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The Croatia squad at Euro 2020

After 3 matches in the group stage against England, Scotland, and the Czech Republic, the Croatia squad has officially entered the Round of 16 as Group D’s second best-ranked team to continue the journey competing for the championship title.
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1. HOW IS THE CROATIA SQUAD AT EURO 2020?

Croatia shocked many people when they advanced to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final ahead of Germany and others. The coach Zlatko Dalić 's dream team ended with captain Luka Modric winning the Ballon d’Or in 2018. However, the squad hasn’t been in peak form since losing in the final to France, scrapping through to the main rounds of the UEFA Euro tournament. Problems of their line-up come from the retirement of important names such as Ivan Rakatic, Mario Mandžukić, and the change of generations on the team. 

Croatia squad for Euro 2020

At this summer’s Euro 2020, Croatia tried to build their best formation. The team's spine remains solid, with captain Luka Modric coordinating with Chelsea's Matteo Kovacic and Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic in midfield to make a strong unit. Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida can form a perfect defensive duo. Whereas, Ivan Perisic, the other goal scorer in the semi-final win against England, also returns.

 

It seems that coach Zlatko Dalić’s tactics have partly worked. After 3 matches in the group stage against England, Scotland, and the Czech Republic, Croatia had the same 4 points in total and goal difference as the Czech Republic but finished ahead thanks to the goals scored tiebreaker. The team has officially entered the Round of 16 as Group D’s second best-ranked team to continue the journey competing for the championship title. 

 

Croatian players celebrate their win over Scotland

2. WHO IS THE COACH OF THE CROATIA SQUAD?

  • Full name:         Zlatko Dalić
  • Date of birth:     26 October 1966
  • Place of birth:    Livno, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
  • Height:              5’10’’ 
  • Positions:          Croatia manager

 

Zlatko Dalić is a Croatian former professional player who is now the manager of the Croatia national team.

He began his junior career with Troglav 1918 Livno before moving on to Hajduk Split in 1983 and starting his senior career. After joining Cibalia, which was then known as Dinamo Vinkovci, he stayed with Hajduk Split until 1986. Dali has also played for Budunost Titograd, Vele Mostar, and Varteks, in addition to Hajduk Split and Cibalia. In the year 2000, he retired from Varteks.

 

Before becoming the head coach of the Croatia team, Dalić was the assistant coach at Varteks in 2004. He officially managed Varteks (2005-2007), Rijeka (2007–2008), Dinamo Tirana (2008–2009), Slaven Belupo (2009–2010), Al-Faisaly (2010–2012), Al-Hilal B (2012–2013),  Al-Hilal (2013), and Al Ain (2014–2017). 

 

On October 7, 2017, the Croatian Football Federation named Dalić as Croatia’s head coach, after Ante Čačić was fired due to a string of poor results. Dalić helped the team become the runners-up of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He also received the Franjo Bučar State Award for Sports Yearly Award. Thanks to his successes in integrating new names like Bruno Petković, Josip Brekalo, and Nikola Vlašić into the team after the retirement of some prominent internationals, as well as his effective Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, Dalić continued to sign a new 2-year contract with the Croatian Football Federation on July 23, 2020. 

 

Coach Zlatko Dalić

3. THE CROATIA’S FULL 26 PLAYERS AT EURO 2020

GOALKEEPERS

Dominik Livaković

  • Shirt Number:  1
  • Date of birth:    9 January 1995
  • Place of birth:   Zadar, Croatia
  • Height:              6’2’’ 
  • Current Club:    Dinamo Zagreb
  • Position:           Goalkeeper

 

Dominik Livaković is a goalkeeper for the Croatian national team and the Prva HNL club Dinamo Zagreb.

In the 2012–13 season, Livaković was a member of NK Zagreb's first team. Initially the club's backup goalkeeper, he made his league debut on August 31, 2012, when he played the entire game in a 1–0 loss at home to HNK Cibalia. He quickly rose to the position of the first choice for the club, making a total of 104 league matches in four seasons, including 90 in the Prva HNL. In 2015, he signed for Dinamo Zagreb and debuted for the club on 2 October 2016. In the first two years here, he also played for  Zagreb (2015-16) and  Dinamo Zagreb II (2016) on short loan deals.

