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Croatia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Vatreni ('Blazers')
Kockasti ('Checkered Ones')
Association HNS
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Zlatko Dalić
Captain Luka Modrić
Most caps Luka Modrić (166)
Top scorer Davor Šuker (45)
FIFA code CRO
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 4 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 3 (January 1999)
Lowest 125 (March 1994)
Elo ranking
Current 10 Increase 6 (3 March 2019)
Highest 5 (July 1998, July 2018)
Lowest 26 (October 2002)
First international
 Croatia 4–0 Switzerland 
(Zagreb, Yugoslavia; 2 April 1940)
as FIFA member
 Slovakia 1–1 Croatia 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 1941)
as modern Croatia
 Croatia 2–1 United States 
(Zagreb, Yugoslavia; 17 October 1990)
as FIFA member
 Australia 1–0 Croatia 
(Melbourne, Australia; 5 July 1992)
Biggest win
 Croatia 10–0 San Marino 
(Rijeka, Croatia; 4 June 2016)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 6–0 Croatia 
(Elche, Spain; 11 September 2018)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first in 1998)
Best result Runners-up (2018)
European Championship
Appearances 6 (first in 1996)
Best result Quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
Nations League Finals
Appearances 1 (first in 2023)
Best result Runners-up (2023)
Medal record
Men's football
FIFA World Cup
Silver 2018 Russia Team
Bronze 1998 France Team
Bronze 2022 Qatar Team
UEFA Nations League
Silver 2023 Netherlands Team

The Croatia national football team (Croatian: [Hrvatska nogometna reprezentacija] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) represents Croatia in international football matches. It is governed by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the governing body for football in Croatia. It is a member of UEFA in Europe and FIFA in global competitions. The team's colors reference two national symbols: the Croatian checkerboard and the country's tricolour. They are colloquially referred to as the Vatreni ('Blazers') and Kockasti ('Checkered Ones').

Since 1994, the Vatreni have qualified for every major tournament with the exception of Euro 2000 and the 2010 World Cup. At the FIFA World Cup, Croatia has finished second once (2018) and third on two occasions (1998, 2022), securing three World Cup medals. Davor Šuker won the Golden Shoe and the Silver Ball in 1998, while Luka Modrić won the Golden Ball in 2018 and the Bronze Ball in 2022. The team has reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA European Championship twice (1996, 2008), and finished second in the UEFA Nations League in 2023. In June 2023, Croatia recorded its highest-ever Elo rating of 2,012 points.

Upon its admission into FIFA in 1994 ranked 125th, they ascended to third place with their debut 1998 World Cup campaign. This marked the fastest, most volatile ascension in FIFA ranking history, making them the youngest team to ever occupy the Top 10 of the World Ranking. It is the second-smallest country by population (after Uruguay) and land mass (after the Netherlands) to reach a World Cup Final. At the World Cup, Croatia holds records for most penalty shoot-outs played (4) and won (4) and most penalties saved in a shoot-out (3), among other team records. They were named FIFA Best Mover of the Year twice (1994, 1998) equalling joint records with France and Colombia. Croatia maintains sporting rivalries with Italy and Serbia, among other nations, which have led to disruptive matches.

History

Official formation

The early history of Croatian football was delineated by a variety of unofficial sides as Croatia was not an independent entity until the late 20th century. Hugo Kinert first managed an unofficial side that played some international matches in 1918–19. In 1940, Jozo Jakopić led an unofficial national side representing the Yugoslav Banovina of Croatia in four friendly matches against Switzerland and Hungary. Following the 1941 Axis invasion of Yugoslavia, Germany and Italy took control of Croatia, forming the Independent State of Croatia and installing Rudolf Hitrec as an unofficial manager for two years. The side played 15 friendly matches from its re-activation in FIFA in 1941 until the end of World War II. In 1945, Croatia returned to Yugoslavia as the People's Republic of Croatia with sides active until 1956. State authorities organised the Yugoslav Football Tournament in September 1945 to commemorate the end of World War II, where Croatia finished third behind the Yugoslav People's Army and Serbia. Croatia's only game as a constituent republic was a 5–2 win against Indonesia in 1956. During the nation's pre-independence, Croat footballers played for Yugoslavia at the 1956 Summer Olympics, the FIFA World Cup, and the UEFA European Championship until 1990.

On 16 May 1991, three days before Croatia held an independence referendum, the last Yugoslav team to field Croatian players played the Faroe Islands. Croatia had made its unofficial international debut during modern times against the United States on 17 October 1990, winning 2–1, where they introduced the modern checkered jersey. Caretaker manager Dražan Jerković, led the de facto national side before their formal re-admission into FIFA on 3 July 1992, winning two more friendly games against Romania in December 1990 and Slovenia in June 1991. Stanko Poklepović took over management of the team and led them on an exhibition tour against Australia, before he was succeeded by Vlatko Marković in April 1993. Croatia gained admission into UEFA in June 1993, three months after qualification for the 1994 World Cup started, missing their window to enter the competition. After winning a match against Ukraine in June 1993, Marković was succeeded by Miroslav Blažević in March 1994.

Blažević period (1994–1999)

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Squad at 1998 World Cup
Coach: Miroslav Blažević
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Croatia's third-place certificate and bronze medal for the 1998 World Cup

After its break-away from Yugoslavia, the newly formed Croatia entered the FIFA World Rankings in 125th place in March 1994. Blažević launched Croatia's qualifying campaign for Euro 1996 with a 2–0 win over Estonia on 4 September 1994 and a 1–0 away loss to Ukraine on 1 June 1995, their first competitive win and loss. After finishing first in qualifying, the team halved their spot in the World Ranking, ascending to rank 62, winning FIFA's 1994 Best Mover of the Year in December 1994. In the group stage of Euro 1996, Goran Vlaović scored the team's first goal at a tournament, a late strike to win 1–0 against Turkey. Croatia then beat reigning champions Denmark 3–0, later losing to Portugal by the same scoreline. The team advanced to the knockout stage and were beaten in the quarter-finals 1–2 by Germany. Croatia's qualifying campaign from 1998 to 1999 for Euro 2000 was unsuccessful as they finished third in their group behind FR Yugoslavia and the Republic of Ireland. Both fixtures against FR Yugoslavia ended in draws which prevented Croatia from qualifying by one point.

