Euro 2016 - Croatia team profile

Croatia qualified for the fourth consecutive time to the final tournament of European Championship. They will face Czech Republic, Spain and Turkey.

Brief History at the Euros

Until 1992 Croatia was part of Yugoslavia. FIFA and UEFA considers Serbia as successor of Yugoslavia so we will cover another time the performances of Yugoslavia. Let's take a look at the performances obtained by Croatia as an independent country.

The first European Championship after Yugoslavia's breakup was in 1996, Croatia qualified finishing first in their qualification group. At the final tournament they were placed in a group with Portugal, Denmark and Turkey. Croatia finished second, winning the games against Turkey 1-0 and Denmark 2-0 and losing the last game against Portugal 0-3.

They reached the quarter-final but they lost against Germany 1-2 and they left the competition.

In 2000 Croatia didn't qualify for the final tourmanent finishing the qualification group third place. They did qualify again for the 2004 Championship held in Portugal. They finished third in a group with England, France and Switzerland, drawing the first two games, 0-0 with Switzerland and 2-2 with France, and they lost the last game 2-4 against England, which meant they were eliminated from the competition.

In 2008 the Championship was held in Austria and Switzerland, Croatia not only qualified but started perfectly the competition winning all three games in their group, 1-0 against the home side Austria, 2-1 against Germany and 1-0 against Poland. They advanced to the knockout stage, in the quarter-final they faced Turkey and after extra time the score was 1-1 so the penalty shoot-out decided who will go in the semi-final. Turkey won 3-1 and Croatia was eliminated again in the quarter-final.

In 2012 Croatia was placed in a tough group with Spain, Italy and Republic of Ireland. They finished third, winning the first game against Ireland 3-1, drawing with Italy 1-1 and losing to Spain 0-1, which meant they were eliminated from the competition.

Croatia road to Euro 2016

Croatia was part of group H along with Italy, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Malta. They finished second place three points behind first placed Italy. They accumulated 21 points winning six games, drawing three and losing one in their group.

The complete table:

# Team MP W D L GF GA +/- Pts
1 Italy
10 7 3 0 16 7 +9 24
2 Croatia
10 6 3 1 21 5 +15 20
3 Norway
10 6 1 3 13 10 +3 19
4 Bulgaria
10 3 2 5 9 12 -3 11
5 Azerbaijan
10 1 3 6 7 18 -11 6
6 Malta
10 0 2 8 3 16 -13 2

The results obtained by Croatia:

Home Result Away
2 - 0 Malta
0 - 1 Croatia
6 - 0 Azerbaijan
1 - 1 Croatia
5 - 1 Norway
1 - 1 Italy
0 - 0 Croatia
2 - 0 Croatia
3 - 0 Bulgaria
0 - 1 Croatia

The second place meant that Croatia qualified automatically to the final tourament held in France

Croatia Euro 2016 squad and group

(Confirmed 23-man squad)

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Strinic (Napoli), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Marko Rog, Ante Coric (All Dinamo Zagreb)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca, Duje Cop (Both Dinamo Zagreb), Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City)

Croatia is part of group D at the European Championship. They will face Czech Republic, Spain and Turkey.

Group D
Czech Rep.

Croatia will play against Turkey in the first round, the last times the two teams met were in the 2011 in the Euro 2012 qualifiers the first game finished 3-0 for Croatia and the second one was a 0-0 draw.

The second game will be against Czech Republic. The last time the two teams met was in 2011 in an international friendly the game finished 4-2 for Croatia.

Their third game will be with Spain. The last time the two teams met was in 2012 at the European Championship, Spain won 0-1.

Croatia All Time Records

The top 5 players with the most appearances:

# Name Career C
1 Darijo Srna 2002–pres. 130
2 Stipe Pletikosa 1999–2014 114
3 Josip Šimunić 2001–2013 105
4 Ivica Olić 2002–2015 104
5 Dario Šimić 1996–2008 100

The top 5 players with the most goals:

# Name Career G
1 Davor Šuker 1991–2002 45
2 Eduardo da Silva 2004–2014 29
3 Mario Mandžukić 2007–pres. 24
4 Darijo Srna 2002–pres. 22
5 Ivica Olić 2002–2015 20

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