WORLD CUP APPEARANCES
WORLD CUP RECORD
GOALS SCORED (RANK)
Croatia’s first World Cup was a smashing success. A second-place finish to Argentina in the Group Stage moved Croatia on to the Knockout Round. There, the country took down Romania and Germany before falling to France in the Semi-finals. Croatia defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in the third-place game.
Croatia wasn’t able to repeat its deep run four years later. After losing to Mexico and defeating Italy, Croatia played a must-win game against Ecuador and lost 1-0.
An opening loss to Brazil was salvaged with ties against Japan and Australia in 2006, but the 0-2-1 record did not move Croatia on to the Round of 16.
Croatia had the honor of playing in the first match at the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately, it was a 3-1 loss to host Brazil. The team rebounded with a win over Cameroon but lost to Mexico for a 1-0-2 record.
The World Cup-clinching match for Croatia was a scoreless draw with Greece. The country hopes to advance to the Knockout Stage for the first time since 1998.