World Cup starts in November. Qatar will host 32 national teams for the first time in autumn and the last time in the old format. The Croatian national team goes to the World Cup in the status of a “dark horse” and a thunderstorm of authorities. It is strange to talk like that about the silver medalist of the last World Cup, but today Croatia in terms of football is on the verge of a total renewal. It will have to be conducted by Zlatko Dalic, who urgently accepted the national team for the qualifying tournament for the World Cup in Russia in 2017 and still manages the national team.
The club career of Zlatok Dalic is little known to a wide range of fans; before the national team, he coached the local Rijeka and the Albanian Tirana, with which he won the 2008 Super Cup. Interestingly, Dalic is also familiar with Asian teams, he coached Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia and a club from the United Arab Emirates. But he achieved great success only with the Croatian national team. His team, led by Modric, will try to repeat the incredible success of four years ago.
Croatia squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup
The Croats are on the verge of a big renewal of the squad, after the success in Russia, many veterans left the team, but for the leaders Modric and Perisic, the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the last. Our editors have proposed their vision of the final application of the Croatian national team, whose players will play World Cup 2022 matches.
|Goalkeepers||Dominik Livakovic, Lovre Kalinic, Ivica Ivusic|
|Protection||Joshko Guardiol, Josip Shutalo, Duje Tzaleta-Tsar, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Borna Sosa, Borna Barisic, Josip Juranovic, Josip Stanisic|
|Midfield||Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic, Luka Susic, Luka Modric, Mario Pasalic, Nikola Vlasic, Ivan Perisic, Lovro Maier, Mislav Orsic, Josip Brekalo|
|Assault||Andrei Kramaric, Marco Livaja, Bruno Petkovic, Ante Budimir|
After the departure of Subasic, a vacancy appeared in the goalkeeper position. He will be occupied with a high degree of probability by Dominik Livakovic, the goalkeeper of the best Croatian club at the moment. Dinamo Zagreb’s rivals Kalinic and Ivusic got too little practice in the national team for Dalić to entrust them with a place at the start of the Fifa World Cup.
In defense, the main star is Joshka Guardiol, who managed to make some noise at the last Euro. All the top clubs are after the Leipzig defender. One of the longtime leaders and veterans will go to him in a couple: Vida or Lovren. They will compete in the matches of the 2022 World Cup with strong Shutalo and Tsaleta-Tsar. Dalic will definitely have a choice for the center back position. There are promising Legionnaires on the flanks of the defense: on the right, Stanisic from Bayern and Juranovic from Celtic, on the left, the place of Sosa from Stuttgart is not in doubt, but Barisic from Rangers can replace him.
Midfield is Modric. One of the greatest Croatians in the short history of the national team and the owner of the Golden Ball wants to lead the team to the medals. Without him, it is difficult to imagine the Croatian national team at the World Cup. He will be helped by experienced Inter leader Brozovic, and Kovacic from Chelsea, in the attack there are a couple of former RPL players Pasalic and Vlasic and new hope Susic from Leipzig.
FIFA World Cup 2022: The teams present a strong attacking line. But the Croatian national team at the 2022 World Cup will have one of the weakest attacks among European teams. Only the wildly consistent Tottenham Hotspur Perisic stands out, but of the four Kramarić-Livaja-Petkovic-Budimir, only Kramarić stands out with consistent performance. The rest are far from equal to Mandzhukich.
History of Croatia’s performances at the World Championships
The Croatian history is not so long yet, but all the successes of the “checkers” have been achieved at the World Cup. In Russia in 2018, the Dalic team only lost to France in the final, and bronze medals were also won at the FIFA World Cup in 1998. Since the declaration of independence, the team has not got to the world championship only once - in 2010.
How did the Croats qualify for the World Cup in Qatar?
In qualifying group H, the outcome of the World Cup was decided in the last match between Russia and Croatia. Kudryashov’s own goal helped Dalic’s team come out on top, ahead of Slovenia, Slovakia and Cyprus. In 10 matches, they lost only once, scoring 21 goals.
Croatia national team: World Cup 2022 group and predictions
At the World Cup in Qatar, the Croatian national team will compete for a place in the playoffs in Group F. Modric and the company will compete with Belgium, Canada and Morocco. Many people think that two European teams will play two tickets further, the composition of the Croats is clearly stronger and more experienced than the Moroccans and Canadians. World Cup 2022 standings favors the Croats.
Forecast for the World Cup from our editorial office for Croatia - a maximum of ⅛ finals. The new generation is not yet ready to pull the national team, Modric and Perisic may not have enough strength to defeat more balanced teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Zlatko Dalic plays in a 4-1-4-1 formation with a well-defined defensive midfielder, a saturated midfield and a forward. The approximate composition of the Croatian national team for the World Cup matches in Qatar: Livakovic-Sosa-Guardiol-Shutalo-Stanisic-Brozovic-Modric-Kovacic-Perisic-Pasalic-Kramaric. Lovren, Barisic, Vlasic may come on as replacements.
Most often, the great Davor Suker scored at the world championships, only 45 goals for the national team, among the active players, Perisic scored the most - 32 goals. Modric has 22 goals, Kramaric has 19 goals for the Croatian national team. Everyone will go to the 2022 World Cup and try to increase the result.
The Croatian national team is not included in the TOP-10 of the best teams according to bookmakers. Bet on the victory of the Croatians with odds from 60 to 65. Qualification to the semi-finals is estimated at 8.5-10. Bookmakers offer odds from 1.4 to 1.5 to get out of Group F of the World Championship.