Croatia

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World Cup 2014 Croatia National Team

  • FIFA country code: CRO
  • FIFA member since: 1992
  • Confederation: UEFA
  • Confederation member since: 1993
  • Association: Hrvatski nogometni savez (HNS)
  • In English: Croatian Football Federation
  • Association founded: 1912
  • Most caps: Darijo Srna (+110 and still counting)
  • Top scorer: Davor Šuker (45)
  • 1st World Cup win: 1-3 Jamaica France ’98
  • 1st World Cup goal scorer: Mario Stanić (1998)
  • World Cup top scorer: Davor Šuker (6)
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World Cup 2014 Croatia National Team

World Cup 2014 Croatia Schedule Group A

Match
Date
Time
City
Country
Results
Country
112/0617:00São PauloWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Brazil teamBrazilCroatiaWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Croatia team
213/0613:00NatalWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Mexico teamMexicoCameroonWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Cameroon team
1717/0616:00FortalezaWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Brazil teamBrazilMexicoWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Mexico team
1818/0618:00ManausWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Cameroon teamCameroonCroatiaWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Croatia team
3323/0617:00BrasiliaWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Cameroon teamCameroonBrazilWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Brazil team
3423/0617:00RecifeWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Croatia teamCroatiaMexicoWorld Cup Brazil 2014 Mexico team

Croatia is the 28th country to have qualified for the World Cup Brazil on the 19th of November 2013. Croatia was 1 of the 8 UEFA countries to play the continental play-offs. Their opponent was Iceland which never played in a World Cup before. Their first match ended in a 0-0 draw but their 2nd  match ended in a 2-0 score scored by Mario Mandžukić and Darijo Srna. The World Cup 2014 Croatia national team won with an aggregate score of 0-2, so they will play their 4th World Cup in Brazil.

World Cup 2014 Croatia Players

Players who will probably be selected for the World Cup 2014 Croatia national team are:

Goalkeepers
Defenders
Midfielders
Forwards
Stipe PletikosaDarijo Srna
Josip Šimunić
Vedran Ćorluka
Dejan Lovren
Ivan Strinić
Niko Kranjčar
Luka Modrić
Ivan Rakitić
Ivan Perišić
Ognjen Vukojević
Danijel Pranjić
Mateo Kovačić
Ivica Olić
Eduardo
Mario Mandžukić
Nikica Jelavić

Head Coach: Niko Kovač (German)
Captain: Darijo Srna

World Cup 2014 Croatia National Team Jerseys

Croatia home and away jerseys by Nike

Croatia World Cup History

How Many World Cups Played: 3

Year
Round
Position
GP
W
D
L
GS
GA
1998Semi-Finals37502115
2002Group Stage23310223
2006Group Stage22302123
Best/ResultSemi-Finals3136251511

GP=Games played, W=Wins, D=Draws, L=Losses, GS=Goals scored, GA=Goals against

Best Performance

1998 – Match for the third place: Croatia played their first World Cup excellently and won the match for the third place with 2-1 against the Netherlands.

Worst Performance

2002 – Group stage: Croatia ended up on the 23rd place by having lost 2 Group G matches.

Did You Know Croatia:

  • Has the following nickname: Vatreni (The Blazers)
  • Is rivals with Serbia and Slovenia
  • Was together with several other East European countries the country Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia before becoming independent in 1992
  • Players were before the country’s independence part of the Yugoslavia national football team
  • Entered the World Cup qualification rounds for the first time as an independent country for France ’98
  • Made an impressive debut in the 1998 World Cup by finishing third behind Brazil and France
  • Striker Davor Šuker made an impressive performance in France ’98 and ended up being the top scorer of the tournament (6 goals)
  • Midfielder Robert Prosinecki scored for Yugoslavia in the 1990 World Cup and for Croatia in the 1998 World Cup, which means he is the only player to have scored for 2 countries in a World Cup
  • Played in 3 consecutive World Cups  (1998, 2002, 2006)
  • Central midfielder Niko Kovač and his brother Robert Kovač played together in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup
  • 2006 World Cup trainer Zlatko Kranjčar has a son Niko Kranjčar who played in that same World Cup
  • Defender Josip Simunic will miss the 2014 World Cup since he was suspended for 10 matches by FIFA for making pro-Nazi chants at the end of November’s play-off match against Iceland
  • Will be based in Mata de São João, Bahia during the 2014 World Cup

World Cup Awards

When
What
Who
1998Silver BallDavor Šuker
1998Golden Boot (6 goals)Davor Šuker
1998All-Star TeamDavor Šuker

Curious which place FIFA gave Croatia in their official ranking? Find out now! Or do you want to know more about the World Cups Croatia has played? Increase your World Cup history knowledge now!

Croatia in Action

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