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UEFA EURO: Croatia - Wales Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

CroatiaGradski vrt - OsijekSaturday 8 June 2019 - 15.00CETGroup E - Matchday 3Wales
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
26/03/2013QR (GS)Wales - Croatia1-2
SwanseaBale 21 (P); Lovren 77, Eduardo 87
16/10/2012QR (GS)Croatia - Wales2-0
OsijekMandžukić 27, Eduardo 57
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 17/05/2019 11:09CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Croatia - Squad list
Current season
-Lovre Kalinić03/04/199029Aston Villa - 2000
-Simon Sluga17/03/199326Rijeka - 0000
-Dominik Livaković09/01/199524Dinamo Zagreb - 0000
-Dejan Lovren05/07/198929Liverpool - 1000
-Domagoj Vida29/04/198930Beşiktaş - 2000
-Mile Škorić19/06/199127Osijek - 0000
-Tin Jedvaj28/11/199523Leverkusen - 1000
-Duje Ćaleta-Car17/09/199622Marseille - 1000
-Filip Benković13/07/199721Celtic - 0000
-Karlo Bartolec20/04/199524Nordsjælland - 0000
-Borna Barišić10/11/199226Rangers - 2100
-Dario Melnjak31/10/199226Rizespor - 0000
-Luka Modrić09/09/198533Real Madrid - 2000
-Milan Badelj25/02/198930Lazio - 1000
-Ivan Perišić02/02/198930Internazionale - 2000
-Mateo Kovačić06/05/199425Chelsea - 1000
-Marcelo Brozović16/11/199226Internazionale - 1000
-Mario Pašalić09/02/199524Atalanta - 0000
-Mijo Caktaš08/05/199227Hajduk Split - 0000
-Alen Halilović18/06/199622Standard Liège - 0000
-Andrej Kramarić19/06/199127Hoffenheim - 2100
-Bruno Petković16/09/199424Dinamo Zagreb - 2000
-Josip Brekalo23/06/199820Wolfsburg - 2000
-Zlatko Dalic26/10/196652 - 2000
Wales - Squad list
Current season
-Wayne Hennessey24/01/198732Crystal Palace - 1000
-Danny Ward22/06/199325Leicester - 0000
-Adam Davies17/07/199226Barnsley - 0000
-Chris Gunter21/07/198929Reading - 0000
-Neil Taylor07/02/198930Aston Villa - 0000
-Ashley Williams23/08/198434Stoke - 1000
-Ben Davies24/04/199326Tottenham - 1000
-James Lawrence22/08/199226Anderlecht - 1000
-Tom Lockyer03/12/199424Bristol Rovers - 0000
-Connor Roberts23/09/199523Swansea - 1000
-Chris Mepham05/11/199721Bournemouth - 1000
-Joe Allen14/03/199029Stoke - 1000
-Tom Lawrence13/01/199425Derby - 0000
-Daniel James10/11/199721Swansea - 1100
-Matthew Smith22/11/199919Twente - 1000
-Ethan Ampadu14/09/200018Chelsea - 0000
-Dylan Levitt17/11/200018Man. United - 0000
-Will Vaulks13/09/199325Rotherham - 1000
-Gareth Bale16/07/198929Real Madrid - 1000
-Sam Vokes21/10/198929Stoke - 0000
-Harry Wilson22/03/199722Derby - 1000
-David Brooks08/07/199721Bournemouth - 1000
-Rabbi Matondo09/09/200018Schalke - 0000
-Ryan Giggs29/11/197345 - 1000

Last updated 08/06/2019 09:21CET

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.


Ryan Giggs

Date of birth: 29 November 1973
Nationality: Welsh
Playing career: Manchester United
Coaching career: Manchester United (caretaker), Manchester United (assistant), Wales

• Manchester United's most successful ever player, Cardiff-born Giggs signed for the club on his 14th birthday and made his first-team debut in March 1991 at 17. He was capped at the same age, becoming Wales' youngest senior international.

• An extravagantly gifted left-winger hailed at Old Trafford and beyond as the 'new George Best', Giggs was a United regular in his late teens and a champion of England before he reached 20 – the first of a record-breaking 13 English Premier League titles he would win, all under Sir Alex Ferguson, during 24 years as a first-teamer. He landed domestic doubles in 1993/94 and 1995/96 and a famous treble in 1998/99, when United added the UEFA Champions League by dramatically defeating Bayern München in the final at the Camp Nou.

• He broke Sir Bobby Charlton's club record of 758 appearances when he came on as a substitute in the victorious 2008 UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea in Moscow and would end his United career with 963 games and 168 goals. In all he helped United win 25 major trophies and was voted both PFA Player of the Year and BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.

• He played 64 times for Wales, scoring 12 goals, before retiring from international football in 2007 after three years as captain. Like Northern Ireland's Best, Giggs was never able to parade his talent at a major tournament.

