Zagreb, November 16, 2019 - By defeating Slovakia 3-1 in front of 8000 spectators in Rujevica, the Croatian National Football Team achieved the right to participate at the European Championships 2020. The current World Vice Champions are the winners of the qualification group E with 17 points from 8 matches, thanks to the fifth consecutive performance at the football Euro (total sixth), with only one missed European Championships - in Belgium and the Netherlands 2000. Since the Croatian independence, our football players have won as many as 10 performances at large continental or world competitions, and Euro 2020 will be their 11th performance of possible 13.
Since in football the very participation at a large competition is kind of a triumph, the leaders of the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) President Zlatko Mateša and Secretary General Josip Čop congratulated the Croatian National Football Team on winning the right to participate at the European Championships:
Our Dear Blazers,
After you have won the nation's hearts with the last year's silver, by winning the Euro 2020 placement you continued the great tradition of Croatia's participation at major competitions. On behalf of the entire Olympic Family, we congratulate all players, Head Coach Zlatko Dalić and members of his expert staff. We also congratulate our member - the Croatian Football Federation, led by the President Davor Šuker on this great success!