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  • Nikola Kalinić to leave Croatia World Cup squad

    18.06.2018.

    Nikola Kalinić to leave Croatia World Cup squad

    On Monday, Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalić explained his decision regarding Nikola Kalinić. In agreement with his coaching staff, Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalić decided to exclude Nikola Kalinić...

  • Dalić: "Discipline and responsibility - Croatia deserved to win"

    17.06.2018.

    Dalić: "Discipline and responsibility - Croatia deserved to win"

    Croatia reactions following the 2:0 World Cup victory over Nigeria in Kaliningrad: head coach Zlatko Dalić, captain Luka Modrić, and defender Dejan Lovren. Zlatko Dalić "I congratulate my players...

  • Croatia overcomes Nigeria in World Cup opener

    16.06.2018.

    Croatia overcomes Nigeria in World Cup opener

    Croatia national football team kicked off its World Cup campaign with a Kaliningrad victory over Nigeria (2:0). CROATIA - NIGERIA 0:0 (0:0)2018 FIFA World Cup, Group D.Kaliningrad Stadium...

  • Dalić and Modrić convinced of Croatia abilities

    16.06.2018.

    Dalić and Modrić convinced of Croatia abilities

    Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalić and Croatia captain Luka Modrić held a press conference regarding the 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Nigeria. Zlatko Dalić "Croatia has to stay true to its style...

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Croatian national football team /

Throughout history

1907.
1940.
1956.
1990.
1994.
1994.
1996.
1998.
1998.
1999.
2002.
2004.
2006.
2008.
2012.
2014.
2016.
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.

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.

Croatia participated in the final tournament of the UEFA European Championships in France 2012 and lost in the second round against later champion Portugal.

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