Croatia began their qualification campaign for the 1998 World Cup with an aggregate victory against Ukraine in the two-legged playoff. In the group stage, Croatia beat both Jamaica and Japan, later losing to Argentina to advance with them to the knockout stage. A 1–0 victory over Romania moved the Croatians to the quarter-finals against Germany. Croatia beat the Germans 3–0 with goals from Robert Jarni, Goran Vlaović and Davor Šuker, all after Christian Wörns had been sent off. They advanced to their first semi-finals against the hosts France. After a goalless first-half, Croatia led after Aljoša Asanović pushed past Zinedine Zidane to cross a ball downfield to Šuker who scored after a one-on-one with goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. France's defender Lilian Thuram equalized quickly after, and scored another goal later in the game to beat Croatia 2–1. In the third place playoff, Croatia prevailed against the Netherlands 2–1 to secure bronze and claim their first World Cup medal. Šuker won the Golden Shoe for scoring the most goals in the World Cup: six goals in seven games. The Croatians' performance during the late-1990s propelled them to rank third place in the FIFA World Ranking in January 1999. The team of the 1990s was dubbed the "golden generation" for their contributions to Croatia's ascension in international football.

Jozić, Barić and Kranjčar period (2000–2006)

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Fans during Euro 2004 in Portugal

Croatia started their qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup with draws against Belgium and Scotland prompting Blažević's resignation as head coach in October 2000. His successor, Mirko Jozić, pushed the team through the rest of qualifiers undefeated. In the group stage, Croatia narrowly lost to Mexico before beating Italy 2–1 and sustaining a 1–0 loss to Ecuador. The team was eliminated by one point, leading to the resignation of Jozić and succession of Otto Barić in July 2002, their first manager born outside of Southeastern Europe. During Barić's tenure, most of the remaining players from the "golden generation" squad were gradually replaced by younger players over the course of qualifying for Euro 2004. Croatia qualified in a playoff victory against Slovenia, winning 2–1 on aggregate after Dado Pršo's decisive late goal in the second leg. The team was eliminated at the group stage after drawing 0–0 with Switzerland and 2–2 with France, and losing 2–4 to England. Barić departed after his two-year contract expired in June 2004.

Prior to launching the team's qualification for the 2006 World Cup, Zlatko Kranjčar succeed Barić in July 2004. Croatia qualified undefeated, topping the group ahead of Sweden and Bulgaria. Kranjčar selected his son, Niko, for the national squad, leading local media outlets to accuse him of nepotism. In the group stage, 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 elimination. The game included a mistake by referee Graham Poll who gave three yellow cards to Croatian defender Josip Šimunić, mistaking him for an Australian player due to his Australian accent.

Bilić period (2006–2012)

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Croatia vs. Brazil at the 2006 World Cup

In July 2006, prior to Euro 2008, Kranjčar was replaced with Slaven Bilić, who introduced newer, younger players to the squad and finished qualifying undefeated. His first game was a 2–0 victory against reigning world champions Italy during an international friendly. Croatia lost once to Macedonia and beat England twice, who as a result failed to qualify for the first time since 1984. Eduardo da Silva, the team's top goalscorer during qualifying, sustained an injury while playing for his club, Arsenal, leading to a shake-up in the finals squad with less experienced players. Croatia finished group stage undefeated with a 1–0 win over co-hosts Austria, 2–1 win over Germany, and 1–0 win over Poland. The team collected the maximum group stage points possible (9) for the first time in their Euros history. Niko Kovač and Dario Šimić held captaincy during the group and knockout stages, respectively. Croatia pushed Turkey to a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals in which the Turkish side prevailed in an upset win where Luka Modrić, Mladen Petrić and Ivan Rakitić all missed their penalties. Croatia set multiple Euro records: fewest goals conceded (2), fewest games lost (0), and earliest goal scored.

Bilić renewed his contract in April 2008, before the qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup. Croatia won 3–0 against Kazakhstan, before taking a 4–1 loss to England at Stadion Maksimir, their first home loss in 14 years. The team drew 0–0 with Ukraine and beat Andorra twice, drawing again with Ukraine and beating Belarus twice. In the final stretch of the qualifiers, England delivered Croatia's then-heaviest loss, a 5–1 scoreline, at Wembley Stadium. The team had a number of players' injuries during qualifying and were ultimately eliminated, on points, as Ukraine defeated both England and Andorra to advance in the group.

Croatia was a candidate to co-host Euro 2012 with Hungary which would have resulted in automatic qualification for both countries; UEFA ultimately selected Poland and Ukraine. The Croatians began their qualifying campaign for Euro 2012 with a 3–0 win over Latvia, a goalless draw with Greece, and a 2–1 win against Israel. In the qualifying playoff against Turkey, the team won 3–0 on aggregate. They were grouped with the Republic of Ireland, Italy and defending champions Spain, opening with a 3–1 victory over the Irish. Croatia drew the match with Italy 1–1 in an Adriatic Derby that was marred by disruptive fans and controversial refereeing from English official Howard Webb. The side was knocked out by Spain in a 0–1 loss, which, along with 1–1 rematch with Italy, had Croatia eliminated. Bilić announced his resignation plans before Euro 2012 and, upon his departure, Jutarnji list credited him with a "strong revival" of the national side during his six-years. During Bilić's tenure, from 2007 to 2012, the Croatians continuously ranked among the top ten teams in the world on the FIFA Ranking.

Štimac, Kovač and Čačić period (2012–2017)

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Croatia vs. Portugal at Euro 2016
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Croatia vs. Brazil at 2014 World Cup

Succeeding Bilić, former player Igor Štimac was appointed manager while Davor Šuker assumed the presidency of the Croatian Football Federation in 2012 after the death of Vlatko Marković. A year in, Štimac was replaced by former captain Niko Kovač. 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. In the group stage, Croatia opened their campaign with a 3–1 loss to Brazil. The match garnered media attention for controversial refereeing from Yuichi Nishimura which was scrutinized for a number of decisions. In their second match, Croatia won 4–0 against Cameroon then lost 3–1 to Mexico, finishing third in the group and not advancing to the knockout stage.

