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Croatia Croatia
Croatia football federation
Nickname(s) Vatreni (The Blazers)
Association Croatian Football Federation
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Croatia Zlatko Dalić
Captain Luka Modrić
Most caps Darijo Srna (134)
Top scorer Davor Šuker (45)
Ground Stadion Maksimir (38,079)
FIFA code CRO
FIFA ranking 6 Steady (19 December 2019)
Highest FIFA ranking 3 (January 1999)
Lowest FIFA ranking 125 (March 1994)
Elo ranking 13 Steady (19 November 2019)
Highest Elo ranking 5 (July 1998, July 2018)
Lowest Elo ranking 26 (October 2002)
First international Croatia.png Croatia 4–0 Switzerland Switzerland.png
(Zagreb, Croatia; 2 April 1940)

As modern Croatia
Croatia.png Croatia 2–1 United States Flag of the United States.png
(Zagreb, Croatia; 17 October 1990)

Biggest win Croatia.png Croatia 10–0 San Marino San Marino.png
(Rijeka, Croatia; 4 June 2016)
Biggest defeat Flag of Spain.png Spain 6–0 Croatia Croatia.png
World Cup appearances 5 (First in 1998)
Best result Runners-up, 2018
UEFA European Championship appearances 6 (First in 1996)
Best result Quarterfinals, 1996, 2008
Croatia 2018 HomeCroatia 2018 Away

The Croatia national football team is the national association football team of Croatia and is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation, the nation's governing body of football in Croatia. Most home matches are played at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, with some fixtures also taking place at the Poljud Stadium in Split or at other smaller venues. Their current manager is Zlatko Dalić.

The team played its first competitive matches in the successful qualifying campaign for Euro 1996, leading to its first appearance at a major tournament. In Croatia's FIFA World Cup debut in 1998, where they assembled their first "Golden Generation", the team finished third and provided the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker. Exactly twenty years later, anchored by their second "Golden Generation", Croatia reached the 2018 World Cup Final after finishing all tournament stages undefeated and secured second place to France, providing the tournament's best player, Luka Modrić. Since becoming eligible to compete in international tournaments, Croatia has failed to qualify for only one World Cup (in 2010) and one European Championship (in 2000).

History

Main article: History of the Croatia national football team

Competitive records

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Position Pld W D L GF GA
19301990 Part of Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia
Flag of the United States 1994 Did not enter
Flag of France 1998 Third place 3rd 7 5 0 2 11 5 Squad 2nd 10 5 4 1 20 13
South Korea Flag of Japan 2002 Group stage 23rd 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad 1st 8 5 3 0 15 2
Germany 2006 22nd 3 0 2 1 2 3 Squad 1st 10 7 3 0 21 5
Flag of South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 3rd 10 6 2 2 19 13
Brazil 2014 Group stage 19th 3 1 0 2 6 6 Squad 2nd 12 6 3 3 14 9
Flag of Russia 2018 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 2 1 14 9 Squad 2nd 12 7 3 2 19 5
Flag of Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Flag of CanadaFlag of MexicoFlag of the United States 2026
Total 5/6 Runners-up 23 11 4 8 35 26 62 36 18 8 108 47
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks

UEFA European Football Championship

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Position Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Part of Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia
England 1996 Quarter-final 7th 4 2 0 2 5 5 Squad 1st 10 7 2 1 22 5
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Did not qualify 3rd 8 4 3 1 13 9
Flag of Portugal 2004 Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 4 6 Squad 2nd 10 6 2 2 14 5
Flag of Austria Switzerland 2008 Quarter-final 5th 4 3 1 0 5 2 Squad 1st 12 9 2 1 28 8
Flag of Poland Flag of Ukraine 2012 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 4 3 Squad 2nd 12 8 2 2 21 7
Flag of France 2016 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 5 4 Squad 2nd 10 6 3 1 20 5
Flag of Europe 2020 Qualified 1st 8 5 2 1 17 7
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Quarter-final 5/6 18 8 5 5 23 20 70 45 16 9 135 46

