Croatia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup

Croatia At The 1998 FIFA World Cup

Croatia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup

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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, Denmark, Greece, 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, Jamaica, Japan. 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 team.

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.

Croatia's Roster

Head coach: Miroslav Blažević

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