During the qualifying campaign of Euro 2016, Croatia drew with Azerbaijan and lost to Norway, leading to Kovač's replacement with Ante Čačić. The team broke their record for most goals scored in a match with a friendly 10–0 win over San Marino in June 2016. They topped the group stage of that year's Euros, advancing with defending champions Spain. Croatia prevailed over Turkey 1–0 with a long-range volley goal from Luka Modrić, before drawing 2–2 draw against the Czech Republic. In the latter match, Croatia took the lead with goals from Ivan Perišić and Ivan Rakitić, while opposing Czech striker Milan Škoda and a last-minute penalty from Tomáš Necid drew the match. There was severe crowd trouble and on-field flares in the game's last minutes with a steward injured by a stray firework. Croatia then overtook Spain 2–1, confirming the Spaniards' first defeat at a Euro finals match since 2004. The Croatians were tipped as one of the tournament favourites as they entered the knockout stage with Portugal. The Portuguese prevailed 1–0 with Ricardo Quaresma's winning goal in the 117th minute after Perišić hit the post with a header in the previous attack. It was an "abysmal...turgid affair" between the two sides, according to BBC Sport. Following the campaign, Darijo Srna announced his retirement and the succession of Modrić as team captain in August 2016.

Dalić period (since 2017)

The 2017–18 squad posing with Vladimir Putin and Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović after the 2018 World Cup Final against France.
The team arrival in Zagreb after their 2018 World Cup campaign

Croatia qualified for the 2018 World Cup undefeated for their first five matches. Two defeats to Iceland and Turkey, as well as a draw against Finland, led to a public outcry that ousted manager Čačić. He was replaced by Zlatko Dalić, who formally qualified the team with a 2–0 win against Ukraine, and a 4–1 win with Greece, on aggregate, during a playoff round in the first leg in Zagreb. The 2017–18 squad was known as Croatia's second "golden generation", referencing their 1998 counterparts, during the side's World Cup campaign. They topped their group, with a 2–0 victory over Nigeria, 3–0 win over Argentina, and a 2–1 win with Iceland – their best-ever group stage performance.

During the knockout stage, they beat Denmark in a penalty shoot-out for the first time after goalkeeper Danijel Subašić saved three penalties, equalling the record for most penalties saved in a shoot-out. In the quarter-finals, Croatia drew 2–2 with hosts Russia, becoming the first team since 1990 to win two consecutive penalty shoot-outs. Playing England in the semi-finals, Croatia equalized to force their third consecutive extra time, matching the tournament record. Mario Mandžukić and Perišić scored as Croatia won 2–1 making them the second-smallest country by population (after Uruguay) and land mass (after the Netherlands) to reach a World Cup Final. In the 2018 World Cup Final they lost to France 4–2, finishing second-place and securing the silver medal. The match was controversial for its refereeing. Luka Modrić became the first Croatian to win the Golden Ball. The team was welcomed by an estimated half a million people at their homecoming in Zagreb.

The team entered the Nations League's inaugural 2018–19 edition in League A, along with England and Spain in January 2018. Croatia lost 6–0 away to Spain in their first game, the side's record loss in a match. Croatia drew 0–0 home with England, played behind closed doors due to UEFA sanctions. The team then overtook Spain 3–2 with a goal in stoppage time, followed by a 2–1 away defeat to England. Croatia were set to be relegated to League B until a tournament rule change retained them in League A, grouping them with Portugal, France and Sweden in the 2020–21 tournament. Croatia lost to France and Portugal, but a single victory against Sweden was sufficient to avoid relegation to League B.

The team topped their group for the qualifying campaign of Euro 2020, with a loss to Hungary, and draws against Azerbaijan and Wales. The 2020 finals were delayed into 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe. Overall, winning only two out of eight games in 2020, Croatia achieved their worst-ever aggregate win-rate. Croatia finished second in their Euros group, with a 1–0 loss to England, a 1–1 tie with the Czech Republic and a 3–1 win over Scotland. They advanced to the round of 16, where they lost to Spain 5–3 after extra time. The loss to Spain led to heightened criticism against Dalić and the team by the Croatian public, a faction of whom called for resignations. Dalić refreshed the team roster by introducing younger debutants for the remainder of World Cup qualifying in 2021.

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Squad at 2022 World Cup
Coach: Zlatko Dalić

Croatia qualified for the 2022 World Cup with one loss, two draws and seven wins. The team advanced from group stage after a 0–0 draw with Morocco, a 4–1 win with Canada, and finished ahead of Belgium by a single point after drawing 0–0. They won against Japan in a penalty shootout in the round of 16 where Dominik Livaković saved three of four Japanese penalties, equalling a record held by Ricardo and Danijel Subašić. Croatia similarly beat Brazil during the quarter-finals in an upset victory on penalties, having come from behind to draw 1–1 in the final minutes of extra time. In the semi-final match, Croatia sustained their heaviest World Cup defeat, 3–0 against Argentina. They prevailed 2–1 over Morocco in the third place playoff, securing their second bronze medal.

The team topped their group in the 2023 Nations League, knocking out reigning champions France by winning 1–0 on a penalty – their first-ever win against the French. Croatia beat the Netherlands 4–2 in the semi-finals, advancing to their first Nations League final, against Spain. After drawing the Spanish 0–0 in extra time, the team lost the penalty shootout 4–5, finishing the tournament in second place.

The team continues their qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 from September to November 2023.

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Kits

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The team's image references the national colors of Croatia. Pictured: Šime Vrsaljko, 2018.

Croatia's modern-day team jersey was created in 1990 by Miroslav Šutej who also designed the nation's flag, coat of arms and first currency. The red-and-white motif is based on the Croatian checkerboard (šahovnica). The typical kit color-way features red-and-white checkered shirts, white shorts and blue socks to match the Croatian tricolor (Trobojnica). There have been variations made by the kit manufacturers since the original release; the jersey design has remained consistent throughout the years and has served as a blueprint for other Croatian national sports teams and entities.

Away kits used by the team have for a period been all-blue, incorporating the red-and-white checkers as a trim. Croatia has moved to using darker away kits such as the dark navy-and-black checkered design that featured prominently in the 2018 World Cup campaign. The Vatreni have been required to use their darker away kits even when playing at home because their opponents have red-and-white jerseys that clash with the checkers of Croatia.

Kit supplier Period
Germany Uhlsport 1990–1991
Italy Lotto 1992–1994
Italy Kappa 1994
Italy Lotto 1994–2000
United States Nike 2000–present

Supporters

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Croatia supporters at Euro 2012, featuring the national chequy

The team has developed an extensive fan base since its unofficial formation in 1990. Following their debut run at the 1998 World Cup, there was a rise in domestic and global attention for the side. Political scientist Alex J. Bellamy observed in 2003 that the national team became a symbol of statehood in Croatia after their independence through the cultural export of Croatian football. The government's influence on team affairs eased substantially after the death of President Franjo Tuđman in 1999. All matches are followed and televised throughout the country, particularly during major tournaments. In November 2022, the Ministry of Science and Education issued guidance to let school children watch matches during the school day as long coursework is made up later. Following the 2018 World Cup, the Croatian Cabinet attended ministerial meetings in team jerseys, and during the 2022 World Cup, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković delivered a hurried speech "[lasting] only 37 seconds" at the Euro-Mediterranean Summit to catch the quarter-finals.

