CROATIA – Croatia’s Dalic mixes youth and experience in bid for World Cup success

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Coach: Zlatko Dalić

Age : 56 Years   Croatia
Appointed : Oct 7, 2017

Croatia finished runners-up at Russia 2018

They play Morocco, Canada and Belgium in Group F at Qatar 2022

Luka Modric remains their star performer, and captain

Croatia’s Group F fixtures

Morocco vs Croatia 23 November, 11:00 (local time)

Croatia vs Canada 27 November, 17:00 (local time)

Croatia vs Belgium 1 December, 16:00 (local time)

FIFA Ranking: 12

Odds: 50-1

Previous tournaments

Croatia have appeared at five World Cups since breaking away from the former Yugoslavia in 1991, starting in 1998 in France and since then only missing out on South Africa 2010. They reached the 2018 final in Russia, beating England in the last four before losing 4-2 to France in Moscow. In 1998 they reached the semis and finished third after a 2-1 win over Netherlands in the playoff.

How they qualified

Croatia lost their opening qualifying game away to Slovenia in March 2021 but went on to win seven and draw two, conceding a total of only four goals. They clinched top spot, and automatic qualification for Qatar, by beating Russia 1-0 in their final group game last November thanks to a late own goal by defender Fedor Kudryashov.

Form guide

Croatia followed up their World Cup qualifying success by topping their Nations League group ahead of Denmark, France and Austria, winning four of their six games, drawing one and losing only once.

FIFA 2022 World Cup – Croatia squad

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković, Ivica Ivušić, Ivo Grbić

Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Borna Barišić, Josip Juranović, Joško Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Josip Stanišić, Martin Erlić, Josip Šutalo

Midfielders: Luka Modrić, Mateo Kovačić, Marcelo Brozović, Mario Pasalić, Nikola Vlašić, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakić, Luka Sučić

Forwards: Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Bruno Petković, Mislav Oršić, Ante Budimir, Marko Livaja