Croatia national under-21 football team

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Croatia Under-21
Nickname(s) Mladi Vatreni ("The Young Blazers")
Association Croatian Football Federation
Head coach Nenad Gračan
Most caps Tomislav Vranjić (26)
Top scorer Tomislav Bušić (12)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Croatia Croatia 0–0 Italy Italy
13 February 1993, friendly
Biggest win
Croatia Croatia 6–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Osijek, 5 September 1997, qual. EC
Biggest defeat
Spain Spain 6–0 Croatia Croatia
Alicante, 10 September 2012, qual. EC
UEFA U-21 Championship
Appearances 2 (first in 2000)
Best result Group stage (2000, 2004)

The Croatia national under-21 football team, also known as Croatia under-21(s) or Croatia U21(s), is a youth association football national team which represents Croatia at this age level and is a feeder team for the Croatia national football team.

This team is for Croatian players aged 21 or under at the start of a two-year European Under-21 Football Championship campaign, so players can be, and often are, up to 23 years old. Also in existence are teams for Under-20s (for non-UEFA tournaments), Under-19s and Under 17s. As long as they are eligible, players can play at any level, making it possible to play for the U21s, senior side and again for the U21s, as Ivan Rakitić and Nikola Kalinić have done recently. It is also possible to play for one country at youth level and another at senior level (providing the player is eligible). For example, Ivan Rakitić is a former Switzerland U21 player who later became a Croatia international.

The under-21 age category came into existence with the realignment of UEFA's youth competitions in 1976. The Croatia U21 team was formed following Croatia's independence from SFR Yugoslavia in 1991 and is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation (from 1976 to 1990 Croatian players played for Yugoslavia U21). A goalless draw in a friendly against Italy played on 13 February 1992 was Croatia U21s' first result.

Competition history[edit]

As a European U21 team, Croatia compete for the European U21 Championship, with the finals held every odd-numbered year, formerly even-numbered years. There is no U21 World Cup, although there is an U20 World Cup. Since the Croatian Football Federation was recognised by UEFA in June 1993, in the middle of the two-year European Championship cycle, Croatia U21s began their first competitive campaign in 1994, in which they tried to qualify for the 1996 finals. They eventually finished fourth in a six-team group, with five wins out of ten games and four points behind group winners Italy.

They failed to qualify for the next tournament in 1998, but then managed to win their first qualification for the 2000 tournament. However, they finished bottom of a four-team group in the group stage, losing to Netherlands and Czech Republic and drawing with Spain.

In their next five campaigns Croatia U21 managed to qualify for the finals only one more time (for the 2004 finals), but again they failed to progress past the group stage. They came close to qualifying for the 2002 and 2006 tournaments, as they had reached the qualification playoff round, but did not progress further.

UEFA U-21 Championship record[edit]

UEFA U-21 Championship record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Position Pld W D L GF GA Manager
Spain 1996 Did Not Qualify 4/6 10 5 2 3 13 12 Martin Novoselac
Romania 1998 3/5 8 4 0 4 13 9 Ivo Šušak
Slovakia 2000 Group Stage 4/4 3 0 1 2 4 6 Squad 1/5 10 7 2 1 28 9 Ivo Šušak
Switzerland 2002 Did Not Qualify 2/4OFF 8 3 4 1 10 7 Martin Novoselac
Germany 2004 Group Stage 4/4 3 0 1 2 3 5 Squad 1/4 8 4 2 2 11 5 Martin Novoselac
Portugal 2006 Did Not Qualify 1/6OFF 12 8 1 3 16 11 Slaven Bilić
Netherlands 2007 3/3 2 0 0 2 2 4 Dražen Ladić
Sweden 2009 2/6 10 7 1 2 20 12 Dražen Ladić
Denmark 2011 1/5OFF 10 5 2 3 18 15 Dražen Ladić
Israel 2013 4/5 8 2 1 5 7 16 Ivo Šušak
Czech Republic 2015 1/5OFF 10 6 1 3 22 9 Niko Kovač / Nenad Gračan
Poland 2017 3/6 10 6 2 2 24 11 Nenad Gračan
Italy 2019 To Be Determined 5 4 1 0 16 3 Nenad Gračan
Total Group stage 6 0 2 4 7 11 111 61 19 31 200 123
Notes
  • OFF = Lost in play-offs.

