Croatia made their FIFA World Cup debut in 1998. It was one of the most spectacular debut by any nation as they reached rd position on the first attempt. Since then qualified for two more consecutive editions. After failing to qualify for the South Africa World Cup of 2010, they have now qualified for their 4th edition in the Football World Cup. Qualifying for 2nd round in 2006 is their best at World Cup. They knocked out Germany and defeated Netherlands to finish third in 1998 World Cup, when France earned it’s first World Cup title, at home. But after that failed to cross the Group stage. Check the World Cup statistics of Australia, highest goal scorers of Australia, and Australia’s match results in Football World Cup.
In 2014 Brazil World Cup, Croatia is placed in Group A with Brazil, Mexico, and Cameroon. One of the toughest group for them to make any inroads into next round. But in addition to a win against Cameroon, if they can manage to defeat Mexico they have a chance.
Darijo Srna is leading the 23-men squad. He is also the most experienced in terms of 112 international caps. Stipe Pletikosa comes second in terms of international experience with 111 international caps. Besides them there are 8 more players with 50 or more international caps.
- GoalKeepers: Stipe Pletikosa, Danijel Subašić, Oliver Zelenika
Defenders: Šime Vrsaljko, Danijel Pranjić, Vedran Ćorluka, Dejan Lovren, Darijo Srna, Gordon Schildenfeld, Domagoj Vida
Midfielders: Ivan Perišić, Ivan Rakitić, Ognjen Vukojević, Marcelo Brozović, Milan Badelj, Sammir, Mateo Kovačić
Forwards: Nikica Jelavić, Ante Rebić, Mario Mandžukić, Ivica Olić, Eduardo
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Team Profiles: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ivory Coast, Honduras, Japan, Switzerland, Uruguay,
Match Results by Editions
1998: 3rd Position
- Def Jamaica 3-1
Def Japan 1-0
Lost to Argentina 1-0
Round of 16: Def Romania 1-0
QF: Germany 3-0
SF: Lost to France 2-1
3rd Place: Def Netherlands 2-1
2002: 23rd Position
Lost to Mexico 1-0
Def Italy 2-1
Lost to Ecuador 1-0
2006: 22nd Position
- Lost to Brazil 1-0
Drew Japan 0-0
Drew Australia 2-1
Match Results by Opponents
- They have played 12 teams in 13 matches.
Opponents: Japan (1998 and 2006), Jamaica, Argentina, Romania, Germany, France, Netherlands (1998), Mexico, Italy, Ecuador (2002), Brazil, Australia (2006)
- 6 Šuker (1998)
2 Prosinečki (1998)
1 Stanić, Jarni, Valvic (1998), Olic, Rapaic (2002), Srna, N. Kovac (2006)