Croatia women's national football team

The Croatia women's national football team represents the Republic of Croatia in international football. The team is managed by the Croatian Football Federation, the governing body for football in the country.

AssociationHrvatski Nogometni Savez
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMate Prskalo
CaptainIva Landeka
Most capsSandra Žigić (79)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 55 Increase 1 (12 July 2019)[1]
Highest44 (July 2003)
Lowest65 (November 2010)
First international
Slovenia Slovenia 3–2 Croatia Croatia
(Ižakovci, Slovenia; 28 October 1993)
Biggest win
Croatia Croatia 8–2 Slovenia Slovenia
(Kecskemét, Hungary; 27 May 2001)
Biggest defeat
Romania Romania 10–0 Croatia Croatia
(Bucharest, Romania; 2 October 2004)

UEFA Women's Championship record

UEFA Women's Championship record UEFA Women's Championship qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD Pld W D L GF GA GD
Germany 1995 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 8 18 −10
Norway Sweden 1997 8 0 1 7 2 23 −21
Germany 2001 6 1 0 5 7 19 −12
England 2005 8 4 1 3 17 22 −5
Finland 2009 3 2 0 1 9 6 +3
Sweden 2013 8 0 1 7 6 26 −20
Netherlands 2017 8 2 1 5 8 15 −7
Total 0/7 47 12 5 30 57 129 −72

FIFA Women's World Cup record

FIFA Women's World Cup record FIFA Women's World Cup qualification record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD Pld W D L GF GA GD
Sweden 1995 Did not enter
United States 1999
United States 2003 Did not qualify 8 4 1 3 16 11 +5
China 2007 6 3 0 3 11 11 0
Germany 2011 10 0 2 8 4 27 −23
Canada 2015 10 2 2 6 7 20 −13
France 2019 8 0 3 5 5 20 −15
Total 0/7 42 9 8 25 43 89 −46

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Nicole Vuk 7 February 1995 (age 24) Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
12 GK Tena Horvat 9 June 1995 (age 24) Slovenia Rudar Škale
23 GK Doris Bačić 23 February 1995 (age 24) Italy Juventus

4 DF Leonarda Balog 5 February 1993 (age 26) Switzerland FC Neunkirch
6 DF Helenna Hercigonja-Moulton 28 April 1993 (age 26) Croatia Dinamo-Maksimir
14 DF Ana Petrović 4 November 1989 (age 29) Croatia Split
19 DF Sandra Žigić 19 January 1988 (age 31) Italy Milan

2 MF Kristina Nevrkla 5 July 1990 (age 29) Croatia Osijek
5 MF Viktorija Stvorić 8 September 1997 (age 21) Germany SV Alberweiler
8 MF Violeta Baban 30 March 1984 (age 35) Croatia Osijek
10 MF Iva Landeka 3 October 1989 (age 29) Sweden FC Rosengård
13 MF Martina Čop 18 May 1994 (age 25) Croatia Rijeka-Jack Pot
MF Ivana Stanić 11 July 1996 (age 23) Croatia Dinamo-Maksimir
18 MF Gabrijela Gaiser 18 November 1995 (age 23) Croatia Agram
21 MF Izabela Lojna 11 May 1992 (age 27) Croatia Osijek

7 FW Maja Joščak 4 August 1990 (age 28) Croatia Osijek
FW Katarina Kolar 25 November 1989 (age 29) Poland Zagłębie Lubin
9 FW Ivana Rudelić 25 January 1992 (age 27) 14 3 Germany USV Jena
11 FW Kristina Šundov 17 September 1986 (age 32) Switzerland Basel
15 FW Mateja Andrlić 25 December 1993 (age 25) Croatia Osijek
16 FW Martina Šalek 8 October 1994 (age 24) Croatia Osijek
17 FW Monika Conjar 21 April 1995 (age 24) Slovenia Pomurje
20 FW Valentina Stipančević 29 February 1992 (age 27) Croatia Rijeka-Jack Pot


  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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Ana Družić

Ana Družić (born 14 June 1992) is a Croatian women's footballer, who played for ŽNK Viktorija Slavonski Brod and made one appearance for the Croatia women's national football team.

Croatia national football team

The Croatia national football team (Croatian: Hrvatska nogometna reprezentacija) represents Croatia in international football matches. The team is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the governing body for football in Croatia. Football 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, although 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.

