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Croatians are for the fifth time in the World Cups! Croatian footballers placed themselves on the World Cup, the fifth of the last six mundials. They have knocked out  Greece in barracks since they saved the advantage of 4: 1 from Zagreb and at Karaiskakis stadium in the second game  played without a goal 0:0. Croatia awaited patiently in Piraeus and preserved the convincing advantage of the first game, while the Greeks apparently depressed by the convincing defeat at Maksimir were harmless and in fact did not create a serious chance for the goal. But that's not a coincidence, knowing that Croatia has a “short” but quite rich football history. The modern Croatian team was formed in 1990, and by 1993 had gained membership in FIFA and UEFA. The team played their first competitive matches in the successful qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 1996, leading to their first appearance at a major tournament. In Croatia's FIFA World Cup debut in 1998 the team finished third and provided the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker. Since becoming eligible to compete in international tournaments, Croatia have failed to qualify for only one World Cup (in 2010) and one European Championship (in 2000).

On their first participation in the World Cup in France 1998, they were a real hit. In the group stage of the World Cup 1998, Croatia beat Jamaica and Japan but lost to Argentina, before defeating Romania to reach a quarter-final tie against Germany. Although they were huge outsiders against Germany, they managed to make a great miracle. Croatia won 3–0 against then ranked second in the world Germany. In the semi-finals they played against the host France and although they played really well unfortunately they lost 2-1. In the match for third place Croatia again managed to overcome a powerful national team of Holland beatting them with 2-1. On this World cup Croatia had the top goal scorer Davor Šuker. In the 2002 World Cup they failed to pass the group stage. They suffered two defeats from Ecuador and Mexico and managed to win only against Italy. At the 2006 World Cup in Germany they draw against Australia and Japan and lost to Brazil and again failed to continue to knockout phase. On their last participation in the World Cup in Brazil 2014, they again played against Brazil and lost again, won against Cameroon and lost from Mexico. It was the end for them on that tournament. Although they do not leave any special impression on the World cups except in France, however they are a dangerous representation that can be measured with the strongest national teams.

In the Croatian team there are countless football stars who play for the strongest European teams. Starting from the goalkeeper Danijel Subašić from Monaco, Šime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Ivan Strinić (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Ivan Perišić (Inter), Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Marcelo Brozović (Inter), Nikola Vlasic (Everton), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid), Nikola Kalinić (Milan), Mario Mandžukić (Juventus), Marko Pjaca ( Juventus) and many more. This generation is perhaps the best, after the golden generation that took part in World cup1998 in France. Croatia has many young talents, but also experienced players like captain Luka Modric and Mario Mandžukić.