The modern Croatia team was formed in 1990, just a year before the country gained independence. Six years later, they participated in their first major tournament-Euro 1996, where they lost to Germany in the quarter-finals.
The success of Euro 1996 marked the beginning of an era of what is known as ‘golden generation’ that culminated in Croatia bagging the third place in the 1998 World cup in France, the best debut had finished third in 1966.
The icing on the cake for Croatia in the 1998 World cup was their star Davor Suker walking away with the Golden Boot award for scoring six goals.
Compiled from Online Sources