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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

Related information

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 17/06/2017 14:55 CET
5 September 2016 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia1-1Turkey
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/30/2017 14:57:19
6 October 2016 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Kosovo0-6Croatia
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) Stadium: Loro Boriçi Stadium, Shkoder (ALB)
06/07/2017 11:01:28
9 October 2016 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Finland0-1Croatia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA) Stadium: Tampere Stadium, Tampere (FIN)
10/10/2016 15:30:49
12 November 2016 12 Nov - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia2-0Iceland
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/30/2017 14:57:20
15 November 2016 15 Nov - Friendlies 2016-18
Northern Ireland0-3Croatia
Referee: not available Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
06/02/2017 12:57:21
11 January 2017 11 Jan - Friendlies 2016-18
Chile1-1Croatia
Referee: not available
02/13/2017 09:58:23
14 January 2017 14 Jan - Friendlies 2016-18
China PR1-1Croatia
Referee: not available
02/13/2017 10:04:32
24 March 2017 24 Mar - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
Croatia1-0Ukraine
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
05/30/2017 14:57:20
28 March 2017 28 Mar - Friendlies 2016-18
Estonia3-0Croatia
Referee: not available Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
05/09/2017 13:55:02
28 May 2017 28 May - Friendlies 2016-18
Mexico1-2Croatia
Referee: not available Stadium: Coliseum, Los Angeles (USA)
06/02/2017 09:55:06
Iceland1-0Croatia
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
06/17/2017 13:56:10
2 September 2017 02 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaKosovo
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
07/24/2017 15:09:19
5 September 2017 05 Sep - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
TurkeyCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Eskişehir Yeni Stadyumu, Eskisehir (TUR)
07/27/2017 07:07:57
6 October 2017 06 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
CroatiaFinland
Referee: TBD
07/10/2017 15:34:51
9 October 2017 09 Oct - European Qualifiers, Qualifying round (Group I)
UkraineCroatia
Referee: TBD Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
07/10/2017 15:35:03

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)
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