Monday, 28th March, 2010
Davor Suker to attend CACF 9th Annual Golf Outing in NYC
The Croatian American Charitable Foundation announced today that soccer legend Davor Suker will be attending the 9th Annual Charity Golf Outing and Awards Dinner on Monday, May 23th 2011 in Long Island, New York. This is the third consecutive year that Mr. Suker will be attending this event that will benefit the Croatian Mine Action Centre, American Cancer Society, Cam Neely Foundation, Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic research and Doctors Without Borders.
"We are delighted to have Mr. Suker joining us again and supporting the CACF.", said Tomislav Nogalo, President of the CACF. "Mr. Suker is a wonderful supporter of our organization for a few years now and we look forward to seeing him at our outing."
Mr. Suker's legendary career have included stops at Sevilla, Arsenal and Real Madrid. In La Liga Šuker was highly-regarded, showing consistent form with Sevilla and being amongst the top goal scorers for consecutive seasons. He signed with Real Madrid 5 years later, and was again amongst the league's top scorers, which helped Madrid claim the La Liga title, the Supercup trophy and win the Champions League during his tenure there.
He led Croatia to their first major international tournament, the Euro 1996, with a then record of 12 goals in 10 matches during the qualifying tournament. At the final tournament in England, he scored three goals in four matches, including two in the 3-0 group-stage win over defending champions Denmark, where he set the final score with an unforgettable looping shot over Denmark's keeper Peter Schmeichel. It is still remembered as one of the greatest goals in Euro history, which also earned him a place in the EURO 96 Team of the Tournament.
He then went on to help Croatia to qualify for their first World Cup as he scored five goals in nine appearances during the qualifying for the 1998 finals in France. He scored six goals in seven matches, netting one goal in every match where Croatia scored, including the winning goals in 1-0 victories over Japan in the group stage and Romania in the round of 16. In the quarter-finals against Germany, Šuker scored the final goal in a 3-0 victory. He also brought the team to the doorstep of the Final by scoring the opening goal of the semifinal against France before Lilian Thuram took back the lead for the hosts with his only two international goals and gave France a 2-1 victory for a place in the Final. Šuker scored the winner in a 2-1 victory against the Netherlands in the third-place play-off, leading the Croatian team to their sensational third-place finish in the country's very first World Cup appearance since becoming independent. Šuker won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, and the Silver Ball as the second most outstanding player after Brazil's Ronaldo.
Mr. Suker was recognized by FIFA as one of the 100 greatest soccer players in history and was named Croatia's "Golden Player" by UEFA in 2003. Towards the end of his playing career, Šuker opened his own football school, the Davor Šuker Soccer Academy, with training camps in the Croatian capital city of Zagreb as well as a couple of other cities. To date, he still puts time and effort into the youth academy which trains many young athletes with career aspirations.
The Croatian American Charitable Foundation ( www.croatiancharities.com ) is an accredited 501 C 3 organization that was formed by members of the Croatian American Community in the New York City area to support organizations, groups, and individuals in need of financial support.
The group is fully funded through the generous donations from individuals, companies and various fund raising events held each year. The foundation members are all volunteers and collectively solicit worthy causes to donate their financial support.