Croatia eliminated, but Bill Belichick shouldn't be too sad

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New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick saw the country of his ancestors knocked out of the FIFA World Cup tonight, but its not all bad.

Croatia lost 3-1 to Mexico in their final group A game and were officially eliminated from the tournament with just the single victory over Cameroon.

Despite being credited with the first goal of the whole tournament, losses to Brazil and Mexico have seen Croatia eliminated from the world's biggest soccer tournament.

I know, why would Bill Belichick still have reason to smile after seeing the country his family came from humiliated?

Well it all comes from an Instagram post by his girlfriend Linda Holliday shortly after kick-off in Monday's big game.

Holliday posted a picture of her t-shirt which had written on it "I heart my Croatian boyfriend" - it even had the symbol of the heart covered in the red and white chequered pattern of the Croatia national home shirt.

Belichick often has a fairly, shall we say robotic? or emotionless expression on his face but surely this will bring a smile to the Patriots coach.

Did I mention that Belichick is Croatian? Well for anyone who didn't know and has been confused by this story, here's a little history.

Bill Bilicic

Belichick was born to Ivan and Mary Barkovic Bilicic as the youngest of five children, the name is Croatian but was Anglicized.

It may not have happened at Ellis Island like so many families in America but it happened in Monessen, Pa., where Bill and all the other Belichick children were born.

Croatia finished, Patriots up next

With Croatia out of the World Cup, Belichick can now turn his attentions back to the Patriots pre-season workouts.

There have been questions over the Belichick/ Brady partnership recently and if they will ever be able to win another Super Bowl after coming so close three years ago.

The Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI to the New York Giants and have lost the last two AFC Championship games causing people to question their Super Bowl credentials.

They have had yet another summer of strengthening which was much needed given the work done by the AFC rival Denver Broncos and Belichick and his players will be hoping that if the two meet for a second straight Championship game, the Patriots can come out on top.

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