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World Cup 2018: Where in Croatia do the Players Originate From?


With four players from Zadar on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast in the squad, it was no surprise that a song from Zadar singer Mladen Grdovic was belted out of the team bus after Sunday’s victory against Denmark.

Four players in the squad in Russia were born abroad, whilst nine of the team originates from the Dalmatian coast. Only six of the 22-man squad were born in the capital.

Zadar is well represented (Photo credit: Yuya Matsuo)

Four players started playing football also in Zadar, the same amount which started at Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split, Goal writes.

So where do the players originate from?

Danijel Subasic – Zadar

Danijel Subasic (HNS)

Born in Zadar, Subasic also started playing football in his hometown before transferring to Hajduk Split.

Lovre Kalinic – Solin

Lovre Kalinic (HNS)

Born in Solin near Split. Kalinic started playing for Solin before moving to Hajduk Split.

Dominik Livakovic – Zadar

Dominik Livakovic (HNS)

Reserve keeper Livakovic is another born in Zadar and like Subasic started his career in Zadar. He is now the No.1 at Dinamo Zagreb.

Duje Caleta-Car – Sibenik

Duje Caleta-Car (HNS)

Born in Sibenik, Duje started his career there and now plays for Red Bull Salzburg.

Sibenik (Photo: Sibenik Tourist Board)

Vedran Corluka – Derventa, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Vedran Corluka (HNS)

Corluka was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and came through the ranks at Dinamo Zagreb.

Tin Jedvaj – Zagreb

Tin Jedvaj (HNS)

Jedvaj was born in Zagreb in 1995 and started his career in the Croatian capital.

Dejan Lovren – Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dejan Lovren (HNS)

Lovren comes from Zenica originally. As a three-year-old, the family escaped the war and fled to Germany. When he was 10 he moved to Karlovac where he started playing before moving to Dinamo Zagreb.

Josip Pivaric – Zagreb

Josip Pivaric (Photo: Mexico FA/Twitter)

Pivaric was born in Zagreb and started his career at Dinamo Zagreb.

Ivan Strinic – Split

Ivan Strinic (HNS)

Strinic is born in Split and he started his career at Hajduk Split.

Domagoj Vida – Donji Miholjac

Domagoj Vida (HNS)

Vida comes from Donji Miholjac in Slavonia and he started his career there before moving to Osijek.

Sime Vrsaljko – Rijeka

Sime Vrsaljko (Photo: Mexico FA/Twitter)

Vrsaljko was born in Rijeka but moved to Zadar at a very young age and started playing there.

Milan Badelj – Zagreb

Milan Badelj (HNS)

Badelj is born in Zagreb and was Dinamo Zagreb junior.

Filip Bradaric – Split

Filip Bradaric (HNS)

Bradaric was born in Split and started his career at Hajduk Split.

Marcelo Brozovic – Zagreb

Marcelo Brozovic (photo: HNS)

Brozovic was born in Zagreb and started playing for Hrvatski Dragovoljac.

Mateo Kovacic – Linz, Austria

Mateo Kovacic (HNS)

Kovacic is another of the abroad-born contingent.

Luka Modric – Zadar

Luka Modric (HNS)

Captain Modric was born in Zadar and started his career there.

Ivan Rakitic – Rheinfelden, Switzerland

Ivan Rakitic (Twitter/FIFA)

Rakitic was born in Switzerland but decided to represent the country of his parents.

Andrej Kramaric – Zagreb

Andrej Kramaric (HNS)

Kramaric was born in Zagreb and started at Dinamo Zagreb.

Mario Mandzukic – Slavonski Brod

Mario Mandzukic (HNS)

Mandzukic is the only other player from Slavonia, born in Slavonski Brod in 1986.

Ivan Perisic – Omis

Ivan Perisic (HNS)

Perisic is from the old pirate-town of Omis and started his career at Hajduk Split.

Omis (Photo: Swedish Nomad)

Marko Pjaca – Zagreb

Marko Pjaca (Photo credit: HNS)

Pjaca is born in the Croatian capital and came through the system at Dinamo Zagreb.

Ante Rebic – Imotski

Ante Rebic (HNS)

Ante comes from Imotski in the Dalmatian Hinterland. He moved to Split where he played in 2013 before moving abroad.

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