Euro 2012 alternative team guide: Croatia
10 word description: Anything beyond the group stage would be a big upset.
Coach: Slaven Bilic
Everybody’s favourite rock guitarist international manager is on stage for his encore. The much sought after Bilic is taking over as Lokomotiv Moscow gaffer after the tournament. Already a national icon, he’ll be hoping to do Croatia proud once more.
Star man: Luka Modric
Croatia have lots of good players, but Modric is a cut above anyone else in the squad. The Spurs man will need to be on top form if Croatia are to have any hope of progressing from their group.
Prem connections: Luka Modric (Tottenham), Niko Kranjcar (Tottenham), Nikica Jelavic (Everton). Plus Stipe Pletikosa (ex-Tottenham), Vedran Corluka (ex-Tottenham) and Eduardo (ex-Arsenal).
Comedy name potential: Dejan Lovren.
Fun country fact: The necktie originated in Croatia. The word ‘cravat’ derives from Croat.
Anthem / rating: Lijepa nasa domovino / 6 out of 10
Not particularly upbeat. As a relatively new country there’s not really any excuse for not knowing what these occasions call for.