As the top tiers in Russia and Ukraine head into their respective winter breaks, FIFA.com takes a look at the first half of the 2013/14 seasons, with a tight race in Russia and Shakhtar flying high over the border.
In the second of a two part interview, ex-Croatia captain Niko Kovac discusses his time with the national team, the impact of his German upbringing and his FIFA World Cup™ memories exclusively with FIFA.com.
Former Croatia captain Niko Kovac, who now coaches the national U-21 side, speaks exclusively with FIFA.com on making the move to the bench, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and what he believes is holding back Croatian football
FIFA.com previews the brand new Russian Premier League season, with the four clubs from Moscow, Rubin Kazan and Anzhi Makhachkala trying to prevent Zenit St. Petersburg from dominating again.
Igor Stimac has said that he will give everything to make sure that Croatia make it to the "festival of football" at Brazil 2014 after succeeding Slaven Bilic as national coach.
Spain are not "big favourites" to win UEFA EURO 2012 according to Croatia coach Slaven Bilic, who saw his side knocked out of the tournament after losing to the reigning champions.