The Croatia national football team (Croatian: Hrvatska nogometna reprezentacija) represents Croatia in international association football matches. The team is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the nation's governing body for football, and is widely supported throughout the country due to the ever-present popularity of the sport. Most home matches are played at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb or though other smaller venues are also used occasionally. They are one of the youngest national teams (since formation) to reach the knockout stage of a major tournament, as well as the youngest team to occupy the top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings.
Croatia has represented itself as an independent nation since 1993, when the team was officially recognised by both FIFA and UEFA following dissolution from Yugoslavia. However, short-lived national sides were briefly active during periods of political upheaval, representing sovereign states such as the Banovina of Croatia from 1939 to 1941, or the Independent State of Croatia from 1941 to 1944. Before the current team was formed, most Croatian players represented the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia instead. The modern-day team has played competitive matches since 1994, starting with a successful qualifying campaign for the 1996 European Championships. In 1998, they competed in their first FIFA World Cup, finishing 3rd and providing the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker. Exactly twenty years later, under their second golden generation, Croatia reached the 2018 World Cup Final, securing second place after losing to France. Captain Luka Modrić was awarded best player of the tournament for his performances, thus making him the first ever Croatian player to win the award.
Among other nicknames, the team is colloquially referred to as the Vatreni ("Blazers" or "Fiery Ones") or the Kockasti ("Chequered"). In the Italian-speaking counties the team is known as Il furioso incendio ("The Blazing Fire"). Since becoming eligible to compete, Croatia has only failed to qualify for two major tournaments; the 2000 European Championship and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Their biggest defeat came in 2018 with a 6–0 loss to Spain, while their highest-scoring victory was a 10–0 friendly win over San Marino in 2016. The national team is also known for some long-standing rivalries, such as the Derby Adriatico with Italy, or the politically-charged rivalry with Serbia, both of which have led to controversial or disruptive matches.
The team represents the second-smallest country by population and land mass to reach the World Cup final, behind Uruguay and Netherlands respectively. At major tournaments, Croatia holds joint-records for longest period between one goal and another of a player (2002–2014), most penalty shootouts played (2), most extra time periods played (3) and most penalties saved in a match (3). They are also one of only two teams—along with Colombia—to be named FIFA's "Best Mover of the Year" more than once, winning the award in 1994 and 1998. Upon admission to FIFA, Croatia was ranked 125th in the world; following the 1998 World Cup campaign, the side rose to third place in the rankings, making it the most volatile team in FIFA Rankings history.
|Association||Hrvatski nogometni savez (HNS)|
|Head coach||Zlatko Dalić|
|Most caps||Darijo Srna (134)|
|Top scorer||Davor Šuker (45)|
|Home stadium||Stadion Maksimir|
|Current||5 1 (4 April 2019)|
|Highest||3 (January 1999)|
|Lowest||125 (March 1994)|
|Current||15 2 (27 March 2019)|
|Highest||5 (July 1998, July 2018)|
|Lowest||26 (October 2002)|
| Croatia 4–0 Switzerland |
(Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia; 2 April 1940)
as modern Croatia
Croatia 2–1 United States
(Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia; 17 October 1990)
| Croatia 10–0 San Marino |
(Rijeka, Croatia; 4 June 2016)
| Spain 6–0 Croatia |
(Elche, Spain; 11 September 2018)
|Appearances||5 (first in 1998)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2018)|
|Appearances||5 (first in 1996)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (1996, 2008)|
Association football was first introduced to Croatia by English expatriates working on industrial projects in Rijeka and Županja in 1873. By 1907, local clubs had been established in Croatia and a modern edition of the sport's laws was translated and published. Before the nation's independence, Croatian footballers played for the national teams of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1919–39) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945–92), though during periods of political upheaval, ethnically Croatian sides occasionally formed to play unofficial matches. A hastily arranged Croatian side, managed by Hugo Kinert, played a few matches in 1918–19.
In 1940, Jozo Jakopić led an unofficial national team representing the Banovina of Croatia (part of Kingdom of Yugoslavia) in four friendly matches, against Switzerland and Hungary. Following invasion by the Axis powers, the Croatian Football Federation became briefly active, joining FIFA on 17 July 1941, representing the Independent State of Croatia. The side, led by Rudolf Hitrec, went on to play 15 friendly matches, 14 of those as a member of FIFA. Croatia's first recorded result as a FIFA member was a 1–1 draw with Slovakia on 8 September in Bratislava. The Independent State of Croatia continued playing matches until 1945 and the end of World War II, when SR Croatia was formed as constituent part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. From 1950 to 1956, unofficial Croatian teams were briefly active once again—winning games against Indonesia and a Yugoslav team playing as "Serbia". The Yugoslavia squad at the 1956 Summer Olympics included Croatian footballers, as did Yugoslavia in World Cup and European Championship tournaments up to 1990.
The last Yugoslav team to field a considerable Croatian contingent played against Faroe Islands on 16 May 1991, days before Croatia's independence referendum. However, an unofficial Croatian team was formed shortly before, and played the team's first modern international game, against the United States on 17 October 1990 at Maksimir Stadium. The game, which Croatia won 2–1, was one of three games played under caretaker manager Dražan Jerković. The match against the American side also marked the introduction of Croatia's national jersey, inspired by the chequered design of the country's coat of arms. Although Croatia was still officially part of Yugoslavia until its independence declaration on 8 October 1991, this team already served as a de facto national side. Croatia went on to win two more friendly games under Jerković, against Romania in December 1990 and Slovenia in June 1991.
On 3 July 1992, Croatia was re-admitted to FIFA, playing its first official matches in the modern era against Australia in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. This team was led by Stanko Poklepović as part of an international exhibition tour; in April 1993, Vlatko Marković was appointed as manager. Croatia finally gained admission into UEFA in June 1993, which was too late for the national team to enter the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, as these already commenced the year before. Marković only led the team in one match, a home win against Ukraine in June 1993, before being dismissed in February 1994 and replaced by Miroslav Blažević the following month. The team's performances before Croatia's official independence were not recorded by FIFA, so they entered the World Rankings in 125th place. Blažević led Croatia's qualifying campaign for Euro 1996, beginning with the nation's first post-independence competitive victory, a 2–0 win over Estonia on 4 September 1994. Their first competitive defeat came on 11 June 1995 in a 1–0 away loss to Ukraine during the same qualifying campaign. They eventually finished first in their qualifying group and won FIFA's 1994 Best Mover of the Year award as they moved up to 62nd in the rankings by the end of the year.
Goran Vlaović scored the team's first goal at a major tournament, a late winner against Turkey at the City Ground in Nottingham in their first group match at Euro 96. After their opening victory, Croatia beat reigning champions Denmark 3–0, but went on to lose against Portugal by the same scoreline in their final group fixture. Croatia still advanced to the knockout stage, but were beaten in the quarter-finals 1–2 by Germany, who went on to win the tournament.
