In 1990 the modern Croatian football team was formed and had gained membership of FIFA and UEFA by 1993.Their first competitive appearance was UEFA Euro 1996 and their World Cup debut was in 1998 FIFA World Cup. In debut FIFA World Cup the Croatian team finished third and had the tournament’s leading scorer, DAVOR SUKER. Despite eligible for any international competition, Croatia has failed to qualify for FIFA World Cup 2010 and European championship in 2000. The European Nation, currently ranked 17th in the FIFA world rankings, was selected for four times to play FIFA World Cup in the year 1998, 2000, 2006, and 2014. The nation’s extraordinary performance came in their debut FIFA World Cup in the year 1998 where they finished third.
World Cup Qualifier Europe
The World Cup qualifier in Europe selects 14 countries for the FIFA World Cup and for 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia qualifies for being a host country. 52 countries who are the members of FIFA from Europe go for the preliminary competition where those 5 countries were divided into 9 groups in which 7 groups contain 6 teams and rest of the two groups contain only 5 teams. England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Spain are placed in a group containing 6 teams. Winners from each group qualify automatically and the eight best runners-up go for the playoffs from which 4 teams are selected. Thus, in this way, the Europe qualifier selects 14 nations for the FIFA World Cup.
Croatia finished second in group I with 6 wins in a total of 10 games and advanced to the second round. Croatia faced Greece in the second round where Croatia won 4-1 against Greece in the home of Croatia and Croatia played a draw against Greece in away match. Captain of the Croatian’s team Luka Modric scored penalty just in 13 minutes, and Nikola Kalinic, Ivan Perisic, Andrej Kramaric scored the net to seal the victory against Greece.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group D
The Fixtures for Croatia in Group Stage are:
Players to watch:
Ivan Perisic Luka Modric Ivan Rakitic
Coach: Zlatko Dalic