Team profile: Croatia

The production line of superstars seems to have slowed, but the Croats still have an impressive record at tournaments. While the idea that Brazil would miss a spot in the final 16 is unfathomable, Croatia have a real battle of their hands with Japan and Australia for second place in Group

    FIFA Ranking: 23

    Coach: Zlatko Kranjcar

    Key players: Dado Prso, Niko Kranjcar, Josip Simunic

    World Cup record: Third appearance

    Best finish: Third Place 1998

    Last appearance: First round 2002

    Qualifying route: Won European Group 8

    Key question: Unbeaten in qualifying can the new batch of stars surpass the heights of 1998?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Stipe Pletikosa 1
    Joe Didulica 12
    Tomislav Butina 23
    Defenders
    Josip Simunic 3
    Robert Kovac 4
    Igor Tudor 5
    Dario Simic 7
    Mario Tokic 11
    Stjepan Tomas 13
    Midfielders
    Darijo Srna 2
    Jurica Vranjes 6
    Marko Babic 8
    Niko Kovac 10
    Luka Modric 14
    Ivan Leko 15
    Jerko Leko 16
    Niko Kranjcar 19
    Anthony Seric 20
    Forwards
    Dado Prso 9
    Ivan Klasnic 17
    Ivica Olic 18
    Bosko Balaban 21
    Ivan Bosnjak 22

    Group matches:

    v Brazil, 19:00 GMT, Tuesday 13th June - Berlin

    v Japan, 13:00 GMT, Sunday 18th June - Nuremberg

    v Australia, 19:00 GMT, Thursday 22nd June - Stuttgart

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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