In May 2016, Livaković was called up for the first time to the Croatian national team for a friendly match against Moldova. In the 2017 China Cup, he made his debut against Chile, which Croatia lost on penalties. He was the Football Oscar – Best Croatian goalkeeper: 2019, 2020.

 

Dominik Livaković

Lovre Kalinić 

  • Shirt Number:  12
  • Date of birth:    3 April 1990
  • Place of birth:   Split, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
  • Height:              6’7’’ 
  • Current Club:    Aston Villa
  • Position:           Goalkeeper

 

Lovre Kalinić is a Croatian goalkeeper who now plays for Premier League club Aston Villa as well as the Croatia national team.

He started his senior career for Hajduk Split in 2009. He also joined  Junak Sinj (2009),  Novalja (2009-10), and  Karlovac (2012) on loan deals. He signed for Gent in 2 years (2016-2018)  then moved to Aston Villa at the end of 2018. He was awarded Football Oscar Best Goalkeeper in Prva HNL (2015, 2016) and Belgian Professional Goalkeeper of the Year (2016–2017) for his excellent performances. 

After the 2018 World Cup tournament, Kalinić then has been named the national team's first-choice goalkeeper. However, he was benched again in favor of Dominik Livakovi due to injuries and a subsequent dip in form.

 

Lovre Kalinić

Simon Sluga 

  • Shirt Number:   23
  • Date of birth:    17 March 1993
  • Place of birth:   Poreč, Croatia
  • Height:              6’1’’ 
  • Current Club:    Luton Town
  • Position:           Goalkeeper

 

Simon Sluga is a goalkeeper for Championship team Luton Town. He is also a Croatian professional footballer. On June 11, 2019, he made his Croatian debut as a starter in a friendly against Tunisia.

Sluga began his career at Rijeka from 2013 to 2019. In that period, he also played for  Pomorac (2013-14),  Lokomotiva (2014-15), and  Spezia (2015-16) on loans. Together with the club, he had 1 Croatian First Football League title (2016–17) and 2 Croatian Football Cups (2016–17, 2018–19). Since 2019, he has come to Luton Town FC. 

 

Simon Sluga

DEFENDERS

Šime Vrsaljko 

  • Shirt Number:   2
  • Date of birth:    10 January 1992 
  • Place of birth:   Rijeka, Croatia
  • Height:              5’11’’ 
  • Current Club:    Atlético Madrid
  • Position:           Full-back

 

Šime Vrsaljko is a Croatian footballer who plays fullback for Atlético Madrid in Spain and for the Croatian national team.

The defender’s senior career started for Dinamo Zagreb in 2009. He continued joining Genoa (2013-14), and Sassuolo (2014-2016). Since 2016, he has played for Atlético Madrid. He also signed for Inter Milan in the 2018-19 season on a loan deal. Until now, he had 4 Prva HNL titles, 2 Croatian Cups, and 1 La Liga (2020–21). 

Vrsaljko made his Croatian debut in 2011 and went on to play in the UEFA European Championships in 2012, 2016, and 2020.  He also joined FIFA World Cups in 2014 and 2018, where he reached the final of the latter. 

 

Šime Vrsaljko

Borna Barišić 

  • Shirt Number:   3
  • Date of birth:    10 November 1992 
  • Place of birth:   Osijek, Croatia
  • Height:              6’1’’ 
  • Current Club:    Rangers
  • Position:           Left-back

 

Borna Barišić is a Croatian footballer who plays left-back for Rangers in the Scottish Premiership and for the Croatia national team.

Barišić was formerly trained at Osijek. The 2012-13 season was the first season he played as a senior player for BSK Bijelo Brdo. He joined Osijek (2013-2015), Dinamo Zagreb, Lokomotiva (2015-2016), and then returned to  Osijek (2016-2018). Since 2018, he was a member of the Rangers club. Barišić won a Prva HNL (2015–16), a Scottish Premiership (2020–21), and a PFA Scotland Team of the Year (2020–21 Scottish Premiership).