In spite of the quarter-final exit, Blažević continued to lead Croatia in the 1998 World Cup qualifying campaign, which ended successfully after an aggregate victory against Ukraine in the two-legged play-off. In the group stage of the World Cup, Croatia beat Jamaica and Japan but lost to Argentina, before defeating Romania to reach a quarter-final tie against Germany, then ranked second in the world. Croatia won 3–0 with goals from Robert Jarni, Goran Vlaović and Davor Šuker, all after Christian Wörns had been sent off. Croatia then faced the host nation, France, in the semi-final. After a goalless first-half, Croatia took the lead, only to concede two goals by opposing defender Lilian Thuram and lose 1–2. In the third-place match, Croatia beat the Netherlands 2–1, with Davor Šuker winning the Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals of the tournament with six goals in seven games. Croatia's performance in 1998 was among the best debut performances in the World Cup (equaling Portugal's third place debut finish at the 1966 World Cup), and as a result, Croatia rose to number three in the January 1999 FIFA World Rankings, their highest ranking to date. For their achievements, the team of the 1990s was dubbed the "Golden Generation." A considerable portion of this squad (Jarni, Štimac, Boban, Prosinečki and Šuker), previously won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Yugoslavia under-20 team.
Despite good performances in their first two major competitions, Croatia's qualifying campaign for Euro 2000 was less successful, as they finished third in their qualifying group behind Yugoslavia and Republic of Ireland, and thus failed to qualify. Both fixtures against archenemies Yugoslavia (the rump state later renamed Serbia and Montenegro) ended in draws, which prevented Croatia from qualifying for the tournament.
Although Blažević continued his tenure in spite of failure to qualify for Euro 2000, he resigned in October 2000 following draws against Belgium and Scotland in the first two games of the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. His successor at the helm of the national team was Mirko Jozić, who previously led the Yugoslavia under-20 team to a World Cup triumph in 1987. Despite the retirement of many Golden Generation players, Croatia went unbeaten during the rest of the qualifiers. They opened their 2002 World Cup campaign with a narrow loss to Mexico before producing a surprise 2–1 victory over Euro 2000 finalists Italy in the next fixture, giving life to hopes of passing through to the knockout stage. However, they lost their final group fixture to Ecuador and were eliminated. Jozić then resigned, and was replaced in July 2002 by Croatian-Austrian Otto Barić, the team's first manager born outside the Balkans.
During Barić's tenure, most of the remaining players from the Golden Generation squad were gradually replaced by younger players over the course of the Euro 2004 qualifiers. Croatia went on to qualify for the tournament with a playoff victory against Slovenia, winning 2–1 on aggregate after Dado Pršo's decisive late goal in the second leg. At the finals tournament in Portugal, Croatia drew 0–0 with Switzerland and 2–2 with reigning champions France only to lose to England 2–4 and suffer another elimination in the group stage. Barić's two-year contract ended in June 2004 and was not renewed. Former Croatia international Zlatko Kranjčar, appointed to succeed Barić in July 2004, led the team through the 2006 World Cup qualifiers without losing a single match and topping the group ahead of Sweden and Bulgaria. However, local media outlets accused him of nepotism for selecting his son Niko Kranjčar for the national squad. At the 2006 World Cup, Croatia lost their opening game to Brazil and drew 0–0 with Japan after Darijo Srna missed a first-half penalty. A 2–2 draw with Australia, in which three players were sent off, confirmed Croatia's exit in the group stage. The game was also notable for a mistake by referee Graham Poll, who gave three yellow cards to Croatian defender Josip Šimunić, failing to send him off after his second offense. He later stated that he mistook Šimunić for an Australian player due to his Australian accent.[note 1] Poll was heavily criticised for losing control of the match, and retired from refereeing shortly afterwards.
In July 2006, the Croatian Football Federation replaced Kranjčar with Slaven Bilić, who played for the national team during their Golden Generation era. Bilić, who previously managed the under-21 team between 2004 and 2006, introduced a host of young players into the squad, which ultimately proved successful. His first game was a friendly away victory against 2006 World Cup champions Italy. After controversially suspending Darijo Srna, Ivica Olić and Boško Balaban for missing a curfew after a turbofolk nightclub outing, Bilić led the team through qualifiers for Euro 2008. Croatia topped their group, losing only one game to Macedonia and beating England twice, who as a result failed to qualify for the first time since 1984.
Shortly before the European Championships, first-choice striker Eduardo, who was the team's top goalscorer during qualifying, suffered a compound fracture while playing for Arsenal in the Premier League. Bilić was forced to alter his final Euro 2008 squad significantly and recruited Nikola Kalinić and Nikola Pokrivač, neither of whom had yet played competitive games for the national team. The team received criticism after poor attacking performances in warm-up games against Scotland and Moldova, but at the tournament they beat Austria, Germany and Poland in the group stages to reach the quarter-finals with maximum group points for the first time in their tournament history. Niko Kovač remained team captain at what was expected to be his final international tournament, except in the final group fixture when Dario Šimić temporarily held the captain's armband. Croatia's campaign ended dramatically when they lost a penalty shoot-out to Turkey, with Luka Modrić, Mladen Petrić and Ivan Rakitić all missing their penalties. Croatia left the tournament with records for fewest goals conceded (2), fewest games lost (0),[note 2] and earliest goal (in the fourth minute of their opening game against Austria; this was also the all-time earliest successful penalty at the European Championship Finals).
Following the tournament, Bilić renewed his contract, becoming the first manager since Blažević to lead Croatia to successive tournaments. Croatia were again drawn to play England in the qualifying stages for the 2010 World Cup; the tie was voted the most anticipated of the campaign on FIFA.com. After a home win against Kazakhstan Croatia lost at home to England, ending a 14-year unbeaten home record. The team was eventually weakened due to a number of key players' injuries and went on to suffer their heaviest defeat in history, losing 5–1 to England at Wembley Stadium. Although Croatia defeated Kazakhstan in their final qualifying fixture, they were ultimately eliminated as Ukraine, who had previously defeated group leaders England, beat Andorra to win second place in the group. Bilić was once again heavily expected to resign as national coach, but instead vowed to renew his contract and remain in charge.
Despite heavy loss of form, which also saw the team fall outside the top ten in the FIFA rankings, Croatia were placed in the top tier of teams for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying draw; Croatia was previously a candidate to co-host the tournament with Hungary which would have allowed the team to qualify automatically, but UEFA eventually chose Poland and Ukraine as hosts instead. Despite being top-seeds in their qualifying group, Croatia finished second behind Greece, settling for a play-off against Euro 2008 rivals Turkey. Croatia proceeded to beat Turkey 3–0 on aggregate, with all three goals coming in the away leg in Istanbul, thereby qualifying for the 2012 European championship. In the proceeding group-stage draw for the tournament, Croatia were placed in the third tier of teams, and were eventually grouped with Ireland, Italy and defending champions Spain.
