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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: 15/04/2016 15:18 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia2-0Cyprus
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
12/17/2015 16:21:36
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)
05/23/2016 14:47:38
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia6-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
12 November 2014 12 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia1-2Argentina
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
12/17/2015 16:36:45
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy1-1Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stadio San Siro, Milan (ITA)
05/10/2016 16:30:40
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
7 June 2015 07 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia4-0Gibraltar
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 13:34:29
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia1-1Italy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stadion Poljud, Split (CRO)
01/08/2016 08:06:34
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Azerbaijan0-0Croatia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: 8KM Stadium, Baku (AZE)
05/15/2016 13:35:43
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Norway2-0Croatia
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN) Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
04/06/2016 12:38:43
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
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia1-3Croatia
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
12/29/2015 10:48:37
23 March 2016 23 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia2-0Israel
Referee: not available Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
03/31/2016 13:32:22
26 March 2016 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Hungary1-1Croatia
Referee: not available Stadium: Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN)
04/05/2016 13:40:50
TurkeyCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris (FRA)
05/25/2016 18:13:06
Czech RepublicCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
05/25/2016 18:26:42
CroatiaSpain
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
05/25/2016 18:20:14
5 September 2016 05 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaTurkey
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/09/2016 14:47:41
FinlandCroatia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:12:32
CroatiaIceland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:14:33
CroatiaUkraine
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:12:32
IcelandCroatia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:56:33
TurkeyCroatia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 22:40:19
CroatiaFinland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:27:18
UkraineCroatia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:27:48

General info

  • Founded : 1912
  • Currently playing : 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: 43
    Darijo Srna (CRO)
  • Top scorers: 19
    Davor Šuker (CRO)