2018 runners up of the Fifa World Cup, Croatia, set their eyes yet again on the world’s biggest football prize when they take on Argentina in the semi final of the Qatar 2022 Mondial .
The 1998 fourth place finishers birthed the tournament into life after edging past Brazil on penalties in the quarter final clash in what many fans around the world thought would be a simple run for the record winners.
However, they take on a formidable and spirited Argentine side who led by skipper Lionel Messi, eye football’s most prestigious trophy.
The Croat’s strength lie in midfield where the trio of Brozovic, Kovacic and 2018 Golden Ball winner Luka Modric gain control over games in mesmerizing fashion against any opposition of immense quality.
The big questions many ask is as to whether back to back finals could be seen at this year’s Mondial where France after beating England also stand a chance of retaining the trophy but must get past the history making Atlas Lions of Morocco who never stop dreaming at this World Cup.
However, some young Croatian players introduced into this squad like Josip Juranovic of Celtic and Josko Gvardiol of RB Leipzig have been absolutely crucial for this Croatian side in defense alongside experienced former Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren. Goalkeeper Dominic Livakovic and Ivan Perisic have also put up stellar performances to keep the dream of the Croats alive.
It remains the dream of this Croatian side to make back to back finals at this year’s Mondial although they face an even greater test in the Albiceleste of Argentina.