In the buildup towards the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament, the team's first major competition since their 2008 run at the same event, manager Slaven Bilić formally agreed a deal to manage Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, thereby announcing he would resign from the national team when the tournament ended. Croatia opened their campaign with a comfortable 3–1 victory over the Republic of Ireland, with striker Mario Mandžukić scoring twice. Mandžukić continued his run at the tournament with an equaliser in the 1–1 draw against Italy, which was marred by controversial fan reactions and referee decisions from English official Howard Webb. In their last group match, Croatia suffered a 0–1 defeat to Spain. The late Spanish goal by Jesús Navas, along with Italy's victory over the Republic of Ireland in the final round, forced Croatia to exit the tournament in the group stage once again. Upon his formal departure, Bilić was also praised for his long-standing service to the national side. Jutarnji List daily labelled him as Croatia's only manager to depart on such positive terms and credited him for his strong revival of the national side during his six-year tenure.
Following Bilić's departure, former player and pundit Igor Štimac was appointed manager of the national team. Croatia's all-time top goalscorer Davor Šuker also took over as president of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) after the death of Vlatko Marković ended a 14-year tenure. Štimac's managerial campaign was unsuccessful, as the team endured a succession of poor performances and narrowly finished second in their 2014 World Cup qualifying group. After only a year of his appointment, Štimac was replaced by former captain Niko Kovač, who previously managed the under-21 youth side. Kovač led the team to a 2–0 aggregate victory over Iceland in the qualifying playoffs for the 2014 World Cup, with both goals coming in the home leg in Zagreb. At the World Cup, Croatia were drawn with host-nation Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon. In the opening match of the tournament, Croatia lost 3–1 to Brazil. The match garnered heavy media attention and controversy as Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura was scrutinized for a number of controversial decisions. In their second match, Croatia won 4–0 against Cameroon, but did not progress from the group as they lost 3–1 to Mexico in their final fixture.
In the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, Croatia were drawn against Italy, Bulgaria, Norway, Azerbaijan and Malta. Following a goalless away draw against Azerbaijan and an away defeat to Norway, in early September 2015, the Executive Committee of the Croatian Football Federation unanimously decided to terminate Kovač's contract. On 21 September 2015, Ante Čačić was named head coach of the Croatian national team. On 13 October 2015, Croatia qualified for the finals by finishing as runners-up in Group H. Under Čačić, Croatia broke the record for most goals scored in one match after defeating San Marino 10–0 in a friendly.
At Euro 2016, Croatia were drawn in Group D alongside Turkey, the Czech Republic and defending champions Spain, who had won the two previous editions of the tournament, in 2008 and 2012. Croatia began their campaign with a 1–0 win over Turkey; following a sensational long-volley kick from Luka Modrić, with the goal receiving praise and being considered one of the best of the tournament. The next match was against the Czech Republic. With Croatia taking the lead through Ivan Perišić and doubling it through Ivan Rakitić, before goals from Milan Škoda and a last-minute penalty from Tomáš Necid; but the match received controversy for crowd trouble in the last minutes of the match, with Flares being thrown on the pitch and a steward being hurt by a firework during stoppage time. Croatia's final match was against Spain; conceding an early goal from Álvaro Morata, before goals from Nikola Kalinić and a late winning goal from Perišić, securing Croatia a historic win as they topped the group, meanwhile for Spain it was their first defeat at a Euro finals match for the first time since 2004. After the match, Croatia were tipped as one of the tournament favourites, and drew Portugal in the round of 16, who surprisingly finished third in the group, advancing only as the third-best third-placed team. The match was extremely poor, described by BBC Sport as "abysmal", as there were no serious efforts on goal, with Ricardo Quaresma's winning goal in the 117th minute after Ivan Perišić hit the post with a header in the previous attack, knocking Croatia out of the tournament. Shortly after the Euro 2016 campaign, long-standing captain Darijo Srna announced his retirement from international football, amassing a record 134 appearances for the national side. Luka Modrić was announced as his successor for team captain.
Croatia started their 2018 World Cup qualification strongly, leading their group and remaining undefeated for the first round of matches. However, consecutive defeats against Iceland and Turkey, as well as a draw against lowly-ranked Finland threatened their qualification hopes and caused a public outcry against manager Ante Čačić. He was quickly replaced by Zlatko Dalić, who led the team to a crucial 2–0 win against Ukraine in Kiev, securing a spot in the playoff round against Greece. Croatia went on to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after beating Greece 4–1, with all goals coming in the first leg in Zagreb.
In the buildup to the tournament, The Guardian, among other news outlets, labelled the 2017–18 squad as Croatia's second golden generation. Key players such as Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić and Mario Mandžukić drew close comparisons to their 1998 counterparts, and were expected to achieve similar success. Despite a poor showing in their friendly matches, Croatia started their World Cup campaign with a 2–0 victory over Nigeria, with Luka Modrić scoring a penalty. Modrić went on to score again in a highly-applauded 3–0 victory over previous finalists Argentina, which was also marked by Vedran Ćorluka earning his 100th cap for the national team. Croatia then defeated Iceland to top the group with maximum points, marking their best ever performance in the group stages of the World Cup.
They went on to play Denmark in the round of sixteen; the match was dubbed as Croatia's best chance to finally win a knockout round fixture at a major tournament, which they hadn't done since 1998. Despite conceding in the first minute of the match, they equalized into the fourth minute of the game to force extra-time, where Modrić failed to convert a penalty in the 116th minute. In the ensuing penalty shootout, Croatia prevailed after goalkeeper Danijel Subašić saved three penalties, equalling the record for most penalties saved in a match. This was the team's first ever successful penalty shootout, garnering praise from the local public and international media. In the quarter-finals, Croatia drew 2–2 with hosts Russia, but advanced after another successful penalty shootout. This made them the first team since 1990 to win two consecutive penalty shootouts at the World Cup, and also equalled their best ever run at the tournament.
Croatia went on to play England in the semi-finals. After falling behind once more, they equalized to force their third consecutive extra-time, equalling another record for most extra-time matches at the tournament. Mario Mandžukić eventually scored as Croatia won 2–1, making them the second-smallest country by population to reach the World Cup final (after Uruguay in 1930). The win sparked massive celebrations across the country, as reported by several media outlets.
In the buildup to the final, Croatian parliamentary members, including president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, wore football jerseys in support of the team. Online searches for the team also reached their highest level in history, as the Croatian tourist board reported a 250% increase in website visits. Due to tournament structure, France received an extra day of rest before the final which promoted many, most notably football manager Jose Mourinho, to label the final "unfair" and deserving of "equal opportunities". Croatia eventually lost the final 4–2 to France, where a controversial free kick was awarded to France for a dive by Antoine Griezmann, as well as controversial penalty later in the game awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) for a handball by Perisić.  After the match, Luka Modrić became the first Croatian to win the Golden Ball award for best player of the tournament. For achieving their best ever World Cup finish, the Croatian players were greeted by an estimated half a million people at their homecoming in the capital of Zagreb.
