Ivica Olic is the second oldest player in the Croatia squad after goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, and has two previous FIFA World Cup™ campaigns - in 2002 and 2006 - under his belt. He also played at UEFA EURO 2004 and 2008, but was forced to miss the 2012 competition through injury.
The livewire striker will awaken bad memories for English fans in particular, as it was he who put Croatia 2-0 up in their last qualification game for EURO 2008 to ensure the Three Lions missed out on that year’s tournament. The father-of-two also scored his country’s second goal in their 2-1 group stage win against Germany to help Croatia win their EURO 2008 group.
The 34-year-old has made a name for himself in German football as a true grafter. Whether at Hertha BSC, Hamburger SV, Bayern Munich or VfL Wolfsburg, Olic always gives 100 per cent in attack, putting the opposing defence under constant pressure with his tireless running. Olic also enjoyed success during spells with NK Zagreb, Dinamo Zagreb and CSKA Moscow.