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UEFA EURO: Croatia - Azerbaijan Match press kits

UEFA EURO - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits

CroatiaCroatiaStadion Maksimir - ZagrebThursday 21 March 2019
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Group E - Matchday -12#CROAZE
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

2016 UEFA European Championship
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/09/2015QR (GS)Azerbaijan - Croatia0-0Baku
13/10/2014QR (GS)Croatia - Azerbaijan6-0
OsijekKramarić 11, Perišić 34, 45, Brozović 45+1, Modrić 57 (P), R. F. Sadygov 61 (og)
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
EURO
Croatia11001010----211060
Azerbaijan10101001----201106
FIFA*
Croatia------------------
Azerbaijan------------------
Friendlies
Croatia------------------
Azerbaijan------------------
Total
Croatia11001010----211060
Azerbaijan10101001----201106

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 21/03/2019 13:50CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Croatia - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199028Aston Villa - 0000
-Simon Sluga17/03/199326Rijeka - 0000
-Dominik Livaković09/01/199524Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
Defenders
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198929Beşiktaş - 0000
-Marin Leovac07/08/198830Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Antonio Milić10/03/199425Anderlecht - 0000
-Duje Ćaleta-Car17/09/199622Marseille - 0000
-Karlo Bartolec20/04/199523Nordsjælland - 0000
-Borna Barišić10/11/199226Rangers - 0000
Midfielders
-Luka Modrić09/09/198533Real Madrid - 0000
-Milan Badelj25/02/198930Lazio - 0000
-Ivan Rakitić10/03/198831Barcelona - 0000
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198930Internazionale - 0000
-Mateo Kovačić06/05/199424Chelsea - 0000
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199226Internazionale - 0000
-Mario Pašalić09/02/199524Atalanta - 0000
-Filip Bradarić11/01/199227Cagliari - 0000
-Nikola Vlašić04/10/199721CSKA Moskva - 0000
-Marko Rog19/07/199523Sevilla - 0000
Forwards
-Andrej Kramarić19/06/199127Hoffenheim - 0000
-Ante Rebić21/09/199325Frankfurt - 0000
-Bruno Petković16/09/199424Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Josip Brekalo23/06/199820Wolfsburg - 0000
Coach
-Zlatko Dalic26/10/196652 - 0000
Azerbaijan - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Emil Balayev17/04/199424Tobol - 0000
-Salahat Agayev04/01/199128Neftçi - 0000
-Shahruddin Mahammadaliyev 22/06/199424Qarabağ - 0000
Defenders
-Maksim Medvedev29/09/198929Qarabağ - 0000
-Shahriyar Rahimov06/04/198929Sabail - 0000
-Badavi Hüseynov11/07/199127Qarabağ - 0000
-Tamkin Khalilzade06/08/199325Sabah - 0000
-Anton Krivotsyuk20/08/199820Neftçi - 0000
-Rahil Mammadov24/11/199523Qarabağ - 0000
-Omar Buludov15/12/199820Neftçi - 0000
Midfielders
-Araz Abdullayev18/04/199226Qarabağ - 0000
-Gara Garayev12/10/199226Qarabağ - 0000
-Emin Makhmudov 27/04/199226Neftçi - 0000
-Mahir Madatov01/07/199721Qarabağ - 0000
-Richard Almeida20/03/198930Qarabağ - 0000
-Dmitri Nazarov04/04/199028Erzgebirge - 0000
-Eddy02/08/199226Alcorcón - 0000
-Ali Babayev01/11/199028Sumqayıt - 0000
-Aleksey Isaev09/11/199523Sumqayıt - 0000
Forwards
-Namik Alaskarov 03/02/199524Neftçi - 0000
-Ramil Sheydaev15/03/199623Krylya Sovetov - 0000
-Rüfat Dadaşov29/09/199127Preußen Münster - 0000
-Mirabdulla Abbasov27/04/199523Neftçi - 0000
Coach
-Nikola Jurcevic14/09/196652 - 0000

Last updated 21/03/2019 14:19CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Zlatko Dalić

Date of birth: 26 October 1966
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: Hajduk Split (twice), Budućnost Titograd, Velež, Varteks (twice)
Coaching career: Varteks, Rijeka, Dinamo Tirana, Slaven Belupo (twice), al-Faisaly, al-Hilal, al-Ain, Croatia

• A midfielder, he spent the best years of his playing career at Varteks, scoring 13 goals in 108 matches from 1992–96.

• Played for Varteks in two spells, and after hanging up his boots in 2000, worked simultaneously as the club's assistant coach and sporting director. Took sole command on the field for the first time in 2005.

