Former Croatia International Ajosa Asanovic will be hosting a pre-game soccer festival on “Croatian Heritage Day” for the NY Cosmos/Tampa Bay Rowdies match on Sunday May 22nd, 6pm at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead.
Asanovic is best known from his performances in the mid-to-late 90s when he played for Croatia during Euro 96 and World Cup 98. The talented left-footed midfielder was one of the most important players for the Croatian football team during their golden age from 1994 to 1998. He was arguably Croatia’s most intelligent player in midfield and scored in his national team debut on 17 October 1990, in a 2–1 victory against the USA which also was Croatia’s first international game.
He participated in Euro 1996 as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where Croatia won the bronze medal. In semi-final of the world cup, Asanović assisted on Davor Šuker’s goal from the centre of the field with a loop pass and gave Croatia the lead against the host and eventual winner France.
His last international match was a 28 May 2000 friendly against France. In total he was capped 62 times, scoring 4 goals, thus ranking among the top five Croatian national players. Asanović ended his active career in 2002 while with Hajduk Split, the club in which his career had started almost twenty years earlier. In total, Asanovic had 388 appearances and scored 90 goals for various clubs, most notably for Derby County and Hajduk Split.
Soccer festivities with Asanovic is limited to children 12 years and younger. The first 60 children that register also receive a goodie bag courtesy of the NY Cosmos along with an on the field experience pre-game or at halftime. Festivities will begin at 1:30pm by Gate C at the stadium.
Further information and how to register for the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Croatian-American-Charitable-Foundation-208281535866991/ .
Tickets for the NY Cosmos/Tampa Bay Rowdies match can be purchased by going to www.nycosmos.com and using the PROMO CODE CROATIAN. For further information about the event call (855) 71-COSMOS
by John Peros /hia.com.hr