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Sport Sydney's Croatian club already planning for World Cup win

19:10  10 july  2018
19:10  10 july  2018 Source:   watoday.com.au

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On Thursday morning, Croatia takes on England in the World Cup semi-final, and the Edensor Park club is preparing for an inundation. General Manager Roye Estephan, centre, with pumped Croatian football fans at Sydney ' s King Tom Club .

On Thursday morning, Croatia takes on England within the World Cup semi-final, and the Edensor Park membership is getting ready for an inundation. Soccer is the preferred sport in Croatia , making it a serious cultural connection for Croatian -Australians and an necessary social occasion for the King

General Manager Roye Estephan, centre, with pumped Croatian football fans at Sydney's King Tom Club.© Wolter Peeters General Manager Roye Estephan, centre, with pumped Croatian football fans at Sydney's King Tom Club. For anyone of Croatian descent, the King Tom Club will be the ground zero for football fans in Sydney.

On Thursday morning, Croatia takes on England in the World Cup semi-final, and the Edensor Park club is preparing for an inundation.

“Most eyes will be on the game while it’s playing, but prior to that we have the cevapi rolls out and serve a bit of barbecue. Music plays throughout, there’s a lot of singing on the outdoor terrace," said general manager Roye Estephan who is expecting more than 500 fans.

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Regular patron Tomislav Orešković said that watching the games at the club is the next best thing to getting on a plane and watching them at home in Croatia.

"Even qualifying for the World Cup is exciting, as we're a small nation," he said.

Football is the most popular sport in Croatia, making it a major cultural connection for Croatian-Australians and an important social event for the King Tom Club.

Established in 1965, the club became officially licensed in 1973 and remains a key cultural hub in western Sydney.

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How Sydney ’ s Croatian community celebrated World Cup semi-final win . Club president Tom Lerotic and other club board members have been keeping people fed with free sandwiches and Cevapi rolls, going through 2000 of the latter before kick-off.

There are also strong ties between Australia and Croatia when it comes to the game, with big names past and present from the Socceroos hailing from Croatian communities across Australia.

Current captain Mile Jedinak is of Croatian heritage, along with notable past players including Mark Viduka and Mark Bosnich, as well as Tony Popovic who now manages Perth Glory FC.

But you don’t need Croatian heritage to be welcome at King Tom Club, Mr Estephan saying “The club welcomes all sorts and all sports.”

Still, it would be wise for England supporters to leave the flags at home on Thursday morning.

“I’m sure [England supporters] will enjoy the festivities as well, but I wouldn’t recommend coming in in an England jersey,” Mr Estephan said, “They’d be very brave to show up to the club [in one].”

The match could go either way - Croatia and England have had five competitive games since 2004, Croatia winning two and losing three.

"Words cannot describe the party we will have if we do win," said Mr Orešković.

The Croatia v England semi-final game kicks off at 4am AEST Thursday 12 July, you can watch live on SBS or arrive at King Tom Club for a 3am open.

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