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Croatia under-20
Nickname(s)Mali vatreni
AssociationCroatian Football Federation
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachOgnjen Vukojević
CaptainAnte Palaversa
Top scorerDomagoj Abramović (6)
FIFA codeCRO
First colours
Second 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
 Brazil 4–0 Croatia 
(Calabar, Nigeria; 14 April 1999)
 Slovenia 4–0 Croatia 
(Brežice, Slovenia; 4 April 2006)
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1999)
Best resultRound of 16, 1999 & 2013

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.

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.

Another good performance by U19 team at 2012 championship saw Croatia qualifying for the World Cup, this time to be held in Turkey in 2013.

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.

FIFA U-20 World Cup record

FIFA U-20 World Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA GD
Qatar 1995 Did not qualify
Malaysia 1997
Nigeria 1999 Round of 16 4 1 2 1 6 6 0
Argentina 2001 Did not qualify
United Arab Emirates 2003
Netherlands 2005
Canada 2007
Egypt 2009
Colombia 2011 Group stage 3 0 0 3 2 8 −6
Turkey 2013 Round of 16 4 2 1 1 4 4 0
New Zealand 2015 Did not qualify
South Korea 2017
Poland 2019
Indonesia 2021 To be determined
Total 3/13 11 3 3 5 12 18 −6

Players

The following is the list of players for the international friendly fixture against  Turkey on 26 March 2021.[1]
Caps, numbers and goals as of 26 March 2021 after match against  Turkey; only matches as FIFA member are included.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Ivor Pandur (2000-03-25) 25 March 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Italy Hellas Verona
1GK Renato Josipović (2001-06-12) 12 June 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Dinamo Zagreb
1GK Roko Runje (2001-08-13) 13 August 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Croatia Junak Sinj

2DF Stipe Radić (2000-06-10) 10 June 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Belgium Beerschot
2DF Vicko Ševelj (2000-09-19) 19 September 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Croatia Hajduk Split
2DF Alois Dominik Oroz (2000-10-29) 29 October 2000 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Vitesse
2DF Josip Šutalo (2000-02-28) 28 February 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Croatia Istra 1961 (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
2DF Niko Galešić (2001-03-26) 26 March 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Rijeka
2DF Luka Škaričić (2002-01-28) 28 January 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split

3MF Marko Hanuljak (2000-01-31) 31 January 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Croatia Osijek
3MF Adam Benić (2000-04-28) 28 April 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Croatia Osijek
3MF Ante Palaversa (2000-04-06) 6 April 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium Kortrijk (on loan from Manchester City)
3MF Edin Julardžija (2001-01-21) 21 January 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Slaven Belupo (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
3MF Mario Čuić (2001-04-22) 22 April 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split
3MF Marko Bulat (2001-09-26) 26 September 2001 (age 20) 1 1 Croatia Šibenik (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
3MF Marin Ljubičić (2002-02-28) 28 February 2002 (age 19) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split

4FW Roko Baturina (2000-06-20) 20 June 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Hungary Ferencváros
4FW Ivan Durdov (2000-07-17) 17 July 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Croatia Rudeš
4FW Josip Mitrović (2000-06-11) 11 June 2000 (age 21) 2 1 Croatia Gorica
4FW Ivan Dolček (2000-04-24) 24 April 2000 (age 21) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split
4FW Antonio Marin (2001-01-09) 9 January 2001 (age 20) 1 2 Croatia Lokomotiva (on loan from Dinamo Zagreb)
4FW Mihael Kuprešak (2001-05-15) 15 May 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Osijek
4FW Ivan Brnić (2001-08-23) 23 August 2001 (age 20) 1 0 Croatia Hajduk Split

Previous squads

FIFA U-20 World Cup

See also

References

  1. ^ "Hrvatska U-20". Hrvatski nogometni savez (in Croatian). Retrieved 29 March 2021.