A sovereign nation since 1992 Croatia has quickly established a FIFA World Cup pedigree to be proud of. The Croat Republic will make a third consecutive World Cup Finals appearance in Germany after topping their European qualifying group ahead of Sweden.
Here you can read more on Croatian football teams, betting sites, strengths and weaknesses, tactics, chances and more.
Croatia finished third at their inaugural World Cup appearance in France 98 when then coach Miroslav Blazevic enjoyed the services of a golden generation of players that included captain Zvonimir Boban and striker Davor Suker who won the Golden Boot award at France 98 with his seven goals.
Korea/Japan 2002 was far less kind to the Croats who didn’t make it through the group stages despite recording their third win over Italy with a come from behind 2-1 win over the Azzuri.
Zlatko Kranjcar has built this current teams success around a solid defensive unit that kept six clean sheets through the qualifying campaign. Croatia will again turn to Glasgow Rangers striker Dado Prso to score the goals needed to make it through to the second round.
Croatia is very sound defensively, going forward they may lack the cutting edge to progress past the second round.