Results and fixtures

2019

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E 21 March 2019 (2019-03-21) Croatia Croatia.png 2–1 Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan Zagreb, Croatia  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Barišić Soccerball 44'
Kramarić Soccerball 79'
Report Sheydayev Soccerball 19' Stadium: Stadion Maksimir
Attendance: 23,146
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E 24 March 2019 (2019-03-24) Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 2–1 Croatia.png Croatia Budapest, Hungary  
18:00
(18:00 UTC+1)
Szalai Soccerball 34'
Pátkai Soccerball 76'
Report Rebić Soccerball 13' Stadium: Groupama Arena
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E 8 June 2019 (2019-06-08) Croatia Croatia.png 2–1 Flag of Wales.gif Wales Osijek, Croatia  
15:00
(15:00 UTC+2)
Lawrence Soccerball 17' (o.g.)
Perišić Soccerball 48'
Report Brooks Soccerball 77' Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt
Attendance: 17,061
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
Friendly 11 June 2019 (2019-06-11) Croatia Croatia.png 1–2 Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia Varaždin, Croatia  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Petković Soccerball 47' Report Badri Soccerball 16'
Sliti Soccerball 70' (pen.)
Stadium: Gradski stadion Varaždin
Attendance: 8,036
Referee: Daniel Stefański (Poland)
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E 6 September 2019 (2019-09-06) Slovakia Slovakia.png 0–4 Croatia.png Croatia Trnava, Slovakia  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Report Vlašić Soccerball 45'
Perišić Soccerball 46'
Petković Soccerball 72'
Lovren Soccerball 89'
Stadium: Anton Malatinský Stadium
Attendance: 18,098
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E 9 September 2019 (2019-09-09) Azerbaijan Flag of Azerbaijan.png 1–1 Croatia.png Croatia Baku, Azerbaijan  
18:00
(20:00 UTC+4)
Khalilzade Soccerball 72' Report Modrić Soccerball 11' (pen.) Stadium: Bakcell Arena
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E 10 October 2019 (2019-10-10) Croatia Croatia.png 3–0 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Split, Croatia  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Modrić Soccerball 5'
Petković Soccerball 24' Soccerball 42'
Report Stadium: Stadion Poljud
Attendance: 32,110
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E 13 October 2019 (2019-10-13) Wales Flag of Wales.gif 1–1 Croatia.png Croatia Cardiff, Wales  
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Bale Soccerball 45+3' Report Vlašić Soccerball 9' Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 31,745
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E 16 November 2019 (2019-11-16) Croatia Croatia.png 3–1 Slovakia.png Slovakia Rijeka, Croatia  
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Vlašić Soccerball 56'
Petković Soccerball 60'
Perišić Soccerball 74'
Report Stadium: Stadion Rujevica
Attendance: 8,212
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
Friendly 19 November 2019 (2019-11-19) Croatia Croatia.png 2–1 Flag of Georgia.png Georgia Pula, Croatia  
18:00
(18:00 UTC+1)
Kashia Soccerball 25' (o.g.)
Perišić Soccerball 54'
Report Papunashvili Soccerball 19' Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina
Attendance: 5,072
Referee: Alan Mario Sant (Malta)

2020

Friendly March 2020 (2020-03) Croatia Croatia.png v Flag of None TBA  
Friendly March 2020 (2020-03) Croatia Croatia.png v Flag of None TBA  
Friendly 1 June 2020 (2020-06-01) Croatia Croatia.png v Flag of None TBA Osijek, Croatia  
Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt
Friendly 8 June 2020 (2020-06-08) France Flag of France.png v Croatia.png Croatia Saint-Denis, France  
Stadium: Stade de France
UEFA Euro 2020 Group D 14 June 2020 (2020-06-14) England England.png v Croatia.png Croatia London, England  
15:00 (14:00 UTC+1) Report Stadium: Wembley Stadium
UEFA Euro 2020 Group D 19 June 2020 (2020-06-19) Croatia Croatia.png v Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic Glasgow, Scotland  
18:00 (17:00 UTC+1) Report Stadium: Hampden Park
UEFA Euro 2020 Group D 23 June 2020 (2020-06-23) Croatia Croatia.png v Flag of None Winner Play-off Path C Glasgow, Scotland  
21:00 (20:00 UTC+1) Stadium: Hampden Park

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for a friendly game against Flag of Georgia.png Georgia on 19 November 2019.
All numbers, caps and goals as of 19 November 2019 after match against Flag of Georgia.png Georgia; only matches as FIFA member are included.

