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Team Analysis: CROATIA squad for FIFA World Cup 2022

FIFA World Cup 2022 CROATIA squad

by Kolkata Today
Croatia Squad FIFA World Cup 2022

Players such as Mario Mandzukic, Vedran Corluka and Danijel Subasic retired after Croatia’s second-placed finish at the last World Cup, but talented youngsters such as Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa and Lovro Majer have emerged. Meanwhile, their midfield consists of quality players in Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and Luka Modric, all of whom are able to break the lines with a pass, dribble or run. The only doubts are whether Dalic will go for Ivo Grbic or Dominik Livakovic in goal and whether he will opt for a poacher such as Bruno Petkovic or a mobile forward in Andrej Kramaric. Meanwhile, Ivan Perisic can always create danger from the flank.

Croatia’s run to the World Cup final in 2018 set a new standard for them as an independent nation, after previously reaching the semifinals of France 1998.

With a squad filled with UEFA Champions League talent, Zlatko Dalic’s side finally clicked together on the world stage four years ago, to storm past Denmark, Russia and England, before losing out to France in the title decider.

However, they have regrouped since then, despite a last-16 exit at Euro 2020, and Dalic will be looking to drag one more big-tournament performance from his veteran stars in Qatar.

Captained by Real Madrid star Luka Modric, Croatia will boast one of the most experienced squads at the World Cup, and Dalic will be relying on that crucial know-how to drive their momentum once again.


Croatia World Cup squad 2022

Head coach Dalic named his final squad on November 9. The most notable inclusion was that of midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, who had been an injury doubt in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

He suffered a hamstring issue in late September, and missed all of October. Having made his return to club action with Inter just in time, playing a handful of minutes in the November 6 Derby d’Italia against Juventus, he has been included in the final squad.

Defender Domagoj Vida had also been under discussion after reportedly also being an injury doubt but he appears fine and will look to surpass 100 caps for his country in Qatar.

By far the most important name on the list is Luka Modric, who is captain and talisman for the 2018 finalists. It’s yet to be confirmed, but at 37 years old it’s highly likely this will be his last World Cup. He is joined in the squad by fellow veteran Ivan Perisic.

Duje Caleta-Car of Southampton and Antonio Colak of Rangers have not made the final cut and are arguably the most surprising omissions from the list. Milan striker Ante Rebic was a mainstay of that 2018 run in Russia, but was not part of the preliminary list from which Dalic selected his final 26.

Croatia start their challenge in Qatar by facing Morocco on November 23, but first they’ll play one final friendly fixture against fellow World Cup hopefuls Saudi Arabia, on November 16.

Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Dominik Livakovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 27 34
GK 12 Ivo Grbic Atletico Madrid (SPA) 26 2
GK 23 Ivica Ivusic Osijek (CRO) 27 5
DEF 2 Josip Stanisic Bayern Munich (GER) 22 7
DEF 3 Borna Barisic Rangers (SCO) 29 28
DEF 5 Martin Erlic Sassuolo (ITA) 24 4
DEF 6 Dejan Lovren Zenit St Petersburg (ITA) 33 72
DEF 19 Borna Sosa VfB Stuttgart (GER) 24 8
DEF 20 Josko Gvardiol RB Leipzig (GER) 20 12
DEF 21 Domagoj Vida AEK Athens (GRE) 33 100
DEF 22 Josip Juranovic Celtic (SCO) 27 21
DEF 24 Josip Sutalo Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 22 3
MID 7 Lovro Majer Rennes (FRA) 24 11
MID 8 Mateo Kovacic Chelsea (ENG) 28 84
MID 10 Luka Modric Real Madrid (SPA) 37 155
MID 25 Luka Sucic RB Salzburg (AUS) 20 4
MID 11 Marcelo Brozovic Inter Milan (ITA) 29 77
MID 13 Nikola Vlasic Torino (ITA) 25 42
MID 15 Mario Pasalic Atalanta (ITA) 27 43
MID 26 Kristijan Jakic Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) 25 4
FWD 4 Ivan Perisic Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 33 116
FWD 9 Andrej Kramaric Hoffenheim (GER) 31 74
FWD 14 Marko Livaja Hadjuk Split (CRO) 29 14
FWD 16 Bruno Petkovic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 28 23
FWD 17 Ante Budimir Osasuna (ENG) 31 15
FWD 18 Mislav Orsic Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 29 21


Croatia best player, strengths & weaknesses

Croatia’s main weapon in Qatar will be their incredible level of experience on both the domestic and international scene, with Modric and Perisic both boasting over 100 caps.

Dalic will again rely on the same names that powered their run to the final in Russia, with Modric and Perisic joined by Dejan Lovren, Vida and Brozovic.


The old faces are still the star names within the Croatia squad, with Modric remaining the key man for club and country in midfield.

Some of the other veteran stars have seen their stars dip slightly since 2018, but the emergence of Josko Gvardiol offers a new option at the back, with the RB Leipzig star already reportedly on Chelsea’s transfer radar.



Alongside keeping his veterans ticking over, Dalic has also dealt positively with key international retirements by promoting from within and scouring Europe for talent.

Gvardiol could start ahead of Vida, as a regeneration in defence, with Scotland-based duo Josip Juranovic and Borna Barisic effectively stepping in for now departed Sime Vrsaljko and Ivan Strinic.


However, despite managing to replace key names at the back, Dalic is lacking a potent replacement for 2018 heroes Mario Mandzukic and Rebic, with Andrej Kramaric set to shoulder the main goalscoring responsibility.

Croatia World Cup group

Dalic’s Croatia look set for a straight shootout with Belgium for top spot in Group F, with the Red Devils also under pressure to squeeze a last hurrah from their veteran stars.

Canada will pose a threat, if either of the European heavyweights struggle, and coach John Herdman could see his side upset the odds in this group.

Croatia Group F fixtures and match schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23 Morocco vs. Croatia 5 a.m. Al Bayt
Sun, Nov. 27 Croatia vs. Canada 11 a.m. Khalifa Int’l
Thurs, Dec. 1 Croatia vs. Belgium 10 a.m. Ahmad Bin Ali




He led Croatia to a historic World Cup finalin 2018 before his team lost to Spain in theEuro 2020 last 16. Dalic has put together asolid side.



No one would be able to tell that he is 36years old. Modric is still playing somegreat football, with the energy of ayoungster on the pitch. He is Croatia’sspiritual leader and captain.


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They possess one of the best midfields in international football.


Noe one of their strikers has managed to establish him-self in attack.

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