Croatia have been a member of FIFA and UEFA since 1993 after gaining independence from the former Yugoslavia. They were a regular fixture at major tournaments until 1998 where they finished third, their best ever performance. Croatia have endured mixed fortunes since 1998, failing to qualify for any major tournament until the World Cup 2006. Croatia then reached Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014 but were eliminated in each of these tournaments in the first round.
Croatia qualified for Euro 2016 as Group H runners up behind Italy.
Croatia's trademark home kit is based on their national coat of arms, and despite minor redesigns it has largely remained intact since 1990. Their fans are fiercely patriotic and contribute to a brilliant atmosphere, which has seen Croatia win the majority of home games. Croatia play their home fixtures at Dinamo Zagred's ground, the Stadion Maksimir. The Croatian Football Association has plans to further expand the stadium in the near future.
Best Croatia Football Team Betting Lines
Here are the odds for Croatia's next match and consider the strengths and weaknesses of their likely line-up and that of the opposition.
Croatia Football Team Season Schedule
Plan your future Croatia bets by looking at the schedule below and picking out key fixtures. Pay attention to whether Croatia plays at home or on the road as that could be the deciding factor.
Croatia Football Team League Standings
Trust Croatia to battle for one of two available qualifying spots for major tournaments. Their competitiveness, partisan home support and perfect balance of skill and guile guarantees this.
How To Win At Croatia Football Team Bets
Your first piece of research should be to consider whether Croatia are favorites in the outright match betting market or not. On many occasions Croatia have won comfortably against weaker European nations by two goals or more. You may find it fruitful to consider the overs markets if Croatia are heavy favorites in a match, as they have an innate ability to create chances and convert.
Croatia wins over 50% of home matches so take note on whether their upcoming game is on home soil. Croatia, during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, beat Norway 5-1 but lost the return fixture in Norway only a few months later 0-2. Their other results follow this trend.
Croatia have a settled team that includes a number of experienced professionals. With over 125 caps, captain Darijo Srna is a rock at the back. The Croatian midfield is littered with talent. It includes star players Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and rising star Mateo Kovacic. Rakitic is a staple in the Barcelona XI, which contains Suarez, Messi and Neymar Jr. Croatia's results depend on how well Rakitic and Modric performe together in the heart of midfield.
Whilst Croatia boast many established professionals who play at the highest domestic level, their team does lacks an exciting young crop of stars. They're a bit predictable which makes value hard to find for Croatia at the bookies.
Forward Ivan Perisic has been on a rich vein of form recently and was amongst the top goalscorers during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. With creative talents such as Modric and Rakitic supplying him with ammunition Perisic can do damage to any defence.
Croatia's other main goal scoring threat comes from Mario Mandzukic, who plays his football with Juventus in Serie A. Mandzukic has over 20 international goals and 65 appearances. Both players spearhead an attack that has scored an average of 2 goals per match over a 12 month period leading up to Euro 2016. Both forwards offers reasonable odds for first goal scorer too.
At major tournaments you might be able to capture some value betting on Croatia to go further than the group stages. Since their third place at the 1998 World Cup, Croatia hasn't reached the knockout stages and a good run seems well overdue. With players like Modric, Srna, Rakitic, Mandzukic and Perisic in their starting lineup, they have the team to take them there.