Croatia national under-20 football team

Croatia national under-20 football team
Croatia under-20
Nickname(s) Mali vatreni
Association Hrvatski Nogometni Savez
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Ivica Grnja
Top scorer Domagoj Abramović (6)
FIFA code CRO
Home colours
Away colours
First international
 Croatia 1–1 Italy 
(Poreč, Croatia; 8 February 1995)
Biggest win
 Hungary 0–6 Croatia 
(Hungary; 5 September 1995)
 Croatia 6-0 Italy 
(Umag, Croatia; 15 March 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Slovenia 4–0 Croatia 
(Brežice, Slovenia; 4 April 2006)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1999)
Best result Round of 16, 1999

The Croatia national under-20 football team is the national under-20 football team of Croatia and is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Croatia.

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History

The U20 team is the de facto under-19 of the previous year, and it acts mainly as a feeder team for the U21s and provides further international development for youth players. The team qualified for its only official match, FIFA U-20 World Cup, depends on U19 result.

Under-20 national team of Croatia was formed in 1994. First match was played against team of Austrian region Styria, and first match against FIFA member was against Italy on 8 February 1995.

Croatia managed to qualify for 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup. That was second appearance from Croatian football team on FIFA competition, after A-team appeared on FIFA World Cup in France in 1998. They passed the group, and then lost to Brazil by 4-0 in Round of 16.

On 24 July 2010, after trashing Portugal 5-0 in 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship group game, Croatia qualified to semi-final and also secured spot in 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.

Competitive record

Croatian under-20 team played most of its matches competing in regional cup called Mirop Cup, also known as Cup Alpe-Adria, with teams of Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia and teams of some Austrian and Hungarian regions. Croatia won that cup three times in a row, in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and bever after.

Totally, U-20 team has played 64 matches as of 10 August 2010, with 37 wins, 14 draws and 13 losses.

FIFA U-20 World Cup record

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD
1995 to 1997 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 1999 Round of 16 4 1 2 1 6 6 0
2001 to 2009 Did Not Qualify
Colombia 2011 Group stage 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6
Total 7 1 2 4 8 14 −6

Current squad

This is the squad for 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

# Name Date of Birth (Age) Club
Goalkeepers
1 Matej Delač 20 August 1992 (1992-08-20) (age 19) England Chelsea
12 Dominik Picak 12 February 1992 (1992-02-12) (age 19) Croatia Lokomotiva
21 Michael Paradžiković 9 January 1992 (1992-01-09) (age 19) Croatia Cibalia
Defenders
2 Ivor Horvat 19 August 1991 (1991-08-19) (age 20) Croatia Lokomotiva
5 Renato Kelić 31 March 1991 (1991-03-31) (age 20) Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
6 Tomislav Glumac 14 May 1991 (1991-05-14) (age 20) Croatia Zadar
13 Marko Lešković 27 April 1991 (1991-04-27) (age 20) Croatia Osijek
14 Roberto Punčec 27 October 1991 (1991-10-27) (age 20) Croatia Varaždin
Midfielders
3 Dejan Glavica 20 August 1991 (1991-08-20) (age 20) Croatia Varaždin
4 Franko Andrijašević 22 June 1991 (1991-06-22) (age 20) Croatia Hajduk Split
7 Zvonko Pamić 4 February 1991 (1991-02-04) (age 20) Germany Duisburg
8 Arijan Ademi 29 May 1991 (1991-05-29) (age 20) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
10 Filip Ozobić 8 April 1991 (1991-04-08) (age 20) Russia Spartak Moscow
11 Mario Tičinović 20 August 1991 (1991-08-20) (age 20) Croatia Hajduk Split
15 Antonio Jakoliš 28 February 1992 (1992-02-28) (age 19) Croatia Šibenik
16 Frano Mlinar 30 March 1992 (1992-03-30) (age 19) Croatia Lokomotiva
20 Ivan Blažević 25 July 1992 (1992-07-25) (age 19) Croatia Inter Zaprešić
Forwards
9 Andrej Kramarić 19 June 1991 (1991-06-19) (age 20) Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
17 Anton Maglica 11 November 1991 (1991-11-11) (age 20) Croatia Osijek
18 Marin Zulim 26 October 1991 (1991-10-26) (age 20) Croatia Lučko
19 Ivan Lendrić 8 August 1991 (1991-08-08) (age 20) Croatia Hajduk Split

Previous squads

FIFA U-20 World Cup

See also


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