At the 1998 FIFA World Cup Croatia
participated for in the event for the first time. The country went on to finish third place in the tournament.
Croatia was drawn into Group A of UEFA's World Cup qualifications
along with Bosnia and Herzegovina
, and Slovenia
. Croatia finished second, behind Denmark, and qualified for the World Cup. The team had the following results:
The final standings were the following:
Croatia at the World Cup
At the World Cup, Croatia was drawn into Group H along with Argentina
. The team advanced to the round of sixteen, finishing in second place in the group. The team had the following results:
June 14, 1998
June 20, 1998
June 26, 1998
Croatia went on to face the Romanian
squad in the round of sixteen.
June 30, 1998
Croatia then played the heavily favoured German
squad in the quarter-finals after their victory over Romania.
June 29, 1998
After this surprise victory, Croatia played the host French
July 8, 1998
Croatia lost the match against France, ending their World Cup dreams. However, they entered the third place consolation match against the Netherlands
July 11, 1998
With this victory, the Croats finished in third, becoming the surprise of the tournament. Croatia's Davor Šuker
also earned the tournament's Gold Boot for his six goals.
Head coach: Miroslav Blažević Read More