Today, the Croatian national football team starts the final battle for a place in the European Championship in Germany. They need a victory over the 95th national team in the world, Armenia. Zlatko Dalić can become the first coach to take Croatia to a major competition four times. Anything but a new victory for Croatia would be a big surprise and disappointment for fans.
If Croatia successfully beats Armenia, it will be the seventh consecutive trip to a big competition for the team. The starting lineup has no problems and will be the same as the team that celebrated in Latvia on Saturday. Unfortunately, some minor injuries have left a few players questionable for the match.
The match can seriously fill the coffers of the Croatian Football Association. Uefa honors all national teams that qualify for the European Championship with 9.25 million euros. Luka Modrić will possibly say goodbye to Maksimir today with his 172nd appearance for the “Vatrene”.
The true legend of Croatian football deserved a nicer farewell than Maksimir, and finishing his national team career next summer appears likely. If the “fiery” beat Armenia, Luka will say goodbye to the national team in Germany, where Croatia will have strong support. Today, their focus is on defeating Armenia.