Croatia Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Vatreni (The Blazers)
Head coach: Slaven Bilic
Captain: Darijo Srna
Most caps: Dario Šimic (100)
Top scorer: Davor Šuker (45)
Home stadium: Maksimir, Poljud
As a result of a long tradition of success, football is the most popular sport in Croatia. The nation's first clubs (Football Club of Zagreb (PNISK) and Croatian Academic Sports Club (HASK)) were founded in 1903. The national team played its first match in 1907. The national association was first admitted to FIFA on 17 July 1941 and then again following the nation's independence on 3 July 1992. Croatia's greatest achievement was of course a third-place finish at the 1998 FIFA World Cup France?. In addition, NK Dinamo Zagreb beat Leeds United to win the UEFA Cup in 1967. Many players have emerged from Croatia's fertile breeding grounds to pursue a career with top clubs abroad. The current generation includes Davor Suker, Robert Prosinecki, Zvonimir Boban, Dario Simic and Igor Tudor. Famous retired Croatian footballers include Bernard Vukas (Hajduk Split, capped 59 times and voted Croatian sportsman of the 20th Century), Frane Matosic (729 goals in 739 national league games) and Franjo Wölfl (top scorer in the Yugoslavian championship twelve times in the 1950s and 60s). There have also been many renowned Croatian coaches: Tomislav Ivic (won league championship in four different countries), Miroslav Blazevic (Croatian national coach in 1996 and 1998), Mirko Jozic (won the World Youth Championship with the Yugoslavian team in Chile in 1987) and Branko Zebec (coached in Germany) are just a few of a long list of great Croatian technicians.
FIFA 2014 World Cup Group A
2014 World Cup Game Schedule
|Jun 12||Brazil||3-1||Croatia||Sao Paulo||5:00 PM|
|Jun 13||Mexico||1-0||Cameroon||Natal||1:00 PM|
|Jun 17||Brazil||0-0||Mexico||Fortaleza||4:00 PM|
|Jun 18||Cameroon||0-4||Croatia||Manaus||6:00 PM|
|Jun 23||Cameroon||1-4||Brazil||Brasilia||5:00 PM|
|Jun 23||Croatia||1-3||Mexico||Recife||5:00 PM|
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
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