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Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia's World Cup success


BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — In the Balkans, soccer is so political that it has created bitter divisions about Croatia's surprising success at the World Cup.

The team will face France in the tournament final in Moscow on Sunday, provoking mixed reactions and strong emotions in the region scarred by war.

From Montenegro and Serbia in the east and Slovenia in the west, Croatia's neighbors have been split over whether to support Croatia or France, reflecting the persisting rifts stemming from the 1990s conflict.

While many in those nations have expressed pride and joy that a Balkan country has ma...

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