Croatian Football Federation (HNS) was founded on 13 June 1912. HNS was first admitted to FIFA in 1941, and later on 3 July 1992, after Croatia gained independence. Admittance to UEFA dates back to 17 June, 1993.

Croatian football history dates back to the end of the 19th century, when the English came to Rijeka to build a factory and used their free time to play the first football matches on Croatian soil - although the Croats didn't participate.

The English industrialists have afterwards arrived to the Croatian city of Županja. Upon their arrival, they have started to employ local people, and then taught the young citizens of Županja their games, especially football. The English spent their after-work time playing with a small, round, compact leather ball. They passed the ball, kicked it around and soon they explained the rules of the game to the locals and finally left them the ball as a gift.

Football continued to be played in Županja, while the first football was found in 1979 in the Vladimir Nazor Street, in a typical border-crossing guardhouse, approximately two centuries old. The ball was made from natural leather with flaps, one of which was missing. The owner inherited the ball from his ancestors, employed by the tannin factory founded by the English.

The first book about football, including the game rules, has been printed in Zagreb in 1896. An improved book of rules, along with explanations and guidelines, has been published in 1908. Football has been played by Croats through the gymnastic organization Croatian Falcon, while the first Croatian sports club committed to football was the First Football and Sports Club Zagreb, founded in 1903.

Before the World War I, some English teams have visited Zagreb and Croatia, where they have been defeated by the Croatian club HAŠK, and after the World War I, the Split team played several matches against the teams of English battleship sailors, anchored throughout the Adriatic. Professional coaches arrived to Croatia in 1914 to train and lead Croatian teams.

At the beginning of the 20th century, when first football clubs were founded in Croatia, football leaders wanted to found a national football federation, but the political circumstances didn't allow it. After the first public football game between HAŠK and PNIŠK, played in Zagreb in front of the University Library in 1906, the Croats developed even bigger desire to establish a national football federation. Three years later, the Croatian Sports Federation was founded.

In 1912, the oldest and most prominent football employees in Croatia, Milovan Zoričić, Zvonimir Klobučar, Ivan Pipinić, Hinko Würth, Dragutin Albrecht, and Branko Gavella, took over the stage to develop and improve football in Croatia. They can therefore be considered as some of the first members of the newly founded Croatian Football Federation.

Croatia national team played its first international matches back in 1907 in Prague against Slavia. HNS continued its work during the World War I and II, including the struggle for equality within the Yugoslav Football Federation. Thus, Croatia participated in a joint football history within the former Yugoslavia, and numerous Croatian teams participated in the European Cup/Champions League and other UEFA competitions, while Croatian players participated in European Championships and World Cups in Yugoslav colours. Among the top goalscorers of the 1960 UEFA EURO and 1962 FIFA World Cup was Croatia striker Dražan Jerković, while Josip Skoblar won a Golden Boot as a Olympique Marseille player in 1970/71.

With the establishment of the sovereign, independent and democratic Republic of Croatia in early 1990s, Croatian football also became independent and the HNS started to work on further development of the most popular sport in the country and the world. Croatia was admitted to FIFA in 1992, although a first admission dates back in 1941, while in 1993 Croatia was admitted to UEFA.

The first modern official Croatian international match was an October 1990 friendly between Croatia and USA, played at Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb. From then on until now, Croatia has managed to qualify for 12 out of 14 major tournaments, missing only the 2000 UEFA EURO and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Up until 2018, Croatia’s biggest international success was its appearance at the FIFA World Cup in France, where the national team achieved the first great result in Croatian football history by winning the bronze medal. At the same tournament, Croatia striker Davor Šuker was the top goalscorer with six goals and has therefore won the Golden Boot award. Additionally, Šuker is the top Croatian goalscorer in history with 45 goals (69 caps).

At the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, generation led by head coach Zlatko Dalić managed to surpass the "bronze" generation by winnings its way into the World Cup final where it lost against France 4:2. Silver medalists were given a hero's welcome by more than 500.000 fans in Zagreb. After his stellar play during the tournament, captain Luka Modrić was awarded the Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament, and later, he received the prestigous Ballon d'Or.

