Ante Rebic first exploded onto the scene as a youngster when he almost single-handedly beat Ukraine in a key qualifier for the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Niko Kovac was his manager for that occasion and, later in charge of the senior team, he also picked him for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ play-off, before playing the nimble winger in all three of Croatia’s games in Brazil.
The pair were reunited again at club level for Eintracht Frankfurt, where Rebic’s career truly took off. This season Rebic has played some of the best football of his life and produced his best statistics for the last five years. New Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic clearly places the same trust in the player as his predecessor, using him in the majority of games since his appointment, and looks ready to build the team around him for the future.