Croatia Full Team Squad For FIFA World Cup 2022
Even a few years back, Croatia was a side which no opposition used to care about. But the 2018 FIFA WC changed the whole thing for the Croats. They beat Argentina comfortably in the group stage and then marched all the way up to the final. They knocked out Denmark, host Russia and mighty England in the knockout stage. Zlatko Dalic and his players became national heroes within a short period of time. Here we will reveal which players are in Dalic’s plan for the upcoming Qatar WC.
Croatia Team Squad For FIFA WC 2022
|Position||Player Name||Current Club|
|Goalkeeper||Dominik Livaković||Dinamo Zagreb|
|Goalkeeper||Ivo Grbic||LOSC Lille|
|Goalkeeper||Simon Sluga||Luton Town|
|Defender||Duje Ćaleta-Car||Olympique Marseille|
|Defender||Dejan Lovren||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Defender||Josip Juranović||Celtic FC|
|Defender||Joško Gvardiol||RB Leipzig|
|Defender||Šime Vrsaljko||Atlético Madrid|
|Defender||Domagoj Bradarić||LOSC Lille|
|Midfielder||Mateo Kovačić||Chelsea FC|
|Midfielder||Luka Modrić||Real Madrid|
|Midfielder||Nikola Vlašić||West Ham Utd|
|Midfielder||Ivan Rakitic||Sevilla FC|
|Midfielder||Marcelo Brozović||Inter Milan|
|Midfielder||Ivan Perišić||Inter Milan|
|Midfielder||Mislav Oršić||Dinamo Zagreb|
|Midfielder||Luka Ivanušec||Dinamo Zagreb|
|Forward||Bruno Petković||Dinamo Zagreb|
|Forward||Ante Rebić||AC Milan|
Manager: Zlatko Dalic.
Danijel Subasic was the hero for the Croats as he saved them several time during their latest FIFA WC campaign. However, after that campaign, he retired from international football. Now Dinamo Zagreb’s Dominic Livakovic is the first choice goal stopper for Dalic. He has been good during the qualifying stage and kept a good number of clean sheets. His alternatives in the squad are LOSC Lille’s Iv Grbic and Luton Town gloveman Simon Sluga.
Dalic often goes with a 4 men backline. Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren, two experienced center backs are the most likely picks for the CB positions. Vida the long haired strong man is currently playing at Turkish club Besiktas while former Liverpool and Southampton defender Lovren is having his career at Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg. Duje Ćaleta-Car is another top option for the Croat boss. Scottish side Cletic FC’s Josip Juranović is expected to start as the first choice right back while RB Leipzig full back Joško Gvardiol should be the starter on the left part of the defense.
Croatian midfield is currently one of the bests in the world. They have got so many quality options in the middle and truly even the substitute options are world class. With a possible 4-2-3-1 formation, our experts think there will be a total of 5 players in the midfield, combining the defensive and attacking ones. Ivan Rakitic who missed the UEFA Euro would retain his place in the XI and will be regular starter if he stays fit. He will either get Marcelo Brozovic or Mateo Kovacic as his partner. Brozovic or Kovacic will have more defensive role while Rakitic generally has both defensive and attacking role.
In the more attacking part of the midfield, Luka Modric will be the key man. The Real Madrid sensation was sublime in the last edition of the WC and he also won the Ballon d’Or that year. Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic should start in either side of Modric. Nikola Vlasic, Mario Pasalic and Luka Ivanušec also will be handy alternatives. We guess, you will see a number of substitutions among these players. Up front, Andrej Kramaric and Bruno Petković will be the pure number nine options and any one of them will start and the other one will have to come off the bench.
Predicted Starting Lineup:
Formation: 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3.
Goalkeeper: Dominik Livaković.
Defense: Josip Juranović, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Joško Gvardiol.
Midfield: Mateo Kovačić, Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic.
Attack: Andrej Kramaric / Bruno Petkovic, Ante Rebic.
Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic, Ante Rebic, Andrej Kramaric.