The FIFA World Cup finalists return to FIFA 23 after a long absence from DECADE

2018 FIFA World Cup FINALISTS Croatia have been absent from FIFA since 2012 but are now returning to the series.

Despite international success, the Croatian national team has not featured in the world’s most popular football game for a decade.

It's been a decade since the Croatian team has been in a FIFA match.


It’s been a decade since the Croatian team has been in a FIFA match.Photo credit: Getty Images

As is well known, Croatia threw England out of the World Cup in 2018 to reach the final.

A deal has been signed for the team’s return and the Croatian Football Association has cited EA’s low salary offer as the reason for the suspension.

Speak with Eurogamer Following Croatia’s World Cup success, federation spokesman Tomislav Pacak said: “The reason why Croatia is not in FIFA 19 is because the Croatian Football Association and EA could not reach an agreement that would satisfy both sides.

“Obviously we value the FIFA World Cup Silver Medalists and World’s Best Player 2018 more than EA currently offers.

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“We will continue to protect the value and image of the Croatian team and our players.

“We understand and share the players’ disappointment and hope that this matter will be resolved in the future.

“HNS (the Croatian name for the association) is more than open to this.

We hope that EA also listens to its customers and respects their desire to have the Croatian team available in the game.”

The amount EA pays or offers to pay for the license to include teams, logos and player portraits in FIFA games has never been officially released.

However, a report at the time claimed that EA only offered the federation €100,000 (£85,000/$100,000) for the right to add Croatia to its games.

Davor Šuker, Croatia’s top scorer and then head of the association, apparently turned down the offer.

He reportedly scoffed at the amount and refused to work with EA.

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Last year Šuker was replaced and EA managed to make a deal with the new boss.

FIFA 23 will feature a World Cup mode for the first time, so Croatia’s return is timely.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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