 

Borna Barišić

Duje Ćaleta-Car

  • Shirt Number:   5
  • Date of birth:    17 September 1996 
  • Place of birth:   Šibenik, Croatia
  • Height:              6’4’’ 
  • Current Club:    Marseille
  • Position:           Centre-back

 

Duje Ćaleta-Car is a Croatian footballer who plays as a center-back for Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1 and for the Croatia national team.

In 2012, Ćaleta-Car was a member of the Šibenik club after 7 years of training at the  Šibenik youth team. He joined Pasching (2013-14), Red Bull Salzburg (2014-2018), and Liefering (2014-15, a loan deal from Salzburg). Since 2018, he has played for Marseille. IN his career, he was the most successful when playing for Res Bull Salzburg FC. He had 4 Austrian Bundesliga titles and 3 Austrian Cups with the club. 

As a replacement for injured Jozo Šimunović, Ćaleta-Car gained his first call-up to the senior national squad in October 2015 for the Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Malta. He was part of the Croatian team that finished second to France in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 

Duje Ćaleta-Car

Dejan Lovren 

  • Shirt Number:   6
  • Date of birth:    5 July 1989
  • Place of birth:   Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Height:              6’3’’ 
  • Current Club:    Zenit Saint Petersburg
  • Position:           Centre-back

 

Dejan Lovren is a Croatian footballer who plays as a center-back for the Croatian national team and captains Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Premier League.

Dinamo Zagreb was Lovren's first club before joining Olympique Lyonnais in January 2010. He played three and a half seasons with the Ligue 1 club, winning the 2012 Coupe de France and then signed for Southampton in 2013. He joined Liverpool for £20 million after one season with Southampton. Lovren went on to play 185 times for Liverpool, winning the UEFA Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League the following year. In July that year, he headed to Zenit Saint Petersburg and captained the team after only four months. Together with the team, he owned a Russian Premier League(2020-21) and a Russian Super Cup (2020). 

He made his senior debut in 2009 after previously representing Croatia at various youth levels. He has subsequently made over 60 appearances for his country. He was a member of Croatia's squads for both the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where they were beaten finalists by France in the latter.

 

Dejan Lovren

Mile Škorić

  • Shirt Number:  16
  • Date of birth:    19 June 1991
  • Place of birth:   Vinkovci, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
  • Height:             6’2’’ 
  • Current Club:   Osijek
  • Position:           Defender

 

Mile Škorić is a Croatian football defender who now plays for Osijek in the Prva HNL as well as the national squad.

Škorić began his career as a youth player for his village's local club before entering the HNK Cibalia Vinkovci program. He moved on to Osijek at the age of 15, where he had signed a scholarship contract in February 2010. In 2011, he moved from Osijek to Gorica in the Druga HNL for half a season before joining HAK in the same league. Before the start of the 2013–14 season, he returned to Osijek and has played there since then. 

 

Mile Škorić

Domagoj Vida 

  • Shirt Number:  21
  • Date of birth:    29 April 1989
  • Place of birth:  Našice, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Height:             6’0’’ 
  • Current Club:   Beşiktaş
  • Position:           Defender

 

Domagoj Vida is a defender for the Süper Lig club Beşiktaş and the Croatian national team. He can play in any defensive position but he is most often used as a center-back or right-back.

In the first years of his professional career(2006-2010), he played for Osijek in the Prva HNL (Croatian top league). He joined Bayer Leverkusen in the 2010-11 season and Dinamo Zagreb from 2011 to 1013. He then played for Dynamo Kyiv from 2013 to 2018 before staying with the current club Beşiktaş in the top-flight Turkish professional league. Together with his teams, he had all the best titles in professional competitions. 

 

Domagoj Vida

Josip Juranović 

  • Shirt Number:  22
  • Date of birth:    16 August 1995
  • Place of birth:  Zagreb, Croatia
  • Height:             5’8’’ 
  • Current Club:   Legia Warsaw
  • Position:           Right back

 

Josip Juranović is a Croatian footballer who currently plays for Legia Warsaw as a defender.  He started his senior career at Dubrava in 2013 after many years of being trained in this club’s youth team. From 2015 to 2020, he signed for Hajduk Split. He was selected in the Prva HNL team of the season for his performances (2017-18). At the present, he has been a player at Legia Warsaw.

