Croatia’s 2018 World Cup Pursuit Inspired by the Past

A brief overview of the highs as well as also lows for the Croatian national football team.

Croatia’s players celebrated after winning the quarterfinal match against Russia in Sochi, Russia, on Saturday.CreditManu Fernandez/Associated Press

The modern Croatian team was readmitted to FIFA in 1992 after gaining independence by Yugoslavia. Since its World Cup debut, Croatia has qualified for all although one World Cup tournament. This particular will be the team’s second appearance inside the semifinals.

Some different stats:

First appearance: 1998

Total appearances: all 5 out of 21 World Cup tournaments

Title wins: 0

What’s the History?

An Impressive Debut

At its World Cup debut in 1998, Croatia made the idea all the way to the semifinals, ultimately winning the third-place matchup. The result catapulted them by 125th to third place in FIFA’s worldwide rankings, as well as also the team was styled Croatia’s golden generation.


An Infuriating Loss

In 2014, Croatia failed to advance by the group stage, partly as a result of a controversial loss to Brazil.