Condition: 9/10 Superb
Size: Adults Medium
Chest Measurement: 39-41 Inches / 99-105 CM
Colour: Red & white chequered, blue trim
Seasons: 2002/2003 & 2003/2004
Official Nike Croatia home football shirt from the 2002/03 international season.
Condition of this original football shirt is 9/10 – Superb (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.
Croatia 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.