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Lovre Kalinić 3 April 1990 (1990-04-03) (age 30) 19 0 England Aston Villa
1 1GK Dominik Livaković 9 January 1995 (1995-01-09) (age 25) 9 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
23 1GK Simon Sluga 17 March 1993 (1993-03-17) (age 27) 2 0 England Luton Town
16 2DF Tin Jedvaj 28 November 1995 (1995-11-28) (age 24) 24 2 Germany Augsburg
3 2DF Borna Barišić 10 November 1992 (1992-11-10) (age 27) 12 1 Scotland Rangers
22 2DF Karlo Bartolec 20 April 1995 (1995-04-20) (age 25) 5 0 Flag of Denmark Copenhagen
6 2DF Duje Ćaleta-Car 17 September 1996 (1996-09-17) (age 24) 5 0 Flag of France Marseille
14 2DF Mile Škorić 19 June 1991 (1991-06-19) (age 29) 3 0 Croatia Osijek
2 2DF Dario Melnjak 31 October 1992 (1992-10-31) (age 27) 2 0 Flag of Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
5 2DF Dino Perić 12 July 1994 (1994-07-12) (age 26) 2 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
21 2DF Josip Juranović 16 August 1995 (1995-08-16) (age 25) 2 0 Croatia Hajduk Split
8 3MF Mateo Kovačić 6 May 1994 (1994-05-06) (age 26) 56 1 England Chelsea
11 3MF Marcelo Brozović 16 November 1992 (1992-11-16) (age 27) 51 6 Flag of Italy Internazionale
19 3MF Milan Badelj 25 February 1989 (1989-02-25) (age 31) 50 2 Flag of Italy Fiorentina
17 3MF Marko Rog 19 July 1995 (1995-07-19) (age 25) 17 0 Flag of Italy Cagliari
15 3MF Mario Pašalić 9 February 1995 (1995-02-09) (age 25) 12 0 Flag of Italy Atalanta
13 3MF Nikola Vlašić 4 October 1997 (1997-10-04) (age 22) 11 3 Flag of Russia Good One CSKA Moscow
4 4FW Ivan Perišić 2 February 1989 (1989-02-02) (age 31) 88 26 Germany Bayern Munich
18 4FW Ante Rebić 21 September 1993 (1993-09-21) (age 26) 34 3 Flag of Italy Milan
20 4FW Bruno Petković 16 September 1994 (1994-09-16) (age 26) 8 5 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
9 4FW Mislav Oršić 29 December 1992 (1992-12-29) (age 27) 3 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Croatia squad in the last 12 months and are still eligible for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
DF Matej MitrovićINJ 10 November 1993 (1993-11-10) (age 26) 12 2 Belgium Club Brugge v. Slovakia.png Slovakia, 16 November 2019
DF Domagoj VidaSUS (Third captain) 29 April 1989 (1989-04-29) (age 31) 79 4 Flag of Turkey Beşiktaş v. Flag of Wales.gif Wales, 13 October 2019
DF Dejan LovrenSUS 5 July 1989 (1989-07-05) (age 31) 57 3 England Liverpool v. Flag of Wales.gif Wales, 13 October 2019
DF Filip Benković 13 July 1997 (1997-07-13) (age 23) 1 0 England Leicester City v. Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia, 11 June 2019
DF Marin Leovac 7 August 1988 (1988-08-07) (age 32) 5 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb v. Flag of Hungary.png Hungary, 24 March 2019
DF Antonio Milić 10 March 1994 (1994-03-10) (age 26) 3 0 Flag of Spain Rayo Vallecano v. Flag of Hungary.png Hungary, 24 March 2019
MF Luka ModrićWD (Captain) 9 September 1985 (1985-09-09) (age 35) 127 16 Flag of Spain Real Madrid v. Flag of Georgia.png Georgia, 19 November 2019
MF Ivan RakitićINJ (Vice-captain) 10 March 1988 (1988-03-10) (age 32) 106 15 Flag of Spain Barcelona v. Slovakia.png Slovakia, 16 November 2019
MF Filip Bradarić 11 January 1992 (1992-01-11) (age 28) 6 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v. Flag of Wales.gif Wales, 13 October 2019
MF Mijo Caktaš 8 May 1992 (1992-05-08) (age 28) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v. Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan, 9 September 2019
FW Josip BrekaloU21 23 June 1998 (1998-06-23) (age 22) 11 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg v. Flag of Georgia.png Georgia, 19 November 2019
FW Andrej KramarićINJ 19 June 1991 (1991-06-19) (age 29) 46 13 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim v. Slovakia.png Slovakia, 16 November 2019
FW Alen Halilović 18 June 1996 (1996-06-18) (age 24) 10 0 Netherlands Heerenveen v. Flag of Tunisia.png Tunisia, 11 June 2019
FW Marko PjacaINJ 6 May 1995 (1995-05-06) (age 25) 24 1 Flag of Italy Juventus v. Flag of Azerbaijan.png Azerbaijan, 21 March 2019
Notes
  • REM = Removed from the squad.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad for the latest call-up.