2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Croatia 5 4 1 0 16 3 +13 13 Final tournament 12 Oct 2–1 5–1 27 Mar 5–0
2  Greece 5 4 1 0 15 2 +13 13 Play-offs if among four best runners-up 1–1 15 Oct 27 Mar 5–1 22 Mar
3  Belarus 5 2 1 2 6 6 0 7 10 Sep 0–2 11 Oct 3–1 1–0
4  Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 8 8 0 7 23 Mar 10 Sep 1–1 15 Oct 3–1
5  Moldova 6 1 0 5 5 16 −11 3 0–3 0–2 6 Sep 1–3 11 Sep
6  San Marino 5 0 0 5 1 16 −15 0 16 Oct 0–5 25 Mar 5 Sep 0–2
Updated to match(es) played on 14 November 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Recent results[edit]

2017–18[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Croatia Nenad Gračan
Assistant coach Croatia Daniel Šarić
Goalkeeping coach Croatia Hrvoje Sunara
Fitness coach Croatia Davor Lješević
Technical director Croatia Josip Tomaško

Current squad[edit]

Players born in on or after 1 January 1996 are eligible for the next UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

The following is the list of players for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship matches against San Marino on 8 November 2017 and Greece on 13 November 2017[1].
Caps, goals and numbers correct as of 14 November 2017 after the match against Greece.
Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Josip Posavec (1996-03-10) 10 March 1996 (age 21) 7 0 Italy Palermo
1GK Adrian Šemper (1998-01-12) 12 January 1998 (age 19) 1 0 Croatia Lokomotiva

2DF Duje Ćaleta-Car Captain sports.svg (1996-09-17) 17 September 1996 (age 21) 13 2 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
2DF Fran Karačić (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 21) 6 1 Croatia Lokomotiva
2DF Borna Sosa (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 19) 6 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2DF Filip Benković (1997-07-13) 13 July 1997 (age 20) 5 2 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
2DF Lorenco Šimić (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 21) 4 1 Italy Empoli
2DF Petar Bosančić (1996-04-19) 19 April 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Croatia Hajduk Split
2DF Petar Mamić (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Croatia Inter Zaprešić

3MF Ante Ćorić (1997-04-14) 14 April 1997 (age 20) 15 3 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
3MF Andrija Balić (1997-08-11) 11 August 1997 (age 20) 9 0 Italy Udinese
3MF Ivan Šunjić (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 21) 9 0 Croatia Lokomotiva
3MF Toma Bašić (1996-11-25) 25 November 1996 (age 21) 4 1 Croatia Hajduk Split
3MF Nikola Moro (1997-04-14) 14 April 1997 (age 20) 4 1 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
3MF Luka Ivanušec (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Croatia Lokomotiva
2DF Petar Bočkaj (1996-07-23) 23 July 1996 (age 21) 3 1 Croatia Osijek
3MF Lovro Majer (1998-03-12) 12 March 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Croatia Lokomotiva

4FW Josip Brekalo (1998-06-23) 23 June 1998 (age 19) 9 5 Germany VfB Stuttgart
3MF Marin Jakoliš (1996-12-26) 26 December 1996 (age 20) 6 3 Austria Admira Wacker

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Croatia U-21 squad since the beginning of 2017 and are still eligible for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Karlo Letica (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v.  Austria, 4 September 2017
GK Ivo Grbić (1996-01-12) 12 January 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017

DF Nikola Katić (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Croatia Slaven Belupo v.  Czech Republic, 9 October 2017
DF Marin Pongračić INJ (1997-09-11) 11 September 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Austria Red Bull Salzburg v.  Austria, 4 September 2017
DF Toni Borevković (1997-06-18) 18 June 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Rudeš v.  Austria, 4 September 2017
DF Ante Vrljičak (1997-04-26) 26 April 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Slaven Belupo v.  Austria, 4 September 2017
DF Antonio Bosec (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Inter Zaprešić v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017
DF Vinko Cerovec (1997-05-26) 26 May 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Slovenia Ankaran v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017
DF Franjo Prce (1996-01-07) 7 January 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Italy Lazio v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017

MF Nikola VlašićSENIOR TEAM (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 20) 10 2 England Everton v.  Czech Republic, 9 October 2017
MF Ivan Fiolić (1996-04-29) 29 April 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb v.  Czech Republic, 9 October 2017
MF Tomislav Turčin (1997-05-31) 31 May 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Cibalia v.  Czech Republic, 9 October 2017
MF Kristijan Jakić (1997-05-14) 14 May 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Croatia Lokomotiva v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017
MF Bojan Knežević (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017
MF Frane Vojković (1996-12-20) 20 December 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Inter Zaprešić v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017

FW Alen Halilović INJ (1996-06-18) 18 June 1996 (age 21) 8 0 Spain Las Palmas v.  Belarus, 5 October 2017
FW Fran Brodić (1997-01-08) 8 January 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Belgium Roeselare v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017
FW Robert Murić (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 21) 1 1 Portugal Braga v.  Slovenia, 23 March 2017
Notes
  • BOLDED = Players who have already played in the senior team.
  • INJ = Not part of the current squad due to injury.
  • WD = Withdrew from the current squad due to injury.
  • RET = Retired before the latest call-up but still eligible for selection.

