Condition: 7/10 Good. Few faint marks on the lower side
Size: Adult’s Extra Large
Chest Measurement: 44-46 Inches / 112-117 CM
Colour: White & red, blue trim
Seasons: 1998/1999 & 1999/2000
Official Lotto Croatia home football shirt from the 1998/99 international season.
Condition of this vintage football jersey is 7/10 - Good. Few faint marks on the lower side (see photos).
In the group stage of the World Cup, Croatia beat Jamaica and Japan but lost to Argentina, before defeating Romania to reach a quarter-final tie against Germany. Croatia won 3–0 with goals from Robert Jarni, Goran Vlaović and Davor Šuker, all after Christian Wörns had been sent off. Croatia then faced the host nation, France, in the semi-final.
After a goalless first-half, Croatia took the lead, only to concede two goals by opposing defender Lilian Thuram and lose 1–2. In the third-place match, Croatia beat the Netherlands 2–1, with Davor Šuker winning the Golden Boot award for scoring the most goals of the tournament with six goals in seven games.
Croatia's performance in 1998 was among the best debut performances in the World Cup (equaling Portugal's third place debut finish at the 1966 World Cup), and as a result, Croatia rose to number three in the January 1999 FIFA World Rankings, their highest ranking to date. For their achievements, the team of the 1990s was dubbed the "Golden Generation." A portion of this squad (Jarni, Štimac, Boban, Prosinečki and Šuker), previously won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship with the Yugoslavia under-20 team.
Croatia's qualifying campaign for Euro 2000 was not successful, as they finished third in their qualifying group behind Yugoslavia and Republic of Ireland. Both fixtures against archrivals Yugoslavia (the rump state which was later renamed Serbia and Montenegro) ended in draws, which prevented Croatia from qualifying for the tournament.
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