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FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia team, records, fixtures

Croatia’s Luka Modric celebrates a goal during their World Cup qualification match against Greece.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

The FIFA World Cup 2018 is scheduled to be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities.

The final will be held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Current World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco/FRA), Lovre Kalinic (Gent/BEL), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow/RUS), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas/TUR), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria/ITA), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool/ENG), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Josip Pivaric (Dinamo Kiev/UKR), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Duje Caleta-Car (Salzburg/AUT)

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid/ESP), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona/ESP), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid/ESP), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina/ITA), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan/ITA), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus/ITA), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan/ITA), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan/ITA), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim/GER), Marko Pjaca (Schalke/GER), Ante Rebic (Eintracht/GER)

2018 FIFA World Cup

In Group D, Croatia started their campaign brilliantly by defeating Nigeria and followed the stupendous form against Argentina. In the last match, Croatia defeated debutants Iceland and topped the group with 9 points.

In the Round of 16, Croatia beat Denmark 3-2 on penalties after the scores were tied 1-1. In the quarter-final, Croatia knocked out hosts Russia, also on penalties. The scores were tied 2-2 after extra time and Croatia eventually won 4-3 to set up their first semi-final appearance since 1998.

Coach for 2018:

Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic.

Croatia's coach Zlatko Dalic.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Zlatko Dalić

Fixtures:

FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia team, records, fixtures
 

June 16: vs Nigeria

June 21: vs Argentina

June 26: vs Iceland

Past records

No. of times team has played in WC (number): 4

No. of matches played (number): 16

No. of matches won: 7

No. of matches lost: 7

No. of times lost in finals (Number): 0

No. of times world cup won (number): 0

No. of goals scored in WC: 21

Top 3 players to watch: Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic

Road to WC (text): Drew with Greece in UEFA playoff to qualify for the World Cup

Player who has played most world cups (appearances): Stipe Pletikosa: 12

Player who has scored most no. of goals (Player:No. of goals): Davor Suker:6


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