Overview

Team profile

Croatia

FIVB World Ranking 23

Best Result1998 6

Last Result2010 17

Medals
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Croatia will make their third World Championship appearance in Italy after previously qualifying in 1998 and 2010. Their campaign four years ago was a challenging one. After defeating Cuba and Kazakhstan in their pool, Croatia missed out on qualification for the knockout stages due to an inferior set ratio, and finished 17th. How different it was 16 years ago, when they lost two of their three matches in Japan but still progressed. Defeat to Cuba in their final match of the second group stage meant a classification match against Japan. They beat the hosts but eventually lost against Italy in the fifth place play-off.

The 1990s were glory days for the team. They won silver medals at the 1995, 1997 and 1999 European Championships and came fourth at the 1995 World Cup. Their performances raised the sport's profile in the country and helped the side reach the quarterfinals of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

The team will take encouragement from their fifth-place finish at last year's European Championship where they defeated the Netherlands in the pool play-offs, before a quarterfinal loss to Germany. Croatia enters the 2014 World Championship looking to build on this year's World Grand Prix campaign where they qualified for the Group 3 Final Round and beat Kazakhstan 3-0 to take third.

Coach

Angelo Vercesi

Angelo Vercesi

Angelo Vercesi was appointed in 2013, and knows what it takes to succeed at international level having led his native Brazil team to gold in the 2005 and 2006 World Grand Prix. His two-year reign as Brazil coach also saw the side win the 2005 Grand Champions Cup and South American Championship. He then spent four trophy-laden seasons in Italy with Scavolini Pesaro, initially as assistant coach, and guided them to league and CEV Cup triumphs in 2008 and an Italian Super Cup win in 2009. More recently, Vercesi coached teams in Croatia and Azerbaijan.

  • Team Manager Juraj Jogunica
  • Assistant coach Goran Jovanovic
  • Second Assistant Coach Luis Carlos Caetano
  • Doctor Ivan Fattorini
  • Physiotherapist Alessandro Fazio

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Italy
7 6 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 19 20 6 3.333 610 509 1.198
2
China
7 6 1 4 0 2 0 1 0 16 19 7 2.714 599 504 1.188
3
Dominican Republic
7 5 2 0 1 4 2 0 0 13 19 15 1.266 734 686 1.069
4
Japan
7 3 4 0 1 2 3 0 1 10 15 17 0.882 670 693 0.966
5
Germany
7 2 5 2 0 0 3 1 1 9 13 15 0.866 597 591 1.010
6
Belgium
7 2 5 1 1 0 1 1 3 7 9 16 0.562 534 563 0.948
7
Croatia
7 2 5 0 0 2 1 2 2 5 10 19 0.526 556 670 0.829
8
Azerbaijan
7 2 5 0 1 1 0 2 3 5 8 18 0.444 519 603 0.860