• Joined the coaching staff of Ferguson's replacement David Moyes while still active as a player during 2013/14 and assumed player-caretaker duties for the final four games of the campaign after Moyes' sacking. He announced his retirement from playing in May 2014 to take up a position as assistant to new manager Louis van Gaal and finally left Old Trafford two years later, appointed as Wales coach in January 2018 to succeed Chris Coleman.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeIstván Kovács (ROU)
  • Assistant refereesVasile Florin Marinescu (ROU) , Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
  • Fourth officialMarius Avram (ROU)
  • UEFA DelegatePeter Lundström (FIN)
  • UEFA Referee observerCostas Kapitanis (CYP)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
István Kovács 16/09/1984154

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
26/07/2018UEL2QRHNK Hajduk SplitPFC Slavia Sofia1-0Split
21/02/2019UELR32GNK Dinamo ZagrebFC Viktoria Plzeň3-0Zagreb

Last updated 07/06/2019 03:40CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    Croatia 2-1 Azerbaijan
    0-1 Sheydaev 19, 1-1 Barišić 44, 2-1 Kramarić 79
    Kalinić, Brekalo, Barišić, Perišić, Ćaleta-Car, Rakitić, Kovačić (73 Vlašić), Kramarić, Modrić (91 Badelj), Petković (69 Rebić), Vida
  • (24/03/2019)
    Hungary 2-1 Croatia
    0-1 Rebić 13, 1-1 Szalai 34, 2-1 Pátkai 76
    Kalinić, Barišić (30 Leovac), Perišić, Lovren, Rakitić, Kramarić, Modrić, Brozović, Jedvaj (77 Petković), Rebić (67 Brekalo), Vida
  • (08/06/2019)
  • (06/09/2019)
  • (09/09/2019)
  • (10/10/2019)
  • (13/10/2019)
  • (16/11/2019)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group E - Group Standings
    Wales 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 James 5
    Hennessey, Davies, Mepham, Allen, Smith, Brooks (60 Roberts), Bale, Roberts, Lawrence, Wilson (87 Vaulks), James (72 A. Williams)
  • (08/06/2019)
  • (11/06/2019)
  • (06/09/2019)
  • (10/10/2019)
  • (13/10/2019)
  • (16/11/2019)
  • (19/11/2019)

Last updated 17/05/2019 11:09CET

Team facts Only this chapter

UEFA European Championship records: Croatia

2016 – round of 16
2012 – group stage
2008 – quarter-finals
2004 – group stage
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – quarter-finals

Final tournament win
3-0: Croatia v Denmark, 16/06/96

Final tournament defeat
0-3: Croatia v Portugal, 19/06/96

Qualifying win
7-0: Croatia v Andorra, 07/10/06

Qualifying defeat
0-2: five times, most recently Norway v Croatia, 06/09/15

Final tournament appearances
12: Darijo Srna
Vedran Ćorluka
10: Ivan Rakitić
9: Luka Modrić
7: Ivan Perišić
6: Niko Kovač
6: Robert Kovač
6: Mario Mandžukić
6: Ivan Strinić
6: Josip Šimunić
6: Ivica Olić
6: Niko Kranjčar
6: Stipe Pletikosa
6: Danijel Pranjić

Final tournament goals
3: Mario Mandžukić
3: Davor Šuker
2: Ivan Klasnić
2: Luka Modrić
2: Ivan Perišić

Overall appearances
47: Darijo Srna
43: Vedran Ćorluka
39: Luka Modrić
34: Ivica Olić
32: Stipe Pletikosa
32: Ivan Rakitić
Josip Šimunić
30: Dario Šimić

Overall goals
20: Davor Šuker
13: Eduardo
8: Ivan Perišić
8: Mladen Petrić
7: Mario Mandžukić
6: Luka Modrić
6: Zvonimir Boban
6: Niko Kranjčar
6: Darijo Srna
6: Ivica Olić


UEFA European Championship records: Wales

2016 – semi-finals
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – did not qualify
1984 – did not qualify
1980 – did not qualify
1976 – quarter-finals
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – did not qualify
1964 – did not qualify
1960 – did not participate

Final tournament win
3-0: Russia v Wales, 20/06/16

Final tournament loss
Portugal v Wales, 06/07/16

Qualifying win
7-0: Wales v Malta, 25/10/78

Qualifying loss
5-0: Georgia v Wales, 16/11/94

Final tournament appearances
Joe Allen
6: Gareth Bale
6: James Chester
6: Chris Gunter
6: Joe Ledley
6: Neil Taylor
6: Ashley Williams
5: Ben Davies
Wayne Hennessey
5: Aaron Ramsey
5: Hal Robson-Kanu
4: Sam Vokes
4: Jonathan Williams
David Edwards
3: Andy King

Final tournament goals
3: Gareth Bale
2: Hal Robson-Kanu
1: Aaron Ramsey
1: Neil Taylor
1: Sam Vokes
1: Ashley Williams

Overall appearances
31: Gareth Bale
29: Joe Ledley
28: Gary Speed
28: Wayne Hennessey
25: Neville Southall
25: Chris Gunter
24: Craig Bellamy
24: Ryan Giggs
24: Ashley Williams
23: Ian Rush

Overall goals
15: Gareth Bale
Ian Rush
5: Craig Bellamy
5: Simon Davies
5: Aaron Ramsey
5: Dean Saunders
5: John Toshack



:: 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.


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
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