The former Yugoslavia qualified for the FIFA World Cup™ on eight occasions, playing a total of 37 fixtures.

The Balkan nation’s closest brush with glory came in 1930 and 1962, when they reached the semi-finals at both tournaments. In 1930, they lost out to tournament hosts Uruguay in the semi-finals and in 1962 they fell to Czechoslovakia at the same stage before losing to hosts Chile in the play-off for third place.

Since Yugoslavia’s break-up, Croatia have enjoyed the best World Cup record of its former republics – finishing third in 1998 – and they will again be present in Brazil along with neighbours and tournament debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina.