Meet the First Ladies of Croatian Soccer

BY Ramya


How many times has Croatia been in the World Cup finals? 

Croatia have qualified for all but one World Cup since its independence in 1991 and reached the semi-finals in 1998.

Has Italy ever beat Croatia in soccer? 

Croatia has not lost against Italy (Italy won one game in 1942 while Croatia was an axis puppet state, but that match is not recognized by the Croatian Football Federation) with most of the fixtures played in qualifications and at tournaments.

Why do Croatian names end in IC? 

Have you ever wondered why the majority of Croatian last names end in –ić? In fact, the answer is quite simple! The ending –ić is a (male) diminutive suffix, which was traditionally combined with either the name or profession of the (usually male) parent to create what is known as a patronymic (or matronymic) surname.

What is Croatia famous for? 

Croatia is famed for its scenic pebbled beaches, which are beautifully lapped by crystal-clear waters. One of the most well known is Brac's Zlatni Rat, also referred to as the Golden Cape. The tip of the beach is everchanging with the wind, meaning you never know quite what shape it'll take when you visit.

Is Croatia like Italy? 

Along with sharing a historically strong adherence to the Roman Catholic religion, they have various cultural similarities, with Croatia considered the most "Italian" of all the Slavic countries

Who broke Italy unbeaten run? 

Longest unbeaten streaks in international footballItaly missed their chance to preserve their own 37-game record when they were comprehensively beaten by a swaggering Argentina side. Roberto Mancini's Azzurri had looked all-conquering to that point as they set the current benchmark and won Euro 2020.

What is the old name for Croatia? 

It was known as the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. In 1929, the name of this new nation was changed to Yugoslavia. After World War II, the former prewar kingdom was replaced by a federation of six equal republics.