 

Josip Juranović

Domagoj Bradarić 

  • Shirt Number:  24
  • Date of birth:   10 December 1999
  • Place of birth:  Split, Croatia
  • Height:             5’10’’ 
  • Current Club:   Lille
  • Position:           Defender

 

Domagoj Bradarić is a left-back for the Croatian national team and Ligue 1 club Lille.

Domagoj Bradarić joined Hajduk Split's youth setup in 2007. Before the 2017–18 season, he was promoted to the reserves. Bradarić was promoted to the senior team and signed his first professional contract on June 18, 2018. He was named to the season's best team at the end of the season. He then signed a five-year contract with Lille OSC on July 19. On August 18, he made his league debut in a 2–1 home victory over Nantes.

Bradarić was called up for October matches against Switzerland, Sweden, and France on September 21, 2020, by senior team coach Zlatko Dali. In a friendly 2–1 victory against Switzerland on October 7, he made his national team debut. Despite being a fullback, Bradari made his debut as a winger, providing an assist for Croatia's equalizer to Josip Brekalo.

 

Domagoj Bradarić

Joško Gvardiol 

  • Shirt Number:  25
  • Date of birth:    23 January 2002 
  • Place of birth:  Zagreb, Croatia
  • Height:             6’1’’ 
  • Current Club:   Dinamo Zagreb (on loan from RB Leipzig)
  • Position:          Centre-back, left-back

 

Joško Gvardiol is a Croatian footballer who plays as a defender for Prva HNL club Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatia national team. He is on loan from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

Gvardiol made his league debut for the senior Dinamo team on 18 October 2019 in a 4–2 victory over Gorica. Gvardiol signed a five-year contract with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig for €16 million, with numerous add-ons, on September 28th. It was the third-highest sum ever paid for a Croatian defender and the biggest ever paid for a Croatian youngster. He also stayed at Dinamo Zagreb for the remainder of the 2020 season.

In Croatia's opening game of Euro 2020, a 1–0 defeat to England, he made his first start for the national team. He surpassed Mateo Kovai as the youngest player to play for Croatia in a major tournament at the age of 19 years, four months, and twenty-one days.

Joško Gvardiol

MIDFIELDERS

Ivan Perišić 

  • Shirt Number:  4
  • Date of birth:    2 February 1989 
  • Place of birth:  Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Height:             6’1’’ 
  • Current Club:  Inter Milan
  • Position:          Winger

 

Ivan Perišić is a Croatian professional footballer who now plays for Inter Milan in Serie A and for the national team of his country. He was primarily used as a winger but he also played as an aggressive midfielder and a second striker.

Ivan Perišić is a product of the Hajduk Split and Sochaux junior systems. He earned a name for himself while playing at Club Brugge, where he was voted Belgian Footballer of the Year in 2011 and was the leading striker in the Belgian Pro League. He was then transferred to Borussia Dortmund, where he won the Bundesliga in 2011–12, before joining VfL Wolfsburg in January 2013 for €8 million.

Perišić represented Croatia in Euro 2012, 2016, and 2020, as well as the 2014 and 2018 World Cup tournaments. He was a key player of Croatia's second". He scored the most goals in major tournaments and was the first Croatian player to score in a World Cup final.

 

Ivan Perišić

Mateo Kovačić 

  • Shirt Number:  8
  • Date of birth:    6 May 1994
  • Place of birth:  Linz, Austria
  • Height:             5’10’’ 
  • Current Club:  Chelsea
  • Position:          Midfielder

 

Mateo Kovačić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chelsea in the Premier League and for the Croatian national team. He is most commonly used as a center or box-to-box midfielder, but he is a flexible player who can also play in deeper positions. Earlier in his career, he also adapted to playing wide on the left or as an attacking midfielder.

 

He is a talented player when being chased by many famous clubs in the world. At the age of 16, he started his senior career for Dinamo Zagreb. He joined Inter Milan in 2013 and then Real Madrid in 2015. After 4 years playing for the strongest team in La Liga, he moved to Chelsea in 2019.  

Apart from winning prestigious titles with his clubs, he earned himself outstanding individual awards such as Croatian Football Hope of the Year (2011) and Chelsea Player of the Year (2019–20). Kovačić has been considered a fantastic technician with outstanding dribbling skills. He is one of the most important players of the Croatian national team.