A part of the team's support consists of fans of Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split, the two largest clubs in Croatia's top domestic football league, the Hrvatska nogometna liga (HNL). Both sets of fans—Bad Blue Boys from Zagreb and Torcida from Split—have been associated with hooliganism due to their ultra-style support, though violence between them does not occur at international matches. Other ultras groups are Armada Rijeka, Kohorta Osijek, Ultras Vinkovci, Tornado Zadar, Funcuti Šibenik and Demoni Pula. Support for the team also comes from Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly from fans of Zrinjski Mostar and Široki Brijeg. There are also Croatian communities in Australia, North America and South America that follow the team. The team's fanbase is known for their use of pyrotechnics, fireworks, and flares at matches and while celebrating. During the qualifiers of Euro 2016, Croatian fans disrupted matches against Italy and the Czech Republic by throwing flares from the stadium onto the field.

Among supporters, it is customary to include an inscription of their city of origin onto the Croatian flag to indicate where they are from. Fans also coordinate their vocal support and orchestrate chants during matches. One section may shout "U boj, u boj" ("To battle, to battle") with another responding "Za narod svoj" ("For our people"). When the team wins, supporters might chant "Bježite ljudi, bježite iz grada" ("Run away people, run away from the city") which is a song praising the presence of Croatian fans. The Croatian Football Federation endorses an official fan club for the team, known as Uvijek Vjerni ("Always Faithful"). In addition to chants, the team receives support from various local musicians, who release songs dedicated to them. Former manager Slaven Bilić and his rock band released a single, "Vatreno ludilo" (Fiery Madness), which reached the top position on Croatian music charts during Euro 2008. Other Croatian artists such as Baruni, Connect, Dino Dvornik, Gibonni, Prljavo kazalište, Colonia, Stoka, Nered and Thompson have also recorded songs mentioning the team. Some of those having been used among supporters are "Moja domovina" (My Homeland), "Srce vatreno" (Fiery Heart), "Hrvatska je prvak svijeta" (Croatia Are World Champions) and "Malo nas je, al' nas ima" (We Are Few, But We Exist). Most popular among the fans and played at every home match is "Lijepa li si" (How Beautiful You Are) by Thompson and fans sing it themselves during the match. Bad Blue Boys supporters from Zaprešić made their band Zaprešić Boys and made some songs for each tournament like "Samo je jedno" (Only One Thing Is), "U pobjedi i porazu" (In Victory and Defeat), "Neopisivo" (Indescribable), "Igraj moja Hrvatska" (Play, My Croatia), with the latter being an unofficial anthem during the 2018 World Cup.

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Smoke from supporters' pyrotechnics in Ban Jelačić Square, 2018

Fans' behaviour, hooliganism, and ultra-style rioting during matches has led to sanctions both domestically and internationally. The football federation, Croatian government, and players have made efforts to prevent unwanted incidents in order to avoid damage to the perception of the team and Croatian people. This has included banning their own fans from certain games. The behaviour of fans has led to penalties and fines for the national team imposed by FIFA and UEFA. Certain disruptive behaviour is centered on ethno-nationalist racism and fascism stemming from the dissolution of Yugoslavia. The Croatian Football Federation has been fined £14,920 for fans' racist taunts against English striker Emile Heskey in 2010, 80,000 for a fan throwing a banana at Italian striker Mario Balotelli in 2012, €100,000 for inadvertently hosting a match against Italy with a faint swastika etched into the pitch in 2016, and $53,000 for a crowd of fans' anti-Serb taunts against Canadian keeper Milan Borjan in 2022. The team has been fined for similar incidents and received additional sanctions such as having to play matches without fans, including the October 2018 Nations League game against England. There have also been multiple acts of protest against the national team, in response to allegations of corruption within the Croatian Football Federation, and other fan disturbances.

Charity

To advance the team's charitable efforts manager Slaven Bilić established the Vatreno Srce (Fiery Heart) Foundation in 2010. The primary cause of the foundation is helping children. As of 2012, the foundation made fifty donations of 1,200,000 HRK to various children's organizations. In December 2012, the foundation made 500,000 HRK on an auction of Niko Kranjčar's shirt and Lionel Messi's shirt that was signed by all FC Barcelona players. The auction was organized in the Esplanade Zagreb Hotel and attended by President of Croatia Ivo Josipović. In November 2018, the players gathered in The Westin Hotel in Zagreb to answer fans' phonecalls, the proceeds of which were donated to the Vatreno Srce Foundation. In 2018, the foundation financed Children's Hospital Zagreb and Korak u Život (A Step Into Life), a charity that helps young children raised in orphanages make the transition into higher education. In November 2019, more than 500,000 HRK was collected in another call event that were then directed to Children's Hospital Kantrida. In March 2020, the players collectively donated 4,200,000 HRK for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and for repair of damage caused by the 2020 Zagreb earthquake.

Stadiums

The majority of Croatia's home matches take place at 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. It was one of two venues for Euro 1976, hosted by Yugoslavia, alongside Red Star Stadium in Belgrade. It has hosted national team games since Croatia's competitive home debut against Lithuania. The Croatian Football Federation previously agreed on extensive plans with the government to renovate the stadium and increase its forty-thousand seating capacity, the proposal was eventually rejected by Mayor of Zagreb Milan Bandić in 2008 due to construction costs.

Some home matches are occasionally played at other, smaller venues around the country. Stadion Poljud in Split has hosted some 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 Stadion Kantrida in Rijeka along with Stadion Gradski Vrt in Osijek and Stadion Varteks in Varaždin. These venues are less used due to their more remote locations and smaller seating capacity, with objections from local residents and some players. 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.