On 23 January 2018, Croatia were drawn to play against England and Spain in the League A of inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League; an international tournament contested by all UEFA member's national teams. On 11 September 2018, Croatia lost 6–0 away to Spain in their first Nations League game, with the result becoming Croatia's record loss in the process. Croatia drew 0–0 home with England. The match was played behind closed doors due to UEFA punishment. In the next match against Spain, Croatia won 3–2 home due to a goal in stoppage time. But due to 2–1 away loss against England, Croatia placed last in the group and got relegated to League B of the next edition of the Nations League. Although they were by far outnumbered by England fans, Croatia fans could be heard louder, chanting "Vukovar! Vukovar!" among other things, due to the fact that the match was played on 27th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar, the biggest tragedy of Croatian War of Independence.
On 2 December 2018, the draw for the Euro 2020 qualifiers was held in Dublin, Ireland. Croatia was the seeded team of the Group E and grouped with Wales, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan. Croatia started their qualifying campaign poorly by narrowly winning on 21 March by the score of 2–1 against much weaker Azerbaijan and narrowly losing on 24 March by the same score to Hungary. 
Croatia's modern-day jersey was designed in 1990 by locally acclaimed painter Miroslav Šutej, who also designed the nation's flag, coat of arms and banknotes. The traditional red and white motif is based on the historic Croatian checkerboard (šahovnica), which has been used to represent Croats since the Middle Ages. Although there have been many slight variations made by the kit manufacturers since the original release, the traditional chequered theme has remained a symbol of national identity, with similar incorporation used by many other Croatian national sports teams and entities.
Football is Croatia's most popular team sport, and the national team has developed an extensive fan base since its formation in 1991. Following their run at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, just three years after the Croatian War of Independence, there was a rapid rise in domestic and global attention for the side. Balkan Insight commented that the national team became a symbol of Croatian independence from Yugoslavia. However, after the death of former-president Franjo Tuđman, local political ties with the national team have loosened. All matches are widely followed and televised throughout the country, particularly during tournaments.
A large part of the team's support base consists of fans of Hajduk Split and Dinamo Zagreb, the two best-supported clubs in the Croatian domestic league, the Prva HNL. Both sets of fans—the Bad Blue Boys of Zagreb and The Torcida from Split—have been associated with hooliganism due to their ultra-style support, though violence between them does not occur at international matches. Heavy support for the Croatian national team also comes from Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina, particularly from fans of Zrinjski Mostar. There are also considerable Croatian communities in Australia, North America, and South America that follow the team. Among supporters, it is customary to include an inscription of their city of origin onto the Croatian flag to indicate where they are from. They are also notable for their vocal support and orchestrated chants during matches. It is common for one section to shout "U boj, u boj" (to battle, to battle), with another responding "za narod svoj" (for our people), which is an old Croatian mantra. When the team wins, supporters often chant "Bježite ljudi, bježite iz grada" (beware people, move away from here), which is a song praising the large presence of euphoric Croatian fans. The Croatian Football Federation endorses an official fan club for the team, known as Uvijek Vjerni (Always Faithful).
The national team enjoys widespread support from various local musicians, who often release tracks dedicated to them. Former manager Slaven Bilić and his rock band released a single, "Vatreno Ludilo" (Fiery Madness), which reached the top position on the Croatian music charts during Euro 2008. Other Croatian artists such as Dino Dvornik, Connect, Prljavo Kazalište and Baruni have also recorded songs praising the team. The most widely used among supporters are "Malo nas je al nas ima" (We are few, but we exist), "Samo je jedno" (There is but one thing [in my life]), "Moja Domovina" (My Homeland), "Srce vatreno" (Fiery Heart), and "Hrvatska je prvak svijeta" (Croatia are World Champions). The players and fans often adopt other patriotic songs to celebrate victories as well.
Fans' behaviour at international games has led to various sanctions against the national side, despite due efforts by the HNS, Croatian government and players to prevent unwanted incidents. The team has been penalized for multiple acts of racist behaviour by its fans, including racial abuse towards English striker Emile Heskey in 2010, racial chants at a home game against Norway in 2015 and the carving of a swastika into the pitch at a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy that same year (to which no fans were allowed, as penalty for the infraction against Norway). The 12 October 2018 UEFA Nations League game against England was played in Croatia, also without fans. (This penalty is commonly referred to as a "ghost game", which is played by the teams but which has no audience.)  There have also been reports of minor clashes involving Croatian fans at various tournaments, leading to further sanctions imposed by FIFA and UEFA.
There are often fears of particular violence during matches against Serbia, such as the politically-fuelled football riot following the 1990 parliamentary election. This has led to extra security measures being imposed for these matches and general restrictions on traveling fans. There have also been multiple acts of protest against the national team, in response to widespread allegations of corruption within the Croatian Football Federation, and other fan disturbances whose cause is not easily defined. Croatia's Euro 2016 qualifying fixture against Italy in Milan was interrupted due to flares being thrown onto the field by a small section of attendants, which also occurred at a European Championship match against Czech Republic.
The majority of Croatia's home matches take place at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, which is also the home-ground of local football club Dinamo Zagreb. The venue, built in 1912 and refurbished in 1997, is named after the surrounding neighbourhood of Maksimir and has hosted national team games since Croatia's competitive home debut against Lithuania. The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) previously agreed on extensive plans with the government to renovate the stadium and increase its current forty-thousand seating capacity, however the proposal was eventually rejected by Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić in 2008 due to high construction costs.
Some home matches are occasionally played at other, smaller venues around the country. The Poljud Stadium in Split has hosted several qualifying fixtures since 1995, the first being a 1–1 draw with Italy. In the period between 1995 and 2011, Croatia never won a competitive match at Poljud, which the local media dubbed "Poljudsko prokletsvo" ("the Poljud curse"). The run was finally ended after the team came from behind to beat Georgia on 3 June 2011. Qualifying fixtures have also been played at the Stadion Kantrida in Rijeka, along with the Gradski vrt stadium in Osijek and the Stadion Anđelko Herjavec in Varaždin. However, these venues are rarely used due to their remote locations and smaller seating capacity, despite objections from local residents and some players.
The following table provides a summary Croatia results at various venues used for home games. Since Croatia's first match in October 1990, they played home games at eleven stadiums around the country. The following table provides a summary of Croatia's results at home venues.
Key: Pld–games played, W–games won, D–games drawn; L–games lost, %–win percentage
|Stadium||City / town||Pld||W||D||L||Win %||Last match hosted|
|Stadion Gradski vrt||Osijek||11||9||2||0||81.8||2018|
|Stadion A. Herjavec||Varaždin||7||5||2||0||71.4||2015|
|Stadion A. Drosina||Pula||4||3||0||1||75.0||2014|
Last updated: Croatia vs. Azerbaijan, 21 March 2019. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.
