Croatia is a Balkan country bordering Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro and the Adriatic Sea. Its capital and largest city is Zagreb.
Throughout its history, Croatia belonged to states including the Kingdom of Hungary, the Illyrian Provinces, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and, after World War II, SFR Yugoslavia. It declared independence in 1991, which was followed by the Croatian War for Independence. It joined the EU in 2013. This page collates all of DW's content on Croatia.
Reaching the World Cup final has brought "optimism and self-confidence" to Croatia, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic told DW's Croatian department. She also rejected allegations of nationalism at the homecoming party.
Football fans will have to wait until Sunday's World Cup final to see whether France or Croatia wins, but the battle among sports fitters has already been decided. Adidas bet on Germany, Spain and Argentina to carry its brand through, but they've since been sent home. Nike, who's sponsoring both teams in the final, has gotten the better of its long-time rival.