Stadium City / town Pld W D L Win % Last match hosted Map of the host cities
Stadion Maksimir  Zagreb &&&&&&&&&&&&&068.&&&&&068 &&&&&&&&&&&&&047.&&&&&047 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&069.10000069.1 2022
Stadion Poljud Split-Dalmatia County Split &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.20000022.2 2023
Stadion Gradski vrt Osijek-Baranja County Osijek &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&071.40000071.4 2022
Stadion Kantrida Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Rijeka &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&090.90000090.9 2011
Stadion Varteks Varaždin County Varaždin &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&062.50000062.5 2019
Stadion Rujevica Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Rijeka &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&071.40000071.4 2021
Stadion A. Drosina Istria County Pula &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&080.&&&&&080.0 2019
Stadion Koprivnica Koprivnica-Križevci County Koprivnica &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.00 2016
Stadion Cibalia Vukovar-Syrmia County Vinkovci &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.00 2009
Stadion Kranjčevićeva  Zagreb &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.00 1996
Stadion Šubićevac Šibenik-Knin County Šibenik &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.0 2003
Stadion Radnik Zagreb County Velika Gorica &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.0 2021
Stadion Pampas Osijek-Baranja County Osijek &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 !
Total 136 88 34 14 64.7% 2023

Last updated: Croatia vs. Wales, 25 March 2023
Statistics include only official matches recognized by HNS

Rivalries

ITA-CRO Euro 2012 (4)
Matches between Croatia and Italy are known as Adriatic Derbies as they are separated by the Adriatic Sea. Pictured: An Adriatic Derby at Euro 2012.
  • Croatia vs. Italy: Matches with Italy are known as the Adriatic Derby (Croatian: Jadranski derbi, Italian: Derby Adriatico) named after the Adriatic Sea that separates the two nations. Croatia has never lost against Italy, with most fixtures played in qualifications and at tournament. The two sides have competed in the qualifiers and group stages of Euro 1996, Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 with multiple incidences of crowd trouble and flares being thrown onto the pitch. They have only met at the 2002 World Cup, in a group stage match where Croatia came from behind to beat Italy 2–1, after two Italian goals were controversially disallowed. This rivalry can be confused with the similarly named Adriatic derby between Croatian clubs Hajduk and Rijeka.
  • Croatia vs. Serbia: Matches with Serbia developed into a formal rivalry following the Croatian War of Independence. Football games with the two sides are politically charged and have been known to devolve into crowd trouble with flare disturbances, and fan riots, such as the 1990 Dinamo–Red Star riot in Zagreb. Due to its history and link to national identity, it has been described as one as one of the "fiercest rivalries in the world" by CNN. Enhanced security protocols and travel restrictions are instated during matches against Serbia.
  • Croatia vs. France: Matches with France became competitive and evolved into a rivalry during the 1990s. During the 1998 World Cup, France beat Croatia in the semi-finals, eventually winning the tournament while Croatia placed third. The two sides contested the 2018 World Cup Final, where France prevailed again and Croatia took second place. France was undefeated against Croatia until 2022, when the Croatians shut them out of the 2023 Nations League finals.
  • Croatia vs. England: Matches with England turned into a rivalry in 2006 when the Croatians shut the English out of Euro 2008. The rivalry intensified in 2008 and 2009 after England beat them 4–1 in Zagreb and 5–1 in London, delivering Croatia's then-heaviest loss, and ending a 14-year unbeaten home record, respectively. This disqualified Croatia from the 2010 World Cup. Croatia knocked them out of the 2018 World Cup in the semi-finals, after England's publicized "It's Coming Home" campaign. The rivalry has been described as "England's major international rivalry of the 21st Century" by the Evening Standard.

Results and fixtures

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

      Win       Draw       Loss       Fixture

2022

2023

Coaching staff

Zlatko Dalić Croatia
Manager Zlatko Dalić, 2018
Position Name
Head coach Croatia Zlatko Dalić
Assistant coaches Croatia Ivica Olić
Croatia Vedran Ćorluka
Croatia Mario Mandžukić
Goalkeeping coach Croatia Marjan Mrmić
Fitness coach Croatia Luka Milanović
Croatia Marin Dadić
Analyst Croatia Dražen Ladić
Video analyst Scotland Marc Rochon
Scouts Croatia Nikola Jerkan
Croatia Ognjen Vukojević
Physiotherapists Croatia Nenad Krošnjar
Kosovo Nderim Redžaj
Croatia Goran Beloglavec
Croatia Miroslav Jamnić
Croatia Neven Golubar
Doctors Croatia Saša Janković
Croatia Eduard Rod
Croatia Tomislav Vlahović
Technical director Croatia Stipe Pletikosa
Team manager Croatia Iva Olivari
Security officer Croatia Miroslav Marković
Media officer Croatia Tomislav Pacak
Chef Croatia Tomica Đukić
Kit men Croatia Mladen Pilčić
Croatia Goran Vincek
Croatia Dennis Lukančić

Coaching history

The following table provides a summary of the complete record of each Croatia manager's results in the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship.

Manager Period Pld W D L Win % Tournament
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Jakopić, JozoJozo Jakopić 1940–1941 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050.00
Independent State of Croatia Hitrec, RudolfRudolf Hitrec 1941 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
Independent State of Croatia Cuvaj, BogdanBogdan Cuvaj 1941–1943 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&046.15000046.15
Independent State of Croatia Hügl, BernardBernard Hügl 1943–1945 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Cuvaj, BogdanBogdan Cuvaj 1956 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
Croatia Jerković, DražanDražan Jerković 1990–1991 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
Croatia Poklepović, StankoStanko Poklepović 1992 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
Croatia Marković, VlatkoVlatko Marković 1993–1994 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
Croatia Blažević, MiroslavMiroslav Blažević 1994–2000 &&&&&&&&&&&&&072.&&&&&072 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.&&&&&033 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&045.83000045.83 Symbol confirmed.svg 1996 European Championship – Quarter-finals
Symbol confirmed.svg 1998 World Cup – Third place
Symbol delete vote.svg 2000 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Croatia Ivić, TomislavTomislav Ivić (c) 1994 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
Croatia Jozić, MirkoMirko Jozić 2000–2002 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050.00 Symbol confirmed.svg 2002 World Cup – Group stage
Croatia Barić, OttoOtto Barić 2002–2004 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&045.83000045.83 Symbol confirmed.svg 2004 European Championship – Group stage
Croatia Kranjčar, ZlatkoZlatko Kranjčar 2004–2006 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.&&&&&044.00 Symbol confirmed.svg 2006 World Cup – Group stage
Croatia Bilić, SlavenSlaven Bilić 2006–2012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&065.&&&&&065 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.&&&&&042 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&064.62000064.62 Symbol confirmed.svg 2008 European Championship – Quarter-finals
Symbol delete vote.svg 2010 World Cup – Failed to qualify
Symbol confirmed.svg 2012 European Championship – Group stage
Croatia Štimac, IgorIgor Štimac 2012–2013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&053.33000053.33
Croatia Kovač, NikoNiko Kovač 2013–2015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&019.&&&&&019 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&052.63000052.63 Symbol confirmed.svg 2014 World Cup – Group stage
Croatia CzaczicAnte Čačić 2015–2017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&060.&&&&&060.00 Symbol confirmed.svg 2016 European Championship – Round of 16
Croatia Dalić, ZlatkoZlatko Dalić 2017– &&&&&&&&&&&&&074.&&&&&074 &&&&&&&&&&&&&036.&&&&&036 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&048.65000048.65 Symbol confirmed.svg 2018 World Cup – Runners-up
Symbol confirmed.svg 2020 European Championship – Round of 16
Symbol confirmed.svg 2022 World Cup – Third place
Total 366 191 99 76 52.19% 13 out of 14

