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Slaven Bilic is probably best known to England fans for masterminding home and away victories over England during qualifying for Euro 2008.
While England sat at home, Bilic led his team to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008, despite the absence of Eduardo Da Silva, beating finalists Germany 2-1 in the group stages.
They succumbed to Turkey on penalties, but conceded the fewest goals in the tournament.
Bilic was less successful during qualification for the 2010 World Cup, this time losing out to England and Ukraine.
Bilic has a squad of mixed ability; from the hugely talented Luka Modric and Eduardo Da Silva to players unknown outside Croatia.
Bilic has done a good job of making his squad work well together and has gained widespread praise for his management of the side.
He has shown that playing for Croatia is no joke; before his first match in charge he suspended Darijo Srna, among others, for missing training. The lack of preferential treatment for the more well known players is a very healthy attitude that helps to build a strong team mentality.
Euro 2012 qualifying forced them to face Turkey in a playoff, a rematch of the 2008 quarterfinal. Bilic led Croatia to a 3-0 win in Turkey, against the reputable Gus Hiddink, and held the Turks to a 0-0 draw in Croatia, securing qualification.
Bilic is only 43 years old, young for an international manager, but he has already been in charge of the side for five years. He has imposed his mentality and style of play on the team and has shown that he can, with the right players, perform at the European Championships.
His promotion of youth players has rejuvenated the side and, combined with his relatively long tenure, has given some stability to the side.