2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

14 June - 15 July


178.0 cm
Date of Birth 06 May 1994
International Caps
International Goals

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.