, had cleared off.

“Where has everyone gone?”, I ask my Croatian-Australian friend.

“Oh, they’ve gone home because it’s raining”.

There are many times in Croatia I feel very, very British. This was one of them.

“Rain?”, I say, incredulously. “It’s barely drizzle”.

I think back to days in my youth at Brunton Park, watching Carlisle United play in the most abysmal weather conditions, and I laugh to myself.

Croatia are one of the toughest nations I know, they are mentally and physically strong, as we’ve seen in how they perform at sport.

And I know my Croatian friends won’t mind me saying this but…

Except when it comes to the rain.

Just the other day, I was up at Musapsten Forest Park, and I saw a dog running alongside a car.

I couldn’t work out what was happening, and then I realised it was raining. The guy was walking his dog from his car because he didn’t want to be out in the rain.

In all my life, I’ve never seen this.

I feel like I’ve reached a stage in my relationship with Croatia that we can now tease each other. It’s a sign of affection, right? So here it is.

As much as I love this country, the people, the culture…. come on guys, it’s only a bit of rain!

There’s a part of me wants to ask Luka (Modric) what he thinks. A) Do you stop training because there’s a bit of drizzle, or B) Do you stick it out no matter what?

I’m going to go with B, Luka may be small but he’s fierce, and nothing is going to stop me from loving and supporting him. Especially not a bit of drizzle.

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About The Author:

Gillie Sutherland grew up in the Lake District on the border between England and Scotland, but has now made Croatia her home. As well having her own online yoga and well-being business, Gillie plays an active role in the International Community here in Croatia, running events, activities and holidays. She is passionate about nature, wellness and adventure, swimming in the sea all year round and spending weekends hiking.

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