After a strong Euro 2008 qualification and tournament itself many people started to sit up and take notice of Croatia, with players such as Luka Modric they have plenty of talent. It was then a huge surprise that they didn't qualify for the World Cup and they will surely be looking to put themselves back on the map with a strong showing at Euro 2012.
Their last European Championships performance may have been disappointing in that Croatia went out at the group stage but they were only just behind Spain and Italy, the eventual finalists, so they could be value here based on those performances.
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These were Croatia's qualifying results for Euro 2012, their qualifying results for Euro 2016 will be added once the campaign starts.
|Date||Home Team||Result||Away Team|
This was the final 23 man Croatia Euro 2012 squad, how many of these players will be around in 2016?
Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Ivan Kelava (Dinamo Zagreb).
Defenders: Domogoj Vida (Dinamo Zagreb), Vedran Corluka (Bayer Leverkusen), Josip Simunic (Dinamo Zagreb), Sime Vrsaljko (Dinamo Zagreb), Gordon Schildenfeld (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro), Danijel Pranjic (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Tomislav Dujmovic (Real Zaragoza), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Luka Modric (Tottenham), Ivan Perisic (Borussia Dortmund), Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham), Milan Badelj (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg).
Forwards: Nikica Jelavic (Everton), Mario Mandzukic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikola Kalinic (Dnipro)
We will add Croatia's goalscorer stats from their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after each qualifying match.
We will add Croatia's disciplinary stats from their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after each qualifying match.
We will add France's team stats from their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after each qualifying match.
|2012||Eliminated Third In Group|
|2008||Eliminated In The Quarter Final|
|2004||Eliminated Third In Group|
|2000||Did Not Qualify|
|1996||Eliminated In The Quarter Final|
Croatia have done fairly well in recent European Championships considering their size, they have reached the quarter finals on two occasions and that represents their best performances. They have also failed at the group stage on two occasions and they didn't qualify in 2000. There is no doubting Croatia are a decent side but sometimes they lack the strength in depth to qualify for the latter stages.