Croatia national football team

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The Croatia national football team (Hrvatska nogometna reprezentacija) represents Croatia in international football matches.wikipedia
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Sport in Croatia

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Football is widely supported throughout the country due to the ever-present popularity of the sport.
With the exception of the years during the World War TwoIndependent State of Croatia, Croatian club and national teams first represented the Republic of Croatia at the start of the 1990s, with the formation of the Croatian national football team and its first match against the United States in 1990.

Luka Modrić

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Captain Luka Modrić was awarded best player of the tournament for his performances, thus making him the first ever Croatian player to win the award.
Luka Modrić ( born 9 September 1985) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Croatia national team.

2018 FIFA World Cup Final

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Exactly twenty years later, under their second golden generation, Croatia reached the 2018 World Cup Final, securing second place after losing to France.
The match was played by France and Croatia, and held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

1998 FIFA World Cup

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In 1998, they competed in their first FIFA World Cup, finishing 3rd and providing the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker.
Croatia, Jamaica, Japan and South Africa made their first appearances in the finals.

Football in Croatia

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The team is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the governing body for football in Croatia.
Each article provides final league standings for that season, as well as details on cup results, Croatia national football team results, and a summary of any other important events during the season.

Croatian Football Federation

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The team is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the governing body for football in Croatia.
It is also responsible for appointing the management of the men's, women's and youth national football teams.

Croatia–Serbia football rivalry

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The national team is also known for some long-standing rivalries, such as the Derby Adriatico with Italy, or the politically-charged rivalry with Serbia, both of which have led to controversial or disruptive matches.
The rivalry between Croatia and Serbia is a competitive sports rivalry that exists between the national football teams of the two countries, as well as their respective sets of fans.

Davor Šuker

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In 1998, they competed in their first FIFA World Cup, finishing 3rd and providing the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker. Croatia won 3–0 with goals from Robert Jarni, Goran Vlaović and Davor Šuker, all after Christian Wörns had been sent off.
Šuker is also Croatia's all-time top scorer with 45 goals altogether.

1990 Croatia v United States soccer match

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However, an unofficial Croatian team was formed shortly before, and played the team's first modern international game, against the United States on 17 October 1990 at Maksimir Stadium.
On 17 October 1990 Croatia hosted the United States in an unofficial international friendly in Zagreb's Maksimir stadium.

1956 Croatia v Indonesia football match

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From 1950 to 1956, unofficial Croatian teams were briefly active once again—winning games against Indonesia and a Yugoslav team playing as "Serbia".
On 12 September 1956 Croatia hosted Indonesia in an international friendly in Zagreb.

Colombia national football team

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They are also one of only two teams—along with Colombia—to be named FIFA's "Best Mover of the Year" more than once, winning the award in 1994 and 1998.
Colombia was the first team to win FIFA best mover in 1993 where the achievement was first introduced and the second team after Croatia to win it twice in 2012.

Golden generation

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Exactly twenty years later, under their second golden generation, Croatia reached the 2018 World Cup Final, securing second place after losing to France.
The current Croatia team have been considered by several British media such as The Guardian as the "[[Croatia national football team#Dalić period and the second "golden generation" (2017–present)|Second Coming of the Golden Generation]]"; in reference to the [[Croatia national football team#Blažević period and the "golden generation" (1994–99)|Golden Generation]] of Croatia from the late 1990s who won the bronze medal in at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Croatia's debut at the World Cup.

2010 FIFA World Cup

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Since becoming eligible to compete, Croatia has only failed to qualify for two major tournaments; the 2000 European Championship and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Teams that failed to qualify for this tournament included Saudi Arabia, which had qualified for the previous four tournaments; Tunisia and Croatia, both of whom had qualified for the previous three finals; Costa Rica, Ecuador, Poland and Sweden, who had qualified for the previous two editions; 2006 quarter-finalists Ukraine and Euro 2008 semi-finalists Russia and Turkey.

UEFA Euro 1996

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The modern-day team has played competitive matches since 1994, starting with a successful qualifying campaign for the 1996 European Championships. Goran Vlaović scored the team's first goal at a major tournament, a late winner against Turkey at the City Ground in Nottingham in their first group match at Euro 96.
Croatia, the Czech Republic and Russia competed for the first time in their own right since the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union (though the Russian team is considered by FIFA to be the direct descendant of the Soviet Union and CIS teams that had appeared in six past tournaments and the Czech team is the descendant of the Czechoslovakia team).

Stadion Maksimir

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However, an unofficial Croatian team was formed shortly before, and played the team's first modern international game, against the United States on 17 October 1990 at Maksimir Stadium. Most home matches are played at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb, although other smaller venues are also used occasionally.
Is also the home venue of the Croatia national football team.

Yugoslavia national football team

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Before the current team was formed, most Croatian players represented the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia instead.

Miroslav Blažević

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Marković only led the team in one match, a home win against Ukraine in June 1993, before being dismissed in February 1994 and replaced by Miroslav Blažević the following month.
As a manager, his most successful period was with the Croatian national team, which he led to the quarter-finals in the 1996 European championship and won third place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Slovakia national football team

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Croatia's first recorded result as a FIFA member was a 1–1 draw with Slovakia on 8 September in Bratislava.
Their match back on Slovak soil was the 4–1 win over Croatia in Bratislava on 20 April 1994.

Switzerland national football team

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In 1940, Jozo Jakopić led an unofficial national team representing the Banovina of Croatia (part of Kingdom of Yugoslavia) in four friendly matches, against Switzerland and Hungary.
The Swiss finished with 21 points and qualified for the finals in Portugal; where they were drawn in Group B with defending champions France, England and Croatia.

Serbia national football team

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The national team is also known for some long-standing rivalries, such as the Derby Adriatico with Italy, or the politically-charged rivalry with Serbia, both of which have led to controversial or disruptive matches.
The draw for the Euro 2000 qualifiers saw first-seeded Yugoslavia drawn in a group with Croatia, thus marking the first games between the two teams after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Robert Jarni

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Croatia won 3–0 with goals from Robert Jarni, Goran Vlaović and Davor Šuker, all after Christian Wörns had been sent off.
He was a regular in the Croatian national football team between 1990 and 2002, winning a total of 81 international caps for Croatia and being the national team's record cap holder until June 2006, when his record was beaten by Dario Šimić.

Goran Vlaović

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Croatia won 3–0 with goals from Robert Jarni, Goran Vlaović and Davor Šuker, all after Christian Wörns had been sent off. Goran Vlaović scored the team's first goal at a major tournament, a late winner against Turkey at the City Ground in Nottingham in their first group match at Euro 96.
Vlaović was a member of the Croatian national football team for over ten years, between July 1992 and August 2002.

List of FIFA World Cup records and statistics

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At major tournaments, Croatia holds joint-records for longest period between one goal and another of a player (2002–2014), most penalty shootouts played (2), most extra time periods played (3) and most penalties saved in a match (3).

France national football team

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Croatia then faced the host nation, France, in the semi-final.
France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, defeating Croatia 4–2 in the final match on 15 July 2018.

Zlatko Kranjčar

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Former Croatia international Zlatko Kranjčar, appointed to succeed Barić in July 2004, led the team through the 2006 World Cup qualifiers without losing a single match and topping the group ahead of Sweden and Bulgaria.