Euro 2012 team guide: Group C – Croatia

Everything you need to know about Group C competitors Croatia

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COACH: Slaven Bilic

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WORLD RANKING: 8

QUALIFIED: Through playoffs

BEST EURO FINISH: Quarter-finals (1996, 2008)

FORMATION: 4-4-2

PLAYING STYLE: Counter-attack

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STRENGTHS: Any team with Modric is going to cause the opposition problems – and he’s not the only skilful playmaker in this team.

WEAKNESSES: The lack of pace at the back, especially at the heart of the defence, always leaves them open to speedy attacks.

TEAM RATING:

STAR PLAYER:

Luka Modric

Position: Midfielder

Age: 26

Club: Tottenham

One of the Premier League’s premier midfielders, and can light up any game with his cheeky one-touch passing and wriggling runs. Could take his value to £40 million. 

THE CAPTAIN:

Darijo Srna

The legendary 30-year-old has 90 caps for his country and when he winds up his right-foot everyone should take cover – because, boy, can he hit it.

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CROATIA FACTS:



Capital: Zagreb
Population: 4.2 million
Official language: Croatian
Best ever player: Davor Suker