The Croatians can record another victory before Euro 2016.

Last updated: March 22, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5pm
Venue: Groupama Arena (Budapest)
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Last meeting: 1-1
Competition: Friendly match

Croatia have always had great football players. The fans can still remember their incredible striker Davor Suker, who helped The Croatians reach the third place of the 1998 World Cup in France. The striker scored 6 goals, becoming the winner of the Golden boot. Now you can see names like Mandzukic, Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and many other world class players who are now experienced enough and can make a real impact at The Euro 2016 in France.

The Croatians have a record of 6 victories, 4 draws and 4 defeats in European Championships. Their best performance was reaching the quarter-finals in 2008. Of course it’s impossible to differentiate between the old Yugoslavian Republic in the time when they represented the country of Yugoslavia.

Hungary have never won a game against Croatia. There have been 6 matches in the Head to Head battle between both teams. The Croatians have won 3 of these games. The last two matches between Hungary and Croatia finished with a draw. The final score of the last game between these two teams was 1-1. The match was a friendly and was played 8 years ago, just a month before the start of Euro 2008. It’s interesting that Niko Kovac opened for the Croatians in the 24th minute of the game, but just 20 minutes later he found his own net. The only competitive victory for Croatia was in the qualifiers for FIFA World Cup 2006, when the Croatians smashed Hungary 3-0 at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb.

Ante Cacic’s players lost only 1 of their 10 matches in the qualification group for the Euro 2016. Even though they were punished by reducing their points by 1p., they had no difficulties winning the second place in group ‘H’. In addition, Croatia easily beat Israel 2-0 in their last friendly match. Internazionale’s midfielder Marcelo Brozovic put in a terrific performance and became the man of the match, scoring once and assisting for Perisic’s goal. The Croatians are on a run of 4 consecutive international victories. They have scored 9 goals and have conceded only 2.

Ivan Rakitic received a calf strain injury and won’t take part in the game. Rakitic is a key player for Barcelona. He has scored 5 goals in 28 matches in Spain’s Primera Division this season. The midfielder is 28 years old, but has already won 75 caps for the Croatian national team.

39-year-old Gabor Kiraly can become the oldest player to take part in the European Championships. He is the most experienced player in Hungary’s squad. The goalkeeper won his 101st cap against Norway in the play-offs for a place at Euro 2016.

Tamas Priskin has also made a great impact for Hungary. He scored a very important goal against Norway in the play-offs and helped his nation qualify for the Euro 2016. The 29-year-old forward will be the main player for the Hungarians in the team’s upcoming matches.

Of course, the Hungarians are far away from their best years in football, when they were among the best in the world. For those who don’t remember, Hungary were the runners-up in World Cup finals on two occasions. They were the best team in 1954, but Hungary eventually lost the final against West Germany, after being 2-0 in front. However, the Hungarians have become Olympic champions on 3 occasions. They have also won a silver and a bronze medal. When we talk about European Championships – Hungary’s best achievement is third place in 1964.

Hungary will have to play against Austria, Iceland and Portugal, so their task looks difficult, but the Hungarians have enough qualities and they have quite a good chance of winning their place in the next stage of the tournament.

The Squads:

Goalkeepers: Király, Dibusz, Bogdán, Gulácsi;
Defenders: Fiola, Juhász R., Guzmics, Lang, Pintér Á, Kádár, Korhut;
Midfielders: Lovrencsics, Nagy Á, Stieber, Gera, Elek, Kleinheisler;
Forwards: Dzsudzsák, Gyurcsó, Böde, Németh K., Nikolics, Priskin, Szalai.
Head coach: Bernd Storck
Goalkeepers: Danijel Subašić (Monaco), Lovre Kalinić (Hajduk), Ivan Vargić (Rijeka);
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar), Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo), Šime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo);
Midfielders: Luka Modrić (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona), Ivan Perišić (Inter), Mateo Kovačić (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozović (Inter), Alen Halilović (Sporting Gijon), Domagoj Antolić (Dinamo);
Forwards: Mario Mandžukić (Juventus), Nikola Kalinić (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca (Dinamo);
Head coach: Ante Cacic

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
31/05/08 Friendly Hungary 1-1 Croatia N. Kovač 24′
12/10/05 WQE Hungary 0-0 Croatia
04/09/04 WQE Croatia 3-0 Hungary D. Prso 31′
14/05/02 Friendly Hungary 0-2 Croatia P. Dárdai (OG) 12′
10/04/96 Friendly Croatia 4-1 Hungary