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Ena Bilobrk

Email: 174734@live.stmarys.ac.uk

Ena was born in Munich to a Croatian family, which helped making contacts in the small country’s sporting world from early on.
The wish for pursuing a career in sports journalism carried her all the way to London, where the 22-year-old studied journalism at the University of Westminster.

During her degree Ena wrote articles for Dalmatinski Portal, a Croatian news website, which included reporting on the Croatian national team playing Argentina in a friendly match at Boleyn Ground in November 2014.

A work placement with Sky Sports News followed; there, she translated Jürgen Klopp’s first interview as Liverpool manager - initially in German - making Sky the quickest media outlet to have his managerial words in English. During the placement Ena also regularly wrote articles for the broadcaster’s website.

Covering the ATP finals and the Race of Champions, both in 2015, boosted her confidence and she got to publish her first by-line on the Guardian's website.

After graduating from Westminster she decided to move back to Munich to broaden her expertise in German sports.
Ena spent the time back home working for Sky Bundesliga and FC Bayern Basketball.

Eventually she decided to return to the (grass) roots of journalism training and started a masters degree in Sports Journalism at St Mary’s University Twickenham where she is currently writing for the Sports Gazette.

Ena writes about European football, tennis, motorsport and makes occasional side trips to the world of rugby and cricket.

Blog: enabilobrksport

Stories by Ena

  • Woman of Steel
    The IRONMAN World Championship 2017 on Hawaii has come to an end crowning Patrick Lange and Daniela Ryf as winners of one of the world’s toughest triathlons. Sports Gazette spoke to Neda Bilokapic - a fresher, who has just recently completed her first half IRONMAN, about what it takes to cross its prestigious finish line. 
  • Formula 1 Esports Series: Blending fiction and reality
    Formula One have their eyes on the future creating their first ever Esports Championship. The semifinal held at Gfinity Arena in London on the 10th October exceeded all expectations drawing any old-fashioned motorsports fan into the world of gaming. Sports Gazette's Ena Bilobrk went to have a look at how close virtuality and reality really were.
  • Five things we have REALLY learnt from the Japanese Grand Prix
    We saw Sebastian Vettel struggling, again, Lewis Hamilton extending his lead and Red Bull's double trouble Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen snatching podium places. Jolyon Palmer wasn’t oh-so-jolly anymore as he finished his racing career with Renault and his successor Carlos Sainz didn’t finish the race at all. You’d think a race summarised in two sentences isn’t worth reviewing - well you are wrong. Here is what we have really learnt from the Japanese Grand Prix.
  • Home alone - an afternoon with Everton's Nikola Vlašić 
    Nikola Vlašić grew up in the spotlight of his famous sister Blanka - one of the greatest high-jumpers of all time. Even now that he is a rising football star her name drops into almost every conversation. But Ena Bilobrk visited Nikola in Liverpool getting to know the real person behind the youngest offspring of a successful sporting dynasty.
  • Who’s got the nerves to bag the Malaysian Grand Prix?
    A professional racing driver gives insights what battles you fight off the track and what could be the deciding factor for winning the Malaysian Grand Prix.
  • Shakhtar's Fonseca talks Premier League, Srna and codfish
    Before his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City, Shakhtar boss Paulo Fonseca took the time to sit down with Sports Gazette's Ena Bilobrk for a chat about all things football.
  • Just how necessary was the Laver Cup?
    The lavishly staged Laver Cup premiered this weekend in the O2 Arena in Prague. Team Europe beat Team World in a dull series of matches over three days, only to enhance the oh-so elite dominance of European male tennis players. The only highlight was the double debut of tennis alpha-males Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who almost playfully defeated American duo Sam Querrey and Jack Sock on Saturday night. Sports Gazette and Germany’s well known tennis commentator Marcel Meinert discussed if the Laver Cup is really worth the hype. 
  • Beach boys make Croatian rugby history
    Was it an egg? Was it a ball? It was surely not a football! Confusion was huge among the people of the Croatian town, Split, as they were trying to figure out the game British soldiers were playing in their harbour in the early 20th century. Yet, some would soon start copying what they had seen, just in more familiar circumstances: With a football, in speedos and on the beach.
  • Six times football fans were ultra-nice
    Notorious hooligans in bucket hats waving flares and shouting racist nonsense are back conquering international news. Their pyro shows and rowdy behaviour don’t just blur the on-field view but take away from what most fan groups actually stand for. To get away from the messy scenes that blighted recent times, here is a list of some of the kindest fan gestures from across Europe.