Last updated: Croatia vs. Spain, 18 June 2023. Source: Croatian Football Federation

Players

Current squad

The following squad was named for the 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Dominik Livaković (1995-01-09) 9 January 1995 (age 29) 45 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
12 1GK Nediljko Labrović (1999-10-10) 10 October 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Croatia Rijeka
23 1GK Ivica Ivušić (1995-02-01) 1 February 1995 (age 29) 5 0 Cyprus Pafos

2 2DF Josip Stanišić (2000-04-02) 2 April 2000 (age 23) 11 0 Germany Bayern Munich
3 2DF Borna Barišić (1992-11-10) 10 November 1992 (age 31) 31 1 Scotland Rangers
5 2DF Martin Erlić (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 26) 6 0 Italy Sassuolo
6 2DF Josip Šutalo (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 23) 8 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
19 2DF Borna Sosa (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 26) 14 1 Germany VfB Stuttgart
21 2DF Domagoj Vida (vice-captain) (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 34) 101 4 Greece AEK Athens
22 2DF Josip Juranović (1995-08-16) 16 August 1995 (age 28) 31 0 Germany Union Berlin

7 3MF Lovro Majer (1998-01-17) 17 January 1998 (age 26) 22 4 France Rennes
8 3MF Mateo Kovačić (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 29) 95 5 England Chelsea
10 3MF Luka Modrić (captain) (1985-09-09) 9 September 1985 (age 38) 166 24 Spain Real Madrid
11 3MF Marcelo Brozović (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 31) 87 7 Italy Inter Milan
13 3MF Nikola Vlašić (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 26) 51 7 Italy Torino
14 3MF Ivan Perišić (1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 35) 127 33 England Tottenham Hotspur
15 3MF Mario Pašalić (1995-02-09) 9 February 1995 (age 29) 54 8 Italy Atalanta
16 3MF Luka Ivanušec (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 25) 14 1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb

9 4FW Andrej Kramarić (1991-06-19) 19 June 1991 (age 32) 85 24 Germany 1899 Hoffenheim
17 4FW Bruno Petković (1994-09-16) 16 September 1994 (age 29) 31 8 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
18 4FW Petar Musa (1998-03-04) 4 March 1998 (age 25) 2 0 Portugal Benfica
20 4FW Dion Drena Beljo (2002-03-01) 1 March 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Germany FC Augsburg

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up to the squad in the last 12 months.


Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ivo Grbić (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 28) 2 0 Spain Atlético Madrid 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals PRE
GK Dominik Kotarski U21 (2000-02-10) 10 February 2000 (age 24) 0 0 Greece PAOK 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
GK Lovre Kalinić INJ (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 33) 19 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v.  Austria, 25 September 2022

DF Joško Gvardiol INJ (2002-01-23) 23 January 2002 (age 22) 21 2 Germany RB Leipzig 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals
DF Duje Ćaleta-Car (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 27) 23 1 England Southampton 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals PRE
DF Filip Uremović (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 27) 6 0 Germany Hertha BSC 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals PRE
DF Dejan Lovren RET (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 34) 78 5 France Lyon 2022 FIFA World Cup
DF Marin Pongračić (1997-09-11) 11 September 1997 (age 26) 5 0 Italy Lecce 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE

MF Nikola Moro (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 25) 1 0 Italy Bologna 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals PRE
MF Luka Sučić INJ (2002-09-08) 8 September 2002 (age 21) 4 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Wales, 25 March 2023
MF Kristijan Jakić (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 26) 5 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt v.  Wales, 25 March 2023 PRE
MF Josip Mišić (1994-06-28) 28 June 1994 (age 29) 2 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE

FW Marko Livaja WD (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 30) 21 4 Croatia Hajduk Split 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals
FW Josip Brekalo (1998-06-23) 23 June 1998 (age 25) 33 4 Italy Fiorentina 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals PRE
FW Mislav Oršić (1992-12-29) 29 December 1992 (age 31) 27 2 England Southampton 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals PRE
FW Matija Frigan (2003-02-11) 11 February 2003 (age 21) 0 0 Croatia Rijeka 2023 UEFA Nations League Finals PRE
FW Dario Špikić (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb v.  Wales, 25 March 2023 PRE
FW Ante Budimir (1991-07-22) 22 July 1991 (age 32) 17 1 Spain Osasuna 2022 FIFA World Cup
FW Antonio Čolak (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 30) 3 0 Scotland Rangers 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE

  • INJ = Injured or ill.
  • WD = Withdrew.
  • SUS = Suspended from participating.
  • RET = Retired after latest call-up.
  • U21 = Joined the Croatia U21 team instead.
  • PRE = Preliminary squad.

Individual records

Players in bold are still active with Croatia.

Most capped players

ISL-HRV (7)
Luka Modrić is Croatia's most capped player.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1 Luka Modrić 166 24 2006–present
2 Darijo Srna 134 22 2002–2016
3 Ivan Perišić 127 33 2011–present
4 Stipe Pletikosa 114 0 1999–2014
5 Ivan Rakitić 106 15 2007–2019
6 Josip Šimunić 105 3 2001–2013
7 Ivica Olić 104 20 2002–2015
8 Vedran Ćorluka 103 4 2006–2018
9 Domagoj Vida 101 4 2010–present
10 Dario Šimić 100 3 1996–2008

Surpassing Robert Jarni's previous record of 81 appearances, Dario Šimić was the first player to reach 100 appearances, doing so before his retirement in 2008. Darijo Srna, Josip Šimunić and Stipe Pletikosa collectively reached their 100th cap in February 2013. Srna was the most capped player from 2016 to 2021, with 134 appearances. He was surpassed by Luka Modrić in 2021.

