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Croatia has surpassed the great Yugoslav teams of the past

Updated : July 13, 2018 12:13 AM IST

The Croats, who have reached the World Cup final for the first time and will face France on Sunday for the title, have had the most success at the world's biggest soccer tournament since Yugoslavia descended into war in 1991 and spawned seven different FIFA nations.
Croatia reached the semifinals at the 1998 World Cup with a team led by striker Davor Suker that beat Germany in the quarterfinals before losing to host France.
Those old Yugoslav teams were known as the "European Brazilians" for their neat technical moves that sometimes produced great play.
Croatia has surpassed the great Yugoslav teams of the past
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