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Croatia team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.10CET
Since seceding from Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia have emerged as a force in international football, reaching five European final tournaments in just six attempts.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.10CET

Croatia team profile

Since seceding from Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia have emerged as a force in international football, reaching five European final tournaments in just six attempts.

Best result: quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
Coach:
Ante Čačić
Leading scorers:
all-time – Davor Šuker (45); current – Darijo Srna (21)
Most appearances:
all-time – Darijo Srna (127); current – Darijo Srna (127)
Association formed:
1912
Nickname:
Kockasti (Checks)
Where they play:
Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb

Since seceding from Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia have emerged as a force in international football. They qualified in their debut UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup campaigns, finishing third at France '98 where Davor Šuker was the six-goal top scorer. Croatia have become final tournament regulars, missing out only twice – in 2000 and 2010 – but have progressed beyond the group stage on just one further occasion, at UEFA EURO 2008. They qualified for the UEFA EURO 2016 finals – their fourth in a row – as runners-up to Italy in Group H.

Watch Croatia's top five qualifying goals

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P76 W46 D18 L12 F136 A55
Final tournament: P14 W6 D4 L4 F18 A16
Qualifying: P62 W40 D14 L8 F118 A39

UEFA EURO 2012 was Croatia's fourth European final tournament in five attempts since the break-up of Yugoslavia, their only failure coming in 2000. Inspired by three-goal Šuker, Miroslav Blažević's 1996 vintage reached the last eight in their maiden finals appearance, and the semi-finals beckoned in 2008 before Turkey's last-gasp equaliser and then defeat in the penalty shoot-out. There was more disappointment four years later as Slaven Bilić's side were narrowly edged out of a tough group by Spain and Italy, the eventual finalists.

Croatia, of course, also contributed players to the Yugoslavia team that twice finished runners-up at the UEFA European Championship. They lost the inaugural showpiece 2-1 in extra time against the Soviet Union in 1960 and went down 2-0 to hosts Italy in a final replay eight years later.

Memorable EURO matches
11/11/11: Turkey 0-3 Croatia, UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs
Croatia stunned the home fans with three goals inside 50 minutes of the first leg.

21/11/07: England 2-3 Croatia, UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying
Nearly 90,000 at Wembley were similarly silenced as Mladen Petrić scored the winner for already-qualified Croatia and eliminated the hosts.

16/06/96: Croatia 3-0 Denmark, UEFA EURO 1996 group stage
An impressive victory best remembered for Šuker's magnificent chip over Peter Schmeichel.

Did you know?
Croatia finished above an Italy side fresh from finishing runners-up at the 1994 World Cup in their first major tournament qualifying campaign, advancing to EURO '96 where they were one of a record six teams making their finals debut.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 03/12/15 13.59CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 06/09/2016 14:12 CET
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia2-0Malta
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/09/2016 14:47:42
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria0-1Croatia
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/25/2016 10:25:43
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia6-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
06/10/2016 16:47:32
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy1-1Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stadio San Siro, Milan (ITA)
06/02/2016 16:41:55
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia5-1Norway
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/09/2016 14:47:18
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia1-1Italy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stadion Poljud, Split (CRO)
07/27/2016 15:10:10
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan0-0Croatia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: 8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE)
08/26/2016 11:27:43
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-0Croatia
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
09/05/2016 17:57:56
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia3-0Bulgaria
Referee: Artur Dias (POR) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/09/2016 14:47:18
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Malta0-1Croatia
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
01/08/2016 08:06:26
Turkey0-1Croatia
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
06/16/2016 10:48:02
Czech Republic2-2Croatia
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
06/19/2016 12:07:32
Croatia2-1Spain
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
06/23/2016 10:15:17
25 June 2016 25 Jun - UEFA EURO, Round of 16
Croatia0-1Portugal
Portugal win after extra time (aet)
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo (FRA)
06/27/2016 10:12:12
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia1-1Turkey
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
09/06/2016 13:12:59
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
KosovoCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
09/22/2016 18:45:36
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
FinlandCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Tampere Stadium, Tampere (FIN)
09/22/2016 18:39:06
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaIceland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
09/09/2016 09:27:09
24 March 2017 24 Mar - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaUkraine
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:41
11 June 2017 11 Jun - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
IcelandCroatia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:16
2 September 2017 02 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaKosovo
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:32
5 September 2017 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyCroatia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:33
6 October 2017 06 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaFinland
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:08:42
9 October 2017 09 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineCroatia
Referee: TBD
09/02/2016 17:07:59

General info

  • Founded : 1912
  • Currently playing : Friendly matches 2014/2016, European Championship 2014/2016, World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    07/10/2006, Croatia 7-0 Andorra, Zagreb
  • Biggest defeat:
    19/06/1996, Croatia 0-3 Portugal, Nottingham
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 47
    Darijo Srna (CRO)
  • Top scorers: 19
    Davor Šuker (CRO)