team Croatia

The double Olympic Champions (1996 and 2004) and 2003 World Champions have waited for their next trophy more than 14 years. Since then, the Croats had almost been part of all semi-finals at major tournaments and took two silver medals on the world stage (2005, 2009), two on the European stage (2008, 2010) and even more bronze medals. At their EURO on home ground in 2018, finally the pressure was too huge and the early injury of their mastermind Domagoj Duvnjak hit them hard - the Croats missed the semis and finished on the fifth position. Regardless, legendary coach Lino Cervar extended his contract and easily steered his side through the World Championship qualification against Montenegro. Some experienced stars such as goalkeeper Mirko Alilovic or new national team manager Igor Vori quit after the 2018 EURO, but the Croats can use a pool of highly skilled talents for the future.

Competition records:

World Championship match results: 1995: SILVER, 1997: 13, 1999: 10. 2001: 9, 2003: GOLD, 2005: SILVER, 2007: 5. 2009: SILVER, 2011: 5, 2013: BRONZE, 2015:6, 2017: 4

Olympic Games match results: 1996: GOLD, 2004: GOLD, 2008: 4, 2012: BRONZE, 2016: 5

European Championship match results: 1994: BRONZE, 1996: 5, 1998: 8, 2000: 6, 2002: 12, 2004: 4, 2006: 4, 2008: SILVER, 2010: SILVER, 2012: BRONZE; 2014: 4, 2016: BRONZE, 2018: 5

Qualification for Denmark/Germany 2019: winner of the European Playoff against Montenegro

Coach: Lino Cervar