• Dalić more recently found success in the Middle East with al-Hilal (Saudi Arabia) and al-Ain (United Arab Emirates); in 2016, he led al-Ain to the AFC Champions League final, where they lost to South Korea's Jeonbuk FC over two legs.

• Assistant coach of Croatia under-21s from 2006-11, he returned to the national-team set-up as boss of the senior side on 7 October 2017, stepping in following the departure of Ante Čačić. 

• A win away to Ukraine two days after Dalić's appointment earned a 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off place, where Greece were defeated as Croatia reached the finals, prompting Dalić to sign a contract running until 2020. They went on to excel in Russia, reaching the knockout stages for the first time since 1998 courtesy of wins against Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland; Denmark and hosts Russia were beaten on penalties en route to the semi-finals, where England were overcome in extra time, but France proved a step too far in the final. 

https://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=2507897.html#zlatko+dalic

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Nikola Jurčević

Date of birth: 14 September 1966
Nationality: Croatian
Playing career: Dinamo Zagreb, NK Zagreb (twice), Antwerp, Salzburg (twice), Freiburg
Coaching career: NK Zagreb, Dinamo Zagreb (twice), Salzburg, Slaven Belupo, Croatia (assistant), Lokomotiv Moskva (assistant), Beşiktaş (assistant), West Ham (assistant), Azerbaijan

• A youth player at home-town club Dinamo Zagreb, Jurčević graduated to the senior set-up but struggled to find opportunities and moved across the city to NK Zagreb in 1986, spending two seasons with the club. After a season in Belgium with Antwerp, where he made a single league appearance, Jurčević returned to NK Zagreb for another two-year stint.

• Tried his luck abroad again in 1991, moving to Austria to join Salzburg; won two Bundesliga titles with the club and finished joint top scorer in the league with 14 goals in 1993/94, the season Salzburg also reached the UEFA Cup final. Went on to spend two years across the border in Germany with Freiburg before hanging up his boots in 1999 having returned to Salzburg.

• Won 19 caps for Croatia between 1990 and 1996, scoring twice; made three appearances at EURO '96.

• Kicked off his coaching career at NK Zagreb in 2002, moving on to Dinamo the following year and winning the Croatian Cup in 2003/04. After short spells at Salzburg and Slaven Belupo, Jurčević spent six years as assistant to former team-mate Slaven Bilić with the Croatia national team.

• Also worked alongside Bilić at Lokomotiv Moskva, Beşiktaş and West Ham before once more striking out on his own in March 2018, when he was appointed head coach of Dinamo again – a position he held for just two months. Resurfaced in Azerbaijan, taking charge of the national side in February 2019.

https://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=2592198.html#nikola+jurcevic

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeGeorgi Kabakov (BUL)
  • Assistant refereesMartin Margaritov (BUL) , Divan Valkov (BUL)
  • Fourth officialNikola Popov (BUL)
  • UEFA DelegateEmil Ubias (CZE)
  • UEFA Referee observerNikolay Ivanov (RUS)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Georgi Kabakov22/02/1986043

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
31/03/2015U19ELITEScotlandCroatia1-1Lindabrunn
22/07/2015UCL2QRFK Rudar PljevljaQarabağ FK0-1Petrovac
18/07/2017UCL2QRThe New Saints FCHNK Rijeka1-5Oswestry

Last updated 21/03/2019 14:17CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Croatia

  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Azerbaijan0000000
    Croatia0000000
    Hungary0000000
    Slovakia0000000
    Wales0000000
    (21/03/2019)
    Croatia-Azerbaijan
  • (24/03/2019)
    Hungary-Croatia
  • (08/06/2019)
    Croatia-Wales
  • (06/09/2019)
    Slovakia-Croatia
  • (09/09/2019)
    Azerbaijan-Croatia
  • (10/10/2019)
    Croatia-Hungary
  • (13/10/2019)
    Wales-Croatia
  • (16/11/2019)
    Croatia-Slovakia

Azerbaijan

  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Azerbaijan0000000
    Croatia0000000
    Hungary0000000
    Slovakia0000000
    Wales0000000
    (21/03/2019)
    Croatia-Azerbaijan
  • (08/06/2019)
    Azerbaijan-Hungary
  • (11/06/2019)
    Azerbaijan-Slovakia
  • (06/09/2019)
    Wales-Azerbaijan
  • (09/09/2019)
    Azerbaijan-Croatia
  • (13/10/2019)
    Hungary-Azerbaijan
  • (16/11/2019)
    Azerbaijan-Wales
  • (19/11/2019)
    Slovakia-Azerbaijan

Last updated 21/03/2019 13:51CET

Legend

:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.

Competitions

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.