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  • Jarni takes over Croatia U-19, Krpan assumes U-17 role

    22.06.2017.

    Jarni takes over Croatia U-19, Krpan assumes U-17 role

    Former Croatia internationals Robert Jarni and Petar Krpan embark on their Croatia U-19 and Croatia U-17 campaigns. Following the departure of Ferdo Milin to United Arab Emirates, Croatian Football...

  • Franko Andrijašević moves to Gent

    21.06.2017.

    Franko Andrijašević moves to Gent

    Croatia international Franko Andrijašević is to continue his club career in the Belgian top flight.  Following the highly successful season with HNK Rijeka - winning the domestic double- Franko...

  • Šuker: "Keep your heads up"

    12.06.2017.

    Šuker: "Keep your heads up"

    Croatian Football Federation president Davor Šuker sent a clear message of support following the Iceland qualifier in Reykjavik. With four wins and a draw in the first five matches, Croatia visited...

  • Čačić: "Too many mistakes" Modrić: "We're disappointed"

    12.06.2017.

    Čačić: "Too many mistakes" Modrić: "We're disappointed"

    Croatia national football team experienced the first defeat of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.  Away at Iceland, Croatia conceded late to make things complicated at the top of Group I...

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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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