Previous squads

UEFA European Football Championship squads
FIFA World Cup squads


Current coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Croatia Zlatko Dalić
Assistant coaches Croatia Dražen Ladić
Croatia Ivica Olić
Goalkeeping coach Croatia Marjan Mrmić
Condition coach Croatia Luka Milanović
Medical Croatia Zoran Bahtijarević
Croatia Boris Nemec
Croatia Saša Janković
Team manager Croatia Iva Olivari

Alumni

Former players

Main List of Croatian international players

Managers

Main List of Croatian international managers

Honours

Friendly titles

Other awards

External links

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Croatia football federation
Croatia – UEFA Euro 1996

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Croatia football federation
Croatia – 1998 FIFA World Cup
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Croatia football federation
Croatia – 2006 FIFA World Cup - Group stage (F)

1. Pletikosa 2. Srna 3. Šimunić 4. R. Kovač 5. Tudor 6. Vranješ 7. Šimić 8. Babić 9. Pršo 10. N. Kovač (c) 11. Tokić 12. Didulica 13. Tomas 14. Modrić 15. I. Leko 16. J. Leko 17. Klasnić 18. Olić 19. N. Kranjčar 20. Šerić 21. Balaban 22. Bošnjak 23. Butina

Croatia football federation
Croatia – UEFA Euro 2008

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Croatia football federation
Croatia – UEFA Euro 2012

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Croatia football federation
Croatia – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Group stage

1. Pletikosa 2. Vrsaljko 3. Pranjić 4. Perišić 5. Ćorluka 6. Lovren 7. Rakitić 8. Vukojević 9. Jelavić 10. Modrić 11. Srna (c) 12. Zelenika 13. Schildenfeld 14. Brozović 15. Badelj 16. Rebić 17. Mandžukić 18. Olić 19. Sammir 20. Kovačić 21. Vida 22. Eduardo 23. Subašić

Croatia football federation
Croatia – UEFA Euro 2016 – Round of 16

1. Vargić 2. Vrsaljko 3. Strinić 4. Perišić 5. Ćorluka 6. Jedvaj 7. Rakitić 8. Kovačić 9. Kramarić 10. Modrić 11. Srna 12. L. Kalinić 13. Schildenfeld 14. Brozović 15. Ćorić 16. N. Kalinić 17. Mandžukić 18. Rog 19. Badelj 20. Pjaca 21. Vida 22. Čop 23. Subašić

Croatia football federation
Croatia – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Runners up

1. Livaković 2. Vrsaljko 3. Strinić 4. Perišić 5. Ćorluka 6. Lovren 7. Rakitić 8. Kovačić 9. Kramarić 10. Modrić (c) 11. Brozović 12. L. Kalinić 13. Jedvaj 14. Bradarić 15. Ćaleta-Car 16. N. Kalinić 17. Mandžukić 18. Rebić 19. Badelj 20. Pjaca 21. Vida 22. Pivarić 23. Subašić

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