The Croatia national football team has developed numerous rivalries with other national teams. Most of these are friendly in nature, stemming from repeated match-ups and the context in which they are played. However, some are also politically and socially charged. Here are the team's most notable opponents:
Croatia qualified for and competed in three consecutive World Cup tournaments between 1998 and 2006, but failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after finishing 3rd in Group 6 behind England and Ukraine. Although they had joined both FIFA and UEFA by 1992, they were unable to enter the 1994 World Cup as qualification had started before the side was officially recognised as a state. In the following three World Cup groups they were eliminated after finishing third in all of them, before finally advancing further than the group stage at the 2018 World Cup. On 11 July 2018, Croatia won their semi-final match against England, advancing the national team to their first FIFA World Cup final wherein they secured second place as runners-up against winners France. Supplanting their third place positioning in 1998, this is the nation's best performance to date.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930–1990||Part of Yugoslavia||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994||Did not enter||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2010||Did not qualify||3rd||10||6||2||2||19||13|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA European Championship record/UEFA European Championship qualifying|
|1960 to 1992||Part of Yugoslavia||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000||Did not qualify||3rd||8||4||3||1||13||9|
|2016||Round of 16||9th||4||2||1||1||5||4||Squad||2nd||10||6||3||1||20||5|
|2020||To be determined||To be determined|
|UEFA Nations League|
|2018–19||A||4||Group stage (3rd)
|2020–21||B||To be determined|
Dario Šimić was Croatia's first player to reach 100 appearances, doing so before his retirement in 2008. This allowed him to surpass Robert Jarni's previous record of 81 appearances. On 6 February 2013, captain Darijo Srna, Josip Šimunić and Stipe Pletikosa each also played their 100th cap for Croatia in a 4–0 friendly victory over South Korea in London. The trio went on to set a new joint-record of 101 appearances for the national team in March 2013 in a World Cup qualifying victory against Serbia in Zagreb. Srna eventually surpassed his teammates and accrued a record total of 134 international caps for Croatia before retiring in 2016. Alen Halilović is the youngest player to represent the team, making his senior debut in June 2013 aged 16 years, 11 months and 22 days. The team's oldest player is Dražen Ladić, who played his last match in May 2000 aged 37 years, 4 months and 27 days.
With 45 goals scored, Davor Šuker, the current president of the Croatian Football Federation, is the team's highest-scoring player. The national team's record for highest-scoring victory was achieved in 2016, a 10–0 friendly win over San Marino. Croatia's heaviest defeat is a 6–0 loss against Spain played on 11 September 2018 in Elche in Croatia's first game of the UEFA Nations League.
Only matches recognised by FIFA are counted. Correct as of 24 March 2019, after the match against Hungary.
The following is a chart of yearly averages of Croatia's FIFA ranking. Upon admission to FIFA, Croatia was ranked 125th in the world; following the 1998 World Cup campaign, the side rose to third place in the rankings immediately after the tournament, making it the most volatile team in FIFA Rankings history. It held that rank until February 1999.
|Head coach||Zlatko Dalić|
|Assistant coaches|| Dražen Ladić|
|Goalkeeping coach||Marjan Mrmić|
|Condition coach||Luka Milanović|
|Physiotherapists|| Nenad Krošnjar|
|Doctors|| Zoran Bahtijarević|
|Team manager||Iva Olivari|
The following is the list of players for the Euro 2020 qualifying games against Wales on 8 June and Friendly game against Tunisia on 11 June 2019.
Caps and goals as of 24 March 2019 after match against Hungary, only matches as FIFA member are included.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Lovre Kalinić||3 April 1990||18||0||Aston Villa|
|GK||Dominik Livaković||9 January 1995||3||0||Dinamo Zagreb|
|GK||Simon Sluga||17 March 1993||0||0||Rijeka|
|DF||Domagoj Vida||29 April 1989||73||4||Beşiktaş|
|DF||Dejan Lovren||5 July 1989||51||2||Liverpool|
|DF||Tin Jedvaj||28 November 1995||19||2||Bayer Leverkusen|
|DF||Borna Barišić||10 November 1992||6||1||Rangers|
|DF||Duje Ćaleta-Car||17 September 1996||3||0||Marseille|
|DF||Karlo Bartolec||20 April 1995||1||0||Copenhagen|
|DF||Filip Benković||13 July 1997||0||0||Celtic|
|DF||Dario Melnjak||31 October 1992||0||0||Çaykur Rizespor|
|MF||Luka Modrić (Captain)||9 September 1985||120||14||Real Madrid|
|MF||Ivan Rakitić (Vice-Captain)||10 March 1988||104||15||Barcelona|
|MF||Mateo Kovačić||6 May 1994||50||1||Chelsea|
|MF||Marcelo Brozović||16 November 1992||45||6||Internazionale|
|MF||Milan Badelj||25 February 1989||45||2||Lazio|
|MF||Marko Rog||19 July 1995||16||0||Sevilla|
|MF||Mario Pašalić||9 February 1995||8||0||Atalanta|
|MF||Filip Bradarić||11 January 1992||6||0||Cagliari|
|MF||Nikola Vlašić||4 October 1997||5||0||CSKA Moscow|
|FW||Ivan Perišić||2 February 1989||80||22||Internazionale|
|FW||Andrej Kramarić||19 June 1991||44||13||1899 Hoffenheim|
|FW||Ante Rebić||21 September 1993||28||3||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|FW||Josip Brekalo||23 June 1998||4||0||VfL Wolfsburg|
|FW||Bruno Petković||16 September 1994||2||0||Dinamo Zagreb|
The following players have also been called up to the Croatia squad in the last 12 months and are still eligible for selection.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Karlo Letica||11 February 1997||0||0||Club Brugge||v. England, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Marin Leovac||7 August 1988||5||0||Dinamo Zagreb||v. Hungary, 24 March 2019|
|DF||Antonio Milić||10 March 1994||3||0||Anderlecht||v. Hungary, 24 March 2019|
|DF||Šime VrsaljkoINJ||10 January 1992||45||0||Internazionale||v. England, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Josip PivarićINJ||30 January 1989||26||0||Dynamo Kyiv||v. England, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Matej MitrovićINJ||10 November 1993||12||2||Club Brugge||v. England, 18 November 2018|
|DF||Ivan Strinić||17 July 1987||49||0||Milan||2018 FIFA World Cup|
|DF||Zoran Nižić||11 October 1989||2||0||Akhmat Grozny||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|DF||Borna Sosa||21 January 1998||0||0||VfB Stuttgart||2018 FIFA World Cup PRE|
|FW||Marko PjacaINJ||6 May 1995||24||1||Fiorentina||v. Azerbaijan, 21 March 2019|
|FW||Ivan Santini||21 May 1989||5||0||Anderlecht||v. Jordan, 15 October 2018|
|FW||Marko Livaja||26 August 1993||4||0||AEK Athens||v. Jordan, 15 October 2018|
|FW||Duje Čop||1 February 1990||14||2||Valladolid||v. England, 12 October 2018|
|FW||Nikola Kalinić||5 January 1988||41||15||Atlético Madrid||2018 FIFA World Cup REM|
Last updated: Hungary vs. Croatia, 24 March 2019.
Source: Croatian Football Federation
|3||Eduardo da Silva||2004–2014||29||64|
Last updated: Hungary vs. Croatia, 24 March 2019.