The youngest player to play for Croatia is Alen Halilović (aged 16 years, 11 months and 23 days), while the oldest is Luka Modrić (37 years, 9 months and 9 days).

Top goalscorers

Davor Šuker 300x450px
Davor Šuker, Croatia's top goalscorer, 2008
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Davor Šuker 45 69 0.65 1991–2002
2 Mario Mandžukić 33 89 0.37 2007–2018
Ivan Perišić 127 0.26 2011–present
4 Eduardo da Silva 29 64 0.45 2004–2014
5 Andrej Kramarić 24 85 0.28 2014–present
Luka Modrić 166 0.14 2006–present
7 Darijo Srna 22 134 0.16 2002–2016
8 Ivica Olić 20 104 0.19 2002–2015
9 Niko Kranjčar 16 81 0.2 2004–2013
10 Nikola Kalinić 15 42 0.36 2008–2018
Goran Vlaović 51 0.29 1992–2002
Ivan Rakitić 106 0.14 2007–2019

Davor Šuker is Croatia's highest goalscorer with a record 45 international goals from 1991 to 2002.

The team's youngest goalscorer is Luka Ivanušec (aged 18 years, 1 month and 19 days).

Most clean sheets

Stipe Pletikosa 2014
Stipe Pletikosa, Croatia's record holder in most clean sheets, 2014
Rank Player Clean sheets Caps Ratio Career
1 Stipe Pletikosa 54 114 0.47 1999–2014
2 Dražen Ladić 26 59 0.44 1990–2000
3 Danijel Subašić 24 44 0.55 2009–2018
4 Tomislav Butina 15 28 0.54 2001–2006
5 Dominik Livaković 14 45 0.31 2017–present
6 Vedran Runje 9 22 0.41 2006–2011
7 Tonči Gabrić 5 9 0.56 1990–1997
Marjan Mrmić 13 0.38 1995–1999
9 Lovre Kalinić 4 19 0.21 2014–present
10 Ivan Vargić 3 3 1 2014–2016
Joey Didulica 4 0.75 2004–2006
Ivica Ivušić 5 0.6 2021–present

Competitive record

     Champions  
     Runners-up  
     Third place  
  Tournament played fully or partially on home soil  

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Kingdom of Italy 1934
French Third Republic 1938
Fourth Brazilian Republic 1950 Part of  Yugoslavia
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Not a FIFA member
France 1998 Third place 3rd 7 5 0 2 11 5 Squad 2ndOFF 10 5 4 1 20 13
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 23rd 3 1 0 2 2 3 Squad 1st 8 5 3 0 15 2
Germany 2006 Group stage 22nd 3 0 2 1 2 3 Squad 1st 10 7 3 0 21 5
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 3rd 10 6 2 2 19 13
Brazil 2014 Group stage 19th 3 1 0 2 6 6 Squad 2ndOFF 12 6 3 3 14 9
Russia 2018 Runners-up 2nd 7 4 2 1 14 9 Squad 2ndOFF 12 7 3 2 19 5
Qatar 2022 Third place 3rd 7 2 4 1 8 7 Squad 1st 10 7 2 1 21 4
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Runners-up 6/22 30 13 8 9 43 33
6/7 72 43 20 9 129 51

Draws include knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out; correct as of 17 December 2022 after the match against  Morocco.

Matches
First match  Croatia 3–1 Jamaica 
(Lens, France; 14 June 1998)
Biggest win  Croatia 4–0 Cameroon 
(Manaus, Brazil; 18 June 2014)
Biggest defeat  Argentina 3–0 Croatia 
(Lusail, Qatar; 13 December 2022)

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Part of  Yugoslavia
Francoist Spain 1964
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976
Italy 1980
France 1984
West Germany 1988
Sweden 1992
England 1996 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 5 5 Squad 1st 10 7 2 1 22 5
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Did not qualify 3rd 8 4 3 1 13 9
Portugal 2004 Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 4 6 Squad 2ndOFF 10 6 2 2 14 5
Austria Switzerland 2008 Quarter-finals 5th 4 3 1 0 5 2 Squad 1st 12 9 2 1 28 8
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 4 3 Squad 2ndOFF 12 8 2 2 21 7
France 2016 Round of 16 9th 4 2 1 1 5 4 Squad 2nd 10 6 3 1 20 5
Europe 2020 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 7 8 Squad 1st 8 5 2 1 17 7
Germany 2024 To be determined 1st 2 1 1 0 3 1
Total Quarter-finals 6/16 22 9 6 7 30 28
6/7 72 46 17 9 138 47

Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 28 March 2023 after the match against  Turkey.

Matches
First match  Croatia 1–0 Turkey 
(Nottingham, England; 11 June 1996)
Biggest win  Croatia 3–0 Denmark 
(Sheffield, England; 16 June 1996)
Biggest defeat  Portugal 3–0 Croatia 
(Nottingham, England; 19 June 1996)

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League Finals record
Season LG GP Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK Year Round Pld W D L GF GA Squad
2018–19 A 4 3rd 4 1 1 2 4 10 Same position 9th Portugal 2019 Did not qualify
2020–21 A 3 3rd 6 1 0 5 9 16 Same position 12th Italy 2021
2022–23 A 1 1st 6 4 1 1 8 6 Same position 2nd Netherlands 2023 Runners-up 2 1 1 0 4 2 Squad
2024–25 A To be determined 2025 To be determined
Total 16 6 2 8 21 32 2nd Total 1/3 2 1 1 0 4 2

Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 18 June 2023 after the match against  Spain.

Matches
First match  Spain 6–0 Croatia 
(Elche, Spain; 11 September 2018)
Biggest win  Austria 1–3 Croatia 
(Vienna, Austria; 25 September 2022)
 Netherlands 2–4 Croatia 
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 14 June 2023)
Biggest defeat  Spain 6–0 Croatia 
(Elche, Spain; 11 September 2018)

Other

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Morocco 1996 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Champions 1st 2 0 2 0 3 3
Japan 1997 Kirin Cup Runners-up 2nd 2 0 1 1 4 5
South Korea 1999 Korea Cup Champions 1st 3 1 2 0 5 4
Hong Kong 2006 Lunar New Year Cup Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 4 2
China 2017 China Cup Fourth place 4th 2 0 2 0 2 2
Total 2 Titles 5/5 11 2 7 2 18 16

Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 14 January 2017 after the match against  China.

