Famous Croatian Sportspersons

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Mirko Cro Cop
(Former Croatian Mixed Martial Artist, Amateur Boxer, and Kickboxer)
Mirko Cro Cop
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Birthdate: September 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vinkovci, Croatia

Mirko Cro Cop is a Croatian former mixed martial artist, amateur boxer, and kickboxer. He is best known for his association with Pride Fighting Championships. Cro Cop is widely regarded as one of the greatest Heavyweight MMA fighters and kickboxers of all time.

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Marin Čilić
(One of the Best Croatian Tennis Players of All Time)
Marin Čilić
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Birthdate: September 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Međugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Marin Čilić is a Croatian tennis player best known for winning the 2014 US Open and a silver medal at the 2020 Olympic Games. Regarded as one of the best Croatian professional tennis players of all time, Marin Čilić has won many ATP Tour singles titles in his illustrious career. He also helped his country win the 2018 Davis Cup.

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Goran Ivanisevic
(Former Croatian Tennis Player, Coach and the Only Player to Have Won a Wimbledon Singles Title as a Wildcard)
Goran Ivanisevic
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Birthdate: September 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
The first Croat to win a Wimbledon men’s singles, Goran Ivanisevic also remains the only player to win the title on a wild card. His rankings improved dramatically from 125th to 16th after his Wimbledon triumph in 2001. Interestingly, the tennis star is also a skilled football player.
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Luka Modrić
(Croatian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Luka Modrić
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Birthdate: September 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modrić has won 17 big trophies for his club. He had a difficult childhood, growing up amid the Croatian War of Independence. He has played for Tottenham Hotspur, and in 2018, he led Croatia to their first football World Cup final and won the Golden Ball.
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Davor Šuker
(Iconic Croatian Former Footballer and Sports Administrator)
Davor Šuker
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Birthdate: January 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

Legendary Croatian former footballer Davor Šuker has also headed the Croatian Football Federation as its president. His illustrious career saw him spend successful stints at both Real Madrid and Arsenal. He was also part of the 1998 FIFA World Cup third place-winning Croatian squad and remains Croatia’s all-time top goal-scorer.

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Mario Mandžukić
(Croatian Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Mario Mandžukić
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Birthdate: May 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Slavonski Brod, Croatia

Mario Mandžukić is a Croatian former footballer who played as a striker for the Croatia national team from 2007 to 2018. In 2018, he helped his team win the silver medal at the World Cup. As a player, he became renowned for his aerial prowess and aggressiveness. In 2012 and 2013, Mario Mandžukić was adjudged Croatian Footballer of the Year.                

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Ivan Rakitić
(Swiss Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Central / Attacking Midfielder)
Ivan Rakitić
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Birthdate: March 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rheinfelden, Switzerland

Popular Croatian central midfielder Ivan Rakitić now represents FC Barcelona. Though born in Switzerland, the talented footballer has never played for the country. Known for his energy on the field, he was instrumental in taking his team to the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Ivan Perišić
(Croatian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Ivan Perišić
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Birthdate: February 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

Ivan Perisic is a Croatian football player who plays as a midfielder for the Croatia national football team and Tottenham Hotspur. Best known for his versatility, Perisic can play as an attacking midfielder, defender, or second striker. Ivan Perišić has represented his nation at important tournaments, such as the UEFA European Football Championships and World Cups.

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Mateo Kovačić
(Croatian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Mateo Kovačić
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Birthdate: May 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linz, Austria

Mateo Kovačić is a Croatian football player who plays as a midfielder for the Croatia national football team and Premier League club Chelsea. He has represented Croatia at the World Cups and the UEFA European Football Championships. A versatile midfielder, Mateo Kovačić has also won several titles for Chelsea.

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Toni Kukoč
(Croatian-American Basketball Player Who Played as a Small Forward or Power Forward)
Toni Kukoč
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Birthdate: September 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Split, Croatia

Toni Kukoč is a Croatian-American retired basketball player who played in the NBA for teams like Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks. A three-time NBA champion, Kukoč was made an inductee of the FIBA Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017 and 2021 respectively.

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Dražen Petrović
(Basketball player)
Dražen Petrović
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Birthdate: October 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia
Died: June 7, 1993
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Niko Kovač
(Former Croatian Footballer and Coach)
Niko Kovač
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Birthdate: October 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Retired Croatian footballer and coach Niko Kovač has headed the Croatian national team as its captain for a long time. He has also had successful stints with Bayern Munich and Red Bull Salzburg as a player. He later tasted success as a manager of Bayern Munich, among other clubs.

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Donna Vekić
(Croatian Tennis Player and Entrepreneur)
Donna Vekić
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Birthdate: June 28, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Osijek, Croatia

Croatian tennis player Donna Vekic has been a world number 19 in singles. Known for her aggressive style of play and her big first serve, she, however, lacks in speed. She has major wins, such as the 2017 Nottingham Open, in her kitty. A businesswoman, too, she owns a luxury home fragrance brand.

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Blanka Vlašić
(Former track and field athlete)
Blanka Vlašić
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Birthdate: November 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Satoshi Ishii
(Japanese-Born Judoka, Mixed Martial Artist, Kickboxer and Submission Grappler)
Satoshi Ishii
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Birthdate: December 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Domagoj Vida
(Croatian Football Defender)
Domagoj Vida
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Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Našice, Croatia

Croatian footballer Domagoj Vida is best known as a defender for the Greek club AEK Athens. Starting his senior career with Osijek, he later had successful stints with Dinamo Zagreb, Dynamo Kyiv, and Beşiktaş. He has also been part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup runner-up Croatian squad.

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Ivica Zubac
(Croatian Basketball Player Who Plays in the NBA)
Ivica Zubac
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Birthdate: March 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatian basketball player Ivica Zubac is best known for his association with the NBA team Los Angeles Clippers. Starting his senior career with Zrinjevac, he has also later played for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has also been part of the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship silver-winning Croatian team.

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Bojan Bogdanović
(Croatian Basketball Player Who Has Had a Successful Stint in Turkey and with the NBA)
Bojan Bogdanović
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Birthdate: April 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatian basketball player Bojan Bogdanović is best known as a small forward for the NBA team Detroit Pistons. Starting his senior career with the Bosnian team Zrinjski Mostar, he later played for Real Madrid and had a successful stint with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe Ülker, winning the Turkish League and Supercup.

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Nikolai Volkoff
(Yugoslav Weightlifter-Turned-Wrestler Who Played for WWE)
Nikolai Volkoff
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Birthdate: October 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: July 29, 2018

Initially part of the Yugoslavian weightlifting team, Nikolai Volkoff later moved to Canada and then to the US, where he began competing for the wrestling promotion WWWF, now known as WWE. He usually played the Russian villain in his matches and later teamed up with The Iron Sheik to form a tag team.

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Mario Hezonja
(Croatian Basketball Player Known for His Association with Real Madrid)
Mario Hezonja
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Birthdate: February 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Croatian basketball player Mario Hezonja is best known for his association with the Spanish club Real Madrid. Known for his exceptional performance in EuroLeague, he has also been part of Croatia’s 2012 U17 World Cup bronze-winning and 2011 U16 European Championship gold-winning squads. In 2011, he received the Sportske Novosti Award for Fair Play.

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Dario Šarić
(Croatian Basketball Player)
Dario Šarić
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Birthdate: April 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Šibenik, Croatia

Croatian basketball player Dario Šarić plays for the NBA team Phoenix Suns. Starting his senior career with Zrinjevac, he later had successful stints with many clubs, such as the Turkish club Anadolu Efes. He was also part of the Croatian squads that won the U-16 and U-18 European championships.

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Darijo Srna
(Former Croatian Football Legend Known for His Association with Shakhtar Donetsk)
Darijo Srna
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Birthdate: May 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Metković, Croatia

Retired Croatian footballer Darijo Srna now heads the Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk as its director of football. He has previously represented Shakhtar Donetsk as a player for 15 years, winning the Ukrainian Premier League 10 times with them. During his retirement, he was the most-capped Croatian player in history.

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Marko Pjaca
(Croatian Football Winger/Midfielder)
Marko Pjaca
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Birthdate: May 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Croatian footballer Marko Pjaca is best known as a winger/midfielder for the Italian club Empoli. Born to a wrestler father and a judoka mother, he grew up in a sporting environment, before starting his football career with Lokomotiva. He has represented Juventus and was part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup runner-up Croatian squad.

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Siniša Mihajlović
(Retired Serbian Footballer and Coach)
Siniša Mihajlović
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Birthdate: February 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vukovar, Croatia

Former Serbian footballer Siniša Mihajlović turned to coaching after retirement. The former head coach of the Italian club Bologna was fired mercilessly only months after undergoing treatment for cancer. As a player, he had successful stints with Lazio and Red Star Belgrade. He has also coached the Serbian national team.

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Borna Ćorić
(Tennis Player)
Borna Ćorić
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Birthdate: November 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Borna Ćorić is a Croatian tennis player who became the lowest-ranked player in the history of the ATP Masters 1000 to be crowned champion when he won the 2022 Cincinnati Masters, where he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. Borna Ćorić first achieved popularity in 2018, when he was part of the national team that won the prestigious Davis Cup.

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Robert Prosinečki
(Retired Croatian Footballer and Manager)
Robert Prosinečki
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Birthdate: January 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schwenningen, Germany

Former Croatian footballer Robert Prosinečki played as a midfielder for clubs such as Real Madrid and Red Star Belgrade. He was also part of the Croatian squad that secured the third place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Post-retirement, he turned to coaching and has managed teams such as Azerbaijan.

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Mario Pašalić
(Croatian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Mario Pašalić
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Birthdate: February 9, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Ivano Balic
(Croatian Former Professional Handballer)
Ivano Balic
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Birthdate: April 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Ivica Olić
(Croatian Professional Football Manager and Former Player)
Ivica Olić
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Birthdate: September 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Davor, Croatia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Nikola Kalinić
(Croatian Footballer Striker)
Nikola Kalinić
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Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Solin, Croatia

Croatian footballer Nikola Kalinić is best known as a striker for the club Hajduk Split. He has also represented teams such as Blackburn Rovers, AC Milan, and Atlético Madrid. He was part of the FIFA World Cup runner-up Croatian squad in 2018. He was named the 2008 Prva HNL Player of the Year.

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Zvonimir Boban
(Croatian Former Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Zvonimir Boban
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Birthdate: October 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Imotski, Croatia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Dragan Bender
(Croatian Basketball Player Who Has Played for the NBA)
Dragan Bender
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Birthdate: November 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Čapljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatian basketball player Dragan Bender is best known for his association with the Spanish club Monbus Obradoiro. Starting his career with Split, he later played for the NBA teams Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. He was also part of the 2014 European U-18 Championship bronze-winning Croatian squad.

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Dejan Lovren
(Croatian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Dejan Lovren
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Birthdate: July 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zenica, Bosnia

Following his 6-year stint with Liverpool, Croatian footballer Dejan Lovren has now moved to Russia to captain Zenit Saint Petersburg. He spent his early childhood in the war-torn Bosnia and Herzegovina and then escaped to Germany and eventually to Croatia. He led Croatia to the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

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Luka Šamanić
(Basketball player)
Luka Šamanić
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Birthdate: January 9, 2000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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Ivo Karlović
(Croatian Tennis Player Who Once Held the World Record for Aces)
Ivo Karlović
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Birthdate: February 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Croatian tennis legend Ivo Karlović is known as much for his tennis skills as for his height of 6’ 11”. With 13,728 aces, he once held the all-time world record for aces. His height has helped him deliver one of the best serves of the tennis world.

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Niko Kranjčar
(Former Croatian Football Midfielder)
Niko Kranjčar
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Birthdate: August 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia

Retired Croatian footballer Niko Kranjčar played mainly as an attacking midfielder, but could also function as a winger or second striker. After a successful stint with Dinamo Zagreb, he played for clubs such as Hajduk Split, Portsmouth, and Tottenham Hotspur. He is the son of renowned Croatian footballer and manager Zlatko.

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Milan Badelj
(Croatian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Milan Badelj
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Birthdate: February 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Dino Rađa
(Basketball player)
Dino Rađa
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Birthdate: April 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
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Roberto Soldić
(Bosnian-Born Croatian Mixed Martial Artist and Professional Boxer)
Roberto Soldić
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Birthdate: January 25, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vitez, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Edin Terzić
(German-Croatian Professional Football Coach and Former Football Forward)
Edin Terzić
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Birthdate: October 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Menden, Germany
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Janica Kostelić
(Alpine ski racer)
Janica Kostelić
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Birthdate: January 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Josip Stanišić
(German Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Josip Stanišić
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Birthdate: April 2, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Petra Martić
(Tennis Player)
Petra Martić
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Birthdate: January 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Petra Martić is a Croatian tennis player who has won two singles WTA Tour titles so far in her career. Over the years, she has been
an important player at the Grand Slam events, reaching the fourth round of the competition on several occasions. 
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Nikica Jelavić
(Croatian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Nikica Jelavić
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Birthdate: August 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Čapljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Ante Žižić
(Basketball player)
Ante Žižić
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Birthdate: January 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
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Domagoj Duvnjak
(One of the Best Handball Players of All Time)
Domagoj Duvnjak
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Birthdate: June 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Đakovo, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Filip Hrgović
(Croatian Professional Boxer)
Filip Hrgović
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Birthdate: June 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Igor Tudor
(Croatian Professional Football Manager and Former Player)
Igor Tudor
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Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Antonio Čolak
(Football foCroatian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forwardrwarder)
Antonio Čolak
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Birthdate: September 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Dado Pršo
(Croatian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Dado Pršo
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Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)