After a surprising run to the FIFA World Cup finals in 2018 which was based on fantastic teamwork and some great individual performances, Croatian football might have a new lease on life. But with the likes of Modric and Mandzukic now well into their 30’s, there are great expectations on the younger generation to make the step up and fill their boots. Check out our list of the best young Croatian players in FIFA 20 below:
5. Luka Ivanušec (Dinamo Zagreb: CAM, CM, LM)
Turning out in the Croatian League for Dinamo Zagreb, 20-year-old midfielder Luka Ivanušec is already an established member of the team and has 1 goal and 2 assists in 10 appearances and has also made a further 2 appearances in the Champions League. Rated at 71 the youngster has the potential to reach an 81 rating. A 4-star weak foot and 4-star skill moves only enhance this. Notable stats include acceleration (79), sprint speed (78) and agility (80). Luka Ivanušec comes with a release clause of €9.2M.
4. Josko Gvardiol (Dinamo Zagreb: CB, LB)
The youngest player on this list at only 17, Josko Gvardiol is another player turning out for Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian League. While he has only made 3 appearances thus far, the youngster who can also play as a fullback, already has an assist under his belt. Rated at 63 on FIFA 20, but with a potential to reach 82, his release clause of €1.9M seems like a bargain. His sprint speed (77), strength (80) and Aggression (76) are his stand out attributes.
3. Domagoj Bradarić (LOSC Lille: LB)
Young Domagoj Bradarić switched Hajduk Split for French side LOSC Lille in the summer and the 19-year-old has taken to his life at the French club like a fish to water. The young full back has 1 assist in 9 appearances so far this season and is impressing observers. His release clause stands at €5.3M and his notable stats include his acceleration (78) and sprint speed (77). A 3-star weak foot and 3-star skill moves are also handy attributes for a left back.
2. Antonio Marin (Dinamo Zagreb: LW, RW, CAM)
It’s no surprise to see the name Antonio Marin. The young 18-year-old has been watched by a host of top clubs since his debut and many are eager to see what he can produce. His first step however is establishing himself in the starting XI at Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb. Having so far made 4 appearances, Marin will be looking to become an integral part of the first team by the end of the season. An overall rating of 66 in FIFA 20 can grow to a strong 85 with the right exposure to first team football. 4-star skill moves and a 4-star weak foot ensure he is equally at home on either wing. His other key stats include dribbling (76), acceleration (81) and sprint speed (78).
1. Ante Palaversa (KV Oostende: CM, CDM, CAM)
19-year-old Ante Palaversa is spending the season at Belgian club KV Oostende on loan from Manchester City and the youngster will be looking to make a big impression. Already amongst the first team having made 5 appearances, Ante will be looking to cement himself as a first choice regular if he has any chance of going back to Manchester City and breaking into the first team. Rated at 71 to begin with, Ante has a potential rating of 85. His passing is a joy to watch with strong short passing (76) and long passing (79) attributes and he also possesses great defensive ability.
Summary: Best Young Croatian Players in FIFA 20
|Name||Club||Position||Age||Overall Rating||Potential Rating|
|A. Palaversa||KV Oostende||CM CDM CAM||19||71||85|
|A. Marin||Dinamo Zagreb||LW RW CAM||18||66||85|
|D. Bradarić||LOSC Lille||LB||19||66||83|
|J. Gvardiol||Dinamo Zagreb||CB LB||17||63||82|
|L. Ivanušec||Dinamo Zagreb||CAM CM LM||20||71||81|
Both Croatian staff and fans alike will be watching this crop of players with much anticipation. With all these youngsters looking to have their breakout season, after recently breaking into their respective first team squads, the potential is there for all to see. With the right guidance, training and playing time these Croatian wonderkids could mature into the next crop of Croatian national team players, or possibly even the next world class talents from this overachieving country.