Four years later, the Vatreni managed to surprise the world once more by winning the bronze medal at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. On its way to the bronze medal, Croatia managed to beat tournament favorites Brazil in the quarter-finals, marking this match as one of biggest victories in the history of Croatian football. The Vatreni won their bronze medal by winning against Morocco in the third place play-off, and Luka Modrić was awarded the Bronze Ball for the third best player of the tournament.

Croatia continues its run of success at UEFA Nations League in 2023 when it won a silver medal. 

Croatia was close to semifinals at the 2008 UEFA EURO, and HNS is extremely proud of successful work in youth categories. Moreover, Croatia was a praised host of the 2017 European Championships U-17.

The greats such as Šuker, Boban, Prosinečki, Bilić and others, under the head coach Blažević, has paved the way for the successors, who used the opportunity to leave a mark in the best European clubs. Current captain Modrić has won five Champions League titles with Real Madrid, while Mandžukić scored twice in the finals, for Bayern and Juventus.

The names of former captain Srna, Rakitić, Pršo, Kovač brothers, Olić, and other remain among the best Croatian ambassadors in the world. Furthermore, they remain a permanent confirmation of the quality efforts of the Croatian Football Federation.

  • Predsjednici HNS-a
  • Glavni tajnici/Izvršni direktori
  • Izbornici
  • Marijan Kustić

    Marijan Kustić

    2021. –

  • Davor Šuker

    Davor Šuker

    2012. – 2021.

  • Vlatko Marković

    Vlatko Marković

    1998. – 2012.

  • Branko Mikša

    Branko Mikša

    1997. – 1998.

  • dr. Josip Šoić

    dr. Josip Šoić

    1996. – 1997.

  • Nadan Vidošević

    Nadan Vidošević

    1995. – 1996.

  • Đuro Brodarac

    Đuro Brodarac

    1995.

  • dr. Damir Matovinović (v.d.)

    dr. Damir Matovinović (v.d.)

    1994. – 1995.

  • dr. Mladen Vedriš

    dr. Mladen Vedriš

    1990. – 1994.

  • Paško Viđak

    Paško Viđak

    1988. – 1990.

  • Antun Ćilić

    Antun Ćilić

    1985. – 1988.

  • Adam Sušanj

    Adam Sušanj

    1985.

  • Milivoj Ražov

    Milivoj Ražov

    1984. – 1985.

  • Dušan Veselinović

    Dušan Veselinović

    1982. – 1984.

  • Željko Huber

    Željko Huber

    1981. – 1982.

  • Ljubo Španjol

    Ljubo Španjol

    1978. – 1981.

  • Vlato Bogatec

    Vlato Bogatec

    1976. – 1978.

  • Ivan Kolić

    Ivan Kolić

    1971. – 1976.

  • Bruno Knežević

    Bruno Knežević

    1968. – 1971.

  • Luka Bajakić

    Luka Bajakić

    1965. – 1968.

  • Pero Splivalo

    Pero Splivalo

    1959. – 1965.

  • Mirko Oklobdžija

    Mirko Oklobdžija

    1957. – 1959.

  • Vlado Ranogajec

    Vlado Ranogajec

    1953. – 1957.

  • inž. Boris Bakrač

    inž. Boris Bakrač

    1950. – 1953.

  • Lazo Vračarić

    Lazo Vračarić

    1947. – 1950.

  • Ratko Viličić

    Ratko Viličić

    1946. – 1947.

  • Mijo Hršak

    Mijo Hršak

    1945. – 1946.

  • dr. Rinaldo Čulić

    dr. Rinaldo Čulić

    1945.

  • Vatroslav Petek

    Vatroslav Petek

    1942. – 1945.

  • dr. Rudolf Hitrec

    dr. Rudolf Hitrec

    1941. – 1942.

  • dr. Ivo Kraljević

    dr. Ivo Kraljević

    1939. – 1941.

  • dr. Milan Graf

    dr. Milan Graf

    1918. – 1919.

  • Vladimir Očić

    Vladimir Očić

    1918.

  • Dimitrije Magarašević

    Dimitrije Magarašević

    1914.

  • prof. dr. Milovan Zoričić

    prof. dr. Milovan Zoričić

    1912. – 1914.

