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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: 13/02/14 23.26CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 12/09/2014 17:58 CET
Croatia1-0FYROM
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
04/18/2013 09:19:11
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
Belgium1-1Croatia
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) – Stadium: Roi Baudouin, Brussels (BEL)
04/18/2013 09:19:11
FYROM1-2Croatia
Referee: Peter Rasmussen (DEN) – Stadium: National Arena Filip II Macedonian, Skopje (MKD)
04/18/2013 10:16:30
Croatia2-0Wales
Referee: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU) – Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
04/18/2013 09:18:41
Croatia2-0Serbia
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/28/2013 11:07:35
Wales1-2Croatia
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA) – Stadium: Swansea Stadium, Swansea (WAL)
09/30/2013 22:51:30
Croatia0-1Scotland
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
07/25/2013 10:49:26
Serbia1-1Croatia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) – Stadium: Stadion FK Crvena zvezda, Belgrade (SRB)
09/11/2013 07:04:51
Croatia1-2Belgium
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
12/16/2013 12:35:10
Scotland2-0Croatia
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU) – Stadium: Hampden Park, Glasgow (SCO)
12/16/2013 12:35:24
Iceland0-0Croatia
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) – Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
12/16/2013 12:43:09
Croatia2-0Iceland
Aggregate: 2-0
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
12/16/2013 12:28:53
Brazil3-1Croatia
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN) – Stadium: Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (BRA)
06/17/2014 08:19:01
Cameroon0-4Croatia
Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR) – Stadium: Arena Amazonia, Manaus (BRA)
06/19/2014 02:32:58
Croatia1-3Mexico
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) – Stadium: Arena Pernambuco, Recife (BRA)
06/24/2014 02:21:17
Croatia2-0Cyprus
Referee: not available
09/04/2014 22:37:31
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
Croatia2-0Malta
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS) – Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
09/10/2014 00:23:08
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
BulgariaCroatia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
09/17/2014 15:47:51
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
CroatiaAzerbaijan
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Gradski vrt, Osijek (CRO)
09/11/2014 11:05:30
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
ItalyCroatia
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:40:39
CroatiaNorway
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:38:34
CroatiaItaly
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:39:29
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
AzerbaijanCroatia
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:37:30
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
NorwayCroatia
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:41:34
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
CroatiaBulgaria
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:37:49
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group H)
MaltaCroatia
Referee: TBD
08/07/2014 11:41:35

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