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NT Friendly: Belgium vs Croatia - 3 March 2010

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King Baudouin Stadium [Brussels] - 03/03/10 [20:45]

The Croatia national football team represents Croatia in international football. The team is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation, the governing body for football in the country, and has been managed since 2006 by former player Slaven Bilić. A FIFA-recognized national side had previously represented the short-lived Banovina of Croatia and Independent State of Croatia in nineteen friendly matches between 1940 and 1944. This team was dissolved in 1945 as Croatia became a constituent federal republic of SFR Yugoslavia. In the period between 1945 and 1990 Croatia did not field a separate team for competitive matches and Croatian players played for the Yugoslavia national football team.

The modern Croatian team was formed in 1990, shortly before Croatia's independence from Yugoslavia, and by 1993 had gained membership in FIFA and UEFA. The team played their first competitive matches in the successful qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 1996, leading to their first appearance at a major tournament. In Croatia's FIFA World Cup debut in 1998 the team finished third and provided the tournament's top scorer, Davor Šuker. Since becoming eligible to compete in international tournaments, Croatia have missed only one World Cup and one European Championship.

Most home matches are played at the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, with some fixtures also taking place at the Poljud Stadium in Split or at other, smaller venues, depending on the nature of the match. The team was undefeated in its first 36 home competitive matches, the run ending with a 2008 defeat to England.

Croatia were drawn to play England in the qualification stages of the 2010 World Cup; the tie was voted the most anticipated of the campaign on FIFA.com. After a home win against Kazakhstan Croatia lost at home to England, ending a fourteen-year unbeaten home record. The team was eventually burdened with a number of key injuries and went on to suffer their heaviest defeat ever, losing 5-1 to England at Wembley Stadium. Although Croatia defeated Kazakhstan in their final qualifying fixture, they were ultimately eliminated after Ukraine, who had previously defeated group leaders England, beat Andorra to gain second place in the group. Bilić was once again heavily expected to resign as national coach, but instead vowed to renew his contract and remain in charge.

Also Belgium couldn't qualify for the 2010 World Cup and concentrates now on the 2012 European Championships under the reign of Dutch coach Dick Advocaat.

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BELGIUM
Goalkeepers:
Logan Bailly [Bor. Mönchengladbach]
Jean-François Gillet [AS Bari]

Defenders:
Toby Alderweireld [AFC Ajax]
Steve Colpaert [SV Zulte Waregem]
Jelle Van Damme [RSC Anderlecht]
Nicolas Lombaerts [Zenit St. Petersburg]
Thomas Vermaelen [Arsenal FC]
Vincent Kompany [Manchester City]

Midfielders:
Thomas Buffel [KRC Genk]
Mehdi Carcela [Standard de Liège]
Karel Geraerts [Club Brugge]
Jan Vertonghen [AFC Ajax]
Axel Witsel [Standard de Liège]
Jonathan Blondel [Club Brugge]
Maarten Martens [AZ]

Strikers:
Moussa Dembele [AZ]
Romelu Lukaku [RSC Anderlecht]
Eden Hazard [Lille OSC]
Wesley Sonck [Club Brugge]

CROATIA
Goalkeepers:
Vedran Runje [RC Lens]
Danijel Subasic [HNK Hajduk Split]

Defenders:
Vedran Corluka [Tottenham Hotspur]
Josip Simunic [TSG 1899 Hoffenheim]
Ivica Krizanac [Zenit St. Petersburg]
Danijel Pranjic [FC Bayern München]
Dario Knezevic [AS Livorno]
Dejan Lovren [Olympique Lyon]
Hrvoje Cale [Trabzonspor]

Midfielders:
Niko Kranjcar [Tottenham Hotspur]
Darijo Srna [Shakhtar Donetsk]
Luka Modric [Tottenham Hotspur]
Ognjen Vukojevic [Dynamo Kiev]
Tomislav Dujmovic [Lokomotiv Moskva]
Ivan Rakitic [FC Schalke 04]
Nikola Pokrivac [Red Bull Salzburg]
Drago Gabric [Trabzonspor]

Strikers:
Eduardo [Arsenal FC]
Ivica Olic [FC Bayern München]
Mario Mandzukic [NK Dinamo Zagreb]
Mate Bilic [Sporting Gijon]

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Of course all eyes are set on Lukaku, but people must calm down a bit on him I think.

Who's Colpaert btw, has he been before in the Belgian selection?
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Lukaku will score a brace

Colpaert is a player from Zulte Waregem Knoert, it's his first call up. He did feauture in the u-21 sections but got badly injured and disapeared from the scene for some time. Lately he has been doing very well as a RB (eventhough his natural position is CB).

P.S. will Lukaku set a record youngest player to feature for the Belgian NT? They didn't mention it on the news last night.

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P.S. will Lukaku set a record youngest player to feature for the Belgian NT? They didn't mention it on the news last night.
No. Fernand Nisot (in 1911) made his debut when he was only 16y19d. Anthony Vanden Borre was 16y187d when he made his debut in 2004. Lukaku is 16y296d as he makes his debut tonight.

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No. Fernand Nisot (in 1911) made his debut when he was only 16y19d. Anthony Vanden Borre was 16y187d when he made his debut in 2004. Lukaku is 16y296d as he makes his debut tonight.
Ah I see.

Do you know how old Kompany was when he made his debut?

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Do you know how old Kompany was when he made his debut?
17y314d. In 2004 against France. He got a call up in 2003 for the game against Estonia though, but didn't play in that match.

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Belgium - Croatia
King Baudouin Stadium [Brussels] - 03/03/10 [20:45]

BELGIUM: Bailly - Colpaert, Kompany, Vermaelen, Van Damme - Witsel, Vertonghen, Martens - Hazard, Lukaku, Dembele

CROATIA: Runje - Corluka, Simunic, Krizanac, Cale - Kranjcar, Vukojevic, Modric, Srna - Bilic, Olic

REFEREE: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

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Mistake from Bailly, who should have saved the shot of Kranjcar, as the ball came right above him.

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Unlucky Belgium, you deserved atleast a draw imo. Bailly's mistake cost you the game.

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