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Group F



World Cup participations: 2
Greatest World Cup achievement: 3rd place (1998)

Croatia is a very young nation and has already made a third place at a world cup! In the qualification for Germany 2006 the Croatians have asserted themselves quite strongly with two victories against Sweden.

Croatia have a balanced strong team out of which only a few players stand out - Ivan Klasnic of Werder Bremen, Dado Prso, Bosko Balaban, Josip Simunic, Robert Kovac or goalkeeper Tomislav Butina.

Croatia is coached by former Rapid Vienna star Zlatko Kranjcar whose son Niko Kranjcar (upcoming youngester) also is on board.

The Croatians think they have one of the best defences in the world which may be a bit exaggerated, but it still reflects their strength. Unfortunately they are not as good at scoring goals.

Japan and Australia are pernicious opponents that can cause difficulties - even a drop-out in the group stage is possible

The odds on Croatia as world cup winner were quite high
- 67.0 at Betandwin.
For a bet on group winner Croatia you get 7.0.
For a bet on Croatia reaching the last 16 you get 1.62.


Nickname Vatreni (Fiery) 
Association Croatian Football Federation 
Coach Zlatko Kranjčar, 2004- 
Most caps Robert Jarni (81) 
Top scorer Davor Šuker (45) 

First International
Croatia 4 - 0 U.S.A.
(Zagreb, Croatia; 17 October, 1990) 

Largest win
Croatia 7 - 0 Australia
(Zagreb, Croatia; 6 June 1998) 

Worst defeat
Slovakia 4 - 1 Croatia
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 20 April 1994)
Portugal 3 - 0 Croatia
(Nottingham, England; 19 June 1996)
France 3 - 0 Croatia
(Saint-Denis, France; 13 November 1999) 

World Cup 
Appearances 2 (First in 1998) 
Best result Third place, 1998 

European Championship 
Appearances 2 (First in 1996) 
Best result Quarterfinals, 1996 

World Cup Squad Croatia

This is the official world cup squad -
you can find here all the world cup players for Croatia

Tomislav Butina
Stipe Pletikosa
Joe Didulica

Robert Kovac
Stjepan Tomas
Dario Simic
Mario Tokic
Josip Simunic
Igor Tudor

Jerko Leko
Niko Kranjcar
Niko Kovac
Marko Babic
Darijo Srna
Ivan Leko
luka Modric
Jurica Vranjes
Antony Seric

Dado Prso
Ivan Klasnic
Bosko Balaban
Ivica Olic
Ivan Bosnjak

Other World Cup Teams

Group A  Germany  Costa Rica  Poland  Ecuador
Group B  England  Paraguay  Trinidad and Tobago  Sweden
Group C  Argentina  Cote d'Ivoire  Serbia and Montenegro  Netherlands
Group D  Mexico  Iran  Angola  Portugal
Group E  Italy  Ghana  USA  Czech Republic
Group F  Brazil  Croatia  Australia  Japan
Group G  France  Switzerland  Korea Republic  Togo
Group H  Spain  Ukraine  Tunisia  Saudi Arabia

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