 

Mateo Kovačić

Luka Modrić 

  • Shirt Number:  10
  • Date of birth:    9 September 1985
  • Place of birth:  Zadar, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Height:             5’8’’ 
  • Current Club:   Real Madrid
  • Position:          Midfielder

 

Luka Modrić is a Croatian footballer who captains the Croatian national team and plays as a brilliant midfielder for Real Madrid in Spain. He primarily plays as a central midfielder although he also can play as an attacking or defensive midfielder. He's also used as a deep-lying playmaker. Modrić is widely recognized as one of the greatest Croatian footballers of all time and one of the best midfielders of his generation.

 

In 2002, Modrić was signed by Dinamo Zagreb at age 16, after showing his promise with Zadar's youth team. He signed for Dinamo Zagreb from 2003 to 2008 and had 2 seasons playing for  Zrinjski Mostar (2003-04)and  Inter Zaprešić (2004-05) on loan deals. After helping the first club winning three consecutive league titles and being named the Prva HNL Player of the Year in 2007, he moved to  Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. Here, he led Spurs to their first UEFA Champions League appearance in almost 50 years, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2010–11 season. Modrić joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 for a cost of £30 million. He is an indispensable player in the perfect line-ups of coach Zidane. He has won 17 major titles with Los Blancos and numerous individual titles. The awards that he has gained in his career are the dreams of every player. 

 

Modrić was named the Golden Ball winner for best player of the tournament after leading Croatia to the 2018 World Cup Final. In March 2021, he became the most capped player in the history of the country. In addition, between 2007 and 2020, he was continually elected Croatian Footballer of the Year. As for all Croatians, he is likened to the soul of the Croatian national team

 

Luka Modrić

Marcelo Brozović 

  • Shirt Number:  11
  • Date of birth:    16 November 1992
  • Place of birth:  Zagreb, Croatia
  • Height:             5’11’’ 
  • Current Club:  Inter Milan
  • Position:          Midfielder

 

Marcelo Brozović is a Croatian footballer who now plays as a defensive midfielder for Inter Milan in Serie A and for the Croatia national team. Brozović is known for his passing, tackling, running, and endurance. He is most often used as a deep-lying playmaker or box-to-box midfielder, although he is a versatile player who can play anywhere in the midfield.

 

He began his senior career at the Hrvatski Dragovoljac club in the 2010-11 season. He played the following season for Lokomotiva before moving to Dinamo Zagreb in August 2012. Since 2015, he joined Inter Milan and became the Serie A champion (2020-21) as well as became the UEFA Europa League runner-up in 2019-20 together with his teammates.  He represented his country at the FIFA World Cups in 2014 and 2018, as well as UEFA Euro 2016 and 2020.

 

Marcelo Brozović

Nikola Vlašić 

  • Shirt Number:  13
  • Date of birth:    4 October 1997
  • Place of birth:  Split, Croatia
  • Height:             5’10’’ 
  • Current Club:   CSKA Moscow
  • Position:          Attacking Midfielder

 

Nikola Vlašić is a Croatian attacking midfielder who currently plays for CSKA Moscow of the Russian Premier League and the Croatia national team.

Vlašić is a Hajduk Split academy youth product. In the summer of 2014, he made his senior debut, and later that year, he was named to The Guardian's Next Generation list. His efforts won him a move to Everton in 201. However, he was loaned out to CSKA Moscow, who made the move permanent at the end of the season.

Vlašić made his international debut in 2017, and after Croatia's 2018 World Cup campaign, he became a regular international, as well as playing in UEFA Euro 2020. He was named the Star of the Match after scoring the opening goal in Croatia's 3–1 victory over Scotland, which qualified them for the Round of 16.

Nikola Vlašić

Mario Pašalić 

  • Shirt Number:  15
  • Date of birth:    9 February 1995
  • Place of birth:  Mainz, Germany
  • Height:             6’2’’ 
  • Current Club:   Atalanta
  • Position:          Central Midfielder

 

Mario Pašalić is a center midfielder for Atalanta in Serie A and the Croatian national team. 