Croatia women's national football team results

This is a list of the games played by the Croatia women's national football team since Croatia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1990.

Croatia women's national under-17 football team

The Croatia women's 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 women's national under-19 football team

The Croatia women's 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.

Croatian Football Federation

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS; Croatian: Hrvatski nogometni savez, lit. Croatian football alliance) is the governing body of association football in Croatia. It was originally formed in 1912 and is based in the capital city of Zagreb. The organisation is a member of both FIFA and UEFA, and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the game of football in Croatia. Its current president is Davor Šuker.The HNS sanctions all competitive football matches in Croatia, either directly, beginning with the 3. HNL on down, or indirectly through the associations of professional football clubs, who manage 1. HNL and 2. HNL, the first and second divisions of Croatia, respectively, as well as the Croatian Cup. It is also responsible for appointing the management of the men's, women's and youth national football teams. As of 2009, the HNS had 118,316 registered players (650 of them professionals) and a total of 1,732 registered association football and futsal clubs.

Dean Klafurić

Dean Klafurić (born 26 July 1972) is a Croatian professional football manager who is the manager of NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac.

Klafuric started to work as a coach in NK Udarnik in 2005. He accepted place of head coach of Croatia Women's national football team in 2009. In 2012 he was relieved from the coaching position.In 2012 he started working with young teams in football school at GNK Dinamo Zagreb and had opportunity to spread his knowledge on 35. AEFCA-e congress in Zagreb which gathered many famous coaches.On 22 April 2018 he took over the caretaker manager role in Legia Warsaw after Romeo Jozak got fired and managed to secure the domestic cup and a domestic league title double. On 4 June 2018, he was appointed as the head coach of Legia Warsaw..He was sacked as Legia manager on 1 August 2018.

On 26 June 2019 Klafurić started to work as a manager in NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac.

Doris Bačić

Doris Bačić (born 23 February 1995) is a Croatian football goalkeeper who plays for Juventus, having previously played for FC Rosengård of the Swedish Damallsvenskan, and RSC Anderlecht.Bačić starred for the Croatia women's national football team in a 3–0 defeat to England at Bescot Stadium, Walsall, in September 2012. She subsequently signed for Arsenal Ladies in summer 2013. Bačić was restricted to training and playing in friendly matches because she was not granted a work permit.

Bačić was unhappy at Arsenal and described the club as arrogant. By January 2014 she had quit London and embarked on a trial at Swedish Damallsvenskan champions FC Rosengård.In July 2016 Bačić left SFK 2000 for German Frauen-Bundesliga outfit SC Sand, but reverted to SFK 2000 the following month. She then spent the 2017 season playing for Einherji of the Icelandic third division. In 2017–18 she represented Super League Vrouwenvoetbal title winners RSC Anderlecht, securing four clean sheets in her six appearances.

Football in Croatia

Football in Croatia, called nogomet, is the most popular sport in the country and is led by the Croatian Football Federation. It is played in four official components; the domestic league consists of three hierarchical echelons, and a single national team represents the entire state.

The first Croat clubs were founded prior to the First World War and participated in the Yugoslavian league structure after Croatia became a part of Yugoslavia following the war. From 1940 to 1944, nineteen friendly matches were played by a Croatia national side representing the Second World War-era puppet states of the Banovina of Croatia and Independent State of Croatia. After the war, most of the prominent Yugoslavian clubs, including clubs in Croatia, were dissolved and replaced with new sides by Marshal Tito's Communist regime.

Today, club football in Croatia is dominated by Hajduk Split HNK Rijeka and Dinamo Zagreb. Since independence, the country has produced a string of players who have performed well in many of Europe's most highly regarded leagues and who took the national team to third place at the 1998 World Cup and the final at the 2018 World Cup.

Helenna Hercigonja-Moulton

Helenna Hercigonja-Moulton (born 28 April 1993) is a Croatian football defender currently playing for Pomurje. She also plays for the Croatia women's national football team.

List of Croatia women's international footballers

This article is about Croatia women's national football team players with at least 10 appearances. For the current national team squad, see current squad.This is a list of Croatia women's national football team players. Sandra Žigić has made the most appearances for the national team with 58. Katarina Kolar is the top goalscorer in the history of the Croatian team, with 14 goals.

Maja Joščak

Maja Joščak (born 4 August 1990) is a Croatian football forward, who plays for ŽNK Osijek.

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