Past squads[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Managers[edit]

The following table provides a summary of the complete record of each Croatia manager including their results regarding European Under-21 Championship.

Key: Pld–games played, W–games won, D–games drawn; L–games lost, %–win percentage
Bilić is one of two former U-21 managers who later coached Croatia's senior team
Manager Croatia tenure Pld W D L Win % Major competitions
Croatia Novoselac, MartinMartin Novoselac 1994–1996
2000–2004
Symbol delete vote.svg 1996 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Symbol delete vote.svg 2002 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Symbol confirmed.svg 2004 European Championship – Group stage
Croatia Šušak, IvoIvo Šušak 1997–2000
2011–2013
Symbol delete vote.svg 1998 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Symbol confirmed.svg 2000 European Championship – Group stage
Symbol delete vote.svg 2013 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Croatia Bilić, SlavenSlaven Bilić 2004–2006 20 11 3 6 055.0 Symbol delete vote.svg 2006 European Championship – Play-offs
Croatia Asanović, AljošaAljoša Asanović (c) 2005 1 0 0 1 000.0 Symbol delete vote.svg 2006 European Championship – Failed to qualify[2]
Croatia Grnja, IvicaIvica Grnja (c) 2005 1 0 0 1 000.0 Symbol delete vote.svg 2006 European Championship – Failed to qualify[3]
Croatia Brnčić, MarijanMarijan Brnčić (c)[4] 2005 1 0 1 0 000.0 &
Croatia Ladić, DraženDražen Ladić 2006–2011 Symbol delete vote.svg 2007 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Symbol delete vote.svg 2009 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Symbol delete vote.svg 2011 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Croatia Kovač, NikoNiko Kovač 2013 7 5 0 2 071.4 &
Croatia Gračan, NenadNenad Gračan 2013– 31 16 8 7 051.6 Symbol delete vote.svg 2015 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Symbol delete vote.svg 2017 European Championship – Failed to qualify
Totals

Last updated: Greece vs Croatia, 13 November 2017. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Most appearances[edit]

Before joining the senior team Vida played 19 matches for the U-21 team
# Name Croatia career Caps Goals Ref.
1 Tomislav Vranjić 2002–2005 26 0 [5]
2 Tomislav Bušić 2005–2008 25 12
3 Josip Tadić 2005–2008 22 5
4 Ivan Leko 1994–2000 21 5
Mato Jajalo 2007–2010 21 4
6 Tomo Šokota 1997–2000 19 10
Dejan Lovren 2007–2010 19 3
Davor Vugrinec 1994–1997 19 3
Domagoj Vida 2007–2010 19 2
Dario Smoje 1997–2000 19 1
Mario Carević 2001–2004 19 0
Luka Vučko 2004–2006 19 0
Mario Lučić ?–? 19 ?

Last updated: Greece vs Croatia, 13 November 2017. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Brozović scored 7 goals for the U-21 team before he was promoted to the senior team
# Name Croatia career Goals Caps Ref.
1 Tomislav Bušić 2005–2008 12 25 [6]
2 Tomo Šokota 1997–2000 10 19
3 Stipe Perica 2013–2016 8 12
Eduardo da Silva 2004–2005 12
5 Marcelo Brozović 2011–2014 7 13
6 Mario Pašalić 2014–2016 6 14
Ante Rukavina 2007–2008 9
Mihael Mikić 1999–2001 15
7 Ivan Leko 1994–2000 5 21
Ivo Iličević 2007–2008 11
Zvonimir Deranja 1998–2001 12
Andrej Kramarić 2009–2013 9
Josip Tadić 2005–2008 22

Last updated: Greece vs Croatia, 13 November 2017. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HNS: GRAČAN: "IMAMO SNAGE I ZNANJA, TE IGRAČE PUNE MOTIVA"
  2. ^ He coached the U-21 team during the first play-off to 2006 European Championship lost 1:3 to Serbia HNS: Serbia-Croatia 3:1, 2005
  3. ^ He coached the U-21 team during the second play-off to 2006 European Championship lost 1:2 to Serbia HNS: Croatia-Serbia 1:2, 2005
  4. ^ As a temporary manager he coached the U-21 team during the friendly 1:1 draw against Italy HNS: Croatia-Italy 1:1, 2005
  5. ^ "U-21 team". Croatian Football Federation. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "U-21 team". Croatian Football Federation. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

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