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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 four European final tournaments in just five 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 four European final tournaments in just five attempts.

Best result: quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
Coach:
Niko Kovač
Leading scorers:
all-time – Davor Šuker (45); current – Eduardo (29)
Most appearances:
all-time – Darijo Srna (110); current – Darijo Srna (110)
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 face Brazil in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P66 W40 D15 L11 F116 A50
Final tournament: P14 W6 D4 L4 F18 A16
Qualifying: P52 W34 D11 L7 F98 A34

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 booked a finals place 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 07/01/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.24CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 21/08/2015 12:19 CET
4 September 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia2-0Cyprus
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 18:59:44
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia2-0Malta
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
08/03/2015 13:50:48
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Bulgaria0-1Croatia
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
08/21/2015 10:39:57
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia6-0Azerbaijan
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
08/21/2015 11:30:56
12 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia1-2Argentina
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 18:52:16
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Italy1-1Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
07/11/2015 08:28:06
Croatia5-1Norway
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
08/03/2015 13:50:49
7 June 2015 - Friendlies 2014-16
Croatia4-0Gibraltar
Referee: not available
06/10/2015 17:30:33
Croatia1-1Italy
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Stadion Poljud, Split (CRO)
07/11/2015 08:28:39
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
AzerbaijanCroatia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE)
08/31/2015 11:02:16
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo (NOR)
08/25/2015 10:32:35
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
CroatiaBulgaria
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
08/18/2015 14:26:07
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
08/20/2015 07:12:31
CroatiaTurkey
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:42:08
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

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