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1997 Croatia Match Issue Away Shirt Cvitanović #21 (v Denmark)

1997 Croatia Match Issue Away Shirt Cvitanović #21 (v Denmark)
1997 Croatia Match Issue Away Shirt Cvitanović #21 (v Denmark) 1997 Croatia Match Issue Away Shirt Cvitanović #21 (v Denmark) 1997 Croatia Match Issue Away Shirt Cvitanović #21 (v Denmark)

1997 Croatia Match Issue Away Shirt Cvitanović #21 (v Denmark)

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Condition of shirt - Excellent


Size - XXL


Condition details - Bright colours, badges are stitched, printing is superb, nice material feel


Made by - Lotto


Player - Clinical Croatia Zagreb striker Igor Cvitanović #21


Player issue features - Correct player size flock print professionally heat pressed, different collar label compared to replica version, swapped with a Denmark player and comes from their own personal collection - a signed letter verifying this will be provided 


Notes - Extremely rare player shirt believed to have been issued to Cvitanović for the 1998 World Cup Qualification Group 1 match against Denmark, played at the Idraetsparken in Copenhagen on 10th September 1997. The sides had played out a 1-1 draw in Split back in March and were both battling it out at the top of the table for automatic qualification to the 1998 World Cup in France. A superb performance from the hosts here saw the Laudrup brothers bag a goal each and Miklos Molnar made it 3 before the break. Davor Šuker did pull one back fro the Croats on the stroke of the half-time whistle but the second half finished scoreless as the side suffered their first defeat in qualifying. Cvitanović was an unused substitute for the fixture but did feature 6 times in qualifying as Croatia finished runners-up to Denmark in Group 1 before beating Ukraine in the play-offs. The striker struggled to replicate the superb form that had seen him finish top scorer in the 1996-97 Croatian First Division on the international stage and made 27 appearances in total for his country scoring 4 goals. At club level he won 4 league titles in two spells with Zagreb and also enjoyed spells in Spain with Real Sociedad and in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse.