Croatia will play in Group D with Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Coach Zlatko Dalic’s first reaction was that the group was not the best, nor the worst. For Croatian fans looking to go to Russia to support the team, the draw certainly not the best from a scheduling point of view.
Croatia will open the tournament against Nigeria on 16 June 2018 in Kaliningrad. The trip from the Croatian capital to Kaliningrad is 1,400 km.
For those fans based in Moscow, a 1,000 km journey awaits to get to Kaliningrad.
Five days later and the marquee match of the group for Croatia when they take on Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod.
The distance between Kaliningrad where the first match is played and Nizhny Novgorod 1,684 km. A trip from Zagreb is 2,750 km long.
Croatia’s final match against Iceland will be played in Rostov-on-Don five days later and it does not get any easier for the fans with a distance of around 1,300 km from the venue of the match against Argentia.
Zagreb to Rostov-on-Don is a 2,440 km journey.
16 June 2018
Kaliningrad: CROATIA – Nigeria – 20.00
21 June 2018
Nizhny Novgorod: Argentina – CROATIA – 21.00
26 June 2018
Rostov: Iceland – CROATIA – 20.00