And as anticipation has grown each year as to whether Croatia's squad will finally meet the expectations set in France two decades ago, they finally proved themselves -- after a historic win against England yesterday.
Speaking to BeIN SPORTS, he said: "I heard people saying I had a hard season but I don't agree with that".
"But I like to challenge these strikers and to show to everyone that I'm one of the best defenders".
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Goerges also battled back from a set down to beat Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 3-6 7-5 6-1 in the last of the women's quarter-finals. By the time she flubbed a backhand while falling behind 5-1 in the second, she dropped her racket and screamed.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was written off before Croatia's World Cup semi-final with England. People are crying in our country.
"This is something we will never forget".
They had previously defeated Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties, becoming the first team ever to advance to the final by winning three consecutive extra time games.
"We will never forget this. Now we've got a chance to do something better on Sunday".
"It's something special for me", Lovren said regarding the feat.
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But after the break, Croatia took control, equalised through Ivan Perisic and then won the game with Mario Mandzukic's extra-time strike.
'It was tough first-half.
"England are one of the favourites to win the World Cup and you have to respect that", he said.
Key to Croatia reaching the final has been the inspirational performances of Real Madrid's 32-year-old midfielder Luka Modric, who has not only lifted the Champions League trophy four times, but is the heartbeat of this Croatian team.
Croatia beat England, to play France in final
From the moment Kieran Trippier put England ahead to Croatia's equaliser, Mario Mandzukic's victor and then the full-time whistle. The Croatian Football Federation are still to serve the second game of a two-match punishment imposed by UEFA in 2015.