Croatia World Cup 2018 Squad & Possible Starting Lineups

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Croatia Squad for World Cup 2018
Confirmed Croatia 23-Man Squad: Croatian squad was announced on 04 June 2018. Below is the entire 23-man squad list which do have couple of surprise inclusions.

1 Danijel Subašić Monaco 33 GK
2 Lovre Kalinić Genta 27 GK
3 Dominik Livaković Dinamo Zagreb 23 GK
4 Vedran Ćorluka Lokomotiv Moscow 32 Defender
5 Domagoj Vida Besiktas 28 Defender
6 Ivan Strinić Sampdoria 30 Defender
7 Šime Vrsaljko Atletico Madrid 26 Defender
8 Josip Pivarić Dynamo Kyiv 29 Defender
9 Tin Jedvaj Bayer Leverkusen 22 Defender
10 Dejan Lovren Liverpool 28 Defender
11 Duje Caleta-Car Red Bull Salzburg 21 Defender
12 Luka Modrić (C) Real Madrid 32 Midfielder
13 Ivan Rakitić Barcelona 30 Midfielder
14 Marcelo Brozovic Inter Milan 25 Midfielder
15 Ivan Perišić Inter Milan 29 Forward
16 Mateo Kovačić Real Madrid 23 Midfielder
17 Filip Bradaric Rijeka 26 Midfielder
18 Milan Badelj Fiorentina 29 Midfielder
19 Andrej Kramaric Hoffenhiem 26 Midfielder
20 Mario Mandžukić Juventus 31 Forward
21 Nikola Kalinić AC Milan 30 Forward
22 Marko Pjaca  FC Schalke 23 Forward
23 Ante Rebic Eintracht Frankfurt 24 Forward

Croatia National Coach: Zlatko Dalić

Croatia qualified for the world cup 2018 after, they finished 2nd on the points table of qualifiers after Iceland. They got an experienced head coach (Zlatko Dalić) who managed to football clubs from Asia and Europe. After leaving job of (Al-Ain) in 2017, Dalić signed for the new head coach of Croatia. He is hopeful that his side in the world cup, performed better as they did in qualifiers. The retired football player (Ivica Olić) will become assistant manager under (Dalic).

Possible Starting Lineup: Croatia are a very hard working team with some quality players in the midfield. We can expect the experienced trio of Modric, Brozovic and Rakitic to start in midfield with Perisic and Mandzukic playing upfront. They usually use 4-2-3-1 system and we might see Real Madrid’s Kovacic starting in deeper midfield role along side Brozovic.

A very experienced defense with Srna, Vida, Corluka and Vrsaliko and Subasic to to keep the goal.  Croatia are setup not to get beat and they rely on the pace of Perisic on the counter attacks.

Croatia Schedule of World Cup 2018:

Croatia drawn in the Group (D) of the world cup. Where they will face Argentina, Nigeria, and Iceland in their group games. Croatia open their world cup run from 16th June with the first match against (Nigeria).

  1. Croatia vs Nigeria– 16 June 2018
  2. Argentina vs Croatia– 21 June 2018
  3. Iceland vs Croatia– 26 June 2018