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  • Croatia to play Estonia in March friendly

    17.01.2017.

    Croatia to play Estonia in March friendly

    Croatia national football team will face Estonia in a friendly match in Tallinn on 28 March. Ante Čačić's men continue with the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign on 24 March against Ukraine in...

  • Čačić, Ivanušec: "Croatia was a better team"

    14.01.2017.

    Čačić, Ivanušec: "Croatia was a better team"

    Croatia head coach Čačić and young record-breaking international Luka Ivanušec spoke to hns-cff.hr following the national team's second match of China Cup in Nanning. Croatia lost another penalty...

  • China wins third place in another Croatia shootout

    14.01.2017.

    China wins third place in another Croatia shootout

    In the third place match at China Cup, Croatia lost to hosts China in yet another penalty shootout. CHINA - CROATIA 5:4 (1:1, 0:1)China Cup, 3rd place matchGuangxi Stadium, Nanning. Referee: H. J...

  • Čačić: "Croatia players passionately defending national team colours"

    13.01.2017.

    Čačić: "Croatia players passionately defending national team colours"

    Croatia national football team head coach Ante Čačić shared his expectations for the upcoming encounter with hosts China at China Cup. At China Cup in Nanning, Croatia's preparations for the third...

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Throughout history

1907.
1940.
1956.
1990.
1994.
1994.
1996.
1998.
1998.
1999.
2002.
2004.
2006.
2008.
2012.
2014.
1998

The first two unofficial matches of the Croatian national team were played in Prague, against Slavia. The Czechs won both matches (15:2 i 20:0).

The first match of the Croatian national team, which then represented the state of Banovina Hrvatska, was played. On April 2nd, Croatia beat Switzerland in Zagreb 4:0. Representing Banovina Hrvatska and Nezavisna Država Hrvatska (The Independent State of Croatia), the Croatian national team played 19 matches, with nine wins, four draws and six defeats.

As a part of former Yugoslavia, Croatian national team played one international match. In Zagreb, Croatia beat Indonesia 5:2.

On October 17th, 1990, Croatian national football team played a friendly against the United States at Maksimir Stadium and won 2:1. That was the first match of the Croatian national team after the declaration of independence.

The first appearance of the Croatian senior national team in an official competition was recorded in Tallinn, in a qualifier for UEFA EURO 1996 against Estonia. Croatia won 2:0. A month later, in Zagreb, Croatia played the first home match in an official competition, against Lithuania (2:0).

Croatian national team won a FIFA award for the Best Mover of the Year.

In its first major tournament, Croatia won 5th place at the UEFA European Championships in England 1996.

Playing only the second major tournament, and the first FIFA World Cup, Croatia won the bronze medal with a win over Netherlands in France 1998. With six goals, Davor Šuker won the award for the best goalscorer of the tournament.

Croatian national team won a FIFA award for the Best Mover of the Year.

Croatian national team achieved its best position in the FIFA rankings. From January to April 1999, Croatia claimed the third place.

Croatia participated in the final tournament of the FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan 2002.

Croatia participated in the final tournament of the UEFA European Championships in Portugal 2004.

Croatia participated in the final tournament of the FIFA World Cup in Germany 2006.

Croatia participated in the final tournament of the UEFA European Championships in Austria and Switzerland 2008, and reached the quarter-final stage.

Croatia participated in the final tournament of the UEFA European Championships in Poland and Ukraine 2012.

Croatia participated in the final tournament of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014.

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