Condition: - 8/10 – Excellent (see photos).
Shirt Size: - Adults Medium
Chest Measurement: - 39-41 Inches / 100-106 CM
Shirt Manufacturer: - Nike
Shirt Colour: - Red & white chequered, blue trim
Shirt Material: - Polyester
Seasons: - 2002/2003 & 2003/2004
Player: - N/A
Patches: - N/A
Official Nike Croatia home football shirt from the 2002/2003 season.
Condition of this vintage football shirt is 8/10 – Excellent (see photos).
Material is bright, vivid and smooth. Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing and a great piece of football memorabilia.
Although Blažević continued his tenure in spite of failure to qualify for Euro 2000, he resigned in October 2000 following draws against Belgium and Scotland in the first two games of the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. His successor at the helm of the national team was Mirko Jozić, an experienced manager who had led Yugoslavia under-20 team to World Cup triumph in 1987. Despite the retirement of many Golden Generation players, Croatia went unbeaten during the rest of the qualifiers.
They opened their 2002 World Cup campaign with a narrow loss to Mexico before producing a surprise 2–1 victory over Euro 2000 finalists Italy in the next fixture, giving life to hopes of passing through to the knockout stage. However, they lost their final group fixture to Ecuador and were knocked out. Jozić then resigned, and was replaced in July 2002 by Croatian-Austrian Otto Barić, the team's first manager born outside the Balkans.
During Barić's tenure, almost all of the remaining Golden Generation players were gradually phased out and replaced by younger players over the course of the Euro 2004 qualifiers, with the team managing to reach the tournament finals with a playoff 2-1 aggregate win against Slovenia, with Dado Pršo's crucial goal in the second leg. At the finals tournament in Portugal, Croatia drew 0–0 with Switzerland and 2–2 with reigning champions France only to lose to England 2–4 and suffer another elimination in the group stage. Barić's two-year contract ended in June 2004 and was not renewed.