Croatia is a relative newcomer to the world’s biggest football tournament, having first participated in 1998 in France as an independent nation. In the earlier 1900s, the country was a part of Yugoslavia, and participated as such. Croatia just made the play-offs to enter their second consecutive WC, despite the team having numerous young players who were capable of producing an even better performance.
As it stands, Croatia is a relatively strong team led by Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic. The team has 4 WC appearances under its belt to date, making the WC 2018 in Russia this squad’s fifth participation in the renowned event.
Dalic has captained the Croatian team since October 2017, when he replaced Ante Cacic as the Balkan team’s coach. Dalic has since led Croatia through a successful play-off, in which they won 4-1 against Greece and secured their place in Russia for 2018. Dalic has previously served as a coach for UAE team Al-Ain, leading them to the champions’ league finals in AFC 2016.
The Croatians have appeared in the WC finals on 4 separate occasions since the country won its independence in 1991; in 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2014. In 1198 they came third in the Cup in France and are hoping for as good, or better result this year. Prior to that, Croatia and its team were actually a part of Yugoslavia from the inaugural WC event in 1930 up until 1990.
Croatia’s WC 2018 kits are designed and made by Nike. Their home kit includes a bold red and white chequered shirt with solid red sleeves and a subtle zigzag pattern between each square. The away kit features the same chequered style of shirt in navy and black, with black shorts and red socks completing the uniform.