He started his career at Hajduk Split before joining Chelsea in 2014 for a rumored £3 million. Elche, Monaco, Milan, Spartak Moscow, and Atalanta were among the clubs that Chelsea loaned him to. He was signed permanently ahead of the 2020–21 season after two seasons with the Bergamasque club between 2018 and 2020.

Pašalić made his senior international debut for Croatia in 2014. Now, he is playing in the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.

 

Mario Pašalić

Mislav Oršić 

  • Shirt Number:  18
  • Date of birth:    29 December 1992
  • Place of birth:  Zagreb, Croatia
  • Height:             5’10’’ 
  • Current Club:   Dinamo Zagreb
  • Position:          Winger, attacking midfielder

 

Mislav Oršić is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a left-winger or attacking midfielder for Dinamo Zagreb in the Prva HNL and for the national team of Croatia.

Oršić played for many clubs before joining Dinamo Zagreb. He started his career at Inter Zaprešić from 2009 to 2013. He then played for Spezia (2013-14), Rijeka (2014-16), Jeonnam Dragons (2015, 2016), Changchun Yatai (2016), and Ulsan Hyundai (2017-18). He had a Korean FA Cup in 2017 with Ulsan Hyundai and 3 Prva HNL titles, 1 Croatian Cup, 1 Croatian Super Cup for Dinamo Zagreb. 

 

Mislav Oršić

Milan Badelj 

  • Shirt Number:  19
  • Date of birth:    25 February 1989
  • Place of birth:   Zagreb, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
  • Height:             6’1’’ 
  • Current Club:   Genoa
  • Position:          Defensive midfielder

 

Milan Badelj is a midfielder for Genoa and the Croatian national team. He was part of the Croatian team that came in second place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

He began his senior football-playing occupation for Dinamo Zagreb in 2007. He had a year joining the  Lokomotiva club (2007-08) on a loan deal. After 5 years, he signed for Hamburger SV from 2012 to 2014. He then spent the four following seasons at Fiorentina. He also signed for Lazio(2018-2020) and played for Fiorentina on another loan deal (2019-20). In September 2020, he agreed on a three-year contract with Geona.

 

 Milan Badelj

Luka Ivanušec 

  • Shirt Number:  26
  • Date of birth:    26 November 1998
  • Place of birth:  Varaždin, Croatia
  • Height:             5’9’’ 
  • Current Club:   Dinamo Zagreb
  • Position:          Attacking Midfielder

 

Luka Ivanušec is a Croatian footballer who now represents Dinamo Zagreb in the Prva HNL as an attacking midfielder.

From 2015 to 2019, Ivanušec played for Lokomotiva. In 2019, he signed for Dinamo Zagreb. He won 2 Prva HNL (2019-20, 2020-21) and 1 Croatian Cup (2020-21) with the club. Ivanušec debuted for Croatia in a senior international match against Chile at the 2017 China Cup on January 11, 2017. He then surpassed Ivan Rakitić as the youngest goalscorer in Croatian national team history.

 

Luka Ivanušec

FORWARDS

Josip Brekalo 

  • Shirt Number:  7
  • Date of birth:   23 June 1998
  • Place of birth:  Zagreb, Croatia
  • Height:             5’9’’ 
  • Current Club:   VfL Wolfsburg
  • Position:          Winger, Forward

 

Josip Brekalo is a Croatian footballer who plays as a winger for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga and for the national team of his country. 

Brekalo is a Dinamo Zagreb youth player. On December 19, 2015, he made his league debut against Inter Zaprei. He signed a €10 million deal with Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg on May 15, 2016. Brekalo was loaned to VfB Stuttgart until the end of the season in January 2017, with an option to extend the loan for another year. On January 1, 2018, he returned to Wolfsburg prematurely.

 

For both his club and national team, he mainly plays on the right-wing. However, he participated in a few international matches at various positions. Due to the unavailability of Šime Vrsaljko in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, he played as a right defender. He was utilized as one of two false-9 forwards in a 4-1-2-1-2 formation in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, a formation that does not allow for wingers.

Josip Brekalo

Andrej Kramarić 

  • Shirt Number:  9
  • Date of birth:   Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
  • Place of birth:  Zagreb, Croatia
  • Height:             5’10’’ 
  • Current Club:   1899 Hoffenheim
  • Position:           Forward, attacking midfielder

 

Andrej Kramarić is a Croatian footballer who currently plays for Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim and the Croatia national team as a forward or attacking midfielder. 