Source: Croatian Football Federation
|Miroslav Blažević||1994–2000||72||33||24||15||45.8|| 1996 European Championship – Quarter-final|
1998 World Cup – Third place
2000 European Championship – Failed to qualify
|Tomislav Ivić (c)[note 4]||1994||1||1||0||0||100.0||—|
|Mirko Jozić||2000–2002||18||9||6||3||50.0||2002 World Cup – Group stage|
|Otto Barić||2002–2004||24||11||8||5||45.8||2004 European Championship – Group stage|
|Zlatko Kranjčar||2004–2006||25||11||8||6||44.0||2006 World Cup – Group stage|
|Slaven Bilić||2006–2012||65||42||15||8||64.6|| 2008 European Championship – Quarter-final|
2010 World Cup – Failed to qualify
2012 European Championship – Group stage
|Niko Kovač||2013–2015||19||10||5||4||52.6||2014 World Cup – Group stage|
|Ante Čačić||2015–2017||25||15||6||4||60.0||2016 European Championship – Round of 16|
|Zlatko Dalić||2017–||22||11||5||6||50.0||2018 World Cup – Runners-up|
|Totals||294||156||80||56||53.1%||10 out of 12|
Last updated: Hungary vs. Croatia, 24 March 2019.
Source: Croatian Football Federation
Croatia enter the World Cup on Saturday, their Golden Generation beginning what is surely a last quest towards making an impact on the greatest stage.
The golden generation – with Modrić, Rakitiž and striker Mario Mandžukić as its pillars – have more often watched such efforts go up in flames.
France have also had an extra day of rest having beaten Belgium 1-0 in their semi-final on Tuesday. Croatia won 2-1 after extra time against England on Wednesday.
France has one more day of rest. I think that's unfair. I think both teams should play in one day. In the final both teams should have equal opportunities.
We reached the final, we want to play the final, France had one extra day to recover but there will be no excuses.
Bogdan Cuvaj (21 October 1905 – 23 July 1983) was a Croatian football manager of Albanian descent in both club and international competition.
He became the manager of Concordia Zagreb's youth side in 1926. After receiving managerial training in Vienna, Cuvaj became Concordia's manager in 1931, a position he held until the club was banned in 1945. With the club he won the 1932 Yugoslavian championship and the 1942 Croatian championship. From March 6, 1939 he served as secretary of the Croatian Football Federation and also managed the Croatian national team several times from 1941 to 1945.
After World War II he managed Tekstilac Zagreb (1945-1946), Lokomotiva Zagreb (1946-1952), Metalac Zagreb (1952-1955) and Dinamo Zagreb (1955-1956).Croatia national football team results (1940–91)
This is a list of the Croatia national football team results from 1940 in Yugoslavia up to the country's independence in 1991.
The 1940s matches include four played by the Banovina of Croatia and another fifteen by the Independent State of Croatia. Then, the Socialist Republic of Croatia played a 1956 match against Indonesia.
In the modern era, the nation played three friendly matches under its new name, the Republic of Croatia, shortly before its independence from Yugoslavia, the first being against the United States in 1990.Croatia national football team results (1992–99)
This is a list of the Croatia national football team results from the country's independence (in 1991) to 1999.
The first match of the independent Republic of Croatia, against Australia, took place in Melbourne in 1992.
Croatia's first ever competitive matches were in the qualification for UEFA Euro 1996. The team went on to qualify for the final tournament and reached the quarter-finals there.
It then qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, where it finished third and won the bronze medals, which was followed by its first ever unsuccessful qualifying campaign, the UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying.Croatia national football team results (2010–19)
This is a list of the Croatia national football team results from 2010 to present.
Croatia missed out the World Cup in 2010, but then qualified for UEFA Euro 2012, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2016, making it to the second round in the latter. Then, at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the team achieved the best result in its history: it finished second and won the silver medals as it reached the final and lost it out to France.
Afterwards, Croatia entered League A of the inaugural 2018–19 edition of the UEFA Nations League. Finishing last in its three-team group, it was relegated to League B the following season. Currently, the team is competing in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying.Croatia national under-17 football team
The Croatia national under-17 football team represents Croatia in international football at this age level and is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Croatia.Croatia national under-18 football team
The Croatia national under-18 football team are a feeder team for the main Croatia national football team.Croatia national under-19 football team
The Croatia national under-19 football team represents Croatia in international football at this age level and is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Croatia.Croatia national under-20 football team
The Croatia national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Croatia and is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Croatia.Croatia national under-21 football team
The Croatia national under-21 football team, also known as Croatia under-21(s) or Croatia U21(s), is a youth association football national team which represents Croatia at this age level and is a feeder team for the Croatia national football team.
This team is for Croatian players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s, as Ivan Rakitić and Nikola Kalinić have done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible). For example, Ivan Rakitić is a former Switzerland U21 player who later became a Croatia international.
The under-21 age category came into existence with the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976. The Croatia U21 team was formed following Croatia's independence from SFR Yugoslavia in 1991 and is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation (from 1976 to 1990 Croatian players played for Yugoslavia U21). A goalless draw in a friendly against Italy played on 13 February 1992 was Croatia U21s' first result.Croatia v Indonesia (1956)
On 12 September 1956 Croatia hosted Indonesia in an international friendly in Zagreb. Until the 1990 match against the United States, this was Croatia's only match against a foreign national team while it was a part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.Croatia–Serbia football rivalry
The rivalry between Croatia and Serbia is a competitive sports rivalry that exists between the national football teams of the two countries, as well as their respective sets of fans.
While the two national teams have not met often, the rivalry is described by The Daily Telegraph as one of the most heated up rivalries in the world because of tensions between the countries that arose through the breakup of Yugoslavia and the subsequently often bad Croatia–Serbia relations.Dražan Jerković
Dražan Jerković (Croatian pronunciation: [jěːrkoʋitɕ]; 6 August 1936 – 9 December 2008) was a Croatian football forward and manager.Igor Štimac
Igor Štimac (pronounced [îgor ʃtǐːmats]; born 6 September 1967) is a Croatian football coach and former footballer, who played as a centre back and currently is the manager of Indian national football team. In his playing career he had three spells with Hajduk Split and also played for Cádiz in Spain and for Derby County and West Ham United in England. He represented the Croatia national team 53 times, playing at Euro 1996 and at the 1998 World Cup, when Croatia finished third.
