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Date of Founding: June 13, 1912 (founding of the Croatian Football Association) and July 3, 1992 (Croatian team gains admission to FIFA after Croatia’s independence from Yugoslavia)
Notable World Cup Performances: 3rd Place in 1998 and 2nd Place in 2018
Current Team Captain: Luka Modrić
Current Head Coach: Zlatko Dalić
Croatia National Soccer Team TicketsAs a tiny country of just over four million people that has been driven by bloody and horrific conflicts in its recent history, Croatia’s consistently exemplary performance in international soccer has been nothing short of miraculous. Boasting a list of impressive and technically sophisticated players like Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić and Ivan Rakitić, the team has always punched far above its weight on the international circuit. Even those who did not normally follow the team were impressed by its inspiring second place finish in 2018’s World Cup. Soccer has long been an important part of the small former Yugoslav republic’s culture, and the Vatreni (or, "The Blazers"), as they are known back home, have consistently remained one of the beautiful game’s superpowers. Join the legions of passionate soccer fans worldwide and buy your Croatia National Soccer Team tickets at StubHub today.
Which players have formed the Croatian National Team’s starting eleven in recent games?At a recent international friendly match between Croatia and Georgia, the Croatian National Soccer Team started with the following players: goalkeeper Lovre Kalinić (who was substituted later for Simon Sluga); defenders Karlo Bartolec and Tin Jedvaj (both later substituted for Josip Juranović and Dulje Caleta-Car, respectively); midfielders Milan Badelj, Mateo Kovačić (later substituted by Nikola Vlašić), Mislav Oršić (later substituted by Marko Rog), Mario Pašalić and Mile Škorić; Dario Melnjak doing double duty as both a defender and a midfielder and forwards Ante Rebić and Ivan Perišić. Perišić would double as both a midfielder and a forward. In the absence of usual captain Luka Modrić, he also wore the captain’s armband that night.
What are some recent games involving the Croatian National Soccer Team?In the lead to UEFA Euro 2020, the Croatian National Team has been involved in a large number of qualifying games against other European teams, including Wales, whom Croatia defeated 2-1 on June 8, 2019; Slovakia, whom it also defeated 4-0 on September 6, 2019; Azerbaijan, whom it drew 1-1 on September 9, 2019 and Hungary, whom it defeated 3-0 on October 10, 2019. Croatia then drew Wales 1-1 when the two teams played again on October 13, 2019; beat Slovakia 3-1 on November 16, 2019; and beat Georgia 2-1 on November 19, 2019.
What are some of the future games in which the Croatian National Soccer Team will be involved?As part of the UEFA Euro Cup 2020’s Group Stage, Croatia will be set to play against England on June 14, 2020. Five days later, on June 19, 2020, the Croatian National Team will also play against the Czech Republic as part of the same tournament.
Which venues have been the site of some important games involving the Croatian National Soccer Team, and where is the team known to play often?On July 11, 1998, what has since become known as Croatia’s "Bronze Generation" of players was able to cap off a stunning performance in the World Cup. That was the day when Croatia reached the 1998 World Cup’s third place match, where it defeated the Netherlands 2-1. The game took place at the Parc des Princes in Paris. Until July 15, 2018, this was widely considered to be the most important game in the history of the Croatian National Soccer Team. On that day, all of that changed. Just over 20 years after reaching the third place match, the team was able to reach the World Cup Final for the first — and thus far, only — time when it played against the French national team at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The team has all played at many other venues around the world like Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales; the Groupama Arena in Budapest, Hungary; the Stadion HNK Rijeka in Rijeka, Croatia and the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, Croatia.
What are some other teams and soccer events that fans of the Croatian National Team may be interested in checking out?With the UEFA Euro Cup 2020 as the next major upcoming international soccer tournament, it’s what all soccer fans around the world will be watching. StubHub can help you get tickets to the games of your choice. Not only has Croatia qualified for the tournament but so have other European powerhouse teams like England, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Portugal and Spain.
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