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National Teams

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  • Croatia finally breaks France spell

    13.06.2022.

    Croatia finally breaks France spell

    After six losses and three draws, Croatia national football team managed to beat France, in a Nations League encounter at Stade de France. CROATIA - FRANCE 0:1 (0:1)UEFA Nations League, Group A1...

  • Pašalić provides Croatia's celebration in Denmark

    10.06.2022.

    Pašalić provides Croatia's celebration in Denmark

    In the third Nations League encounter this June, Croatia secured a first victory, a 1:0 win in Copenhagen. DENMARK - CROATIA 0:1 (0:0)UEFA Nations League, Group A1.Parken Stadium...

  • Croatia draws with France as Modrić celebrates his jubilee

    06.06.2022.

    Croatia draws with France as Modrić celebrates his jubilee

    Due to Andrej Kramarić's coolly slotted penalty on 83 minutes, Croatia and France shared the spoils in Split. CROATIA - FRANCE 1:1 (0:0)UEFA Nations League, Group A1.Poljud Stadium...

  • Croatia to face Saudi Arabia in November

    27.05.2022.

    Croatia to face Saudi Arabia in November

    aCroatia national football team is going to visit Riyadh on 16 November to play an international friendly match against Saudi Arabia. This Saudi Arabia friendly will be the final Croatia's challenge...

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Throughout history

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1940.
1956.
1990.
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1996.
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2018.
2021.
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.

Croatia national team won the silver medal at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, thus achieving its biggest success in the history. Luka Modrić was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament.

Croatia participated in the final tournament of the UEFA EURO 2020, played in 2021 due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, and qualified for the Round of 16.

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