Croatia

Croatia

FIFA Ranking: 20th
The Croatia national football team represents Croatia in international football. The team is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation, the nation's governing body of football. A FIFA-sanctioned national side previously represented the short-lived Banovina of Croatia and Independent State of Croatia in nineteen friendly matches between 1940 and 1944. This team was dissolved in 1945 as Croatia became a constituent federal republic of SFR Yugoslavia and was thus ineligible to field a separate team for competitive matches. Up until 1990, local players instead played for the Yugoslavia national football team.

The modern Croatian team was formed in 1990, shortly before the nation's independence from Yugoslavia, and by 1993 was recognized by both FIFA and UEFA. The team played its first competitive matches in the successful qualifying campaign for Euro 1996, leading to its first appearance at a major tournament. In Croatia's FIFA World Cup debut in 1998 the team finished third and provided the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker. Since becoming eligible to compete in international tournaments, Croatia has failed to qualify for only one World Cup and one European Championship .

Most home matches are played at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, with some fixtures also taking place at the Poljud Stadium in Split or at other smaller venues, such as Kantrida Stadium in Rijeka or Gradski Vrt in Osijek. The team was undefeated in its first 36 competitive home matches at Maksimir, the run ending with a heavy defeat to England in September 2008. The team's traditional nickname is Vatreni .

Croatia was named FIFA's 'Best Mover of the Year' in 1994 and 1998, the only team—along with Colombia—to win the award more than once. 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. Description provided by Wikipedia

The Croatia Squad

1. Ivan Rakitić Croatia 16.5m fans 858.5
2. Luka Modrić Croatia 8.9m fans 841.0
3. Mateo Kovačić Croatia 6.1m fans 836.8
4. Dejan Lovren Croatia 2.5m fans 816.0
5. Mario Mandžukić Croatia 4.8m fans 799.3
6. Ivan Perišić Croatia 1.6m fans 722.5
7. Marko Pjaca Croatia 1.1m fans 679.4
8. Marcelo Brozović Croatia 779.0k fans 642.8
9. Danijel Subašić Croatia 551.2k fans 600.4
10. Ante Rebić Croatia 557.8k fans 574.8
11. Vedran Ćorluka Croatia 416.1k fans 563.8
12. Andrej Kramarić Croatia 397.7k fans 555.1
13. Domagoj Vida Croatia 296.4k fans 498.0
14. Nikola Kalinić Croatia 277.6k fans 489.2
15. Lovre Kalinić Croatia 195.5k fans 449.0
16. Josip Pivarić Croatia 162.9k fans 427.8
17. Tin Jedvaj Croatia 127.9k fans 394.2
18. Dominik Livaković Croatia 126.9k fans 392.0
19. Duje Caleta-Car Croatia 97.5k fans 356.1
20. Filip Bradarić Croatia 44.8k fans 270.6
21. Šime Vrsaljko Croatia 31.3k fans 262.6
22. Milan Badelj Croatia No fans 174.8
23. Ivan Strinić Croatia 3.2k fans 122.2

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