Kramarić began his football career at Dinamo Zagreb, where he holds the record for most goals scored by a young player in the club's history. Kramarići was signed to HNK Rijeka in 2013, where he scored 37 goals in 42 league games before joining Leicester City for a club-record fee of £9 million. He played a year-and-a-half there, spending time on loan at 1899 Hoffenheim and then moved there permanently. He became the club's all-time leading goalscorer on March 29, 2019. He became the all-time highest Croatian goalscorer in the Bundesliga on January 24, 2021.

 

Kramarić has been capped 53 times for Croatia at various youth levels, scoring 22 goals in all. He made his senior team debut in 2014 and went on to play in UEFA Euro 2016, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and UEFA Euro 2020, where he helped Croatia reach the 2018 tournament final.

Kramarić has been regarded as a versatile striker who is mobile enough to run behind defenders and rather than waiting for crosses or ball to come to him, tries to run towards the ball, engulfing his opposition with an air of unpredictability about his play.

 

Andrej Kramarić

Ante Budimir 

  • Shirt Number:  14
  • Date of birth:    22 July 1991 
  • Place of birth:   Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia
  • Height:             6’3’’ 
  • Current Club:   Osasuna
  • Position:           Forward, Striker

 

Ante Budimir is a Croatian professional footballer who plays forward for Osasuna in Spain and for the Croatian national team. 

Budimir played for NK Inter Zaprešić (2011-2013), Lokomotiva Zagreb (2013-2014), Lokomotiva Zagreb (2014-16),  Crotone (2015-16, loan deal), Sampdoria (2016-2018), Crotone (2018-19), Mallorca (2019), Ossasuna (2020-21, loan deal) before officially signing for Ossasuna on a permanent contract. On October 7, he made his national team debut in a friendly 2–1 victory over Switzerland, where he assisted Mario Pašalić on the game-winning goal.

Ante Budimir

Ante Rebić 

  • Shirt Number:  17
  • Date of birth:    21 September 1993
  • Place of birth:   Split, Croatia
  • Height:             6’1’’ 
  • Current Club:   AC Milan
  • Position:           Winger, second striker

 

Ante Rebić is a winger for Serie A club Milan and the Croatian national team. He is capable of playing on both wings and as a second striker.

Rebić began his senior career at RNK Split before joining Fiorentina in Serie A for an unknown amount in 2013. He spent the majority of his time there on loans with RB Leipzig (2014-15), Hellas Verona (2015-16), and Eintracht Frankfurt (2016-2018). He continued signing for Frankfurt FC from 2018 to 2020. He returned to Italian football in September 2019, joining Milan on a two-year loan before joining permanently a year later.

Rebić debuted for Croatia at the senior level in 2013. He was named Croatian Football Hope of the Year in the same year. In 2014 and 2018, he represented them at the FIFA World Cup, reaching the final of the latter.

 

Ante Rebić

Bruno Petković 

  • Shirt Number:  20
  • Date of birth:    16 September 1994
  • Place of birth:   Metković, Croatia
  • Height:             6’4’’ 
  • Current Club:   Dinamo Zagreb
  • Position:           Striker

 

Bruno Petković is a forward for Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian national team. Petković signed for Catania (213-2016), Trapani (2016-2017), Bologna (2017-2019) under official contracts. Besides, he also played for some other clubs following loan deals. Since 2019, he has been a player of Dinamo Zagreb. 

He received his first senior Croatia call-up on March 11, 2019, as a replacement for the injured Marko Pjaca. He played a key role in Croatia's victorious UEFA Euro 2020 qualification campaign.

 

Bruno Petković

REFERENCE SOURCES

  • https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/teams/56370--croatia/squad/
  • Wikipedia
Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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11 Aston Villa 28 20 8 4 8 23 27 -4
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13 Nottm Forest 21 20 5 6 9 16 35 -19
14 Leicester 18 20 5 3 12 28 35 -7
15 Leeds 18 19 4 6 9 26 33 -7
16 West Ham 18 20 5 3 12 17 25 -8
17 Wolverhampton 17 20 4 5 11 12 30 -18
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