As a coach, Štimac was in charge of the Croatian national team from 2012 to 2014. In club football, he has had brief spells in charge of Hajduk Split, Cibalia, NK Zagreb and Zadar, Iranian club Sepahan and Qatari club Al-Shahania. On 15 May 2019, Štimac was appointed as the head coach of India national team on a two-year contract.List of Croatia international footballers
This article is about Croatia national football team players with at least 20 appearances. For a list of all national team players with a Wikipedia article, see the Croatia international footballers category. For the current national team squad, see current squad.This is a list of Croatia national football team players. Most of the appearances were made since the country became independent from Yugoslavia in 1990, but international games were also played in the early 1940s and a one-off match was played in 1956. Darijo Srna made the most appearances for the national team with 134, making him one of the eight Croatian players with 100 or more caps. Davor Šuker, who was the top goalscorer at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, is by far the top goalscorer in the history of the Croatian team, with 45 goals.List of Croatia national football team hat-tricks
Since the inception of international association football matches in 1872, nine Croatian footballers have scored three or more goals (a hat-trick) in a game. The first player to score a hat-trick for Croatia was August Lešnik in a friendly match against Slovakia in 1942. Davor Šuker was the first player in modern Croatian national team history to achieve this feat, scoring three times in a 7–1 victory over Estonia in 1995. He is also the one of two players alongside Mario Mandžukić who scored a hat-trick more than once, grabbing his second hat-trick in Croatia's 7–0 win against Australia. Mladen Petrić has scored the greatest number of goals in one game, netting four times against Andorra.The most recent hat-trick was scored by Mario Mandžukić in Croatia's 6–0 victory over Kosovo in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign.Croatia have conceded four hat-tricks since 1941, the most recent being scored by Theo Walcott in a 4–1 defeat by England in the qualifications for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The other three hat-tricks were scored by Ján Arpáš, Primož Gliha and Zlatan Muslimović.Mirko Jozić
Mirko Jozić (Croatian pronunciation: [mǐːrko jǒːzitɕ]; born 8 April 1940) is a retired Croatian football player and football manager.
As a coach, he won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile, with the Yugoslavia U-20 national team composed of names such as Robert Prosinečki, Zvonimir Boban and Davor Šuker.
He coached Chilean club Colo-Colo between 1989 and 1993, winning the Copa Libertadores in 1991. Jozić is the only coach who has ever won Copa Libertadores with a Chilean team and so far the only European to achieve it.He coached Croatia at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.Otto Barić
Otto Barić (Croatian pronunciation: [bǎːritɕ]; born 19 June 1933) is an Austrian-born Croatian retired football manager and retired footballer.Stanko Poklepović
Stanko "Špaco" Poklepović (19 April 1938 – 24 December 2018) was a Croatian football manager and retired footballer.
He was mostly notable for managing Hajduk Split in four different occasions during his career. He was also the first manager to win the Croatian football league with Hajduk Split in its inaugural season in 1992.Vlatko Marković
Vladimir "Vlatko" Marković (Croatian pronunciation: [ʋlǎdimiːr ʋlâtko mǎːrkoʋitɕ]; 1 January 1937 – 23 September 2013) was a Croatian football player, football manager, and former president of Croatian Football Federation.
|List of FIFA World Cup matches|
|1998||Group H||Jamaica||3 – 1||Win||14 June 1998||Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens|
|Japan||1 – 0||Win||20 June 1998||Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes|
|Argentina||0 – 1||Loss||26 June 1998||Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux|
|Round of 16||Romania||1 – 0||Win||30 June 1998||Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux|
|Quarter-final||Germany||3 – 0||Win||4 July 1998||Stade de Gerland, Lyon|
|Semi-final||France||1 – 2||Loss||8 July 1998||Stade de France, Paris|
|Bronze Final||Netherlands||2 – 1||Win||11 July 1998||Parc des Princes, Paris|
|2002||Group G||Mexico||0 – 1||Loss||3 June 2002||Denka Big Swan Stadium, Niigata, Niigata|
|Italy||2 – 1||Win||8 June 2002||Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima|
|Ecuador||0 – 1||Loss||13 June 2002||International Stadium, Yokohama|
|2006||Group F||Brazil||0 – 1||Loss||13 June 2006||Olympiastadion, Berlin|
|Japan||0 – 0||Draw||18 June 2006||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg|
|Australia||2 – 2||Draw||22 June 2006||Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart|
|2014||Group A||Brazil||1 – 3||Loss||12 June 2014||Arena Corinthians, São Paulo|
|Cameroon||4 – 0||Win||18 June 2014||Arena da Amazônia, Manaus|
|Mexico||1 – 3||Loss||23 June 2014||Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife|
|2018||Group D||Nigeria||2 – 0||Win||16 June 2018||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|Argentina||3 – 0||Win||21 June 2018||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|Iceland||2 – 1||Win||26 June 2018||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|Round of 16||Denmark||1 – 1 (3–2 p)||Draw||1 July 2018||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|Quarter-final||Russia||2 – 2 (4–3 p)||Draw||7 July 2018||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|Semi-final||England||2 – 1||Win||11 July 2018||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|Final||France||2 – 4||Loss||15 July 2018||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|List of UEFA European Football Championship matches|
|1996||Group D||Turkey||1–0||Win||11 June 1996||Nottingham, England|
|Denmark||3–0||Win||16 June 1996||Sheffield, England|
|Portugal||0–3||Loss||19 June 1996||Nottingham, England|
|Quarter-final||Germany||1–2||Loss||23 June 1996||Manchester, England|
|2004||Group B||Switzerland||0–0||Draw||13 June 2004||Leiria, Portugal|
|France||2–2||Draw||17 June 2004||Leiria, Portugal|
|England||2–4||Loss||21 June 2004||Lisboa, Portugal|
|2008||Group B||Austria||1–0||Win||8 June 2008||Wien, Austria|
|Germany||2–1||Win||12 June 2008||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|Poland||1–0||Win||16 June 2008||Klagenfurt, Austria|
|Quarter-final||Turkey||1–1 (1–3 p)||Draw (elim.)||20 June 2008||Wien, Austria|
|2012||Group C||Republic of Ireland||3–1||Win||10 June 2012||Poznań, Poland|
|Italy||1–1||Draw||14 June 2012||Poznań, Poland|
|Spain||0–1||Loss||18 June 2012||Gdańsk, Poland|
|2016||Group D||Turkey||1–0||Win||12 June 2016||Paris, France|
|Czech Republic||2–2||Draw||17 June 2016||Saint-Étienne, France|
|Spain||2–1||Win||21 June 2016||Bordeaux, France|
|Round of 16||Portugal||0–1||Loss||25 June 2016||Lens, France|
|Andorra||6||6||0||0||24||0||+24||2004 EQ, 2008 EQ, 2010 WQ|
|Argentina||5||2||1||2||7||5||+2||1998 W, 2018 W|
|Azerbaijan||3||2||1||0||8||1||+7||2016 EQ, 2020 EQ|
|Belgium||6||2||2||2||8||5||+3||2002 WQ, 2004 EQ, 2014 WQ|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||4||0||0||14||6||+8||1998 WQ|
|Brazil||4||0||1||3||2||7||−5||2006 W, 2014 W|
|Bulgaria[b]||8||5||2||1||16||5||+11||2004 EQ, 2006 WQ, 2016 EQ|
|Czech Republic||3||1||2||0||7||5||+2||2016 E|
