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Nude photos distract Croatia's Cup campaign


By DUSAN STOJANOVIC

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Croatia's coaches are urging their players to focus on facing Cameroon at the World Cup rather than lamenting the publication of photos showing some of them bathing nude at their training complex's swimming pool in Brazil.

Since the paparazzi photos were published by Croatian media over the weekend, players have refused to speak to the media.

"The players are talking about that theme, but we want them to concentrate on the match against Cameroon," assistant coach Robert Kovac said on Tuesday. "If those photos were not published, they would be thinking about Cameroon. Like this, they are distracted by things outside the pitch."

However, Kovac said he understood the players' reasons for boycotting the media.

"That was a private thing," he said. "They had a day off and they relaxed a bit. It was not appropriate by photographers to abuse the situation."

Meanwhile, the stakes will be high in Wednesday's Group A game at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, as both sides lost their opening match. Croatia was beaten 3-1 by Brazil, while Cameroon went down 1-0 to Mexico.

Kovac said the match in the Brazilian rainforest could be won by the team which copes better with the hot and humid conditions.

"It will be tough in Manaus, where conditions are inhumane," Kovac said. "It is important that we win ball possession, be patient and create opportunities."

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MICHAEL June 17 2014 at 2:06 PM

cool, so where the hell are the photos?

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Ashley June 17 2014 at 4:04 PM

Soooo, where might one find these photos?

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pets0my2000 June 17 2014 at 2:05 PM

They shoud be proud of their nude bodies, it's a piece of art for sure. lol

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MICHAEL pets0my2000 June 17 2014 at 2:07 PM

anyone one would be proud to look like that.

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Dude MICHAEL June 17 2014 at 6:27 PM

I don't think my sister would.

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a1machete June 17 2014 at 5:41 PM

is everyone gay now or what i sure wouldnt want so see a pool full of deflated saggy soccer balls

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David S. a1machete June 17 2014 at 7:36 PM

Yeah, you wish you looked half as good.

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Ron a1machete June 17 2014 at 11:23 PM

You're confused. You only have to look down to see deflated saggy soccer balls.

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pets0my2000 June 17 2014 at 2:01 PM

oh leave them alone. what is so bad about that? geez, the media needs to get a life.

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compdreams pets0my2000 June 17 2014 at 11:11 PM

There is nothing like being able to be nude in some nice water. In San Francisco, we have Kabuki Hot Springs and that is the thing I love is that you don't have to wear a swimsuit if you don't want. They have days for just women and days for just men and then on Tuesday, coeds can go! I am just glad they could relax a bit. Soccer is tough and they needed a break! The media just wishes they could have been in there with them!!

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nnorthcharleston June 17 2014 at 1:34 PM

whats it big deal i remember as boys we had to swim nude at the YMCA and lots of schools too for the swimmteam

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Allen June 17 2014 at 4:06 PM

Bathing nude...now why didn't I think of that . Beats taking a bath with my clothes on . :)

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MRTRAVEL1 June 17 2014 at 1:56 PM

BOYS WILL BE BOYS..!!!!!

SOOOO WHAT..!!!!! AS LONG AS THAT'S ALLLLLLLL THEY WERE DOING ON CAMERA.......

FOCUS ON SOCCER.......!!!!

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nannymel June 17 2014 at 4:21 PM

I don't think it's a big deal. It's not like they were engaging in an orgy or something. Men walk around naked in the locker rooms. Must be a slow news day.

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jtdancernh nannymel June 17 2014 at 4:57 PM

Yeah, but if it WERE an orgy, I would want to see the pics EVEN MORE!!!

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JACK June 17 2014 at 2:08 PM

Like Croatia's going to win the cup.

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