  • Tomislav Svetina

    Tomislav Svetina

    2021. –

  • Marijan Kustić

    Marijan Kustić

    2019. – 2021.

  • Damir Vrbanović

    Damir Vrbanović

    2012. – 2019.

  • Zorislav Srebrić

    Zorislav Srebrić

    1998. – 2012.

  • Josip Čop

    Josip Čop

    1996. – 1998.

  • Ante Pavlović (v.d.)

    Ante Pavlović (v.d.)

    1995. – 1996.

  • Duško Grabovac

    Duško Grabovac

    1990. – 1995.

  • prof. Marko Jurić

    prof. Marko Jurić

    1981. – 1990.

  • Ante Pavlović

    Ante Pavlović

    1962. – 1981.

  • Boris Tepšić

    Boris Tepšić

    1959. – 1965.

  • Vlado Bogatec

    Vlado Bogatec

    1957. – 1965.

  • Mirko Oklobdžija

    Mirko Oklobdžija

    1950. – 1957.

  • Ivan Barišić

    Ivan Barišić

    1949. – 1950.

  • Božidar Žapčić

    Božidar Žapčić

    1945. – 1948.

  • Rudolf Sabljak

    Rudolf Sabljak

    1945. – 1947.

  • Bruno Knežević

    Bruno Knežević

    1945. – 1949.

  • Danko Tuzlanić

    Danko Tuzlanić

    1943. – 1945.

  • Nikola Zdunić

    Nikola Zdunić

    1943. – 1945.

  • Stjepan Sandia

    Stjepan Sandia

    1943. – 1945.

  • Božidar Žabčić

    Božidar Žabčić

    1943.

  • Rudolf Sabljak

    Rudolf Sabljak

    1943. 

  • Valent Malović

    Valent Malović

    1940. – 1941.

  • Vatroslav Petek

    Vatroslav Petek

    1941.

  • Josip Šikić

    Josip Šikić

    1940. – 1941.

  • Mijo Hršak

    Mijo Hršak

    1940.

  • Ivo Šuste

    Ivo Šuste

    1940.

  • Viktor Mašek

    Viktor Mašek

    1940.

  • Bogdan Cuvaj

    Bogdan Cuvaj

    1939. – 1940.

  • Julije Frangen

    Julije Frangen

    1939. – 1940.

  • Velimir Lamza

    Velimir Lamza

    1939. – 1940.

  • Janko Justin

    Janko Justin

    1918. – 1919.

  • Fran Šuklje

    Fran Šuklje

    1918. – 1919.

  • Zvonimir Klobučar

    Zvonimir Klobučar

    1914. – 1918.

  • Zlatko Dalić

    Zlatko Dalić

    2017. –

  • Ante Čačić

    Ante Čačić

    2015. – 2017.

  • Niko Kovač

    Niko Kovač

    2013. – 2015.

  • Igor Štimac

    Igor Štimac

    2012. – 2013.

  • Slaven Bilić

    Slaven Bilić

    2006. – 2012.

  • Zlatko Kranjčar

    Zlatko Kranjčar

    2004. – 2006.

  • Otto Barić

    Otto Barić

    2002. – 2004.

  • Mirko Jozić

    Mirko Jozić

    2000. – 2002.

  • Tomislav Ivić

    Tomislav Ivić

    1995.

  • Miroslav Blažević

    Miroslav Blažević

    1994. – 2000.

  • Vlatko Marković

    Vlatko Marković

    1993.

  • Stanko Poklepović

    Stanko Poklepović

    1992.

  • Dražan Jerković

    Dražan Jerković

    1990. – 1991.

  • Franjo Wölfl

    Franjo Wölfl

    1956.

  • Leo Lemešić

    Leo Lemešić

    1956.

  • Bruno Knežević

    Bruno Knežević

    1956.

  • Bernard Hügl

    Bernard Hügl

    1943. – 1945.

  • Bogdan Cuvaj

    Bogdan Cuvaj

    1941. – 1943.

  • dr.Rudolf Hitrec

    dr.Rudolf Hitrec

    1941.

  • Jozo Jakopić

    Jozo Jakopić

    1939. – 1941.

