Croatia National Football Team

Croatia National Football Team

The Croatia National Football Team is the national soccer team that represents the Croatian Football Federation (HNS). It is composed of the best soccer players from Croatia. Read on to learn more about the Croatian National Football Team, including their history and achievements.

Croatia National Football Team

Since Croatia played under the Yugoslavia name until they established independence in 1991, they do not have a long history as a nation in international soccer. Since then, they have played in international tournaments, continental tournaments, and international friendlies. Croatia has been to six FIFA World Cups, with their first qualification coming in 1998. They have also been to the UEFA European Championship six times, first participating in the tournament in 1996.

Basic Info:

  • Nickname: The Blazers, The Checkered Ones
  • Association: Croatian Football Federation (HNS)
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • Head coach: Zlatko Dalić
  • Home Stadium: Various
  • FIFA code: CRO
  • World Cup Appearances: 6 (first in 1998)
  • Best World Cup Result: Runner-up (2018)

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2022 World Cup Roster

Dominik LivakovicG
Ivo GrbicG
Ivica IvusicG
Josip StanisicD
Borna BarisicD
Martin ErlicD
Dejan LovrenD
Borna SosaD
Josko GvardiolD
Domagoj VidaD
Josip JuranovicD
Josip SutaloD
Ivan PerisicM
Lovro MajerM
Mateo KovacicM
Luka ModricM
Marcelo BrozovicM
Nikola VlasicM
Mario PasalicM
Luka SucicM
Kristijan JakicM
Andrej KramaricF
Marko LivajaF
Bruno PetkovicF
Ante BudimirF
Mislav OrsicF


While their international soccer history is relatively short, Croatia has been exceptionally competitive on the biggest stages in international soccer. Since gaining independence in 1991, Croatia has been to six FIFA World Cups. Their first qualification came in 1998, where they were able to make it all the way to the third-place game, which they won against the Netherlands. Croatia would go on to make every World Cup edition since then except for one in 2010. The only other FIFA World Cup where Croatia made it out of the group stage was in 2018, when they made it to the final match and lost to France.

Croatia has had more moderate success outside the FIFA World Cup, but have managed to qualify for every edition of the UEFA European Championship since gaining their independence except for one in 2000. The furthest they have made in the tournament is the quarter finals, which they did twice in 1996 and 2012.


Croatia’s greatest rivalry both on and off the pitch is with their neighboring country, Serbia. This is unsurprising, as both countries were initially bound under the same national banner. Once Yugoslavia split, much political tension remained between the two resulting countries and a lot of it has been expressed on the international soccer stage. In the three decades since, Croatia has had much more success at both the UEFA European Championships and the FIFA World Cup, but the rivalry remains strong.


The traditional home kit of the Croatian national team is checkered red and white shirts with white shorts. The team members will also typically wear long red socks as well during international competition. The away team uniform is a checkered dark blue and light blue uniform with a pattern similar to the Croatian home kit. The colors and pattern are meant to resemble those found on the Croatian national flag.

Fun Facts

  • 6 World Cup appearances, their best showing as runner-up in 2018.
  • The Croatian team has only been internationally eligible since 1992, as the country was a part of Yugoslavia before then.
  • Despite their youth as an organization, the national team has had much success, making it to the World Cup semi finals twice in their five appearances.
  • Failed to qualify for the World Cup once, in 2010.


Has Croatia Ever Won The World Cup?

No, Croatia has never won a FIFA World Cup. As a very young country, Croatia has only been eligible for the tournament since 1990 and has appeared in five of the eight World Cups since then. Croatia’s greatest showing was actually at the 2018 World Cup, where they finished runner-up, losing 4-2 to France in the final match.

Who Is Croatia’s Best Player?

Luka Modric is arguably Croatia’s best player of all time. Since he joined the team in 2006, the central midfielder has led his team to some of their greatest international successes. The greatest of these was the 2018 World Cup, where Croatia had their best showing to date as runner-up in the final match. For his contribution, Modric was voted the best player of the entire tournament.

Who Is Croatia’s All Time Scorer?

The all-time greatest scorer for the Croatian national team is Davor Suker. Though he’s now the president of the Croatian Football Federation, he was originally a young striker for Croatia. In the 69 games he played representing his country, Suker scored a remarkable 45 goals.