|Denmark||6||2||2||2||8||7||+1||1996 E, 1998 WQ, 2018 W|
|England||10||3||2||5||13||21||−8||2004 E, 2008 EQ, 2010 WQ, 2018 W, 2018–19 N|
|Estonia||9||6||2||1||16||5||+11||1996 EQ, 2004 EQ, 2008 EQ|
|France||6||0||2||4||5||13||−8||1998 W, 2004 E, 2018 W|
|Germany[b]||8||2||1||5||10||18||−8||1996 E, 1998 W, 2008 E|
|Greece||8||2||4||2||10||9||+1||1998 WQ, 2012 EQ, 2018 WQ|
|Hungary[b]||10||3||5||2||15||9||+6||2006 WQ, 2020 EQ|
|Iceland||7||5||1||1||13||3||+10||2006 WQ, 2014 WQ, 2018 WQ, 2018 W|
|Israel||9||8||1||0||22||8||+14||2008 EQ, 2012 EQ|
|Italy[b]||9||3||5||1||10||10||0||1996 EQ, 2002 W, 2012 E, 2016 EQ|
|Japan||3||1||1||1||4||4||0||1998 W, 2006 W|
|Latvia||4||4||0||0||10||1||+9||2002 WQ, 2012 EQ|
|North Macedonia||8||5||2||1||12||9||+3||2000 EQ, 2008 EQ, 2014 WQ|
|Malta||8||7||1||0||19||4||+15||2000 EQ, 2006 WQ, 2012 EQ, 2016 EQ|
|Mexico||6||4||0||2||9||6||+3||2002 W, 2014 W|
|Portugal||5||0||1||4||1||8||−7||1996 E, 2016 E|
|Republic of Ireland||7||2||3||2||8||8||0||2000 EQ, 2012 E|
|Russia||4||1||3||0||5||3||+2||2008 EQ, 2018 W|
|San Marino||3||3||0||0||18||0||+18||2002 WQ|
|Scotland||5||0||3||2||2||5||−3||2002 WQ, 2014 WQ|
|Serbia[c]||4||1||3||0||5||3||+2||2000 EQ, 2014 WQ|
|Slovenia||9||6||3||0||16||8||+8||1996 EQ, 1998 WQ, 2004 EQ|
|Spain||8||3||1||4||9||15||−6||2012 E, 2016 E, 2018–19 N|
|Turkey||9||3||5||1||10||6||+4||1996 E, 2008 E, 2012 EQ, 2016 E, 2018 WQ|
|Ukraine||9||5||3||1||15||5||+10||1996 EQ, 1998 WQ, 2010 WQ, 2018 WQ|
|Wales||4||3||1||0||7||2||+5||2014 WQ, 2020 EQ|
|3 June 2018 Friendly||Brazil||2–0||Croatia||Liverpool, England|
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Assistant referees: Simon Bennett (England)
Stuart Burt (England)
|8 June 2018 Friendly||Croatia||2–1||Senegal||Osijek, Croatia|
|Report||Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt|
Referee: Ádám Farkas (Hungary)
Assistant referees: Balázs Buzás (Hungary)
Balázs Szert (Hungary)
|16 June 2018 2018 FIFA World CupGroup D||Croatia||2–0||Nigeria||Kaliningrad, Russia|
||Stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium|
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Assistant referees: Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Man of the Match: Luka Modrić
|21 June 2018 2018 FIFA World CupGroup D||Argentina||0–3||Croatia||Nizhny Novgorod, Russia|
|Report||Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium|
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Assistant referees: Abduxamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Fourth official: Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
Man of the Match: Luka Modrić
|26 June 2018 2018 FIFA World CupGroup D||Iceland||1–2||Croatia||Rostov-on-Don, Russia|
|Report||Stadium: Rostov Arena|
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Assistant referees: Roberto Díaz (Spain)
Pau Cebrián (Spain)
Fourth official: John Pitti (Panama)
Man of the Match: Milan Badelj
|1 July 2018 2018 FIFA World CupRound of 16||Croatia||1–1|
|Denmark||Nizhny Novgorod, Russia|
||Stadium: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium|
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Bellati (Argentina)
Fourth official: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
Man of the Match: Kasper Schmeichel
|7 July 2018 2018 FIFA World CupQuarter-finals||Russia||2–2|
|Report||Stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium|
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Assistant referees: Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Fourth official: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Man of the Match: Luka Modrić
|11 July 2018 2018 FIFA World CupSemi-finals||Croatia||2–1 (a.e.t.)||England||Moscow, Russia|
|Report||Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium|
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Man of the Match: Ivan Perišić
|15 July 2018 2018 FIFA World CupFinal||France||4–2||Croatia||Moscow, Russia|
|Report||Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium|
Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Hernán Maidana (Argentina)
Juan Pablo Bellati (Argentina)
Fourth official: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Man of the Match: Antoine Griezmann
|6 September 2018 Friendly||Portugal||1–1||Croatia||Faro/Loulé, Portugal|
|Report||Stadium: Estádio Algarve|
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
Assistant referees: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (Spain)
Teodoro Sobrino Magán (Spain)
|11 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League AGroup 4||Spain||6–0||Croatia||Elche, Spain|
|20:45(20:45 UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero|
Referee: Benoît Bastien (France)
Assistant referees: Hicham Zakrani (France)
Frédéric Haquette (France)
Fourth official: Philippe Jeanne (France)
|12 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League AGroup 4||Croatia||0–0||England||Rijeka, Croatia|
|20:45(20:45 UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: Stadion Rujevica|
Attendance: 0[note 3]
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Assistant referees: Mark Borsch (Germany)
Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Fourth official: Dominik Schaal (Germany)
|15 October 2018 Friendly||Croatia||2–1||Jordan||Rijeka, Croatia|
||Stadium: Stadion Rujevica|
Referee: Andó-Szabó Sándor (Hungary)
Assistant referees: Zsolt Varga (Hungary)
Oszkár Lémon (Hungary)
Fourth official: Fran Jović (Croatia)
|15 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League AGroup 4||Croatia||3–2||Spain||Zagreb, Croatia|
|20:45(20:45 UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Stadion Maksimir|
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Assistant referees: Dmitri Zhuk (Belarus)
Oleg Maslyanko (Belarus)
Fourth official: Yury Khomchenko (Belarus)
|18 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League AGroup 4||England||2–1||Croatia||London, England|
||Stadium: Wembley Stadium|
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
Assistant referees: Polychronis Kostaras (Greece)
Lazaros Dimitriadis (Greece)
Fourth official: Damianos Efthimiadis (Greece)
|21 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E||Croatia||2–1||Azerbaijan||Zagreb, Croatia|
||Stadium: Stadion Maksimir |
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)
|24 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E||Hungary||2–1||Croatia||Budapest, Hungary|
||Stadium: Groupama Arena|
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
|8 June 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E||Croatia||v||Wales||Osijek, Croatia|
|15:00||Report||Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt|
|11 June 2019 Friendly||Croatia||v||Tunisia||Varaždin, Croatia|
|20:45||Stadium: Stadion Anđelko Herjavec|
|6 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E||Slovakia||v||Croatia||Bratislava, Slovakia|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Tehelné pole|
|9 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E||Azerbaijan||v||Croatia||Baku, Azerbaijan|
|18:00||Report||Stadium: Olympic Stadium, Baku|
|10 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E||Croatia||v||Hungary|
|13 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E||Wales||v||Croatia||Cardiff, Wales|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium|
|16 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group E||Croatia||v||Slovakia|
|19 November 2019 Friendly||Croatia||v||Georgia||Croatia|
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