Dalic celebrates with Sime Vrsaljko after his team advanced to the final following a win over England. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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In a coaching journey across Croatia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Zlatko Dalic's belief in his own abilities never dimmed.Such jobs no longer seem so far out of reach, especially if Dalic collects the biggest prize in football Sunday. Croatia will win the World Cup for the first time if Dalic's team can get the better of France and coach Didier Deschamps.The 51-year-old Dalic had a largely unremarkable playing career before switching to coaching in his native Croatia.Dalic led Croatia into the World Cup playoffs, where they beat Ukraine over two matches.Dalic also relished interacting with the media Thursday in the stadium where Croatia play their biggest-ever game Sunday.
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