  • Hugo Kinert

    Hugo Kinert

    1918. – 1919.

  • National Team
  • Youth teams
  • Futsal
  • 1996
    UEFA Euro, England: Quarterfinals
  • 1998
    FIFA World Cup., France: Bronze medal
  • 2002
    FIFA World Cup, Korea and Japan: Group stage
  • 2004
    UEFA Euro, Portugal: Group stage
  • 2006
    FIFA World Cup, Germany: Group stage
  • 2008
    UEFA Euro, Austria and Switzerland: Quarterfinals
  • 2012
    UEFA Euro, Poland and Ukraine: Group stage
  • 2014
    FIFA World Cup, Brazil: Group Stage
  • 2016
    UEFA Euro, France: Round of 16
  • 2018
    FIFA World Cup, Russia: Silver medal
  • 2020
    UEFA Euro 2020: Round of 16
  • 2022
    FIFA World Cup, Qatar: Bronze medal
  • 2023
    UEFA Nations League, Netherlands: Silver medal
  • 1996
    UEFA U-16 European Championship, Austria: Quarterfinals
  • 1998
    UEFA U-16 European Championship, Scotland: Quarterfinals
  • 1998
    UEFA U-18 European Championship, Cyprus: Bronze medal
  • 1999
    FIFA U-20 World Cup, Nigeria: Knockout phase
  • 1999
    UEFA U-16 European Championship, Czech Republic: Group stage
  • 2000
    UEFA U-21 European Championship, Slovakia: Group stage
  • 2000
    UEFA U-18 European Championship, Germany: Group stage
  • 2001
    UEFA U-16 European Championship, England: Bronze medal
  • 2001
    FIFA U-17 World Cup, Trinidad and Tobago: Group stage
  • 2004
    UEFA U-21 European Championship, Germany: Group stage
  • 2005
    UEFA U-17 European Championship, Italy: Semi-finals
  • 2010
    UEFA U-19 European Championship, France: Semi-finals
  • 2011
    FIFA U-20 World Cup, Columbia: Group stage
  • 2012
    UEFA U-19 European Championship, Estonia: Group stage
  • 2013
    UEFA U-17 European Championship, Slovakia: Group stage
  • 2013
    FIFA U-20 World Cup, Turkey: Knockout phase
  • 2013
    FIFA U-17 World Cup, UAE: Group stage
  • 2015
    UEFA U-17 European Championships, Bulgaria: Quarterfinals
  • 2015
    FIFA U-17 World Cup, Chile: Quarterfinals
  • 2016
    UEFA U-19 European Championships, Germany: Group stage
  • 2017
    UEFA U-17 European Championships, Croatia: Hosts/Group stage
  • 2019
    UEFA U-21 European Championships, Italy/San Marino: Group stage
  • 2021
    UEFA U-21 European Championships, Slovenia/Hungary: Quarterfinals
  • 2023
    UEFA U-17 European Championships, Hungary: Group Stage
  • 2023
    UEFA U-21 European Championships, Romania/Georgia: Group Stage
  • 1999
    UEFA Futsal EC, Spain: Group stage
  • 2000
    FIFA Futsal WC, Guatemala: Group stage
  • 2001
    UEFA Futsal EC, Russia: Group stage
  • 2008
    UEFA Futsal U-21 EC, Russia: Group stage
  • 2012
    UEFA Futsal EC, Croatia: Semi-finals
  • 2014
    UEFA Futsal EC, Belgium: Quarter-finals
  • 2016
    UEFA Futsal EC, Serbia: Group stage
  • 2019
    UEFA U-19 Futsal Euro, Latvia: Silver medal
  • 2022
    UEFA Futsal EC, Netherlands: Group stage
  • 2022
    UEFA U-19 Futsal Euro, Spain: Group Stage
  • 2023
    UEFA U-19 Futsal Euro, Croatia: Host

Scoreboard

Table

Euro 2024 - group B
  • 1.
    Španjolska
    1
    +3
    3
  • 2.
    Italija
    1
    +1
    3
  • 3.
    Albanija
    2
    -1
    1
  • 4.
    Hrvatska
    2
    -3
    1
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