Head-to-head record

Key

     More wins than losses      As many wins as losses      Fewer wins than losses Correct as of 18 June 2023, after the match against  Spain.

Pre-independence
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Bulgaria &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Germany &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 −10 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Hungary &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 −1 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Italy &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 −4 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Romania &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 +0 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Slovakia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 +16 &&&&&&&&&&&&&085.71000085.71
 Switzerland &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 −1 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
Total: 7 teams played &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&036.&&&&&036 &&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&&043.75000043.75
Post-independence
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
 Andorra &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +24 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Argentina &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 −1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.33000033.33
 Armenia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +0 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Australia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +5 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.33000033.33
 Austria &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&&085.71000085.71
 Azerbaijan &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 +7 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050.00
 Belarus &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Belgium &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.33000033.33
 Bosnia and Herzegovina &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&014.&&&&&014 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +8 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Brazil &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 −5 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Bulgaria &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&&062.50000062.50
 Cameroon &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Canada &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Chile &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +0 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 China &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +0 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Cyprus &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Czech Republic &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
 Denmark &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050.00
 Ecuador &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 −1 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Egypt &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 +0 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 England &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 −9 &&&&&&&&&&&&&027.27000027.27
 Estonia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.&&&&&016 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 +11 &&&&&&&&&&&&&066.67000066.67
 Finland &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050.00
 France &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 −10 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010.00
 Georgia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&066.67000066.67
 Germany &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&&040.&&&&&040.00
 Gibraltar &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Greece &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
 Hong Kong &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Hungary &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&017.&&&&&017 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 +10 &&&&&&&&&&&&&044.44000044.44
 Iceland &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&013.&&&&&013 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 +10 &&&&&&&&&&&&&071.43000071.43
 Iran &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050.00
 Israel &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&022.&&&&&022 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 +14 &&&&&&&&&&&&&088.89000088.89
 Italy &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&&037.50000037.50
 Jamaica &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Japan &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 +0 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
 Jordan &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Kazakhstan &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Kosovo &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +7 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Latvia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +9 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Liechtenstein &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Lithuania &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050.00
 Macedonia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&&062.50000062.50
 Mali &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Malta &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&029.&&&&&029 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 +24 &&&&&&&&&&&&&090.&&&&&090.00
 Mexico &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&&066.67000066.67
 Moldova &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Morocco &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.33000033.33
 Netherlands &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +0 &&&&&&&&&&&&&066.67000066.67
 Nigeria &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Northern Ireland &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Norway &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&&060.&&&&&060.00
 Peru &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 −2 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Poland &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&&060.&&&&&060.00
 Portugal &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 −11 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Qatar &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Republic of Ireland &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 +0 &&&&&&&&&&&&&028.57000028.57
 Romania &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Russia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 +3 &&&&&&&&&&&&&033.33000033.33
 San Marino &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +18 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Saudi Arabia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Scotland &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 −1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&016.67000016.67
 Senegal &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100.000
 Serbia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 +2 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
 Slovakia &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 +7 &&&&&&&&&&&&&050.&&&&&050.00
 Slovenia &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 +10 &&&&&&&&&&&&&058.33000058.33
 South Korea &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 +4 &&&&&&&&&&&&&042.86000042.86
 Spain &&&&&&&&&&&&&010.&&&&&010 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&012.&&&&&012 &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 −8 &&&&&&&&&&&&&030.&&&&&030.00
 Sweden &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&08.&&&&&08 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 +1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&066.67000066.67
 Switzerland &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 −1 &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025.00
 Tunisia &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 −1 &0&&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00.00
 Turkey &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&&036.36000036.36
 Ukraine &&&&&&&&&&&&&&09.&&&&&09 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 &&&&&&&&&&&&&015.&&&&&015 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 +10 &&&&&&&&&&&&&055.56000055.56
 Wales &&&&&&&&&&&&&&07.&&&&&07 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&04.&&&&&04 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&03.&&&&&03 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&00.&&&&&00 &&&&&&&&&&&&&011.&&&&&011 &&&&&&&&&&&&&&05.&&&&&05 +6 &&&&&&&&&&&&&057.14000057.14
Total: 74 teams played &&&&&&&&&&&&0344.&&&&&0344 &&&&&&&&&&&&0179.&&&&&0179 &&&&&&&&&&&&&095.&&&&&095 &&&&&&&&&&&&&070.&&&&&070 &&&&&&&&&&&&0581.&&&&&0581 &&&&&&&&&&&&0336.&&&&&0336 +245 &&&&&&&&&&&&&052.&3000052.03
Croatia total: 74 teams played &&&&&&&&&&&&0360.&&&&&0360 &&&&&&&&&&&&0186.&&&&&0186 &&&&&&&&&&&&&098.&&&&&098 &&&&&&&&&&&&&076.&&&&&076 &&&&&&&&&&&&0617.&&&&&0617 &&&&&&&&&&&&0366.&&&&&0366 +251 &&&&&&&&&&&&&051.67000051.67

FIFA ranking history

The following is a chart of yearly averages of Croatia's FIFA World Ranking. Upon admission to FIFA in 1994, Croatia entered the World Ranking at 125th. Their debut World Cup campaign, during 1998, propelled Croatia to third place after the tournament, marking the fastest, most volatile ascension in FIFA ranking history. It hit a then-record Elo rating of 2,006 points on July 1998 and maintained third place until February 1999. The national team recorded its highest Elo rating in June 2023 with 2,012 points. With an average Elo rating of 1,877 points, Croatia maintains the sixth-highest average rating in the world. They are one of three teams—along with Colombia and France—to be named FIFA Best Mover of the Year more than once, winning the award in 1994 and 1998.


Honours

Major

2 Runners-up: 2018
3 Third place: 1998, 2022
2 Runners-up: 2022–23

Minor

  • Hassan II Trophy
1 Champions: 1996
  • Kirin Cup Soccer
2 Runners-up: 1997
  • Korea Cup
1 Champions: 1999
  • 2006 Lunar New Year Cup
3 Third place: 2006

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Selección de fútbol de Croacia para niños

Black History Month on Kiddle
Renowned African-American Artists:
Kyle Baker
Joseph Yoakum
Laura Wheeler Waring
Henry Ossawa Tanner
kids search engine
Croatia national football team Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.