Croatia struggled in qualifying, and may find it tough in the finals
Croatia had to go through the play-offs to qualify for Euro 2012 despite what looked a relatively simple group, where they finished second to Greece.
The Croats famously prevented England from qualifying in 2008 and this will be their third successive trip to the finals.
They have midfield blessed with the creative talents of Luka Modric, Darijo Srna and Niko Kranjcar, but there are doubts about how their defence will cope against Italy and Spain.
Star Man - Luka Modric
Pulling the strings in midfield, Luka Modric plays a similar role for Croatia to the one he has made his own at Tottenham.
Modric receives plenty of the ball and will be given the task of using his sublime passing range to provide scoring opportunities for the likes of Ivica Olic, Mario Mandzukic and Nikica Jelavic.
If Croatia are to cause an upset and escape Group C, Modric will need to be at his very best.
One to Watch - Ivica Olic
Even at the age of 32, hardworking striker Ivica Olic gives Croatia an attacking threat they otherwise lack.
He may not boast a great international record, but he's a big game player and possesses the determination and finishing ability required to threaten even the best of defences.
Four years ago he helped Croatia record a shock win over pre-tournament favourites Germany and was officially the fastest player at the tournament.
Goals scored in qualifying: 18 in 10 games
Goals conceded in qualifying: Seven
Top scorer: Four – Kranjcar
Most assists: Six – Srna
Most attempts on target: 12 – Srna