Ante Rebić: Croatia’s all-action gem

In a team that possesses the considerable talents of Luka Modrić, Ivan Rakitić, and Mario Mandžukić, avoiding being overshadowed is a difficult job. However, the talent and work rate demonstrated by Ante Rebić during Croatia’s outstanding World Cup campaign this year made him just as important as those three to the Vatreni’s system. After a successful campaign with…

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The five best goals of World Cup 2018

Over the course of the summer, we have been treated to arguably the best World Cup in history. There’s been highs, lows, drama and tears, but above all else, there has been goals. More dead ball goals than any tournament since 1966, and only one goalless draw — which caused everybody to exercise doubts over…

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Best World Cup Kits: Croatia 1998 Home

Why this kit is good: When you think of this iconic chequered pattern, only one team comes to mind – Croatia. Sporting this kit in their first ever World Cup as an independent nation, Croatia took this iconic style and ran all the way to the semi-finals, only to fall to eventual winners France. Also,…

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Croatia 1998: Vatreni’s mission to unite a young nation

Following years of underachievement, Croatia emerged as potential contenders for the World Cup title in 2018 for only the second time in their history. After all, 20 years ago, Vatreni came incredibly close to the unimaginable. Less than three years after the final battles of the Croatian War of Independence, a small, young, and proud nation…

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Serie A stars in Russia: The Stand-Outs

Fifty-six Serie A players received the call to postpone their seaside holidays and take part in this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. No squad featured more representation from the peninsula than Poland and Croatia who each sent six players. As is always the case, it’s been a brilliant ride for some and bitter disappointment…

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