The 2006 World Cup was a significant moment in the history of Australian multiculturalism, particularly in terms of how it affected the Australian-Croatian community.
As Australia and Croatia lined up in the last group stage match, never before had the question been put so viscerally: are you going to barrack for Australia or Croatia?
Of course questions of identity and choice of home are complex. Lifestyle, relative affluence, human freedoms, and family are all factors. But still, the passions of sport emanate from the heart and have a fair bit to do with identity as well.
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