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Croatia squad named for Qatar tournament 

Croatia squad named for Qatar tournament 

Luka Modrić (Photo credit: Светлана Бекетова/Soccer.ru/CC BY-SA 3.0)

ZAGREB, 7 March 2022 – Croatia coach Zlatko Dalić has named his squad on Monday for a four-team tournament in Qatar.

Croatia will play in a friendly tournament in Qatar later this month with the hosts, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

The ‘Vatreni’ will face Slovenia on March 26th, and will play Bulgaria three days later on March 29th. The Qatari national team will also play in the tournament, playing matches against Bulgaria (March 26th) and Slovenia (March 29th). 

The matches will be played at the stadiums in Doha where the FIFA World Cup matches will be played.

Croatia squad:

Goalkeepers: Dominik Livaković, Ivo Grbić, Ivica Ivušić

Defenders: Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren, Šime Vrslajko, Borna Barišić, Duje Ćaleta-Car, Josip Juranović, Joško Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Marin Pongrančić,

Midfield: Luka Modrić, Marcelo Brozović, Mateo Kovačić, Mario Pašalić, Nikola Vlašić, Lovro Majer, Kristijan Jakić, 

Srtrikers: Ivan Perišić, Andrej Kramarić, Josip Brekalo, Mislav Oršić, Marko Livaja, Ante Budimir 

On-call: Lovre Kalinić, Mile Škorić, Antonio Čolak, Nikola Moro

Coach Dalić said earlier that the tournament will serve as good preparation for the World Cup later this year which will also take place in Qatar.

“We wanted to play in Doha in March. It will be a great opportunity to get to know Qatar and feel the conditions that await us – climate, infrastructure, culture. I think that the opponents are tailor-made, two quality teams that will be a good test for what awaits us next,” said Dalić, who said at today’s press conference that he will be trying out a new system in Doha.

“We will try three players at the back in a 3-5-2 system. This does not mean we will play this system in future but we have time and we will try and see how it goes,” he said.


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