2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July

Mateo KOVACIC

Age
25
Height
178.0 cm
Date of Birth 06 May 1994
International Caps
46
International Goals
1

Raised in the Austrian city of Linz, Mateo Kovacic is one of the most talented young Croatian players and, according to Luka Modric, potentially a future star in world football.

At 16 years old, the boy wonder scored his first goal in the Croatian top flight and a year later also found the net in the Champions League.  He played in all three of Croatia’s games at Brazil 2014 and by 21 had secured a move to Real Madrid.

Kovacic regularly shows off his consummate passing ability and excellent vision, prompting Giovanni Trapattoni to call him a "mixture of Kaka and Seedorf". Pundits are speculating whether Zlatko Dalic will be able to find the best position for Mateo at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and if he can dovetail effectively with Modric.