Who is expected to be playing in the World Cup for Croatia? Keep reading to find out which Croatian stars you could be watching with your Qatar World Cup Tickets.
A Generational Talent
Croatia is graced with world-class talent across multiple positions, that is no secret. It’s also no secret that some of these players are veterans of the beautiful game who have won pretty much everything there is to win.
One of the most popular players in recent years is Luka Modric. Luka is a serial winner for his team of Real Madrid - winning 4 UEFA Champions Leagues, 3 UEFA Super Cups and 3 FIFA Club World Cups. Not to mention 2 La Ligas. It is not hard to see why Luka Modric is a true leader in the locker room and someone who can elevate the players around him.
In recent news, Modric has announced his retirement from the Croatia national football team, marking this World Cup tournament as the final appearance Modric will make in the international tournament.
Croatia are blessed to have a blend of such attacking prowess and general footballing experience and knowledge in their midfield. Having such has allowed them to be one of the most collective set of midfielders in the tournament.
With the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Perisic all in the middle of the park, it’s not hard to see why they’re one of the most well-oiled midfield units going into this World Cup tournament.
Brick Wall Defence
As well as Croatia’s world-class midfield, they are blessed with having a plethora of great defenders in their arsenal. With the likes of Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren and Josip Stanisic - their collective teamwork and communication makes for an effective backline.
Each of these defenders is decorated winners, providing them with a wealth of knowledge of how to get over the line in big games. Dejan Lovren has lifted the Champions League and Premier League with Liverpool, as well as the Russian Premier League and Super Cup with Zenit.
Domagoj Vida has lifted the Super Lig, Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup with Besiktas. Whilst being a part of the backline during the 2018 World Cup alongside Dejan Lovren. Vida has also lifted the Ukrainian Premier League, Cup and Super Cup with Dynamo Kyiv where he has earned his name.
Despite being 21, Josip Stanisic is a player who is bursting onto the scene with Bayern Munich and will surely be one of the talking points of the World Cup tournament. He has already had the taste of being a winner by winning back to back Bundesliga titles so he will be hungry for a chance to lift the World Cup.