The 2018 Russia World Cup made the world know Croatia because the Croatian football team reached the final game. While taking the second place in the World Cup, it also won the respect of the whole world. On the morning of August 8th, 2018, "Witness Friendship" Home and Abroad News Press Junior Journalist Delegation interviewed the Counsellor of Croatian embassy in China, Mrs. Bisera Fabrio. During the interview, she took out the jersey of the Croatian football team and took pictures with each junior journalist to share the glory of the Croatian football team...
“Hello, Counsellor Bisera! It’s our honor to have this interview with the Croatian embassy in China. In 2018 Russia World Cup, the whole world witnessed the great performance of Croatian football team. The team entered the final game and eventually ended up the second place with the great respect from the world. Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović comforted each player of the Croatian football team. There were many touching stories made by Croatian people in Russia this year. We want to know how you see this hero team of Croatia? Thank you!” we asked.
Counsellor Bisera replied excitedly: “Yes, the 2018 Russia World Cup made the world know Croatia and won the hearts of people all over the world. There are only four million people in Croatia, when our football team returned back home from Russia, at that time, more than 500,000 people came to the airport to welcome the team. It only takes 25 minutes from the airport to downtown, but our football team spent about six hours on the highway because everyone was very pleased to meet them and welcome the hero team back to Croatia. Our president went to Russia to watch and cheer for every football match. It was not just the efforts of 11 football players, but also it was the glory of the entire nation of Croatia. This World Cup game united the people and the whole country. Although every Croatian player has very high value, they are united as the one team in the game and finally won the second place. For the World Cup this year, although France won the championship, Croatia won the hearts of the people around the world. Now when everyone mentions Croatia, their first reaction is our football team. When I passed the customs in the Beijing Capital Airport, the customs officer saw my passport and cheered for my country. When I went to the bank for some banking needs and waited in a long queue, the bank's customer services manager saw my Croatian passport then invited me to the VIP window to save much of my time. Also, when I took DiDi taxi in the morning, the taxi driver saw me as a Croatian, and he cheered up for our football team in the car. These are the wonderful results of our Croatian football diplomacy.”
A junior journalist asked: “Hello, Counsellor Bisera! Croatia was named the best place to travel in 2017. Famous musician Maksim wrote a song called "Croatia Rhapsody". We are looking forward to visiting in Croatia. Please share with us about Croatia's tourism resources. Thank you!”
Counsellor Bisera answered that many people have been to Croatia, they personally felt the natural features and special Croatian customs. We have many castles and splendid history. Marco Polo was Italian, but his birthplace was in Croatia. Many people come to visit Marco Polo’s former residence each year. The best season to visit Croatia would be October.
A junior journalist said that we learned from the Internet that Croatian school to parents never gives children too much study burden. The Ministry of Education made guideline for no homework more than a half hour for grade 1 to grade 4 students and no homework more than one hour for grade 4 to grade 8 students. The children have more time to do anything they enjoy. Is that true?
Counsellor Bisera answered: Croatian students do not have much homework from their schools. Croatian children have a lot of free time to learn many things and spend time to do things they enjoy. Counsellor Bisera has a little girl who is about the same age as ours. She is a very beautiful girl. Her daughter likes to sing and dance very much. She said that her dream is to participate in a talent show and become famous overnight.
At the end of the interview, Counsellor Bisera accepted the gifts from the junior journalists and took photos with the jersey of the Croatian national football team to share the glory of this hero team…